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Former first lady visits Valley

The Brownsville Herald - November 8, 2017

PHARR — Third-graders at Geraldine Palmer Elementary school gathered Wednesday morning at their school library to greet visitors from Washington, D.C., Albuquerque, New Mexico and Dallas who were recognizing their school district for its habitat conservation efforts. Among the visitors was former first lady Laura Bush. Bush helped found the organization Texan by Nature inRead More

Here’s how Laura Bush is helping attract butterflies to Klyde Warren Park

The Dallas Morning News - November 2, 2017

Former first lady Laura Bush is following the wildflower-lined path of Lady Bird Johnson as a staunch advocate of native plants, wildlife and conserving the natural beauty of Texas. “I always really admired Lady Bird Johnson,” Bush said recently at an event at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. “Her efforts to use native plants really showed usRead More

Lake Livingston Restoration Celebrated

Texas Parks and Wildlife

On Sept. 13, former first lady Laura Bush and senior officials of the Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs, the Trinity River Authority and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department celebrated community-based efforts to foster aquatic habitat around Lake Livingston, Texas’ second-largest lake. The event was held at Wolf Creek Park in Coldspring and included aRead More

Klyde Warren Park — Monarch Wrangler

Green Dallas - October 25, 2017

It sounds like the title of the next epic western: Klyde Warren Park – Monarch Wrangler; instead, it’s a proud designation for this urban oasis bestowed by former First Lady Laura Bush as part of the Texan by Nature program. This time every year, Monarch butterflies migrate through Dallas to warmer areas in Mexico toRead More

PSJA ISD, part of Lower Rio Grande Valley Learning Landscapes Collaborative Designated a Conservation Wrangler by Texan by Nature

Your Valley Voice - October 13, 2017

Lower Rio Grande Valley Learning Landscapes Collaborative (LRGV LL) has been designated a valued partner as a Conservation Wrangler by Austin-based, nonprofit Texan by Nature for the creation of native habitats as learning centers as part of a multi-school district initiative in South Texas. Founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, Texan by Nature’s missionRead More

Tom Lea Month Lecture on Landscapes and Preservation Set for Saturday

El Paso Herald-Post - October 4, 2017

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 aRead More

Former first lady attends LLFoR water willow planting

Polk County Enterprise - September 21, 2017

Former First Lady Laura Bush visited Wolf Creek Park near Coldspring to witness first-hand the plantings of American water-willows on the shore of Lake Livingston by local high school students on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The plantings of the water- willows is a 10-year project, currently in its third year, created by Lake Livingston Friends ofRead More

Monarch Butterfly: The treatened species– and Texas’ official state butterfly– is getting a hand from Laura Bush’s Texan by Nature

Authentic Texas - September 18, 2017

Look into the pale blue Texas sky this fall, and you may be fortunate enough to see a group of Monarch butterflies, known as a kaleidoscope, filling the sky. The Monarch, designated the Texas state butterfly in 1995, takes a remarkable 3,000-mile journey every year, leaving their fall perch in locations as far north asRead More

Former First Lady, conservationists team up to promote life in Lake Livingston

Houston Chronicle - September 15, 2017

New life is being promoted in Lake Livingston through a conservation partnership led by the Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs and Texan by Nature, founded by former First Lady Laura Bush. On Wednesday, Sept. 15, the former First Lady joined students from seven area high schools as they planted American water willows in the shorelineRead More

Community, organizations come together to restore Lake Livingston

The Huntsville Item - September 14, 2017

Former first lady Laura Bush’s Texan by Nature joins conservation efforts. COLDSPRING — The young and the elderly. Experts and novices. Professionals and volunteers. That describes all of the people who have rolled up their sleeves to try and restore one of the state’s largest lakes for future generations to enjoy. Wednesday morning, former firstRead More