Gary and Sue Price, owners of the 77 Ranch, have spent the last 40 years making their 2,500-acre ranch into an award winning cattle operation that focuses on conservation practices that not only increase production but also improve water quality and wildlife habitat and protect natural resources. Join us as the Prices share their approach to conservation ranching and land stewardship.
September 6, 2016
Botanical Research Institute of Texas: Conservation Ranching & Land Stewardship - Fort Worth
September 9, 2016
Perot Museum: Giant Gems of the Smithsonian - Dallas
Never before seen together, approximately two dozen magnificent, Texas-sized gems from the Smithsonian’s world-renowned National Gem Collection will be on display in the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall on Level 3. The mineral masterpieces, many weighing over 1,000-plus carats, include an “American Golden” topaz that tips the scales at almost 23,000 carats (more than 10 pounds), a blue topaz “football” of nearly 7,000 carats, kunzite Tiffany necklace, a Mogul emerald diamond necklace and more. This temporary installation will mark the first time such a large collection of Smithsonian gems, some of which have never been displayed in any museum, will be on exhibit outside the famed Washington museum complex. Giant Gems of the Smithsonian is free with Museum general admission.
September 10, 2016
Women in the Environment: Heart Walk - Dallas
Join the Women in the Environment team for the Heart Walk. Get the WE tee shirt!
Texas Discovery Gardens: Selecting and Establishing North Texas Trees - Dallas
Two key elements to a healthy and sustainable landscape include proper plant selection and effective strategies for root establishment. Learn about common tree species for North Texas and useful tips for getting new trees established in the landscape. Led by Micah Pace, ISA certified arborist with Preservation Tree. Free with RSVP. Email Fran at FThompson@TexasDiscoveryGardens.org.
Marshall Grain: Organic Vegetable Gardening - Grapevine
Marshall Grain, the leading retailer of organic gardening supplies and pet and animal care products in North Texas, will host Kate Radomski of Lady Bug brand natural gardening products, who will discuss the types and varieties of veggies best suited for fall planting in our area. She’ll cover planting, watering, and fertilization, and answer your questions about organic methods. Free.
City of Coppell: Raised Beds and Soil Prep - Coppell
Need some pointers on building your own home garden? Come learn from two of Coppell’s experienced community garden leaders. They will cover the essentials for DIY raised beds and soil health with a hands on demonstration.
Info: Molly Bujanda, MBujanda@coppelltx.gov
Botanical Research Institute of Texas: 'The Nature of Things - Daphne Prairie' - Fort Worth
Texas artist Deborah Paris’ exciting new exhibit of paintings and drawings, The Nature of Things: Daphne Prairie, will give the Fort Worth public a rare opportunity to see depictions of the untouched and historic Daphne Prairie located in east Texas. An opening reception with live music, hors d’oeuvres and libations will be held on Fall Gallery Night, Sept. 10, from 4-9pm. A gallery talk by the artist will take place Sept.10 at 6 p.m.
September 11, 2016
Promise of Peace Garden: Okrapalooza - Dallas
Seventh annual event benefiting Promise of Peace Community Garden featuring 20 celebrity chefs and live music by Mack Price and friends rocking a Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan cover set, beer will be provided by Lakewood Brewing Co.
20 celebrity Chefs will be bringing the best okra dishes for guests to savor the exquisite flavors. In addition there will be a community table of garden to table side dishes and a children’s area sponsored by the Texas Discovery Gardens. A silent auction of local love will showcase a few of POP s favorite things
Admission includes okra dish tastings, beer provided by local breweries, live music and more. Online tickets: $45. At the door: $60.
September 13, 2016
Twelve Hills Nature Center: Coexisting with Our Wild Animal Neighbors - Dallas
In light of the increased interest in wildlife activity in North Oak Cliff, Twelve Hills Nature Center and Methodist Dallas Medical Center are sponsoring a talk by urban biologist Brett Johnson on the topic of co-existing with our wild animal neighbors in Dallas.
