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Exploring Houston’s Backyard, The W.G. Jones State Forest

April 19, 2024 2pm

Partner Virtual Field Trip

We invite you to the Piney Woods region of Texas as we explore the W.G. Jones State Forest. Learn the rich history of one of the nation’s largest working urban forests, tracking back to the 1920s. Delve into the biology, conservation, and management of the residential endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker population, and discover the various recreational and education opportunities available from youth field trips and citizen science projects to hay-ride tours and 17-miles of public hiking trails. Join us in experiencing the wonders of nature and the abundant opportunities for exploration and learning that await in this remarkable state forest.

Jaden Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a focus on Restoration Ecology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Post-graduation, Jaden dedicated efforts to restoring prairie and marsh habitat along the Texas coast, including vital ocelot and whooping crane habitats. Jaden has since spent the last three years in the youth education field with the Texas A&M Extension Service as the Harris County 4-H & Youth Development Agent and in his current role with the Texas A&M Forest Service as the Education, Outreach, & Service Coordinator for the southeast region of Texas.

Donna Work graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Science. She has worked with the Texas A&M Forest Service in Lufkin since 1990, starting off in the Pest Control Section working in bark beetle and other forest insect pest research. She currently works with the Water Resources project, Forest Stewardship program, Forest Legacy program, and with the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

Virtual Field Trip on April 19 at 2:00 Central

Registration: https://www.ticketleap.events/tickets/texaschildreninnaturenetwork/exploring-houston-s-backyard-the-w-g-jones-state-forest