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.


June 14, 2014

Sat, 06/14/2014 (Ongoing) - Sat, 08/16/2014 (Ongoing)

The Fort Worth Water Department, BRIT, and NBC5 are partnering to sponsor the second annual EcoScape residential summer landscape contest to find the homeowner with the most creative, attractive, and water efficient lawn in the area. The contest runs from June 14 to August 16 and will be judged on three key criteria:

1.     Design – aesthetic appeal; composition; use of color and plant variety;

2.     Water Conservation – efficient irrigation/water use; use of non-vegetative materials such as fences, walls, walks, etc.; use of native and/or adapted plants; reduced turf area; and use of mulches; and

3.     Appropriate Maintenance – healthy landscape, no weeds; plants pruned as appropriate.

The EcoScape Contest is open to residential landscapes within Fort Worth city limits and Fort Worth’s wholesale customer cities, including Aledo, Bethesda Water Supply Corp., Burleson, Crowley, Dalworthington Gardens, Edgecliff Village, Everman, Forest Hill, Grand Prairie, Haltom City, Haslet, Hurst, Keller, Kennedale, Lake Worth, Northlake, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Saginaw, Southlake, Trophy Club Municipal Utility District, Westlake, Westover Hills, Westworth Village and White Settlement.

Applications are available online.

July 29, 2014

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:00pm - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:00pm
Texas Worm Ranch
2636 National Circle
Cedar Hill, TX
United States

Held July 29, 2014, Aug. 5 and Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m. -noon  

Herbs are the gateway learning tool for successful gardening, healthy living and tasty meals. Learn from all natural herb farmer Holly Ross of Hollyberry Farm and lifelong gardener, Heather Rinaldi of Texas Worm Ranch. This in depth class will take you from the necessity of microbes in the soil to seed and plant propagation to successful uses of herbs in meals and essential oils.

Class includes:  Workbook, 5 herb plants and 3 seed packets, 10 lbs of premium worm castings and one gallon of Worm Wine ™ to improve soil health.

Day 1: Intro in to herb gardening: How to grow, harvest and preserve herbs. In depth overview of how herbs work in the body to promote health and the importance of the essential oils. How to preserve herbs as essential oils.  Design your own herb garden for your yard's distinct needs.

Day 2: The foundation of healthy plants--Biology of the soil, why we need fungi and other microbes and how you can prepare and maintain a biologically rich and fertile garden bed for long term herb garden success. Hands on soil preparation and in-bed planting of herbs.

Day 3: Propagating herbs from cuttings and seeds. Each student will take home 5 herbs that they propagated and 3 seed packets.  Answer all questions and overview each gardener's herb garden plans.

Teachers: Holly Ross and Heather Rinaldi. Cost: $175

July 30, 2014

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
655 Martin Lane
Seagoville, TX
United States

Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. During this outstanding hands-on workshop, participants will be provided with two curriculum guides filled with more than 150 easy to use educational activities. Incorporate powerful techniques and methods for teaching problem solving and decision-making skills to students. All activities are correlated to state educational standards. 6 hrs CPE available for teachers. Grade Level: K - 12,

$30. Info: LDunn@WetlandCenter.com or 972-474-9100.

July 31, 2014

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Picasso's Pizza
12300 Inwood Rd
Dallas, TX
United States

Monthly gathering of DFW environmental groups and activists. Items to be discussed.

1)  Denton and the Fracking ban – Learn the blow by blow of Denton City Council that night.  Find out what other cities in Texas are thinking about the same thing.

2)  ALEC what happened around this Koch-funded group coming to town

3)  Dallas Green Alliance update

4)  Earth, Wind & Fire Summit – New speakers, the excitement builds. The EarthWindFireSummit.org site is up and running. Register via PAYPAL now!!

5) Your announcements

We are hoping folks from Clean Water Action may also join us to tell us what they are working on.

Info: Rita Beving, Dallas Sierra Club, 214-557-2271 or antiquerita@aol.com.

