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Welcome to the Dallas Group of the Sierra Club

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, July 14, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Nature Rocks LogoReconnect With Nature

Have you tracked your digital screen-to-natural world ratio lately?
You may have childhood memories of exploring woods and creeks, building tree houses or sleeping outside under the stars -- experiences enriched with smells, tastes, sounds and textures.  Our disconnect from nature was dubbed nature deficit disorder by Last Child in the Woods author Richard Louv, founder of the New Nature Movement.  Many global efforts are underway to reconnect children and adults with nature.  This meeting will connect you to resources that pull adventurers into the natural world.

Dark Skies Awareness
Learn to use the free International Dark Skies Association (IDA) GLOBE at Night program as a reminder to simply look up at the night sky!  In most cities, inefficient public lighting wastes energy and hides the stars with light pollution.  IDA mounts global efforts to preserve our view of the Milky Way, and fights impacts of light pollution on human and wildlife communities.  Support IDA by uploading your nighttime observations.

Geocaching
You’ll receive simple instructions from geocache.com to facilitate nature based play stops on road trips, and a guide to earthcache.org to prepare for the Dallas Sierra Club’s summer trip to the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.  The Perot Museum supported Nature Rocks website can help you plan your next DFW adventure.

Presenter Heather Foote is founder of Prairie Keepers.org.  A professional science educator, she designs stealth learning games and hikes.  She is a board member of the Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area and the Keller Farmers Market, and a founding member of the Fort Worth Native Prairies Association of Texas.  Heather is Speakers Bureau Chair for Children in Nature Network - North Texas.

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.

July Backpacking Adventures in Colorado's San Juan Mountain Range

Red Lake TrailDetails of the Dallas Sierra Club July 19-24 backpacking outing in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado are online now. See a description and photos by clicking this link.  The San Juans are the range of the Rocky Mountains that form the Continental Divide from Chama, New Mexico to Telluride, Colorado and beyond. The outing has five itinerary options -- some in the South San Juan Wilderness Area, others in the Weminuche Wilderness Area. Unlike past trips to these areas, we’re relying on private cars and car pools this July to reach trailheads. This minimizes your trip expenses, allows you flexibility to extend travel on either end of the Sierra Club outing dates and enables us to access more trailheads. Early registration is advised, particularly if you want space in our block of reserved cabins near Santa Fe on Saturday night, July 18.

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

Randy Johnson tending plantsPollinators 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.

Red, Gold and Wheeler, Labor Day Weekend Backpacking in Northern New Mexico -September 4-8

Wheeler Peak WildernessInformation 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 6:30pm Friday evening, Sep. 4 and return about 6:30AM 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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What's Going On

Jul 11 White Rock Lake Clean-up

Jul 14 Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Jul 15 Outings Committee Meeting

Jul 18 Trail Enhancement at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Jul 19-24 Backpacking in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Aug 5 Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

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