Top 5 Things You Don’t Want to Miss at Nature Fest

Apr. 09, 2019 by Adriana Thompson

Nature Fest 2019

Concordia is hosting its 4th Annual Nature Fest from April 8 to April 13. Throughout the week, various events celebrate the unique natural setting of CTX on its beautiful nature preserve.

The events occur Monday through Saturday. While you may not be able to get to participate in all of them, here are 5 you don’t want to miss.

Hammocking

Hang out it nature, literally.

Throughout the week, there will be hammocks stationed around campus and Tornado Trail. Take a break from school work and enjoy an afternoon of rest. This is a wonderful way to recharge during the week and truly see the beautiful creation around you that we too often take for granted.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words, no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world..." - Psalm 19:1-4

Short Loop Preserve Tour

Concordia Preserve Tour

On this 50-minute tour, you will be guided through paths lined with limestone boulders, vines intertwined with towering trees, waterfalls and other lovely sights.

You’ll have the chance to learn about Concordia’s nature preserve and the protected species that live in it, including the Golden-cheeked Warbler.

Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes, as you will be walking through unpaved trails and crossing over small streams.

CTX also offers the Long Loop Tour (a 2-hour hike) and the new Mega Loop Tour (a 3-hour hike).

Birding

No, this is not a new Twitter craze.

Join Carl and Carol Trovall and the Texas Master Naturalists on a bird-watching tour of the campus and Tornado Trail. You’ll be surprised at the variety of birds we have on campus and the uniqueness of each one.

You may even witness some actual tweeting!

Wildflower Seed Bombs

Concordia Bluebonnets

During the week, grab a native wildflower seed bomb from the Library and plant it in an open, grassy space. These will be available throughout the week so you can plant at your convenience.

Outdoor Chapel

Enjoy a short, nature-themed devotional outdoors near the Luther Oak with Drs. Carl Trovall, Larry Meissner and Paul Puffe.

As you stand beneath the trees, may you reflect on God’s amazing love displayed in Christ when He was crucified on a tree to save us from our sins. And may you celebrate the fact that our risen Savior is alive and that He is alive in us!

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” - John 15:5

View the full schedule of Nature Fest events and sign up for activities on the Nature Fest page. For more information, contact zach.stark@concordia.edu or samewhitehead@concordia.edu.

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