This event's general sponsors are the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, the Alamo Area Master Naturalists, the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club, and San Antonio Parks & Recreation. The SA Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is a special sponsor. The purposes include appreciating the beauty of the natural area, observing how nature changes through the seasons, and learning on the topical focus of each walk. This walk will be lead by Master Naturalist Janis Merritt.
Janis has had a lengthy career focusing on native plants including many aspects of plant propagation, restoration, and education. Her work experience included about a decade each working out of the San Antonio Botanical Center where she was Curator of the Native Plant area and the COSA Natural Areas doing restoration and trail building among other duties. Ethnobotany is the study of how people use plants for food, medicine, tools, dyes, weaving baskets, etc. . On this walk participants will learn how the Native Americans and pioneers used native plants in their daily life and that some of these plants are still in use today. Come and learn the uses of some of the common plants occurring naturally in our park.
Please meet by 8:00am SHARP to sign up for a 8:10am departure. We will walk along the Savanna Loop Trail NW thru the savanna restoration area, continue via the Oak Loop Connector to the Oak Loop Trail, and walk the loop and back. There will be brief explanations at the start and along the way with ample time for participant questions.
Minors only when accompanied by an adult parent/guardian. Dogs allowed if leashed and socialized. DIFFICULTY: Easy, definitely suitable for families. Flat terrain, slow-paced. This will only be a 1.5 mile walk and last about two hours ending back at the Urban Ecology Center around 10:15am
The trail is a natural surface so be sure to wear sturdy shoes and, dependent on the weather, bring water, sun protection, and dress appropriate for the day and season. Suggested $3 individual or $5 family donations to the PHP Conservancy to support enhancements to the park.
Contact Wendy Drezek [masked]) for additional information or questions.