It’s no secret the Texas Master Naturalist Coastal Prairie Chapter is a major asset to Rosenberg parks.

And the Rosenberg Development Corp. wants to make sure the Master Naturalists have what they need to continue the work they do.

At Wednesday’s RDC meeting, Economic Development Director Jeremy Heath presented an update on year-to-date activities the Master Naturalists have accomplished at the park.

“We do have an annual contract with the Master Naturalists,” Heath told the board. “They do a lot of manual labor, especially at Seabourne Creek.”

According to Heath, Master Naturalists have not been able to meet all spring due to social distancing regulations.

“They’ve had groups out there the past two Sundays,” Heath continued. “They plan to ramp up that as they get more and more clearance to get more people in one spot at one time.”

The Coastal Prairie chapter has worked with the city of Rosenberg since 2009 in developing the Seabourne Creek Nature Park.

As of right now, the Master Naturalist annual Nature Fest is still scheduled for November.

“It gives them a lot of exposure,” Heath explained. “Last year, they had about 1,500 attendees. This year, it could be different.”

Activities included discussions on butterflies, caterpillars, alligators, snakes, hawks, owls, beekeepers and more. Children were also able to enjoy a petting zoo, crafts and face painting.

Visitors also experienced nature talks by experts, an edible plant display, prairie walks, hayrides and musical entertainment. Native plants and seeds were available for sale last year as well.

RDC board member Herb Phelan said Seabourne Creek Nature Park is a hidden gem in Rosenberg.

“I see it as a real thing for our community to be proud of,” he said. “To me, having people go out there and say, ‘wow,’ is the future of that place.”

RDC board member John Herne agreed.

“There is a lot of (land) left out there and how it’s developed over the next 15 years is going to have an impact on the draw to Rosenberg,” Herne said. “We need to plan smaller projects for (the Master Naturalists) as we go along.”

The next RDC meeting will be held July 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rosenberg Civic and Convention Center, located at 3825 SH 36.

Citizens will be allowed to attend the meeting, but must first be screened for symptoms associated with COVID-19, including a temperature check; and must wear a protective mask while in the Civic Center.

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