Previous Events: 2018 

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 kWilkins@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Previous Lectures: 2018 

Going Green Sustainability Lectures

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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Walk in the Woods Series

Explore Nature at Your Back Door

A Series from February thru April and September through November
All lectures are on the first Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. The nature series features a variety of new topics and guest speakers.  

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

Currently Scheduled Lectures

  • Wildlife Signatures
    February 7, 2019,
    The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park
     6464 Creekside Forest Drive
    The Woodlands, TX
     
  • History of Pineywoods Ecoregion
    March 7, 2019
    Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)
    8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands TX

     

  • Wildflowers of East Texas
    April 4, 2019
    Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

    8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands TX

For more information about The Woodlands Township or for assistance in registering, please visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov or call 281-210-3800.

Going Green Lectures • 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018
7:00 PM HARC
8801 Gosling Road
Spring Creek and the San Jacinto River
How's the Water?

Steven Johnston

Senior Planner

Community and Environmental Department

Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC)

The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring a Going Green Sustainability Lecture  entitled “Spring Creek and the San Jacinto River-How’s the Water” to be held at the offices of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), located at 8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands, on Thursday, November 29, at 7:00 p.m.   Steven Johnston, a Senior Planner in the Community and Environmental Department at the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), will discuss the current quality of water in Spring Creek and the West Fork of the San Jacinto River Watersheds.  He will also tell us what we as individuals can do to protect the integrity of these important regional water bodies and what the future brings if we do nothing.    

 

Topic: Steven will speak to the water quality parameters in these two related systems that do not currently meet water quality standards set by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  He will also explore possible causes for the impairments.  Projects, practices, and opportunities that can be taken on at the local residential and community level to improve water quality will be highlighted.       

 

SPEAKER:  Prior to coming to the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), Steven spent 12 years working as a project coordinator for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Galveston Bay Estuary Program, implementing the Galveston Bay Plan’s Monitoring and Research and Water and Sediment Quality action plans.  Mr. Johnston received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.

 

Those who attend will also enjoy learning about HARC’s energy and water efficient building, which has been awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Green Building Certification.  HARC’s is the first building in The Woodlands or Montgomery County to be designated as such. 

Date:           Thursday, November 29, 2018

Time:           7 p.m.

Location:     Houston Advanced Research Center, 8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands, TX 77381

 

This event is free and open to the public.  There will be cookies!

Thursday, Oct 11, 2018
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
What's Resilient? • What's Sustainable? More?
Working with Nature to Build Resilient Communities

Lisa Gonzalez, HARC President and CEO

HARC, 8801 Gosling Rd, Spring, TX 

 

Description:The Walk in the Woods nature lecture series offers a peek into the beauty and wonder of our natural world. Regional experts provide a close-up look at some of the extraordinary plants and wildlife that abound in The Woodlands, southeast Texas and beyond. Each lecture is accompanied by a guided walk. Come explore with us! 

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

Thursday, Feb 8, 2018
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park
Falconry
Kevin Gaines

Sky Kings Falconry

Register Here

Explore nature at your back door! Experts reveal the extraordinary plants and wildlife of East Texas. A different program each month from February through April and September through November. 

For this program, the walk and falcon presentation will occur outdoors from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. A presentation from Kevin Gaines of Sky Kings Falconry will follow.

Located on the edge of the Big Thicket, Montgomery County is home to a diverse plant and wildlife population. Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture Series provides an introduction to the unique species that inhabit our community. Guest speakers recognized for their expertise present topics ranging from bats and owls to hummingbirds and habitat gardening. Featuring exquisite photography and occasionally live specimens, Walk in the Woods appeals to nature enthusiasts of all ages and levels of interest, from students to retirees.

Registration is required for our free Walk in the Woods Nature Series.  Space is limited so register now for this nature walk and presentation, through the link above.

Thursday, March 8, 2018
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park
Explore Nature at Your Back Door
Snakes and More
Mike Howlett

Project Coordinator, Precinct 4

Parks Department

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For this program, the keynote presentation will occur from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. followed by a walk through the George Mitchell Nature Preserve. Our featured speaker is Mike Howlett, Special Projects Coordinator for Precinct 4 Parks Department. He will present on “Snakes and More.” 

Registration is required for our free Walk in the Woods Nature Series.  Space is limited so register now for this nature walk and presentation through the link above.

Thursday, April 12, 2018
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park
Explore Nature at Your Back Door
Big Cats of Texas
Jona Evans

Mammologist

Texas Parks and Wildlife

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For this program, the keynote presentation will occur from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. followed by a walk through the George Mitchell Nature Preserve. Our featured speaker is Jonah Evans, Mammologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife. He will present on “Big Cats of Texas.”


