Walk in the Woods Series

In partnership with The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department and The Woodlands GREEN, this free lecture series, Walk in the Woods, spotlights nature in our own backyard, celebrating the rich habitat and wealth of wildlife species found in Southeast Texas. The lecture series meets the second Thursday of each month. 

     Experts in their field, guest speakers reveal the beauty, natural history, habits and interactions of plants, insects, birds, mammals and other animals.  For more information, call 281-210-3800 or e-mail enviro@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Going Green Sustainability Lectures are about various aspects of sustainability, one of the principle tenets of The Woodlands Community. We are always looking for ideas and speaker on topics relevant to The Woodlands and surrounding areas. For more information email info@thewoodlandsgreen.org

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Going Green Sustainability Lectures

Walk in the Woods Series

Explore Nature at Your Back Door

A Series from February thru April and September through November

Going Green Lectures • 2020

Lectures - 2018 - click HERE
Lectures - 2019 - click HERE

Going Green Lectures • 2021

Walk in the Woods is free and everyone is invited to attend. Registration is required. 
 

Walk in the Woods - 2021

Walk in the Woods: Alligators

Thursday, October 14, 2021

6 to 7 p.m.

Free online class

 

Take a virtual Walk in the Woods with us as experts reveal the extraordinary plants, wildlife and geography of East Texas. The Fall 2021 Lecture Series will be presented online. Register to receive the link.

Not able to attend? Check out The Woodlands Township YouTube Channel for a recording of this presentation and many others. For more information, contact  enviro@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov or call 281-210-3800. 

 

Alligators

Take a virtual Walk in the Woods with Abbie Ince-Hendrickson and discover one of nature’s most fierce and fascinating reptiles. Abbie will explore their evolution before diving into the amazing biology and behavior of the American alligator.   Registration required. 

Registration Link: https://environmentalservicesdepartment.wufoo.com/forms/z1aoqx9h1xi1th9/

Walk in the Woods: Hummingbirds: A Life far from Ordinary

Thursday, September 9, 2021

6 to 7 p.m.

Free online class

 

Take a virtual Walk in the Woods with us as experts reveal the extraordinary plants, wildlife and geography of East Texas. The Fall 2021 Lecture Series will be presented online. Register to receive the link.

 

Not able to attend? Check out The Woodlands Township YouTube Channel for a recording of this presentation and many others.

 

For more information, contact

enviro@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 

or call 281-210-3800. 

Alligators

Take a virtual Walk in the Woods with Abbie Ince-Hendrickson and discover one of nature’s most fierce and fascinating reptiles. Abbie will explore their evolution before diving into the amazing biology and behavior of the American alligator.  

 

Registration required. Registration Link: https://environmentalservicesdepartment.wufoo.com/forms/z1aoqx9h1xi1th9/

Walk in the Woods - 2020

Thursday, November 12, 2020
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Give Wildlife a Second Chance
with Cathie Coudert
Friends of Texas Wildlife
Register here for Zoom link

Previous Events 

Thursday, September 10, 2020
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Damselflies and Dragonflies
with Bob Honig


Thursday, October 8, 2020
6:30-7:30 p.m.
The Spring Creek Nature Trail and the Importance of Conservation
with Bill Bass
See Zoom video HERE


23rd Annual Woodlands Landscaping Solutions Drive-Through
Saturday, September 26, 2020
9 a.m. - noon
Sterling Ridge Park & Ride
Free gardening supplies to the first 300 vehicles
More event information here

Encounters with Wildlife

February 5, 2020 • 6:00 p.m. to 7:30

HARC, 8801 Gosling Road
The Woodlands
Cathie Coudert, Education Coordinator, presents on the importance of wildlife care and rehabilitation, what native creature you may encounter and what you can do if you find an animal in need. Learn what programs and resources are available for you to help give wildlife a second chance and more about Friends of Texas Wildlife.
See details HERE
Free & open to the public
Registration required • Register HERE
Speaker: Cathie Coudert
Education Coordinator
Friends of Texas Wildlife

Basics of Backyard Beekeeping

February 13, 2020 • 6:00 p.m.
The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park
6464 Creekside Forest Dr, The Woodlands
 
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a beekeeper? Not sure where to start, what the neighbors will think or how much work it will take?

Attend the Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture Series on Thursday, February 13, for an introduction to beekeeping at home. This FREE presentation, led by Woodlands residents Lisa and Andrew Miller, begins at 6 p.m. at H.A.R.C. 
DETAILS
Free & open to the public
Registration required • Register HERE
Speaker: Dr. John Tomecek
Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Feral Hogs in a Suburban Landscape

February 5, 2020 • 7:00 p.m.
The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park
6464 Creekside Forest Dr, The Woodlands
 
DETAILS
Free & open to the public
Registration required • Register HERE
Speaker: Dr. John Tomecek
Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Walk in the Woods • 2019

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Our Neighborhood Bats
Diana Foss
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Thursday, September 12, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Houston Advanced Research Center
8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands, TX

Join this FREE lecture series and discuss habitats, behaviors, and threats to bats living in urban areas. Come learn the benefit to having bats in the city and where you can observe bats year round in Houston.

