Role and Purpose of the Committee

Diagram of Natural Area

In keeping with our slogan, “Home of Natural Sights and Starry nights,” the Driftwood United Methodist Church has graciously agreed to allow the DHCS and the Hays County Master Naturalists to create and maintain a natural area showcase for the benefit of the entire community on 10.5 acres in the heart of Driftwood. This is a long term project and the entire community is  invited to participate in bringing the natural area to life. (Click the diagram for a larger image.)


The ultimate goal is to create a natural area that includes:

  • Presentations of native plants and wildflowers
  • Plantings of Texas state symbols (tree-pecan; grass-side oats grama;  flower-bluebonnet; shrub-texas sage; plant-prickly pear cactus)
  • Monarch butterfly waystation
  • Birdwatching stations
  • Bee hotels
  • Rainwater catchment
  • Educational activities (guided nature walks; instruction in rainwater collection/use; night sky viewing parties; building bird houses, bat houses, bee hotels)

Phase One


The first stage is the creation of a  Monarch Butterfly Waystation, which was completed on April 22, 2018. Monarch butterflies travel through Hays County in the spring and fall and need milkweed and nectar plants to support them while they are in the area. The Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) provides grant funding for projects that create and maintain gardens that support the Monarch migration. We received a $400 grant to purchase native milkweed and nectar plants for the waystation.  Labor and other materials needed to establish the waystation were obtained through donations and organizations that provide volunteers such as Texas Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, the DHCS, and members of the community.  We had a Master Naturalist or Master Gardener on site for every workday. All of the Master Naturalists who live in Driftwood agreed to participate in the project and other MNs from Dripping Springs, Wimberley, San Marcos and Austin have participated as well. They bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in managing land for the conservation  and maintenance of native plants, grasses, and trees, trail creation and  maintenance, rainwater collection, wildlife, and night sky preservation. 


Phase Two


Marking out, mowing , and mulching a walking trail. Committee Chair Venita Fuller has arranged to have PEC deliver mulch from their roadway tree clearing projects, and DHCS member Jeff Smith mowed and spread the mulch.

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Butterfly Waystation Progress

Beautification Project Receives Grant Funding

We have received a $400  grant in support of our natural area project.  In February, we submitted the design of our Monarch Butterfly Waystation for consideration by the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) for grant funding sponsored by the Bring Back the Monarch to Texas program.  We were in competition with many  other projects from around the state and we received the maximum grant  amount of $400. This is great recognition for our project and the Driftwood community.


The funding is restricted to the purchase of milkweed and nectar plants beneficial to the Monarch butterfly. Members of the Beautification Committee and others purchased and installed plants from various native plant sales in the area. The butterfly waystation has been fenced in the southeast corner of the natural area. Thanks to the DHCS members who  participated!  Anyone interested in assisting  with the continuation of this project should email the committee chair: vfullerusa @aim.com

 

The committee appreciates the hard work and dedication of Board and RAP members who participated in this project, as well as the cooperation of the neighboring landowner who allowed us access to the site.

Diagram of Natural Area

Diagram of Natural Area

Beautification Committee

Butterfly Garden and Trail Underway

The Beautification Committee has constructed a butterfly garden in the Natural Area. Using mulch donated by Pedernales Electric Company, volunteers have also begun construction of the walking trail, and plans are on the move for the bird watching station and bee hotels, with a water feature in the future.  


Contact any committee member if you'd like to participate in the project--there are no regularly scheduled meetings, but plenty of rewarding work to do!

Adopt-a-Highway Program

DHCS has adopted a two-mile stretch of FM 150. Cleanup events are every quarter. Our next cleanup will be Saturday, October 27, 8 - 9 am. Meet in the Methodist Church parking lot at 7:45.

 

Participants are asked to review the TxDOT safety information at http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/volunteer/adopt-a-highway/safety-tips.html. 

Committee Members