Wimberley Eco Fest 2009 Is a Free Day of Entertainment and Ideas for Gardening, Wildlife Management, Rainwater Harvesting, Energy Conservation and More
Eco Fest will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Katherine Anne Porter School, right in Wimberley, at 515 FM 2325.

Doors open at 9:30 AM Seminars begin at 10 AM and continue through the day, with the last seminar starting at 3 PM Two seminars start on each hour, except at 3 PM.

All events and parking are free. Food and snacks will be for sale by Katherine Anne Porter School.
Berries growing wild in Wimberley; learning from nature
Photo © VisitWimberley.com


10 AM
  1. Land Stewardship, with Jamie Kinscherff, land manager for Canyon Gorge, and Karen Archer of Argus EcoServices. How to care for your property and keep it healthy.
  2. Cedar: Wanted Dead & Alive, with Elizabeth McGreevy, landscape architect and permaculture designer. When to take out cedar, and when you need to keep it.
11 AM
  1. Energy Conservation/Home Weatherizing, with a representative of  Pedernales Electric Cooperative.
  2. Rainwater Harvesting for Home Use, with Richard Heinichen, co-author of Rainwater Collection for the Mechanically Challenged, a long-time rainwater advocate, owner of Tank Town and bottler of Richard's Rainwater.
  1. Oak Wilt, with Eric Beckers, Texas Forest Service. Eric has 28 years dealing with oak wilt, and tells you ways to prevent it and get financial aid to fight it.
  2. Organic Gardening, with Malcolm Beck, long time author and international speaker on organic gardening, and founder of Garden-Ville.
1 PM
  1. Home Wildfire Prevention and Protection, with Jan Fulkerson of the Texas Forest Service. How to save your home.
  2. Understanding Your Aquifer, with Doug Wierman, General Manager, and Al Broun, District Geologist, of Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.
2 PM
  1. Wildlife Management for Small Acreage Owners, with Bryan Davis, Bexar County (and formerly Hays County) AgriLife Extension Service.
  2. Flood Preparedness, Heidi M. Carlin, CFM, Floodplain Management Coordinator, L.C.R.A.
3 PM

Special extended presentation
Green Building, with well-known Austin green architect Peter L. Pfeiffer, of Austin's Barley & Pfeiffer. You may have seen Peter featured recently giving a tour of his family's own beautiful but very energy-efficient home on the Discovery Channel's World's Greenest Homes. He's a very popular speaker and his talks are lively interactions with lots of sensible, cool and surprising ideas for building, remodeling or refitting.

Also: From 10 AM to 2 PM: Several mini-seminars, and exhibits by Hays County Master Naturalists.