No Cost. Registration Required. Space is limited.

Register at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/environment

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Vampires, Zombies and Body Snatchers
Megan McNairn
The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department
Thursday, October 10, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Houston Advanced Research Center
8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands, TX

Join this FREE lecture series and dive into the creepy crawly world of bugs where monsters come to life and ghoulish creatures go bump in the night.  

No Cost. Registration Required. Space is limited.

Register at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/environment

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An Introduction to Birds of The Woodland
Megan McNairn
Buffalo Bayou Park
Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Houston Advanced Research Center
8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands, TX

Join this FREE lectures series that will highlight the interconnectedness of birds with all living things. Alisa will address how to become more adept at observing birds and behaviors and the benefits of documenting observations through iNaturalist. 

No Cost. Registration Required. Space is limited.

Register at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/environment

Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Geothermal: Emission Free Electricity in Texas 
EarthBridge Energy 
Derek Adams, PhD, Paul Lundy, & Gus Perez
YouTube Link to Video of Meeting: Click HERE
Download FLIER on Meeting 

The community is invited to learn about the truly GREEN energy from the heat beneath our feet!

  • Learn what Geothermal Energy is, the many uses of this inexhaustible, renewable resource, and where it is successfully being harnessed today

  • How Geothermal can accelerate the energy transition

  • How we can get to net-zero emissions by 2050

  • Geothermal can provide reliable, emission-free, weather-proof electricity, 24/7/365

 

EarthBridge Energy will explain the science behind Geothermal and show how various technologies can enable widespread adoption of this renewable resource critical for a lower carbon world.

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
USGS Annual Groundwater Table Data
How Are We Doing? 
Jason Ramage
Hydrologist
USGS Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center
The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring a Going Green Sustainability Lecture titled “USGS Annual Groundwater Table Data: How Are We Doing?” The  lecture will be held on Thursday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm via Zoom. The presentation will be by Mr. Jason Ramage of the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
 
Zoom Link HERE
For more details, click HERE
Monday, June 7, 2021 - 8:00 pm
En-ROADS Climate Solutions Simulator – How to Use
Roger Ingersoll
Citizens’ Climate Education
& Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Zoom Link
 
The En-ROADS simulator allows users to test strategies to address climate change via an interactive on-line tool. The simulator is over 10 years in the making, and has been co-developed by Climate Interactive and the MIT Sustainability Initiative. It is a hopeful, scientifically-grounded, peer-reviewed and action-oriented experience for anyone wanting to explore how human actions and government policies can impact the climate crisis. En-ROADS workshops have been run for the U.S. Congress, the Energy Transition Forum in London, HSBC bank, the U.S. Climate Action Network, the UN Secretary-General’s Office, and many others. 

Roger will give an overview of the En-ROADS simulator and how it can be used as a role-play game, or a policy workshop.  Attendees will be able to explore for themselves the consequences of energy choices, economic growth, land use, and other policies and uncertainties, with the goal of improving their understanding of the many factors impacting climate. Learn more:

 

Speaker: Roger Ingersoll a Woodlands, Civil/Geotechnical engineer who after 33 years retired from ExxonMobil where he worked on arctic, coastal, and offshore projects worldwide. Roger has been a member of Citizens’ Climate Education and Citizens’ Climate Lobby, is Co-group Leader and Grasstops Lead of TX08 Woodlands-Huntsville Chapter, and active in CCL’s Conservative Caucus, and Catholic Action Teams.
HOW TO CONNECT:  Visit The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. web site at www.thewoodlandsgreen.org    Or click on the Lecture page to find link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82128043073
You will automatically be connected via Zoom to the presentation. 
 
Contact: Carolyn Newman, email: carolyn.newman99@gmail.com
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Photographic Journey Through the Nature Trails of The Woodlands Area
Bill Bass
Bayou Land Conservancy Board Member
View Presentation HERE

Bill Bass is lover of nature and a most excellent and avid photographer. In his talk, he will bring both to us in the form of a slide show that will emphasize the importance of preserving our natural spaces, and images of the Spring Creek Nature Trail, a 14-mile, multi-use path along Spring Creek offering stunning views and a chance to see nature “up close”. For more information, click HERE
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Spring Creek Watershed Partnership
Rachel Windham
Houston-Galveston Area Council