Registration is required for our free Walk in the Woods Nature Series.  Space is limited so register now for this nature walk and presentation through the link above.

Walk in the Woods Series • 2017

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017
7:30 PM McCullough Junior High School
To Sing or Not to Sing:
All About Bird Song

Mary Anne Weber

Education Director

Houston Audubon

Thursday, Nov 2, 2017
7:30 PM McCullough Junior High School
It's Not Easy Being Green
Frogs & Toads of Houston

Mike Howlett

Special Projects Coordinator

Spring Creek Greenway

Thursday, Sept 14, 2017
7:30 PM McCullough Junior High School
Black Bears of East Texas:
Return of a Texas Native

Dr. Chris Comer

Professor of Wildlife Management

Stephen F. Austin University

Thursday, April 6, 2017
7:30 PM McCullough Junior High School
Coexisting with Wildlife

Hennie Volscheck, game warden with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Thursday, March 9, 2017
7:30 PM McCullough Junior High School
Wild Dining: Foraging the Forest

Mark 'Merriwether' Vorderbruggen, author and expert in wild edibles.

 

Explore wild dining with a lifelong forager and author of Idiot's Guide: Foraging. The leaves, fruits, flowers and roots of woodland plants offer a gourmet and nutritional experience waiting to be discovered. Mr. Vorderbruggen will share tips to identify, cultivate, harvest and prepare the riches of nature's food pantry.

For more information, call 281-210-3900 or e-mail lvaldes@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov
Thursday, February 9, 2017
7:00 PM McCullough Junior High School
Local Snakes 101

Matt Abernathy, Jesse Jones Park and Nature Center
Harmless snake or venomous species? Learn quick and simple ways to identify snakes found in The Woodlands area. A naturalist with a passion for snakes, Mr. Abernathy shares the recognizable traits that are easily recalled during a surprise encounter. See live contained snakes!

For more information, call 281-210-3900 or e-mail lvaldes@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:00 PM HARC
8801 Gosling Road
USGS Annual Groundwater Table Data: How Are We Doing?

Mr. Christopher Braun

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring a Going Green Sustainability Lecture titled “USGS Annual Groundwater Table Data: How Are We Doing?” to be held at the offices of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), located at 8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands, on Thursday, October 18, at 7:00 pm. The presentation will be by Mr. Christopher Braun of the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

 

Topic: The USGS has been monitoring groundwater table levels in hundreds of water wells in our region for more than 40 years, including wells that are pumping water from the Chico, Evangeline, and Jasper aquifers--sources of drinking water for much of Montgomery County.  At October’s Going G.R.E.E.N. lecture, Mr. Braun will discuss the results from the latest round of measurements and will highlight various trends that have developed over the past decades of data collection and analysis. 

SPEAKER:  Christopher graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geological Sciences in August of 1997 and continued on to receive a Master’s Degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering in December 2015 from UT Austin. He began working at the U.S. Geological Survey in the Texas Water Science Center in January 1996 as a hydrologic technician before transitioning to the role of hydrologist in June 1998.  In November of 2015, he was named the Groundwater Specialist for the Texas Water Science Center. He is currently in an acting role as the Gulf Coast Studies Section Chief. 

 

Registration for this event is not necessary.

 

Those who attend will also enjoy learning about HARC’s energy and water efficient building, which has been awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Green Building Certification.  HARC’s is the first building in The Woodlands or Montgomery County to be designated as such. 

Date:       Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time:       7 p.m.

Location:  Houston Advanced Research Center

               8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands, TX 77381

Thursday, September 20, 2018
7:00 PM HARC
8801 Gosling Road
Bayou Land Conservancy” Past-Present-Future

M.C. “Carson” Stokes, a Texas Master Naturalist and a Bayou Land Conservancy Ambassador

The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring its first Going Green Sustainability Lecture of the fall session titled “Bayou Land Conservancy-Past-PresentFuture to be held at the offices of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), located at 8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands, on Thursday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m. The conservancy’s goal is to preserve land along streams for flood control, clean water, and wildlife. M.C. “Carson” Stokes, a Texas Master Naturalist and a Bayou Land Conservancy Ambassador, will talk to the group about the founding of the conservancy, the methods used to acquire and/or set aside these important lands, and the outlook for the future. Topic: The Conservancy was formed in 1996 and is the Houston region’s leading conservation easement holder, protecting nearly 12,000 acres of land in the surrounding area. The organization is an offshoot of the Bayou Preservation Association and was formed to better protect our area’s bayous and streams, and the quality of water that flows into them. The conservancy’s main method of accomplishing its mission is the use of conservation easements with private and governmental land owners. An example of what they’ve been able to accomplish, with much help from many volunteers and local government, is the completion of the Spring Creek Greenway running through the Woodlands, as well as much of Montgomery and Harris County. Mr. Stokes will also tell us about a new outreach initiative for adults called the Spring Creek Greenway Ambassador Program.

