Lantern festivals are a central part of Chinese culture and date back thousands of years. Join us as this ancient tradition comes to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden where you will see over 20 sets of lanterns crafted from silk, wire and steel and where you can spend an evening filled with fun, food, and adventure. This event offers visitors the opportunity to experience an event rarely staged outside of Asia.
Apr 13 2019
Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Lanterns in the Garden - Fort Worth (Thru May 12)
EarthX: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! - Dallas
Earth X is bigger than ever this year and is seeking volunteers to help out at the giant eco-expo April 26-28 at Fair Park in Dallas. This is a great opportunity to gain experience, network and be part of the world's largest eco-fest.
Earth X volunteer manager Melinda Garde said there are more than 30 different opportunities available for volunteers.
"Volunteers are the face of EarthX. As a volunteer, you are an integral part of the process of changing the way people think, work and live," said Garde. "Volunteers will engage attendees with fun hands-on activities that teach how to make a difference through science, technology and innovations in thought leading to a sustainable future."
Volunteers get a T-shirt and snacks. There are two shifts: 9 a.m. -2 p.m., 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Info: Melinda Garde, volunteer manager, email@example.com
Whole Earth Provision Co.: State Park Month - Dallas
Throughout April, visit any of the 7 Whole Earth Provision Co. stores (2 in Dallas) to pick up a free state park guide and make donations to Texas State Parks. Donations are accepted in any amount, but if you donate $20, $50, or $100, Whole Earth will give you a nice “thank you” bonus or two or three (while supplies last)!
Donate $20 or more and receive a $5 Texas State Parks Gift Card that can be used toward park passes, entrance fees or park store purchases.
Donate $50 or more and receive 2 bonus gifts – a Whole Earth branded Nalgene bottle, and a $5 state parks gift card!
Donate $100 or more and receive 3 bonus gifts – a Ft. Lonesome custom Texas patch, a Whole Earth Nalgene water bottle and a $5 state parks gift card
City of Mansfield: Mulch Madness - Mansfield
Mulch Madness is a free mulch giveaway program for Mansfield residents. Residents must bring their own containers and and load their own mulch.
Proof of residency required
Texas Master Naturalist, Elm Fork Chapter: Training Program (Deadline July 26) - Denton
Applications are being accepted for this year’s Texas Master Naturalist-Elm Fork Chapter training program. The 12-week training program starts on Aug. 27 and goes through Nov. 12. Each session is six hours of study on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The course includes four field trips; Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area and the City of Denton’s Water Reclamation facility.
Each classroom session focuses on a unit from the extensive Texas Master Naturalist textbook, edited by representatives from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife, which each member-in-training will receive.
Sessions include topics such as Ecological Regions of Texas, Geology and Soils of Texas, Archeology, Native Plants, Ornithology, Herpetology, Aquatic Systems, Texas Water Resources Download the training application.
$150 and includes all training materials, classroom instruction, field trips and first year membership with the Texas Master Naturalist-Elm Fork Chapter.
Payment must be made at the time the application is submitted. Once submitted, each application is reviewed. Applicants will be notified upon acceptance. Enrollment is limited to 30.
Info: Master.Naturalist@dentoncounty.com or 940-349-2883
Ennis Garden Club: Bluebonnnet Trails Festival - Ennis (Thru April 14)
Three day festival featuring arts and crafts, bluebonnet souvenirs, children’s activities and music. Download a free map for the Bluebonnet Trails driving tour.
City of Plano: Great American Cleanup - Plano
Participate in this community-wide effort to remove litter then enjoy an after party.
Keep Flower Mound Beautiful: Spring Trash-Off and Environmental Fair - Flower Mound
Trash clean up and eco fair, featuring native plant sale organized by the Native Plant Society of Texas Trinity Forks Chapter.
Red River Unitarian Universalist Church: Earth Day Texoma - Sherman
Green vendors, children’s activities, workshops, recycling at Sherman Municipal Grounds. All welcome.
Stephenville Historical House Museum: Native and Heirloom Plant Fair - Stephenville
The fair will feature native and heirloom plants that are also showcased around the gardens at Stephenville Historical House Museum. There will be vendors and tours of the Berry Cottage and the Carriage house.
Greater Dallas Organic Gardening Club: Plant Sale - Dallas
Shop for Texas natives, adaptive perennials, annuals, herbs, succulents, veggies, pollinator plants, yard art and more. Expert gardeners on hand to answer questions. Fundraiser benefits the club's activities, educational efforts and annual charitable garden contribution.
Off Skillman between Mercedes and Monticello. Parking available behind the church off Clements St.
