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Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets the second Thursday of the month at Harberger Hill community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford.

Native Plant Society meeting

March 19, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

Event Date: 
Thu, 04/11/2013 - 7:00pm

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society will host Teresa Moss, Executive Director of the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, at 7 p.m. on April 11 at the Cherry Park Community Building, 313 Davis Street in Weatherford. The public is welcome.

The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, located in Southlake, makes up 758 acres of the Cross Timbers ecosystem. The mission of the Bob Jones Nature Center organization is to preserve local natural resources and history by providing places of compatible recreation and fostering education about our natural environment. The Center offers classes, workshops and educational opportunities for all ages, toddlers through adults. Attend Teresa’s presentation to learn more about the Center.

With over 18 years of experience as an educator and director in the science education field, Teresa Moss has a passion for nature preservation and environmental education. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, North American Association for Environmental Education, Cross Timbers Chapter of Master Naturalists, Tarrant County Master Gardner Association and the Texas Association for Environmental Education, to name just a few. Teresa has a Master of Science in Environmental Science (Earth Resource/Ecology Emphasis) and a Master of Education, majoring in Elementary Education (Specialization in Biology) both from Texas Christian University.

Native Plant Society Program

January 1, 2013 by Randy Keck

Event Date: 
Thu, 01/10/2013 - 6:30pm

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will host a presentation by the Fort Worth Zoo on a Texas horned lizard reintroduction effort that is taking place in Parker County at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 at Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow St. in Weatherford. The public is invited.

The Texas horned lizard, Phyrnosoma cornutum, is protected as a threatened species in the state of Texas and is listed as the official state reptile. Perhaps more than any other native animal, the “Horny Toad” is identified with and beloved by Texans. The species is held in high esteem and garners vast support for its conservation and reintroduction into areas where it once lived. Several parties are interested in attempting a reintroduction effort, including Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth Zoo, and the Horned Lizard Conservation Society.

Horned lizard declines across north central Texas have been attributed to habitat alteration, invasive red fire ants, urban development, pesticide usage, and other factors that merit study. Although many of these ecological pressures still exist, there are native habitats that have been restored and are managed in an environmentally responsible manner, which are potentially capable of supporting reintroduced horned lizards.

Meeting

June 6, 2012 by Anonymous

Event Date: 
Thu, 06/14/2012 - 7:00pm

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford. Mia McCraw, a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M University with Bachelor degrees in Rangeland Ecology and Management and Ecological Restoration, will present a program about the Texas Native Seeds Project, including plant identification and seed collection and storage. The public is invited to attend. There will be light refreshments.

Prairie Ecology Program

May 1, 2012 by Anonymous

Event Date: 
Thu, 05/10/2012 - 7:00pm

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The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) will host Jim Varnum, who will present a program about prairie ecology, maintenance, and restoration at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at the Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served before the meeting. For more information, call Eileen Porter 817-596-5567.

Varnum is a self-taught student of nature where his interests range from birds to plants to prairies to land preservation. He spends much time searching for native plants out-and-about in the DFW Metroplex and beyond. Jim has been a Texas Master Naturalist since 1999. He teaches, gives programs and leads trail walks on birds, trees, wildflowers, prairies and land preservation. His current interests include chalk prairies, Hexalectris and Spiranthes orchids and Trout lilies. His repertoire is chock full of interesting nature trivia and a few bad nature jokes. When Jim is asked about his philosophy and interest on the natural world, he quotes author Ellen Parr: "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."

Invasive plants

April 2, 2012 by Anonymous

Event Date: 
Thu, 04/12/2012 - 7:00pm

The Native Plant Society of Texas is hosting an informational meeting on how to identify and track the spread of invasive plant species at 7 p.m. on April 12 at Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford. For more information, contact Eileen Porter 817-596-5567.

Native Pollinators

September 27, 2011 by Anonymous

Event Date: 
Thu, 10/13/2011 - 6:30pm

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society will present ways to encourage bees and other pollinators by Troy and Martha Mullins on October 13th at 6:30 pm at Harberger Hill Community Building, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford. Troy and Martha, a retired scientist and a retired biologist respectively, are lifelong naturalists and environmentalists. For more information, contact Eileen Porter 817-596-5567.

Cactus landscaping program

August 30, 2011 by Anonymous

Event Date: 
Thu, 09/08/2011 - 7:00pm

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The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) will hear a program on landscaping and propagation of Texas native cactus, one plant family that thrives on drought conditions. The program, by Bill Utley, will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford.

For the past two years, Utley has represented the Fort Worth Cactus and Succulent Society (FWCSS) as President of the Texas Association of Cactus and Succulent Societies (TACSS).

Comanche Peak Prairie Clover program

August 1, 2011 by Anonymous

Event Date: 
Thu, 08/11/2011 - 7:00pm

Sam Kieschnick, a 2000 graduate of Aledo High School, will present a program about Comanche Peak Prairie Clover at the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford.

Comanche Peak Prairie Clover is only found in Parker, Hood, and Wise counties and no other place on this planet. Julien Reverchon first collected this member of the pea family in 1882 from "the rocky top of Comanche Peak." Comanche Peak Prairie Clover is a low, spreading perennial, which appears as a dense, mat-forming rosette up to 16 inches in diameter with numerous thick, three-inch long spikes of rose-pink to magenta-purple flowers that bloom from May through June.

Landscaping With Native Plants

May 10, 2011 by Randy Keck

Event Date: 
Thu, 05/12/2011 - 7:00pm

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Gailon Hardin, past President of the Native Plant Society of Texas, will speak about the use of native plants in landscaping at the Cross Timbers Chapter May 12th meeting at 7:00 pm at Harberger Hill Community Building, 701 Narrow Street in Weatherford.

Native Plant Sale

March 15, 2011 by Anonymous

Event Date: 
Sat, 03/26/2011 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will hold a native plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26 during the Clark Gardens Spring Festival. Clark Gardens is east of Mineral Wells off US Hwy 180 on Maddux Road.

Sports Calendar

Tuesday, September 23

  • AHS Varsity at Burleson, 3:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School at Granbury Acton MS;
    8C, 5:00;
    8B, 6:00;
    8A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Granbury Acton MS at Aledo MS;
    7C, 5:00;
    7B, 6:00;
    7A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • AHS at Crowley;
    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.;
    JV, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 24

  • Aledo Middle School JHG, JHB at Aledo Meet McAnally, 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, September 25

  • AHS JV vs. Burleson at Aledo, 4:00 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JV at Lakeland Academy, 4:30 p.m. *District Game

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Joshua at Aledo, 7th Gym 1 & 8th MPC;
    7,8 C - 5:00;
    7,8 B - 6:00;
    7,8 A - 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are subject to change. The lengths of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

Friday, September 26

  • AHS Varsity Girls Black at Granbury Girls Tournament, Harbor Lakes through Sept. 27

  • AHS vs. Joshua at Aledo;
    Varsity, 5:30 p.m.;
    JV, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JH vs. St. Paul's Lutheran at Aledo Middle School, 5:30 p.m. *District Game

  • AHS Varsity vs. Joshua at Aledo Bearcat Stadium, Homecoming, 7:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy Varsity vs. Rockwall Christian at Aledo Middle School, Homecoming, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 27

  • AHS JV at Chisholm Trail JV Tournament, times TBA

Monday, September 29

  • Sept. 29 or Oct. 2, Aledo Middle School vs. Alvarado at Aledo High School, 4:20 p.m.

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