January 14, 2020

Downwinders at Risk: College of Constructive Hell-Raising - Dallas (Jan 14-May 19)

Jan 14 2020 - 7:00pm to May 19 2020 - 9:00pm
Meadows Conference Center
2900 Live Oak Street
Dallas , TX

The College for Constructive Hell Raising is a semester-long, citizen-friendly seminar class designed to help DFW activists of all kinds approach their fights more strategically. Learn basic community organizing lessons from veterans of local social justice campaigns from the last 50 years to present.

January 14
History of Constructive Hell-Raising

January 28
The Four Dirty Words of Organizing

February 11
Group Decision-Making

February 25
Strategy vs Tactics

March 10
Critical Thinking

March 24
Perception is Everything

April 7
Real World Civics

April 21
Effective Outreach

May 5
Means and Ends

May 19
The Qualities of a Good Organizer

February 24, 2020

Keep Texas Beautiful: Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship - Application Deadline is March 31

Feb 24 2020 - 8:00am to Apr 24 2020 - 5:00pm

This scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken a leadership role to prevent litter in their schools and/or communities. Any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private or home school, and planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited college or university next year, is eligible to apply.

Keep Texas Beautiful & TxDoT: Don't Mess with Texas Art Contest - Deadline April 24

Feb 24 2020 - 8:00am to Apr 24 2020 - 5:00pm

Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation invite Texas students in kindergarten through 12th grade to submit their best litter prevention-inspired artwork to be considered for the Don’t mess with Texas Calendar. Students with the top 14 designs will have their work featured in the calendar. 

Each winner will also receive:

    •    Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1" tablet

    •    Gift basket with Buc-ee's merchandise

    •    Their artwork framed and returned

    •    Opportunity to have their artwork shared on Don’t mess with Texas and Keep Texas Beautiful websites and social media

    •    Teachers representing students who produce the top 14 designs will win a $100 H-E-B/Central Market gift card.

The contest is open to students in grades K-12. Submissions are due April 24.

February 28, 2020

Dallas Arboretum: Dallas Blooms - Dallas (CLOSED)

Feb 28 2020 - 9:00am to Apr 12 2020 - 5:00pm
Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road
Dallas , TX

UPDATE: The Dallas Arboretum is closed due to local and federal coronavirus precautions until further notice.

Dallas Blooms, one of the Southwest’s largest floral festival with more than 500,000 spring blooming bulbs from 100 bulb varieties, kicked off Feb. 28.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Butterflies in the Garden - Fort Worth (CLOSED)

Feb 28 2020 - 10:00am to Apr 12 2020 - 4:00pm
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd
Ft Worth , TX


Visit the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s recently restored conservatory and watch butterflies emerge during “Butterflies in the Garden,” the largest exhibit of live, exotic butterflies in north central Texas. The six-week exhibit will be open daily, including Sundays. Find out more at FWBG.org

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February 29, 2020

Bush Presidential Library Native Texas Park: Spring Tours - Dallas (Thru June 27) - MARCH 28 TOUR CANCELED

Feb 29 2020 - 10:00am to Jun 27 2020 - 12:00pm
Bush Presidential Library
2943 SMU Blvd.
Dallas , TX


The 15-acre Native Texas Park features an assortment of trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses native to the Texas landscape. Free docent led Spring Tours, fourth Saturday 10 a.m. and  11 a.m., Feb.29, March 28 (CANCELED), April 25, May 30, June 27. Tours begin at the fountain in front of the Library.

Private tours (if park docents are available) for 10 plus. Contact Bush43education@nara.gov.

April 9, 2020

City of Fort Worth: Grow Your Own Vegetables - Fort Worth

Apr 9 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
1700 University Dr
Ft Worth , TX

Learn proper soil preparation, garden design and layouts, disease and insect identification, as well as the proper planting times for getting the most production out of your favorite vegetables in the challenging climate of North Texas. Free.

April 11, 2020

City of Richardson: Spring Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding Event - Richardson

Apr 11 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Richardson Square Mall
Southeast corner of Belt Line and Plano Road, behind old Sears bldg
Richardson , TX

The Spring Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding Event is held in conjunction with the City of Richardson’s Trash Bash at the Richardson Square Mall.

Since 2008, the Richardson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (RCPAAA) has held this event twice a year, to help keep paper and electronics out of the local landfill. In 2019, the combined events collected 42,000 pounds of electronics and 110,000 pounds of paper. 

