Tom Lea Month Lecture on Landscapes and Preservation Set for Saturday

Through his artwork and writing, El Paso’s native son, Tom Lea created a timeless vision of Texas that lives on today.

In celebration of Tom Lea Month Shannon Harris, Program Director for Texan by Nature, will present a lecture on the need to conserve these incredible landscapes for the generations to come and provide a brief overview of Texan by Nature’s program initiatives including Conservation Wrangler, Monarch Wrangler, and the Symposia Series.

Founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, Texan by Nature is on a mission to shift the mindset that conservation is something only specialized agencies and scientists do.

Via a news release, officials with Texan by Nature said, “Everyone from home gardeners, to land owners, to CEOs, must come together to practice conservation – in big ways and small – to ensure that our natural heritage and economic vitality endure.”

Shannon Harris

Shannon is a native Texan with a background in program management and research at the Center for Sustainable Development and the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Design from UT Austin.

Following the lecture Bernie Sargent, President of the Keystone Board of Directors, will lead a tour of the Botanical Gardens.  The Keystone Heritage Park consists of an archaeological site, the El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens, the Chihuahua Desert Experience and the Kevin Von Finger Wetlands, a protected sanctuary for birds and other wildlife.

This program is made possible through sponsorships and in part by grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts and Humanities Texas, the State Affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Tom Lea Institute is located at 201 East Main Street in El Paso  For more information about Tom Lea Month and the Institute’s programs please visit the website or call 915-533-0048.

Event:              Lecture – Landscape:  Summoning the Past through Works of Art by Shannon Harris, Program Director, Texan by Nature

Date:               Saturday, October 7, 2017

Time:               11:00 AM – 12:00 noon

Place:               The Pavilion at Keystone Heritage Park, 4200 Doniphan Drive.