Apr 8 2024

Dallas Arboretum: Dallas Blooms - Dallas (Feb. 24-April 8)

Feb 24 2024 - 9:00am to Apr 8 2024 - 5:00pm
Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road
Dallas , TX

Dallas Blooms, the largest floral festival in the Southwest, returns February 24-April 8, with 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs, thousands of azaleas, hundreds of Japanese cherry trees and the all NEW living backdrops of sprawling plant walls. These six installations, placed throughout the garden, will feature over 10,000 plants covering 565 square feet.

Lights Out Texas: Statewide (March 1 to June 15)

Mar 1 2024 - 6:00am to Jun 15 2024 - 11:00pm

Help migrating birds by turning off lights from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. during spring migration.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Butterflies in the Garden - Fort Worth (March 1-April 14)

Mar 1 2024 - 9:00am to Apr 14 2024 - 5:00pm
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd
Fort Worth , TX

Ned and Genie Fritz Texas Buckeye Trail Restoration: Texas Buckeye Walks - Dallas (March 16-April 13)

Mar 16 2024 - 10:00am to Apr 13 2024 - 12:00pm
Ned & Genie Fritz Texas Buckeye Trail Trailhead
7000 Bexar Street
Dallas , TX

Take a spring amble on the newly restored Ned and Genie Fritz Texas Buckeye Trail. A highlight of early spring is the blooming season for Texas buckeyes (Aesculus glabra var. arguta) with their conical clusters of fragrant yellow-ivory flowers. The slight understory tree with a slender trunk and branches is a sub-species of the more famous Ohio buckeye, being more compact with greater heat tolerance, though it often sheds leaves in summer.

These hikes will fill, so reserve soon here.

• March 16, Saturday: 10 a.m. to noon
Leader: Richard Grayson – Gain crucial insight into the Trinity River and its plight. - CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN. RESCHEDULE BELOW.

• March 17, Sunday: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Leaders: Michael McKee with Eileen Fritz McKee and Kristi Kerr Leonard – Great Trinity Forest trail restoration and tales of Fritz family nature excursions. - CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN. RESCHEDULE BELOW.

NEW: March 19, Tuesday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Leaders: Amy Martin and Kristi Kerr Leonard - Spring Equinox Wet Walk.

NEW: March 23, from 10 a.m. to Noon:  Leader: Richard Grayson – Gain crucial insight into the Trinity River and its plight. CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN. RESCHEDULE BELOW.

• March 23, Sat: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Private hike for Bonton families led by kids from T.R. Hoover Community Development Center.

NEW: March 24, Sun: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Leaders: Michael McKee with Eileen Fritz McKee and Kristi Kerr Leonard – Great Trinity Forest trail restoration and tales of Fritz family nature excursions.

• March 30, Sat: 10 a.m. to noon
Leader: Bob Richie – Learn about edible and medicinal plants found in the Great Trinity Forest.

•March 31, Sun: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Leaders: Marion Lineberry of the Texas Historic Tree Coalition with Kristi Kerr Leonard.

• April 6, Sat: 10 a.m. to noon
Leader: Amy Martin – The legacy of Ned and Genie Fritz, and Trinity River history and ecology.

• April 7, Sun: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Leaders: Shelby Smith and Caleb Hinojos of North Texas Master Naturalists – The ecology and cultural history of the Bonton Woods.

SPECIAL HIKE: April 13, Sat: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Leader: Steve Smith of Trinity Coalition – For hearty hikers only. A apx. 5-mile trail-in-the-making, taking the in-progress Trinity-White Rock Trail to the river-creek confluence, and then onto the in-progress Bois d’Arc Trail to the Bonton Pond and levee.

In cooperation with North Texas Master Naturalists and Ned Fritz Legacy. Trail restoration support provided by Trinity Coalition.

Ennis Garden Club: Bluebonnet Trails - Ennis (April 1-30)

Apr 1 2024 - 8:00am to Apr 30 2024 - 5:00pm
See website for map Ennis , TX

From April 1-30, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. These trails are the oldest such trails known in the state, and tens of thousands of visitors make the short trek to Ennis to view this wonderful wildflower show. In Ennis, the bluebonnets typically peak around the 3rd week of April, according to the Ennis Garden Club. This can vary year to year due to weather conditions and terrain, so check website or call 972-878-4748 before your visit.

