Next Chapter Meeting: Early Texas Botanists of the 19th Century –
Tales of Joy and Despair

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

“Early Texas Botanists” tells fascinating tales of the early naturalists and adventurists who explored Texas in the 19th century, risking their lives while collecting plant specimens and adding to the body of botanical knowledge about this new scientific frontier. Historians have suggested that this was the greatest epoch of scientific discovery in our country’s history as these early explorationists examined and documented our diverse natural history. Their personal accounts of their travels in Texas provide fascinating reports of their adventures, but also provide a view of the natural landscape prior to its alteration by European settlers.

Lonnie Childs, our presenter, is a retired business executive currently pursuing his life-long interest in history and nature. He is the President of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT), is a past member of the boards of directors for the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center and Gillespie County Historical Society, and has been a co-chair of the Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival held annually in Fredericksburg. He has published articles on and is a speaker on natural history topics, and has also attained the Master Naturalist certification offered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He has owned and managed a cattle ranching operation where he also conducted an extensive land restoration project. Mr. Childs holds a B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin and has done post-graduate work at St. Edward’s University. His joint interests in nature and history provided the catalyst for his studies focused on Early Texas Naturalists.

Free and open to the public! If you like what you hear, please consider becoming a member! To “Join” use this hyperlink Join NPSOT


6:30 pm – Native plant/seed exchange & Social time
7:00 pm – Meeting and program
Lions Field Adult Center
2809 Broadway (corner of Mulberry & Broadway by Brackenridge Park)
Map to Lions Field Adult Center