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Saturday, June 18 and Saturday, June 25 from 9 am to noon, adults and kids ages 12 and up are invited to help plant a stormwater wetland for the new lake at Exploration Green. The Texas Coastal Watershed Program will coordinate the installation of native wetlands plants cultivated in the on-site nursery at Exploration Green. Enter the park at the bridge at 1800 Reseda. Tools will be provided and volunteers should be prepared to get wet and dirty!

Located on 200 acres of natural beauty, Exploration Green will feature a series of five connected finger lakes, 12 miles of hike-and-bike trails, safe play areas, multi-use athletic fields and inspiring gathering spaces. Complementing these amenities will be water-cleansing stormwater wetland areas; habitat islands for indigenous wildlife, including resident and migrating birds, amphibians and butterflies; and a reforested, more natural environment for native grasses, flowers and trees.

For more information about volunteering for this event, contact mcedwards@tamu.edu


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Texas Master Naturalists enjoy the iris in bloom

After a summer break, volunteer days for the stormwater wetland program are beginning again this Thursday, October 1. Our home base is the wetland nursery you see here at Exploration Green in Clear Lake City, but we make also forays to collect wetland plants and seeds, to plant our stormwater wetland projects around Galveston Bay, and to enjoy and learn about natural and created wetlands.

We meet each Thursday morning, 9am to 12pm. Many of our volunteers are Texas Master Naturalists, but we are also joined by friends and neighbors, TCWP interns, and others. If you’d like to join us or find out more, contact Mary Carol at mcedwards@tamu.edu.

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Mosquito season is over for now, but even when it’s in full swing, we don’t get a lot of bites as we work in the wetland nursery.  I am often asked what we do to control mosquitoes in our wetland nursery at Exploration Green.


This little fish, Gambusia affinis, is our first line of defense against mosquitoes in the wetland nursery.

Mosquito fish, or Gambusia minnows, are by far the most efficient natural predators of mosquitoes. They are utilized by some mosquito control districts across the country. We collected ours in nearby ditches and set them loose in the nursery ponds, where they rapidly breed schools of hungry fish. (more…)

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Smiles from Jerry Dollinger of the Gulf Coast chapter, Chris Kneupper of the Cradle of Texas chapter, and Ray Rottman and Nancy Saint of the Galveston Bay Area chapter of Texas Master Naturalists light up a cloudy summer day.

The wetland plant nursery at Exploration Green conservation area is up and running! We held our first volunteer morning on Thursday, September 4, with the able assistance of the Texas Master Naturalists. We loved the cooler overcast weather, even if it meant waiting out a 20 minute tropical downpour. About a hundred sprigs each of Maidencane (Panicum hemitomon)and Marsh hay cordgrass (Spartina patens) were potted up and added to the nursery ponds you can see in the background here.

The nursery will provide plants for the stormwater-cleansing wetlands planned for Exploration Green. These stormwater wetlands will be a model for naturally managing water pollution in our region.
Thursday mornings in the nursery will be a regular event and will be open to all interested volunteers in October. Contact Mary Carol Edwards for more information.

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The stormwater wetland at Exploration Green in Clear Lake City will require about 30,000 native plants for the park’s first phase. Fortunately, we can grow our own! For that, we need a nursery. Here are some views of the wetland plant nursery as it is being built.


Framing out the tanks. There are ten total, and each tank will have three compartments.



A bed of sand in each tank keeps the bottoms level.



The heavy duty pond liners are going in today.

Although excavation for the lake in Phase 1 hasn’t started yet, the planning has been in full swing for months.  We’ll be collecting and growing plants in the nursery so that all the plants have been propagated and grown by the time we need them.

Watch for an invitation to the Open House when the wetland nursery is complete in August!

For more on Exploration Green park, check out the website.


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