Jan 19 2019

Trinity Metro: Ride TEXRail Free - FW to DFW Airport

Jan 10 2019 - 3:30am to Feb 1 2019 - 11:45pm

According to the city of Fort Worth, Trinity Metro has received word from the Federal Railroad Administration that the entire 27-mile TEXRail route has been approved for passenger service. Full service is expected to begin from the T&P Station in Fort Worth to DFW Airport’s Terminal B on Jan. 10.

Passengers on Trinity Metro’s new 27-mile TEXRail commuter rail line can try out the train for free until Feb. 1.

TEXRail runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International’s Terminal B, providing a daily commuting option for regional employees and travelers.

On Feb. 1, customers will pay $2.50 for a one-way ticket. A $5 day pass is good for all rail and buses in Tarrant County.

TEXRail service begins at the Texas & Pacific Station in Fort Worth and travels through north Fort Worth, North Richland Hills and Grapevine before its final stop at Terminal B. The first train departs Fort Worth at 3:25 a.m. and arrives at the airport at 4:17 a.m.

View a complete schedule.

Trinity Metro expect to have 8,000 riders a day by the end of the first year of service.


Texas Master Naturalists, Blackland Prairie Chapter: Texas Master Naturalist Training Deadline - McKinney

Jan 16 2019 - 8:00pm to Feb 6 2019 - 5:00pm
Heard Natural Science Museum
1 Nature Place
McKinney , TX

The Blackland Prairie Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program, based in McKinney, is seeking applicants interested in becoming Texas Master Naturalists.  Applications will be accepted until Feb. 6, 2019.  Classes will be held at the Heard Natural Science Museum, 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069, from Feb. 13—May 8, 2018.  Class participants must complete 40 hours of natural resource training, participate in 3 class field trips, and finish 8 hours of advanced training and 40 hours of volunteer service within their first year in the program.  Application forms and program information are available at https://txmn.org/bptmn/class-of-2019/.

The Blackland Prairie Chapter draws members from communities located in Collin, Hunt and Rockwall counties and adjacent areas. Communities in these areas are growing fast, but so are opportunities to conserve local natural resources. Master Naturalist volunteers are uniquely qualified to inspire their neighbors to appreciate the environment, to take part in hands-on projects at parks and preserves, to help children and adults learn about local natural resources, and much more.

Info: Linda Nixon, communications@bptmn.org or 951-206-0274

North Texas Master Naturalists: Bird Walk - Dallas

Jan 19 2019 - 8:00am to 10:30am
S Central Park
4753 Fellows Lane Freedman’s Town of Joppa
Dallas , TX

Led by Ben Sandifer, Master Birder, we will see lots of birds and more: a Great Blue Heron Rookery, raptors, beaver lodges and a wide variety of other sights and sounds. Expect a mile or two of walking on paved and uneven natural surfaces.

Bring binoculars and a camera for birds and wildflowers, water and insect repellent; wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

Check out Ben's blog for local hikes, history and wildlife!


Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve: Beginner Bird ID Workshop and Walk - Arlington

Jan 19 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve
5201 Bowman Springs Rd
Arlington , TX

Join master birder Walter Berk for this quarterly beginners’ class which will show you which birds are in our area now, what they’re up to, where to look for them…and more!

Optional Classroom Instruction, 8 a.m.

City Hall Conference Room, 405 Municipal Drive, Kennedale (4 miles south of the preserve)


Bird walk open to all, 8:30-10 a.m.

Southwest Nature Preserve, 5201 Bowman Springs Road, Arlington

Classroom topics include:

    •    Bird anatomy as it pertains to field identification

    •    Types of birds common to this region during this season

    •    Basic ecology, habitat associations, and behaviors


RSVP for the optional workshop at 8 a.m. (required due to limited space) or join the group at SWNP at 8:30 a.m. for the birding practice session. 

Info: Annabelle Corboy apcorboy@sbcglobal.net or 817-683-1739

Event Website:

Friends of O.S. Gray Natural Area: Community Day - Arlington

Jan 19 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friends of O.S. Gray Natural Area
2021 W. Abram
Arlington , TX

Please bring your favorite work gloves, shovel, litter picker upper, or gardening tools.

Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and for working in a natural area (long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, hat).

Water and snacks will be available.

O.S. Gray Natural Area has no restroom facilities, but Kroger is nearby.

Info: friendsofosgray@gmail.com

Arlington Conservation Council: Annual Pot Luck - Arlington

Jan 19 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
The Montessori Academy
3428 W Arkansas Ln
Arlington , TX

Details to come.

Event Website:

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Starting Small with Pollinators - Lewisville

Jan 19 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Lewisville ISD Career Center East
2553 FM 544
Lewisville , TX

The third annual workshop inspired by Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy.

Overwhelmed by all the information about butterflies and bees and native plants and don't know where to start? Learn how to start to redesign your yard so that is beautiful and attracts birds, butterflies, and other pollinators.

    •    Keynote by Monika Maeckle founder of the Texas Butterfly Ranch

    •    Daniel Cunningham – Edible plants for pollinators and people 

    •    Liz Moyer – Creating Theme Gardens with Native Plants

$30 includes three hours of advanced training plus food and drinks.

Farmers Branch Historical Park: Bird Walk & Home Depot Workshop - Farmers Branch

Jan 19 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Farmers Branch Historical Park
2540 Farmers Branch Ln
Farmers Branch , TX

Join the Farmers Branch Historical Park for an all-age free Bird Walk. The Bird Walk will be especially great for younger bird enthusiasts and kids of all ages. Guests are invited to bring binoculars, but are discouraged from bringing pets. Walk begins in the Historical Park parking lot. After the Bird Walk, Home Depot will host a hands-on nature workshop.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Texas Worm Ranch: Soil Biology and Soil Minerals for Vegetable Gardeners - Garland

Jan 19 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Texas Worm Ranch
2636 National Cir
Garland , TX

Women's March - DFW Locations (Jan. 19 and Jan. 20)

Jan 19 2019 - 10:30am to Jan 20 2019 - 5:30pm

Join the local marches in conjunction with the nationwide movement.

Denton, Denton County Courthouse, Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fort Worth, Tarrant County Courthouse, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tarrant Coalition for Environmental Awareness will be marching together at the Fort Worth March.

Dallas, St. Paul UMC Dallas, Jan. 20, 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Code Pink will be marching together at the Dallas March.

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center: Stars & S'mores - Cedar Hill

Jan 19 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
1206 W. FM 1382
Cedar Hill , TX

Enjoy s'mores around the campfire, stargazing and guided nike hikes. This is a popular event that usually sells out so register ASAP.

Souvenir t-shirt available for purchase.