From the Big Thicket to Big Bend, and from the Rio Grande River to the Red River, Texas, is one of the most biologically diverse states in the country.Stately pine forests, the spectacular Chihuahuan Desert and the Tamaulipan thornscrub are only a few of the amazing ecosystems. Our bays and rivers create a fertile and productive marine nursery, and we are in the migration route of hundreds of species of birds, which makes our coastal prairies and marshes rich with ecological diversity. Discover the distinct characteristics and history of Texas’s 10 ecological zones, learn how common, rare and endangered plants and animals sustain one another, and explore stories of naturalists throughout history who documented and celebrated the great diversity of this state.


Topics Include:

  • Key characteristics that distinguish one biological zone from another
  • Unique and common plants, birds and animals of each ecological zone
  • Why the flora and fauna vary from region to region


  • Biosciences at Rice
  • Houston Audubon Society
  • Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston Chapter
  • Texas Master Naturalists, Gulf Coast Chapter



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Section Title
A Natural History of Texas and the Gulf Coast
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Mar 19, 2020 to Apr 30, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Rice Campus
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $210.00
Section Notes
No class April 16


Refund Policy

A 10 percent processing fee will be subtracted from all refunds. Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 days prior to the class start date. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu.