Environmental Events

What’s happening in and around Dallas / Fort Worth? If it’s green or it involves the outdoors, it’s listed here!

If your nonprofit group or organization would like to list your events in GreenSourceDFW, please submit it via email to events@greensourcedfw.org. Events will be screened.


June 14, 2015

Sun, 06/14/2015 (Ongoing) - Sun, 08/16/2015 (Ongoing)
Fort Worth & Surrounding Cities (See below) TX
United States

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas and the Fort Worth Water Department are partnering to sponsor the third annual EcoScape residential summer landscape contest to find the homeowner with the most creative, attractive, and water efficient lawn in the area. The contest runs from June 14, 2015 to August 16, 2015 and will be judged on three key criteria:

1.     Design – aesthetic appeal; composition; use of color and plant variety;

2.     Water Conservation – efficient irrigation/water use; use of non-vegetative materials such as fences, walls, walks, etc.; use of native and/or adapted plants; reduced turf area; and use of mulches; and

3.     Appropriate Maintenance – healthy landscape, no weeds; plants pruned as appropriate.

This is an effort to raise awareness of wasteful water usage and to challenge area homeowners to create water efficient landscape to reduce water consumption. It is estimated that half of the total household water use during the summer months goes to landscapes.

Residents with 1,000-square-foot (or larger) front yards are eligible and are invited to submit their water efficient yards that use native/adaptive plants and mix according to color, aesthetic appeal, and plant variety.

The EcoScape Contest is open to residential landscapes within Fort Worth city limits and Fort Worth’s wholesale customer cities, including Aledo, Bethesda Water Supply Corp., Burleson, Crowley, Dalworthington Gardens, Edgecliff Village, Everman, Forest Hill, Grand Prairie, Haltom City, Haslet, Hurst, Keller, Kennedale, Lake Worth, Northlake, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Saginaw, Southlake, Trophy Club Municipal Utility District, Westlake, Westover Hills, Westworth Village and White Settlement.

Applications are available online at the City of Fort Worth Water web site (http://fortworthtexas.gov/EcoScape/).

July 29, 2015

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center
17360 Coit Road Bldg C
Dallas, TX
United States

A conference that includes experts from across the state and nation who will discuss ways to successfully manage wildlife issues. Topics include coyotes, bobcats, birds, bats, small mammals, snakes and diseases associated with wildlife. This promises to be a fact-filled day.

The conference is geared to anyone working with or interested in managing wildlife populations.

Lunch is included when you register before July 23.

Attendees certified with the Texas Animal Control Association (TACA) will receive CEU credit for attending the conference. CEU credits will also be available for technicians and certified applicator’s licensed with the Texas Department of Agriculture and Structural Pest Control Service

$30. Seating is limited so pre-register by July 23, 2015. 

Info: janet.hurley@agnet.tamu.edu

Conservation Wildlife

July 30, 2015

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center
17360 Coit Road
Dallas, TX
United States

Does your rain just run off? Divert it, save it, use it!! Come learn the basics and benefits of rainwater harvesting and the effects stormwater has on the environment. Participants will learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home and have the opportunity to construct their very own 55 gallon rain barrel.

$50 per barrel. Register on website.

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
REI
5929 E NW Hwy
Dallas, TX
United States

If your camp meals have been following the same old pattern, learn some of the components of great meals and translate how to bring them into the outdoors. Free.

Bird & Nature Walks Food
Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Bob Duncan Community Center Garden Room
2800 S Center St
Arlington , TX
United States

Terry Gratton will speak.

Meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month (except November and December) at 7:30 p.m. (7 p.m. social)

Info: Bob Ressl at rressel@sbcglobal.net

Gardening

July 31, 2015

Fri, 07/31/2015 (Ongoing)
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
1700 University Drive
Ft Worth, TX
United States

This summer, the Coalition will sponsor five, full-day forums in a city near you so we can introduce the Coalition, provide members with relevant information and encourage Texans to provide their input regarding conservation issues. At each Eco-Summit we'll host listening sessions and facilitate collaboration between local and regional organizations. Attendees will include individuals involved in creating the Texas Conservation Action Plan (TCAP), such as land owners, TPWD biologists, academia, conservation organizations, and elected officials.

  • Learn about Teaming With Wildlife: True To Texas’ role in conserving our natural heritage.
  • Discuss the host ecoregion’s Texas Conservation Action Plan handbook.
  • Learn about pressing conservation issues in your ecoregion.
  • Learn how to contribute to wildlife near you.
  • Voice your concerns about local wildlife and conservation issues.
  • Inform others of your wildlife projects and connect with others involved in similar projects.

