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Nature Fest

Each spring, Concordia University Texas hosts NatureFest, a week-long event

dedicated to learning about and celebrating the unique natural setting of the

University.

NatureFest features tours of the nature preserve, guided bird watching, live animal demonstrations, and more! Bring your family to enjoy Concordia's beautiful campus and preserve, and get to know the Office of Environmental Stewardship, who will guide tours of the preserve and Tornado Trail.

Most importantly, we encourage you to get outside for classes, meetings, prayer, and leisure throughout the year.


Nature Fest Schedule & Locations

Follow CTX Environmental Stewardship on social media channels for information or visit the University Calendar for more information. #CTXNatureFest

Monday, March 28

Preserve Tour - Short Loop
9:00 - 9:50 a.m. 
Arts & Innovation Building (Buliding B)
45-minute guided tour of the Concordia Preserve

Birding 
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
The Pier 
Enjoy bird watching tours around campus, Tornado Trail, and more with Carl and Carol Trovall. 

Friesenhahn Cave Fossil Display
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
The Pier 
Come visit with members of the Friesenhahn Cave team and see their display of fossils from the cave. 

Campus Clean Up 
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Tables between Cedel Hall & the Arts & Innovation Building 
Join our campus cleanup efforts this week. To get involved, stop by the tables between C & D any day during Nature Fest to pick up trash bags and gloves. Spend some time picking up trash on campus, and before depositing your bag in the dumpster, post a picture of what you collected on Instagram with the hashtag #KeepCTXBeautiful and tags @ctxservicelearning and @ctxenvstewards. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a gift bag fill with fun items.

Preserve Tour - Long Loop
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 
Arts & Innovation Building (Buliding B)
90-minute guided tour of the Concordia Preserve

Writing from the Preserve - Dana Degreff and Concordia University Texas
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: The Pier
Join us for a 45-minute Nature Writing event led by Dana DeGreff, an experienced nature writer and workshop presenter. 
RSVP - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-from-the-preserve-dana-degreff-and-concordia-university-texas-registration-301537365377


Tuesday, March 29

Birding, Tornado Trail Wildlife Blind
8:00 - 9:45 a.m.
The Pier 
Enjoy bird watching tours around campus, Tornado Trail, and more with Carl and Carol Trovall. 
Come and expereince the new Tornado Trail Wildlife Blind! The OES Ranger team has been hard at work to build this amazing trail amenity. 

Preserve Tour - Short Loop
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. 
Arts & Innovation Building (Buliding B)
45-minute guided tour of the Concordia Preserve

Campus Clean Up 
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Tables between Cedel Hall & the Arts & Innovation Building 
Join our campus cleanup efforts this week. To get involved, stop by the tables between C & D any day during Nature Fest to pick up trash bags and gloves. Spend some time picking up trash on campus, and before depositing your bag in the dumpster, post a picture of what you collected on Instagram with the hashtag #KeepCTXBeautiful and tags @ctxservicelearning and @ctxenvstewards. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a gift bag fill with fun items.

Wildlife Blind Grand Opening/Tornado Trail Picnic
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Tornado Trailhead (Meet at the entrance near the residence halls)
Come and expereince the new Tornado Trail Wildlife Blind and enjoy a picnic with fellow Concordia community members. The OES Ranger team has been hard at work to build this amazing trail amenity. 

Preserve Tour - Long Loop
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Arts & Innovation Building (Buliding B)
90-minute guided tour of the Concordia Preserve


Wednesday, March 30

Preserve Tour - Short Loop
9:00 - 9:50 a.m. 
Arts & Innovation Building (Buliding B)
45-minute guided tour of the Concordia Preserve

Birding 
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
The Pier 
Enjoy bird watching tours around campus, Tornado Trail, and more with Carl and Carol Trovall. 

Outdoor Chapel at Luther Park
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. 
Luther Park
Join us for an outdoor worship service in Luther Park, led by Pastor Jacob Boessling and Drs. Trovall and Puffe. 