The presentation will cover how to help with wildlife conservation in the city, and how you can reduce negative wildlife interactions. There will be a Q&A following.
Brett Johnson has worked for 12 years as urban wildlife biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He joined the city of Dallas in 2015 as the senior environmental coordinator/urban biologist for the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. Brett is one of the country’s leading experts on urban coyotes.
Doors open at 6:30. Light refreshments will be available. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking will be available in Parking Lot B.
Dallas Sierra Club: Authors of 'Texas Environmental Atlas' - Farmers Branch
David Todd and Jonathan Ogren will introduce their environmental atlas, The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People (Texas A&M Press 2016). The atlas is a five-year effort that resulted in a compilation of some 40 chapters, 300 maps and 100 images regarding the conservation history of water, land, energy, air quality and public health in the state. They also will focus on comments about local topics of special interest to Dallas Metroplex residents.
Todd has practiced as an environmental attorney, served as executive director of the Conservation History Association of Texas, and was the co-editor of The Texas Legacy Project: Stories of Courage and Conservation (Texas A&M Press 2010). Ogren, a biologist and geographer, is the founder and principal of Siglo Group, a firm that helps clients integrate natural systems into land planning and design.
Everyone is welcome. Free.
Info: Kirk Miller, 972-699-1687 or KirkMiller@DallasSierraClub.org
September 15, 2016
Zero Waste Fort Worth: Solid Waste Management Plan Forum - Fort Worth
The third and final public meeting will give residents a chance to share their input on one of Fort Worth's largest green initiatives to date: The Comprehensive Solid Waste Plan.
The draft plan can be found here:
Scheduled to be held at the Botanic Garden Auditorium, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., the meeting will cover ways that the new Comprehensive Solid Waste Plan can address quality of life and ensure a healthy environment now and into the future. The goal is to increase landfill diversion by reducing, reusing, and recycling as much waste as possible.
Recommendations for comments:
1) the city's goal is 40% landfill diversion in 20 years, we are recommending a goal of 60%
2) add organic waste to the bin pickup program (organic waste is a huge component of landfill waste; just think about all the food and coffee grounds you throw away)
3) require all businesses to recycle/compost (if all businesses, including restaurants and manufacturers were to recycle/compost, another huge waste stream is diverted)
4) require all multi-family residences to provide ample recycling/composting opportunities (the current ordinance requiring all units of 8 or more doesn't specify that the complex provide ample bins)
5) require recycling of construction debris/waste
6) require all schools to recycle/compost (again, another huge component of our waste stream can be diverted)
Zero Waste Fort Worth is a group created to promote the principles of zero waste. Please see and like the FB page to read more about the zero waste concept.
September 16, 2016
North Texas Corporate Recycling Awards: gR3een Awards - Dallas
Check website for details.
September 17, 2016
City of Fort Worth: Fall Neighborhood Litter Stomp - Fort Worth
Volunteers needed for the 6th annual Fall Neighborhood Litter Stomp. Online registration is now open: http://fortworthtexas.gov/litterstomp/
Clean Water Fund: DFW: Thirsting for Our Water Future - Richardson
Water-themed conference featuring speakers on the current state of Texas' water supply, saving water, using native & drought resistant plants, climate change & water, water resources threats and aquifer storage.
Register online at DFWWaterConference.org starting July 20. $35 until Sept. 1. (Includes lunch, 11 speakers)
Info: Rita Beving, Rita.Beving@gmail.com or 214-557-2271.
City of Arlington: Ecofest - Arlington
More than 40 vendors will spotlight their green products and services. Classes and demonstrations on environmental awareness will take place throughout the day. Children's activities will be part of the event as well with games, crafts and educational presentations. Food and refreshments will also be available for purchase during the event.
Adult volunteers needed. (17 and up). Email Samantha.Crossnoe@arlingtontx.gov by July 11.