The Trees of Exploration Green

Our first speaker of 2018 is Jerry Hamby who will present “The Trees of Exploration Green”. Jerry has taught English and humanities at Lee College in Baytown for 28 years. His work with the Honors Program has allowed him to integrate field trips to Sheldon Lake State Park and the Baytown Nature Center with classroom instruction. Since 2014 he has been a co-leader at the Exploration Green Tree Nursery, where he coordinates weekly maintenance and twice monthly workday events. Jerry is a Texas Master Naturalist and a member of our own chapter of NPSOT.

We gather at 6:30 pm to sign in and enjoy some social time. Chapter business is taken care of at 6:45 pm, and the program starts at 7:00 pm. As well as the featured speaker, we have a Plant of the Month, and seed and/or plant giveaways.

Meetings are open to members and non-members. If you would like to become a member, you may join at the meeting or join online. For more information about the Native Plant Society of Texas and the benefits of membership please visit:


There is no charge for this event, but please register as seating is limited and we can plan better if we know how many people to expect. Ignore the instruction to print out the ticket – there is no need to do that.


Parking – please read carefully
The University of Houston-Clear Lake does charge for parking during our meeting time while classes are in session; we suggest you carpool. Visitor parking costs $5 and is payable at the pay stations adjacent to visitor parking lots. For a campus map and visitor parking and pay station locations, please visit:

$1 parking passes are available to Native Plant Society Clear Lake Chapter members. These passes are good for the academic year and are sold on a first come first serve basis, however we anticipate having enough for everybody who wants one.

Parking passes for 2017/2018 are available from Tom Solomon at the meeting. Please arrive a little early if you would like to buy one, so that you have enough time to return to your vehicle and place it on your dashboard. The price is still a bargain at $1.

Visitors without parking passes: (Please refer to campus map.) Parking in Lot R is your easiest option as the self service ticket machine is nearby. Enter the Bayou Building through the front doors, it will be the building right across the street with a large sculpture in front of it.

If you have a parking pass or plan to join NPSOT and buy one: (Please refer to campus map.) Use Student Lots D1, D2, D3, or D4. Lot D1 is closest to the Bayou Building but is generally busy during the semester. Please also be aware that certain sections are marked off for staff and faculty parking. DO NOT park in staff and faculty parking. The Bayou Building is the square dark brown building to the left of the glass building

If you have already purchased a parking pass, please do not forget to bring it with you and place it on your dashboard!


Please contact Rowena McDermid: or Wendy Reistle:

Transforming Our Region For The Better: Bird Friendly Communities

Our Speaker for November 13 is Sarah Flournoy, and her topic is “Bird Friendly Communities.” Sarah Flournoy is the program manager for Houston Audubon’s Bird Friendly Communities Initiative, focused on our resident and migrating birds. Flournoy is a native Houstonian who used to believe that “nature” meant mountain landscapes and faraway places. Now her work connects people to the fascinating diversity of the upper Texas Coast and also develops habitat for birds in order to support all urban wildlife and make Houston a happier, healthier place.
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Sage Advice – A Look at Texas Salvias

Our Speaker for October 9 is Stephen Brueggerhoff, Horticulture Extension agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Brazoria County. As well as his other duties, Brueggerhoff manages and supports the Brazoria County Master Gardeners Association. Educated at Sam Houston State University and the University of Washington, and with over 15 years of experience, Brueggerhoff has supported the environmental community as a lecturer, instructor, administrative organizer, and collaborative partner. The topic for his talk is “Texas Salvias”.

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September Chapter Meeting Canceled

Reminder: The chapter meeting for September 11 has been canceled. We will resume our program in October with Texas salvias presented by Stephen Brueggerhoff.

We wish you well during the coming weeks and months while the clean up from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey continues.