The Texas Master Naturalist, Blackland Prairie Chapter is one of 48 recognized chapters throughout Texas.  Our chapter meets in McKinney Texas and draws members from communities in Collin, Hunt, and Rockwall counties and adjacent areas.  Our well-trained chapter members volunteer in numerous local efforts to help people learn about and appreciate Texas's natural resources.

Our meetings are held on the fourth Sunday each month, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for November and December.
 
Our organization has been meeting continuously for 20 years. We accept anyone as a member.  One can attend the regular meetings for free.
 
Membership dues are $15/year for an individual, $20/year for a family membership.
 
Member-Only events:  Annual member's garden tour, Annual Fall Field trip, October Seed Exchange, December Holiday Party.

Sustainable Education Solutions is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization seeking to improve the environmental literacy of Dallas families, particularly of it's youngest scholars.  The goal is to open a community-based environmental education charter school in 2015/2016.  SES is the sponsoring entity seeking support from the citizens of Dallas, Texas for this open-enrollment, Generation 19 charter school.

Mission:

To promote the conservation and restoration of Tandy Hills Natural Area (THNA) as a rare remaining example of native prairie that was indigenous to most of the Fort Worth area.

To facilitate use of THNA as an education and recreation resource for experiencing and understanding the natural environment of predevelopment Fort Worth.

To increase awareness of the importance of protecting and preserving natural areas through the annual Fort Worth Prairie Fest and other activities.

About Tandy Hills Natural Area:

Tandy Hills Natural Area (THNA) is a 160-acre indigenous remnant of Fort Worth prairie located in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas. The land was obtained by the City of Fort Worth Parks Department in the 1960s and designated a “natural area” in 1987. Since 1990, the park has been managed by the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge.

Noted for its unusually complete collection of prairie flora, THNA contains more than 500 native plant species. The show of spring wildflowers is unsurpassed in the Metroplex. The land is a living demonstration of how most of Fort Worth and the Great Plains appeared in predevelopment times.

Earthx, formerly Earth Day Texas, is an annual, outdoor festival seeking to elevate environmental awareness and influence the way North Texans think, live and work. The family-friendly and free event allows leaders in the corporate, academic and non-profits worlds to unite and show North Texans how green lifestyles choices can lower their cost of living, improve their health, and help save the environment.

 

 

Texas Conservation Allaince is a dynamic group of individuals and organizations protecting Texas’ rivers, forests, coastlines, wildlife, and other natural habitats. The Alliance harnesses the energies and experience of Texans from varied backgrounds who share a common interest in protecting our state’s natural resources. TCA has an exceptional record of accomplishment over its forty-year history.  Texas Conservation Alliance builds grassroots coalitions of conservationists, sportsmen, landowners, advocates for nature tourism and outdoor recreation, business people, timber industry leaders and elected officials to influence public policies that affect the environment and to solve natural resource problems. We invite individuals and organizations to join the Alliance and help us provide a natural legacy for future generations of Texans!

The North Texas Master Naturalists are Dallas County's volunteers for conservation. We lead hikes, give educational programs, engage in scientific research, and work on the land, all towards the goal of helping North Texans appreciate and preserve the natural systems they rely upon.

The Texas Master Naturalist(TM) volunteer program is coordinated by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and supported by a variety of local Organizations. Volunteers receive 40 hours of in-depth training in wildlife and natural resource management customized to focus on local ecosystems. In return, volunteers provide at least 40 hours of service per year in the form of community education and demonstration projects, while pursuing a minimum of 8 hours per year of advanced training in areas of special interest.


The Texas Master Naturalist program:
Increases volunteer capacity and leadership in local communities,
Enhances public awareness of local ecosystems and natural resources.

The Citizen Gardner program provides low-cost, hands-on, organic, backyard vegetable gardening education and community.  Goals of the DFW Citizen Gardener Program

The Green Sanctuary Committee of Westside Unitarian Universalist Church hosts quarterly green film screening events, with the aim to better educate our community on how to care for our planet.

Describing New York City's first cohousing project, a New York Times article said cohousing speaks to people who want to own a home but not feel lost in an impersonal city. That's how we feel.

And we want to live sustainably, with a smaller carbon footprint. To know our neighbors, grow some of our own food and use our united buying power to support local farmers and dairies. We want to model a more resilient way of life for the DFW metroplex.

We want to live in a diverse community, with old and young, singles and couples, varied backgrounds.

We're growing a community of like-minded folks who'd like to live cooperatively in urban Dallas, close to a DART station.

Our vision is that the community is affordable, with a lease-to-own option if possible.

We're at the forming stage, which means we're drawing together a core group of people willing to commit financially.

We've located some possible properties; the investor-members will determine which property works for our shared vision.

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