AUSTIN CHAPTER MEETINGS are held on the 3rd Tuesday of most months from 7:00-9:00 p.m. There is no meeting in April, July, or October; the December meeting is traditionally a potluck supper with no program.
Our meeting location is:
Administration building of the Tarrytown United Methodist Church
2601 Exposition Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703.
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Our meetings are in the administration building on the southeast corner of Greenlee and Exposition. There is parking and an elevator in the garage, which can be entered from Greenlee.
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DETAILS about upcoming Austin Chapter meetings and events will be announced on our home page. Below is a summary of what’s coming, so you can plan your calendars.
  • October 17: NO Chapter Meeting
  • Nov 3-4,  NPSOT Fall Symposium in Huntsville.
  • December 19: Holiday Pot Luck dinner.
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Information about AUSTIN CHAPTER FIELD TRIPS can be found under the FIELD TRIPS tab.
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PAST 2017 CHAPTER MEETINGS & EVENTS:
  • September 19: Chapter Meeting with Nico Hauwert PhD, on Influence of Groundwater on Native Landscape.
  • August 15: Chapter Meeting with Minnette Marr on Uses of the LBJ Wildflower Center Seed Bank.
  • June 20: Chapter Meeting with Cliff Tyllick on Expelling Unwelcome Guests from Austin Forests.
  • May 16: Chapter meeting with Chris Caran, c0-author of Discovering Westcave
  • March 21: Chapter meeting with David Todd, author of The Texas Landscape Project
  • February 25: NPSOT spring symposium at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
  • January 21:  Chapter meeting with Romey Swanson.

PAST 2016 EVENTS

  • December 13:  Holiday Pot luck dinner
  • November 15Chapter meeting Barbara Austin and Chris Lalich, Work on the Mueller, Southwest and Southeast Greenways
  • October 14-15:  Plant Sale at the Wildflower Center.
  • September 20Chapter meeting Megan O’Connell- Plant Phenology.
  • August 16Chapter meeting Cathy Downs, Monarch Project
  • June 21:  Chapter meeting Val Bugh, “Floral Fauna.”
  • Nature nights at the LBJ Wildflower center: Thursdays 6-9pm,  starting June 9.
  • May 17:  Chapter meeting with Alyssa Burgin on the “Texas Drought Project”
  • April 16: Native Plant Swap at Mother’s Cafe and Garden (4215 Duval) organized by NWF Habitat Steward Carleen Edgar
  • April 16:  Bioblitz at Commons Ford
  • April 8-10: Spring Plant Sale at the Wildflower Center
  • April 2-3: Outreach booth at the Zilker Garden Festival
  • March 15:Chapter meeting with a panel and discussion on Fall Bloomers.
  • March 12:  NPSOT Spring Symposium at the Wildflower Center
  • March 5:  It’s My Park Day! in Austin
  • February 16: Chapter meeting with Andrea DeLong-Amaya on Native Plants for Home Gardens.
  • January 19: Chapter meeting with Marya Fowler on Landscape Design

PAST 2015 EVENTS

  • December 15:Holiday potluck party
  • November 17:Chapter meeting with Cullen Hanks on Biodiversity in Texas
  • October 15-18: Fall Symposium
  • October 9-11:Wildflower Center Native Plant Sale
  • September 15: Chapter meeting with panel of experts on Spring Blooming Plants
  • August 18:  Chapter meeting with Dr. Karen Clarey, Texas Yuccas
  • July 21:Chapter meeting with Bill Reiner, Forest Fauna of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve
  • June 18, July 9:Nature Nights at the Wildflower Center
  • May 19:  Chapter meeting “Two Guys Talk Trees” with certified arborists Guy LeBlanc and Jon Ogden
  • April 10-12:  SPRING PLANT SALE at the Wildflower Center.
  • March 28:  Spring Symposium all day at the Wildflower Center
  • March 17:  Chapter meeting with Meg Inglis on Small Scale Restoration
  • February 28:Pollinator Powwow at the Wildflower Center.
  • February 17:Chapter meeting with Jim O’Donnell on Creating Abundance in Endangered Species Habitat at the Vireo Preserve
  • January 24:  Flo Oxley’s Plant Taxonomy classes
  • January 20:Chapter meeting with Betsy Ross on Building Prairies, Lawns and Meadows with Native Plants and Soil Microbes

