Jan 25 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, [email protected] or 951-206-0274

National Wildlife Federation: Monarch Workshop - Spring SOLD OUT

Jan 25 2019 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Big Stone Lodge Spring , TX

Update: Registration site says event is sold out.

This workshop is a one day course on monarch biology, ecology, and conservation. You will learn the basics of monarch habitat creation and conservation and you will leave the course with the knowledge and confidence to engage diverse groups to take action on behalf of the monarch butterfly.

What are the topics?

    •    Monarch anatomy, biology, life cycle and migration.

    •    Monarch threats: parasites, disease, land use, and pesticides, among others.

    •    Milkweed ecology, nectar plants, and monarch waystations.

    •    Outreach tools and materials, agencies and conservation groups involved in monarch conservation activities.

    •    Citizen Science, communication skills, interpretation, and role play.

    •    How to recruit for and structure a successful workshop/presentation.

The primary objective of this workshop is to train participants how to educate others about the ecological role of monarchs and the conservation actions that can be taken to help the species. This workshop is for those who are interested in outreach and in educating the public about monarch conservation. We request that every participant agree to share the education and knowledge acquired during this workshop with others by, offering presentations or workshops.

After the participant gives at least a one hour presentation to the general public, she/he will receive a Monarch Conservation Training certification from NWF. The participant will have many other opportunities to engage in more presentations, workshops, and other monarch conservation activities if he/she wills to do so.

Each participant will receive a USB drive loaded with a power point presentation, supporting handouts, and other resources.

Instructors include Carol Clark, chair of our Bring Back the Monarch to Texas program; Katie Boyer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region’s Monarch Outreach Specialist; Jennifer Garrison, Mercer Botanic Gardens’ Education Director; Melodie Hill, Mercer Botanic Gardens’ Program Coordinator; Jacob Martin, Mercer Botanic Garden’s Greenhouse Manager; Kyle Wolfe, volunteer coordinator at Hermann Park Conservancy; and Rebeca Quiñonez-Piñón, the Monarch Outreach Coordinator for NWF.