Welcome to the Dallas Group of the Sierra Club
General Meeting Program - Tuesday, August 11, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30
Pollinators and Natives: An Ancient Marriage
Randy Johnson will discuss the co-evolution of pollinators and native plants and the vital role each plays in ecosystems. The critical importance of diversity is explained and exceptional genera are emphasized. He offers a common-sense template for plant selection and landscape design that is easy to understand and implement.
Randy Johnson is from Mesquite, Texas, and earned a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. He is the past Director of Horticulture at Texas Discovery Gardens and currently serves as the Horticulture Manager at The Dallas Zoo. His personal business is Randy Johnson Organics; through this entity he offers consultations on organic horticulture, native plants, ecological restoration and pollinator gardens. Randy also propagates and sells native plants from seed he hand-collects from various ecotypes throughout north Texas. He is the current president of the Dallas Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, serves as a lifetime appointee on the Board of Directors of Peckerwood Garden, and is a member of the Board of Directors at Lake Highlands community garden in Dallas.
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.
Backpacking 101 Class - Escape the Heat and Prepare for Backcountry Exploring - Saturday August 15
Want to be more adventurous and explore some of our amazing backcountry areas? Join us for this popular interactive class designed for those wanting to begin backpacking or brush up on backpacking knowledge and skills. Dallas Sierra Club trip leaders with decades of backpacking experiences will present a comprehensive and unbiased overview of a variety of important backpacking topics including packs, boots, tents, gear, food and cooking, clothes, wilderness ethics and even an end of the afternoon breakout session to discuss men's and women's "issues". We'll include many personal tips - those "wish someone had told me that before" keys to a more comfortable, less expensive, lighter weight and safer trip. Handout included. NEW online pre-registration is encouraged for those wanting to pay by credit card or Paypal account (click here to sign up and pre-pay). Cash or check payment preferred if registering in person. The class is Saturday, August 15 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Please arrive at 12:45 pm to sign in and get settled. We'll meet in the upstairs classroom at Whole Foods Market, southeast quadrant of Preston Road at Forest Lane in Dallas. Class price is $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members. Feel free to bring snacks and/or a drink or buy them at the store and bring them in the classroom with you.
Red, Gold and Wheeler, Labor Day Weekend Backpacking in Northern New Mexico -September 4-8
Information and the registration forms have been posted for the Labor Day backpacking trip to the Wheeler Peak Wilderness and Wild Rivers Recreation Area near Taos and Red River, NM. Choose from five trips in the beautiful Rio Grande Gorge in the Wild Rivers Recreation Area or the Queste Ranger district of Carson National Forest in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Northern New Mexico. This is a bus trip with three days of backpacking and hiking in some of the most scenic areas of Northern New Mexico. The bus will depart Dallas at 7:30 pm Friday evening, Sep. 4 and return about 6:00 am Tuesday morning, Sep. 8, and since this being Labor Day weekend, for most of us it will not use vacation time. For a description of the trip with photographs and the registration forms follow this link.
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