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Community comes together for nature, wetlands centers

Early last week the Springer family made a visit to the Baytown Wetlands Center and the Nature Center for a fine half-day viewing of local wetlands, the animals and birds that reside there and was educated by the personnel working at both locations.

During our winter visits we try to take in a number of the local offerings and were highly pleased with our trip to these facilities. Our hat is off to the City of Baytown for sponsoring these centers. Elsewhere in this edition/next week’s edition you will find an article I did on our visit to these sites.

From the things we saw the city gets substantial help from a number of areas: Exxon, Chevron Phillips, Lyondell, Lee College, Goose Creek ISD, civic clubs, Friends of the Wetlands Center, a host of volunteer contributors and workers and probably a host of others I am in error in not mentioning. Such an undertaking requires a broad base of support.

We were impressed with Tracey Prothro, Superintendent of Natural Resource Programs; and her staff of Terry Cecil, Exhibits Coordinator; Martha Ortiz Senior Administrative Assistant, Sallie Sherman, Education Coordinator, Mary Alice Trumble, Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator; Epie Tucker, Nature Center employee and perhaps others I did not see or meet.

We would recommend a visit to the Wetlands and Nature Centers to anyone in the area who has an interest in the nature of wildlife and plant life in this region of Texas. The Wetlands Center is an excellent educational tool for local school systems and we hope many students get the opportunity of a visit.

Such are the people, places and things that have touched my life in my home!