A continuing education course on community organizing featuring veteran organizers from a variety of social justice movements. Hosted by DFW air quality watchdog Downwinders at Risk.
May 6 2017
Downwinders at Risk: College of Constructive Hell-Raising - Dallas (Jan. 17-May 23)
Perot Museum: Maya - Hidden Worlds Revealed - Dallas
The exhibition brings together more than 200 authentic artifacts and immersive environments to explore the astonishing accomplishments of one of the most powerful indigenous Mesoamerican civilizations, that still has millions of living descendants today. Visitors will learn how the Maya built towering temples and created an intricate calendar system while discovering what archaeologists have uncovered about the once-hidden ancient Maya, and the unresolved questions about why these ancient cities were abandoned. Through hands-on activity stations, guests can decipher hieroglyphs, learn cultural and architectural techniques, and explore an underworld cave, ancient burial site, mural room and more. The bilingual exhibition, presented in English and Spanish, requires a surcharge for members and non-members.
Denton County Transportation Authority: Denton County Bike Challenge
The Denton County Transportation Authority is partnering with the North Central Texas Council of Governments to host the 2017 Bike Everywhere Challenge to encourage people to ride their bike instead of driving their car during the month of May which is National Bike Month. This free challenge is open to all Denton County residents to enjoy the benefits of biking while also getting a chance to win cool prizes.
The challenge starts Monday, May 1, and ends on Wednesday, May 31. Each participant must create a free account on NCTCOG’s Try Parking It website, joinDCTA’s Bike Everywhere Challenge and log their bike trips to be eligible to win the challenge prizes.
The three participants with the most bike trips logged at the end of the challenge will win the following top prizes provided by DCTA’s three member cities – Denton, Lewisville and Highland Village – who have sponsored the challenge:
· 1st Place – $150 gift card to Cadence Cyclery and sponsorship swag
· 2nd Place – $75 gift card from Denton Bicycle Center and sponsorship swag
· 3rd Place – Two VIP tickets to the 2017 Lewisville Western Days Festival ($500 value) and sponsorship swag
All participants must log their bike trips by Monday, June 5, to be counted toward the challenge. Participants who don’t win the top three prizes will still be eligible to win prizes for NCTCOG’s Try Parking It rewards program.
DCTA customers can ride their bikes to A-train rail stations and take advantage of bike racks on buses and the A-train. Bicycles are allowed on the A-train and most DCTA buses.
Texas Pollinator Pow Wow: Conference - Nacogdoches
The event will take place at the Nacogdoches Exposition Center on May 5-6, followed by a fun and fact-filled field day on May 7 at Boggy Slough, outside of Lufkin. A pollinator conservation conference for Texas and beyond featuring some of the best and brightest of minds and committed professionals in pollination conservation today.
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Celebrate Birds - Lewisville
Events will range from birding walks, to family hands-on activities that celebrate birds, to kayaking while watching for birds. Several activities are free with admission to LLELA of $5 per vehicle, while others require pre-registration by the Friday, May 5. Full details can be found on LLELA’s website.
7:30 a.m. Bird Walk
Join a bird walk led by an expert birder who knows all the hot spots. May is prime time for warblers and other migrants at LLELA. Beginners are welcome. Bring your binoculars. Ages 10 and up. Free, and registration is not required.
8-9:30 a.m. Migration Bird Banding
Banding birds allows scientists to study migration patterns, the ranges of a bird, and how long a bird has lived. LLELA is permitted to run a banding station. You can join us at the banding station and observe our bird banders in action. Ages 10 and up. Registration is required by 11a.m. Friday, May 5, at bit.ly/CoLRegistration. Search for activity code 800005.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Celebrate Birds! Family Fun
The whole family is invited to join us at the Cicada Pavilion for games and activities that celebrate our feathered friends. This is a come-and-go activity, and you can join in at any time. Children of all ages are welcome. Free, and registration is not required.
10:30 a.m.-Noon Birding Basics
Our Birding Basics class will help you get started in this exciting activity, one of the fastest-growing pastimes in the country. No experience required. Bring binoculars if you have them; we will also have a limited number to loan. Ages 7 and up. Registration is required by 11a.m. Friday, May 5, at bit.ly/CoLRegistration. Search for activity code 800022.
2-4 p.m. Birding by Boat
Combine two popular activities – kayaking and bird watching! All skill levels are welcome; paddlers receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the water. All equipment is provided. Ages 10 and up. Registration is required by 11a.m. Friday, May 5, at bit.ly/CoLRegistration. Search for activity code 800004.
Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve: Bird ID Workshop - Arlington
Native Prairies Assocation of Texas - Fort Worth Chapter: Fossil Hill Hike - Montague County
At Lake Amon Carter, south of Bowie.
RSVP: email@example.com or 817-729-0283. If there are any changes or a field trip is cancelled, you will be notified. Use of the iNaturalist app during field trips is encouraged so you can contribute valuable data for our state and have your own personal obsesrvation list, which enhances learning.
North Texas Master Naturalists: Native Plants & Prairies Day - Dallas
Highlights for the day include 15 thirty-minute wildflower and prairie walks guided by local experts, a lecture series by naturalist experts, and 30 demonstrations/information/outreach booths, raptors, and snakes. For the first time we will have local artists displaying their nature-inspired creations for purchase.
Come help us construct our own Climate Ribbon tree during the event. The Climate Ribbon project is an opportunity for us to share what each of us stands to lose to climate change and affirm our solidarity as we unite to fight against it.
Other offerings include a raffle with terrific gifts provided by event sponsors, children’s activities, and food trucks.
This free family event has been enthusiastically received by the local community for its focus on Texas plants and animals and the benefits of using native plants in home landscapes as disease and drought-resistant alternatives to non-native species. Our native birds, animals, and insects all depend on these native plants for survival.
Native Plant Society of Texas North Central Chapter: Native Plant Sale - Arlington
Come early to select from 130 species of organically grown native plants, including ground covers, perennials, shrubs, vines and trees – most below nursery prices.
• Grown from local seeds
• Better adapted to our climate
• Minimal water needs once established
• No need for pesticides or fertilizers
• No NEONICOTINOIDS
• Benefit birds, butterflies and the ecosystem in general
You’ll find many species not available in nurseries. For general information and a list of species, check out our event flyer.
For a full gallery of the native plants available at the sale, visit our event website.