PAST 2014 EVENTS

  • December 16:Holiday potluck and silent auction
  • November 18:Chapter meeting, with Meredith O’Reilly on the maintenance of native gardens
  • October 10-12:Fall Plant Sale at the Ladybird Wildflower Center and NPSOT/State Fall Symposium
  • September 16:Chapter meeting with Jane Tillman on “Deer resistant native plants”
  • September 4:Fall Habitat Steward training begins
  • August 24:Plant rescue on Travis County’s BCP Lucas tract properties near junction of 620 and Steiner Ranch Blvd
  • September 13:Monarch Appreciation Day at Zilker Botanical Garden
  • August 19:  Chapter meeting with the film “Green Fire”
  • June 17:  Chapter meeting with Pat Merkord
  • June 12:   Wildflower Center’s first “Nature Night”—Plants and Play—in the new Luci and Ian Family Garden
  • May 20: Chapter meeting with Leslie Bush on “Ancient People, Ancient Plants, Central Texas: Things We Know and How We Know Them.”
  • April 15:  Spring potluck and brief meeting with NPSOT/State Board members
  • March 18:  Meredith O’Reilly, Native plants for four seasons of food for wildlife
  • February 18: Greg Creacy, Post-wildfire Ecology and Restoration of Bastrop State Park
  • January 21: Stephen Scace, The native grass mixture known as HABITURF™.

PAST 2013 EVENTS

  • November 19:  Bill Carr, Plants of the Eocene Sands.
  • September 17: Paul Montgomery and Meredith O’Reilly, Spring Bloomers for Central Texas.
  • June18: Ralph Yznaga, Author, Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas.
  • May 20: Jim Rooni, Chief Regional Forester, Texas A & M Forest Service, Bastrop Fire Recovery.
  • March 19: Cathy Nordstrom and Mike Powers (discussion hosts), Fall Bloomers—Care & Feeding.
  • February 19: Minnette Marr, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Adventures with Native Plant Enthusiasts: Establishing the Best Little Seed Bank in Texas.
  • January 15: Michael Warriner, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Bumblebees of Texas.

PAST 2012 EVENTS

  • November 20: Lynne and Jim Weber, authors, on Nature Watch Austin: Guide to the Seasons in an Urban Wildland.
  • September 18:  Lisa O’Donnell, Senior Biologist for the City of Austin’s Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, spoke on History of Juniper-Oak Woodlands in the Central Texas Landscape.
  • August 21:Fall BloomersCare and Feeding. Roundtable discussion of spring-blooming plants hosted by Paul Montgomery,  compiled by Mike Powers and with a slideshow by Cathy Nordstrom.
  • June 19: Video presentation: Wildflowers: Seeds of History produced by Austin public television station KLRU.
  • May 15: Spring BloomersCare and Feeding. Roundtable discussion of spring-blooming plants hosted by Mike Powers with slideshow by Cathy Nordstrom.
  • March 20: Sean Compton, landscape architect, presented Williamson County’s Protocol for Sustainable Roadsides.
  • February 21: David Matthews, teacher at Small Middle School, presented How to Get Kids Interested in Plants.
  • January 17: Dale Rye, former Williamson County Attorney presented Low Impact Development: Bringing Conservation and Conservatives Together.

PAST 2011 EVENTS

  • November 15: Val Bugh, naturalist and photographer, will present Floral Fauna, a survey of tiny critters living within local native floral habitat.
  • October 18: Jared Pyka, of the Native Texas Nursery, presents Native Plant Propagation.
  • September 20: Chuck Sexton, wildlife biologist, will present Energy Flow in the Landscape, a fun, non-technical exploration of how Mother Nature harnesses energy to organize…and disorganize…herself.
  • August 16: Mary Collins Blackman, curator of Austin’s Elizabet Ney Museum, will present an overview of their landscape-restoration project:  “Elizabet Ney’s Formosa, 1892-1907, A Native Landscape Dream.”
  • June 21:   Beyrl Armstrong, of Plateau Ecological Management Services, presents: “Managing Land to the New Realities of Global Climate Change.”  This meeting was preceded at 6:00 p.m. by a gathering of the Rare Plant Rebels (rare plant & seed exchange group).
  • May 17: Andrea DeLong-Amaya &  Sean Watson, both of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, present “Lesser-Known, Garden-WorthyNative Plants” respresenting some of the recent success stories they’ve had at the Wildflower Center.
  • May 14: Fieldtrip to central Austin urban restoration projects Willowbrook Reach and Mueller Prairie.
  • Mar. 15: Steven Schwartzman wows us with his photography in “The World of Nature in Central Texas.”
  • Feb. 15: Dr. Monica Swartz, Director of the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve and Assoc. Prof. at St. Edward’s University, presents “Rare Native Plant Conservation at Home–A Radical Proposal.”
  • Jan. 18: Dr. Wendy Gordon, biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife, presents “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Texas.”

