These event are deemed appropriate for younger children

6th annual Blooms Festival home and garden festival features a plethora of goods from seasonal plants to furniture and home decor along with food trucks, kid's activities. Native Plant Society of Texas Cross Timbers Chapter will have a booth selling plants at the event, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Trash event starts with registration @ 8:00, in the FMHS parking lot. We hand out supplies to volunteers and send them to various areas in Flower Mound (parks, trails, creeks, roadways) to clean up trash/recycles. Volunteers then bring back their findings and we provide lunch, the environmental fair, and door prize. 

This exciting woods-trails race takes you along 3+ miles of beautiful woods trails in a hidden forest that probably less than 1,000 people in Dallas even know is there.

Have you ever done an exercise race? Along the way, you’ll come across 10+ manned checkpoints where you do a simple easy exercise before proceeding (stuff like 5 jumping jacks or 3 air squats, etc.). If on the other hand, you are really pushing for speed (this IS a chip-timed race), you can buy your way out of the exercise by dropping a piece of litter off as your run by.

An artist will guide you step‐by‐step as you create your masterpiece at this nature‐themed painting class. This class is geared toward ages 5 and up, with no prior experience required. All materials will be supplied. Pre‐registration required.

$30.

Saturday, March 10th, 11:30 am – 1 pm – Pond Scene

Friday, March 16th, 1–2:30 pm – Monarch Butterfly

Sunday, April 22nd, 4 – 5:30 pm – Squirrel

Tuesday, May 29th, 10 – 11:30 am – Windmill

Info: Tiffany Gorrell, tiffany.gorrell@mansfieldtexas.gov

Twelve Hills Nature Center and Seed Preschool (along with Matilda, the bus) will present an afternoon of bird-themed activities, a family birding walk, and a visit from some winged creatures. This event coincides with the Great Backyard Bird Count and Project FeederWatch. You can observe many species of birds at Twelve Hills Nature Center and we will help you identify them. Free.

Come out and enjoy the stars! Brookhaven College’s astronomy classes will be setting up their telescopes and invite park visitors to look through them. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the dark skies of Johnson Branch with just your eyes, too! Make sure to dress warmly.

Please do not use your flashlights and lanterns in the Observing area. Flashlights with a red filter are okay. 

Location: The Observing area will be located in the parking lot across from the Kid Fish Pond. 

Park admission. $7/adults. Children 12 and under free.

Do you know someone who could use a pound of free seeds? Well show up to our seed sort and help us go through a 4 donation pallets of seeds and walk away with a pound of free seeds of your choosing. Heirloom, Organic, Sow Easy, floral and so many more to choose from. Something for all ages to participate in!

We’ll have a guided bird walk and count led by our most excellent birder and past Audubon Society President Charley Amos. Bring your binoculars and camera.

Info: friendsofosgray@gmail.com

O.S. Gray Natural has no restroom facilities, but Kroger is nearby.

Visitors will take a guided night hike through the Great Trinity Forest and explore how our senses change with the setting of the sun. We will learn how nocturnal animals have adapted to the night life. Guests will search and call for the owl species that call Dallas home. The night will end roasting s’mores over the fire! 

Held on both Friday and Saturday nights

Meet at the parking lot inside the Nature Center. We will hike a 4-5 mile section of trails. Bring water, snacks, and rain gear. 

Info: Claudia Blalock, 817-924 6242 or claudia.blalock@att.net.

In the event of rain, hike is cancelled. No dogs please.

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