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August 01, 2014

Fri, 08/01/2014 (Ongoing) - Fri, 10/31/2014 (Ongoing)
Heard Museum
1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX
United States

Once described as being so numerous that they obscured the sun when in flight, the passenger pigeon is now extinct. This year, Project Passenger Pigeon marks the centenary of this extraordinary extinction. From Aug. 1 through Oct. 31, Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is participating in this nationwide program to bring the subject of conservation to the forefront through informative and interactive exhibit installations and presentations. The Heard is one of the few educational facilities in the state of Texas with a specimen in its collection, and the only one of such locations to display it during this national event. $6-$9.

August 02, 2014

Sat, 08/02/2014 (Ongoing)
See websites for location, hours and season. TX
United States

COLLIN COUNTY 

Collin County Farmers Market: http://www.collincountyfarmersmarket.org 

Fairview Farms Marketplace, Plano: http://www.fairview-farms.com

Frisco Farmers Market: http://www.friscofarmersmarket.com 

Georgia’s Farmers Market, Plano: http://www.georgiasfarmersmarket.com 

McKinney Farmers Market at the Adriatica: http://www.chestnutsquare.org/programs/farmers_market.asp

 

DALLAS COUNTY 

Carrollton Square Community Farmers Market, http://www.cityofcarrollton.com 

Celebration Farmers Market, Dallas: www.celebrationrestaurant.com/farmersmarket

Coppell Farmers Market: http://www.coppellfarmersmarket.org  

Cox Farms Market, Duncanville: http://www.coxfarmsmarket.com 

Dallas Farmers Market: http://www.dallasfarmersmarket.org  

Eden’s Organic Garden Center, Balch Springs: http://edensorganicfarm.com 

Four Seasons Market, Richardson: http://www.fourseasonsmarkets.com

Grand Prairie Farmers Market: http://www.gptx.org/farmersmarket

Little D Farmers Market: http://littledfarmersmarket.com

Ruibal’s Rosemeade Market, Carrollton: http://rosemeademarket.com

Saint Michael’s Farmers Market, Dallas: http://www.saintmichaelsmarket.com

White Rock Local Market, Dallas: http://whiterocklocalmarket.org

 

DENTON COUNTY 

Denton Community Market: https://www.facebook.com/DentonCommunityMarket

Denton Ctny Farmers Market: http://dentonfarmersmarket.com

Little Elm Farmers Market: http://littleelm.org

 

ELLIS COUNTY 

Ennis Farmers Market, http://www.visitennis.org/farmersmarket.htm

Garden Harvests Farm, Waxahachie: http://gardenharvests.com

Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market: http://waxahachiedowntown.com 

 

HUNT COUNTY

Greenville Farmers Market: http://www.greenvillefarmersmarket.com

 

JOHNSON COUNTY

Burleson Farmers Market 

http://www.burlesonfarmersmarket.com

 

KAUFMAN COUNTY:

Ham Orchards, Terrell: http://hamorchard.com

 

ROCKWALL COUNTY:  

Rockwall Farmers Market: http://mainstreet.rockwall.com/faqs.asp

 

TARRANT COUNTY 

Downtown Arlington Farmers Market: http://www.downtownarlingtonfarmersmarket.com

Green’s Produce and Plants, Arlington http://www.farmersmarketarlingtontx.com

Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth http://brit.org/events/farmersmarket

Colleyville Farmer’s Market: http://www.colleyvillefarmersmarket.com

Cowtown Farmers Market, Fort Worth: http://www.cowtownmarket.com

Crestline Neighborhood Market at All Saints, Fort Worth: https://www.facebook.com/CrestlineNeighborhoodMarketAtAllSaints

Elizabeth Anna's Local Farm & Market, Fort Worth: https://www.elizabethanna.net  

Grapevine Farmers Market: http://www.farmersmarketofgrapevine.com 

Keller Farmers Market: www.kellerfarmersmarket.com 

Mansfield Farmers Market: http://mansfieldfarmersmarket.net/

Southside Urban Farmers Market, Fort Worth, http://southsideurbanmarket.com

 

Don't see one of your favorites? Email Julie@GreenSourceDFW.org.

