Laura Bush Title: Former First Lady; Former Librarian and Teacher; Founder of Texan By Nature Education: Southern Methodist University , University of Texas Location: Crawford, Texas Expertise: The founder of Texan by Nature, Mrs. Bush is committed to native prairie restoration efforts and teaching Texans the importance of conserving the state’s natural resources. Laura Bush is an American teacher and librarian who served as First Lady of the United States from 2001 to 2009. She is the founder of Texan by Nature. Mrs. Bush is committed to native prairie restoration efforts and teaching Texans the importance of conserving the state’s natural resources. The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas features a 15-acre native prairie landscape, and the Bushes are currently working to restore the prairie at their ranch in Crawford, Texas. Experience As First Lady, Mrs. Bush served as Honorary Chair of the National Park Foundation, and visited more than 30 national parks and historic sites throughout the U.S., spotlighting the national treasures and natural wonders. In 2016, Mrs. Bush served as Honorary Co-Chair of the National Park Service Centennial with Mrs. Obama, and wrote a children’s book - Our Great Big Backyard – which encourages children to spend time exploring our national parks and the great outdoors. Education Laura Bush holds a degree in education from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas. About Southern Living Southern Living, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, celebrates the food, homes, places, and culture of the South. We reach 7.2 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.