Indian Trail Master Naturalist Chapter

The Indian Trail Chapter, Texas Master Naturalists, will meet Monday, Sept. 23, in the family life center at First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie. The community is invited to attend.

There will be a business meeting at 6 p.m., with a program to follow at 7 p.m. and presented by John Snowden, the Texas Grassman, who will discuss “Native Grasses, the Foundation of Prairie Ecology & Restoration.”

Snowden will provide a discussion on the importance of Texas native grasses. He is involved in public education and is active in volunteer prairie restorations across the metroplex, winter transplants, seeds, educational demonstrations and pollinator projects.

“Each outing in nature with friends and family brings new details which John uses in his endeavors,” a spokesman said, noting that Snowden’s message is one of “Go, See, Enjoy, Learn!”

Snowden was raised in rural Tarrant County in what was to become heavily developed south Arlington. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences and then his Master of Science in horticulture, all at Texas A&M University.  

He learned about native plant nurseries and landscaping in Texas and, after noticing the absence of native grasses, started his own nursery, Bluestem Nursery. Now, plantings of native and adapted grasses are growing in frequency around the state and Snowden’s efforts to restore the natural community continue with donations of seeds, time and live transplants. Those efforts will continue into the foreseeable future.

Indian Trail Chapter is part of the statewide Texas Master Naturalist Volunteer Program of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Its mission is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the state of Texas.

The local chapter’s monthly program is part of a series of “no cost – open to the public” Master Naturalist programs offered from 7-8 p.m. the fourth Monday (generally) of each month. Attendees are encouraged to bring a friend.

For more information, call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 972-825-5175 or email information@itmnc.com.

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