Learn about rainwater harvesting and build own barrel. Find out how to collect and direct the rain in ways that create backyard beauty, lessen the dependence on using city water in the garden and reduce runoff.  

Info: 972-547-7335, Green@McKinneyTexas.org.

Residents are invited to attend the City of Arlington’s Urban Drilling Educational Forum.

In an effort to increase transparency, the Urban Drilling Educational Forum will provide attendees with information on the roles and responsibilities of the local and state regulating authorities in urban drilling.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to listen to panelists, view presentations and ask questions about the regulation of urban drilling.

Representatives from the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the City of Arlington (COA) are scheduled to participate.

Does your rain just run off? Divert it, save it, use it!! Come learn the basics and benefits of rainwater harvesting and the effects stormwater has on the environment. Participants will learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home and have the opportunity to construct their very own 55 gallon rain barrel.

$50 per barrel. Register on website.

Water slower, deeper and more efficient with every drop. Convert your spray heads and watch your sprinkler system save you money from our hands on drip conversion class. You will learn how to install drip irrigation tubing from your faucet or how to convert an existing zone to drip. Drip irrigation is the most efficient irrigation method and essential to sustainable landscapes. Drip irrigation for foundation watering will also be covered.

Free. Register on website.

Dr. Fouad Jaber, PE of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension & Research, will explore the design, installation and benefits of green roof systems and permeable pavement parking lots in the DFW area. The workshop will include a tour of demonstration green roofs as well as four different types of permeable pavement installations. Target audiences include engineers, planners, landscape architects, contractors, stormwater professionals and interested public.

Free.

Learn about BRIT’s research programs, herbarium, libraries, educational programs and sustainable building. BRIT is green from the ground up; learn how and why as you tour BRIT's amazing LEED platinum home. The Fort Worth Sierra Club will be joining a public tour that is given the first Saturday of each month. Must RSVP before July 1. RSVPs will be closed after that date. Meet at the main entrance. Info: Diane Lancaster, at dianelan@gmail.com or 817-845-4139.  

Native and Adaptive plants are not only beautiful water efficient additions to your landscape, but they can be useful tools to attract beneficial wildlife as well. Learn ways to attract and provide urban habitat for butterflies, song birds, hummingbirds, bees and other animals that bring your landscape to life with activity. Plant list provided. Free.

Martha Cavazos-Fipps, the city of McKinney's environmental coordinator, will speak about the city's environmental programs and we will watch "Can the Gulf Survive?" by National Geographic that details the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Info: Brandi Price, brandirealemail@gmail.com or 469-247-6391.

The Cross Timbers Sierra Club,  which serves Collin, DentonFannin, and Grayson counties, hosts Sally Evans from the Blackland Prairie Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists. 

Info: Brandi Price, brandirealemail@gmail.com.

Speakers: Texas AgriLife A&M Extension Office. Water is a precious natural resource and conservation is vital. Students will learn about the importance of water conservation through the harvesting of rainwater as well as techniques to use the harvested rain. Students will be shown how to build a rainwater harvesting collection barrel using a food grade plastic 55-gallon collection unit. Each paid student will receive a rain barrel ready for use at the end of the clinic. Seating is limited. $30 non-refundable fee is required prior to attending the clinic. Preregistration is required. Info: 972-721-2355.

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