October 13, 2015

Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area: Sketch the Hills - Fort Worth

Oct 13 2015 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tandy Hills Natural Area
3400 View St
Fort Worth , TX

Meet at the main trailhead and we will walk down to the Outdoor Classroom #2 to make some drawings/sketches/paintings. This is a casual hangout with other art-interested folks. 

We would like to gauge the interest in making this a regular event, and what that event would look like (sketch-crawl/hike?; a class?) Let us know what you think.

October 13, 2015

October 13, 2015

Blackland Chapter of the Native Prairie Association of Texas: The Monarch Gateway Project & How to Grow Milkweed - Dallas

Oct 13 2015 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
St. John’s Episcopal School
848 Harter
Dallas , TX

Barbara Keller-Willy, Native Prairies Association of Texas state board member and president of Monarch Gateway 501c3 will present the Monarch Gateway Project and “How to Grow Native Milkweed” at the Dallas NPAT meeting. As leader of the Monarch Host Cities Partnership Project, with a goal of creating contiguous Monarch Host Gardens on city/municipal properties along central and coastal migratory flyways, Barbara grows approximately 7,000 milkweed per year.

Barbara has been growing milkweed for seven years and teaching “How to Grow Native Milkweed” classes in Texas communities for the past 3 years. She will bring specimens to class and discuss the importance of volunteer growers to the monarch migration phenomenon. There is a hands-on element to the class and you will leave with perfectly prepared growing medium and sprouted seeds to take home.

A Penn State graduate, former Siemens Continuous Improvement project executive, and Six Sigma certified problem solver, Barbara now applies her corporate problem solving skill set to the milkweed growing process and monarch migration phenomenon. She conducts microscopic post mortem reviews on every milkweed plant lost and you will benefit from what she learned from those results. In her roles as a governor appointed State Commissioner and city of Sugar Land appointed Advisory Board member, she has leaned how to navigate the municipal process to benefit pollinators and welcomes you to join her in doing the same in your city.

Info: Leigh Ann Ellis, laellis55@aol.com or call 214-321-7159.


October 13, 2015

October 13, 2015

Dallas Sierra Club: Fracking & Hadrian's Wall - Farmers Branch

Oct 13 2015 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Ln Building H
Farmers Branch , TX

Learn about the relationship between fracking and environmental quality. Dr. Zac Hildenbrand will present the results of recent studies about fracking and its effect on water, air, and soil quality.

Learn about the Hadrian's Wall Path. Following the route of the 84-mile wall built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian to separate England from Scotland is a great way to experience English country walking. Get a flavor for walking the hills, moors, farms, river valleys, estuaries, cities, and villages of Northumberland and Cumbria with a bit of ancient history along the way. The logistics of doing a hike like this are quite different as well, and will be discussed. Presentation by Mike Rawlins, former chair of the Dallas Sierra Club, former Conservation Chair and occasional outings leader.

Free. Info: Kirk Miller, 972-699-1687, KirkMiller@DallasSierraClub.org

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

October 13, 2015

October 14, 2015

Green Drinks Dallas: Monte Anderson - 10 Years of Urbanism - Dallas

Oct 14 2015 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Grove
501 Elm St, Ste 450
Dallas , TX

Green leaning real estate developer Monte Anderson presents 10 Years of Urbanism and Social Impact Business. What is Monte Anderson thinking these days after 10 years of urban development and ownership in south Dallas? What about urban density? Gentrification or 'gentle-fication'? What does a for-profit business with a social-impact vision look like? Join the conversation!

October 14, 2015

October 15, 2015

Earth Day Texas: Earth Day Monthlies - Smart Energy - Dallas

Oct 15 2015 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Deep Ellum Brewing Co - Deep Ellum
2823 St Louse St
Dallas , TX

Monthly series hosted by Earth Day Texas and the Westwood School, featuring a panel experts talking around a theme. This month, the topic is Smart Energy. Free.

October 15, 2015

October 17, 2015

City of Coppell: Food Day for Kids - Coppell

Oct 17 2015 -
8:00am to 12:00pm
Coppell Farmers Market
793 S. Coppell Rd
Coppell , TX

Join in a nationwide celebration and movement toward more healthy, affordable, sustainable food.  

Kid-oriented activities include Cathy’s Critters’ petting zoo, a food scavenger hunt, free children’s recipe books, temporary tattoos and other give-aways just for the young ones.

At 10am a Chef Demo by Coppell middle school student and Master Chef Junior contestant Ryan Kate will spotlight “Healthy Meal Ideas for the Whole Family.” Ryan Kate will show how to prepare three recipes using tips she has learned through her cooking experience. One recipe will be sampled. Kids in attendance will receive a copy of the recipes and a kitchen tool.


October 17, 2015

October 17, 2015

REI: Trinity Forest Run - Dallas

Oct 17 2015 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Trinity River Audubon Center
6500 Great Trinity Forest Way
Dallas , TX

Whether you're looking to run your first 5K/10K or hit a new personal best, the 2015 REI Run Series will help you set your pace. The run starts and ends at Trinity River Audubon Center and takes runners through the Great Trinity Forest on hard surface trail. Runners receive REI branded gear, maps of the course and post-race refreshments. Prizes for the top men's and women's finishers. Register early, as there will be no race day registrations allowed. $15.

