May 20 2017

Downwinders at Risk: College of Constructive Hell-Raising - Dallas (Jan. 17-May 23)

Jan 17 2017 - 7:00pm to May 23 2017 - 9:00pm
Meadows Conference Center
2900 Live Oak
Dallas , TX

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.


Perot Museum: Maya - Hidden Worlds Revealed - Dallas

Feb 11 2017 - 10:00am to Sep 4 2017 - 10:00am
Perot Museum
2201 N. Field St.
Dallas , TX

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

May 1 2017 - 7:00am to May 31 2017 - 11:45pm

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.

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Liliana Bloch Gallery: "Convenience Store" Exhibit - Dallas (Thru June 17)

May 13 2017 - 10:00am to Jun 17 2017 - 5:00pm
Liliana Bloch
2271 Monitor St
Dallas , TX

Dallas-based artist Sally Warren addresses littering using poetic images in her exhibit "Convenience Store." Opening reception May 13 from 6-8 p.m.


Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club: Spring Field Trip - Arlington

May 20 2017 - 8:15am to 3:45pm
Half Price Books
5803 E Northwest Hwy
Dallas , TX

Three great stops and lunch: Molly Hollar Wildscape at Veteran's Park, Storm Farms and Redenta's. Meet at Half Price Books Flagship Store. Bus will leave Dallas at 8:15 a.m. See website for details.

RSVP: Cynthia Armstrong,

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Native Plant Society of Texas, Trinity Forks Chapter: Barnett Ranch Field Trip - Denton County

May 20 2017 - 8:30am
Cracker Barrel Restaurant
I-35 & U.S. 380
Denton , TX

Public is invited to attend a field trip to Barnett Ranch in western Denton County. This nearly annual outing is a great time to enjoy the spring wildflowers and learn a bit of ranching history from owner Skip Barnett.  Jeff Quayle is the botany leader for the trip. The trip departs at 8:30 am from the Cracker Barrel Restaurant parking lot, NW corner of I-35 and US 380, Denton.

Info: Cathy Lustgarten,

Nature Conservancy: Clymer Meadow Spring Wildlife Tour - Celeste

May 20 2017 - 8:30am
Clymer Meadow Preserve Celeste , TX

This is a great opportunity to visit one of our North Texas Preserves, located near Celeste, Texas, in Hunt County. We are focused on maintaining the unique plant communities and delicate ecosystems of preserved Blackland Prairie tracts, as well as encouraging the natural functions of these systems. These rare remnants have avoided the plow of agriculture and concrete of urban development, and so offer a look back in time to the natural rolling grasslands of North Texas.  Come join us to celebrate spring as we offer a guided tour through the rich, colorful prairielands of Clymer Meadow Preserve. Cameras, sunscreen, hat, long pants, hiking boots, bottled water, sack lunch, and insect repellent are recommended. 

Please RSVP, space is limited: or 903-752-0676


Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Wildflower Walk on the Prairie - Lewisville

May 20 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
201 E. Jones St
Lewisville , TX

Join LLELA’s director, Dr. Ken Steigman, or restoration manager, Richard Freiheit, on a guided wildflower walk through LLELA’s restored prairie areas. Perfect weather is making for an excellent wildflower show this year. Imagine what it was like to be an early settler who came upon the vast prairie when it was covered with spring blooms. This hike is on a non-public portion of LLELA and is a chance to get a glimpse of efforts to preserve this highly endangered ecosystem. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, at, activity code 810008. $5. (plus gate entrance fee of $5/vehicle, payable in cash or check only)

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Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area: Prairie Posse - Fort Worth

May 20 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Tandy Hills Natural Area
3400 View St
Ft Worth , TX

Are you one of those people who has wanted to help out Tandy Hills in a direct way? Here's your chance. A small crew of volunteers is needed to clear the trails and other areas on a monthly basis, every third Saturday. Our new designation as a Lone Star Legacy Park and part of the Great Texas Wildlife Trail system, makes this work even more important. Sign up here: Thanks a mil!

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Greater Fort Worth Herb Society: Herb Fest - Fort Worth

May 20 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd
Ft Worth , TX

Vendors (plants, heath and beauty, food and beverage, arts and crafts, community), silent auction, presentations by Tonja Wells on "Energize Your Life with Herbs" and Amanda Vermillion, certified Tea Master/Owner, The Tea Mistriss on "Tea 101: Origins and Histroy of Tea.” $4.

Twelve Hills Nature Center: Nature Appreciation Day - Dallas

May 20 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

We’ll have nature artifacts for kids of all ages, a bug booth and special critter visitors from Wildlife on the Move. Take a self-guided nature walk and stick around for special recognition for Rosemont Nature Leaders scheduled for 11:30. Paletas and other tasty goodies will be available for refreshments.

Black Vegetarian Society of Texas: Pre-Summer Family Cookout - Dallas

May 20 2017 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Kiest Park
3080 S Hampton Rd
Dallas , TX

BVSTX will provide the veggie burgers, buns, and veggie dogs. We ask that attendees bring a vegetarian/vegan pot luck-style dish or drinks to share. Please indicate whether dish is vegetarian or vegan. RSVP # of guests and what you're bringing to

Activities: Cards, games, and whatever you'd like to do.

DFW Urban Wildlife: iNaturalist City Nature Challenge Celebration - Irving

May 20 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Bird's Fort Park Trails
5756 Riverside Dr
Irving , TX

DFW came out on top in the recent iNaturalist City Nature Challenge. Over the weekend of April 14-18, we competed with cities nationwide to see which could record the most urban wildlife observations. When it was all said and done, DFW had topped the closest contender by more than 1,000 observations! This amazing accomplishment was due--in large part--to the exceptional group of naturalists who participate here on the DFW Urban Wildlife Facebook Group and its associated iNaturalist Project.

This event is our way of expressing our gratitude for all the support you have offered us over the years. Together we have built something really very special with the DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project, the Facebook Group, and the blog. 


Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve: An Evening at SWNP - Arlington

May 20 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:45pm
Southwest Nature Preserve
5201 Bowman Springs Rd
Arlington , TX

We will begin the evening with a walk "Secret Features of SWNP" led by Jim Frisinger. Next up is time for exploring, visiting and enjoying light refreshments (furnished by Friends of SWNP). We will end the evening with a "Night Hike and Owl Prowl," led by inveterate invertebrate, amphibian and reptile experts – Michael Smith. The hike will start just before dusk.

Info: Annabelle Corboy or (817) 683-1739


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