These event are deemed appropriate for younger children

The Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running citizen science survey in the world, contributing invaluable data to scientists studying bird population trends. Our kids’ version of the count gives children ages 5 years and up a taste of the real deal. $5 per person, in addition to the regular gate fee ($5/vehicle, cash or check only). Registration is required by Dec. 29 at noon. Go to bit.ly/CoLRegistration or call 972-219-3550 to register.

Take a trip back to an 1870s Christmas and celebrate the old-fashioned way. Enjoy a tour of the historic Minor-Porter Log Cabin, make a corn husk doll or an ornament to take home to your own Christmas tree, create a hand-dipped candle, enjoy carols, sip hot cider by the campfire, and more. Visitors are welcome to arrive at any time during the open hours and join in at their own pace. Free with admission. $5/vehicle cash or check only.

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!

Kayak through our amazing home with the Trinity River Audubon Center! Our guides provide all the equipment and instruction you need to get on the water for a two-hour kayak trip. You'll learn about the history of the river while you meander through the Great Trinity Forest. We transport you upstream to a launch point and guide you as you paddle back down the river. See a side of Dallas very few get to enjoy all while cruising past herons, egrets, beavers, turtles and river otters.

Make a native bee house to attract beneficial pollinators to your garden. Did you know there are hundreds of native bee species in Texas? Most of them do not sting and are solitary. They do not live in a beehive, but build their nests in holes, tubes, and tunnels that nature (or we) provide. We will explore natural and recycled materials to construct a custom built bee house. Discussion and storytime accompany this fun and informative class appropriate for ages 3 to 9. Parents are welcome to participate.

The race takes place on the DORBA Trail at Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Isle du Bois Unit in Pilot Point, Texas just 30 minutes north of Denton. The wooded trail is a mix of fast, flat single track along with challenging rocky sections.

Vendors, dancers & drummers and native Nativity play. Free.

Jump on board a hayride and assist in feeding bison. Learn about their historic ecological role and the important service they provide to the Refuge. Along the way, you will hear about the many habitats and the history of the Nature Center. Meet at the Hardwicke Interpretive Center. Pre-registration required. $16 per person – 3 years and older (with paid admission Under 3 years old free but child must sit on adult’s lap.

Rides at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days.

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Lance Tahmahkera has been with Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth for the past 37 years and is currently, the Imaging Department Manager at TH Harris Methodist Outpatient Center – Burleson.

Tahmahkera is a great-great grandson of Comanche Chief, Quanah Parker. With his parents staying close to the Comanche traditions, much of his youth was spent at pow-wows and learning stories of about ancestors and tribal ways.

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, join us for a celebration of Native American culture presented by The Soar Beyond Youth Mentor Organization. Enjoy a presentation of songs and dances along with explanations of their significance while learning about the importance of the drum in Native American life and gain a better insight into Native American culture through this intertribal experience.

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