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Chapter Meeting – Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024

How Spending Time in Nature Can Boost Mental Health and Save the Planet

Explore the profound mental health benefits of immersing oneself in nature. Research has shown that spending time in natural environments can have a positive impact on overall well-being and significantly improve mental health. The presentation highlights the “Wellness in Nature” program, offered by the Elm Fork Chapter, which specifically caters to individuals with memory loss and their caregivers in the community. Through a combination of guided nature activities and therapeutic interventions, the program aims to enhance the quality of life, reduce stress, and foster a sense of connection and respite for those facing memory-related challenges.

Attendees will gain insights into the therapeutic value of nature-based interventions and the transformative power of engaging with the natural world for individuals and their caregivers dealing with memory loss.

Presenters:

Dr. Michele Steigleder is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has been in the mental health field since 1987. After having several family members and friends diagnosed with dementia, Dr.Steigleder “retooled” and applied her years of experience to develop expertise in the psychological treatment of dementia for patients and their families. She is an invited speaker on understanding and caring for dementia patients for HomeHealth and Hospice organizations and also supervises therapists in training for the Psychology Department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Psychology Department. Dr.Steigleder has an additional certification in Tele-mental Health which allows her to ethically and confidentially provide psychological treatment using the Internet. Dr.Steigleder is certified by the National Council of Dementia Care Providers (NCCDP) as a Dementia Care Provider specialist.

Matt Brown is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of experience in advisory services and entrepreneurship. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a successful track record of assisting companies in achieving growth and has been instrumental in architecting and implementing organizational transformations that have generated millions in additional revenue and savings. Through his work, Matt is dedicated to creating life-changing opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs, and individuals with shared experiences and pursuits.

Born and raised in Nebraska with a strong work ethic and a sense of community, Matt has a genuine passion for meeting new people, hearing their stories, and collaborating with creative individuals to solve problems. He has an MBA in Sustainability Leadership and an MEd in Educational Leadership. Matt holds certifications as a Project Management Professional, a Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Texas Master Naturalist.
Currently residing near Dallas, TX, Matt finds joy in various activities that encompass his diverse range of interests. He is an avid runner, rider, scuba diver, and cook and is wildly interested in dogs, sustainability, the outdoors, wildlife, travel, art, start-ups, teaching/mentoring, and problem-solving.

Zoom Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5zXg6WrQS5aV28U2-SfoVQ

Schedule:

6:30 Camera Roll and Socializing
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

Join us at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus, Building H, Room 125. Campus map. Or participate via Zoom — register here. (If you are attending in person, you don’t need to register for Zoom.)

Or join us in south Dallas at Dallas College Mountain View Campus, Building S (Administrative offices), Room 1029. (Mountain View Campus map).

Note: It is best to enter the Mountain View campus from Duncanville Road; there is construction but you can park directly in front of the S building. Room 1029 is on the lower level, continue down past the administration areas and turn left once you see a Subway and go down short hallway.

Please bring snacks at 6:30 p.m. to share with others! (at both locations)

March 6, 2024 Chapter Meeting & March 10th Birding Opportunity at TRAC

Discovering the Joy of Birding

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Spending time in nature is essential for our well-being and we are genetically inclined to prefer nature, having spent thousands of years of evolution before the development of modern cities. Humans have evolved with birds and their songs and seeing birds in nature makes us happy because when they are thriving, we are reassured that we can also thrive.  

In north Texas, we are lucky in that we live within a major migration flyway and we have lots of opportunities to see unique migrating birds. We will discuss nearby locations excellent for birding and the best times to see migrating birds.  

Birding is a social act and gateway to a deeper connection to nature. To be a birder is to engage with birds and people to create a shared experience of being present in the moment. Through birding, we find stillness and a connection between the natural world and each other. Birding can bring us a sense of awe and humility, greater self-awareness and a sense of attachment and responsibility as advocates for the natural world.  

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W12k0cdCQbqb6m3-77LsIA 

Schedule: 

  • 6:30 Camera Roll and Socializing 
  • 7:00 Introduction and Announcements 
  • 7:20 Featured Presentation 
  • 8:45 Adjournment

Join us at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus, Building H, Room 125. Campus map. Or participate via Zoom — register here. (If you are attending in person, you don’t need to register for Zoom.) 

Or join us in south Dallas at Dallas College Mountain View Campus, Building S (Administrative offices), Room 1029. (Mountain View Campus map).

Note: It is best to enter the Mountain View campus from Duncanville Road; there is construction but you can park directly in front of the S building. Room 1029 is on the lower level, continue down past the administration areas and turn left once you see a Subway and go down short hallway.