At each Eco-Summit, you'll have a chance to talk about your priorities for your area, and to work with others to advance your goals, and that of natural resources in Texas. We encourage you to choose an Eco-Summit based on your interests, expertise or geographic convenience and add your voice to the conservation conversation. Register online for an Eco-Summit near you by clicking on the corresponding link below and completing the online registration form.

Weslaco Eco-Summit

Fort Davis Eco-Summit

San Antonio Eco-Summit

Houston Eco-Summit

Fort Worth Eco-Summit

Free-$12. 

August 01, 2015

Sat, 08/01/2015 (Ongoing)
See websites for location, hours and season. TX
United States

COLLIN COUNTY 

Collin County Farmers Market: http://www.collincountyfarmersmarket.org 

Fairview Farms Marketplace, Plano: http://www.fairview-farms.com

Frisco Rotary Farmers Market: http://www.friscorotaryfarmersmarket.com

McKinney Farmers Market at the Adriatica: http://www.chestnutsquare.org/programs/farmers_market.asp

 

DALLAS COUNTY 

Carrollton Square Community Farmers Market, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carrollton-Farmers-Market/150017371728897

Coppell Farmers Market: http://www.coppellfarmersmarket.org  

Cox Farms Market, Duncanville: http://www.coxfarmsmarket.com 

Dallas Farmers Market: http://www.dallasfarmersmarket.org  

Eden’s Organic Garden Center, Balch Springs: http://edensorganicgardencenter.com

Four Seasons Market, Richardson: http://www.fourseasonsmarkets.com

Good Local Markets (formerly White Rock Local Market), three locations in Dallas: http://www.goodlocalmarket.org

Grand Prairie Farmers Market: http://www.gptx.org/farmersmarket

The Market Place DFW, Mesquite and Garland: http://www.themarketplacedfw.com

Ruibal’s Rosemeade Market, Carrollton: http://rosemeademarket.com

Saint Michael’s Farmers Market, Dallas: http://www.saintmichaelsmarket.com

Uptown Farmers Market at West Village, Dallas: https://www.facebook.com/events/1061567990525719/

 

DENTON COUNTY 

Denton Community Market: https://www.facebook.com/DentonCommunityMarket

Denton County Farmers Market: http://dentonfarmersmarket.com

Little Elm Farmers Market: http://www.littleelm.org/index.aspx?nid=895

 

ELLIS COUNTY 

Ennis Farmers Market: http://ennistx.com/farmers-market

Garden Harvests Farm: Waxahachie: http://gardenharvests.com

Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market: https://www.facebook.com/DowntownWaxahachieFarmersMarket

 

GRAYSON COUNTY

Denison Farmers Market: www.downtowndenisonfarmersmarket.com

 

HUNT COUNTY

Greenville Farmers Market: http://www.greenvillefarmersmarket.com

 

JOHNSON COUNTY

Burleson Farmers Market: http://www.burlesonfarmersmarket.com

 

KAUFMAN COUNTY:

Ham Orchards, Terrell: http://hamorchard.com

 

ROCKWALL COUNTY:  

Rockwall Farmers Market: http://www.rockwallfarmersmarket.org

 

TARRANT COUNTY 

Bedford Farmers Market: http://bedfordfarmersmkt.com

Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth http://brit.org/events/farmersmarket

Cowtown Farmers Market, Fort Worth: http://www.cowtownmarket.com

Crestline Neighborhood Market at All Saints, Fort Worth: https://www.facebook.com/CrestlineNeighborhoodMarketAtAllSaints

Elizabeth Anna's Local Farm & Market, Fort Worth: https://www.elizabethanna.net  

Farm to Fork Foods, Arlington: http://farmtoforkfoods.com

Garden of Eden Farmer’s Market: http://www.intothegardenofeden.com

Green’s Produce and Plants, Arlington http://www.farmersmarketarlingtontx.com

Grapevine Farmers Market: http://www.farmersmarketofgrapevine.com 

Keller Farmers Market: www.kellerfarmersmarket.com 

Mansfield Farmers Market: http://mansfieldfarmersmarket.net/

Ridgmar Farmers Market: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ridgmar-Farmers-Market/384880104907658

Rufe Snow Farmers Market:  http://www.rufesnowmarket.com

 

Don't see one of your favorites? Email Julie@GreenSourceDFW.org.

Food Gardening
Sat, 08/01/2015 - 9:00am - 11:30am
Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington , TX
United States

Residents are invited to attend the City of Arlington’s Urban Drilling Educational Forum.

