North Texas Master Naturalists Recognize Roger Sanderson & John Wilt

Roger Sanderson Photo by Stalin SM

Roger Sanderson
Photo by Stalin SM

John Wilt Photo by Carroll Mayhew

John Wilt
Photo by Carroll Mayhew

We’re so happy to tell you about the achievements of two of our spectacular team members!

On Wednesday December 6, 2017 during the Annual Award Dinner of the North Texas Master Naturalists, our Director of Horticulture, Roger Sanderson, was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership of the North Texas Master Naturalists as a “Very Special Friend,” and “in recognition of exceptional dedication to educating people about the value of the natural world, especially native plants, butterflies, snakes and birds.”

He has been a regular instructor for Master Naturalist classes, and has made his mark on Texas Discovery Gardens the last 5 years in creating the best native butterfly garden in Texas. He has also established the Hummingbird Garden which opened this year and is dedicated to the memory of Exceptional Master Naturalist, Jim Varnum.

Roger did his undergraduate work at U.T. Austin majoring in Zoology with a minor in Botany, and did his graduate work in Horticulture at Texas A&M.  He was the Director of Botany and Wildlife Biologist at the Heard Museum for 11 years. Roger is on the board of the Prairie & Timbers Audubon Society and is a past-president of the Texas Herpetological Society.

The same evening John Wilt, Texas Master Naturalist class of 2014, received his milestone award for amassing 5,000 volunteer hours for the program.  Since retiring, he has been unmatched in his support of the North Texas Chapter. He has become literally a fulltime unpaid employee of Texas Discovery Gardens. John was previously the first NTMN to be given a quarterly award for his contributions and volunteering efforts.

We're beyond grateful to have these two on our team!

Haley Estrada