Please bring snacks at 6:30 p.m. to share with others! (at both locations)

Green Jay (Cyanocoraxync as seen in south Texas)

Field Trip – Birding Opportunity, Sunday, March 10th at TRAC

Enjoy Birding at Trinity River Audubon Center on Sunday, March 10th, 6500 S Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, TX 75217. Meet at 8:00 am in the Audubon Center lobby. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.  

We will have a short talk and small group bird walks with tour leaders, Caleb Hinojos, Karen Carpenter, Nathan May, Natha Taylor and Reba Collins. Sign up at https://volunteersignup.org/FAJ3X 

 

 

Speakers:

 

Karen Carpenter:

Karen’s love of birds and birding led her to pursue Master Naturalist designation in the NTMN class of 2023. She is passionate about bird conservation and outreach to create a safer world for the birds that she loves.

 

Natha Taylor:

Natha Taylor has been a NTMN since 2001, serving as president for the chapter in 2008-2009.  Served as Chapter Historian/ Archivist, 2003-2017, producing State Conference award-winning scrapbooks from 2013-2017.  Began Birding 101 in 2005 with 4 other birder enthusiasts from the class of 2001.  Birding 101 has introduced over 300 people to the joys of birding.   

 

Nathan May:

Nathan May is an educator at the Trinity River Audubon Center and a member of NTMN, class of 2023. Nathan has also worked with Texas Conservation Alliance leading bird collision surveys downtown for the Lights Out Dallas program. He’s a Blackland Prairie devotee through and through, but he must confess that it was a trip to the Gulf Coast Prairie that first set him on this path, introducing him to his “spark bird,” the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken. Nathan is excited to share in the thrills and excitement that birding in DFW provides. 

Camera Roll: As usual, show up or tune in between 6:30 and 7 pm for an array of photos by TMNs & socialize with all. 

December 6, 2023 Chapter Meeting

Junior Master Naturalist and Nature Education

Youth is our future, and North Texas Master Naturalists improve the outlook for our natural environment through educating youth about nature. Listen to a roundtable discussion with several members deeply involved with Junior Master Naturalist, Nature Trekkers, Mathfinders/walkSTEM, and other programs educating local young people about nature. Our roundtable members will engage with each other and with the audience about the what, why, how, and where of the importance of nature to children. This will be a hands-on experience, with an activity for each table.

Children on the edge of a pond with small nets to collect samples for a science project.

Kids participating in citizen science at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center. Photo by Shelby Smith

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b-3vBajHR1ecKOn2TGewiw

Schedule:

  • 6:30 Camera Roll and Socializing
  • 7:00 Introduction and Announcements
  • 7:20 Featured Presentation
  • 8:45 Adjournment

Join us at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus, Building H, Room 125.  Campus map. Or participate via Zoom — register here. (If you are attending in person, you don’t need to register for Zoom.)

Roundtable Members:

Nancy Escobar, John Bunker Sands, Junior Master Naturalist program
Aleena Figueroa, Nature Trekkers
Marcie Haley, Twelve Hills Nature Center, Mathfinders/walkSTEM
Shelby Smith, Chair, North Texas Master Naturalist Youth Committee, TR Hoover, Junior Master Naturalist program
Susie Stilwell, Learning Gardens
Jennifer Stuart, Seedschool, Nature Trekkers

November 1, 2023 Chapter Meeting

DNA and Conservation Biology

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is an amazing molecule that transfers genetic information through generations, and resides in every single cell of our body. However, the history and connections between the laboratory and natural world are not commonly understood. Join us as NTMN member Caleb Hinojos presents a unique perspective of DNA in the laboratory and how it helps to bridge the gaps between classical, modern, and conservation biology.

Double helix representation of DNA

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Qmp7khlnQa2Oz4ZwkjFAPw

Schedule:

  • 6:30 Camera Roll and Socializing
  • 7:00 Introduction and Announcements
  • 7:20 Featured Presentation
  • 8:45 Adjournment

Join us at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus, Building H, Room 126. Note, this is not our usual room. This is the one next door.  Campus map. Or participate via Zoom — register here. (If you are attending in person, you don’t need to register for Zoom.)

Speaker Bio

Caleb Hinojos, kneeling on the ground outside in early twilight, showing a group of children and adults a small insect on his hand while an unseen person shines a flashlight on the insect.

