Spring 2015 Prairie Tours

There are a few prairie tours this spring that you should know about.

On April 18th & 19th tours will be given on Frankford Prairie near Frankford & the tollway.  Visit http://www.frankfordcemetery.org/ for more information.  Note: signing up is requested.

On May 2nd, the North Texas Master Naturalists will host Native Plants and Prairies Day at White Rock lake which will include tours of the White Rock prairie.

On Sunday, May 3 at 10am, Eric Reed will lead a tour of Beck’s Creek Blackland Prairie & Springs.

On May 16th, the Nature Conservancy is opening Clymer Meadow for a tour.  Visit the Nature Conservancy website for more info.  Note:  RSVP is required as space is limited.

On June 6th, our own Pat Merkord will give a tour of NPAT’s Mary Talbot Prairie in Bowie County.  See post on this website.

Know of other tours?  Let us know and we’ll add them to this post.  For all similar interest events the Master Naturalists have a great calendar!  http://public.ntmn.org/calendar

NPSOT’s annual symposium now open for registration

Registration is now open for our annual fall symposium October 16-19 at the Texarkana Convention Center.

Register here now.  More information is available here including a schedule and details on accommodations and field trips.

The symposium will focus on Northeast Texas: Diversity of Ecosystems. Located literally on the border of two states, “Twice as Nice” Texarkana is actually two cities—Texarkana, Texas, and Texarkana, Ark. Less than an hour to the northwest is Oklahoma and about a half-hour to the south is Louisiana. It’s truly a four-state region. Not only do those four geopolitical state lines converge in or near Texarkana, but several ecological lines converge there, too. Two of Texas’ ten vegetational zones—Piney Woods and Post Oak Savannah—bisect Texarkana’s Bowie County diagonally, and ecosystems converging all around include pine and hardwood forests, grasslands, deserts, swamps and even subtropics.

Headquarters will be the Texarkana Convention Center. Located at 4610 Cowhorn Creek Road—on the Texas side of Texarkana, just off Interstate 30—the spacious environmentally friendly convention center boasts the prestigious LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Texarkana is located on Interstate 30, about 175 miles east of Dallas (just more than 2½ hours) on the border with Arkansas. The convention center and host hotel are located 13 minutes from Texarkana Regional Airport, which is served by American Eagle Airlines, and 9 minutes from Amtrak’s Texas Eagle station, on the Arkansas side of Texarkana.

Symposium 2014 is open to anyone interested in the role that native habitats play in our daily lives and offers a tremendous opportunity to learn how to restore and preserve our state’s rich and diverse native plant communities.

NPAT’s own Mary Talbot Prairie will be one of the field trips.