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Native Plant Society of Texas

Early Texas Botanists of the 19th Century

Presentation Details

Background information on scientific exploration in Texas in the 19th century. Examines stories of important botanists of the era.

Can be customized for some eco-regions based on the botanists who collected there.

Equipment Required:
None
Additional Requirements:
None
Ecoregions Covered:
Central Great Plains, Chihuahuan Deserts, Cross Timbers, East Central Texas Plains, Edwards Plateau, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, High Plains, Southern Texas Plains, Southwestern Tablelands, Texas Blackland Prairies, Western Gulf Coastal Plain

Presenter Information

  • Lonnie Childs

    Lonnie Childs enjoyed a 30-year career as a manufacturing and supply chain executive capped by a stint leading his own management consulting firm. In 2001, he semi-retired to the Fredericksburg area to pursue his interests in history, natural history, and land conservation.
    In the ensuing years, he has been involved with multiple non-profit organizations including serving on the Board of Directors of the Gillespie County Historical Society and serving as State President of the Native Plant Society of Texas where he received Benny Simpson Fellows Award for service to the society. He currently serves as President of the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center.
    He has authored numerous articles on natural history subjects and has been a frequent presenter. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and he's working on a new presentation he calls "Landscaping for Biodiversity - Native Plants, Healthy Habitats, and How to Save Your Little Piece of the World".