The McDonald Observatory is an internationally known leader in astronomy education and outreach, according to the statement. The observatory is home to some of the world’s largest telescopes, including the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, and is also a founding partner of the Giant Magellan Telescope, which is under construction in Chile. Each year, the McDonald Observatory also hosts public star parties featuring views... Read more
In Mason, the students of the Pioneers Youth Leadership program have taken on Dark Sky Preservation as a focus for sharpening their leadership skills in their community. Working with their teacher Megan Bierschwale, Hill Country Alliance (HCA) Night Sky Program Manager Cliff Kaplan, and HCA Night Sky volunteer and Texas Master Naturalist Bridget Langdale, these students will write... Read more
Aconcerted push is underway in South America that could see one of the world’s largest reserves of fresh water soon fall into the hands of transnational corporations such as Coca-Cola and Nestle. According to reports, talks to privatize the Guarani Aquifer – a vast subterranean water reserve lying beneath Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay – have already reached an... Read more
The annual Clean Rivers Program Steering Committee meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) River Annex building, 905 Nolan Street, Seguin, Texas. The meeting, which is open to the public and sponsored by GBRA as well as the Upper Guadalupe River Authority, provides updates on the Clean Rivers Program activities... Read more
Tom Wrasse is at his hunting shack alone. Light pours into the small room from a window framed by antlers, harvested from the surrounding central Wisconsin woods. On the opposite wall is a collage of fading photos, showing how big the hunting parties out here used to be. “I try to keep the tradition alive,” Wrasse says, looking... Read more
Home to burgeoning suburban communities, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area was behind more than a third of the state’s population growth from 2016 to 2017. Picking up 146,000 new residents, the Dallas metro area once again experienced the largest population growth of any metropolitan area in the country, with Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Collin counties all ranking in the top... Read more
Behind the white metal gates on Corley Road south of Boerne lie 375 acres of gentle pastures, Texas live oaks, and an old ranch house visible from the fence line. In the near future, this ranch could look a lot more like a suburban neighborhood less than a mile away, just one of many new housing developments in the... Read more
“The City of San Antonio’s Edwards Aquifer Protection Program utilizes land and conservation easement acquisitions to protect the quality and quantity of Edwards Aquifer recharge. Overall, the analysis concludes that the program has been well adapted to the city’s need to protect the recharge and contributing zones beyond its regulatory jurisdiction. As such, it may serve as a significant... Read more
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE LBJ 100! If you are interested in volunteering at this year’s ride—or know someone who would like to help—we have [...]
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE LBJ 100!
If you are interested in volunteering at this year’s ride—or know someone who would like to help—we have an easy way to see all available shifts.
We’re using an online volunteer sign up and reminder tool—SignUp.com, and it’s easy to use.
Here’s how it works:
1) Click this link to see our signup page: http://signup.com/go/dkktDsR; and
2) Review the options listed and choose the shift(s) you want.
You will NOT need to register or keep a password on SignUp.com. SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. But, if you prefer not to volunteer this way, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can sign you up manually.
Please share this signup link with family, friends, or co-workers. Who wouldn’t enjoy spending a Spring day at the beautiful LBJ Ranch while helping a great cause?
All Day (Saturday)
Fredericksburg Native Plant Society Meeting: Dark Skies and Why They Matter
Fredericksburg Native Plant Society Meeting: Dark Skies and Why They Matter
Speaker: Bridget Langdale
Date: March 27, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m.-Light refreshments and social; 7:00 p.m.- meeting
Where: Memorial Presbyterian Church
601 North Milam
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
Ms. Langdale, a resident of Mason, is active in the Texas Master Naturalist Hill Country Chapter and is a member of the Mason Star Gazers and the Hill Country Astronomer clubs. She works with the International Dark Sky Organization and the Hill Country Alliance to increase public awareness about light pollution and to offer common sense solutions for individuals, businesses, communities, city councils and county commissions. Langdale’s transformative efforts have resulted in her home town of Mason being recognized as having some of the darkest skies in the Hill Country.
(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
(Tuesday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Save your space now! The 4th Kent Butler Summit is being planned for April 4th 2018. With a theme of Pipes, People, Pavement, [...]