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Food Gardening Lifestyle
Sat, 08/02/2014 - 9:00am - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:00pm
Texas Worm Ranch
2636 National Circle
Garland, TX
United States

Class days: Aug. 2 and Aug. 9, 9am-noon

The North Texas Climate is both harsh and promising to the Edible Gardener. What works in most of the country, does not work in our micro-climate, but other strategies can make a difference between garden success and failure. The instructor's family eats something from their garden nearly 365 days a year and she would like to help you plan for that as well. This in-depth class will help you succeed in providing fresh and healthy food to your family every day.

 Class Topics:

Soil Health-the key to it all

Garden Ecosystems-Grow a Jungle or Die in the Desert?

Season by Season Planning

10 Day Weather Forecast

Seasonal Extension

Pest Control

Fertilization and Foliar Feeding

Succession Planting

Companion Planting

Maximizing Space in a Garden

Container Gardening

Indoor Growing

Strategic Meal Planning

Teacher: Heather Rinaldi 

Cost: $125. Includes 2 days of classes, class workbook, 10 lbs of worm castings and 1 gallon of Worm Wine

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
655 Martin Lane
Seagoville, TX
United States

Workshop includes door prizes, classroom giveaways and every teacher receives a CD with re- sources. Workshop limited to first 30 registrants.

This workshop is for educators with a passion for gardening with children. It will cover the basics of school-year organic gardening, how to connect school curriculum to gardening activities, gather ideas for school garden programs and how to implement a safe habitat for wildlife and pollinators. Learn the links between individual behavior and changes that school gardens inspire and the larger impacts on families, schools and communities. This workshop will cover:

1. Small steps to implement a school garden
2. Native and well adapted plants
3. Pollinators: Special guest the butterflies
4. Gardening with low watering in mind

$25. Info: LDunn@WetlandCenter.com or 972-474-9100.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Biodiversity Ed Center
367 Freeport Pkwy
Coppell, TX
United States

Most plant diseases and insect problems are caused by bad plant nutrition. Often these problems can be fixed through proper nutrition and chemical modifications. Frank Schultz of Texas Plant & Soil Lab will explain soil composition and the impact of water on soil nutrients specific to Coppell by analyzing the city of Coppell water composition report. Learn what is needed to achieve optimum nutrition for your plants. Free. 

Gardening Lifestyle
Sat, 08/02/2014 - 11:45am - 12:45pm
Email dallas@citizensclimatelobby.org for location TX
United States

Citizen's Climate Lobby (CCL) is a non-profit nonpartisan organization working on creating the political will for a livable world. CCL's mission is to empower normal citizens, who care about their world, to engage in conversations with their elected officials.

On June 24, five members of the DFW chapter went to Capital Hill in DC and met with Texan congressmen. http://greensourcedfw.org/articles/dfw-citizens-climate-lobby-activists-dc-lobby-congress-carbon-tax. If you care about the environment and want to get involved in getting an effective climate change policy created, come meet us. 

This month, we are meeting to listen to the monthly national call. This month the speaker is Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.), former NATO Supreme Allied Commander. The call starts at noon. 

Info: Shawn Reeder at dallas@citizensclimatelobby.org

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
655 Martin Lane
Seagoville, TX
United States

Teachers earn 3 CPE credits. Workshop includes door-prizes, classroom give-aways and every teacher receives a CD with resources. Workshop limited to first 30 registrants. 

 Get your first step into the ‘cool’ of recycling. Teach students how to make recycling easy and the importance of the Earth as a resource we can and should take care for. Learn about the 4Rs of recycling, available resources for developing schoolyard recycling programs, plus other outdoor and classroom activities in this popular workshop. Included are classroom activities to understand recycling the organic way with earthworms – Vermicomposting. Decomposition, compost critters and life-cycles will be discussed. All activities presented in workshop are aligned with TEKS standards.

