Field Trips

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Native Plant Society of Texas- Houston Chapter Has Three Field Trips in Fall 2017

Three field trips are scheduled on Sundays for Fall 2017 on October 1, 15 and 19th. They are free and open to the public. Field trips are organized by Paul Roling. See his comments on each trip below…

We will meet at the properties given below at 9:00 AM.  GPS coordinates are given for each property so that directions can be found on Google Maps using these coordinates.

Please wear appropriate footwear for walking through wet or dry fields, bring drinking water, bug spray, and a lunch if you like.  Please contact Paul Roling for any additional inquiries: PRoling@att.net or 281-353-7413.

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Sunday, October 1: Spring Creek Park

Spring Creek Park, located at 15012 Brown Rd in Tomball, is a 114 acre park next to Spring Creek.  Trails wander through the lawns and woods in the back half of the park where numerous flowers such as Jacquemontia tamnifolia, Murdannia nudiflora, Lindernia crustacea, and Gibasis pellucida were recently observed blooming.  Many Carya texana trees with the large nuts on the ground are found in the same area.

The topsoil of the park is a Segno fine sandy loam with an acidic pH of about 5.

A PDF map can be found here:

http://www.hcp4.net/Portals/1/Launch/Community/Parks/Parks/springcreek/SpringCreekSP.pdf

We will meet at Spring Creek Park in the very back parking area that forms a loop near Spring Creek (GPS coordinates 30.109918, -95.652774) at 9 AM.

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Sunday, October 15:  Kickerillo-Mischer Park 

Kickerillo-Mischer Park at 20215 Chasewood Park Drive was opened in April of this year. The park consists of 80 acres divided equally between Marshall Lake and the woods surrounding the lake. Cypress Creek borders the park on the south side. A 1.7 mile asphalt trail wanders around the lake.  Along the trail are numerous disturbed ground plants along with various trees, shrubs and vines.  The water edge holds many aquatic species.

The soil of this floodplain area is a Wockley fine sandy loam with an acidic pH value of about 5.5.

Information about the park can be found here: http://www.hcp4.net/kmp

We will meet at the loop of the last parking lot near the restrooms  (at GPS coordinates 29.988021,  -95.563616) at 9 AM. Use the park entrance at 20215 Chasewood Park Drive and drive to the end of the road.

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Sunday, October 29: Dream Catcher Stables

The property at 6115 Greens Road consists of 22 acres of fenced pasture for horses that are used in the riding program for people with disabilities and about 76 acres of woods with two pipelines crisscrossing the land.   Over 400 plants, including Rayjacksonia aurea which should be blooming at this time, have been identified on this property.

The topsoil for most of the property is primarily a Clodine sandy loam that has a neutral pH of about 7.   The pond area soil consists of a Gessner fine sandy loam with an acidic pH of about 5.

More information and a map can be found here:

http://www.dreamcatcherstables.org/contact1.htm

We will meet at the stable’s parking lot (GPS coordinates 29.952758,  -95.296633) at 9 AM.   You will see several large containers on the north side of Greens road.  Apartment buildings line the south side of the road.  No programs will be running on this day.

Notes:

  1. Soil data can be accessed from http://casoilresource.lawr.ucdavis.edu/soilweb/.
  2. GPS coordinates can be copied, as is, from above and entered into the Google Earth or Google Maps or the soil webpage “search” box to find the places mentioned
  3. If anyone wants to be added to the NPSOT field trip e-mail list, send an e-mail to PRoling@att.net requesting to be added to the list. E-mail reminders are sent out about a week before each trip.
  4. If you want to be removed from the list, email me at PRoling@att.net requesting to be removed.