The Forester

Called to the woods, the Forester is in awe of the gentle giants of the plant world.

A welcome environment for all, trees provide shade and shelter for many kinds of life. Find something new around every bend each time you walk down a winding wooded trail.

Dallas-Area Parks for The Forester

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Feature for the Naturalist

200 acres of Blackland Prairie. Upland riparian forest ecoregions with creeks. Nine miles of paved, dirt, and DORBA trails, some with interpretive signage. Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Site. Partner in American Kestrel Partnership. Monarch migration stopover. Parking lot biofilter for rain runoff.
100+ acres of upland forest on limestone hills. Highly rated for off-road biking—features one of the most difficult DORBA trails in DFW. Blue Trail—6 mile beginner, more family friendly, bypasses difficult terrain. Red Trail—12-mile intermediate/advanced, hills, rocky descents, creek crossings.

400+ acres. East of Rowlett Creek: Home to Texas champion Box Elder. Deep woods on south end. West of Rowlett Creek: Limestone outcroppings and plentiful fossils in Beck’s Branch. A wildflower meadow with loop trail supports a vigorous Eastern Bluebird population.

1200+ acres of rugged limestone hills with pockets of Blackland Prairie along 7,500-acre Joe Pool Lake. Off-road biking/hiking loop maintained by DORBA, with some interpretive signage. Home to over 200 bird species, including the endangered Black-Capped Vireo. Overnight camping, swimming, fishing.
Nearly 10 miles of well-maintained, rugged trails explore 600+ acres of steep limestone hills and soaring 755-feet escarpments with epic views. Lush valleys, riparian corridors, and ponds. Blackland prairie restorations. Butterfly garden. Site of native Texas orchids. Great spot for birders.
A few miles of gentle trails through 66 acres of Eastern Cross Timbers, Blackland Prairie, and riparian Cottonwood Creek corridor. Natural springs that flow north (a rarity) are found along the creek. Butterfly garden. Center offers naturalist training for children and guided nature walks.
Three hiking trails of varying difficulty trace the canyon floor up to the hill tops—one trail with a view all the way to Arlington! Dogwood grove flowers in spring. Superb bird watching. Rich in native plant species and pollinators. Excellent visitor center with talks and events for all ages.
Quiet, deeply wooded preserve along Trinity’s Elm Fork with 14-acre pond, wetlands, and wildflower meadows. Loop walking path through the woods and along the pond.
Nearly 315-acre park with wetlands and Lemmon Lake, plentiful migrating waterfowl, year-round shorebirds. Paved lakeshore trail part of extensive Great Trinity Forest system that leads to Trinity River Audubon Center.
Wetlands purify wastewater and provide habitat for waterfowl and wildlife. Home to nesting pair of bald eagles. Sightings of over 260 varieties of birds. Fantastic views of the wetlands from the one-mile boardwalk and a trail to the Trinity River. Water education center. Monthly public days.
1100+ acres where Blackland Prairies and Eastern Cross Timbers meet. Bobcats, wild turkeys, river otter, beaver, wide variety of reptiles/amphibians. Wading and woodland birds and the iconic dickcissel in its prairie habitat. Two blinds for wetland wildlife viewing. 10+ miles of trails, including boardwalks and paddling trails. Pollinators, damselflies, dragonflies, and beetles galore! Guided walks/workshops.
1100+ acres where Blackland Prairies and Eastern Cross Timbers meet. Bobcats, wild turkeys, river otter, beaver, wide variety of reptiles/amphibians. Wading and woodland birds and the iconic dickcissel in its prairie habitat. Two blinds for wetland wildlife viewing. 10+ miles of trails, including boardwalks and paddling trails. Pollinators, damselflies, dragonflies, and beetles galore! Guided walks/workshops.

1100+ acres where Blackland Prairies and Eastern Cross Timbers meet. Bobcats, wild turkeys, river otter, beaver, wide variety of reptiles/amphibians. Wading and woodland birds and the iconic dickcissel in its prairie habitat. Two blinds for wetland wildlife viewing. 10+ miles of trails, including boardwalks and paddling trails. Pollinators, damselflies, dragonflies, and beetles galore! Guided walks/workshops.

800-acre park along Rowlett Creek with 13 miles of concrete and soft surface trails through Blackland Prairie, woods, wetlands. Zip line. Equestrian area.
Nearly 100 acres of riparian hardwood forest along channelized creek. Four miles of flat naturalist trails with bird blinds. 15+ miles of DORBA trails. Wildlife tracks in bottomland mud. Pollinator garden.
About 200 acres of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest with some of the oldest (up to 150 years), tallest (100+ feet tall), and widest (trunks 4 feet wide) trees in the county. Paved/soft-surface trails.
Over 100 deeply wooded acres along limestone creek. Several miles of paved trails with picnic areas. Trail links to Galatyn Woodland Preserve.
130 acres reclaimed from an illegal dump. Four miles of hiking trails and boardwalks with bird blinds through wetlands, riparian forest, and Blackland Prairie. Bottomland trail with river access. Pollinator garden. Excellent visitor center. Classes and events for all ages. Perfect place for new naturalists!
Paved 5-mile trail atop levees along channelized section of Trinity River with views of downtown Dallas. Dirt trails in river bottom. Waterfowl, birds of prey, and wading birds when river is up. Ronald Kirk Bridge for bicyclists/pedestrians. Connects to extensive trails going south and north.
Beloved 1254-acre lake with 10 miles of paved trails. Great birdwatching at northern end, Sunset Bay, and below spillway. Brown pelicans and other waterfowl migrators overwinter. Look for twiggy nests of monk parakeet colony at electrical substation and nearby towers off White Rock Rd. Naturalist museum at Bath House Cultural Center. 250+ acres of Blackland Prairie. Sailboating, canoeing, kayaking.