$25. Info: LDunn@WetlandCenter.com or 972-474-9100.

August 03, 2014

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:00am - 11:00am
Fort Worth Nature Center
9601 Fossil Ridge Road
Ft Worth, TX
United States

Enjoy a field trip across the Fort Worth Nature Center and apply the knowledge you learned in the classroom on how to identify birds by their physical traits, behavior and song. We will survey different areas across the Refuge to find as many birds as possible. Program is approved for Texas Master Naturalists Advanced Training Hours. Preference will be given to participants of July 6 Bird Identification program. Maximum 15 participants. Free (with paid admission-$2-$5).

August 06, 2014

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Mountain View College
E Bldg, Rm 126
Dallas, TX
United States

Part of the North Texas Innovative Technology & Diversity Summit. This two-day summit [Aug. 6-7] brings together national and local industry leaders, corporate executives, technology experts, entrepreneurs and business owners. In addition, NTITDS will also honor and award outstanding women in technology and the leading innovative small business in North Texas.

Keynote speaker: Caroline Cummings, VP Bus Development

2014 Women in Tech Award Winner: Julie Bugala, VP of Talent Mgmt, AT&T

2014 Innovcative Small Business Award Winner: Nominations open until July 25. Prize $1,000.

Aug. 6 Awards Dinner: $30
Aug. 7 Tech & Diversity Expo & Conference: $30
Entire Summit: $50, students, $15 w/student ID 

August 07, 2014

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 8:30am - 12:00pm
Mountain View College
Performance Hall
Dallas, TX
United States

This two-day summit [Aug. 6-7] brings together national and local industry leaders, corporate executives, technology experts, entrepreneurs and business owners. In addition, NTITDS will also honor and award outstanding women in technology and the leading innovative small business in North Texas.

Aug. 7 Keynote Speaker: Yolanda Garcia Olivarez, SBA regional administrator

Presenters:

Kim Bond Evans, president Centauri Health

Lea Bogle, president and CEO of Premier Wireless

Trice Johnson, senior architect, Microsoft

John Adler, vice president, procurement, DART  

Aug. 6 Awards Dinner $30
Aug. 7 Tech & Diversity Expo & Conference  $30
Entire Summit $50, students: $15 w/student ID for entire summit

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
Ft Worth, TX
United States

The program for August is Horned Toad Reintroduction, speaker Diane Barber, Fort Worth Zoo. 

Info: Theresa Kay Thomas, president, KayLeeTL@sbcglobal.net.

August 09, 2014

Sat, 08/09/2014 (Ongoing)
See websites for location, hours and season. TX
United States

COLLIN COUNTY 

Collin County Farmers Market: http://www.collincountyfarmersmarket.org 

Fairview Farms Marketplace, Plano: http://www.fairview-farms.com

Frisco Farmers Market: http://www.friscofarmersmarket.com 

Georgia’s Farmers Market, Plano: http://www.georgiasfarmersmarket.com 

McKinney Farmers Market at the Adriatica: http://www.chestnutsquare.org/programs/farmers_market.asp

 

DALLAS COUNTY 

Carrollton Square Community Farmers Market, http://www.cityofcarrollton.com 

Celebration Farmers Market, Dallas: www.celebrationrestaurant.com/farmersmarket

Coppell Farmers Market: http://www.coppellfarmersmarket.org  

Cox Farms Market, Duncanville: http://www.coxfarmsmarket.com 

Dallas Farmers Market: http://www.dallasfarmersmarket.org  

Eden’s Organic Garden Center, Balch Springs: http://edensorganicfarm.com 

Four Seasons Market, Richardson: http://www.fourseasonsmarkets.com

Grand Prairie Farmers Market: http://www.gptx.org/farmersmarket

Little D Farmers Market: http://littledfarmersmarket.com

Ruibal’s Rosemeade Market, Carrollton: http://rosemeademarket.com

Saint Michael’s Farmers Market, Dallas: http://www.saintmichaelsmarket.com

White Rock Local Market, Dallas: http://whiterocklocalmarket.org

 

