Third Nature Day: More of the Same

by Catherine Johnson

The third Saturday of Nature Days was rainy and cold.

Handing out plants

Guests arrived from Heidenheimer, San Antonio and Boerne and they toured the Wildscape.  Carolyn staffed the tables and discussed nature topics while Rosie helped with handing out plants and children’s gifts. 

Happy visitors with their goodies.

All the visitors plan to come back to visit in the spring.

This Saturday is the last of Nature Days for the year.  Great weather is predicted!  We should have Fall Asters, seeds, native plants, and nature gifts to share. Come visit us and let us know how your garden is doing!

Second Week of Nature Days: Chilly but Sunny

by Catherine Johnson

Our second Saturday of Nature Days on November 12 was cold and windy. Super Troopers Scott, Linda, Kim, Gene, Cindy, Patricia, and Rosie arrived bundled up for work.  New friends Kenny and Donna attended and harvested plants. 

Guests drove in from distances, including Salado, Taylor, Buda, and Driftwood.  We shared nature stories and how all were committed to benefiting natural resources and areas. 

One family brought their own picnic to the garden- what a surprise!  Children hid in the garden, picked flowers, and enjoyed the fairy garden.

Join us this Saturday to “Discover the Wonder,” as our friend, Greg Hensley, says.

First Week of Nature Days Success

by Catherine Johnson and Sue Ann Kendall

From Catherine

The weather was great for the first Saturday of Nature Days. Visiting under the oaks surrounded by wildlife was fun. 

Rio Grande turkeys and mason bee houses

Thank you to Carolyn, Donna, Scott, Suna, Debra, Gene, Cindy, Patricia, and Linda for making it a success. Linda was a real trooper for walking the entire garden with me. Also, thank you to Alan for bringing cypress trees and to Mike for the bee houses.

The best part of my day was meeting the couple who drove up from San Antonio and left with many native plants, including one of Debra Sorenson’s Turk’s Cap.

Visitors and their haul!

“Help ‘root’ people where they live so they can create their own connections and join others to care for natural resources”.     

Craig Hensley

Join us this Saturday at Bird and Bee Farm (1369 County Road 334, Rockdale, TX) from 9am – noon.


From Sue Ann

I enjoyed the chance to talk to members of our Chapter as well as visitors. I also took lots of photos of the plants and animals I saw, which I hope you will enjoy.

The highlight of the day for me was showing some visiting children the mason bee houses we have to give away and explaining to them how they worked. The young people got so excited about the idea of taking one home to welcome some busy pollinators.

Donna Lewis tries to give Scruffy a treat. Apparently, she was plumb full.

I took home two cypress trees, too, and am looking forward to planting them by one of our ponds!

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

by Catherine Johnson

When? Every Saturday in November from 9-noon.   

Where? Milam Wildscape Project – Bird and Bee Farm – 1369 County Road 334, Milano, Texas. 

What? Nature Days

Come see blooming tall purple asters, red and pink Turk’s cap, white fragrant mist flower, Mexican bush sage, Mexican honeysuckle, forsythia sage, Gulf muhly, and more. 

View this video for a sample of the thousands of pollinators.  We will be giving away free native plants, goody bags for all, bee houses, plus refreshments.

Come tour the garden and share YOUR nature stories with us.

Our garden is never finished, beautiful, and always WILD.

Chapter Members Attend Water Summit

by Donna Lewis
photos by Joyce Conner

On August 18th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Caldwell, Texas, the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District (POSGCD) held an all-day event for those living in Milam and Burleson Counties.

Summit attendees

We were invited to have an informational booth at the Civic Center about the El Camino Real Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists, and a booth for the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.

Quite a crowd!

This event covered many topics including water rights, legislation updates, well monitoring, septic practices, and many other topics. 

Joyce Conner and I set up our booths the day before. Joyce also set up the Trail Association booth next to ours. Both tables looked very professional and had handouts about both organizations. Our tablecloth really looks nice.

Donna Lewis and Scott Berger at the El Camino Real Texas Master Naturalist Chapter booth

Joyce, Scott Berger, and I arrived around 7:00 am. That was a good thing because people started to arrive then. Both our booths had many interested people asking questions and taking brochures with them.  Sandra Dworaczyk arrived soon after. We missed getting her picture with us. Several of our members, including Janice Johnson, attended the talk. Probably more came, but I was too busy to catch them.

Joyce Conner at the El Camino Real de los Tejas booth

Joyce had brochures that showed where the El Camino Real Trail was in our area, which was very interesting to many who lived in our county. No doubt some did not know much about the history of the trail.

The booth team

I think I talked to at least 50 people about our group.  Scott and Sandra were also talking to many people and Joyce jumped in when we needed her. It took the four of us to handle the crowd. Many wished they had a chapter in Burleson County. I informed them that they could attend our talks, but most did not want to come that far at night. Many were interested in daytime events.  I told them to check out our website for those events.  

Checking out our booth

The President of the Lost Pines Master Naturalist Chapter was attending the event and talked to me about our events also.

This was a very successful event for our chapter. I hope we will get some new members because of it.

A good day for Nature.