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2014 Fall Grow Green Homeowner’s Landscape Training: Branch Out!

Thursday, October 23, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Texas Native Plant Week by joining the City of Austin Grow Green team for our fall homeowner's landscape training.                                                                                     

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.             Tree Selection/Site Evaluation

Patti Dodson, Environmental Review Specialist, City of Austin (512) 974-9371
Patti is a registered Landscape Architect and LEED Green Associate.  She worked in the design/build industry practicing and promoting organic and sustainable landscape design and implementation and brings her passion to the City of Austin. 

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.             Planting a Tree and Young Tree Care

Regina Ramos, Forester, City of Austin Parks & Recreation (512) 974-9546
Regina is a forester with the City of Austin Urban Forestry Program. She leads the program in the protection of public trees for development sites. She previously worked with the Texas A&M Forest Service and developed a state-wide BMP for tree protection. She has a masters in landscape architecture from the University of Texas and has worked with the Sustainable Sites Initiative to recognize outstanding development projects.

7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.             Break

7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.             How to Own a Tree – Owner’s Manual for Tree Health     

Lara Schuman, Forester, City of Austin (512) 974- 9545
Lara specializes in the program’s tree inspection and maintenance operations.  She was born and raised in Austin, and has a degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from the University of Texas. She is an ISA Certified Arborist, and a Member of the ISAT Board of Directors.  Before working for the City she spent several years as the co-owner of a tree service in Buffalo, Wyoming. 

Registration: The training is Free

Location:
Asian American Resource Center
8401 Cameron Road
Austin, TX

Parking:
Free parking on site

Contact:

Denise Delaney, (512) 974-2581  

This class is presented by the City of Austin Grow Green Team and the Urban Forestry Program.

 www.GrowGreen.org


Lady Bird Lake Walk and Talk

Thursday, October 23, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Come and join Wildflower Center staff to learn to identify the plants around Lady Bird Lake and about Mrs. Johnson’s impact on Austin’s landscape.

  • Minnette Marr, Plant Conservationist
  • Karen Clary, Plant Conservation Program Manager
  • Carrie McDonald, Volunteer Director

Location:
Lady Bird Lake, Under the Mopac Bridge on the north end, at the drinking fountains

Cost: Free

This class is presented by the City of Austin Grow Green program partners at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

www.GrowGreen.org


Edible Natives Walk and Talk

Saturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join Director of Horticulture, Andrea DeLong-Amaya to walk the gardens identifying edible native plants

Location:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the Courtyard Spring
4801 La Crosse Avenue

Cost:
Free with admission

Rain plan: If cancelled due to inclement weather, the Wildflower Center will notify the public via social media

This class is presented by the City of Austin Grow Green Team program partners at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

www.GrowGreen.org

 


Scenic Springs and Hidden Vistas (moderate/rugged) Guided Hike on the WQPL

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - noon

Participants will be guided on a 3.5 mile hike over classic Hill Country terrain, enjoying beautiful views of surrounding wildland and close up looks at varied habitats ending with a visit to a hidden spring.  All the while, guides will relate the history of the tract and how it is being managed to benefit water quality and quantity.  Due to the length and pace, this hike is intended for audiences 12 and up.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Location: Located near intersection of Circle Drive and Hwy 290W.  Directions sent upon registration.

Access Online Registration

Contact: For assistance with registration, please contact Amanda Ross or call 512-972-1690

This is an interpretive guided hike led by staff or trained volunteers on City of Austin land dedicated to the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and owned and managed within Austin Water Utility's Wildland Conservation Division.

Austin Water Utilitiy’s Wildland Conservation Division is a member of the City of Austin Grow Green Team

www.growgreen.org


Warblers, Water and Wildlife Guided Hike on the BCP (moderate)

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The 2 ½ hour moderate hike will wind through habitat utilized by the golden-cheeked warbler for breeding in spring and early summer.  The hike has over a 400’ change in elevation and steep inclines and is partially in shaded canopy and will proceed at a moderate pace.  Due to the terrain and pace, this hike is intended for ages 10 and up.