Office of Environmental Stewardship Coffee & Community 
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. 
Welcome Center
Join Zach Stark, Director of Environmental Stewardship, for Coffee & Community after Chapel to discuss enviromental stewardship on campus. 

Campus Clean Up 
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Tables between Cedel Hall & the Arts & Innovation Building 
Join our campus cleanup efforts this week. To get involved, stop by the tables between C & D any day during Nature Fest to pick up trash bags and gloves. Spend some time picking up trash on campus, and before depositing your bag in the dumpster, post a picture of what you collected on Instagram with the hashtag #KeepCTXBeautiful and tags @ctxservicelearning and @ctxenvstewards. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a gift bag fill with fun items.


Raptor Demonstration by Sky Kings Falconry 
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  
Luther Park
See hawks and many other birds of prey in action! 

Preserve Tour - Long Loop
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. 
Arts & Innovation Building (Buliding B)
90-minute guided tour of the Concordia Preserve

Online Interdisciplinary Panel: Interactions and Thoughts on Nature 
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Online event 
Join a group of Concordia faculty members in a discussion of how their disciplines approach interactions with nature in ways such as environmental justice, Christian views of nature, peoples' attitudes of nature through time, and music in nature. 
Panel participants - Rev. Dr. Paul Puffe, Rev Dr. Gerard Bolling, Dr. Ann Schwartz, Dr. Matthew Bloom, and Ms. Anne-Marie Shaver. 
Microsoft Teams Link


Thursday, March 31

Birding, Tornado Trail Wildlife Blind
8:00 - 9:45 a.m.
The Pier 
Enjoy bird watching tours around campus, Tornado Trail, and more with Carl and Carol Trovall. 
Come and expereince the new Tornado Trail Wildlife Blind! The OES Ranger team has been hard at work to build this amazing trail amenity. 

Campus Clean Up 
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Tables between Cedel Hall & the Arts & Innovation Building 
Join our campus cleanup efforts this week. To get involved, stop by the tables between C & D any day during Nature Fest to pick up trash bags and gloves. Spend some time picking up trash on campus, and before depositing your bag in the dumpster, post a picture of what you collected on Instagram with the hashtag #KeepCTXBeautiful and tags @ctxservicelearning and @ctxenvstewards. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a gift bag fill with fun items.

Snake Demonstration by Texas Reptile Service
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. 
Lower Level,  Health & Sciences Building 
Participants will be able to see snakes, turtles, and other reptiles up close and in person.

Prayer Walk on Tornado Trail
1:00 p.m. 
Welcome Center

Preserve Tour - Long Loop
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 
Arts & Innovation Building (Buliding B)
90-minute guided tour of the Concordia Preserve


Friday, April 1

Preserve Tour - Short Loop
9:00 - 9:50 a.m. 
Arts & Innovation Building (Buliding B)
45-minute guided tour of the Concordia Preserve

Birding 
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
The Pier 
Enjoy bird watching tours around campus, Tornado Trail, and more with Carl and Carol Trovall.

Campus Clean Up 
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Tables between Cedel Hall & the Arts & Innovation Building 
Join our campus cleanup efforts this week. To get involved, stop by the tables between C & D any day during Nature Fest to pick up trash bags and gloves. Spend some time picking up trash on campus, and before depositing your bag in the dumpster, post a picture of what you collected on Instagram with the hashtag #KeepCTXBeautiful and tags @ctxservicelearning and @ctxenvstewards. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a gift bag fill with fun items.

Preserve Tour - Short Loop
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Arts & Innovation Building (Buliding B)
45-minute guided tour of the Concordia Preserve

Milkweeds & Monarchs 
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. 
Luther Park
Learn about the important relationship between milkweed plants and Monarch butterflies. During this event, you can assist the Office of Environmental Stewardship transplant milkweeds into the ground & planter pots. Tools and gloves will be provided. 

 

Tornado Trail Map

Contact

For more information, contact:

Zach Stark,
zach.stark@concordia.edu

Sam Whitehead,
sam.whitehead@concordia.edu