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 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!
February 14, 2016
Denton Vegetarian Society: Vegan Potluck with Karma Yoga - Denton
Join us at Audacity Brewhouse for a community Valentine's Day Vegan Brunch with Denton Veg Society and the Karma Yoga Denton crew. Join Karma Yoga Denton for a 10 a.m. Morning Buzz yoga class if you're up for it ($5 suggested donation) and hang out for the potluck after! Bring whatever you like (as long as it's vegan), but breakfast foods and vegan desserts would be divine. Come meet fellow vegans and vegetarians in the community, and show your love for animals and delicious vegan food on the day of St. Valentine. If you're not vegan or vegetarian, we would still love to have you! Just be sure whatever you bring contains no meat, eggs or dairy. KYD will provide plates and utensils. Bring a recipe card with all ingredients listed for those with allergies, and so we know how to remake it!
Connemara Conservancy: Dog Valentine's Day - Allen
The Connemara Conservancy will celebrate Valentine’s Day by welcoming dogs back to the Meadow Nature Preserve with a special “Bring A Dog, Bring A Donation” fundraiser.
Residents are invited to bring up to three dogs to the Nature Preserve on the border of Allen and Plano for a $10 donation per dog.
Permits good for six months will also be available for dog owners who would like to bring their dogs to the Meadow on a regular basis. Dogs must remain leashed and owners must clean up after their pet. Other rules will also apply.
The Connemara Conservancy board of directors recently changed its policy regarding dogs in the Meadow Nature Preserve. Dogs were prohibited from the Meadow several years ago in order to revitalize areas of the 72-acre Nature Preserve. As part of a six-month test program, dogs will now be allowed into the Meadow if their owners purchase a permit, which starts at $60 and is reduced monthly during the test period.
Heritage Herb Club: Monthly Meeting - Plano
The Club was started in 1985 for the purpose of learning more about medicinal, floral and culinary herbs. Learning more about thousands of herbs, their history, lore and symbolism is shared through speakers and members’ knowledge. New, upcoming events are announced. Sharing of plants is another way to spread the pleasure of growing herbs.
February 16, 2016
Women in the Environment: What to do when the inspector arrives - Lewisville -
With government inspections and related penalties on the rise, it's important to understand how to efficiently and effectively prepare for and respond to an inspection. OSHA recently increased its base penalties and is targeting electronic recyclers. Speaker attorney Cynthia Bishop will address the top five things to avoid during an inspection. A very timely presentation, you won't want to miss this one!!
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch and refreshment. Free.
REI: Yosemite - Dallas
Discover Yosemite National Park and unveil the best spots to recreate in, providing first-hand knowledge to help you enjoy one of California's treasured places. Free.
February 17, 2016
North Texas Corporate Recycling Association: Wine Down Wednesday - Dallas
Stop by for appetizers, a complimentary beverage and a brief tour of State & Allen's waste diversion practices. Then relax and connect with industry peers at one of Dallas' premier green restaurants.
$15 for NTCRA members, $25 nonmembers
Greater Fort Worth Sierra Club: Bluebirds - Fort Worth
Jim Marshall, a local bluebird enthusiastic who has fought to protect their habitat most recently along the Trinity Trail in Fort Worth against fracking interests, will be this month’s speaker. He will provide the history of efforts to rebuild the population of Eastern Bluebirds in Fort Worth that began in 2007. Information will also be provided on bluebird habitats, nest box installation, nesting and reproduction activities, and predator threats and controls
Thin Line Festival: How to Let Go of the World (And Love All the Things Climate Can't Change) - Denton
In How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change, Oscar nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known.
February 18, 2016
Earth Day Monthlies: Trash Talk - Dallas
This month, we are following our January convo about waste in Dallas with ways you can use less and recycle the rest.
While it may not seem like a big deal, what you personally use, recycle and throw away matters. Learn not only about the impacts your trash has on the environment but how you can easily adapt to a low-waste lifestyle. It's better for you and the planet!
REI: Camp Cooking Basics - Dallas
Do you want to make easy and fun meals at camp but feel unsure how to cook them? Learn how to set up your kitchen and create easy and fun meals everyone will enjoy. Free.