In an effort to increase transparency, the Urban Drilling Educational Forum will provide attendees with information on the roles and responsibilities of the local and state regulating authorities in urban drilling.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to listen to panelists, view presentations and ask questions about the regulation of urban drilling.

Representatives from the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the City of Arlington (COA) are scheduled to participate.

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 9:00am - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:00pm
Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX
United States

Discounted prices for all ages during August. $1/general admission, $2/Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and $1-$2/food and drink options.

Info: 214-515-6500. Bailey Starnes: BStarnes@DallasArboretum.org.

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
1700 University
Ft Worth, TX
United States

Learn about BRIT’s research programs, herbarium, libraries, educational programs and sustainable building. BRIT is green from the ground up; learn how and why as you tour BRIT's amazing LEED platinum home. The Fort Worth Sierra Club will be joining a public tour that is given the first Saturday of each month. Must RSVP before July 1. RSVPs will be closed after that date. Meet at the main entrance. Info: Diane Lancaster, at dianelan@gmail.com or 817-845-4139.  

August 04, 2015

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 6:00pm - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 9:00pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center
17360 Coit Road
Dallas, TX
United States

Are you on a budget, but your landscape needs a facelift? Be your own Landscape Designer by learning hands on approaches to landscape design for the ‘do it yourself’ homeowner. Learn proper plant placement, design aspects and installation for a more water efficient landscape. This is a four-week class that meets once per week. Class meets Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25. $395.

Note: This is a project-based class and is limited to one project please. Fee includes dinner each week for up to two project leaders/homeowners listed at initial registration. If you will have two project leaders/homeowners, please reply to the confirmation email after you have registered.

Gardening
Tue, 08/04/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff
3839 W. Kiest Blvd
Dallas, TX
United States

Directed by international famed Akira Kurosawa and starring Richard Gere, Rhapsody in August, remembering the bombing of Nagasaki in the WWII, is presented by First Tuesday Social Justice Films. The 1991 film is in Japanese with English subtitles. Refreshments provided. Audience discussion follows. Free. 

Info: JudAnnWat@sbcglobal.net. FirstTuesdayFilms.org.

Environment Film

August 05, 2015

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Fire Station #7
861 S Independence Pkwy
McKinney, TX
United States

Learn about rainwater harvesting and build own barrel. Find out how to collect and direct the rain in ways that create backyard beauty, lessen the dependence on using city water in the garden and reduce runoff.  

Info: 972-547-7335, Green@McKinneyTexas.org.

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
REI
5929 E NW Hwy
Dallas, TX
United States

This is an overview of planning, preparation and gear. Learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear. Plus pointers on trail etiquette. Free.

August 06, 2015

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Dallas Public Library
1515 Young St
Dallas, TX
United States

This is an informal and interactive class on urban biking. Christina Jones, a longtime bike courier and bicycle advocate, will share the lessons she’s learned from her many years of experience riding the streets of Dallas. Topics covered will include: traffic laws and the rights of people on bikes; how to control traffic by taking the lane; situational awareness and reacting to common situations; what makes a bike-friendly route; and a question and answer session. Bring your snacks, drinks and questions. Free. Info: 214-670-7962. Edward.Sanchez@DallasLibrary.org.

 

August 08, 2015

Sat, 08/08/2015 (Ongoing)
See websites for location, hours and season. TX
United States

COLLIN COUNTY 

Collin County Farmers Market: http://www.collincountyfarmersmarket.org 

Fairview Farms Marketplace, Plano: http://www.fairview-farms.com

Frisco Rotary Farmers Market: http://www.friscorotaryfarmersmarket.com

McKinney Farmers Market at the Adriatica: http://www.chestnutsquare.org/programs/farmers_market.asp

 

DALLAS COUNTY 

Carrollton Square Community Farmers Market, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carrollton-Farmers-Market/150017371728897

Coppell Farmers Market: http://www.coppellfarmersmarket.org  

Cox Farms Market, Duncanville: http://www.coxfarmsmarket.com 

Dallas Farmers Market: http://www.dallasfarmersmarket.org  

Eden’s Organic Garden Center, Balch Springs: http://edensorganicgardencenter.com

Four Seasons Market, Richardson: http://www.fourseasonsmarkets.com

Good Local Markets (formerly White Rock Local Market), three locations in Dallas: http://www.goodlocalmarket.org

