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Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets the second Thursday of the month at Harberger Hill community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford.

Native Plant Society meeting

April 26, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

Event Date: 
Thu, 05/09/2013 - 7:00pm

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) will host a lecture about plants used by Native American Indians presented by Curtis Carter at 7 p.m. on May 9 at the Harberger Community Center, 701 Narrow St in Weatherford. Please note the change in location from last month. The public is welcome.

Curtis Carter has been an educator in public schools for 24 years and current teaches biology at Springtown High School. He has had a life-long fascination with Native American culture and history, specializing in Cheyenne material culture of the 19th century. As an avid replicator and experimental archeologist, Curtis researches, makes and then uses the tools, clothing, foods, etc., used during the mid-1800s. As an experimental archeologist, he has a high degree of insight into the daily lives of Plains Indian people from this time period. An important part of Plains Indian life was the use of plants from their environment. Ethno-botany of the Plains Indian culture has become an integral part of his research. Throughout the year, he shares his knowledge at schools, museums, historic sites and other venues. He will be discussing the use of several plants used by Plains Indian people, focusing primarily on yucca.

For more information visit http://npsot.org/CrossTimber or contact Eileen Porter 817-596-5567.

Native Plant Society meeting

March 19, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

Event Date: 
Thu, 04/11/2013 - 7:00pm

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society will host Teresa Moss, Executive Director of the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, at 7 p.m. on April 11 at the Cherry Park Community Building, 313 Davis Street in Weatherford. The public is welcome.

The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, located in Southlake, makes up 758 acres of the Cross Timbers ecosystem. The mission of the Bob Jones Nature Center organization is to preserve local natural resources and history by providing places of compatible recreation and fostering education about our natural environment. The Center offers classes, workshops and educational opportunities for all ages, toddlers through adults. Attend Teresa’s presentation to learn more about the Center.

With over 18 years of experience as an educator and director in the science education field, Teresa Moss has a passion for nature preservation and environmental education. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, North American Association for Environmental Education, Cross Timbers Chapter of Master Naturalists, Tarrant County Master Gardner Association and the Texas Association for Environmental Education, to name just a few. Teresa has a Master of Science in Environmental Science (Earth Resource/Ecology Emphasis) and a Master of Education, majoring in Elementary Education (Specialization in Biology) both from Texas Christian University.

Native Plant Society Program

January 1, 2013 by Randy Keck

Event Date: 
Thu, 01/10/2013 - 6:30pm

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will host a presentation by the Fort Worth Zoo on a Texas horned lizard reintroduction effort that is taking place in Parker County at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 at Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow St. in Weatherford. The public is invited.

The Texas horned lizard, Phyrnosoma cornutum, is protected as a threatened species in the state of Texas and is listed as the official state reptile. Perhaps more than any other native animal, the “Horny Toad” is identified with and beloved by Texans. The species is held in high esteem and garners vast support for its conservation and reintroduction into areas where it once lived. Several parties are interested in attempting a reintroduction effort, including Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth Zoo, and the Horned Lizard Conservation Society.

Horned lizard declines across north central Texas have been attributed to habitat alteration, invasive red fire ants, urban development, pesticide usage, and other factors that merit study. Although many of these ecological pressures still exist, there are native habitats that have been restored and are managed in an environmentally responsible manner, which are potentially capable of supporting reintroduced horned lizards.

Meeting

June 6, 2012 by Anonymous

Event Date: 
Thu, 06/14/2012 - 7:00pm

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford. Mia McCraw, a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M University with Bachelor degrees in Rangeland Ecology and Management and Ecological Restoration, will present a program about the Texas Native Seeds Project, including plant identification and seed collection and storage. The public is invited to attend. There will be light refreshments.

Prairie Ecology Program

May 1, 2012 by Anonymous

Event Date: 
Thu, 05/10/2012 - 7:00pm

Prairie Ecology Program
The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) will host Jim Varnum, who will present a program about prairie ecology, maintenance, and restoration at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at the Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served before the meeting. For more information, call Eileen Porter 817-596-5567.

Varnum is a self-taught student of nature where his interests range from birds to plants to prairies to land preservation. He spends much time searching for native plants out-and-about in the DFW Metroplex and beyond. Jim has been a Texas Master Naturalist since 1999. He teaches, gives programs and leads trail walks on birds, trees, wildflowers, prairies and land preservation. His current interests include chalk prairies, Hexalectris and Spiranthes orchids and Trout lilies. His repertoire is chock full of interesting nature trivia and a few bad nature jokes. When Jim is asked about his philosophy and interest on the natural world, he quotes author Ellen Parr: "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."

