Dec 1 2018

City of Mansfield: Holiday Grease Roundup - Mansfield (Thru Jan. 7)

Nov 26 2018 - 12:00am to Jan 7 2019 - 12:00am
Environmental Collection Center
616 S. Wisteria St.
Mansfield , TX

Grease clogs your pipes and can even cause sewer backups. Protect your home, city and environment by recycling it during this collection event.

Follow the signs on Wisteria Street and drop off your used cooking oil at the collection station outside the gate by the dumpster.

Oil will be accepted 24 hours, Nov. 6, 2018 through Jan. 7, 2019.

Info: (817) 728-3610, or email Rebecca Sales at

Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Japanese Fall Festival - Fort Worth (Thru Dec. 2)

Dec 1 2018 - 10:00am to Dec 2 2018 - 4:00pm
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd
Ft Worth , TX

Enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts, sword demonstrations, raku, tea ceremonies, taiko and more in the garden. Admission to the Japanese Garden is $12, $4 for children ages 4-12, free for ages 3 and younger.

Twelve Hills Nature Center: Prairie Talk - Dallas

Dec 1 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Twelve Hills Nature Center
817 Mary Cliff Drive
Dallas , TX

Join Texas Master Naturalist Rich Jaynes for a prairie walk! 

Rich is an environmental scientist whose professional work has included preparing natural resources analyses in master plans for nature preserves such as Southwest Nature Preserve in Arlington and JF Burke Nature Preserve in Farmers Branch. He also worked for the Native Prairies Association of Texas in surveying Ellis County for native prairie remnants.

We are fortunate to have Rich lead a walk for neighbors and fellow naturalists who are interested in learning about the blackland prairie biology here at Twelve Hills.

This walk is family friendly (though best for older children). Hope to see you there!

Native Prairies Association of Texas: A Paul Mathews Prairie Celebration - Greenville

Dec 1 2018 - 12:00pm to 9:00pm
The Landmark on Lee Street
2920 Lee St
Greenville , TX

HIKE: Noon to 3:30 pm 

Weather permitting, we will explore NPAT’s latest acquisition, Paul Mathews Prairie near Greenville, with prairie experts. Wear long pants, sturdy hiking shoes, bug repellent, and sunscreen. Because of the deep gilgais, a walking stick is recommended. There are bathroom facilities to change clothes at The Landmark on Lee Street. 

To reserve your spot on the field trip, contact Kirsti Harms at or 512-392-2288.

CELEBRATION: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Gather with prairie defenders at The Landmark on Lee Street (, a historic post office renovated by the Rotary Club, and enjoy a catered barbecue dinner and beverages, including beer and wine. A vegetarian option is available. Bring along your favorite sweet delight for our Dessert Potluck and feel free to share your recipe. 

The deadline for barbecue has passed, but there's still time to join the party. We'll have frito pie and other goodies for latecomers! To register and for more information, email

In addition to our annual meeting, we will celebrate NPAT’s latest acquisition: Paul Mathews Prairie near Greenville. This 100-acre old-growth Blackland Prairie boasts a gamagrass/switchgrass/indiangrass plant community in a vertisolic (gumbo clay) soil with exceptionally deep plentiful gilgais. The Nature Conservancy holds the conservation easement.

See website for more history of the prairie and event details.

Info: Kirsti Harms at or 512-392-2288


First Saturday Styrofoam Drop-Off - Lucas

Dec 1 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
2680 Lucas Road
Lucas , TX

This event is open to all regardless of residency 

Please bring your clean #6 Styrofoam to be recycled! 

Common items accepted are:

-egg cartons

-meat trays

- fast food clam shell containers


-packing materials

We CANNOT accept packing peanuts and certain other packing materials.


Fort Worth Nature Center: Long Winter's Nap - Fort Worth

Dec 1 2018 - 1:30pm
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
9601 Fossil Ridge Road
Ft Worth , TX

Winter is quickly approaching and many animals are well into their routine. Join a naturalist for a leisurely walk looking for animals and insects preparing for hibernation, dormancy or just gearing up for the cold months ahead. Pre-registration recommended. $5 (with paid admission).