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary: Plant Sale - McKinney
The 30th Annual Spring Plant Sale at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will feature a huge selection of native plants, hard-to-find herbs and well-adapted plants. Please see our website for the complete plant list (available soon) at www.heardmuseum.org/plantsale. Guests are welcome to bring carts or wagons to facilitate their purchases. The plant sale will also feature a selection of native milkweed plants. All purchases support the Heard, a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and are tax-free. Volunteers from the Native Plant Society of Texas Collin County Chapter and the Blackland Prairie Master Naturalists will be available to answer questions and help you select your new plants.
Texas Conservation Alliance: Grand Opening of Neches River National Wildlife Refuge - Jacksonville
Located in East Texas on US Hwy 79 between Palestine and Jacksonville, the Neches River Refuge has 7,000 acres of beautiful wildlife habitat – forests, wetlands, and trails along the iconic Neches River.
April 13 will mark the grand opening of the refuge, with guided nature walks, van tours of the refuge, kids activities, exhibits, and a nationally-known speaker.
Texas Conservation Alliance and the Friends of the Refuge are cohosting the kickoff with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Keep Denton Beautiful: Redbud Festival - Denton
The award-winning community festival is Denton’s official Arbor Day celebration. Vendors, workshops, kid's activities, plant sales and more! See website below for schedule. Free.
Texas Discovery Gardens: Pollinator Plant Sale - Dallas (Thru April 14)
Find more than 600 varieties of rare native and adapted pollinator-friendly plants. Many can’t be found in local nurseries! Our Members’ Plant Sale on April 12 allows you to shop before the Saturday rush! Members also receive 10 percent off plants.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Japanese Garden Spring Festival - Fort Worth
Enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts, sword demonstrations, raku, tea ceremonies and nature in the beautiful outdoor venue. $12/adults. $4/Ages 3-15. Children under 2 free.
Keep Irving Beautiful: Bicycle Fest - Irving
Fun educational event features live music, food trucks, vendors, bike check-ups, kite flying and group ride at North Lake College DART Station.
Native Plant Society of Texas, Trinity Forks Chapter: Native Plant Sale - Dallas
Annual native plant sale held in conjunction with the Keep Flower Mound Beautiful Trash-Off and Environmental Fair. 1,000-plus native plants and 130-plus species. Nursery grown and member donated. Knowledgeable volunteers.
Info: Rodney Barton, 940-321-6526
North Texas Renewable Energy Group: Texas' Electric Grid & ERCOT - Dallas
Ron Seidel will provide an update on how the Texas' electric grid and ERCOT have changed.
Ron Seidel is principal of RBS Energy Consulting, working with private equity, investment banks, and government on electric energy issues primarily in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market.
Prior to his consultancy, Ron was president of Texas Independent Energy with full P & L responsibility for two 1,000 megawatt combined-cycle plants in ERCOT, senior vice president of Energy Supply at City Public Service of San Antonio, and an executive at TXU where, among other duties, he was senior vice president of Fossil Generation and Mining, president of TXU Energy Trading, and operations manager at the Comanche Peak Nuclear Plant.
Ron holds his mechanical engineering degree from New Mexico State University; earned his M.B.A. from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University; is a registered professional engineer in Texas; and has held a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Senior Reactor Operator license.
City of Weatherford: Weatherford Blooms Festival - Weatherford
Home and garden festival at Heritage Park features Cross Timbers Chapter of Native Plant Society of Texas plant sale.
Texas Historic Tree Coalition: Tree Dedication - McKinney - POSTPONED!
UOPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER. GSDFW WILL UPDATE WITH NEW DATE AS SOON AS IT'S RESCHEDULED.
The Texas Historic Tree Coalition is pleased to announce a new addition to the Texas Historic Tree Registry
The Smith-Graybeal Cedar Trees have ties to two of the founding fathers of American horticulture: pioneer Texas horticulturalist and nurseryman Elbert W. Kirkpatrick, and famed horticulturalist Luther Burbank, whose birthday is celebrated as Arbor Day.
Three Eastern Red Cedar trees and one Deodar Cedar were incorporated into the landscape plan for W.D. Smith, the original owner of the home where they stand to this day in the Historic District of McKinney, Texas.
Working with Burbank and also with Stark Brothers Nurseries of Missouri, Kirkpatrick provided the trees to Smith ca.1908. The Deodar Cedar is not indigenous to America and was sourced from Burbank’s nursery in California. In 2017, Dr. Gary Graybeal moved into the historic Smith home with his wife Emily, and took steps to protect the trees. In doing so, the Kirkpatrick legacy was discovered, and the Kirkpatrick Historic Tree Program was launched. Through this program, other homeowners who suspect their trees may be connected with Kirkpatrick may submit them to be considered for historic designation.
This is a residential neighborhood, with street parking. Please be mindful of neighboring homes and yards, and stay on sidewalks when possible. Comfortable shoes are suggested; there may be a bit of a walk depending on the number of attendees. If rain interferes, the event will be rescheduled.
Info: Mary Graves, firstname.lastname@example.org