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River Guardianship Symposium

  • First Lutheran Church 130 Holland Street San Marcos, TX, 78666 United States (map)

Join us for the 2019 River Guardianship Symposium:

“Nature and Nurture: Cultivating Community Guardianship”
Location: First Lutheran Church - 130 Holland St San Marcos, TX, 78666

5:00 pm Conversational and mingling among participants, children’s activities, exhibitor booths, food and beverages provide by local vendors, live acoustic music by Eric Sarmiento

5:45 pm Opening Remarks and River Guardianship Honoree Presentation to Melani Howard

6:00 pm Panel I: “Engaging Youth in Environmental Education and Stewardship” Moderator and Panelists: Colleen Myles, Department of Geography, TXST

1. Tim and Benjamin Bauerkeeper, video presentation
2. Kate and Francine Galko, video presentation
3. Melody Rose Baker Cuny, Mermaid Society SMTX
4. Ben Hutchinson, Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center, Aquatic Science Adventure Camp
5. Justine Salsbury, El Ranchito Texas Rivers Expedition
6. Anne Halsey, Commission on Children and Youth and the Mental Health Coalition
7. Chris Cooper, San Marcos City Independent School District
8. Carolina “Cat” Duncan, Primitive Instincts Youth Nature Program

7:00 pm Panel II: “Balancing Recreation and Protection in the San Marcos Watershed” Moderator and Panelists: Kimberly Meitzen, Department of Geography, TXST

1. Liz Palfini, Superintendent Palmetto State Park, Texas Parks and Wildlife
2. Kelly Stone, FUNBOAT Adventures
3. Laney Lyle, Lions’s Club
4. Zach Halfin, Eyes of the San Marcos River

7:45 pm Panel III: “Promoting Local to Regional-Scale Land Conservation” Moderator and Panelist: Dianne Wassenich, San Marcos River Foundation

1. Katherine Romans, Hill Country Alliance
2. David Baker, Wimberley Valley Watershed Association
3. Sherwood Bishop, San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance
4. Melani Howard, City of San Marcos

8:30 pm Closing Remarks and Call to Action


Mermaid Society Symposiums are created to be signature events of the Mermaid SPLASH Festival, each year in September. The community platforms are designed to bring together like-minded individuals from students to seniors to cross-pollinate ideas, collaborate on existing projects and strengthen connectivity through engagement.

2019 Committee Chairs - Kimberly Meitzen Ryan Keith Spencer

Sponsors - Department of Geography - TXST and Gumbys Pizza San Marcos

Committee: Colleen Myles-Baltzly Melody Rose Baker Cuny Laney Lyle Rachel Sanborn Dianne Wassenich Zach Halfin Holly Hirsch

Later Event: September 13
Guppy Gala