A Taste for Nature
Fundraising Target

A Taste for Nature (ATFN) is a biennial fundraising event sponsored by Friends of Brazoria National Wildlife Refuges, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.   This year's event, held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College, is hosted by Earl Shipp, Vice President of U.S. Gulf Coast and Texas Operations, Dow Chemical Company, serving as Honorary Chair, features premier French wines paired with gourmet hors d'oeuvres, and includes both live and silent auctions.

Funds raised at ATFN 2017 will enable the improvement of the Cedar Lake Plantation Trail (formerly known as the Little Slough Trail) on the Stringfellow Unit of the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge.

Planned improvements include:
  • Extend the trail from one-half mile of mowed grass to 1.1 miles of path surfaced with granite fines (adding a section on the west side of Cocklebur Slough).
  • Build two crossings of the slough.
  • Install benches and signs.
  • Construct a parking lot with solar-activated gates.
What makes this property unique and this project worthy of your donation?
  • The trail adjoins, and was once part of, the plantation on which sits The John McCroskey House, a beautifully restored, hand-hewn, old-growth cedar log house built in 1824 and believed to be the oldest surviving structure in Brazoria County. The north section of the trail passes in front of the house.
  • Other sections of the trail cross Cocklebur Slough and afford access to: a grove of Brazoria Palms, a subspecies unique to our area; several majestic old-growth live oaks; excellent birding of both migrating and resident birds, butterflies and other animals.

Brazoria Palm (Sabal x brazoriensis). Photo palmeperpaket.de.
Cedar Lake Plantation Trail (blue marker) is located near the intersection of Texas Highway FM2611 and County Road 316, across the road from the Texas Mid-coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex headquarters.

Old Growth Live Oak.
Photo by Marty Cornell.

Site of the Cedar Lake Plantation Trail.
Photo by Neal McLain.