All forms of electronics are accepted with the exception of “tube-type” or “CRT” monitors/TVs. No hazardous material is accepted, including but not limited to batteries and liquids. All forms of paper are welcomed but please remove the paper from three-ring binders prior to arriving at the site.

This event is designed for homeowners rather than businesses. If we determine that the amount (exceeding a trunkload or car’s back seat) of shredding is business-related, we will ask for a minimum of $5 per box (banker’s style box).

While this event is open to all and is free, donations are appreciated to help us offset the costs of providing the shredding trucks and to assist in our mission of supporting the Richardson Police Department. Some of the projects to support the RPD include an annual RPD Appreciation Meal, scholarships to children of RPD employees, assistance with vet expenses for retired RPD K9s, gifts for new officers, gifts for retiring employees, and organized dinners with community groups to establish better relations.

Info: president@rcpaaa.org

April 14, 2020

Dallas Sierra Club: Organic Waste In DFW - Farmers Branch

Apr 14 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Lane Building H, Geotechnology Institute building
Farmers Branch , TX

Wasting Away: A Frank Talk About Organic Waste in DFW

The founder of Turn, Lauren Clarke will detail the environmental, sociological and monetary benefits of composting, and why it should be an equal practice in all communities similar to curbside recycling.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.dallassierraclub.org/page.htm?generalmeeting

Info: Victoria Howard, musical.mama@yahoo.com

April 18, 2020

River Legacy: 31st Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta - Arlington

Apr 18 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
1800 E Lamar Blvd
Arlington , TX

Enter and build your own cardboard boat or just come to cheer on the courageous crews as they battle the waves in their cardboard vessels and to soak up the fun and event day activities, which include fun in Splashwater Beach. Boat registration begins in February.

Event-day admission is $8. All proceeds benefit River Legacy Foundation and the educational programs of River Legacy Living Science Center.

April 19, 2020

Green Source DFW: Oak Cliff Earth Day - Dallas - ON HOLD

Apr 19 2020 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Lake Cliff Park
300 E Colorado Blvd
Dallas , TX


Green Source DFW and its parent nonprofit the Memnosyne Institute host the annual green fest. Enjoy green vendors, artisans, educational booths, speakers, food trucks, live music and entertainment. Free.

April 24, 2020

iNaturalist: City Nature Challenge - DFW

Apr 24 2020 - 12:00am to 11:45pm

DFW is joining around 160 other cities from around the world to see how much nature exists within urban areas and how many naturalists seek out this nature.  This will be the fourth time that DFW has participated, and each year, we have a strong contingency of naturalists that go outside and engage with nature. These results will be used to show city councils, park boards and the world, people in DFW care about nature.

Here's how you can participate:

1. Make observations during this time. Simply go outside, look for wild animals, plants, fungi, whatever, and make an observation of it on iNaturalist. If you're within Dallas-Fort Worth, the observations will automatically count. No extra steps needed.

2. Promote this challenge! Please tell folks about the city nature challenge! You can do it through word of mouth, newsletters, social media, or whatever works for you. 

3. Host an event like a bioblitz or nature walk during April 24-27. If you are hosting an event, email Sam.kieschnick@tpwd.texas.gov or you can submit it to the Texas list of events: https://forms.gle/KKeWem4kzkFgzWjC9 . 

4. Help with identifications of observations made during this time and after. 

City Nature Challenge links:

Global page

Texas page 

DFW page

Info: Sam.kieschnick@tpwd.texas.gov


April 25, 2020

Keep Mansfield Beautiful: Earth Day Festival - Mansfield

Apr 25 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Chris Burkett Service Center
620 S. Wisteria Street
Mansfield , TX

The ecofest features the Mansfield Farmer's Market, a butterfly release, children's area, fishing lessons, rain barrel auction, educational vendors, natural product vendors, music, food trucks, beverages and more.


Info: kmbc@mansfieldtexas.gov

May 2, 2020

Denton County Master Gardener Assocation: Plant Sale - Denton

May 2 2020 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Trinity United Methodist Church
633 Hobson Lane
Denton , TX

Annual community plant sale offering an array of plants, as well as selection advice and help from experienced Master Gardeners. Find native and adaptive plants and proven selections passed along from area Master Gardeners.  This is a rain or shine event, so bring a cart and a wish list to this fun community-based event.

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Dallas County Master Gardener Association: Spring Garden Tour - Dallas

May 2 2020 - 10:00am to May 3 2020 - 5:00pm

The tour features six residential gardens and one school garden all located north of I-635, between Carrollton/Farmers Branch and Richardson. The focus is on gardening techniques for North Texas, including the use of native plants and Earth-Kind® practices.