July 24 Family Friday

Animal Adventures

The Master Naturalists of the Llano Estacado are joining us this week for our Family Friday to help us discover some amazing animals in our very own backyard! Using the museum's very own collection of Audubon paintings, The Master Naturalists encourage the citizens of Midland to explore their surroundings, and to get to know the most common plants, animals, and the regional history of the Llano Estacado. The Master Naturalists is a nature and science based organization, encouraging citizens to explore nature through activities like bird watching, nature journaling, and more!

Click here to download the Owl Habitat template for the Puppet show, and here to download the Owl Puppet Instructions and template. Click here to download the Audubon Quadruped Flipbook Instructions and here to download your copy of the Animals of the Short Prairie Grass.

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Activity One:

Intro to John James Audubon 

Activity Two: 

Intro to the Burrowing Owl 

Activity Three: 

The LETMN  Reads My Little Book of Burrowing Owls

Activity Four: 

Audubon's Quadrupeds

Activity Five: 

Exploring Nature in our own backyard!

Parents' section

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Have you enjoyed exploring our science experiments with your kids?  Here are some more opportunities in the Permian Basin with The Master Naturalists and the Museum of the Southwest.

Llano Estacado Texas Master Naturalists: 

To encourage citizens of the region to explore their surroundings, and to know the most common plants, animals, and the regional history of the Llano Estacado.

Come Explore the Staked Plains with Us!

Texas Master Naturalists is a program associated with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension offices whose mission is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas.

Started in 2006, the Llano Estacado Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists draws its Members from the cities of Midland, Odessa, Big Spring and other communities of the Southern Llano Estacado.  LETMN Members and Interns participate in a variety of Community and Citizen Science projects including the I-20 Wildlife Preserve Butterfly Garden, Sibley Nature Center Programs, Keep Midland Beautiful, Project Prairie Dog, Petroleum Museum, Museum of the Southwest/Blakemore Planetarium and more. 

We meet the 3rd Thursday of the month at Sibley Nature Center, 7:00-9:00 p.m., 1307 E. Wadley, Midland, Texas, near the corner of Hogan Park (currently we are meeting online due to COVID-19). 

If you are interested in becoming a Master Naturalist, please visit the State website at www.txmn.org (click on our region of the Texas map for the LETMN website), our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LlanoEstacadoTMN or see our Project area in iNaturalist at https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/llano-estacado-texas-master-naturalists


Come learn, explore and volunteer with us!



Museum of the Southwest:

Private Household Ticket Packages now available! Enjoy a private visit to the Museum of the Southwest’s Wagner Wing and view our current exhibitions of Lonesome Dove, Buscemi Studios: Unlocking Potential, and Largescapes: Selections from the Permanent Collection. Reserve a one hour block for your household (up to 8 people) to appreciate the Museum’s galleries in an exclusive, socially distanced setting! Only one household is permitted per time slot, masks are required and the Museum will be cleaned between each visit. Free for Museum members and Midland County Library card holders, $15 per household for non-members. July 14-24 is reserved for Museum members only. Visit https://museumsw.secure.force.com/ticket/PatronTicket__PublicTicketApp#/ to reserve your spot.  More opportunities to interact with the Museum of the Southwest will be coming soon!



Lonesome Dove is made possible by Rosalind Redfern Grover, Nancy Gibson, Kay B. Bird, The Piedra Companies, EOG Resources Inc., the Rae Charitable Trust, and by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Buscemi Studios: Unlocking Potential is made possible by the Abell Hanger Foundation.




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