PAST 2010 EVENTS

PAST 2009 EVENTS

  • Nov 2009: Eleanor McKinney – Green Roofs
  • Sep 2009: Dan Hosage – Landscaping for Drought and Wetland Plants
  • Aug 2009: Denise Delaney – Grow Green Austin!
  • Jun 2009: Jill Nokes – Austin Parks Foundation projects
  • May 2009: Jack Neff – Native Texas bees
  • Mar 2009: Matt T urner: Remarkable Plants of Texas
  • Feb 2009: Bob Ayres: Shield Ranch:  Bullets, Hooves, Caterpillars and Pyrotechnics:  A Roughshod Approach to Rangeland Restoration
  • Jan 2009: Sultan Quedensley: PhD Student, Plant Biology, UT: Central Texas Lichens

PAST 2008 EVENTS

  • Nov 2008: Tim Fennell:  Prairie Birds of Central Texas
  • Sep 2008: David Mahler: The Ferns of Texas and Their Place in the North American Flora
  • Aug 2008: Mike Quinn:  Butterfly Behavior and Caterpillar Conduct:  Butterfly Life History as Seen Through the Monarch and Its Relatives
  • Jun 2008: Gardening Panel:  Cathy Nordstrom; Andrea DeLong-Amaya; David Heberling
  • May 2008: Mike Powell: Prof. Emer. Sul Ross State Univ.:   Some Special Cacti of Texas
  • Apr 2008: [Pot luck social:   Wild Basin]
  • Mar 2008: Bill Carr: Botanist for TNC:  Rare Plants of Texas
  • Feb 2008: Sue Wiseman: Pres. CAMN:  SINS:  Substitutes for Invasive Non-Natives
  • Jan 2008:  Film:  America’s Lost Landscape:  The Tallgrass Prairie

PAST 2007 EVENTS

  • Nov 2007: Katie Hansen:  UT Sch. of Biological Sciences:  Native Passionflowers
  • Sep 2007: Andrea Delong Amaya: Wildflower Center:  Fun Gardening with Native Plants
  • Aug 2007: Pat & Dale Bulla:  Creating Backyard Habitat:  [Substituted for:  Rich Zarria: Sales Mgr., Texas Native Nursery: Plant Propagation
  • Jun 2007: Susan Rieff:  Wildflower Center:  Current Happenings and Future Plans
  • May 2007: Jon Brandt:  Master Naturalist and geoscientist:  Native Soils of Central Texas
  • Apr 2007: [Pot luck social:   Molly & Jon Ogden’s house]
  • Mar 2007: Paul Domaruk:  TreeFolks Inc.:  Planting Shade Trees in Austin [Substituted for Scott Harris]
  • Feb 2007: Steve Schwartzman: Austin NPSOT:   Native Plant Photography
  • Jan 2007: [Cancelled – ice storm]

PAST 2006 EVENTS

  • Nov 2006: Jane Tillman: CAMN:  Wildlife Habitats and NWF Certification
  • Sep 2006: Brian & Shirley Loflin:  Grasses of the Texas Hill Country
  • Aug 2006: Panel discussion:  care & maintenance of native plants
  • Jun 2006: [Pot luck social – Wild Basin]
  • May 2006: Kelly Bender:  TPWD Biologist and Author:  Urban issues and ecology.
  • Apr 2006: Mike Powers:  Wild Basin:  Tails from the Trails – anecdotes & stories from 25 yrs
  • Mar 2006: Dr. Bob Harms:  Texas Barberry
  • Feb 2006: Dr. Norma Fowler:  UT Sch. of Biological Sciences:  Ecology of the Edwards Plateau
  • Jan 2006: Dr. Matt Turner:  Ethnobotany of Hill Country Plants

PAST 2005 EVENTS

  • Nov 2005: Jason Spangler:  NPAT:  Tallgrass Prairies
  • Sep 2005: Dr. B. L. Turner:  UT Sch. of Biological Sciences:  Fall Composites
  • Aug 2005: Jon Ogden:  Arborist:  Pruning Trees
  • Jun 2005: [Pot luck social – Pat & Dale Bulla]
  • May 2005: Andrea Delong-Amaya:  Wildflower Center: Water Gardening with Natives

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