Dec 14 2019

Groundwork Dallas: Parks Cleanup Volunteer Opportunity - Dallas (Every Saturday)

May 25 2019 - 9:00am to Dec 31 2019 - 12:00pm



Join Groundwork Dallas at Hines Park, a hidden gem along Harry Hines Blvd. Help protect the park’s water feature, a haven for migratory birds as well as egrets and heron, by removing litter and debris.

Where:  Harry Hines Park, near the intersection of Harry Hines Blvd and Webb Chapel Extension. Parking is in the Xenco Laboratories Lot at 9701 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas TX 75220

Please wear closed-toe shoes, pants, high socks and long sleeves.

Event locations do change, so please check here for up-to-date details. Be sure to find the event for the correct date. 

Info: Aaryaman Singhal, 740-591-6217 or [email protected].


Join Groundwork Dallas at Frasier Dam Recreation Area, a unique 116-acre urban wilderness. Help us restore and improve this area through litter clean-up and removal, trail building, and maintenance.

Where: 9300 Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75247. Take the I-35 South ramp off of Harry Hines Blvd; entrance is to the right just under the bridge.

**Look for the Yellow Feather Flags That Say ‘Parking’ to Find Us**

Please wear closed-toe shoes, pants, high socks, and long sleeves.

DETAILS: Event locations do change, so please check here for up-to-date details. Be sure to find the event for the correct date. 

Info: Aaryaman Singhal, 740-591-6217 or [email protected].


City of Mansfield: Holiday Grease Roundup - Mansfield (Nov. 25 thru Jan. 6)

Nov 25 2019 - 12:00am to Jan 6 2020 - 11:45pm
Environmental Collection Center
616 S. Wisteria St.
Mansfield , TX

Don't pour your holiday grease down the drain! Grease clogs your pipes and can even cause sewer backups. Protect your home, city and environment by recycling it during this regional collection event. Collected cooking oil and grease will be used to create biodiesel or turn it into biogas for energy production. Follow the signs on Wisteria Street and drop off your used oil at the collection station outside the gate near the dumpster.

Texas Master Naturalist Blackland Prairie Chapter: Texas Master Naturalist Training - McKinney (Registration Deadline Jan. 15)

Dec 10 2019 - 7:00am to Jan 15 2020 - 5:00pm

Would you rescue a milkweed ?If the answer is yes, you just might be a Texas Master Naturalist!  

As a trained and certified Texas Master Naturalist you would be dedicated to the conservation, preservation, and restoration of Texas natural resources including native milkweed plants. 

The 2020 training class, sponsored by the Blackland Prairie Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist based in McKinney, begins in February 2020.  Completed applications will be accepted until January 15, 2020.  Learn more about why you might be a Texas Master Naturalist. 

Info: [email protected]

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City of Mansfield: Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off - Mansfield (Thru Dec. 14)

Dec 12 2019 - 3:00pm to Dec 14 2019 - 3:00pm
Environmental Collection Center
616 S. Wisteria St.
Mansfield , TX

The Environmental Collection Center is the City's permanent drop off facility for unwanted household hazardous materials (anything with a warning label), electronics and recyclables. This facility is operated by the City's Environmental Services Department and is open the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and the Thursday and Friday before the second Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 12, 3-7pm

Friday, Dec. 13, 3-7pm

Saturday, Dec. 14, 10am-3pm


Holiday Grease Roundup

November 25 - January 6


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Heard Museum: Holidays at the Heard - McKinney (Dec. 13-14)

Dec 13 2019 - 6:30pm to Dec 14 2019 - 9:00pm
Heard Museum
1 Nature Place
McKinney , TX

Enjoy lights and holiday décor along a half mile Heard nature trail. In keeping with the Heard’s role as a nature preserve, this light display is designed to enhance, rather than overpower, the sanctuary’s natural beauty. Also, experience 10 life-size dinosaurs along a nature trail. Take a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting.


At Gate: $6-$9.

Online: $4-$7.

Ages 2 and under, free.

Friends of O.S. Gray Natural Area: Community Day - Arlington

Dec 14 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
O.S. Gray Natural Area
2021 W. Abram
Arlington , TX

Please bring your favorite work gloves, shovel, litter picker upper, or gardening tools.

Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and for working in a natural area (long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, hat).

Water and snacks will be available.

O.S. Gray Natural Area has no restroom facilities, but Kroger is nearby.

Info: [email protected]

Texas Trees Foundation: Tree Planting at Fretz Park - Dallas

Dec 14 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fretz Park
6950 Belt Line Rd
Dallas , TX

Wear appropriate work clothes and shoes, and bring plenty of water and snacks! Texas Trees will provide the tools and safety equipment for planting trees.

North Texas Renewable Energy Group: Battery Technologies Compared - Dallas

Dec 14 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Midway Hills Christian Church
11001 Midway Road
Midway , TX

The cost of batteries can be up to several times the costs of the balance of other solar electronics. We’ll look at the cost per kilowatt-hour of different battery chemistries over the life of the batteries, warranties, type of usage, and sizing batteries for the need. Discussion will also cover methods to reduce the battery size and cost by up to 50 percent.

Speaker Tom Brennan is co-founder and Engineering Manager of Sol-Ark, an inverter manufacturer based in Parker, Texas (north of Dallas). Tom has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and has been in the solar industry for 10 years, the past six of which have been at Sol-Ark, and has a patent for Solar Panel mounting.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Holiday in the Garden - Fort Worth

Dec 14 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd
Ft Worth , TX

Family-friendly activities include:

• Santa in the Garden, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafts, games and Santa visits. This event is free to the public. Photos with Santa are $10.

• Sip and Shop, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local artisan market, food trucks, live music and more. Free.

• Holiday tea, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fee for adults is $45 per person; $35 for children. Reservations are required.

• Holiday movie, 5 p.m. Admission is free, but space is limited to the first 200 people.

• Free admission to the garden, 3 5 p.m.

Info: 817-392-5510.

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Cedar Hill State Park: Holiday Hike - Cedar Hill

Dec 14 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Cedar Hill State Park
1570 FM-1382 W
Cedar Hill , TX

Join a park ranger for a guided hike to learn about the history of St. Nick and discuss the value of prairie land. 

Meet at the Duck Pond Trailhead.

Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a bottle of water.

Free with park admission.

Lake Ray Roberts State Park: The Fast and the Furriest - Valley View

Dec 14 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch
100 PW 4153
Valley View , TX

Find out who's who at Johnson Branch State Park. See (and touch!) the furs and skulls of animals that live right here in the park. Find out what special adaptations they have that help them live here.

Free with paid admission.

Lake Ray Roberts State Park: A Very Wild Christmas - Pilot Point

Dec 14 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle du Bois Unit
100 PW 4137
Pilot Point , TX

Make a Christmas ornament around a warm campfire complete with hot cocoa and s’mores.

Free with paid admission.