Blackland Prairie Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist
President: David Powell
Mission. To develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas.
We meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Science Technology Center. Were we continue our learning about the natural resources and areas in Collin, Grayson, Fannin and Hunt Counties. Our members volunteer at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, Connemara, YMCA Adventure Camp, Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, LELA and city parks and schools. We are sponsored by TPWD and Agrilife Extension. You can visit us and if you are interested our new class starts in February.
Collin County Archaeology
The Archaeology Society
is a group of avocational archaeologists who meet to identify and
share fossil relics and artifacts and participate in area "digs". Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 PM at the Texas Star Bank in McKinney.
County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas
Native Plant Society of Texas was formed to promote conservation,
research, and utilization of Texas native plants and plant habitats
through education, outreach and example. The Collin County Chapter
of the NPSOT was formed in 1991 to encourage local residents to
use native plants and to educate residents on native plant benefits.
Novice and experienced plant enthusiasts are welcome to join the
group. Membership is established through the state organization
. Benefits include sharing
knowledge and learning about native plants, guest speakers, field
trips, plant exchange, chapter library and local planting projects.
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month (excluding November
and December) at 7 P.M. For more information call 972-380-4030.
Collin County Master Gardener Association
President: Diane Sharp
The Collin County Master Gardener Association, an integral part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A & M University System, is an educational and volunteer organization. Volunteers conduct horticulture related programs and projects throughout Collin County. Members of the Master Gardener program are local citizens striving to promote sound horticultural practices in the community. Members receive invaluable training and continuing opportunities for education, then share their horticultural expertise through a wide variety of endeavors benefiting Collin County residents and organizations. For horticulture questions or more information visit us at ccmgatx.org.
The Collin County Master Gardener Association is pleased to announce they will be awarding two (2) $1,000.00 scholarships to Collin County high school students in the Class of 2009. The scholarships will be awarded to students who are interested in the study of horticulture related fields. View CCMGA press release
and Timbers Audubon Society
Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society's mission is to conserve native
plants and animals and their habitats, protect life from pollution,
radiation and toxic substances, increase awareness about using land
and water wisely, seek solutions to global problems involving the
interaction of population, resources and the environment and to
promote rational strategies for energy development and use, stressing
conservation and renewable energy sources. Membership includes "Audubon
Magazine," published by the National Audubon Society six times per
year and noted for its superb photography and timely conservation
articles, monthly newsletter, camps and workshops. Audubon sanctuaries
are open to members. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of September-May
(excluding December) at 7 P.M. Program topics include wildlife,
conservation and ecology issues. For more information visit the
PTAS website at www.prairieandtimbers.org
972-562-5566 X 271
Collin County Hobby Beekeepers
Pres: John Talbert
The Collin County Hobby
Beekeepers Association was formed to provide fellowship and information
exchange among beekeepers and those interested in bees, to promote
the art of beekeeping, encourage the use of honey, protect the industry
of beekeeping and honey bees and cooperate with County Extension
Services, USDA, TBA and other organizations promoting beekeeping
Memberships are $15.00 annually, and benefits include a monthly
newsletter, access to information about bees and beekeeping through
monthly speakers and a club-owned lending library which includes
videos, books and observation hives, annual workshops with advice
and tips for beginners and advanced beekeepers, an annual honey
contest, discounts on industry publications and more. Meetings are
held on the second Monday of every month at 7 P.M. For more information
or call 972-694-2162.
Heard Nature Photographers
The Heard Nature Photographers
Club is an informal group of photography enthusiasts of all skill
levels who love nature and photography. The purpose of the group
is to bring photography lovers together to have fun and to learn
more about nature photography. Club activities focus not only photographic
technique, but also the natural world of plants, flowers and mammals.
Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month.
The Heard Nature Photography Club also sponsors the annual Heard
photography contest. Memberships are $20 annually and benefits include
a monthly newsletter and field trips. For more information visit
or call 972-462-7314.