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“To visit a prairie today is to walk on hallowed ground, a kind of holy grail for those who yearn to revisit the land as it looked before it was remade and reformed by the rushing onslaught of settlement.  To stand on the crest of gentle prairie hill and watch the gray and green clouds of an April thunderstorm advance over flowers so truly wild, like they have for millennia, is to witness a drama more suspenseful than the latest blockbuster.”  In just these few words written by Matt White in his Introduction to Prairie Time—A Blackland Portrait, you know for sure this man loves the prairie and understands history.  If you know these feelings or would like to, plan on attending the next Texas Master Naturalist Blackland Prairie Chapter Naturalist Talk featuring author, teacher and environmentalist Matt White.  Matt teaches American History at Paris Junior College in Greenville, Texas.  In addition to Prairie Time—A Blackland Portrait, Matt is the author of Birds of Northeast Texas and his currently writing a new book dedicated to milkweeds.

White’s presentation will be on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the Heard Natural Science Museum, 1 Nature Place, McKinney TX 75069, in the Science Resource Center building.  A brief Chapter meeting will begin at 7:00 PM, followed by the Naturalist Talk.  This is a free event and non-members are invited to attend.  For directions to the Heard Museum visit  For more information please email

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