Caleb Hinojos was born and raised in the DFW metroplex. His love of wildlife began at the age of 3 with reptiles. Influenced by the great Steve Irwin and Sir David Attenborough, he knew that he wanted to pursue this passion. After completing an enlistment in the Marine Corps, he returned to the area and began his collegiate education. He received his BS and MS from the University of Texas at Arlington with a focus on genetic and genomic evolution.

Through the years, Caleb has worked a variety of scientific jobs both in the field and in the lab which has given him a unique perspective regarding the natural world. These experiences led him to become a Master Naturalist.

October 4, 2023 Chapter Meeting

A Deep Dive into the North Texas Ecotone and its Natural Wonders

Chapter member and author Amy Martin shares the fun yet nerdy naturalist material from her new book Wild DFW: Explore the Amazing Nature Around Dallas-Fort Worth. Why is North Texas an epic ecotone? What is the Great Trinity Forest the easternmost example of? How do tilted layers of bedrock shape our three ecoregions, foster a plethora of soil types, and lead to our plant and wildlife diversity? From the ancient inland ocean and melting ice caps that forged North Texas, to the goliath creeks and many forks of the Trinity, get clear on how water shapes our local landscape. Discover places to experience these tenets firsthand. Enjoy astounding photography by skilled naturalists of hardwood bottomland forests and Eastern Cross Timbers, soaring limestone escarpments, lush wetlands, and rare remnants of Blackland and Fort Worth Prairies. Get to know a diverse community of volunteers working for nature.

Drone photo overlooking a pond surrounded by trees and brush.

The edge of Austin Chalk with the more erodible Eagle Ford Shale create the vistas for which Cedar Ridge Preserve is known. Photo by Vijay Tanwar

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h9Ogq0LSTdumZLmvdFndWA#/registration

Schedule:

  • 6:30 Socializing
  • 7:00 Introduction and Announcements
  • 7:20 Featured Presentation
  • 8:45 Adjournment

Join us at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus, Building H, Room 125. Campus map. Or participate via Zoom — register here. (If you are attending in person, you don’t need to register for Zoom.)

graphic depicting the layers of bedrock in North Texas

The many layers of bedrock that reach the surface are responsible for the area’s diversity. Graphic by Scooter Smith.

Speaker Bio:

headshot of author Amy Martin

A journalist and writer for over 40 years, Amy Martin is the author of Wild DFW: Explore the Amazing Nature Around Dallas-Fort Worth, Itchy Business: How to Treat the Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Rash, Prevent Exposure and Eradicate the Plant, and co-author of Speaking of Mother Earth. She is currently senior features writer for Green Source DFW. Her current project is Ned Fritz Legacy, a biographical website of Ned Fritz, Texas’ most famous environmentalist. Martin sits on the Dallas County Open Spaces Trails and Preserves Program board and serves as state social media director for Native Prairies Association of Texas. For twelve years, she managed wildlife habitat rehabilitation on a private nature preserve in northeast Texas, including converting fifteen acres of pasture into tallgrass prairie. She is a certified Texas Master Naturalist with the North Texas chapter. Find her writings at Moonlady.com.

September 6, 2023 Chapter Meeting

Weather 101

Jamie Gudmestad, National Weather Service meteorologist, will cover an often-discussed topic, the weather. Jamie will tell us how the National Weather Service has evolved and how the NWS works with local partners to educate and alert the public about adverse weather conditions.

Storm approaching Palo Duro Canyon creates contrasting sky of dark clouds overtaking the pink and blue sunset over the canyon’s walls.

photo by Joe Horner

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7AituQ1mRl2KayeTjvg3yQ

Schedule:

  • 6:30 Socializing
  • 7:00 Introduction and Announcements
  • 7:20 Featured Presentation
  • 8:45 Adjournment

Join us at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus, Building H, Room 125. Campus map. Or participate via Zoom — register here. (If you are attending in person, you don’t need to register for Zoom.)

Speaker Bio:

Jamie Gudmestad is a meteorologist with National Weather Service in Fort Worth.  She earned a bachelor of  science in geosciences from Mississippi State University and an MBA from Texas A & M Commerce. She had 11 years experience in weather forecasting with Air Force before joining National Weather Service in 2007. Although Jamie had gravitated toward math and science in school, her interest in weather occurred when a thunderstorm came up over the mountains as she was driving home to see her family. Stuck on the interstate amid this powerful weather storm, she realized that she wanted to understand this kind of power. 