DENTON COUNTY 

Denton Community Market: https://www.facebook.com/DentonCommunityMarket

Denton Ctny Farmers Market: http://dentonfarmersmarket.com

Little Elm Farmers Market: http://littleelm.org

 

ELLIS COUNTY 

Ennis Farmers Market, http://www.visitennis.org/farmersmarket.htm

Garden Harvests Farm, Waxahachie: http://gardenharvests.com

Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market: http://waxahachiedowntown.com 

 

HUNT COUNTY

Greenville Farmers Market: http://www.greenvillefarmersmarket.com

 

JOHNSON COUNTY

Burleson Farmers Market 

http://www.burlesonfarmersmarket.com

 

KAUFMAN COUNTY:

Ham Orchards, Terrell: http://hamorchard.com

 

ROCKWALL COUNTY:  

Rockwall Farmers Market: http://mainstreet.rockwall.com/faqs.asp

 

TARRANT COUNTY 

Downtown Arlington Farmers Market: http://www.downtownarlingtonfarmersmarket.com

Green’s Produce and Plants, Arlington http://www.farmersmarketarlingtontx.com

Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth http://brit.org/events/farmersmarket

Colleyville Farmer’s Market: http://www.colleyvillefarmersmarket.com

Cowtown Farmers Market, Fort Worth: http://www.cowtownmarket.com

Crestline Neighborhood Market at All Saints, Fort Worth: https://www.facebook.com/CrestlineNeighborhoodMarketAtAllSaints

Elizabeth Anna's Local Farm & Market, Fort Worth: https://www.elizabethanna.net  

Grapevine Farmers Market: http://www.farmersmarketofgrapevine.com 

Keller Farmers Market: www.kellerfarmersmarket.com 

Mansfield Farmers Market: http://mansfieldfarmersmarket.net/

Southside Urban Farmers Market, Fort Worth, http://southsideurbanmarket.com

 

Don't see one of your favorites? Email Julie@GreenSourceDFW.org.

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Food Gardening Lifestyle
Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Environmental Education Center
4116 W. Plano Parkway
Plano, TX
United States

Drip irrigation is 90 percent more efficient, inexpensive and easy to install. Drip systems promote healthy plants and conserve water use. Learn how to install your own system. Register online. If class is full, contact Gary Cocke at 972-769-4216 to be added to the wait list. Free.

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
201 E Jones St
Lewisville, TX
United States

Join our trail guides as they lead a moonlit stroll through the woods and across the prairie. We may hear some bumps in the night, but have no fear, t’s probably just an armadillo. Howling coyotes, hooting owls and other nocturnal sounds will provide an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience. Registration required: 972-219-3930 or LisaCole@unt.edu. $10/for hike plus admission.

August 11, 2014

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Westside Presbyterian Church
8700 Chapin Road
Ft Worth, TX
United States

The Native Prairies Association of Texas is starting a chapter in Fort Worth. Prairie enthusiasts, master naturalists, bird watchers, landowners, educators and anyone else interested in prairies is welcome. 

Info: Jo Ann Collins, joacollins@gmail.com or 817-689-0098.

August 12, 2014

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Heard Museum
1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX
United States

Author Joel Greenberg will bring the story of the passenger pigeon to life and speak about his new book, A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction. Greenberg has been a birder/naturalist for 45 years, and has shared his love and knowledge of nature and conservation by authoring three books, writing numerous articles, co-hosting a radio show, blogging on Birdzilla.com and lecturing widely. He has also written the first book on the species in more than 50 years. Joel uses his passion and humor in telling the poignant story of this species, which also includes the interesting human characters that populate the bird’s history. But this is not just about the past: What happened to the passenger pigeon is relevant to us and those who come after. 

Sponsored by the Blackland Prairie Master Naturalists and Prairie & Timbers Audubon Society.

$10. Available beginning Aug. 4. Limited seating.