SGB Environmental Seminar




30th Annual Sadie Gwin Blackburn Environmental Seminar

Thursday, January 16, 2020, at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Coffee: 9:30 AM, Program 10:00 AM


Mac Stone is a National Geographic Explorer and an internationally acclaimed conservation photographer. His images help tell the complex stories of wetlands and wilderness through the wildlife and people who rely upon them. Photographing on assignment for magazines and organizations around the world, Stone’s roots come from the swamps, estuaries, springs and Everglades of his home state. His images have been widely published and honored and his TED talk has been viewed over a million times. An awarded author, speaker, and fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers and Sea Legacy, he strives to expose the dynamic relationship between mankind and the natural world to drive conservation initiatives.

About Sadie Gwin Blackburn

Sadie Gwin Blackburn is a native Texan and has resided in Houston since 1939. She attended Sweet Briar College and the University of Texas and she received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in History from Rice University.

Sadie Gwin’s community involvement reaches beyond the River Oaks Garden Club. She has served as President of the Garden Club of America, Vice Chairman of the National Parks Conservation Association and has been a member of the Mercer Arboretum Advisory Council, Armand Bayou Advisory Board, Memorial Park Conservancy, Hermann Park Conservancy, Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the Houston Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Sadie Gwin is a former president of the Board of the San Jacinto Museum of History and directed a special project to prepare a master plan for the San Jacinto Battlefield State Park. She also was a founding member of Asia Society Texas Center and secretary of its board.

Sadie Gwin has been honored with many awards including a Resolution of Appreciation by the San Jacinto Museum of History Board of Trustees, a Leadership Award from the Park People, and has been recognized for “dedication to beauty, nature, and gardening” by Friends of Hermann Park Board and as Houston’s “Scenic Visionary” by Scenic Houston. Sadie Gwin Blackburn, an outstanding Houstonian devoted to conservation, preservation and environmental issues, is truly a Texas Treasure.

The Sadie Gwin Blackburn Conservation Fund was created to provide exceptional speakers for the annual Environmental Seminar. Please send contributions to:

Sadie Gwin Blackburn
Conservation Fund

River Oaks Garden Club
2503 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77098-1321