Location:  Near intersection of Hwy 71 and RR 620 in Bee Caves. Directions sent upon registration. Access Online Registration

Contact: For assistance with registration, please contact Amanda Ross or call 512-972-1690

This is an interpretive guided hike led by staff or trained volunteers on City of Austin land dedicated to the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and owned and managed within Austin Water Utility's Wildland Conservation Division.

Austin Water Utility’s Wildland Conservation Division is a member of the City of Austin Grow Green Team

www.growgreen.org


Downtown Views Along Vireo Ridge (moderate) Guided Hike on BCP

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Description: While long considered a birder’s paradise, this preserve has something for both the novice naturalist and the expert.  Vireo preserve’s unique history has marked its landscape in interesting ways. Guides will discuss the preserve’s history and how it is expressed in today’s natural communities. This hike will pass through rich shrublands, golden-cheeked warbler habitat, and grassy hillsides while offering some of the best scenic views of Austin.  For ages 12 and up.

Location: Near intersection of Pascal Lane and Loop 360.Directions sent upon registration. Access Online Registration

Contact: For assistance with registration, please contact Amanda Ross or call 512-972-1690

This is an interpretive guided hike led by staff or trained volunteers on City of Austin land dedicated to the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and owned and managed within Austin Water Utility's Wildland Conservation Division.

Austin Water Utility’s Wildland Conservation Division is a member of the City of Austin Grow Green Team

www.growgreen.org


Onion Creek Cross Country Guided Hike (rugged) on the Water Quality Protection Lands

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For the outdoor adventurist, this hike is an exciting opportunity to be guided cross country over a portion of the Onion Creek Unit of the Water Quality Protection Lands.  The six hour hike will take participants through the oak-juniper savannah and riparian zone, with highlights characteristic of the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer recharge zone.  Aspects of historic land use will also be conveyed as guides interpret the landscape and the ongoing management activities to restore it for optimization of clean and plentiful aquifer recharge.  For ages 14 and up.  Limited to 20 individuals.

Location:  Near the intersection of FM 967 and FM 1626.  Directions sent upon registration. Access Online Registration

Contact: For assistance with registration, please contact Amanda Ross or call 512-972-1690

This is an interpretive guided hike led by staff or trained volunteers on City of Austin land dedicated to the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and owned and managed within Austin Water Utility's Wildland Conservation Division.

Austin Water Utility’s Wildland Conservation Division is a member of the City of Austin Grow Green Team

www.growgreen.org

 

  • The Grow Green plant guide features many Texas natives and is available in downloadable and searchable database formats.
  • Participate in Keep Austin Beautiful’s Seed Savers program by contributing native seeds to the seed bank or requesting seeds for your public space improvement project.
  • Plant a native tree in your yard or at your place of business.
  • Volunteer at a Native Plant Week event! See calendar postings for details.
  • Attend native plant events, plant sales and educational presentations.
  • Take a tour of the Grow Green Demonstration gardens (Biking and driving map)
  • Plant a native garden for butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife.
  • Join us on Facebook and Twitter

On June 16, 2009 Governor Perry signed a bill into law that recognizes the third week in October as Texas Native Plant Week. The bill is intended to emphasize the role of native plants in conservation efforts and to be used as incentive for the Texas education system to teach school children about the importance of native plants. The Native Plant Society of Texas teamed with State Representative Donna Howard to present the bill to the State Legislature. The bill passed unanimously in both houses.

Native Plants

Trees

Landscaping

Wildlife Habitats

 

 

 

Participating partners:

  • Grow Green Nurseries
  • Keep Austin Beautiful
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Native Plant Society of Texas
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife

Participating City of Austin departments include: 

  • Austin Resource Recovery
  • Austin Energy: Green Building
  • Austin Water Utility: Water Conservation and Wildlands
  • Libraries
  • Office of Sustainability: Climate Protection
  • Parks and Recreation Department: Urban Forestry, Wildlife Austin, Zilker Botanical Garden
  • Planning and Development Review: City Arborist
  • Public Works
  • Street & Bridge
  • Watershed Protection Department:  Grow Green

Native Plant Society of Texas promotes research, conservation and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas throughout the state and includes Texas Native Plant Week events on their website.