What’s happening in and around Dallas / Fort Worth? If it’s green or it involves the outdoors, it’s listed here!
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June 14, 2014
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.
July 21, 2014
The Solar Car Challenge was established in 1993 to help motivate students in science and engineering, and to increase alternative energy awareness. The Challenge teaches high school students around the world how to build roadworthy solar cars.
On alternating years, teams race around the world-famous Texas Motor Speedway or drive cross-country to share their projects with millions of people.
The 2014 Solar Car Challenge hosted by Austin Energy is a hybrid closed-track/cross-country event, spending two days at the world famous Texas Motor Speedway July 21-22, then heading out on the road to Austin July 23-24. Come share the fun... meet the kids and see their solar cars.
See website for schedule. Read the Green Source DFW story.
July 24, 2014
Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday evening each month, except for November and December.
Social and snacks @ 6:30 pm, educational lecture @ 7 pm.
Enjoy an evening stroll on the Nature Center’s trails as we explore nature before nightfall. Evening provides a unique opportunity to view animals that make the Nature Center their home. Bring water and wear weather-appropriate clothing. Pre-registration required. Meet at Front Gate. $10 (includes admission fee).
July 25, 2014
Part of the Environmental Education Workshop Series.
During this workshop, participants will experience the wetland classes taught at the Center. During Wetland Ecology participants will observe and collect data, determining water quality through biotic and abiotic parameters. Plants - Work Horse of the Wetland will give participants the opportunity to identify the key plants of the wetland, collect samples and learn how they function and their unique adaptations. Soil testing will help in determining if plants are doing their job. Each participant will receive a 330 page “Wonders of the Wetland” curriculum guide. Grade Level: 5th - High School. 6 CPE Credits available for teachers.
$30. Info: LDunn@WetlandCenter.com or 972-474-9100.
Learn the spiritual significance of smoking sacred pipe and smudging with sage. $12. RSVP: 214-288-9935 or PrayerWalker07@hotmail.com.
Explore the nighttime world of animals of Campión Trail with native species experts and learn more about the sights, smells and sounds of nature at night. Night hikers are invited to challenge their skills in spotting signs of animal life and sharpening other senses. Learn more about the kinds of animals that call Irving home. Pre-registration required. Info: 972-742-2296.
Learn about the night sky on a real Texas prairie. $5 program plus $5 entrance. RSVP required: Erin Taylor, 972-219-3930, Erin.Taylor@UNT.edu.
Celebrate National Moth Week with local entomologists Dale Clark and Michael Cook, black lights and bugs. Last year we discovered many flying, jumping, buzzing creatures. Bring mosquito repellent and a flash light. Please don't wear white clothing since we will be using black lights. No fee; suggested Preserve donation $3.
July 26, 2014
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
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 Community Market: https://www.facebook.com/DentonCommunityMarket
Denton Ctny Farmers Market: http://dentonfarmersmarket.com
Little Elm Farmers Market: http://littleelm.org
Ennis Farmers Market, http://www.visitennis.org/farmersmarket.htm
Garden Harvests Farm, Waxahachie: http://gardenharvests.com
Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market: http://waxahachiedowntown.com
Greenville Farmers Market: http://www.greenvillefarmersmarket.com
Burleson Farmers Market
Ham Orchards, Terrell: http://hamorchard.com
Rockwall Farmers Market: http://mainstreet.rockwall.com/faqs.asp
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.
Tour a stretch of the West Fork of the Trinity River with kayaks. View ducks, herons, beaver and other critters. Sunscreen, water and weather appropriate clothing (including shoes that can get wet) are recommended. Kayaks, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Kayakers must be at least 14 years old and accompanied by their guardian, otherwise at least 18 years old. Some previous experience recommended. Registration ends Friday prior to event. Maximum - 8 participants. Meet at Little River Parking Lot. Pre-registration required. $20 (includes admission fee).
Certified master composter Melanie O'Neill will be teaching the class. $30.
There are just 10 spots available, so please let us know ASAP if you or someone you know is interested.
Bring your computers, TVs, phones, appliances and other electronic devices for recycling. Info: Karl Thibodeaux @ 682-465-0021 or email@example.com.
July 27, 2014
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 or Info@ConnemaraConservancy.org.
Join the local veg group at one of the best vegan restaurants in DFW. RSVP on FB.
The Promise of Peace Garden is raising money to fund a new program where youth on probation in Dallas County will receive 12 weeks of unique training in lifeskills, career pathways and garden-to-table culinary experiences. POP will also mentor them through high school and beyond to higher education.
Dinner will consist of four courses prepared by local celebrity chefs Sharon Van Meter of 3015, Graham Dodds of Hibiscus, Justin Box of 3015 and Ryan Barnett of Green Grocers. The lovely food will be accompanied by lovely wine from Oak Cliff Cellars and guests will walk away with a newly created P.O.P. Garden Rosemerry Delight by Dr Sue's Chocolate.
There will be a giving table where guests can contribute to help us change the lives of young adults who are selected for the program.
This dinner also commemorates the birthday of Randall Copeland and his contributions to the farm-to-table movement and his commitment to quality.
Southwestern cuisine! And not your typical TexMex! Blue Mesa is vegetarian- and vegan-friendly and has a really nice selection of unique veggie menu options: http://www.bluemesagrill.com/menus/dinner-menu. They even have their own separate vegan/vegetarian menu!
This Blue Mesa is located on the south side of Northwest Highway, across from Northpark,
Come join us for a goat cheese or avocado enchilada, a spinach and mushroom enchilada, sun-dried tomato quesadillas, portobello mushroom tacos, etc.
July 29, 2014
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.