Sep 13 2021

City of Fort Worth: Environmental Excellence Awards Call for Entries - Deadline Extended

Jul 8 2021 - 7:00am to Sep 17 2021 - 5:00pm

Deadline extended to Sept. 17, 2021

The City of Fort Worth has issued a call for entries for the 2021 Environmental Excellence Awards.

Innovation Awards will be presented in the areas of:

    •    Water Use & Process Improvement

    •    Water Conservation

    •    Stormwater 

    •    Air Quality

    •    Land Redevelopment

    •    Solid Waste Reduction & Recycling

Recognition Awards include:

    •    Fort Worth Friendly Landscapes

    •    SmartWater Award

See website link below for details, eligibility requirements and application.

The awards will be handed out during a luncheon ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 3, at River Ranch Stockyards, 500 N.E. 23rd St., Fort Worth

Info: [email protected] for more information

City of Fort Worth: Parks for Pollinators Bio Blitz - Fort Worth (Sept. 1-30)

Sep 1 2021 - 7:00am to Sep 30 2021 - 11:45pm
Fort Worth TX

The Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department is hosting a monthlong BioBlitz event as part of the national Parks for Pollinators campaign, which is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of pollinators and positioning parks as national leaders in advancing pollinator health and native habitat.

Organized by the National Recreation and Park Association and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, the Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz event is held annually.

Participants are invited to download and use an app called iNaturalist to take photos of plants, insects and animals in all Fort Worth parks during the BioBlitz this September. These reported observations contribute to a nationwide scientific inventory of pollinator species.

Submit photos of plants, insects and more, and the app and other citizen-scientists will tell you the name of those species.

Info: Michelle Villafranca, park operations and natural resources planner for the Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department, [email protected] 

City of Arlington: Value of Water Mini Poster Contest - Arlington

Sep 1 2021 - 8:00am to Oct 18 2021 - 5:00pm
Arlington , TX

Art and science kits, water-themed books, and free passes to the upcoming Dinosaur Safari Exhibit at River Legacy Living Science Center are a few of the prizes in store for the winners of this year’s Value of Water Mini Poster contest. The annual art contest is open to Arlington students, pre-kindergarten through 4th grade.

The contest begins Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, and all entries are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. It is sponsored by Arlington Water Utilities, Arlington Public Library, River Legacy Living Science Center, and Tarrant Regional Water District.

See website link below for more details.

Info: Alana Earle, [email protected], 817-459-6618

North Texas Community Cleanup Challenge - DFW (Thru Oct. 31)

Sep 1 2021 - 8:00am to Oct 31 2021 - 5:00pm
DFW TX

The North Texas Community Cleanup Challenge is a friendly competition among North Texas communities to see who can pick up the most litter per resident from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, 2021. Communities, churches, boy scouts, girl scouts, companies, activists, or just ordinary citizens can organize litter cleanup events or simply log existing events and efforts as they occur. At the end of the contest, the community with the most litter cleaned up per resident will recieve the North Texas Community Cleanup award that they can proudly display in their city hall. Each year the trophy will move from community to community, each adding their name to the legacy of litter cleanup efforts.

Lights Out Texas - Statewide (Sept. 5-Oct. 29)

Sep 5 2021 - 11:00pm to Oct 29 2021 - 6:00am

Lights Out Texas is an intiative launched by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with support from nonprofits including the Texas Conservation Alliance to raise awareness about the dangers of light pollution for migrating birds. The program asks homeowners, businesses and managers of tall buildings to eliminate or reduce lighting between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. during the peak of the fall migration, Sept. 5 to Oct. 29. 

City of Dallas: Volunteering in School Gardens - Online

Sep 13 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online TX

School gardens are learning gardens for students as well as volunteers. All skill levels are welcome. Volunteers are a vital part of helping these gardens thrive for the students. Dawn Cleaves, garden coordinator for Richardson ISD, will discuss aspects of volunteering at school gardens and how you can get involved. 

Learn about regular maintenance volunteer opportunities vs. workdays and the possibility of working with classes in the garden to support teachers and garden educators. Tips for managing children and working with kids in ways that they can do the work themselves will be shared as well. Join the gardening fun and help our littlest gardeners learn not just gardening and STEM lessons, but many other skills like communication, teamwork, ownership, and leadership. 

Native Prairies Association of Texas, Fort Worth Chapter: Meet New NTX Outreach Director - Zoom

Sep 13 2021 - 7:00pm
Zoom TX

Link to Green Source articleMeet Carly Aulicky NPAT’s new North Texas Outreach & Stewardship Director!

Carly finished her doctorates at Kansas State University in 2020. She was part of a collaborative effort across state and federal agencies to translocate and monitor lesser prairie-chickens in the sand sagebrush prairie of Kansas and Colorado, where she gained practical experience in conducting prairie vegetation surveys and managing data and personnel.

Register on the website link below.