Environmental Events

What’s happening in and around Dallas / Fort Worth? If it’s green or it involves the outdoors, it’s listed here!

If your nonprofit group or organization would like to list your events in GreenSourceDFW, please submit it via email to events@greensourcedfw.org. Events will be screened.

December 17, 2014

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Northpark Gardens
7520 W Northwest Hwy 4
Dallas, TX
United States

Open house featuring cocktails in a unique urban permaculture (sustainable agriculture) example. Learn how to propagate seeds, grow food, catch rainwater, compost and operate an aquaponics system with minimal resources in the middle of a small Dallas apartment/condo.   

Not only is this a special opportunity to witness a rare urban farm but this two-bedroom, two-and-half bath condo is for rent as of Jan. 1.

Monthly rental cost is $1,500, all bills included, plus the priceless ability to grow your own food. This University Park townhome community is centrally located at the intersection of 75 and Northwest Highway, caddy corner to Northpark Mall, just a few miles north of SMU. 

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. Azalea Rm
Ft Worth, TX
United States

In December, we will not have a regular meeting with a speaker, but instead will socialize and celebrate the holidays with members and guests. Bring a snack or dessert to share. Drinks will be provided. We will have a raffle, and our Sierra Club merchandise and

calendars will be available for sale.

December 20, 2014

Sat, 12/20/2014 (Ongoing)

The 115th annual Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Dec. 14, 2014 to Jan. 5, 2015. Organized by the National Audubon Society, this all-volunteer effort takes a snapshot of bird populations to monitor their status and distribution across the Western Hemisphere. The results are compiled into a database that is shared with federal, state and private authorities.

Counts are open to birders of all skill levels. Novices are placed in groups with more experienced birders. New to CBCs? Join us in the fun! 

The Fort Worth CBC will be held on Saturday, Dec, 20. If you would like to join a particular area please reach out to the leader of that area. Info: Mary Lee Johnson at birder76051@yahoo.com to be placed on a team.

See website link for list of the areas, their description and contact information for the leaders. Please contact the leader directly if you have a preference as to the team you'd like to join or contact Mary Lee to find an area in need of volunteers. Also, if you live in the Count Circle please help us by counting the birds in your backyard or neighborhood on the count day and submit the data to Mary Lee for inclusion in the Fort Worth CBC or SBC submissions.

Sat, 12/20/2014 (Ongoing)
Contact coordinator for more info TX
United States

If you have never done a Count before, the best description is an all-day census of birds within a predefined 15-mile diameter circle. The Dallas Count Circle is centered near the intersection of Inwood Road and Cedar Springs. We have divided the larger circle into 12 smaller zones for easier canvassing by teams of birders. Think of it as a fun day outdoors, watching and counting our wintering birds in Dallas. Parties of observers under the leadership of zone leaders go out to count and to identify every observed bird within the circle. You do not have to be an experienced birder to help. 

A "countdown dinner" at the end of the day is a CBC tradition. All participants are invited to attend our countdown dinner at 5:30 pm to compile the bird species numbers for the day at Luby's Cafeteria, 6221 East Mockingbird Lane, about 2 blocks west of the Abrams/Mockingbird intersection

Info: Reba Collins at rcollins20@verizon.net or call her at 972-530-2412.  


Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Cedar Ridge Preserve
7171 Mt Creek Pkwy
Dallas, TX
United States

Volunteers remove invasive plants, restore trails and work in the butterfly garden. We'll provide water, snacks, gloves and tools. Wear sturdy boots or shoes with good ankle support. Bring sun screen and bug repellent. People are welcome to come and leave early if they can't stay. 

Info: Rose Mercer rose_mercer@yahoo.com

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Dallas MakerSpace
1825 Monetary Lane
Carrollton, TX
United States

The North Texas Electric Auto Association’s goal is to support local EV enthusiasts and to promote and educate the public regarding the benefits of electric vehicles.

All monthly meetings are free to attend and open to the public.

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
655 Martin Lane
Seagoville, TX
United States

Join us on the newly opened Bunker's Pond Trail and learn about the natural and cultural history of the area as we walk this 1.8 mile loop trail. The trail begins with a walk through a forested area to a true bottom land hardwood forest, then follows the East Fork on the Trinity River and ends on the Wetland levee roads. This trail is great for families and those who are interested in learning about native trees, flowers, animals and anything else we find along the way! For questions contact the Wetland Center.

Directions - Take I-635 or I-20 to Highway 175 South towards Seagoville. Drive past the Seagoville exits then exit on FM 1389 South. Drive approximately 2 miles to Martin Lane. Turn left onto Martin Lane and proceed to the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center on the right. Approx. 25 miles from downtown Dallas.

Info: 972-474-9100 or contact@wetlandcenter.com

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
corner of Jones and Kealy Streets
Lewisville, TX
United States

Enjoy a tour of the historic Minor-Porter Log House, make a corn husk doll or an ornament to take home to your own Christmas tree, create a hand-dipped candle, enjoy music and snacks, and more. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors through the structures. Visitors are welcome to arrive at any time during the open hours and join in at their own pace. There is no additional fee for this activity beyond regular admission to LLELA ($5/person; children age 5 years and under free). Musicians with appropriate acoustic instruments get in free to participate in a holiday jam session at the cabin—please contact Lisa.Cole@UNT.edu or 972-219-3930 to participate. 

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
Johnson Branch 100 PW 4153
Valley View, TX
United States

Join us for a fun-filled holiday-themed evening. Make your own popcorn garland using popcorn cooked in a Dutch Oven, create a home-made present, and listen to a holiday story in front of a roaring fire. There will be hot cocoa, and holiday treats to sample.

