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 9, 2016
Perot Museum: Giant Gems of the Smithsonian - Dallas
October 8, 2016
Perot Museum: Birds of Paradise - Dallas
A science exhibition, art show and natural history display in one, Birds of Paradise, presented by Highland Capital Management, will take visitors on an expedition to a New Guinea rainforest to witness the spectacular plumage and dazzling dance moves of the family of birds known as birds-of-paradise. Through beautiful National Geographic photography, follow the adventures of two determined researchers who made 18 trips to New Guinea over eight years to complete the first survey of all 39 known species of birds-of-paradise. The video and photographs they brought back, combined with the exhibition artifacts and interactive experiences, provide exciting learning opportunities for visitors of every age. Birds of Paradise requires a surcharge for members and non-members.
October 28, 2016
Oliver Nature Park: Wild About Nature - Mansfield
October 29, 2016
Marshall Grain: Halloween Open House - Grapevine
Halloween canine costume contest and trick or treat event. The retailer of organic gardening supplies and pet and animal care products will snap photos of all dogs that come in costume and, at the end of the day, staff members will choose a winner from among the photos. The best Halloween costume will receive a $20 Marshall Grain gift card. (Pet parents need not be present to win. Winners will be notified by phone or email.)
Kids are also encouraged to wear their costumes and bring their goodie bags. Store staff members will have candy to hand out to everyone for a safe ‘trick or treat’ experience inside the store.
November 1, 2016
Oliver Nature Park: Bird Watching Hike - Mansfield
North American Nature Photography Association: Summit College Photography Scholarship deadline
Undergraduate and graduate college students are invited to apply for the NANPA Summit College Photography Scholarship deadline is Nov. 1, 2016.
Don’t miss your chance to receive a scholarship to attend the 2017 Nature Photograph Summit presented by NANPA in Jacksonville, Florida during March 2-4. You will also participate in a field-based story-telling project for an area client (you will need to arrive on Sunday, Feb. 26).
See website for details.
November 2, 2016
Arlington Conservation Council: Village Creek, Lake Arlington Watershed Protection Project - Arlington
Village Creek is on the 303(d) list of impaired water bodies and Lake Arlington is on the "Concerns" list. This Trinity River Authority Project is a 3-year voluntary effort to clean up the watershed that feeds Village Creek and our drinking water in Lake Arlington. Presenter: Aaron Hoff.
November 3, 2016
Memnosyne Institute: Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Awards - Dallas
Organic gardening pioneer Howard Garrett will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. He will also be speaking at the event. Read the GreenSourceDFW.org story about Howard Garrett.
Awards will be presented in six categories:
Small Nonprofit Organization
Small Business (Including entrepreneurs)
Large Business (Project or Program)
Nonprofit Professional (Including government and education positions)
For Profit Professional (Including architects and corporate sustainability directors)
Winners will be announced at the Green Source DFW Awards Dinner on Nov. 3.
For information on sponsorship, contact Wendel Withrow at Wendel@GreenSourceDFW.org or 214-287-1046.
UT Arlington: Alexandra Cousteau, "This Blue Planet" - Arlington
Alexandra Cousteau to speak on "This Blue Planet: Preserving & Sustaining a Healthy Earth." A National Geographic “emerging explorer,” filmmaker, and globally recognized advocate on water issues, Alexandra Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Philippe Cousteau Sr. Dedicated to advocating for the importance of conservation and the sustainable management of water, her global initiatives seek to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources. Fluent in English, French, and Spanish, she has helped NGOs as well as government- and corporate-led water programs engage record audiences for action.
November 4, 2016
U.S. Green Building Council et al: Construction & Demolition Recycling Summit - DFW Airport
The Commercial Construction Recycling Summit was first held in 2013. The idea of Rachel Green, then a member of both the USGBC North Texas Chapter and STAR (State of Texas Alliance for Recycling), to help the commercial construction industry learn about waste diversion from the job site.
This event is for construction firms, recyclers, haulers, salvage/reclaimed material dealers, municipalities, sustainability professionals and any others who are interested in improving rates of waste diversion in C&D, the procedures and ease of the diversion process, and the benefits of reuse and recycling.
Presented by USGBC North Texas Region, State of Texas Alliance for Recycling - North Texas, American Subcontractors Association - North Texas Chapter and Construction Education Foundation
November 5, 2016
City of Dallas: Water-Wise Seminar - Dallas
Landscape designer and author Bonnie Reese of Beautiful Landscapes will be the speaker at both sessions. First-time seminar attendees at each session will receive a copy of Ms. Reese’s book, “Common- Sense Landscaping” (limit one per household). Attendees can also enter a drawing for free bags of GreenSense organic fertilizer from Rohde’s Nursery and Nature Store. There will be 3 drawings per session.
Water-Wise Landscape Design 101
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Whether you have a new landscape or plan to update an existing area, it is critical to begin with a good design. This program teaches the principles of landscape design with an emphasis on how to create a beautiful landscape that will save resources - natural and financial!
Fantastic Plants for North Texas
1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Using colorful photographs, Bonnie demonstrates the natural beauty of native and adapted plants that thrive in the North Texas region. Learn when, where and how to plant each of the recommended plants, their size and height at maturity, seasonal color, texture and more. This program provides information on trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, groundcovers and turf grasses.
Free. Register online at SaveDallasWater.com or by calling 214-670-3155.
Texas Discovery Gardens: Fall Plant Sale - Dallas
Rare native pollinator-friendly plants available at this public sale.
See website for more info on pre-sale tours and members preview sale.
Trinity Haymarket: Oak Cliff Coop Snoop - Dallas
Beneficiary for the 2nd year in a row will be F.A.R.M. (Farmers Assisting Returning Military). Passport maps can be purchased for of $10 on day of tour at Trinity Haymarket.
Info: email@example.com or 214-202-2163
City of Coppell: Getting Garden Started Indoors - Coppell
Get a jump start on the planting season by getting started indoors! This class will cover how to grow your own starts from seed at home to get the most out of the planting season.
Info: Molly Bujanda, MBujanda@coppelltx.gov
The Great Seed Bomb: Fort Worth
The Great Seed Bomb is a 15k fun bike ride benefiting bees, monarch and other pollinators. It's a grassroots for the grasslands movement!
During the ride, seed balls – made of clay, organic compost and native, non-GMO milkweed and wildflower seed – are launched from bikes by our riders. A portion of the money raised will be donated to the Native Prairies Association of Texas, a habitat restoration nonprofit, to keep the work going.
• ECO Party: After-ride event w/ beer, food trucks, vendors and live music
• Experential learning stops w/ environmental experts!
• Costume contest w/ prizes
• Art Show and live t-shirt screening
• Seed bomb reload zones
• Hyperlocal vendors & sponsors
This is one of the only events that will leave something permanent behind –wildflowers and milkweed that will bloom in the spring – and resources to empower our dedicated local environmental groups.
Bee part of the solution and let's ride!