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.
January 17, 2017
Downwinders at Risk: College of Constructive Hell-Raising - Dallas (Jan. 17-May 23)
February 11, 2017
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.
April 1, 2017
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: BioBlitz - Lewisville
Taxonomists with the help of volunteers will document all living species - plants, animals and insects - seen on the 2,600-acre natural area using the iNaturalist app over the course of the day. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Scott Keister at firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Fort Worth: Cowtown Cleanup - Fort Worth
Any Fort Worth location in need of cleaning is eligible as a cleanup site for the Cowtown Cleanup. Sign up to clean a greenbelt, a park, a roadway or any area of your choosing. For groups or individuals not sure where to go, consider joining an experienced group leader at one of the 10 prearranged Join-A-Group cleanup sites.
City of Flower Mound: Spring Trash Off & Environmental Fair - Flower Mound
TRASH OFF/COMMUNITY CLEAN UP
T-shirts for first 300 volunteers. Lunch for volunteers from In-N-Out Burger. Prizes for most trash and recyclables collected. Door prizes
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vendor booths promoting environmentally friendly products and lifestyles, kid’s activities, workshops, inflatable slide and Rockwall Shred-it offering document shredding, Best Buy provides small electronic waste recycling. Rain barrel sale. Native plant sale hosted by Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas featuring 1,000 plants of 130+ species that are ideal for landscaping in the Denton County area. NPSOT members will be on hand to answer questions about gardening with native plants.
Native Prairies Assocation of Texas, Fort Worth Chapter: Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve Field Trip - Arlington
Jeff Quayle leads hike on this 10-acre Blackland Prairie remnant, acquired and preserved by the city of Arlington. Here are some of the expected flora at the site: Prairie Bishop (Bifora americana), Two Flower Milkvine (Matelea biflora), Indian Plantain (Arnoglossum plantagineum), Old Plainsman (Hymenopappus scabiosaeus var. corymbosus), Yellow Star (Lindheimera texana), Prairie Groundsel (Packera plattensis), Sleepy Catchfly (Silene antirrhina), Common St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Sensitive Briar (Mimosa roemeriana), Prairie Celestial (Nemastylis geminiflora), Trailing Ratany (Krameria lanceolata), White Prairie Larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescens), Purple Paintbrush (Castilleja purpurea) and Prairie Bluets (Stenaria nigricans). You can view all the iNaturalist observations here.
City of Fort Worth: Earth Party - Fort Worth
The Earth Party is an outdoor festival that celebrates the thousands of Cowtown Cleanup volunteers and kicks off "Earth Month." It offers interactive exhibits about sustainable living and environmental education, entertainment, giveaways, the Trashion recycled fashion show and food vendors (free lunch for Cowtown Cleanup volunteers).
April 8, 2017
Oliver Nature Park: iNaturalist Sneak Peak - Mansfield
Registration required for all programs.
Info: Tiffany Gorrell, email@example.com
April 15, 2017
Native Prairies Assocation of Texas, Fort Worth Chapter: Sansom Park iNaturalist Challenge - Fort Worth
Join us with your cameras and smartphones to participate in the iNaturalist Challenge, documenting all living species. This will be a fun competition between DFW, Austin and Houston. This is a great way to learn and discover your prairie plants and document them for iNaturalist, plus you’ll have all your observations saved to continue learning more. Meet at the park pavilion on Roberts Cut Off Road, on the far west side next to Cahoba Dr.
Heard Museum: Zip Line Day - McKinney
During Zip Line Days, guests climb a 23-foot tree to our zip platform then proceed to a 487-foot zip line. Purchase one ticket ($12 each) for each time you would like to travel down the zip line.
April 22, 2017
Native Prairies Assocation of Texas, Fort Worth Chapter: Chalk Mt Ranch Field Trip - Glen Rose
Meet at 8:30 a.m. in Glen Rose at the Brookshire’s parking lot. We will travel from there to stop and see a recently discovered rare plant species for North Texas near Glen Rose. From there, we will head on to Chalk Mountain Ranch. This will be a hike in easy to moderate terrain, up to 2 miles. Please bring plenty of water. It is optional, but the plan afterwards will be to eat at Hammonds BBQ in Glen Rose. Here’s a small sampling of what you might expect to see: Plateau Milk Vine (Matelea edwardsensis), Plains Fleabane (Erigeron modestus), Gray Golden Aster (Heterotheca canescens), Barbara’s Buttons (Marshallia caespitosa var. signata), Slender Greenthread (Thelesperma simplicifolium), Pineapple Cactus (Coryphantha sulcata), Pink Mimosa (Mimosa borealis), Engelmann Sage (Salvia engelmannii), Rock Flax (Linum rupestre), Thin Leaf Brookweed (Samolus valerandi ssp. parviflorus) and Gray Vervain (Verbena canescens).
Heard Museum: Spring Plant Sale - McKinney
For more than 20 years, veteran and novice gardeners alike have anticipated this rare opportunity to purchase plants from a huge selection of the best plants for North Central Texas gardens at the annual Spring Plant Sale. This year, we are offering natives, hard-to-find herbs, and well-adapted plants. Admission to the Heard is not required to visit the plant sale.
Public sale: April 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 23, 1-5 p.m.
Members only pre-sale: April 21, 4-7 p.m.
March for Science: Dallas & Fort Worth
April 29, 2017
Native Prairies Assocation of Texas, Fort Worth Chapter: Thora Hart Park Hike - Arlington
Join us for a stroll through this excellent 10 acre example of Eastern Cross Timbers Post Oak and Blackjack woodlands, with scattered prairie openings. The park may look like the typical city-owned park from the street, but many treasures can be found in such a small natural area. To date, 678 observations, including 205 plant species, have been made through the iNaturalist app. You can view all the observations here: http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/survey-ofthora-hart-park-arlington-tx. Here is a sample of what you might expect to see in April: Silver Evax (Diaperia candida), Carolina False Dandelion (Pyrrhopappus carolinianus), Venus’ Looking Glass (Triodanis perfoliata), Rusty Blackhaw (Viburnum rufidulum), Western Spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis), Nuttall’s Wild Indigo (Baptisia nuttalliana), Edible Scurf Pea (Pediomelum hypogaeum var. scaposum), Bracted Zornia (Zornia bracteata), Cut Leaf Evening Primrose (Oenothera laciniata), Slender Yellow Woodsorrel (Oxalis dilleniid), Wright’s Plantain (Plantago wrightiana), Hair Grass (Aira elegans), Woolly Rosette Grass (Dichanthelium acuminatum), Engelmann’s Dock (Rumex hastatulus), Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana), Eastern Hercules Club (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis), Toad Flax (Nuttallanthus canadensis), Beardtongue (Penstemon laxiflorus) and Stinging Nettle (Urtica chamaedryoides).