August 2, 2023 Chapter Meeting

Beyond our Backyards: An Introduction to Wilderness Navigation

a compass sits on top a paper map

In this overview, Arthur Kuehne will share tips and techniques that will enable you to feel confident when you travel beyond your backyard to study and enjoy nature. While he won’t go into great detail on the technical aspects of map, compass, gps, etc., he will share practical advice from his many years of backpacking. Join us and learn about the key tools and techniques of wilderness navigation, and the most common navigation mistakes hikers make and how to avoid them.

Join us in person at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus (map), or online via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jAFqdz_oRxW-pK5OVlQiwQ

Schedule:
6:30 Camera Roll and Socializing
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

Supplemental Activity: Hands on Navigation at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve – August 5, 2023

We will meet at 8/5/23 at 7:30AM at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve (on the sidewalk near the Parker Road parking) for some fun hands-on practice with wilderness navigation tools.  Arthur will bring supplies (maps, compasses, etc). Please sign up so we can make sure to have enough supplies for everyone.

Our Speaker

headshot of our speaker Arthur Kuehne.

Arthur Kuehne has been a volunteer for environmental and social justice issues his entire adult life. After college, he spent years volunteering on campaigns to register voters, get out the vote, and support progressive candidates. He also developed a love of the outdoors and the environment. These passions led him to the Sierra Club where he has been an active volunteer for over 40 years.

Arthur has served the Sierra Club in many capacities, including as chair of the Dallas Group and Chair of the Lone Star Chapter. He has also chaired the Dallas Group’s Outings Committee and has served on the executive committee several times over the years.

Arthur has been active with the Dallas Group outings program for many years and has led numerous backpacking, canoeing, and day hiking trips in Texas and throughout the Southwest. Arthur has a passion for outdoor education. He helped develop the acclaimed outdoor education classes provided by the Dallas Sierra Club, including Beginner Backpacking and Wilderness Navigation.

Arthur’s other interests include photography, green/energy-efficient building, woodworking and metalworking, computers, and nature study.

Map/Compass Image: Braden Van Dragt courtesy of REI

June 7, 2023 Chapter Meeting

A Beekeeper’s Exploration of Bees and Invasion Ecology

a bumblebee and a honeybee nectaring on purple flowers

Born into a cattle family with a childhood split between the urban life in Dallas and running wild in the Texas Hill Country, Ryan Giesecke grew up and enrolled in  Master Beekeeper training & Master Naturalist training, and then continued his education with an expansive personal exploration of ecological topics. All of these experiences are reflected in this effort to organize his thoughts on human transport of species and associated impacts, to examine conservation efforts and wildlife management through the lens of agricultural knowledge, and to understand humanity’s role in food webs and our place in nature. This is an ecology talk, based in bees but ultimately asking the question “where do we all belong?”

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f1Chx42sTb64qJBdMwtQAw

Schedule:

  • 6:30 Camera Roll and Socializing
  • 7:00 Introduction and Announcements
  • 7:20 Featured Presentation
  • 8:45 Adjournment

Join us at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus, Building H, Room 125. Campus map. Or participate via Zoom register here. If you are attending in person, you don’t need to register for Zoom.

Supplemental Activity:  Tour of a Dallas Urban Homestead Project, Saturday, June 10th at 10 a.m. 

Please join Ryan for a tour of G-Bar Naturals, his family’s home, agricultural project, and a space for urban nature. Alongside their bee hives, they raise free-range chickens and ducks with a focus on food production, as well as registered Kune Kune pigs, all overseen by his family and their livestock guardian dogs. They make a distinct effort to balance space between domesticates and such unmanaged flora and fauna as life in the middle of Dallas provides. Wild neighbors with whom they’ve achieved a tentative balance include the local coyote population, hawks and owls, aquatic predators, and the ever-present privet. A branch of Ash Creek runs through the property, dammed twice to create ponds where ducks dodge turtles and occasional otters, and periodic beavers munch on privet and tallow. Here you will find neither backyard garden nor native restoration project, but nature as it exists on a small urban farm of sorts.

The tour will be Saturday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. at Ryan’s property in East Dallas.  Please sign up at volunteersignup.org/WD7WC

Information about the location and access will be provided to those who register.

Our Speaker

Ryan owns and operates G-Bar Naturals, an urban homestead project located in East Dallas. From there he periodically offers homegrown products and learning opportunities, as well as performing bee-friendly removals of honey bees and bumblebees as “Honey Bee Relocation Services.” Ryan loves to talk bees, and has done so all across the state. He is president of Texas Association of Professional Bee Removers, past president of Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association in Dallas, past president of Metro Beekeepers Association in Fort Worth, and is a Texas Master Beekeeper. He has taught classes on bees at area colleges, and is currently at work on a first book about bees.

