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.


January 06, 2015

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00pm - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 5:30pm
Surveyor Water Tower
4000 Arapaho Rd
Addison, TX
United States

This 7-week course led by Mary Ann Mayer Redmond and Renee Rossi, provides participants with an opportunity to explore sustainability more deeply and learn its unique meaning from individual, societal and global perspectives. Class meets on seven consecutive Tuesdays. Register on website. $27.

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January 27, 2015

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Grand Cru Wine Bar & Boutique
1257 W Magnolia Ave
Ft Worth, TX
United States

"Bring Your Bag, Fort Worth" is a project whose goal is to educate and encourage the citizens of Fort Worth to bring their reusable shopping bags in order to reduce waste and change habits in our fair city.   

Please join us for a social gathering with a brief update on the project and volunteer opportunities. We'd love for you to join us, whether you can give two hours of your time or play a more significant role. We will cover all of those opportunities at the gathering.  

January 29, 2015

Thu, 01/29/2015 (Ongoing) - Thu, 02/19/2015 (Ongoing)
Environmental Education Center
4116 W. Plano Parkway
Plano, TX
United States

 Learn how to improve your soil’s health by diverting valuable garden resources from the landfill back into your landscape with this 16-hr, 4-class series. Free. 

Class dates: Jan 29-31 & Feb. 19. Register on website.

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:00am - 7:30pm
Arlington City Hall
101 W Abram St
Arlington , TX
United States

Alert from Downwinders at Risk

One of only three national public hearings on lowering the federal ozone, or smog standard, is taking place here in DFW, at Arlington City Hall all day next Thursday. 

Lowering the federal ozone level means it will be tougher in the future for the state to claim it doesn't have to implement any new pollution controls on cement kilns, coal plants or gas facilities. More importantly, enforcement of a tougher standard means better public health: fewer "bad air days," fewer asthma attacks, fewer trips to the emergency room because your child can't breath and fewer deaths caused by dirty air. 

To secure a 3-minute speaking slot, e-mail Eloise Shepard at shepherd.eloise@epa.gov and ask for one in the time period most convenient for you. Slots are going fast (and not necessarily to citizens), so do it asap: )

Air Public Policy
Thu, 01/29/2015 - 8:15pm - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:00pm
Tandy Hills Natural Area
3400 View St
Ft Worth, TX
United States

Come out and help the city of Fort Worth remove and clear unwanted species at Tandy HIlls. This is a Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area sponsored event, so it's sure to be enjoyable and rewarding. FWNPAT will be acting as partners to assist in the efforts. 

City workers will be cutting and removing invasive trees and shrubs, and applying herbicide. Work days: Thursdays and Fridays, Jan. 15 - 16, Jan. 22 - 23 and Jan. 29 - 30. 

The city will supply any tools, equipment, water and safety glasses for the volunteers. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves and any snacks they might want. Please wear closed toed shoes or boots with long pants and preferably a long-sleeved shirt. The fun will begin between 8:15 and 8:30, but you can arrive anytime you're able and check in at the play area with Juan or Miguel. There are no restrooms at the site, so please take a "break" before you arrive.

Conservation Gardening

January 30, 2015

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
1700 University
Ft Worth, TX
United States

 Carol Spruiell, Texas Conservation Alliance, will present: Future Water for North Texas.

Water recycling is new technology that can help meet the growing demands for water as our north Texas population grows. Recycled water usually costs less than other sources and can be implemented more quickly than developing a new supply.

The future of wise water planning for Texas calls not only for smarter water use through conservation, but also for water recycling. There are two major ways to recycle water. One of these – filtering through created wetlands – is already in place just minutes south of Dallas the East Fork Wetland.

Another approach to recycling water is the use of ultra-filtration. With ultra-filtration, water is filtered through membranes with tiny pores – a fraction of a micron in size – that remove bacteria, viruses, and other harmful organisms. This carefully monitored advanced purification process results in water that is cleaner than most of what we drink today.

Our new “Future Water for North Texas” program discusses the options for recycling and how this new water supply option can help us avoid building costly reservoirs.

Carol has been representing the Texas Conservation Alliance since shortly after her retirement from Cummins Engine Company and from Sprint Nextel.  Her career was spent in sales and marketing.  

She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, and holds a masters in liberal studies and a masters in business administration from SMU. Her interest in water comes naturally, having been raised hunting and fishing in North and East Texas. She is a third generation North Texan.

Free.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Bob Duncan Community Center Garden Room
2800 S Center St
Arlington , TX
United States

Dave Wilson will talk about prepping the garden for spring.

Meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month (except November and December) at 7:30 p.m. (7:00 p.m. social).

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January 31, 2015

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Tandy Hills Natural Area
3400 View St
Ft Worth, TX
United States

One day a year, Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area with help from the City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Dept. hosts a Brush Bash to clear sections of the prairie of invasive and unwanted trees, brush and trash. 

The brush has been cut and will be ready for volunteers to drag to waiting trucks for delivery to a composting facility. Your help really makes a difference! Manly Men and Wild Women welcome.

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Riverside Grill
940 N. Industrial Blvd
Dallas, TX
United States

Explore the Dallas Design District and one of Dallas' newest walking trails. $3. Info: Bob Rountree jrtree@swbell.net  or 214-232-5200 

Bird & Nature Walks
Sat, 01/31/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Tandy Hills Natural Area
3400 View St
Ft Worth, TX
United States

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Sat, 01/31/2015 - 10:30am - 11:00am
Redenta's
2001 Skillman, Dallas; 5111 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington
TX
United States

Everything you need to know about cole crops like broccoli, kohlrabi, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, etc. Also will include seeding spring veggies like beans, peas, leMuces, radishes, greens, etc. 

