| THE NATURAL AREAS
Attention Birders! Friedrich Park's new entry pavilion and kiosk are now open. The maps and bird brochures will be located in the new kiosk. We ask that birders begin reporting all their Natural Area sightings at www.ebird.org.
CrownRidge Canyon Natural Area is a well kept secret of the Natural Areas. For a virtual hike and an invitation to visit this special place, see AN INVITATION.
Please visit , our growing selection of activities to enjoy along the trail and in the classroom or at home. Some of these activities are designed to happen in one of our Natural Areas, some can happen in any outdoor location and some can be wherever you want them to happen! Anyone can be an outdoor educator and we are here to help you!
Pass it On
The most precious treasure we possess is the lifetime of knowledge stored in our memory bank. The most precious treasure the world possesses is the potential in the life of a child. The greatest resource to sustain the environmental movement is the knowledge gained from lives lived close to the land. The most effective tool for growing a child with a consuming desire to nurture the environment is the passing of that knowledge to them.
At a recent Explore program in the Natural Areas, an Education Volunteer guided the hands of a young class participant in the grinding of a batch of cochineal insects. The ground insects would be dissolved in water to produce a dye for yarn that would be wound into a model of a coral snake. The insects ground by someone else colored the strawberry banana juice we drank that day. The students will not soon forget ?bug juice?. They will remember that the white fuzzy stuff on cactus is the protection around those cochineal insects.
One connection to the natural world that will help grow a child who will enjoy, appreciate and care for that world. One volunteer who shared his knowledge and ?passed it on?.
Yes we do! Our Natural Area Parks & the Hill Country have very interesting geology with an important relationship with our water source, the Edwards Aquifer. Dr. George Veni provides information on our geology in the series,
|EVENTS & EDUCATION
New Nature Talks
Friedrich Wilderness Park
Before or after most Saturday walks at Friedrich Park, stop by the pavilion for a nature talk from our interpretive guides. Topics include the windmill, mammals, geology and plants. Check for dates and topics!
December 13, 2014
A Cowboy Christmas
10 - noon
Join us as Bill Woller shares stories of growing up near Eisenhower Park. Bill and his father and uncles were some of the 'real' cowboys who tended the cattle on large family ranches in the area. Bill is a Master Naturalist and a member of the Native Plant Society and often leads nature hikes for the Natural Areas. Reservations are recommended; call 210/207-5320 or email email@example.com A donation of $2 per person, max $6/family is suggested. For more info, see
December 13, 2014
San Antonio Astronomical Association will bring their high tech telescopes for participants to view the stars and the planets in the early evening. Weather permitting. Refreshments and kid friendly craft included. Suggested donation $3.00 per individual or $5.00 per family. No reservation required. For more information call 210-207-3106 For more info, see
January 10, 2015
Growing Up Wild
Susan Campbell, SA Natural Area Education Coordinator and Alamo Area Master Naturalists will facilitate this special adult program. This is an excellent outdoor environmental learning curriculum for pre-K teachers, volunteers and parents. The "Growing Up WILD" book is filled with resource information, nature activities, songs, art, music, math and much more to help children 3-7 years old learn to appreciate and enjoy nature. This program is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife. For questions about this workshop please contact: Susan.Campbell@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-3106. To register and purchase the GUW book please go to: http://events.constantcontact.com
Hardberger Park's diversitys of flora and fauna is being threatened by exotic invasive weeds. WE NEED YOUR HELP to combat these weeds by joining us for Weed Wednesdays at from 8:30 to 10:30 am. See for more info.
|FLORA & FAUNA
San Antonio Natural Areas