Grand Prairie Farmers Market: http://www.gptx.org/farmersmarket

The Market Place DFW, Mesquite and Garland: http://www.themarketplacedfw.com

Ruibal’s Rosemeade Market, Carrollton: http://rosemeademarket.com

Saint Michael’s Farmers Market, Dallas: http://www.saintmichaelsmarket.com

Uptown Farmers Market at West Village, Dallas: https://www.facebook.com/events/1061567990525719/

 

DENTON COUNTY 

Denton Community Market: https://www.facebook.com/DentonCommunityMarket

Denton County Farmers Market: http://dentonfarmersmarket.com

Little Elm Farmers Market: http://www.littleelm.org/index.aspx?nid=895

 

ELLIS COUNTY 

Ennis Farmers Market: http://ennistx.com/farmers-market

Garden Harvests Farm: Waxahachie: http://gardenharvests.com

Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market: https://www.facebook.com/DowntownWaxahachieFarmersMarket

 

GRAYSON COUNTY

Denison Farmers Market: www.downtowndenisonfarmersmarket.com

 

HUNT COUNTY

Greenville Farmers Market: http://www.greenvillefarmersmarket.com

 

JOHNSON COUNTY

Burleson Farmers Market: http://www.burlesonfarmersmarket.com

 

KAUFMAN COUNTY:

Ham Orchards, Terrell: http://hamorchard.com

 

ROCKWALL COUNTY:  

Rockwall Farmers Market: http://www.rockwallfarmersmarket.org

 

TARRANT COUNTY 

Bedford Farmers Market: http://bedfordfarmersmkt.com

Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth http://brit.org/events/farmersmarket

Cowtown Farmers Market, Fort Worth: http://www.cowtownmarket.com

Crestline Neighborhood Market at All Saints, Fort Worth: https://www.facebook.com/CrestlineNeighborhoodMarketAtAllSaints

Elizabeth Anna's Local Farm & Market, Fort Worth: https://www.elizabethanna.net  

Farm to Fork Foods, Arlington: http://farmtoforkfoods.com

Garden of Eden Farmer’s Market: http://www.intothegardenofeden.com

Green’s Produce and Plants, Arlington http://www.farmersmarketarlingtontx.com

Grapevine Farmers Market: http://www.farmersmarketofgrapevine.com 

Keller Farmers Market: www.kellerfarmersmarket.com 

Mansfield Farmers Market: http://mansfieldfarmersmarket.net/

Ridgmar Farmers Market: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ridgmar-Farmers-Market/384880104907658

Rufe Snow Farmers Market:  http://www.rufesnowmarket.com

 

Don't see one of your favorites? Email Julie@GreenSourceDFW.org.

Food Gardening
Sat, 08/08/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Midway Hills Christian Church
11001 Midway Rd
Dallas, TX
United States

"Introduction to the Texas Solar Power Association - History and Trends of Solar Energy in Texas, and Updates from the 2015 Legislative Session."

Presenter: Charlie Hemmeline, Executive Director of the Texas Solar Power Association. 

Public welcome.

Conservation Energy
Sat, 08/08/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Barnes & Noble
Stonebriar Mall
Frisco, TX
United States

Author Leann Forst, a board-certified holistic health practitioner and principal of Groovy Beets Natural Family Health, will be signing her new cookbook. Her Amazon five-star rated cookbook helps solve every mom’s problem of putting healthy food on the table fast.

Info: 214-673-4788, Leann@GroovyBeets.com

August 11, 2015

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Lane Building H: Geotechnology Institute
Farmers Branch, TX
United States

Randy Johnson will discuss pollinators and native plants, and offer an easy, common-sense template for plant selection and landscape design.

Directions:  http://www.dallassierraclub.org/page.htm?generalmeeting 

Environment Gardening

August 13, 2015

Thu, 08/13/2015 (Ongoing) - Sun, 08/16/2015 (Ongoing)
Davis Mts State Park Fort Davis, TX
United States

Need a cooling off during the hot days in Texas? The Davis Mts. are your relief from the heat!  You will need a jacket during the beautiful mornings and evenings in the Davis Mts.  

Some of the events of this outing - dinner in Marfa at the El Paisano Hotel, viewing the amazing Marfa lights, short hikes at the Chihuahua Desert Cactus Research Station and a visit to the McDonald Observatory.

Fort Davis is the only state park where you can bring an RV, camp in a tent or stay in the beautiful Indian Lodge.  (Nice restaurant  in the lodge.)

You can make your reservations for RV's, camp sites or rooms in the lodge through the Texas Park and Wildlife web site.  The lodge fills up fast, so make reservations ASAP.  

Info: nancymcvean@gmail.com or  817 596 5209 before making reservations.  Nancy needs to know that you are coming and where you are staying.