Getting outside is a good thing. Learning about local nature is great! This fall, the Environmental Services Department is offering a new series of Nature Exploration Walks at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park. Residents are invited to come out for a leisurely walk along the nearby trails with a trained naturalist to learn more about the most common wildlife in our area.
Did you know? “There is a rapidly growing body of studies which show that people are healthier when they spend time in nature. Connecting with the natural world – whether it is in your backyard, out on the lake, or exploring a forest – has been shown to improve a wide range of mental and physical conditions. Conditions such as dementia, asthma, depression, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, diabetes, and many others respond to time in nature. Physicians are rapidly learning about the benefits and have begun prescribing nature to their patients as a component of treatment and wellness.” Daniel Porter, Medical Director, Lone Star Family Health Center.
Join in for the health of it! Bring the family and discover what nature has to offer! The walks are FREE, but registration is required. Click on the links to learn more and register today!
- September 16, from 9 to 11 a.m.: Who Lives in the Woods?
- October 14, from 9 to 11 a.m.: Wings and Things: Tree Dwellers
- November 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.: Wet-footed Friends: Frogs and Toads
Discover nature at your backdoor with a full schedule of lectures and outdoor experiences, please visit Gardening and Nature Classes and Events offered by the Environmental Services Department.
Fall–our most productive gardening season–provides an opportunity to grow fresh lettuce and other cool season vegetables! Pleasant temperatures are an added incentive to plant a garden in fall. Continue reading
Nationwide, the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation is celebrating the fourteenth annual “International Composting Awareness Week” May 7-13, 2017. Organized to raise public awareness of the benefits of composting, the week will include many different activities across the nation. Continue reading
One person’s weeds are the ingredients of Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen’s gourmet salad! Join The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department for a virtual adventure in wild dining at the next Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture. Continue reading
An abundance of brown plant material has been provided by the January freeze. Creating a space in the landscape to store and hold this material for composting can serve as an asset for homeowners. Continue reading
Learn quick and easy ways to distinguish snakes at the Environmental Services Department’s upcoming Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture. Join Matt Abernathy, an expert in snake behavior and identification, as he presents Local Snakes 101 Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the L.G.I. Lecture Hall at McCullough Junior High School.
Recent freezing temperatures resulted in damage to the more tender landscape plants in our area. Before removing and placing this damaged plant material curbside for green waste pickup, consider how this plant material can become an asset to your landscape. Composting this material will create a rich organic soil amendment which benefits both container and landscape plants. Continue reading
Harmless snake or venomous species? Most people can identify a ribbon or garter snake; but, when they see a little Texas brown snake, they may think: baby copperhead! Learn quick and easy ways to distinguish snakes at the Environmental Services Department’s upcoming Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture. Continue reading
Aspiring to produce delicious home-grown tomatoes is the goal of many gardeners. Perhaps the most popular garden vegetable in our area, tomatoes can be challenging to grow in our climate. Beginning and veteran gardeners alike are invited to learn valuable tomato gardening skills at a free Advanced Vegetable Gardening seminar next month! Continue reading
Thinking spring? Now—when lawns and plants are dormant—is the best time to envision and plan a greener landscape! Continue reading
Discover the benefits of composting! The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department is offering free outdoor composting classes once a month between January and March. Join us to learn and practice new composting skills, meet other like-minded residents, and return to your backyard ready to create useful compost! Continue reading
It’s that time of year for oak, sweet gum, ash, sycamore and other deciduous trees to begin losing their leaves. With a little assistance, fallen leaves can be transformed into wonderful free compost for the garden. Filled with nutrients, leaves are a free source of organic matter and an important ingredient to be added to your compost bin. Continue reading
Recycle beyond the ordinary when The Woodlands Township celebrates America Recycles Day at the 3R Bazaar on Saturday, November 12th! Continue reading
From the chorus of songbirds at dawn to the owl’s evening call, birds are a link to time and seasons. Nature writer Gary Clark makes connections as he weaves the story, What Birds Tell Us, at the next Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture. Continue reading
From the essentials of healthy soil to the principles of landscape design, The Woodlands Township’s free Gardening 102: Transforming Landscapes seminar on Saturday, October 22, 2016, offers a guide for creating beautiful landscapes that flourish despite extremes of temperature, drought and seasonal flooding. Join two recognized experts of easy-care gardening – Bob Dailey and Flo Hannah – for best practices in developing water-thrifty yards that are also user-friendly.