Z: Zion National Park

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Z: Zion National Park

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Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.

With elevations ranging from 3,600 to 8,700 feet, Zion National Park has a diversity of plant communities, supporting more than 900 species of plants. Changing elevations, temperature ranges, and varying amounts of sun and water, as well as species from the Colorado Plateau, Basin and Range, and Mojave Desert, all create a mosaic of habitats within the park.

When visiting Zion, each time you look up and see any of the 288 species found on the park’s bird list, take heart in knowing that by being here you help them thrive. You offer your highest and best to the idea that all of nature contained in our 232 square mile sanctuary, and beyond, is worthy of saving. May the wandering spirit of all our avian friends inspire in you a new understanding of what it means to fly free.

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V: Valley Nature Center

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V: Valley Nature Center

Vvalley nature centeralley Nature Center is a 6-acre park and nature preserve in Weslaco, Texas. Its focus is environmental education about the natural history of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

The center’s activities include a summer camp, birding trips, natural history classes and lectures. There are programs for individuals, children and adults.

Secret Garden in the Heart of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Mission “To provide educational opportunities and to foster appreciation and understanding of the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s unique natural communities of flora and fauna.”

Link to Valley Nature Center

For the most information and a slew of terrific pictures, check out this web page by Jan Dauphin

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U: Uvas Creek Preserve

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U: Uvas Creek Preserve

uvas creekThe Dennis DeBell Uvas Creek Park Preserve is a 125-acre greenbelt preserve operated by the City of Gilroy. The Uvas Creek, which meanders through the center of the preserve, is its defining characteristic. The preserve is bordered by Uvas Creek Levee on the north, and by Christmas Hill Park on the south. A paved trail runs for approximately 2 miles along the boundary of the preserve, and can be used for jogging, hiking or bicycling.[1]

The park is open seven days a week from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM from April 1 – October 31, and 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM from November 1 – March 31.[2]

http://www.cityofgilroy.org/cityofgilroy/community/parks/default.aspx

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R: Riley Fuzzle Road (Peckinpaugh Preserve)

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R: Riley Fuzzle Road (Peckinpaugh Preserve)

riley fuzzyEstablished in 2005, the 25-acre Peckinpaugh Preserve merges 10 acres generously donated by Mrs. Patricia Peckinpaugh Hubbard and 15 acres contributed by the Houston Audubon Society.

The preserve is named in honor of Mrs. Hubbard’s parents. Mrs. Hubbard’s father, William Thomas Peckinpaugh, purchased the land in the 1920’s. The preserve is located adjacent to the new Riley Fuzzel Road bridge. Spring Creek forms the southern boundary of this beautifully wooded preserve, with undeveloped forest land and the Spring Trails subdivision to the north. The preserve is protected by a conservation easement held by Bayou Land Conservancy, formerly known as Legacy Land Trust.

riley fuzzy2A canoe launch has opened at the end of Old Riley Fuzzel Road, adjacent to the Peckinpaugh Preserve, which offers direct access to Spring Creek. The preserve contains 2,385 linear feet or almost one-half of a mile of frontage along the banks of Spring Creek.

http://www.springcreekgreenway.org/naturecenter.htm

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P: Prairie Fest – Tandy Hills Natural Area

prairie festA2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0P: Prairie Fest – Tandy Hills Natural Area

prairie fest3Just in time to celebrate this gorgeous spring weather in north Texas is the 10th Annual Prairie Fest – next Saturday, April 25th, from 11am to sunset.

The 10th annual Prairie Fest is a free outdoor festival celebrating the natural world at the best place to see wildflowers in north Texas.

The event is held at Tandy Hills Natural Area, a 160 acre indigenous prairie remnant, located in the middle of Fort Worth.

Along with arts, entertainment, and tasty local food and beverages you’ll find prairie wildflower tours, storytellers and nature-science hikes on rolling hills, spontaneous happenings inside the Prairie Circle of artists and green exhibitors.

Free & open to the public

http://www.tandyhills.org/fest

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O: Mary K. Oxley Nature Center

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O: Mary K. Oxley Nature Center

oxley2The Mary K. Oxley Nature Center, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has 9 miles of hiking trails, each between 0.3 and 1.3 miles. Each trail offers different sights and scenery. There’s a Blue Heron trail, complete with bird blinds, a Prairie Trail through a prairie wonderland, a Green Dragon Trail through woods and alongside a creek … and more.

The nature center is closed on Sundays and Mondays, but the hiking trails are open seven days a week.

http://oxleynaturecenter.org/index.htm

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