Campers are encouraged to decorate their campsites, and following our holiday activities, there will be a drive-through the park to see all the wonderfully decorated sites. There will be a prize for the best decorated site; the winning site will be chosen by the park visitors. The prize is a free weekend of camping for up to 4 adults, as well as a prize donated by Cabela’s.

Info: Danielle.Bradley@tpwd.texas.gov or 940-637-2294

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
Isle Du Bois Unit 100 PW 4137
Pilot Point, TX
United States

Get into the holiday spirit by joining us fire-side to sing beloved Christmas carols. Meet at the Deer Ridge amphitheater next to site 48 to sing under the stars and enjoy some treats made during our Dutch oven cooking demonstration. Remember to dress for the weather and bring a few blankets to snuggle up in.

Info: Lauren.Smith@tpwd.texas.gov or 940-686-2148, x228

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Run On!
5400 Mockingbird, #114
Dallas, TX
United States

Dallas Trekkers Walking Club will enjoy a walk to see the lights and decorations in the Highland Park/SMU neighborhood. Meet in the parking lot in front of Run On! across the street from Mockingbird Station.

Bird & Nature Walks
Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff
3839 W. Kiest Blvd
Dallas, TX
United States

LabyrinthWalk CoffeeHouse presents Winter Solstice Celebration.

Herald the return of light during the time of nature's dark and serene sleep with Music, Dance, Storytelling, and More at this indoor/outdoor event. 

Scheduled Events:

6:00 Opening Ceremony

led by Spin Goddess Kathy Kinkaid

6:30 Rahim Quazi

6:30 & 7:30 (Outside) Earth Loom Ceremony

led by Anita Mills & Barbara Fudge

7:00 GloriChanters

led by Glorian Mulligan-Stratton

with members of the UUCOC choir

7:30 Steve Leach

8:00 John Mason

8:30 Emmeline

9:00 Closing Ceremony & Spiral Dance

led by Raven Crow High Priestess Pam Kincaid

to the beating of Drums Not Guns

led by Michael Kenny

Ongoing from 6:30 - 9:00:

Labyrinth meditation - led by Mavis Belisle

will held Outside or

in the Charity Building's Meditation Room

The Yule log will be kept lit by Fritz Kuehn

in the Sweat Lodge Fire Pit

Beyond the Labyrinth

Ongoing from 7:00 - 9:00:

Storytellers Gene and Peggy Helmick-Richardson

in the Charity Building

Children’s activities with Tyler Pittmon

in the Hope Building

Feast fed by Alice Kinsey & friends

in the Faith & Hope Buildings

7:00 - 8:30 Fortune Tellers

in the Hope Building

Free Admission

Cash donations to the performers are welcome and we invite you to bring canned goods for our food drive. 

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
1206 W FM 1382
Cedar Hill, TX
United States

Have fun making S'mores, stargazing at the night sky through telescopes, enjoying a night hike, warming up next to a fire pit with some hot chocolate and shopping for holiday gifts in our Nature Store. Night hikes require RSVP since space is limited. Hikes depart at 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm. 

$3. RSVP: 469-526-1980

December 21, 2014

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Fort Worth Nature Center
9601 Fossil Ridge Road
Ft Worth, TX
United States

Join a Naturalist for an up close and personal examination of some of the smaller, often overlooked wonders found on the Refuge. Slow down and increase your powers of observation. A short presentation precedes the hike. Bring water and dress for the weather. Insect repellent highly recommended. Free (with paid admission: $2-$5).

December 24, 2014

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Union Station
400 S Houston
Dallas, TX
United States

The Dallas Trekkers Walking Club willl walk to Thanksgiving Square for great Christmas music and also explore Holiday displays in Downtown Dallas.

Bird & Nature Walks

December 26, 2014

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 9:00am - 11:00am
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Corner of Jones and Kealy Streets
Lewisville, TX
United States

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 just a taste of the real deal. Ages 5 years and up. $7. Registration required: 972-219-3930 or Lisa.Cole@UNT.edu.

December 27, 2014

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve
2875 Pierce Street
Dallas, TX
United States

Winter is a great time to really learn trees, when the leaves are off and you can clearly see the tree structure and the surrounding habitat.

We'll meet if it's cold, but not if it's wet.

Info: Dana Wilson, danawilson59@yahoo.com or h. 469-531-6856 or c. 469-531-6856

December 28, 2014

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Connemara Meadow Preserve
Alma and Tatum Rd
Allen, TX
United States

Hike the 72-acre Meadow Preserve at the monthly open house. Free. 

Enter at gate on east side of Alma, south of Bethany. Info: 214-351-0990. Info@ConnemaraConservancy.org. 

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Loma Linda Events
545 Loma Linda Rd
Palmer, TX
United States

Winter is a great time to really learn trees, when the leaves are off and you can clearly see the tree structure and the surrounding habitat.

We'll meet if it's cold, but not if it's wet.

Info: Dana Wilson, danawilson59@yahoo.com or h. 469-531-6856 or c. 469-531-6856

See www.lomalindaevents.com for directions.

December 29, 2014

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Fort Worth Nature Center
9601 Fossil Ridge Road
Ft Worth, TX
United States

Have you ever wondered where wildlife goes during the winter months? Come learn about how plants and animals survive during the sometimes harsh conditions. Who knows, maybe we’ll even get some snow! Meet at the Hardwicke Interpretive Center. Free (with paid admission: $2-$5).