Naturalist Talk: How to Discover a New Planet



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Heard Natural Science
1 Nature Place
McKinney, Texas 75069

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McKinney, TX – Have you ever looked up in the night sky and wondered how new planets are discovered?   Then you need to meet Dr. David Baker.  He knows the answer to this question and many more extremely interesting things about our solar system.  Dr. Baker, who is Professor of Physics at Austin College in Sherman and the Director of the Adams Observatory, will be giving a Naturalist Talk during the next Texas Master Naturalist Blackland Prairie Chapter meeting on October 8, 2019.   Attendees can count on a fascinating presentation.  Dr. Baker was honored as Texas Professor of the Year by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, named a “Global Hero in Education” by Microsoft’s Partners in Learning, and listed as one of the Best 300 Professors by Princeton Review.  His award-winning book, The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System, has been published in English, German, Korean, and Japanese.  


We hope you will join us for an “out of this world” presentation on Tuesday, October 8, 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 Dr. Baker’s 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


The Blackland Prairie Chapter is one of 48 recognized Texas Master Naturalist chapters throughout the State.   Our chapter meets in McKinney Texas on the second Tuesday of each month and draws members from communities in Collin, Hunt, and Rockwall counties and adjacent areas.  The goal of the Texas Master Naturalist program is to provide an opportunity for concerned adult citizens of all ages to learn about the natural environment and use this knowledge to provide volunteer service in the form of community education, conservation, restoration, and demonstration projects.  The Texas Master Naturalist program began in 1998 as a joint effort between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services.