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 email@example.com. Events will be screened.
February 19, 2014
Participants will become skilled at planting, pruning and maintaining trees while learning how to manage trees in urban settings.
Classes will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on five Wednesdays: Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, April 30 and May 21. The locations will vary by topic, but will all be in Fort Worth.
$50. A limited number of scholarships are available.
Info: 817-392-5738 or firstname.lastname@example.org
March 01, 2014
The butterflies of Asia will be featured in 2014′s Butterflies in the Garden exhibit.
$10/adults, $8/seniors, $6/children. Under 3/free. No strollers. Walkers and wheelchairs are permitted.
During the Butterflies in the Garden exhibit, mark a special occasion with a live butterfly release. Cost is $10 for one butterfly, and $5 for each additional butterfly. Info: Gail Manning at 817-392-5540 or email@example.com.
March 07, 2014
Hours: Friday, 6-9 pm, Saturday, 9am-4pm. Attendance on both days is required to become a Master Composter. Class graduates will receive books and workshop materials, and a compost thermometer. To complete training, Master Composters are required to spend 20 volunteer hours on public education regarding composting, working at a compost demonstration site or training other citizens on composting.
The level of involvement is left up to the individual. Participants are encouraged to complete the initial certificate requirements but it is not mandatory.
Free/Arlington residents, $20/nonresidents.
Info: Lorrie Anderle, city of Arlington Recycling Coordinator, at 817-459-6778 or Lorrie.Anderle@arlingtontx.gov.
Enjoy a cozy campfire for traditional campfire fun, which may include stories, songs, a craft for children and of course toasted marshmallows. $10. Registration required: 972-219-3930 or Erin.Taylor@UNT.edu.
As a National Geographic Archaeology Fellow, Dr. Fredrik Hiebert is a scientific advisor to the Indiana Jones and the Adventures of Archaeology exhibition. In his real professional life, he is an archaeologist, explorer and inventor. Learn about Dr. Hiebert’s excavations, research and his amazing discoveries at a 4,000 year-old Silk Road city in Turkmenistan.
UPDATE: SOLD OUT
March 08, 2014
Andrea Bithell, owner and president of Oak Cliff Organics, will give a presentation of The Basics of Growing. Andrea will speak on the different growing seasons, what to plant when, how to read a seed packet, soil prep, how to plant, soil testing and how to synergize gardening.
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-202-2163
Mike Renner and his family live in a grid-connected home, yet they use no power from the utility company. Sixteen months ago, they made the decision to turn off their main circuit breaker and live exclusively with solar energy. Why did they make this choice? What steps did they take to go "off-grid"? How do they feel about living in an exclusively "solar" home .. especially when they know they've got utility power right there at the meter, available at the flip of a switch?
In this update presentation, Mike will discuss the rewards and challenges of total off-the-grid living.
Join the BVSTX for a walk along Katy Trail. Refreshments provided. Free.
March 09, 2014
Volunteers are invited to help restore this native prairie. Come help make seed balls, remove invasive plant species, plant native grasses and more. Activity will be cancelled if raining. Info: DanaWilson59@yahoo.com.
Wear long pants and bring your own water. Bring a snack if you'd like, for our break in the Cedar Elm grove. If you're not sure how to get there and would like to meet and follow or carpool, send a private message. Free. Info: email@example.com.
Come to this Tower Garden Demo and learn how you can grow your own food (non-gmo, organic if you choose) in 1/3 of the time on your front porch. The tower garden is a vertical aeroponic system, that takes no dirt, 90 percent less water, 90 percent less space and little knowledge of gardening.Featuring Marcy Malkey, director & Eeducator for Community and Neighborhood Gardens, Tower Garden Farming and Eco Friendly Instructor for the city of Irving.
Registration is required. Limited seating. $20 check is your reservation. Mail to:
2434 LaSalle Dr., Irving, TX 75062
Info: Marcella Malkey, 214-404-2447 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosted by: Leanne Harris, 940-395-0181
March 10, 2014
The big cat sanctuary opens to the public for tours during spring break. $12/adults, $8/child (4-12) and 3 and under free. No strollers.
Why water and mow what you can’t eat. Utilizing areas in your landscape to grow edibles is a way to add food on your table and reduce your grocery bill. This program teaches you how to incorporate edible plants into your home garden and landscape. You will learn how herbs, fruits and vegetables can add to the colors and textures of your permanent landscape combining both aesthetics’ and functionality. Patrick Dickinson, urban water program coordinator with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, will be the speaker. Free.
Info: Dustan Compton at 817-459-6628 or email@example.com.
March 11, 2014
Sustainability summit featuring 42 speakers, talking about food, water, community and social transformation. See website for schedule. Free.
(1) Learn about the Northeast Texas Trail, a non-motorized trail for hiking, biking and equestrian recreation running from Farmersville to New Boston, Texas. This Rails to Trails Conversion along two unused railroad right-of-way one day will be the longest trail in the state at 132 miles.
(2) Maine Woods Photography: Scot Miller will discuss his seven-year effort photographing northern Maine for the new book, “Thoreau, The Maine Woods: A Photographic Journey Through an American Wilderness,” which combines contemporary imagery with text from Henry David Thoreau's classic collection of essays, “The Maine Woods” (first published 150 years ago).
A highly regarded photographer, Scot Miller's work has formed the basis of numerous books, including “My First Summer in the Sierra: 100th Anniversary Illustrated Edition,” winner of a 2011 National Outdoor Book Award. He is a contributor to the "Moment of Nature" videos, broadcast nationally on the Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning.
Free. Info: Kirk Miller, 972 699 1687, KirkMiller@DallasSierraClub.org
March 13, 2014
Local environmental leaders will be honored, including longtime Dallas activist Margie Jackson Haley. $25.
Information sessions for Solarize Plano Project participants and interested persons. A residential "Solar 101" will be presented as well as a review of the project timeline and key next steps.
Jason Hardin, an upland game bird specialist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will be the March speaker. He is heavily involved with the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, an organization that is committed to restoring wild populations of the bobwhite quail.
Learn about the management influences, decline hypothesis and the potential for habitat restoration benefiting bobwhites. Info: BringBackBobwhites.org
March 14, 2014
March 14 is the deadline to submit art for the Learn 2 Live Green expo on April 12.
Artwork must reflect an environmental theme through subject matter or the use of recycled, reused or sustainable materials.
Guests will be invited to vote on their favorite piece and the top three winners will receive cash awards and recognition on the L2LG website.
Visit Learn2LiveGreen.com to learn more about this event and to complete the Call-2-Artists application.
Enjoy a canoe tour in the evening hours. This program will present new opportunities, like hearing beavers slap the water with their tails and seeing deer and raccoons. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Children must be 5 years or older. Parents must sign a liability waiver for minor children. Some previous experience recommended. $20. Registration required: 817-392-7410.