April 5, 2023 Chapter Meeting

The Importance of Private Land Conservation in Texas

Amber Arseneaux, North Texas Program Director for the Texas Land Conservancy (TLC), will speak about protecting land for future generations and the use of tools such as conservation easements. TLC is a nonprofit land trust, founded by Ned Fritz in 1982. The mission of the TLC is to conserve natural areas in Texas and to protect the physical and ecological integrity of their wildlife habitat, native plant communities, and scenic landscapes for the benefit of present and future generations. TLC protects more than 146,000 acres of land in Texas.

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kR9icnOmTW2Me519BHPCww

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve photo courtesy of Texas Land Conservancy

Schedule:

  • 6:30 Socializing
  • 7:00 Introduction and Announcements
  • 7:20 Featured Presentation
  • 8:45 Adjournment

Join us at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus, Building H, Room 125. Campus map, Or participate via Zoom — register here. (If you are attending in person, you don’t need to register for Zoom.)

Pre Meeting Volunteer Activity:  April 1st 8:45-noon Volunteer Workday and NTMN Outreach at Oak Cliff Nature Preserve

Join Texas Land Conservancy volunteers to improve Oak Cliff Nature Preserve. We will be doing more trail trimming – so get ready to see some of the beautiful parts of the preserve.

TLC recommends long pants, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and insect repellent. Please bring a refillable water bottle and your favorite pair of work gloves or pruning tools (loppers or handsaws), if you have them. We will have gloves and tools to use as well! Children are welcome, if accompanied by an adult. Remember there are no bathroom facilities at the preserve, so please make a quick stop before you arrive.

The Dallas Police Department Community Engagement Unit will also be at OCNP to host the Earth Month kickoff. This event includes an opportunity for NTMN volunteers to show the forest trunk and meet with the public. 

Location: 2875 Pierce Street, Dallas, TX 75233 map

Time: 8:45 to noon

Sign up here

Members: Post VH Hours to Oak Cliff Nature Preserve: Wildscape and Facility Maintenance

Our Speaker

Amber Arseneaux holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Leadership and Development and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management, both from Texas A&M University. She is a proud native Texan and is passionate about our state’s open space, diverse culture, and agricultural heritage. She enjoys hiking, volunteering as a Texas Master Naturalist, and exploring Texas’s natural wonders. As TLC’s North Texas Program Director, Amber is working with volunteers, building community around TLC protected properties, and spending time connecting with landowners who want to protect their land.

February 1, 2023 Chapter Meeting

February 1, 2023 Chapter Meeting:

Spiders on the Prairie – ONLINE ONLY

Register for ZOOM meeting

Larinoides by Meghan Cassidy

Larinioides by Meghan Cassidy

On Wednesday, February 1st, Meghan Cassidy will provide a foundation of basic info about spiders and other arachnids, including harvestmen, scorpions, ticks, and a few others – most of whom are misunderstood, and almost all often feared. The presentation will include basic taxonomy, ecology, natural history, and common families. Meghan will discuss specific spider species found in Texas that you may come across while out exploring local parks, or in your own backyard! In addition, she will offer some strategies for identifying spiders. Meghan has many detailed spider photos to show, and she will provide some tips for using iNaturalist as a learning resource for spiders.

Zoom Linkhttps://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Izru0BVfRQWxcXvhAdbm9g

Schedule:

  • 7:00 Introduction and Announcements
  • 7:20 Featured Presentation
  • 8:45 Adjournment

Or participate via Zoom — register here.

Our Speaker

Meghan Cassidy is a data analyst by day, and a naturalist, photographer, and a strong advocate of everything in class Arachnida by night. She can often be found in Texas parks taking macro photography of small critters such as spiders and insects, or hosting nighttime spider walks. Some of her photos have been published in journals and books, such as an upcoming publication from Texas A&M Press titled “Mindful of Texas Nature” – a project with author & herpetologist Michael Smith. Some of you may also know her as “wildcarrot” on iNaturalist, and chances are she’s identified your spiders!

