Our founder

The people and the land are what make Texas great. When they are working in harmony, everyone benefits.

Photo credit: Grant Miller

Our founder, Laura Bush, inspires our work. Since her earliest days in Midland, she has felt a deep connection with the diverse natural beauty of Texas and a desire to pass it on to future generations. Giving voice to Mrs. Bush’s love for our natural world, Texan by Nature strives to strengthen the conservation ethic in all Texans that will ensure Texas’ economic vitality and heritage by conserving our natural resources for generations to come. The people and the land are what make Texas great. When they are working in harmony, everyone benefits.

“Whether you live in the center of a city or amidst suburban sprawl, you can join in taking care of our native landscapes. It begins in your own backyard.”

-Laura Bush

One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, Laura Bush is actively involved in issues of national and global concern with a particular emphasis on education, health care, human rights and the preservation of our nation’s heritage. A hiking and outdoors enthusiast, Mrs. Bush inspires Americans to spend time in, and care for, our national parks.

As First Lady, Mrs. Bush served as Honorary Chair of the National Park Foundation, and visited more than 30 national parks and historic sites throughout the U.S., spotlighting the national treasures and natural wonders. In 2016, Mrs. Bush served as Honorary Co-Chair of the National Park Service Centennial with Mrs. Obama, and wrote a children’s book – Our Great Big Backyard – which encourages children to spend time exploring our national parks and the great outdoors.

As founder of Texan by Nature, Mrs. Bush is committed to native prairie restoration efforts and to teaching Texans the importance of conserving the state’s natural resources. The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas features a 15-acre native prairie landscape, and the Bushes are currently working to restore the prairie at their ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Born in Midland, Texas to Jenna and Harold Welch, Laura Bush holds a degree in education from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas.  She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian.  In 1977, she married George W. Bush.  President and Mrs. Bush are the parents of twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, son-in-law, Henry Hager, and proud grandparents of granddaughters Margaret Laura “Mila” and Poppy Louise Hager.