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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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Plant Adaptations to Heat & Drought

Online event

You MUST PRE-REGISTER before the event at:
https://www.philhardbergerpark.org/calendar
to be able to join on the day of the event and to receive a reminder.

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, 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.

This event is designed to show the many ways plants adapt to very hot and dry conditions. Common drought and heat tolerant species found in our area will be highlighted.

Our presenter will be Jewell Cozort, City of San Antonio Natural Area, Park Biologist. Jewell's Bachelor's degree was in Biology and her Master's in Environmental Science, both from UTSA where her focus was on ecology and nutrient cylcling. In her current position she enjoys rare or endangered species surveys and working with volunteers. In her spare time she loves birding and walks with her dogs.

This will be a unique experience to come to understand and appreciate all the ways plants have evolved to live and thrive in our climate. Join the event a few minutes before 9 am August 28th.

Contact Stan Drezek [masked]) for additional information or questions.

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, 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.

Purposes include appreciating the beauty of the natural area, observing how nature changes through the seasons, and learning how to differentiate common grasses. Our 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 and more fully-developed grasses, especially their inflorescences, than is possible earlier in the year as well as seeing how the savanna area has developed.

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 nearby grassy areas. 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 10:00 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.

Contact Stan Drezek [masked]) for additional information or questions.

The Wildlife of Phil Hardberger Park

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, the Alamo Area Master Naturalists (http://txmn.org/alamo/), and the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club. Its purposes include appreciating the beauty of the natural area, observing how nature changes through the seasons, and learning what wildlife typically can be found in our park. Our presenter, Christine Westerman, is the lead project manager in the local office of a national environmental consulting firm. Her topic is the ecology of the park and its wildlife.

Please meet by 8:00 am SHARP at the small classroom of the UEC to sign up for a 8:10 am start. After a brief introductory talk we will walk the Oak Loop Trail looking for signs of wildlife and generally enjoying a short nature walk. There will be brief explanations at several stops along the way and ample time for participant questions.

Minors only when accompanied by an adult parent/guardian. Not appropriate for dogs. DIFFICULTY: Easy, definitely suitable for families. Flat terrain, slow-paced. This will only be a 1.5 mile walk and the event will last about 2.25 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 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.

Climate Change in San Antonio

Online event

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.

Our morning event will focus on the concept of Climate Change: The present reality and the future expected possibilities. Given the likely effects of climate change, our presenter will discuss how will it specifically effect the SA area and what are some of the mitigation initiatives already in the works. Our presenter is Gary Poole, an accomplished former Middle School math/science teacher and passionate caver whose graduate work in Geology left him with an abiding interest in our Earth. Gary is the current president of The Alamo Area Master Naturalists

We will take about an hour for Gary's presentation in the UEC's small classroom and there undoubtedly will be plenty of questions. In order to allow for a more relaxed environment to continue informal discussion those wishing will join Gary for a leisurely walk around areas close to the UEC which will allow us to enjoy nature and converse some more.

Please meet by 8:00 am SHARP at the small classroom of the UEC to sign up for a 8:10 am start

Minors only when accompanied by an adult parent/guardian. Not appropriate for dogs. DIFFICULTY: Easy, definitely suitable for families. Flat terrain, slow-paced. This will only be a mile walk and the event will 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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