February 20, 2016
North Texas Farmers Markets - Complete Listings
Collin County Farmers Market: http://www.collincountyfarmersmarket.org
Fairview Farms Marketplace, Plano: http://www.fairview-farms.com
Frisco Rotary Farmers Market: http://www.friscorotaryfarmersmarket.com
McKinney Farmers Market at the Adriatica: http://www.chestnutsquare.org/programs/farmers_market.asp
Carrollton Square Community Farmers Market, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carrollton-Farmers-Market/150017371728897
Coppell Farmers Market: http://www.coppellfarmersmarket.org
Cox Farms Market, Duncanville: http://www.coxfarmsmarket.com
Dallas Farmers Market: http://www.dallasfarmersmarket.org
Eden’s Organic Garden Center, Balch Springs: http://edensorganicgardencenter.com
Four Seasons Market, Richardson: http://www.fourseasonsmarkets.com
Good Local Markets (formerly White Rock Local Market), three locations in Dallas: http://www.goodlocalmarket.org
Grand Prairie Farmers Market: http://www.gptx.org/farmersmarket
The Market Place DFW, Mesquite and Garland: http://www.themarketplacedfw.com
Ruibal’s Rosemeade Market, Carrollton: http://rosemeademarket.com
Saint Michael’s Farmers Market, Dallas: http://www.saintmichaelsmarket.com
Uptown Farmers Market at West Village, Dallas: https://www.facebook.com/events/1061567990525719/
Denton Community Market: https://www.facebook.com/DentonCommunityMarket
Denton County Farmers Market: http://dentonfarmersmarket.com
Little Elm Farmers Market: http://www.littleelm.org/index.aspx?nid=895
Ennis Farmers Market: http://ennistx.com/farmers-market
Garden Harvests Farm: Waxahachie: http://gardenharvests.com
Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market: https://www.facebook.com/DowntownWaxahachieFarmersMarket
Denison Farmers Market: www.downtowndenisonfarmersmarket.com
Greenville Farmers Market: http://www.greenvillefarmersmarket.com
Burleson Farmers Market: http://www.burlesonfarmersmarket.com
Ham Orchards, Terrell: http://hamorchard.com
Rockwall Farmers Market: http://www.rockwallfarmersmarket.org
Bedford Farmers Market: http://bedfordfarmersmkt.com
Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth http://brit.org/events/farmersmarket
Cowtown Farmers Market, Fort Worth: http://www.cowtownmarket.com
Crestline Neighborhood Market at All Saints, Fort Worth: https://www.facebook.com/CrestlineNeighborhoodMarketAtAllSaints
Elizabeth Anna's Local Farm & Market, Fort Worth: https://www.elizabethanna.net
Farm to Fork Foods, Arlington: http://farmtoforkfoods.com
Garden of Eden Farmer’s Market: http://www.intothegardenofeden.com
Green’s Produce and Plants, Arlington http://www.farmersmarketarlingtontx.com
Grapevine Farmers Market: http://www.farmersmarketofgrapevine.com
Keller Farmers Market: www.kellerfarmersmarket.com
Mansfield Farmers Market: http://mansfieldfarmersmarket.net/
Ridgmar Farmers Market: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ridgmar-Farmers-Market/384880104907658
Rufe Snow Farmers Market: http://www.rufesnowmarket.com
West 7th Farmers Market: https://www.facebook.com/events/1689355751339329/
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Texas A&M AgriLife Water University: Lawn Care - Dallas
Is the green in your lawn weeds or grass? Do you have brown circles in your yard? Proper lawn care maintenance is a key component to a healthy lawn. This program covers basic lawn maintenance practices and selecting the right turf grass to improve the health and longevity of your landscape. You will learn how to maintain your landscape using less water, fertilizer, and pesticides. Free.
First Jefferson UU: Basics of Backyard Composting - Fort Worth
Commodity Recycling Solutions is hosting this program with proceeds benefiting First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church's community garden.
Instructor: Erin Hoffer, city of Plano
$15 check or cash donation.