October 17, 2015

John Bunker Sands Wetland Center: 5th Year Anniversary Celebration - Seagoville

Oct 17 2015 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
John Bunker Sands Wetland Centerh
655 Martin Ln
Seagoville , TX

John Bunker Sands Wetland Center hosts this celebration of its 5th year. The day will be full of free events such as live bald eagle and bird presentations, a 4-H education area with live animals, vendor and craft booths, education and research booths, bluegrass music, face painting and a bounce house and more. There will also be a free self-guided 5K run/walk. Walk or run at your own pace and experience wetland activities & wildlife along a beautiful course. Food trucks will be onsite to purchase food. Visit website for details. Free.

October 17, 2015

City of Coppell: Annual Wildflower Seeding - Coppell

Oct 17 2015 -
9:00am to 9:30pm
Moore Road Park Coppell , TX

 Gather your friends, family, scout troop, and neighbors and do the “buffalo stomp” with the herd of seeders!  Enhance the beauty of the trail system by participating in the annual seeding. This is a short event, so please arrive on time to share in the experience. Free.

October 17, 2015

October 17, 2015

Sustainable Future at MVC: Oak Cliff Fall Festival - Dallas

Oct 17 2015 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Mountain View College
4849 W Illinois Ave Athletic Complex
Dallas , TX

Huge fall festival for families. Activities include putting contest, hoops challenge, pumpkin decorating, face painting, sidewalk chalk areas, hay ride, nature trail & garden tours, reading circle and more. Booths will feature activities on astronomy/physics, solar energy, water conservation, Cease the Grease, stormwater.

There will also be performances by MVC students.

Food available for purchase. Free admission.

October 17, 2015

City of Coppell: Solving Urban Wildlife Problems - Coppell

Oct 17 2015 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Biodiversity Education Center
367 Freeport Pkwy Wagon Wheel Park
Coppell , TX

Presented by Bonnie Bradshaw, a North Texas master naturalist and president of 911 Wildlife. Free. Info: CNP@Coppelltx.gov.

October 17, 2015

October 17, 2015

Plano International Festival - Plano

Oct 17 2015 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
Haggard Park.
Downtown Plano
Plano , TX

Fitness and Wellness Fair ( 10am to 1pm: free health screenings and information, fitness demos)

• Ikebana demonstrations from the Sogetsu Ikebana Society
• Cultural displays
• Naturalization ceremony
• Parade of flags
• Multicultural music and dance performances
• Children’s educational activities
• International fashion show
• Ethnic food trucks
• Reading Around the World - And much more! 

Free admission. 

This is a zero-waste event.

October 17, 2015

Texas Veggie Fair - Dallas

Oct 17 2015 -
11:00am to 6:00pm
Reverchon Park
3505 Maple Ave
Dallas , TX

All vegetarian fest featuring food, products, live music, speakers, games, activities + information which promote healthier, kinder, more sustainable choices which lessen pain and destruction to people, animals and planet.  

The event is organized by an all-volunteer team, passionate about this message.

This is the largest VegFest in Texas.

October 17, 2015

October 20, 2015

Denton County Master Gardener Association: Round Up - Denton

Oct 20 2015 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Joseph A. Carroll Building
401 W. Hickory St Texas AgriLife Extension Office
Denton , TX
Phone: 940-349-2883

The annual event focuses on potential new members and includes a social, refreshments and detailed information about joining the organization.

Denton County residents wishing to apply for the 2016 Master Gardener training program must do so by Thursday, Oct. 22. Attending the Roundup is not required for new class members, but everyone must complete an application form, which is available online at www.dcmga.com.

Master Gardener applicants must attend 70 hours of classroom instruction taught by leading educators from around the state. Classes are held each Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. beginning Feb. 2 and running through May 3. Classes are held at the Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. Stemmons Freeway (IH35E) in Corinth. A one-time fee of $240 for training materials is payable on the first class day.

After completing classroom training and passing the final exam, the applicant becomes a Master Gardener Intern and must fulfill 70 volunteer hours of service to the community during the 2016 calendar year. To remain active after 2016, each Master Gardener must earn a minimum of 12 hours of advanced training and volunteer at least 12 hours annually on any Master Gardener project.

Event Website:
October 20, 2015

October 20, 2015

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: iNaturalist Workshop - Lewisville

Oct 20 2015 -
7:00pm to 8:45pm
Lewisville Public Library Computer Lab
1197 W. Main St.
Lewisville , TX

You may already know that iNaturalist.org is a great way for naturalists and scientists  to share nature observations across the world. You may already know it’s used by Texas Parks and Wildlife, National Geographic, multiple universities, wildlife areas, Master Naturalists, and more. 

But do you and your fellow naturalists know how to use iNaturalist to its full benefit? Learn how to:

    •    upload your own observations 

    •    learn from others’ observations

    •    follow experts

    •    join local and international projects

    •    start projects

    •    participate in the online community

Free. RSVP: Erin.Taylor@UNT.edu

October 20, 2015