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Sarah Hutchings has reserved the Prairie Trunks for Life Science Club at Personalized Learning Academy at Highland Meadows.
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
Texas Discovery Gardens Workday Every Tuesday from 8 to 12 Come and go as needed,  Enter through Gate 6, turn right and bear left to...
Ray Roberts Lake State Park Hike with Fort Worth NPAT (AT) Tuesday, May 7, 2024     9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Join us for a unique...
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
Birding at the Beds with Fort Worth Audubon Society (AT) Wednesday, May 8, 2024   7:30 AM – 11:00 AM Join Jim Sipiora for a bird...
North Texas Master Naturalists join other Master Naturalist Chapters and community volunteers to restore the prairies at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). Projects include...
Brookhaven College Windmill Garden WHEN: 2nd Wednesday of each month AND the 4th Sunday of each month INSTRUCTIONS: Take appropriate precautions: Wear close toed shoes/boots,...
May 8, 2024    
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Ecological Gardening Summit - Online (AT) Wednesday, May 8, 2024   11:00 AM – 3:30 PM This webinar is presented by the Xerces Society, which...
May 9, 2024 - May 11, 2024    
All Day
Ginger Greatens has reserved the trunk for an event at Hawthorne school.
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
TITLE: Elm Fork Nature Center Summer Outreach DESCRIPTION: Elm Fork Nature Center in Carrollton is looking for help during the busy summer season on Thursdays from 1pm...
Webinar:  NASA Global Precipitation Measurements: Weather & Climate (AT) Thursday, May 9, 2024    7:00 PM CT – 8:00 PM CT This will focus on the...
May 10, 2024 - May 12, 2024    
All Day
Pam Carranza has reserved the trunks for a TRAC event.
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
Join For the Love of the Lake every second Saturday for our monthly Shoreline Spruce Up at White Rock Lake Park. Volunteers collect litter though...
2nd Saturday Bird Walk at the Heard Museum (AT) Saturday, May 11, 2024  |  8am-9:30am 2nd Saturday Bird Walks are intended to help beginning and...
Early Bird Walk with Jack Chiles at Hagerman NWR (AT) Saturday, May 11, 2024   8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Meet at the Visitor Center at...
World Migratory Bird Day - Guided Hike || Trinity River Audubon Center (AT) Saturday, May 11, 2024  |  8:30am-9:30am CST Join us for a guided...
May 12, 2024 - May 18, 2024    
All Day
Ester Villareal has reserved the trunks.
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
May 12, 2024    
8:30 am - 11:00 am
March through December Time;  8:30 to 11:00 AM Every Sunday morning We’ll weed the butterfly garden and remove invasive plants from the prairie. There is...
May 12, 2024    
9:00 am - 11:00 am
The name of the event: Milkweed Planting Day Date and time: May 12th 2024 9:00 AM- 11:00AM Location including the street address: Trinity River Audubon Center 6500 Great...
4th Sunday Nature Walk at Spring Creek Forest (AT) Sunday, May 12, 2024    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM The 4th Sunday Nature Walk originally scheduled...
May 13, 2024    
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Early Birds at FWNC (AT) Monday, May 13, 2024   7:30 AM – 9:30 AM The summer birds have arrived. Join us for a walk to...
Project WILD/Project WET/Project Learning Tree Combo Workshop (AT) Monday, May 13, 2024   8:45 AM – 4:30 PM Get trained and receive activity guides in all...
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) Monday Morning Mayhem 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM If you like chainsaws and fire then you are one of...
May 14, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
Texas Discovery Gardens Workday Every Tuesday from 8 to 12 Come and go as needed,  Enter through Gate 6, turn right and bear left to...
Sid Richardson Tract Hike with Fort Worth NPAT (AT) Tuesday, May 14, 2024     8:30 AM - 12:00 PM The Sid Richardson Tract is a prairie...
Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Workshop: Eagle Mountain Lake (AT) Tuesday, May 14, 2024   9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and...
BRIT Behind-the-Scenes Tour (AT) Tuesday, May 14, 2024   10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Tiana Rehman, Director of the Herbarium, is giving a presentation on the...
May 15, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
North Texas Master Naturalists join other Master Naturalist Chapters and community volunteers to restore the prairies at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). Projects include...
Webinar – Western Hognose Snakes in Texas: How Many Species? (AT) Wednesday, May 15, 2024   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM This webinar is part of...
Spanish Sessions as it relates to Nature – TMN North Texas chapter (AT) Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | 6:30pm – 7:00pm Join Angelica Torres, Nancy...
