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 25 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
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.
Native Prairies Association of Texas, Fort Worth Chapter: Flower Mound Prairie Tour - Flower Mound
Tour The Flower Mound, namesake of the town, and hear about what makes it special. You’ll learn about the challenges of maintaining an urban prairie surrounded by houses, retail areas and a major arterial road. We’ll look for native grasses and wildflowers, which should be at their springtime peak. And we’ll trek to the top of the 60-foot Mound, where we can gaze over what used to be North Texas prairie land.
For those who want to help, after the tour we will have a short work day helping to remove some of the invasive plants from the prairie.
RSVP: Diane Wetherbee, firstname.lastname@example.org. She will notify you in case of inclement weather.
Native Plant Society of Texas, The Trinity Forks Chapter: Forest Systems and Forest Ecology of North Central Texas - Denton
Suzanne Tuttle presents ”Forest Systems and Forest Ecology of North Central Texas."
North Central Texas is host to a complex mosaic of vegetation communities. Although grassland ecosystems dominate the landscape our area is also home to several different communities of native woody tree and shrub cover. This program will provide attendees with information about these local forests and where they can be found.
Suzanne Tuttle is a plant ecologist who retired in 2016 as Manager of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge after a 23-year career at the park. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology from UT Arlington and an associate of applied science degree in Horticulture from Tarrant County Junior College (now TCC). She has taught training classes for various chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist program since 1999 and is currently serving on the steering committee for the NPSOT’s Native Landscape Certification Program and on the boards of directors for the Fort Worth Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas and the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute located in Fort Davis, TX.
EarthXFilm: Film Screening - 'The River and the Wall' - Dallas
In his last feature-length film, Unbranded, Ben Masters set out to cross America on wild mustangs in an unforgettable journey across public lands. In his latest film, he sets out with an equally audacious and challenging plan: to navigate 1,200 miles of the border between the USA and Mexico on horses, mountain bikes and canoes. While everything the native Texan does involves some sort of adventure, his real purpose in The River and the Wall is to explore the wildlife across this complex and diverse terrain, and understand how it would be affected by the wall proposed by President Donald Trump. The film provides a different layer to the debate raging from Washington, D.C. to El Paso and beyond as Masters paddles, pedals and rides his way through this thorny issue.
Arlington Organic Garden Club: New Plant Nursery - Arlington
Learn about Idlewild, located on the former site of Redenta's.