SPEAKER: M. C. Stokes is a native Texan and a certified Texas Master Naturalist. He is also a member of the Mercer Society volunteering with the Mercer Arboretum Native Plants Group. Those who attend will also enjoy learning about HARC’s energy and water efficient building, which has been awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Green Building Certification. HARC’s is the first building in The Woodlands or Montgomery County to be designated as such.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Houston Advanced Research Center, 8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands, TX 77381

 

This event is free and open to the public. There will be cookies!

Thursday, May 24, 2018
7:00 PM HARC
8801 Gosling Road
Regional Water Planning; What Is It And Why Is It Important To Me?

Jason Afinowicz, P.E.

Associate and Project Manager

Freese and Nichols

The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring a Going Green Sustainability Lecture titled  “Regional Water Planning; What Is It And Why Is It Important To Me?” to be held at the offices of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), located at 8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands, on Thursday, May 24th, at 7:00 p.m.  Jason Afinowicz, P.E., an associate and project manager for the engineering firm of Freese and Nichols will be our guest speaker. Jason is currently managing the development of the Region H long-range water plan.

 

Topic: In 1997, the state legislature determined that a Texas State Water Plan for the 2000-2050 timeframe would be developed through a regional water planning approach.  Revised plans would be developed every 5 years. To accomplish this, 16 “regional” water planning groups were formed.  Montgomery County and all or part of 15 other counties in our area are within Region H.  The stakeholder-driven process includes the culmination of a long-range plan to meet the region’s need for water in 2070, when the population of the region is expected to reach almost 12 million people, as well as the sustained growth of the region’s massive industrial complex.  Region H is in the fifth cycle of the 5-year planning process and is currently preparing the 2021-2071 plan.  Each plan includes determining how much water the region will need over the 50-year period (demand), the supply of water that is available during that time frame (available groundwater, surface water, etc.), and what strategies the region can implement in order to meet deficits (desalination, new reservoirs, increased conservation, etc.).  This process affects every resident and business in Montgomery County and the region.  Region H wants you to get involved.

 

Jason Afinowicz:  Jason is an associate and project manager for Freese and Nichols, Inc. in the field of water resources planning.   He received both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science Degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University. Jason managed the development of the 2016 Region H Water Plan and is currently engaged in the preparation of the 2021 Plan.  His broader experience includes a variety of water resources and infrastructure planning support, including water conservation planning, for southeast Texas and other location throughout the state.  He assists a wide range of clients with identifying economical, viable options for their long-term water supply needs.  Jason will tell us what the Region H Water Plan is, and why it’s important that we get involved. 

 

Those who attend will also enjoy learning about HARC’s new home. The building has been awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Green Building Certification.  HARC’s is the first building in The Woodlands or Montgomery County to be designated as such. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018
7:00 PM HARC
8801 Gosling Road
WaterSmart Landscaping with Native Plants

Mark Bowen

General Manager – Nature's Way Resources

The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring a Going Green Sustainability Lecture titled  “WaterSmart Landscaping with Native Plants” to be held at the offices of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), located at 8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands, on Thursday, April 26th, at 7:00 p.m.  Mark Bowen, General Manager of Nature’s Way Resources, horticulturist, and author will be our guest speaker. 

 

Topic: Watering our landscape continues to be the largest component of our municipal water supply during the summer months.  In our area, as much as 60% of the potable water distributed by our suppliers goes on our yards, shrubs, and flowers.  Much of that is in excess of actual needs. This is alarming and it doesn’t have to be that way.  In addition to being efficient with the watering of our landscape, we can also control WHAT we grow-using as many water-efficient plants as we can in our yards and at our businesses.  And we’re not talking about converting to cactus and weeds.  There are many beautiful and productive plants and grasses available that are water efficient and much less thirsty than the typical makeup of our yards.  This colorful presentation of pictures and facts will provide a wealth of information about what to choose and where to find what’s best for you and your yard…and the environment.