Video of Meeting: HERE

Our speaker, Ms. Rachel Windham, will discuss the interconnectivity of local watersheds and some of the common challenges impacting the quality of water in lakes, streams, and other water bodies throughout the region, including our own Spring Creek. She will also outline strategies for responding to these challenges that can be carried out at individual, local, and regional levels. As an example, she will highlight progress made by the Spring Creek Watershed Partnership—a community led organization working to improve water quality in Spring Creek and its tributaries through the development of a Watershed Protection Plan. Rachel will also tell us how we as individuals can have input into the process and what we can do to help implement the Plan. 
           Ms. Windham is a Planner in the Community and Environmental department at the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Since joining the department in 2019, she has worked on watershed projects focused on improving water quality through reductions in contaminant loads from point and non-point sources. By disseminating data-driven water quality management strategies to area stakeholders and state partners, she coordinates public participation in watershed protection. Before joining the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Rachel accrued over 10 years of experience as a researcher on multiple water quality and environmental projects in the Lower Galveston Bay Watershed. She is a proud alum of the Texas A&M University Galveston Campus where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Master of Marine Resources Management degrees.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Woodlands Invasives - Air Potato et al 
Terrilyn MacArthur
The Woodlands Township Environmental Services
Link to Video of Lecture
Thursday, February 25, 2021
2020 Galveston Bay Report Card
Dr. Erin McKinney, HARC 
Link to Video of Lecture

 The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring a Going Green Sustainability Lecture titled “2020 Galveston Bay Report Card; How We Can Help” to be held via Zoom at 7:00 pm, Thursday, February 25, 2021. Dr. Erin Kinney, Houston Advanced Research Center (“HARC”) will be our guest speaker. 

Dr. Kinney will be presenting on the most recent annual Galveston Bay Report Card and how the Bay is connected to local creeks, rivers, and bayous.. Dr. Kinney will be covering what we can learn about the impacts of Spring Creek and the West and East Forks of the San Jacinto River watersheds on the Bay and what each of us can do to protect our waterways, our watersheds, and ultimately the Galveston Bay ecosystem. 

 

Dr. Kinney is a Research Scientist at HARC, specializing in coastal and wetland ecology. Her research interests include wetland restoration, impacts of land use and eutrophication on coastal systems, and carbon and nitrogen cycling in wetlands. Erin graduated with a PhD in biology from the Boston University Marine Program and a BA in environmental and evolutionary biology from Dartmouth College. She previously worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the department of marine biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston and at the Ecosystem Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. 

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Embracing Renewable Energy:
Conroe ISD's Plan
Watch the Lecture
Download the Slides
Thursday, January 21, 2021 • 7:00 p.m.
 
The Conroe Independent School District (CISD) now has a solar array at Stockton Jr. High School. Mr. Easy Foster will speak about the solar array at Stockton Jr. High School plus how CISD decided to do the project, related educational curricula, and the district’s future renewable energy plans.  Click HERE for details.
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Thursday, November 19, 2020
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
USGS Annual Groundwater Table Data
How Are We Doing? 
Jason Ramage
Hydrologist
USGS Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center
Our speaker, Jason Ramage, will present updates of the current year (2020) of regional water-levels in the Gulf Coast Aquifer system for the Houston-Galveston region. Particular focus will be given to conditions in Montgomery County. The lecture also focuses on the short and long-term changes in water-levels and subsidence, which is measured by extensometers across the region.  
For more detail, click HERE
Bayou Land Conservancy:
Past, Present, and Future
Thursday, October 22, 2020
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Our speaker, Becky Martinez, oversees land project management and strategic planning for land conservation at the Bayou Land Conservancy. She will talk about the lands that BLC, working with willing landowners, has protected over the last 20 years and their Strategic Conservation Plan to protect lands in the future. For more detail, click HERE  
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February Going Green Sustainability Lecture
Feral Swine: Challenges & Control
February 20, 2020 • 7:00 p.m.
HARC, 8801 Gosling Road 
This lecture is full and no longer accepting registrations.
Speaker: Chris Watts
Wildlife Damage Management Biologist
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension
DETAILS
in partnership with
The Woodlands Township
Thursday, November 18, 2021
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
2021 Galveston Bay Report Card: What it tells us and how we can protect
the Bay 
Erin Kinney, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Scientist at HARC
Zoom Link to Meeting: Click HERE
Download FLIER on Meeting 

The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring a Going Green Sustainability Lecture: “The 2021 Galveston Bay Report Card: What it tells us and how we can protect the Bay”. The presentation will be seen on Zoom on Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.  

 

The Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) have published the Galveston Bay Report Card on the overall health of the Bay. The Bay is an important economic and ecosystem component of the Houston region. The report card calls attention to what puts Galveston Bay at risk and includes recommendations on how people can help preserve the Bay.

 

The Woodlands area is upstream of Galveston Bay and thus affects it. This lecture and discussion will focus on the recent analysis of the quality of the Bay, why it is important, and what actions can be taken in The Woodlands area to help. 

Erin Kinney, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at HARC specializing in coastal and wetland ecology. Her research interests include wetland restoration, impacts of land use and eutrophication on coastal systems, and carbon and nitrogen cycling in wetlands.