In December we will not have a regular meeting with a speaker, but instead will socialize and celebrate the holidays with members and guests. Bring a snack or dessert to share. Drinks will be provided. We will have a raffle, and our Sierra Club merchandise and calendars will be available for sale, as well as some gently used camping equipment.

Join Collaborative Laboratory for Environmental Analysis and Remediation (CLEAR) at UTA and top environmental scientists to learn how unconventional drilling can affect the environment and your health. The boots on the ground scientists come face-to-face with the unconventional drilling industry on a weekly basis. Learn from their experiences and research before unconventional drilling hits Florida. Have your questions ready and join the webinar live.

Hear Rita Beving, the North Texas Outreach Coordinator for the Clean Water Fund, discuss the framework for DFW water planning and the decision makers who influence water policy, and where we are with water planning for the region. The presentation will then pivot into addressing the highest usage of water, both inside and outside the home, and address how you can save water and save money at your own home.

Representations from North Texas environmental groups gather monthly to discuss developments in local issues. This month: Keystone decisions, Root & Branch Revue report, Arlington vote on city manager and oil & gas, big plans for 2016 and more.

Info: Rita Beving  214-557-2271 or

We're moving ahead on a wide variety of exciting plans and opportunities ramping up to expand our outreach and engagement throughout North Texas this year ahead, so if you've been interested in joining the local efforts but haven't known when to jump in, this Saturday is a perfect opportunity!

Here's a few of the highlights from the past month and coming up:

North Texas Master Naturalists are accepting applications now for the 2016 class of volunteers. If you are interested, please attend this Open House informational meeting.

Monthly meetings feature guest speakers on local environmental topics. Check website for meeting agenda.

Billed as Dallas' own hyper-local version of the Daily Show, special environmental edition. Part of the Root and Branch Conference.

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.

Each month, a speaker provides environmental education on a timely topic.