Get To Know Texas Native Plants

Get To Know Texas Native Plants

Native plant know-it-alls from across Texas will be sharing a wealth of information during the 2018 Native Plant Society of Texas Symposium, Oct. 18-21.

Whether you’re pro-plant, all about animals, worried about water or just nuts for nature, this weekend’s event is for you!

Native plant know-it-alls from across Texas will be sharing a wealth of information about native plants during the 2018 Native Plant Society of Texas Symposium, Oct. 18-21, at the Embassy Suites San Antonio, 7610 S. New Braunfels Ave.

The event features speakers, field trips, workshops and exhibits that will explore the use of native plants by inhabitants of the San Antonio River system, from the indigenous to the present including: the restoration of the Mission Reach; plant-based low impact development to slow storm water runoff and enhance water quality; and the transition of plant communities of the surrounding ecoregions along the San Antonio River and tributaries. Topics also will touch on habitat improvement for butterflies, pollinators and fauna in these landscapes.

Saturday’s lineup of speakers — including our own Cleveland Powell talking about native plant propagation — will include specialists from several conservation organizations covering topics ranging from wildlife-plant interactions, ecosystem restoration and home DIYs.

Also happening during the weekend are several guided field trips to places typically closed to the public. Especially notable is the guided tour to Kronkosky State Natural area, a pristine nature preserve closed to everyone except wildlife biologists.

Finally, there will be a 3-mile paddle down the Mission Reach portion of the San Antonio River that will provide a unique perspective of the Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project going on there.

Registration is required for the field trips. There’s a schedule of speakers and in-depth descriptions for each field trip. Sign up soon, as space is limited!

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Sarah Gorton

Sarah Gorton is an intern with SAWS Conservation department. She is passionate about bats, having worked in wildlife rehabilitation, volunteering at Bracken Bat Cave and researching bats with acoustic monitors. Sarah has the greenest porch at her apartment complex and is slowly expanding her potted native plant jungle to the nearby sidewalks. Sarah is on a mission to enhance her native plant knowledge through Master Naturalist and Texas Native Plant Society certification courses. She can often be found hiking with her small dogs in large national parks to increase her collection of Junior Park Ranger badges.