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 27 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
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.
iNaturalist: City Nature Challenge - DFW!
Join Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, the Audubon Society, and other nature lovers in a fun challenge to see which city can document the most species during April 26-29. It is easy to participate by joining an event or making observations on your own using the iNaturalist app.
With the iNaturalist app, you just take a picture of a plant or animal, and the community will help identify which species it is. Any observation in the greater metropolitan area of DFW will count during the four day challenge. You can participate by exploring the life in your backyard, in your local park, or on a field trip with your local naturalist group. You can also help with IDs for other people's observations to increase our species count, come to a bioblitz, or even hold your own event!
The City Nature Challenge is organized by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences.
Dallas Arboretum: Artscape Fine Art Show & Sale - Dallas (Thru April 29)
Juried fine art show and sale in the garden featuring artists from around the country.
EarthX: Dallas (Thru April 28)
Billed as the world’s largest eco expo, the formerly named Earth Day Texas is held on three days and attracts thousands of visitors to Fair Park. Hundreds of exhibitors will be on hand, including environmental nonprofits, businesses, academic institutions and government agencies aiming to raise the environmental consciousness of North Texans. There is also a full schedule of speakers and demonstrations and films at this free fest founded by Dallas philanthropist Trammell S. Crow.
Keep Pilot Point Beautiful: Trash-Off - Pilot Point
Meet at the Gazebo on the Square at 8 am to receive your T-shirt and pick up supplies. Bottled water has been donated by Sonic Drive-In and Midway Baptist Church is providing a free lunch for all volunteers!
In conjunction with the Annual Trash-Off, residents of Pilot Point can drop off their bulk trash, brush, yard waste, (please bag leaves or grass clippings) metal, wood and appliances at the Waste Water Treatment Facility located at: 1400 N. St. James between the hours of 8 am – 3 pm (Or until the containers are full) on Saturday, April 27.
Tire & Batteries Recycling Event - Integrity Car Care (1321 N. Hwy. 377)
From 8 am – Noon
Medication Disposal Program – Pilot Point Pharmacies
Electronics & Computer Recycling - On the Square
See details on event page
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge: Nature CON - Fort Worth
New event at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge featuring 3.5-mile fun run, guided hikes, hayrides, canoe rides, food trucks and bioblitz.
Fun run registration. $15.
Nature Conservancy: Clymer Meadow Preserve Wildflower Tour - Celeste
Visit the picturesque Clymer Meadow Wildflower Preserve, which contains one of the last remnants of the Blackland Prairie—an imperiled ecosystem comprised of numerous bird, butterfly and wildflower species.
About a 90-minute drive from Dallas.
RSVP by the dates below to Brandon Belcher, North Texas Preserves Manager, at 903-752-0676 or Brandon.Belcher@TNC.org. Space is limited!
- For the April 27 tour, RSVP by April 22
- For the May 18 tour, RSVP by May 13
City of Dallas: It's My Park Day - Dallas
Individuals, community groups, corporate organizations, are invited to organize and participate in beautification projects at their neighborhood park. Go to website below to register.
Native Plant Society of Texas, Dallas Chapter: Native Plant Sale - Dallas
We'll be under the Master Gardener's open air pavilion rain or shine. Plant and currency donations are welcome. Our list of plants will be posted to our website in early April.
Arlington Garden Club: Fielder Plant Festival - Arlington
Variety of plants for sale. Master gardeners and master composters on hand to answer questions.
Blue Moon Gardens: Open House and Lavender Festival - Chandler
Blue Moon Gardens celebrates all things lavender at their Spring Open House. Free programs will explain which varieties of lavender are easiest to grow in our area and how to harvest and use the flowers. For a small fee you can make your own lavender foaming bath salts and body polish to take home. There will also be demonstrations of making linen and room spray and body powder, all sweetly scented with lavender.
Keep Mansfield Beautiful: Earth Day - Mansfield
Food trucks, kid's fishing tournament and petting zoo, rain barrel auction, butterfly release, falconer, tiny house and smart car displays, natural products, eco friendly demonstrations, educational booths, upcycled artwork and more! Free admission and parking.
Info: Jan Hurlbut, email@example.com
City of Allen: Earthfest Allen - Allen
Nature walks, wildlife demonstrations and environmental activities.
City of Dallas: Climate Action Plan Kickoff - Dallas
Hear about Dallas’ ongoing efforts to measure and improve impacts on climate and the environment. Learn about the engagement and planning process for the Comprehensive Environmental & Climate Action Plan and ask questions of city staff on an individual or small group basis.
American Conservation Coalition: 30 Under 30, The Green Generation - Dallas
A large-scale gathering at EarthX to recognize young environmentalists who are making a difference, the 30 Under 30 event offers conference panels and an evening reception. Register on link.