Nov 14 2017

Great Seed Bomb: Wildflower Workshops - Dallas (Thru Dec. 9)

Nov 10 2017 - 12:00pm to Dec 9 2017 - 12:00pm
See website for locations Dallas , TX

Join The Great Seed Bomb as it rolls across Dallas, Tx with a series of free wildflower seedball workshops from Nov. 11 - Dec. 9!. Participants and volunteers will learn how to source materials and manufacture seedballs by hand and with a tumbler, get acquainted with Dallas' urban farm and conservation leaders on their own turf, and practice their new seedball making skills with materials that will be used to jumpstart a pocket prairie along the Trinity Forest Trails. This is your opportunity to be a part of creating a living (and life-giving) art installation that will sustain itself for years to come. 

4 Workshops and one seedball throw finale are scheduled. See website for details.


America's Grasslands Conference - Fort Worth

Nov 14 2017 - 8:00am to Nov 16 2017 - 5:00pm
Ft Worth , TX

The fourth biennial America’s Grasslands Conference brings together researchers, natural resource professionals, farmers and ranchers, policy experts, and conservationists to discuss relevant issues related to the conservation of North America’s grasslands. The next conference will take place Nov.14-16, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

We are very excited to announce a new partnership for this year with the Southern Plains and Prairies conference. While maintaining a national scope, this year’s conference will also include some regionally focused sessions. The conference is co-hosted by the National Wildlife Federation, Coastal Prairie Partnership, Native Prairies Association of Texas, and Texas A&M University.


UTA Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact: North Texas Regional Water Conservation Symposium - Arlington

Nov 14 2017 - 8:00am to 3:30pm
University of Texas at Arlington
300 W. First St. E.H. Hereford University Center, Bluebonnet Ballroom
Arlington , TX

The morning speaker lineup includes, George S. Hawkins, Esq, CEO and general manager of D.C. Water, sharing his passion for the water industry and drive to create future water leaders. WFAA, Channel 8, Weather’s Colleen Coyle will give her perspective on our current weather conditions and Eric Eckl, founder of Water Words That Work will round out the morning by providing insight on communicating effectively.

After lunch the format changes gears to short, powerful, thought-provoking presentations: WaterTalks. Presenters include: Tom Gooch, Freese and Nichols; Vinny Minchillo, Glass House Strategies; Brooke Goggans, Mosaic Strategy Partners; Jason Gehrig, TRWD; Lori De La Cruz, Mountain View College; Lee J. Colan, Ph.D, The L Group and Della Faye, speaker/author.  

Two great optional activities have been added this year to go along with the symposium. Take a look at the details for the Water Words That Work Workshop and the evening networking event that follows. Pick one or both. Either way, register early, space is limited.  

Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association: So You Think You Want Bees - Dallas

Nov 14 2017 - 6:00pm
C.C. Young Retirement Center
4847 W Lawther Dr, Ste 100
Dallas , TX

"So You Think You Want Bees" is a two-part Fall/Winter class presented by Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association designed to help inform a prospective urban beekeeper about everything they need to know in considering beginning their beekeeping adventure next spring. 

Part 1 (Oct. 9) of this class will cover reasons to want to keep bees, concerns and considerations, time/space/monetary investment, working with neighbors, as well as local and state regulations. 

Part 2 (Nov. 13) of the class will be before the November meeting and will cover Winter preparations for your upcoming first year, including hive styles, other equipment, where to get bees, winter reading materials, and more.

Cost for each part of the class is $5 per family for TVBA members, $10 per family for non-members. Payment is by cash or check at the time of the class.

Dallas Sierra Club: Wildflowers of North Texas & Cacti and Succulents - Farmers Branch

Nov 14 2017 - 7:00pm
Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Lane Bldg H
Farmers Branch , TX

Learn about our area's native wildflowers and also about cacti and succulents from two speakers with colorful photos. Carol Clark will take you on a virtual tour of native wildflowers, past and present. And Irwin Lightstone will talk about cacti and succulents, and how they should play an increasingly prominent role in landscaping our exteriors and interiors.

Wildflowers of North Texas 

So many of our beautiful and once-common native wildflowers have been removed from our local landscapes that relatively few people today can recognize and name more than a handful. This colorful slideshow program will take you on a virtual tour through the seasons of some of our last undisturbed natural areas, and introduce some of the amazing plants that once dominated the region. We'll talk about unusual plant features that make them tough prairie survivors, and give you a sense of what the Tallgrass Prairie and its surrounding woodlands once looked like.

Carol Clark is an amateur botany enthusiast, a Texas Master Naturalist, and longtime member of the Native Plant Society of Texas. She and her husband own and operate Clark Haven, a wildlife preserve and custom wildflower seed business in Cooke County. Carol grew up with a nature photographer father and wildlife artist brother, and has spent much of her life looking around in the great outdoors. Her favorite things to do are leading discovery walks in local natural areas, and finding and photographing interesting plants.

Cacti and Succulents: Owners Manual Part One

When you hear "waterwise," "low maintenance," "interesting geometries," you almost have to think of cacti and succulents. As water becomes a more scarce resource, these plants should play an increasingly prominent role in landscaping our exteriors as well as our interiors.  Learn about perpetual blue roses, the perfect indoor plant for the traveler, and some of the interesting adaptations in these unusual and interesting plants.

Irwin Lightstone lives in Dallas with his wife, cat, and thousands of plants, mostly cacti and succulents. He is president of the North Texas Cactus and Succulent Society, and is an award winning professional photographer who has specialized in plant photography.  View his website at


Info: Kirk Miller, 972-699-1687 or

Free. All welcome.