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7:23 pm - 8:23 pm
Board Meetings are open to all members and to the public. Please contact the Vice President at vicepresident@ntmn.org for meeting details if you want to...
Guided Hike #15 from Amy Martin’s Wild DFW at Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center (AT) Tuesday, April 2, 2024 |  9:00am-12:00noon Join Jeff Quayle on walking...
April 3, 2024    
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Chapter Meeting Placeholder. A further description monthly meeting will appear here as the scheduled meeting draws near. Join us in north Dallas at Dallas College...
Walk & Talk Bird Tour at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center (AT) Saturday, April 6, 2024  |  730am-930am Join us as we go on a...
Community Day Guided Hikes at the Trinity River Audubon Center (AT) Saturday, April 6, 2024  |  1 hr each hike, start times: 10am,   11am,   1pm  ...
1st Saturday Nature Walk– Friends of LLELA (AT) Saturday, April 06, 2024  |  10am-12noon Animal tracks, deer trails, singing birds, trees with personality – we...
Community Day Guided Hikes at the Trinity River Audubon Center (AT) Saturday, April 6, 2024  |  1 hr each hike, start times: 10am,   11am,   1pm  ...
Laura W Bush Native Texas Park – Guided Walk (AT) Saturday, April 06, 2024  |  10:00am-11:00am  The park guides are Certified Master Naturalists from 3...
Amy Martin’s Wild DFW guided Hike #11 at Ned & Genie Fritz Buckeye Trail (AT) Tuesday, April 9, 2024,  9am - 12pm CST Join Jeff...
2nd Saturday Bird Walk at the Heard Museum (AT) Saturday, April 13, 2024  |  8am-9:30am 2nd Saturday Bird Walks are intended to help beginning and...
2nd Saturday Guided Hike at the Trinity River Audubon Center (AT) Saturday, April 13, 2024  |  8:30am-10:00am CST Join TRAC for a guided hike led...
Laura W Bush Native Texas Park – Guided Walk (AT) Saturday, April 13, 2024  |  10:00am-11:00am  The park guides are Certified Master Naturalists from 3...
Tandy Hills Prairie Sky/Star Party (FYI) Saturday, April 13, 2024   7:30 PM or after dark The Fort Worth Astronomical Society presents their Saturday star party...
Hike #9 in Amy Martin’s Wild DFW at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve (AT) Tuesday, April 16, 2024 ||  9am – 12noon Join Jeff...
Morning Bird Walk at the Trinity River Audubon Center (AT) Saturday, April 20, 2024  |  7:30am-8:30am We will explore the various habitats at the Audubon...
Grass Celebration at the Trinity River Audubon Center (AT) Saturday, April 20, 2024  |  9am - 11am Description:  Don’t Pass On Grass! To celebrate 4/20...
Laura W Bush Native Texas Park – Guided Walk (AT) Saturday, April 20, 2024  |  10:00am-11:00am  The park guides are Certified Master Naturalists from 3...
Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Kids Bug Walk - (AT) Sunday, April 20, 2024   11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Join us for our second year...
Night Hike at the Heard Museum (AT) Saturday, April 20, 2024  |  8pm – 10pm Explore the thrilling sights, smells, and sounds of night with...
Thrive Nature Walk –Lewisville Parks & Rec (AT) Sunday, April 21, 2024 | 9am-10:30am Sights of plants and wildlife, smells of fresh air and trees,...
Laura W Bush Native Texas Park – Guided Walk (AT) Saturday, April 27, 2024  |  10:00am-11:00am  The park guides are Certified Master Naturalists from 3...
Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Wildflower Walk - (AT) Sunday, April 28, 2024   11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Join us for a walk through the...
April 29, 2024    
7:23 pm - 8:23 pm
Board Meetings are open to all members and to the public. Please contact the Vice President at vicepresident@ntmn.org for meeting details if you want to...
May 1, 2024    
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Chapter Meeting Placeholder. A further description monthly meeting will appear here as the scheduled meeting draws near. Join us in north Dallas at Dallas College...
Walk & Talk Bird Tour at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center (AT) Saturday, May 4, 2024  |  730am-930am Join us as we go on a...
Laura W Bush Native Texas Park – Guided Walk (AT) Saturday, May 4, 2024  |  10:00am-11:00am  The park guides are Certified Master Naturalists from 3...
1st Saturday Nature Walk – Friends of LLELA (AT) Saturday, May 4, 2024  |  10am-12noon Fees:  There is no additional fee for this class, just...
Native Plants and Prairies Day 2024 will be held Saturday May 4th at the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake, 521 E. Lawther...
Night Hike at the Heard Museum (AT) Saturday, May 4, 2024  |  8pm – 10pm Explore the thrilling sights, smells, and sounds of night with...
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