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Wilderness Navigation Two Night Class - April 26 and 27 (Wednesday and Thursday)

Reading a mapSome walks in the woods are pretty easy, but journeys of all lengths can turn from amazing to catastrophic if you can't find your way. Learn the fundamentals of navigating your way in the wilderness in this fun and comprehensive two-night class. Among the subjects covered are: looking for and purchasing different type maps, how to read maps, how not to get lost, map use if you do get lost, different kinds of compasses and how to use your compass. There will be some discussion about GPS, but our main focus is learning how to use a map and compass so you're not trusting your navigation (and life) to something that takes batteries. If you have a compass, bring it. If not, we'll have extras you can use and will show you what to look for when you purchase your own. The class will be held in the upstairs meeting room at Whole Foods Market, southeast quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane in Dallas. This two-night class (second night Thursday, April 27) will begin at 6:30 PM and finish about 9:00 PM. The class fee is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Cost covers both nights and handout materials. We encourage online signups by Tuesday before the class (click here) or you can pay with cash or check at the door. A half-day hike the following Saturday or Sunday with the class instructors Arthur Kuehne and Bill Greer will be offered to class participants who want to practice their new skills.

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, May 9, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Building Resilient Cities, One Park at a Time
Think about your favorite neighborhood park.  It's probably a beautiful place to spend an afternoon, perhaps play a game of soccer, or ride a bike.  But have you ever stopped to consider the other ways your park helps your neighborhood?  Well-designed and close-to-home parks can provide benefits to the surrounding community that go beyond beautification and recreation, from reducing flood risks to growing the local economy.

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Across America, parks are increasingly being recognized for their ability to improve cities' resilience to the challenges of the 21st century.  For example, in Chicago, a former rail line has been transformed into "The 606,"a beautiful 3-mile long pedestrian trail that provides enhanced mobility options for the nearly 60,000 nearby residents, while also improving their health and promoting economic development.  Cities are using this "multi-benefit" understanding of parks to create beautiful public spaces that can also move the needle on key civic issues.

The Trust for Public Land is applying cutting edge research, mapping, and analysis to create parks that help cities tackle their biggest social, environmental, and economic challenges.  In his presentation, Robert Kent will explain why parks are vital to developing long-term resiliency in America's cities, the many "hidden" benefits provided by parks to their surrounding communities, and how the cities of North Texas are applying these principles in their own park systems.

Robert Kent is the North Texas Area Director for The Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization that creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities.  Since 1985, the organization has created over 40,000 acres of new parks in Texas.  The Trust for Public Land's North Texas Office works to ensure that every resident of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area has a park within a ten-minute walk, creating a healthier and more connected region that is resilient to the challenges of the 21st century.  A Dallas native, Robert has been with The Trust for Public Land since 2014.  Previously, he served as the Director of Public Policy for the North Texas Commission.

Everyone is welcome.  FREE!  You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.  Just show up.  We'd love to meet you.

Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship.  Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.

Texas Hill Country Explorapalooza - May 26-29

LBJ RanchJoin us on a superb exploration of the Texas Hill Country this Memorial Day weekend!  Lodging options include a hotel in Burnet or your choice of tent camping or cabins at Inks Lake State Park. Walk the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, tour the LBJ Ranch, hike the hills at Inks Lake,  go spelunking at Longhorn Caverns, eat lunch in Luckenbach and check out a great museum or winery in Fredericksburg. Leave the driving to us--we’ll ride in a comfortable sit-up bus for the duration of the trip.  Complete trip details, including cost and how to sign up, are in this PDF.

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Gardening on a Shoe String; Confessions of a Frugal Gardener

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Conservation, particularly of hard earned dollars, is a hobby of Fran Powell's.  Combining that with a life-long focus on not throwing things away that can be reused has resulted in her finding ways to appropriate everyday objects into the garden.She completely aspires to the belief that Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle must be an aspiration for all humans on earth if we are to maintain a livable planet.

This frugality combined with her love of gardening has caused her to read the gardening catalogs only for ideas as to how she can reproduce the same thing using items otherwise thrown in the recycling bin.  From empty food cans, plastic bottles, to barbeque chicken containers and tennis balls, she will introduce us to her discoveries of ways to hold up, tie down, display, or start seeds . . . all free just by using our imagination.

A resident in Addison since 1991 and a Dallas County Master Gardener since 2011, Fran comes from a family of English gardeners.  While she claims not to have the green-thumb and talent, nor size of garden, of her sisters, she will introduce us to  many ways to save money on the planting accessories so there is more to spend on actual plants.

Everyone is welcome.  FREE!  You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.  Just show up.  We'd love to meet you.

Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship.  Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Citizen Science and iNaturalist

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What if you find something outside but don’t know what it is?  How do you find out?  What if you could share that discovery with others to excite them about nature as well?  Citizen science is one way to address each of those questions.  One particularly useful tool is iNaturalist, an online network with an associated app where participants document all of the living organisms around them, share that data with the rest of the naturalist community, and learn a lot in the process.

Sam Kieschnick, this program's presenter, is an urban wildlife biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife serving the east side of the DFW metroplex.  He previously worked as a nature educator with the City of Mansfield at Oliver Nature Park, as a naturalist at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, as a science interpreter with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, as a botanist with BRIT, and as an instructor at Weatherford College.  He has a master's degree from Tarleton State University studying the genetics of pocket gophers.  As an urban wildlife biologist, Sam’s focus will be on three a's: awareness, appreciation, and action.

Everyone is welcome.  FREE!  You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.  Just show up.  We'd love to meet you.

Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship.  Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, August 8, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

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Everyone is welcome.  FREE!  You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.  Just show up.  We'd love to meet you.

Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship.  Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.

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What's Going On

Apr 26 Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 1

Apr 27 Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 2

Apr 29 April 29 Rally and March for Climate Justice

May 3 Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

May 6 Native Plants and Prairies Day

May 9 Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

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