 

Mark Bowen is a native Houstonian, a resident of the Woodlands and a horticulturist by profession.  He is currently the general manager of Nature’s Way Resources, producers of a variety of natural compost and mulch products. He is also the author of several books. Among them are: “Habitat Gardening for Houston and Southeast Texas”, “Naturalistic Landscaping for the Gulf Coast”, and “Bayou Planting Guide”.

We hope you’ll join us for this interesting and informative discussion.

 

Those who attend will also enjoy learning about HARC’s new home. The building was recently awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Green Building Certification.  HARC’s is the first building in The Woodlands or Montgomery County to be designated as such.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
7:00 PM HARC
8801 Gosling Road
After the Storm:
Infrastructure Resilience Needs a Modern Touch

Lisa Gonzales

President & CEO

HARC

The nine county Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area is at a crossroads. Communities must think about going beyond just recovering from storms such as Hurricane Harvey. The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring this lecture on resilience as part of the Going Green Sustainability Lecture series.

   Our rapidly-growing region has been impacted by numerous flood, hurricane and drought events over the last decade, including three massive storms in the last three years alone. Science tells us that the future will likely bring more of the same. 

   There are many resilience and adaptation strategies that include both gray and green infrastructure. Adoption of these strategies requires a new way of thinking, regional coordination on a number of levels, and development of new mechanisms to fund regional resilience efforts.

   As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), Ms. Gonzales is responsible for the strategic direction of HARC and its research programs, which are designed to facilitate the sustainable management of air, energy and water resources. She is also active in research focusing on the analysis and dissemination of data concerning the health and productivity of Texas Gulf Coast bays, estuaries and watersheds. 

 

Those who attend will also enjoy learning about the many “green” features of HARC’s new building, currently the only LEED Platinum facility in the Woodlands, with energy saving solar and geothermal systems along with many other extensive low impact development features.

This event is free and open to the public.  Coffee and cookies provided.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
7:00 PM HARC
8801 Gosling Road
Soil: Your Ultimate Water Reservoir – Tapping the Potential

Mr. John Ferguson

Soil Scientist and Owner of 

Nature's Way Resources

 

The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is presenting a Sustainability Lecture entitled “Soil: Your Ultimate Water Reservoir – Tapping the Potential”.  Mr. John Ferguson, award-winning Soil Scientist, will be the speaker.  The public is welcome and there is no charge.  We will learn water conservation, plus how to create a greener, healthier landscape. 

Landscaping irrigation in our area accounts for more than 50% of the drinking water that we use during the growing season.  The effective application of modern soil science, however, can drastically reduce this demand. Increasing a soil’s organic matter by a mere 3% allows an acre of that soil to store about 120,000 gallons of water within its top 18 inches. Individuals who integrate basic soil fundamentals into their landscaping experience better results, a thicker, greener lawn and healthier shrubs and flowers, with lower installation and maintenance costs.

The speaker, Mr. John Ferguson, has over 40 years of business experience.  He founded and owns Natural Waste Solutions, dba Nature’s Way Resources, a Houston-based recycling company that specializes producing high-quality compost, mulch and soil mixes.  He holds a M.S. degree in Physics and Geology and is a licensed Soil Scientist in Texas.  John has won many awards in horticulture and environmental issues and has represented the composting industry on the Houston-Galveston Area Council for solid waste for over 17 years. 

Those who attend will also enjoy learning about the many “green” features of HARC’s new building, currently the only LEED Platinum facility in the Woodlands, with energy saving solar and geothermal systems along with many other extensive low impact development features.

This event is free and open to the public.  Coffee and cookies provided.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
7:00 PM HARC
8801 Gosling Road
The Quiet Invasion 

Dr. Erin McKinney

HARC

Research Scientist

Invasive plants and animals introduced into the environment cause various types of problems for humans and ecosystems. These “invasive species” are the topic of the January 2018 Going Green Sustainability Lecture.

 

The presentation entitled “The Quiet Invasion” will be given by Dr. Erin Kinney, Research Scientist at HARC. The Quiet Invasion serves as a guide to invasive species of Galveston Bay and its watershed.  Dr. Kinney will review the Quiet Invasion web site (www.galvbayinvasives.org), its new features, and the new paperback field guide, which will be available to those who attend the talk.  Importantly, she will let us know what we as individuals and organizations can do to diminish the impacts of increasing threats from invasive species.  

Dr. Kinney is a Research Scientist at HARC specializing in coastal and wetland ecology.  Her research interests include wetland restoration, impact 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, Massachusetts.

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