I wanted to film a video to thank Action for Nature for honoring me with their International Young Eco-hero Award for my work on educating kids about invasive species and for creating the Invasive Hunter Academy.
As part of the video, I share a bit about my background with invasive species and the secrets as to why the Academy is so popular with kids. I also talk about my experiences training young invasive hunters and bringing my Academy to the United States Botanic Gardens in Washington, D.C., and to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.
Thank you Action for Nature for your International Young Eco-Hero Award! I will put it to great use to help educate kids of all ages learn about invasive species.
My family proudly supports the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. I first visited the Wildflower Center when I was four years old, and I’ve loved our Texas wildflowers and native ecosystems ever since.
Thanks, Wildflower Center, for featuring my exploits as Commander Ben, The Invasive Hunter, on your Passion for Nature video page.
I’m recovering from surgery from an old sparring injury, but I’ll be back in action again soon, so watch out invasive species!
Young naturalists train to be invasive hunters during last year’s Nature Nights at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Nature Nights starts this Thursday, June 13, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is free and has great activities for the entire family. Get to know the difference between a root and shoot at this Thursday’s event, focusing on the power of plants.
And I have great news to share! I’m bringing back my Invasive Hunter Academy to this Thursday’s Nature Nights, so be sure to stop by and say “Hi!”, get to know some common invasive species in Central Texas, and train to become an Invasive Hunter. It’s lots of fun for kids of all ages!
Get to know the Invasive Hunter Academy
Commander Ben having fun with young Invasive Species Hunters last year at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Get a free ticket for the special auditorium presentation
If you enjoyed Nature Nights during previous summers, there’s also something new happening at this year’s Nature Nights. The first 250 people who attend Nature Nights will receive a free ticket at the admissions table for the special auditorium presentation.
So in addition to enjoying all the display tables and activities (and the Invasive Hunter Academy!), be sure to get your ticket so you can get admitted into the auditorium for the special presentation that’s part of each Nature Nights event.
Summer 2013 Nature Nights at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Summer 2013 Nature Nights schedule
- June 13 – From Roots to Shoots
- June 20 – Amphibians
- June 27 – Insects
- July 11 – Birds of Prey
- July 18 – Wildlife
- July 25 – Snakes
Learn more about Nature Nights at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
I look forward to seeing you there! 🙂
Commander Ben Featured in Wildflower Center magazine
The Summer 2013 issue of Wildflower, the printed magazine for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, features my exploits as Commander Ben in my battles against invasive species.
Many thanks to Ms. to Saralee Tiede, Communications Director for the Wildflower Center, for interviewing me!
Commander Ben & Ms. Saralee Tiede at The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Being interviewed by Ms. Tiede for the Wildflower article was so much fun. When we arrived at the Wildflower Center’s offices, Ms. Tiede took my Mom and me upstairs to a beautiful conference room. For about an hour, Ms. Tiede asked me all sorts of questions about how I got interested in science, and specifically invasive species, as well as questions about how I got started making videos and blogging. She said that one of her favorite videos was Tea Time with English Ivy. Seems like so many people like that one!
After the interview, Ms. Tiede treated us to a delicious lunch at the Wildflower Cafe where we were surprised by Dr. Damon Waitt, Senior Director and Botanist for the Wildflower Center, who joined us for lunch. It was great to see Dr. Waitt again and talk about invasive species. Next, I topped off my lunch with a fantastic cookie which Ms. Tiede assured me was “the best”. And she was right!
Thanks again to Ms. Tiede for the great interview and making me feel like a celebrity for the day!