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.

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.

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 North Texas Unit (formerly North and Central Texas Unit) of The Herb Society of America was founded in 1989 by a group of women dedicated to the 'use and delight' of herbs. We are a non-profit organization in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service regulation 501(c)3. Through the years our unit has grown and currently has over 35 members. Our mission is to promote the use and delight of herbs by sharing with the public and with each other our knowledge and zest for all things herbal.

The Women's Council of the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden is a Texas-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Our purpose is to support and promote the interest in and growth of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden through its financial support and membership involvement of its approximately 900 members. 

The Daylily Growers of Dallas is a member of American Hemerocallis Society (AHS)and AHS Region 6 (Texas and New Mexico). We are also Affiliate Members of the Texas Garden Clubs, Inc, the Dallas North Garden Forum, and the Dallas Council of Garden Clubs. The Daylily Growers of Dallas is a nonprofit educational organization whose purpose is to promote interest in growing the genus Hemerocallis and to conduct research in its breeding and culture.

The Daylily Growers of Dallas is a nonprofit educational organization whose purpose is to promote interest in growing the genus Hemerocallis and to conduct research in its breeding and culture. The Daylily Growers of Dallas has served the Dallas, Texas, community since 1958.

River Legacy Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, began in 1988 as a unique public/private partnership with the City of Arlington. Our mission is to preserve and enhance the parkland along the Trinity River as an extraordinary educational, recreational and natural resource.

River Legacy Parks opened as a public park in 1990 with just 376 acres. Thanks to the Foundation’s donors and partnerships, the park has grown to become a 1,300-acre oasis along the Trinity River.

The Foundation founders knew from the start that an educational facility was necessary to ensure future stewards of the parkland. Thus, in 1996,River Legacy Living Science Center opened to the public.  The nature center features interactive exhibits, aquariums, terrariums, environmental education programs, a gift shop and nature trails.

The Urban Forest Advisory Committee (UFAC) was established in 2005 by the Dallas City Council to advise the Mayor and City Council on local and regional tree related issues. 

The Committee assists the city to develop good management practices so they may conserve the city’s trees and forests. It also educates citizens on trees and organizes tree plantings.

UFAC is comprised of citizens and Dallas City officials whose goal is to restore a tree-lined Dallas.

The Texas Buckeye Trail is a natural surface nature trail 
that meanders into the Trinity River's hardwood bottomland
forest. Trail destinations include the River Overlook and
the Buckeye Grove. Both paths will lead you to the river's edge
deep into the forest surrounded by mature Bur Oak, Cedar Elm
and Pecan trees. This trail provides the hiker a true wild
outdoor experience less than four miles from downtown Dallas!
The trail to the River Overlook is now paved for wheelchair access.

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