This week, Green Source DFW kicks off the fun with a get-together on Thursday for the green set. On Saturday, you can visit a real butterfly farm or sink your teeth into a course on edible wild plants at the Bob Jones Nature Center. You can also help some local big cats by picking up some treats at a fundraising bake sale.


BIG CAT AID

In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center in Wylie is struggling with an outbreak of canine distemper. Four big cats at the sanctuary have died from the disease so far. The nonprofit is hosting an emergency bake sale Thursday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Dallas. Proceeds go to vet bills for more than 20 lions and tigers that have been infected. Details. [UPDATE: The bake sale raised nearly $18,000! Way to go, DFW!]

GREEN GATHERING 

Join Green Source DFW for a Summer Green Mixer on Thursday, July 18, at The People’s Last Stand in Dallas. We’re expecting a great green crowd with a variety of interests. 

Make business connections, share resources and enjoy camaraderie with like-minded folks. Enjoy a free drink and some light appetizers on us. Details.

 

DOWN ON THE BUTTERFLY FARM

Learn about the World of Butterflies  Saturday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the Texas Discovery Gardens. Dale Clark, co-founder of the Dallas County Lepidopterist Society, will present the workshop.

As an added bonus, after the talk, the class will caravan to Dale's butterfly farm south of Dallas. $30. Details.


'EVER EAT A PINE TREE?' 

That was a query made famous by noted Texas-born food naturalist Euell Gibbons in the 1970s for a cereal commercial. This weekend, another Texas native, Mark Suter, takes off where Gibbons left off with his course Edible Wild Plants at the Bob Jones Nature Center, Saturday, July 20, at 1 p.m. 

 The Texas A&M grad and author of Edible Wild Plants of Texas says knowing about edible plants not only provides survival skills but a powerful connection to the earth. Learn plant ID, which parts are edible, how to prepare them and when they’re in season on this walk through the Bob Jones Nature Center. $50. Details.

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Julie Thibodeaux covers environmental issues, green topics and sustainable living for Green Source DFW. Previously, she worked as an editor and writer at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Send your green bulletin items to [email protected]. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.