You can pick up a Bluebonnet Trail Map at the Ennis Welcome Center located at 201 NW Main St, Ennis, Texas 75119. The Ennis Welcome Center is open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can also download the free ENNIS Y'ALL mobile app, for the Ennis Bluebonnet Trail Map, place to shop, dine, upcoming events and more.

Maps not available until April 1.

Total Solar Eclipse: Watch Parties - DFW

Apr 8 2024 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Many venues are hosting Solar Eclipse Watch Parties. Below are some taking place at local parks, universities and green spaces. See links for details. We'll add events as we learn about them.


Levitt Pavilion. Free.

River Legacy Nature Center. $8.

University of Texas at Arlington Planetarium. Free.


Valley Ridge Park. Free.


University of North Texas. UNT will host three watch parties. Frisco, Denton and Discovery Park. Free.


Wilt Ranch Prairie Eclipse Day.


Indigo Hills Prairie and Wildflower Preserve. Campsites $20/night for two guests.


Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Admission plus $3 for solar glasses.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Admission.

Fort Worth Nature Center. Eclipse Paddle ($20 with paid admission) and Solar Scoping (admission).

Fort Worth Zoo. Admission.

Tandy Hills Natural Area. Event is free but donations to Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area welcome.

Tarrant County College. TCC will host eclipse watch parties on all five campuses. Free.


Dallas Arboretum - SOLD OUT

Dallas College. All seven DCCCD campuses are hosting eclipse parties, including in downtown Dallas at Founder's Plaza.

Dallas Zoo. Regular admission.

Harold Simmons Park. Free. Please register on event page.

Klyde Warren Park. Free.

University of Texas at Dallas. Free.

Texas Discovery Gardens. Regular admission.


Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center. SOLD OUT.


Heard Museum - SOLD OUT


Local State Parks - Regular admission.


Send info: events@greensourcedfw.org

Event Website:

Total Solar Eclipse - North Texas

Apr 8 2024 - 12:15pm to 3:00pm

Parts of North Texas will be experiencing totality as the moon's shadow crosses over Texas. 

The Date & Time website offers this sequence for the 2024 Eclipse in Dallas

    •    Begins: at 12:23 pm — outer lunar shadow touches the solar face

    •    Maximum at 1:42 pm — solar face is covered as much as possible

    •    Ends at 3:02 pm — outer lunar shadow exits the solar face

The Fort Worth 2024 sequence starts and ends only one minute earlier.To get the most specific times for DFW area, visit Date & Time's annular solar eclipse page 

The maximum duration of totality in Texas is 4 minutes and 22 seconds. In DFW, Fort Worth will experience 2 minutes and 43 seconds of totality; Arlington gets 3 minutes 20 seconds; and Dallas, 3 minutes, 50 seconds. 

Nearby towns like Hillsboro, Ennis, Wills Point and Terrell will get the full 4 minutes and 22 seconds or close to it. See more on Texas cities in the path of totality.

Plan where you will be and get your eclipse glasses now.

Read the Green Source DFW articles:

How to enjoy the North Texas eclipse

Local watch parties pop up across DFW

Two solar eclipses to be viewable in Texas

Eclipse gadgets to enhance experience at Texas State Parks

Eclipsestock! North Texas writer witnesses totality in Nebraska

Greater Fort Worth Sierra Club Environmental and Nature Book Club - Arlington

Apr 8 2024 - 6:30pm
Fielder Museum
1616 W Abrams St
Arlington , TX

This month's book: The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year by Margaret Renkl.

Margaret Renkl is a weekly columnist for the New York Times. The book is broken in 52 chapters observing and contemplating life and nature while observing her backyard in Nashville. 

With fifty-two original color artworks by the author’s brother, Billy Renkl, The Comfort of Crows is a lovely and deeply moving book from a cherished observer of the natural world.

Come to the meeting for the discussion whether you have read the book or not.

Note the new location: This is a very nice to meet and we are allowed to have food and beverages.

Info: Terry McIntire at tdmcintire@gmail.com