May 15, 2024    
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Webinar – Texas Stream Team Monitoring Project (AT) Wednesday, May 15, 2024   6:30 PM – 8:00 PM This free program is part of the Water...
May 16, 2024 - May 19, 2024    
All Day
Esther Villareal has reserved the trunks.
May 16, 2024    
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Frankford Prairie Weekly Workday Every Thursday 8am-10am 17400 Muirfield Dr, Dallas, TX 75287 Prairie Maintenance and seed collection We cancel for rain and if it’s...
May 16, 2024    
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Arborist School (AT) Thursday, May 16, 2024   8:00 AM – 12:00 PM The City of Dallas Arborist School provides training for those who work with...
3rd Thursday Bird Walk at the Heard Museum (AT) Thursday, May 16, 2024  |  8am-9:30am 3rd Thursday Bird Walks in the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary are...
Cooperative Hunting Behavior, Harris’s Hawks– TMN Elm Fork mtg (AT) Thursday, May 16, 2024 | 9:30am-12noon (Social begins at 9am) Join speaker: Jim Bednarz, PhD,...
May 17, 2024 - May 20, 2024    
All Day
Brazos River Clean Up, Dinner and Camping Register Here - https://txmn.org/rbc/brazos-river-cleanup/ May 18, 8:00 am  Join with MNs from other North Texas chapters to clean...
May 17, 2024 - May 19, 2024    
All Day
Ginger Greatens has reserved the trunks.
May 17, 2024 - May 19, 2024    
All Day
Leea Thompson has reserved the Outreach Trunk. Friends of the SoPAC
May 17, 2024 - May 20, 2024    
All Day
Elaine White has reserved the Pollinator Trunks.
May 17, 2024 - May 19, 2024    
All Day
Shelby Smith has reserved the Bird Trunk
May 18, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
Morning Bird Walk || Trinity River Audubon Center (AT) Saturday, May 18, 2024  |  7:30am-8:30am Join us for a monthly bird walk to enjoy the trails...
Canyon Creek Wetland and Wildscape Monthly workday 1001 G. Bush Freeway ( Hilton Garden Inn) Every third Saturday 8am-10am Prairie maintenance, habitat building, Trash collection,...
May 18, 2024    
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LLELA 3rd Saturday Workday 9:00 a.m. until 12 Noon If you have been looking for a chance to volunteer at LLELA on the weekend, this...
Clymer Meadow Preserve Spring Wildflower Tours (AT) Saturday, April 27, 2024   9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Saturday, May 18, 2024   9:00 AM – 12:00 PM...
May 19, 2024    
8:30 am - 11:00 am
March through December Time;  8:30 to 11:00 AM Every Sunday morning We’ll weed the butterfly garden and remove invasive plants from the prairie. There is...
May 19, 2024    
9:00 am - 11:00 am
The name of the event: Climate Watch Date and time: May 19th 9-11am Location including the street address: Trinity River Audubon Center 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas,...
Thrive Nature Walk –Lewisville Parks & Rec (AT) Sunday, May 19, 2024 | 9am-10:30am Sights of plants and wildlife, smells of fresh air and trees,...
Friends of Oak Cliff Parks || Tree ID Walk - (AT) Sunday, May 19, 2024   9am – 11am Join us for a walk through the...
Event Name: Friends of Piedmont Clean-Up Date/Time: 9:45am - 12:30 pm Address: 2725 N Jim Miller Rd Dallas TX 75217, which is the parking lot for the...
May 20, 2024    
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Rosemont Elementary Nature Walks at Twelve Hills May 20, 21 from 8:00-12:30   Twelve Hills Nature Center, Mary Cliff Road Dallas, TX 75208   Rosemont Elementary...
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) Monday Morning Mayhem 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM If you like chainsaws and fire then you are one of...
Tour of Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Dallas (AT) Monday, May 20, 2024   10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Learn about features of the AgriLife...
May 20, 2024    
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ITMN Chapter Hybrid Meeting (AT) Monday, May 20, 2024   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Indian Trail Master Naturalists welcome you to their May meeting held...
May 21, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
Texas Discovery Gardens Workday Every Tuesday from 8 to 12 Come and go as needed,  Enter through Gate 6, turn right and bear left to...
May 21, 2024    
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Rosemont Elementary Nature Walks at Twelve Hills May 20, 21 from 8:00-12:30   Twelve Hills Nature Center, Mary Cliff Road Dallas, TX 75208   Rosemont Elementary...
May 21, 2024    
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Oakmont Park Prairie Tour with Fort Worth NPAT (AT) Tuesday, May 21, 2024     8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Join us for a hike to explore...
Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Workday – Lake Cliff Park When:  9:00 am – 11:00am Where: Lake Cliff Park 1200 N. Zang Blvd, Dallas, TX...
May 22, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
