Nature Walk: Ethnobotany
Led by Master Naturalist Janis Merritt, learn the uses of some of the common plants occurring naturally in the park. Janis has a deep background in developing and maintaining natural areas and a specific interest in and knowledge of the use of common plants by Native Americans and early Texans.
Ethnobotany is the study of how people use plants for food, medicine, tools, dyes, weaving baskets, etc.. On this walk participants will learn how the Native Americans and pioneers used native plants in their daily life and how some of these plants are still in use today.
Meet by 8 a.m. SHARP to register before the 8:10 a.m. departure. Beginning behind the Gathering Hall, the group walks along the Savanna Loop Trail, northwest thru the savanna restoration area, continues along the Oak Loop Connector to the Oak Loop Trail, then around the Loop. Brief explanations are given at the start and along the way, with ample time for questions.
The Nature Walks are jointly sponsored by the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, the Alamo Area Master Naturalists and the Sierra Club. The walks follow the same trails through the park each month, but with a focus on a different topic. Walkers learn from experts and see the changing beauty of the natural area through the seasons.
Minors are welcome when accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Dogs are allowed if leashed and socialized. The trail is flat, with a natural surface. These 1.5 mile walks are slow-paced and suitable for families. Each lasts about two hours, ending back at the Urban Ecology Center around 10:15 a.m.
Walkers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, to bring water and sun protection, and to dress appropriately for the weather.
Registration is not required. A donation to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy of $3 per individual or $5 per family is suggested.
Call the PHP Conservancy office for more information: 210-226-8339.
|Starts||Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:00 am|
|Ends||Saturday, May 24, 2014 10:00 am|
|Location||Urban Ecology Center at Phil Hardberger Park (PHP West)|