If you're passionate about composting and enjoy sharing your knowledge with others, then become a State of Texas Master Composter. Learn how to improve your soil's health by diverting valuable garden resources from the landfill back into your landscape. The 16-hour, 4-class series is a unique opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of the composting process and insights on sharing this knowledge with others. Residents enrolling in Master Composter training are asked to complete 20 hours of community service to advance local composting efforts. Free.
January 28, 2016
City of Plano: Master Composter Training - Plano
February 7, 2016
Dallas Vegetarians: Pre-Super Bowl Veggie Buffet - Addison
The first Sunday of each month Best Thai, another group favorite, has a vegetarian buffet lunch. This is a great meal, and has long been a choice of many in the group! Let's have lunch early enough to be settled in for the long night of the Superbowl.
Fort Worth Nature Center: Winter Woody Plant ID - Fort Worth
Join FWNC&R Director/plant ecologist Suzanne Tuttle for a 2.5 mile trail hike around the Refuge. Learn to identify deciduous trees and shrubs in winter by their growth habits, bark, twigs, buds and leaf scars. Bring water and dress for the weather. Class size limited to 20. Pre-registration required. Free (with paid admission).
February 8, 2016
Native Prairies Association of Texas Fort Worth Chapter: Sustainable Grazing on Prairies - Fort Worth
Speaker: Michael Brooks, District Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Department of Agriculture
Join us this month to learn about sustainable cattle operations in North Central Texas. Michael Brooks of NRCS will discuss grazing management on native prairies, including how much grass can be produced and proper stocking rates per acre. Drought factors will be discussed, as well as range resource inventories, good and bad management practices, control of invasive species and wildlife considerations.
Earth Day Texas: Film Screening - 'Jumbo Wild' - Dallas
Earth Day Texas and TEDxSMU will showcase the fourth film in their ongoing environmental documentary screening series Jumbo Wild. The critically acclaimed new film from Patagonia transport viewers to the untamed mountains of British Columbia.
A reception will be held prior to the screening at 5:30 p.m. in the cinema lobby providing a forum for likeminded wilderness enthusiasts the opportunity to connect and mingle while enjoying free food and the Angelika’s cash bar. After the film, Earth Day Texas and the Dallas Sierra Club will hold a brief conversation with the audience about protecting wild and natural places in Texas.
February 9, 2016
UT Arlington: Microgrids & Energy Storage - Arlington
Everything is bigger in Texas, and our energy challenges are growing just as they are around the country. The deployment of microgrids with energy storage has the potential to help alleviate Texas’s energy challenges but we can’t have one without the other. While both microgrids and energy storage have matured significantly, there are still many technological barriers that need to be overcome for each to see its true potential in solving our energy problems. The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and Oncor Electric Delivery, in conjunction with the Argonne National Laboratory led Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), will host a regional event to explore challenges and opportunities of these technologies. This event will serve as a forum for industry, utility companies, academic and government researchers and policy makers to discuss energy storage and potential major applications facing Texas and the South Central region at both the transmission and the distribution level.
This one and a half day event will offer tours of Oncor’s new 660 kW microgrid in Lancaster, Texas as well as UTA’s microgrid and energy storage characterization facilities.
City of Coppell: Organic Vegetable Gardening 101 - Coppell
The class will cover a range of topics to help the beginning vegetable gardener be successful growing their own food organically working with the soil biology. Instructor: Kim Martin of Barking Cat Farm. Free.
REI: Travel Photo Basics - Dallas
Learn the fine art of travel photography with your point and shoot or smart phone camera. When you leave you will be able to critique and edit your own images. Free.
Dallas Sierra Club: Critterman - Farmers Branch
The live animals in this family friendly presentation will be engaging entertainment for children and adults alike. Meet amazing Lone Star natives: a ghost, a janitor, a famous historical creature and its arch enemy. Free.
Info: Kirk Miller, 972-699-1687 or KirkMiller@DallasSierraClub.org
February 11, 2016
Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Assocation: 2016 Conference - Rockwall
Dallas Vegan Drinks: Craft & Growler - Dallas
For February, we're heading back to Craft and Growler in Exposition Park (near Fair Park in Dallas). We had a great time during our last visit here. Craft and Growler is next door to Pizza Lounge, so you can order vegan pizza for delivery, a nice little bonus!
Bring your growler and fill up with one of C&G's 42 taps including local beers, ciders and root beer.
City of Plano: Rainwater Harvesting - Plano
Discover how to start collecting water and where to find materials for rainwater harvesting. Free.
REI: Winter Camping Basics - Dallas
Learn how to plan, stay warm, select winter appropriate gear and what to expect when setting up camp and during your overnight. Free.
February 12, 2016
Cornell Lab & Audubon Society: The Great Backyard Bird Count - Worldwide (Thru Feb. 15)
Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.
Since then, more than 100,000 people of all ages and walks of life have joined the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.
We invite you to participate! Simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 12-15, 2016. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world!
REI: Big Bend National Park - Dallas
Discover one of the best spots to recreate in Texas. Free.