Save your space now! The 4th Kent Butler Summit is being planned for April 4th 2018. With a theme of Pipes, People, Pavement, and the Future of Water in the Hill Country, we will cover some of the major issues determining the future of our region and its resources. You won’t want to miss it.
Wednesday, April 4th 2018 from 9am-4pm
LBJ Student Center Ballroom, Texas State University (directions)
Early Bird Rate: $45 (until February 1st)
Full Price Rate: $65 (Feb. 1 through April 4)
Student Rate: $25
Student scholarships are available. Email Katherine@hillcountryalliance.org for details
(Wednesday) 9:00 am - 9:00 am
Public Star Party at Pedernales Falls State Park Come explore the wonders of the night sky at a public star [...]
Public Star Party at Pedernales Falls State Park
Come explore the wonders of the night sky at a public star party at Pedernales Falls State Park on Saturday, April 7th.
FREE with the cost of park entry, safe solar viewing and dark sky activities will kick off from 6 to 7:30 pm. Night sky observing and other activities will run from 8 to 10 pm.
Co-Hosted by the Texas Night Sky Festival® Team and Austin Astronomical Society, the festivities will take place at the Pedernales Falls Star Theater, adjacent to the Equestrian Area in the park. Parking will be available near the activity area which is adjacent to the Star Theater.
From the park entrance follow the yellow arrows to the park headquarters, denoted with a red dot on the map above, to obtain your park entry permit. Then proceed to the Star Theater, highlighted in blue on the map.
In case of inclement weather, a “Go” or “No Go” notification will be posted on the Texas Night Sky Festival® Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TexasNightSkyFestival/ by 2 p.m. on the day of the party.
This event is the first of many star party events which will be hosted via a new partnership between Austin Astronomical Society and Pedernales Falls State Park. This public star party has the added attraction of having activities brought to you by the Texas Night Sky Festival® Team, which is comprised of representatives from the Hays County Chapter Texas Master Naturalists, IDA Texas and the City of Dripping Springs. Weather permitting, it will be an excellent family-friendly activity for all ages to experience.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK
2585 Park Rd 6026, Johnson City, TX 78636
State Park Entry Fee:
13 years and older: $6 Daily
Children 12 years and under: FREE
Or with your Texas State Park Pass
More information about the park may be found on the Pedernales Falls State Park website: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/pedernales-falls
(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Texas Water Challenges film series premiers The Texas Water Roundtable has premiered the short film [...]
Texas Water Challenges film series premiers
The Texas Water Roundtable has premiered the short film series, Texas Water Challenges.
Five ten-minute films on contemporary water issues impacting Texas – water pricing and economics, new water, surface/groundwater coordination, water education, and Texas water challenges overview.
The films were released January 2018 and will premiere at the State Capital Annex Auditorium on April 11th from 1-3pm.
Click links below to watch:
· Feature film all five topics (60 minutes): https://vimeo.com/250315889
· Texas Water Challenges (10 minutes): https://vimeo.com/250203877
· Water Economics and Pricing (10 minutes): https://vimeo.com/250203896
· Water Education (10 minutes): https://vimeo.com/250203918
· New Water (10 minutes) https://vimeo.com/250203927
· Surface/Groundwater (10 minutes) https://vimeo.com/250203935
· Film trailer with testimonials (3 minutes) https://vimeo.com/250204126
The Roundtable has created six videos covering a wide range of contemporary water topics. These educational videos provide insights from water leaders across the state and offer direction for policy makers and business leaders to meet the growing demand for water.
The HCA collaborates within several stakeholder groups to affect good water stewardship by expanding our geographic footprint and constituency.
The Texas Water Roundtable is composed of traditional stakeholder groups with an emphasis on industrial partners. Within this group, HCA has elevated the recognition that healthy economies rely on healthy spring-flow rates and clean water — and that conservation is the most fiscally viable means to that end.
(Wednesday) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
(Wednesday) 6:30 pm
26 (Thursday) - 27 (Friday)
27 (Friday) - 29 (Sunday)
“The mission of the Hill Country Alliance is to bring together an ever-expanding alliance of groups throughout a multi-county region of Central Texas with the long-term objective of preserving open spaces, water supply, water quality and the unique character of the Texas Hill Country.” Learn More About HCA