This Sunday we will watch a variety of short films that focus on the importance of using native plants in the landscape. Join us to view the movies, listen and ask questions of several Watershed Institute staff members, Stormwater Specialist Kory Kreiseder and Stewardship Coordinator, Allison Jackson
50 Years Ago, This Was a Wasteland. He Changed Everything | Short Film Showcase
Almost 50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country. Planting grasses to soak in rains and fill hillside aquifers, Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring the degraded landscape. Today, the land has been restored to its original habitat and boasts enormous biodiversity. Bamberger’s model of land stewardship is now being replicated across the region and he is considered to be a visionary in land management and water conservation.
Many of the grasses Mr. Bamberger used for his restoration are grasses we use at The Watershed Institute. These include little bluestem and side oats gamma grass.
Published on Apr 24, 2017 – 8 minutes
Why is Africa building a Great Green Wall?
Eleven countries are planting a wall of trees from east to west across Africa, just under the southern edge of the Sahara desert. The goal is to fight the effects of climate change by reversing desertification.
Published on Sep 26, 2017 – 3:14 minutes
Why Native Plants?
“Why Native Plants” is an excerpt from “Urban & Suburban Meadows.” Doug Tallamy, entomologist and author, highlights the importance of native plants and the native plant/ native insect connection for sustainable landscapes.
Published on Nov 1, 2012 – 3 minutes
Learn about the importance of sustainable landscaping features in your garden to support bird, insect and other living things in our ecosystem running smoothly.
Published on May 2, 2013 – 2:26 minutes
Smart Reasons to Choose Native Plants
Lawns and waterfronts benefit from using native plants.
Published February 2015 – 6:31 minutes
Backyard Native Plant Pocket Prairie: John Hart Asher & Bonnie Evridge
A backyard once home to invasive plants and energetic weeds now hosts countless wildlife eager to nectar and feed on native perennials, wildflowers, and grasses. Even though it meant backbreaking digging and lots of soil restoration, a native plant micro-prairie was paramount to John Hart Asher and Bonnie Evridge. After all, John Hart restores prairies as an environmental designer for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Bonnie works for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in their air permits division program. Their creative design includes a bisecting boardwalk that leads to organic vegetables, rain collection, and chicken coop.
Published on Oct 11, 2017 – 7:45 minutes
Join us for free environmental film screenings at the Watershed Center every first Sunday of the month at 1 pm. Screenings include a variety of topics and film styles including documentaries and major motion pictures. Enjoy free, local, organic popcorn at the show and spend some time on the beautiful Watershed Reserve before and after the movie. Stick around for occasional environmental speakers accompanying some in-depth topics, answering questions, and expanding on the work of the filmmakers. Registration is not required and walk-ins are welcome!