Class held at both locations. Free.

Food Gardening
Sat, 01/31/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Fort Worth Nature Center
9601 Fossil Ridge Road
Ft Worth, TX
United States

Let’s explore the Riverbottom Trail and look for those birds who use their beak for more than just singing - the woodpecker! They chisel, drum and peck away at trees to declare territory and search for their next meal. We will take a leisurely hike and seek out this colorful and unique feathered friend. Bring binoculars if you have them. (Binoculars are also available for rent at the Hardwicke Interpretive Center). Free (with paid admission).

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Corner of Jones and Kealy Streets
Lewisville, TX
United States

Meet us at a cozy campfire for traditional campfire fun, which may include stories, songs and of course toasted marshmallows. $10. Registration required: 972-219-3930 or lisa.cole@unt.edu.

February 06, 2015

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
North Lake College
5001 N MacArthur Blvd G401
Irving, TX
United States

Zero Waste Community Planning Workshop

Zero Waste businesses and organizations are creating more sustainable communities, and have diverted over 90% of their waste from landfill and incineration.

Globally recognized expert Gary Liss will be featured in the DCCCD Sustainability Series to share best practices, policies, and procedures for transitioning your business, municipality or non-profit organization into a community Zero Waste leader. 

When:

Friday, February 6, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cost:

$99 for Friday Workshop

$144 for Saturday Workshop

Student Discount*: $99 (*Students from any college or university)

$25.00 to take the exam for Certified Zero Waste Planner

Register:

For Continuing Education (1 CEU), please register for the "Sustainability" course under Building and Technical Education for CE Spring 2015 catalog.

Workshop Topics:

Introduction to Zero Waste and Resource Management

Strategies for Businesses and Organizations

Tour of North Lake College, 4-time National Champion in Recycle-Mania Waste-Minimization

Developing Zero Waste Community Plans

Updates on Industry Breakthroughs and New Jobs

Class Project on Community Zero Waste Planning

February 07, 2015

Sat, 02/07/2015 (Ongoing)
Redenta's
2001 Skillman, Dallas; 5111 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington
TX
United States

Cindy Lawrey, director of our Maintenance Services, will be at both shops to talk about all things roses just in time for the Valentine’s holiday. 10:30 a.m. in Arlington and 2 p.m. in Dallas. 

Class held at both locations. Free.

Gardening
Sat, 02/07/2015 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
North Lake College
5001 N MacArthur Blvd G401
Irving, TX
United States

The workshop is hosted by North Lake College and Carbon Economy, as part of the DCCCD Sustainability Series.

Zero Waste businesses and organizations are creating more sustainable communities, and have diverted over 90% of their waste from landfill and incineration.

Globally recognized expert Gary Liss will be featured in the DCCCD Sustainability Series to share best practices, policies, and procedures for transitioning your business, municipality or non-profit organization into a community Zero Waste leader. 

When:

Friday, February 6, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Cost:

$99 for Friday Workshop

$144 for Saturday Workshop

Student Discount*: $99 (*Students from any college or university)

$25.00 to take the exam for Certified Zero Waste Planner

Register:

For Continuing Education (1 CEU), please register for the "Sustainability" course under Building and Technical Education for CE Spring 2015 catalog.

Workshop Topics:

Introduction to Zero Waste and Resource Management

Strategies for Businesses and Organizations

Tour of North Lake College, 4-time National Champion in Recycle-Mania Waste-Minimization

Developing Zero Waste Community Plans

Updates on Industry Breakthroughs and New Jobs

Class Project on Community Zero Waste Planning

If attendees want to get Continuing Education credit, this workshop counts as 1.0 CEU toward LEED Professional Development. Register here for Continuing Education, under Building and Technical “Sustainability”: http://www.northlakecollege.edu/schedule/Pages/CE-Course-Schedule---Spring-2015.aspx

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
University of North Texas
Environmental Education, Science & Technology Bldg Rm 176
Denton, TX
United States

The Denton group meets the first Saturday of the month.

Info: Brett Cease, BrettW.Cease@gmail.com

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sean Fitzgerald Studio
2814 Canton St
Dallas, TX
United States

Photographer Sean Fitzgerald will give a one hour presentation on Digital Image Processing. Guest speaker, Derek Broman, will offer an introduction to iNaturalist.org. iNaturalist.org is a fantastic tool that turns every nature photographer into a citizen scientist, and we are going to see if we an use it in future NANPA projects. It is also a great way for photographers to get help identifying plants and animals as well.

There is free parking during the day all along Canton, and there are lots of restaurants nearby if you would like to grab a bite beforehand.

Wildlife
Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Corner of Jones and Kealy Streets
Lewisville, TX
United States

Join our trail guides as they lead a twilight/moonlight stroll down the Redbud Trail. We may hear some bumps in the night, but have no fear...it’s probably just an armadillo. Howling coyotes, hooting owls, and other nocturnal sounds will provide an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience. No flashlights are necessary. Ages 5 years and up. $10. Registration required: 972-219-3930 or lisa.cole@unt.edu.

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Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Corner of Jones and Kealy Streets
Ft Worth, TX
United States

Follow trail guides on a moonlit stroll down the nature trails. Coyotes howling, owls hooting and other nocturnal sounds will provide an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience. Age 5 & up. $10/general, $4/annual pass holders. Registration required, Lisa Cole: 972-219-3930 or LisaCole@unt.edu.