By Julie Thibodeaux

It’s amazing the variety of eco-friendly activities in North Texas on any given week. This Saturday, for example, you can head out to the Dallas Zoo for a photo safari, explore the wilds of a Lake Lewisville nature preserve or stay cool and learn about local recycling developments in a classroom. If that weren't enough, greenies are gathering mid-week near SMU for some drum time.


Dallas Green Drinks and Dallas Young Sierrans liven up the week Wednesday, July 10, with a drum jam at 9:30 p.m. at the Green Elephant in Dallas. Musicians, singers and dancers welcome. Details.


Learn how to photograph exotic animals with help from the pros when the Dallas Zoo hosts a Photo Safari Workshop on Saturday, July 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During the morning, participants will tour the park photographing the resident animals, guided by Dallas Zoo photographer Cathy Burkey. After lunch, the group will get pointers from Earl Nottingham, chief photographer at Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Nottingham, whose work has appeared in National Geographic and Texas Highways magazines, will critique photos from the morning shoot and show some of his own slides.

Cost is $150. Details

Photos courtesy of the Dallas Zoo.


Check out one of North Texas’ hidden jewels, when the Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area hosts a nature walk on Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m.

LLELA consists of 2,000 acres of tallgrass prairies and bottomland forests surrounding the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. It's managed by a consortium comprised of the University of North Texas, Texas A&M
University, the city of Lewisville and Lewisville ISD. 

A plethora of wildlife can be spotted on the nature preserve, including bobcats, white tailed deer and mink, along with birds such as wild turkeys, painted buntings, and dozens of waterfowl species.

Cost is $2 for the guided hike, in addition to the $5 gate fee. Details

Photos courtesy of LLELA


Get an update on the state of recycling from an industry expert when the North Texas Renewable Energy Group hosts Jeremy Starritt, Frisco environmental services manager, at REI in Dallas.

On Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m., Starritt will present “What’s Up with Recycling?” a candid discussion about the recycling process, costs involved and the latest on e-waste. Free. Details.




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Julie Thibodeaux covers environmental issues, green topics and sustainable living for Green Source DFW. Previously, she worked as an editor and w