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MOSTHistory Presents Edible and Medicinal South Texas Plants With Park Ranger Jade Rutledge
Sunday Speaker Series program to be held at 2 p.m. on May 26, 2013

The Museum of South Texas History welcomes Park Ranger Jade Rutledge as she presents “Eating Out: Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rio Grande Valley,” a presentation on native plants at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. Rutledge’s presentation will focus on the history of plants indigenous to South Texas, starting during the development of the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) to their varied uses today. This Sunday Speaker Series program will include a multimedia presentation, examples of plants and a brief guided tour through MOSTHistory’s Will Looney Legacy Park.

Jade Rutledge
Park Ranger Jade Rutledge

An Interpretive Park Ranger at Resaca de la Palma State Park in Brownsville, Texas, Rutledge educates visitors about the park’s natural, cultural and historic resources through presentations, demonstrations, talks and guided tours and hikes. This Sunday at MOSTHistory, Rutledge will educate audience members on how native plants have not only shaped the lives of past RGV residents but also how they play a significant role today through edible and medicinal uses. Having worked, studied and volunteered across the United States and around the world, Rutledge has become an expert in native plants and animals, becoming fascinated with their connection to humans.

Originally from Bastrop, Texas, Rutledge’s job as a park ranger means that she is entrusted with protecting and preserving parklands. In addition to Interpretive Rangers there are also park rangers known as Law Enforcement Officers (enforce the laws and regulations) and General Park Rangers (cover all aspects of park life). Although there are specialized duties among the three ranger types, all park rangers work to protect and improve park resources and protect and educate park visitors. Audience members will be able to see Rutledge in action during a short walking tour through MOSTHistory’s own Legacy Park. This Sunday Speaker Series presentation by Rutledge is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.

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