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Texas Native Plant Week

Texas Native Plant Week
October 18 through 24, 2015

To recognize the role of native plants in conservation and to provide incentive for school’s to teach children about the importance of native plants, the State of Texas established the third week in October as Texas Native Plant Week.

To mark the annual week, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin, the National Wildlife Federation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Native Plant Society of Texas are encouraging the public to learn more about our amazing Texas native plants.

ACTIVITIES

Registration opens in late September

Plants of Onion Creek
Sunday, October 18, 9:00 – 10:30 am

Onion Creek Park, located in South Austin, has over 500 acres of habitat filled with ponds, woodlands, and trails. On this walk Horticulturist Elias Guerrero will identify the native plants that live in this large urban greenspace.

Where: Onion Creek Greenbelt, 7004 Onion Creek Dr., Austin, TX 78744

Logistics: Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media and by e-mail with registrants. Registration will open on October 1st.

In Depth Look at Plants of Blunn Creek
Sunday, October 18, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Dick Davis, land steward at the Center, returns to Blunn Creek this fall for an in-depth exploration of the native plants that thrive along Blunn Creek. Wear comfortable shoes and dress comfortably for this 2.5 hour leisurely plant ID stroll.

Where: Blunn Creek

Logistics: Meet at trailhead across from Brothers of the Holy Cross Province Center located at 1101 St. Edwards Dr. Austin, TX 78704. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media, and by e-mail with registrants. Walk is limited to 15 participants. Registration will open on October 1st.

A Stroll Through the Gardens
Tuesday, October 20, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Come along with Karen Clary on a stroll through the beautiful gardens. Karen will show you some of our favorite fall bloomers and tell you really cool stuff about them.

Where: Wildflower Center

Logistics: Meet at the Center Courtyard. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media.

Tree Campus USA
Friday, October 23, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join University of Texas Arborist James Carse on a walking tour through the campus’s original 40 acres. Discover what makes the campus a Tree Campus USA. Learn about the trees on campus along with examples of good and poor tree maintenance techniques.

Where: University of Texas at Austin campus

Logistics: Meet on the NE courtyard of the Perry-Castaneda Library at the intersection of 21st St and Speedway. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media, and by e-mail with registrants. Walk is limited to 20 participants. Registration opens on October 1st.

Sprouts: Who Belongs Here
Wednesday, October 21, 10:00 am-11 am

Bring your preschooler and Join Anjoli Fry, Education Coordinator at the Wildflower Center on Wednesday and Friday to learn about and interact with native plants. Sprouts will learn how to differentiate between various plants through sorting and exploring followed by a story and a “helpful hands in the garden” weeding activity.

Where: Wildflower Center

Logistics: Meet at the outdoor classroom in the Center’s Luci and Ian Family Garden. Activities move into the Little House with inclement weather.

Right Seeds, Right Place
Wednesday, October 21, 10:00 am - Noon

Over the past eight years, the Wildflower Center has partnered with the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (a global conservation project), Seeds of Success (a national conservation project) and multiple state agencies, private landowners and stakeholders to collect and store millions of seeds of more than 600 Texas native species. Plant conservation starts with the collection of seed from the right plants in the right place. In this special program learn from Plant Conservationist Minnette Marr the importance of a plant’s eco-type along with the proper seed collecting techniques for native Texas plants. Be prepared to venture into the wild lands of the Wildflower Center to collect seeds. Seeds collected during the program may be taken home or contributed to the Wildflower Center’s seed bank.

Where: Wildflower Center

Logistics: Meet at the Center Courtyard. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media. Program limited to 15 participants. Registration opens on October 1st.

Native Inspiration!
Thursday, October 22, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Phoebe Allen, volunteer at the Center, leads a tour of the gardens focusing on the history of the Center along with how native plants inspired Lady Bird Johnson early on in childhood. Optional: Learn about the Arboretum in an optional 30 min. tour at the end of the walk.

Logistics: Meet at the cistern by the admissions kiosk. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media.

Native Inspiration 2!
Thursday, October 22, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Phoebe Allen, volunteer at the Center, leads a tour of the gardens focusing on the history of the Center along with how native plants inspired Lady Bird Johnson early on in childhood.

Logistics: Meet at the cistern by the admissions kiosk. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media.

Sprouts: Who Belongs Here
Friday, October 23, 10:00 am - 11 am

Bring your preschooler and Join Anjoli Fry, Education Coordinator at the Wildflower Center on Wednesday and Friday to learn about and interact with native plants. Sprouts will learn how to differentiate between various plants through sorting and exploring followed by a story and a “helpful hands in the garden” weeding activity.

Where: Wildflower Center

Logistics: Meet at the outdoor classroom in the Center’s Luci and Ian Family Garden. Activities move into the Little House with inclement weather.

Nature Play Hour: All About Plants!
Saturday, October 24, 10:00 am - 11 am

Native plants aren’t just for adults. Kids can learn about and have fun with plants too! Join a nature play guide for a fun-filled plant themed activity. Drop-in anytime between 10am-11am to learn what makes a native plant so special.

Where: Wildflower Center

Logistics: Meet at the outdoor classroom in the Center’s Luci and Ian Family Garden. Activities move into the Little House with inclement weather.

Trees of Hyde Park
Sunday, October 25, 9:00 – 10:30 am

Explore the trees in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood with Wildflower Center Arborist Andrew McNeil-Marshall. Grab a cup of coffee, supplied in a complimentary signature Quack’s Bakery mug for all registered walk participants, and learn about the native trees in the neighborhood along with proper tree care techniques. After the walk enjoy a native plant themed cookie at Quack’s Bakery.

Where: Hyde Park neighborhood

Logistics: Meet at Quack’s Bakery located at 411 E. 43rd St. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media and by e-mail with registrants. Registration will open on October 1st.

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