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The Texas Coastal Watershed Program will host visitors and volunteers at the wetland plant nursery from 9am to 12pm, as part of the Exploration Green Earth Day. Have some muddy fun for a good cause! Join TCWP staff as we demonstrate how to propagate plants in the wetland plant nursery, then it’s your turn to get new plants potted up. When you are ready to take a break, try our wetland scavenger hunt and see the range of plants and aquatic animals that call the nursery home.

See other activities planned for the event, from a cyclo-cross biking exhibition to geocaching.

The nursery is near 1801 Neptune Lane, Clear Lake City (Houston) 77062. Park along the street near the bridge (from which you can see the nursery) and take the northeast trail.

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Families enjoy planting the floating wetlands. Photo by Marissa Sipocz

The Pearland Wetland Awareness event was a success!  We planted 1200 plants on the 20 floating wetlands, and made about 400 plant balls to set in the deeper water around the islands. We also made thousands of seedballs for future use on the slopes of the site. There were 17 species of native coastal prairie wildflowers and grasses in the seedball mix. Over ninety people joined us on Saturday.

Those were the numbers. Now if you take a look at the photos from the Pearland Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook page, you will see how enjoyable it was to take part! See Planting the wetlands on Saturday and launching the floating wetlands on the following Tuesday.

These wetlands set the stage for improved wildlife habitat on the site of the future Pearland Nature Center, and demonstrate water quality improvement techniques for stormwater runoff. Stay tuned for Phase 2 of the wetland planting!

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Volunteers make “plant balls” to weigh down and protect wetland plants that tolerate deeperconditions. Photos by Marissa Sipocz

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These seedballs containing a mix of locally collected prairie species will be scattered on the banks of the pond at a future date. Photo by Marissa Sipocz

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