Invasive plants

April 2, 2012 by Anonymous

Event Date: 
Thu, 04/12/2012 - 7:00pm

The Native Plant Society of Texas is hosting an informational meeting on how to identify and track the spread of invasive plant species at 7 p.m. on April 12 at Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford. For more information, contact Eileen Porter 817-596-5567.

Native Pollinators

September 27, 2011 by Anonymous

Event Date: 
Thu, 10/13/2011 - 6:30pm

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society will present ways to encourage bees and other pollinators by Troy and Martha Mullins on October 13th at 6:30 pm at Harberger Hill Community Building, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford. Troy and Martha, a retired scientist and a retired biologist respectively, are lifelong naturalists and environmentalists. For more information, contact Eileen Porter 817-596-5567.

Cactus landscaping program

August 30, 2011 by Anonymous

Event Date: 
Thu, 09/08/2011 - 7:00pm

Cactus landscaping program
The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) will hear a program on landscaping and propagation of Texas native cactus, one plant family that thrives on drought conditions. The program, by Bill Utley, will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford.

For the past two years, Utley has represented the Fort Worth Cactus and Succulent Society (FWCSS) as President of the Texas Association of Cactus and Succulent Societies (TACSS).

Comanche Peak Prairie Clover program

August 1, 2011 by Anonymous

Event Date: 
Thu, 08/11/2011 - 7:00pm

Sam Kieschnick, a 2000 graduate of Aledo High School, will present a program about Comanche Peak Prairie Clover at the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford.

Comanche Peak Prairie Clover is only found in Parker, Hood, and Wise counties and no other place on this planet. Julien Reverchon first collected this member of the pea family in 1882 from "the rocky top of Comanche Peak." Comanche Peak Prairie Clover is a low, spreading perennial, which appears as a dense, mat-forming rosette up to 16 inches in diameter with numerous thick, three-inch long spikes of rose-pink to magenta-purple flowers that bloom from May through June.

Landscaping With Native Plants

May 10, 2011 by Randy Keck

Event Date: 
Thu, 05/12/2011 - 7:00pm

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Gailon Hardin, past President of the Native Plant Society of Texas, will speak about the use of native plants in landscaping at the Cross Timbers Chapter May 12th meeting at 7:00 pm at Harberger Hill Community Building, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford.

Sports Calendar

Monday, December 29

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Moritz Auto Group Holiday Classic, Aledo

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at Fibermax Caprock Classic, Lubbock

Friday, January 2

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Maypearl at Aledo High School, A 4:00 pm and JV 5:30 pm.

Saturday, January 3

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Joshua/Cleburne (Dark) at Cleburne, B 12:00 pm.

  • Aledo Soccer Alumni Game at Bearcat Stadium, Ladycats 12:00 pm and Bearcats 2:00 pm.

Tuesday, January 6

  • Aledo Bearcats at Burleson Centennial, JV 5:00 pm, Varsity 6:30 pm and A 8:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson Centennial, JV 5:00 pm, Freshmen 6:30 pm and Varsity 8:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats at Boswell, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm.

Thursday, January 8

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Waxahachie 287 Tournament

  • Aledo Ladycats vs The Colony at Waxahachie Tournament, 7:30 pm. January 9 & 10 opponenet and time TBA.

  • Aledo Middle School Ladycats at Brewer. 7th Grade C 5:00 pm, B 6:00 pm and A 7:00 pm. 8th Grade C 5:00 pm, B 6:00 pm and A 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Middle School Bearcats vs Brewer Middle School. 7th at Aledo Gym 1, C 5:00 pm, B 6:00 pm and A 7:00 pm. 8th at Aledo MPC, C 5:00 pm, B 6:00 pm and A 7:00 pm. *District Game

Friday, January 9

  • Aledo Middle School Bearcats 7th & 8th A at Azle Junior High School Tournament.

  • Aledo Bearcat JV at Keller Timber Creek Tourny

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Everman at Aledo High School, JV 5:00 pm, Varsity 6:30 pm and A 8:00 pm. *District Game

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