North Texas Master Naturalists join other Master Naturalist Chapters and community volunteers to restore the prairies at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). Projects include...
May 23, 2024    
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Frankford Prairie Weekly Workday Every Thursday 8am-10am 17400 Muirfield Dr, Dallas, TX 75287 Prairie Maintenance and seed collection We cancel for rain and if it’s...
May 23, 2024    
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar – In the Life of Nocturnal Pollinators (AT) Thursday, May 23, 2024    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM This free webinar is presented by the...
TITLE: Elm Fork Nature Center Summer Outreach DESCRIPTION: Elm Fork Nature Center in Carrollton is looking for help during the busy summer season on Thursdays from 1pm...
NPSOT Trinity Forks May Chapter Meeting – “Photographing Texas Prairies”(AT) Thursday, May 23, 2024  |  7pm-8:30pm  (Social time begins at 6:30pm) This event is sponsored...
May 24, 2024 - May 26, 2024    
All Day
Lybo has reserved the Prairie Trunks for Artists in the Garden at Connemara
May 24, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
May 25, 2024 - May 28, 2024    
All Day
Shelby Smith has reserved the trunk + the Mystery Box.
May 25, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
The 3rd annual gathering of artists is scheduled at the Connemara Conservancy Meadow. It is a wildflower and birding mecca with extensive prairie grasses restoration...
2024 Beginning Beekeeping Classes at Texas Bee Supply (AT) Saturday, May 25, 2024  | 9:30am-3:30pm Learn what you need to know to keep bees and...
Birding by Kayak || at Lake Ray Hubbard || Trinity River Audubon (AT) Saturday, May 25, 2024  |  9:30am-12:00noon Join the Trinity River Audubon Center...
May 26, 2024    
8:30 am - 11:00 am
March through December Time;  8:30 to 11:00 AM Every Sunday morning We’ll weed the butterfly garden and remove invasive plants from the prairie. There is...
May 26, 2024    
9:00 am - 11:30 am
WHEN: 2nd Wednesday of each month AND the 4th Sunday of each month INSTRUCTIONS: Take appropriate precautions: Wear close toed shoes/boots, gloves, sun & insect...
May 26, 2024    
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Willis Winters Park Volunteer Day Date and time: Monthly workday, last Sunday of each month 9am-noon Location including the street address - Willis Winters Park...
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) Monday Morning Mayhem 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM If you like chainsaws and fire then you are one of...
May 28, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
Texas Discovery Gardens Workday Every Tuesday from 8 to 12 Come and go as needed,  Enter through Gate 6, turn right and bear left to...
May 29, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
North Texas Master Naturalists join other Master Naturalist Chapters and community volunteers to restore the prairies at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). Projects include...
May 29, 2024    
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar – Lunch and Learn Entomology Series (AT) Wednesday, May 29, 2024   12:00 PM –1:00 PM This is an AgriLife Lunch and Learn program presented...
May 30, 2024    
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Frankford Prairie Weekly Workday Every Thursday 8am-10am 17400 Muirfield Dr, Dallas, TX 75287 Prairie Maintenance and seed collection We cancel for rain and if it’s...
TITLE: Elm Fork Nature Center Summer Outreach DESCRIPTION: Elm Fork Nature Center in Carrollton is looking for help during the busy summer season on Thursdays from 1pm...
May 31, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
Webinar – Gila Wilderness Centennial Speaker Series: Live from Silver City, New Mexico (AT) Friday, May 31, 2024   10:00 AM – 9:00 PM The Gila...
BRIT Lunchtime Lecture: Hexalectris Orchids in Texas: A Special Citizens’ Science Project (Hybrid) (AT) Friday, May 31, 2024   12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Stephanie Varnum...
June 1, 2024    
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Lights Out Bird Monitoring Join the Texas Conservation Alliance and partners to help monitor downtown Dallas for bird/building strikes during the fall migration.  All data...
June 1, 2024    
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Guided Bird Walk at Connemara Meadow (AT) Saturday, June 1, 2024   7:00 AM – 10:00 AM Join volunteer naturalists on our monthly bird walk. Bring...
June 1, 2024    
8:00 am - 11:00 am
The workday at Warren Ferris Cemetery, 8375 San Leandro Dr 75218, takes place the first Saturday of every month 9am to noon for months December...
Celebrate National Trails Day by volunteering at Oak Cliff Nature Preserve! This 121-acre preserve is in the heart of the Oak Cliff neighborhood and well-loved...
LLELA 1st Saturday Workday 9:00 a.m. until 12 Noon If you have been looking for a chance to volunteer at LLELA on the weekend, this is...
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