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Field Trips

General directions to the more common Field Trip locations may be found here if you wish to visit them on your own.
[Note: not all locations may be open to the public or may only be open for specific guided events]
Upcoming and Past Information for Field Trips appears below.

Contact education@bptmn.org  for further information on any of the trips.


2015

  • February 21
    John Bunker Sands Wetlands
    - Directions
    Family members are welcome.  Bring your own lunch or plan to go to the Cotton Gin restaurant in Crandall for lunch
  • March 28
    Manasserri 'Ranch'
    - Directions
    This is a 13 acre farm where the Manasserris are raising a few goats and chickens and an unbelievable series of vegetable gardens for their own consumption with some to spare.  They are integrating native species plants into their meadows and using all sorts of innovative ways to be self-sustaining.  This is not a good field trip to bring extra folks as it is a private home and the parking and bathroom facilities are limited.
  • April 11
    LLELA
    - Directions
    A 2000 acre unimproved teaching facility and nature preserve
  • Birding Trips (only one counts as Field Trip Credit)

    • Heard Museum on 2nd Saturday of the Month.
      Begins at 7:30am around the museum building and heads out into the fields and woods by 8:00am
    • Connemara Conservancy on the 1st weekend of the month, alternating Saturdays and Sundays month-by-month.
      See the calendar at http://calendar.connemaraconservancy.org for specific dates and times
  • September 13
    Connemara Rowlett Creek Walk
    - Click here for directions and instructions

 

 

2014

 

2013

  • Birding Trips (only one counts as Field Trip Credit)
    • Heard Museum on 2nd Saturday of the Month.
      Begins at 7:30am around the museum building and heads out into the fields and woods by 8:00am
    • Connemara Conservancy on the 1st weekend of the month, alternating Saturdays and Sundays month-by-month.
      See the calendar at http://calendar.connemaraconservancy.org for specific dates and times
  • February 16 at 9:30am
    John Bunker Sands Wetlands - Directions
    Family members are welcome.  Bring your own lunch or plan to go to the Cotton Gin restaurant in Crandall for lunch
  •  March 23 at [Time and Directions TBD]
    Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
  •  April 20 at 1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Manasserri 'Ranch'
    - Directions
    This is a 13 acre farm where the Manasserris are raising a few goats and chickens and an unbelievable series of vegetable gardens for their own consumption with some to spare.  They are integrating native species plants into their meadows and using all sorts of innovative ways to be self-sustaining.  This is not a good field trip to bring extra folks as it is a private home and the parking and bathroom facilities are limited.
  •  May 18 [ Time TBD ]
    Clymer Meadow -
    Directions
    Hosted by The Nature Conservancy (Jim Eidson)
  •  May 25 [Directions and Time TBD]
    Stiff Creek -

    Hosted by the Native Plant Society
  • Other:
    There will be several plant type walks offered through various venues that will also be honored as a field trip.  Confirm which of these are valid through some member of the Education Committee.  Some of these walks and field trips will also be offered in the late summer and fall.  See the Calendar for specific dates - they will be marked with a **.

2012

  • November 17, 2012 at 8:15 a.m.
    Geology on the Bus: South Sulphur Riverbed Fossil Dig
    Our learning expedition begins as geologists ‘unearth’ the geological history of Texas en route to our destinations. What events have shaped Texas land formations? Why do rocks and soils of each area differ? Where do we have underground water in Texas? You will learn about this and much more as you ride with fellow master naturalists and guests. After a couple of stops, we will eat lunch at downtown Ladonia, Texas. Then, the real fun begins as we explore the South Sulphur Riverbed for fossils! Bring small shovels, hammers, and bags for your fossil treasures. Plant and animal fossils, and even sharks’ teeth, are waiting for you to discover.  Seats on the chartered bus are limited. Please contact Laura Simpson at simpsonL@tx.rr.comto reserve your place. You are welcome to bring a family member or guest. We will stop to eat at a local restaurant, but you are welcome to bring a sack lunch if you prefer. A restroom is provided on the bus. Arrive at the Heard Parking lot no later than 8:15. On the day of the trip, you can reach Laura Simpson at 972-658-8630. We should return to the Heard parking lot between 4:30 or 5:00, but this could vary, so plan accordingly.DETAILED AGENDA

    • 8:30-9:30 - Meet at an education classroom where Diane Brownlee will give a slideshow lesson about watersheds
    • 9:30-10:30 - As we travel to Ladonia, TX, Keith Brownlee will overview the geological history of Texas, explain the different phases and relate it to current topography, differing top soils and mineral deposits
    • 10:30-11:30 - Two local fossil experts will speak to the group about the type of fossils to be found in the river bed and will show examples
    • 11:30-12:45 - Lunch - Participants are asked to purchase/bring their own lunches
    • 1:00-3:00 - Local experts will lead our group to the river bed for 2-hours of fossil digging
    • 3:00-4:00 - As we ride to the Richardson Environmental Studies Center, Diane and Keith Brownlee will provide another lesson
    • 4:00-4:30 - The group will view steep creek banks full of fossils.  Staff from the Richardson Environmental Studies Center will provide information
    • 4:30-5:00 - Return to the starting place.  The group will share their findings on the bus.

    Heard Museum
    1 Nature Place
    McKinney, Texas 75069

  • December 15th at 9:00 a.m.
    Forest Field Trip at the Heard
    Leaving the Science Resource Center at 9:00 a.m., our first stop is the outdoor amphitheater. Next, while walking along the edge of the prairie, Dave Powell will lead a discussion of forest succession in the cross timber forest region of the Blackland Prairie. We will then cross the prairie and proceed into the bottomland forest on the Sycamore Trail. We will examine forest management techniques and the layers of plant growth within the forest. We will explore the forest community along Wilson Creek where we will encounter areas where wind and tree collapse have opened the forest allowing primary and secondary succession. We will connect up with the Hoot Owl Trail at the big Bur Oak and climb the hill to survey the changes in the plants as we move higher to old baldy and the upland prairie. We will observe the different levels of plant growth in the forest and identify many of the trees and plants that we encounter. Dave’s planned presentation of this ecosystem is sure to inspire and enlighten us. We will be finished by noon.

2011

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