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 20 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
EarthxFilm Festival: Dallas
EarthxFilm kicks off EarthX's 11-day celebration with an ambitious film festival, featuring 17 feature films and 30 shorts along with interactive media.
READ THE GREENSOURCE DFW STORY on EarthxFilm.
Notably, The River and the Wall, a documentary by filmmaker Ben Masters. which follows his 1,200 mile trip along the Rio Grande on the Texas border, will be screening on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Perot Museum and April 27 at 2 p.m. at the Hall of State.
READ THE GREENSOURCEDFW ARTICLE on The River and the Wall.
W.P. Bluebird Festival: Wills Point
Bluebird themed festival with pageant and car show.
Native Plant Society of Texas, Prairie Rose Chapter: Native Plant Sale - Glen Rose
Shop for native plants. Native plants for shade presentation at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Keep Grapevine Beautiful: Earth Day Celebration - Grapevine
Family event at Town Square Gazebo in downtown Grapevine featuring educational presentations and vendors to will help us learn to live more environmentally friendly. Held in partnership with Keep Grapevine Beautiful and Grapevine’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Waco Friends of Peace/Climate: Free Shopping Bags - Waco
We have about 750 bags and expect to give most away. Please arrive early. If you have one but need more, that’s acceptable New medium blue bag design with logo on back.
Bank of America: Free Document Shredding - Plano
There is no limit to the documents you can bring for shredding. The only limit is time or the truck getting full. So we would recommend come fast if you have a lot of documents to shred.
Everyone is welcome to participate. Shred old/unnecessary personal items.
The shredding event takes place at the same location and the timing overlaps with the city of Plano's electronic recycling event (9-11 a.m.) which is also open to the community. You don't have to be a Plano resident to participate.
Bring: old bills, old checks, brochures, paper, file folders, credit card offers, photos, dated bank statements, old tax info, post-its, envelopes, newspaper.
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center: Native Plant Sale - Cedar Hill
Find a variety of native Texas plants that use less water and provide habitat for wildlife. Members of Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center get early admission at 9:30 a,m.
Again this year, we will offer plants for pre-sale so you can be sure the plant you want doesn't sell out.
Native Prairies Association of Texas, Fort Worth Chapter: Penitentiary Hollow Hike - Dallas
Jeff Quayle will be leading an adventurous hike to Lake Mineral Wells State Park to Penitentiary Hollow. This will be a moderate hike through Penitentiary Hollow. Hiking boots and long pants is preferred, so be prepared for a lot of exploring off of the main trails. Weather permitting. Trees and understory species will be leafed out, so we may be dodging some brush and greenbriar. Be prepared to explore some nook and crannies of the hollows. We will be observing our native ferns in the area and other natives in the park, including a few rare species. Must pay park entrance fee.
RSVP: Jeff at email@example.com or 817-729-0283. Meet in the parking lot to the picnic area/Penitentiary Hollow by 10 a.m.
Friends of Acton Nature Center: Nature Run - Granbury
11th annual 5K.
Dallas Vegan Roundup: North Texas Vegan Potluck Picnic - Grapevine
4th annual event. Trawick Pavilion offers basketball, sand volleyball, lake access for swimming, a children's playground, and more!
Your payment includes vegan burgers & hot dogs and helps pay the fee for reserving the pavilion.
Bring a vegan dish. You’ll be prompted to sign up for a potluck item after you submit payment for the event.
$6/adult ($8 after 4/12) and $4/children 4-17 ($6 after 4/12), and children 3 and under get in free.
Fort Worth Nature Center: Legends of Wildflowers - Fort Worth
Hike the Prairie Trail with a naturalist and hear about the legends and folklore of Texas wildflowers.
$5 (with paid admission).