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Alamo Sierra Club (local branch of the Sierra Club) holds outings for outdoor activities: hiking, camping, bicycling, backpacking, etc.

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Virtual Nature Walk: Go Native for your Landscape

Online event

This event's general sponsors are the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department's Natural Areas Office, the Alamo Area Master Naturalists, and the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club. However, the lead sponsor will be San Antonio chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT). The event will be hosted by Teresa Shumaker of the PHP Conservancy led by Joan Miller of NPSOT's SA chapter and Drake White of the Nectar Bar, both Texas Master Naturalists. Learn about the native plants that grow along the park's trails, how to include them in your own landscape, and how they benefit wildlife. You MUST pre-register at https://www.philhardbergerpark.org/calendar-events/nature-walk-go-native-for-your-landscape in order to be able to join the event on June 27th. The event is free. Please join a few minutes before 8:00 am. Contact Texas Master Naturalist Martha Steele [masked]) for additional information or questions.

Walk in Nature like a Poet

Phil Hardberger Park (West)

This event's general sponsors are the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy (http://www.philhardbergerpark.org/), the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department's Natural Areas Office, the Alamo Area Master Naturalists (http://txmn.org/alamo/), and the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club. The purposes include appreciating the beauty of the natural area, observing how nature changes through the seasons, and observing nature closely. Our leader, Mobi Warren, is a highly-regarded local poet and teacher. She has lead innumerable poetry events combining a deep love for nature and poetic expression. This will be a unique experience in nature with an accomplished poet sharing her original poems as well as poems of other poets to inspire participants to see and connect with the trail in new and unexpected ways, from the tiniest detail to the whole interconnected web of the natural world. Come join us. Be sure to bring pad of paper and pens to jot down thoughts, observations, and words that come to mind. Please meet by 8:00 am SHARP to sign up for a 8:10 am departure. We will walk through the savanna restoration area, continue via the Oak Loop Connector to the Oak Loop Trail, and walk about 1/3 of the loop to where it connects back to the Savanna Loop Trail. There will be brief experiential encounters with nature in the raw and through poetry; individual and group processing of observations, and ample time for participant interaction and 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 10:15 am The trail is a natural surface so be sure to wear sturdy shoes and, dependent on the weather, bring water, sun protection, and dress appropriately for the day and season. Suggested $3 individual or $5 family donations to the PHP Conservancy to support enhancements to the park. Contact Stan Drezek [masked]) for additional information or questions.

Nature Pays (Ecological Services)

Phil Hardberger Park (West)

This event's general sponsors are the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy (http://www.philhardbergerpark.org/), the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department's Natural Areas Office, the Alamo Area Master Naturalists (http://txmn.org/alamo/), and the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club. The SA chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is a special sponsor. The event's purposes include appreciating the beauty of the natural area and observing how nature changes through the seasons. This specific event will focus on ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are the benefits that the natural world provides to humans, which are often considered free of ‘cost’ and undervalued. Pollination, clean water, and filtering pollutants are just a few examples. The talk and subsequent walk will first be broad scale and then focus specifically on how our park’s natural areas provide services to our community. Our presenter is Jewell Cozort, Phil Hardberger Park's Park Biologist. Subsequent to the classroom presentation, Jewell will lead a walk to the Wetland area, through the playing fields to the Savanna Loop Trail, continuing on that trail to the new bisector back to the savanna itself and the UEC. Please meet at the UEC small CR by 8:00 am SHARP to sign up for an 8:10 am start. After the talk and during our walk there will be ample time for participant questions. Minors only when accompanied by an adult parent/guardian. Dogs not appropriate because of the indoor presentation. DIFFICULTY: Easy, definitely suitable for families. Flat terrain, slow-paced. The walk will cover less than a mile walk ending back at the Urban Ecology Center about 11:00 am. 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. For questions or additional information contact Stan Drezek [masked]).

Grasses of Phil Hardberger Park (Read WARNING note!)

Phil Hardberger Park (West)

WARNING: Be sure to wear long pants. Bring water , hat, and use a heavy amount of repellent and sunscreen. We will be walking in the sun, on grassy areas prone to chiggers! This event's general sponsors are the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy (http://www.philhardbergerpark.org/), the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department's Natural Areas Office, the Alamo Area Master Naturalists (http://txmn.org/alamo/), and the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club. 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 which in this case is Grasses. Presenter is Floyd Waller whose expertise in grasses is only exceeded by willingness to share his knowledge. This will give you a chance to see more grass and more fully-developed grasses, especially grass inflorescence, than is possible earlier in the year as well as see the progress expanding our savanna area. Please meet by 8:00 am SHARP to sign up for a 8:10 am departure. We will mainly be walking in the savanna restoration area and some grassy areas off the Oak Loop Trail. 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 about a one mile walk and last about two hours ending back at the Urban Ecology Center around 10:30 am 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 Stan Drezek [masked]) for additional information or questions.

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