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Dallas Sierra Club Calendar

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Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconSep 2 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at Brookhaven College, Building H at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Bus Trip IconSep 4-8 (Fri-Tue) Labor Day Weekend in New Mexico

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Backpack in Carson National Forest or hike in the Wild Rivers unit of Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. We’ve chartered a sleeper bus so you can enjoy three days of hiking without using a day of vacation!  Five itinerary options include hiking and camping by the rapids of the Rio Grande, backpacking to the meadows of Sawmill Park in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness, hiking to the summit of Wheeler Peak (New Mexico's highest) from the forks of the Red River, trekking from Taos Ski Valley to awesome Gold Hill (sleeping in a yurt at Bull-of-the-Woods Pasture, no tent needed) and backpacking from Taos Ski Valley to the yurt, then over Hondo Ridge to exit downhill via the green Columbine Basin. This trip departs Dallas on a Friday at 7:30 PM and returns by 6:00 AM Tuesday. Prices are discounted for registration received on or before August 14.  For complete trip details, please read this PDF file.   Contact: Steve Fleischman Send Email 972-689-7317

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconSep 8 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Zero Waste LogoTony O'Sullivan will talk about the City of Dallas' goal of zero waste by 2040 through recycling, reusing, composting, etc.  Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting.  Full details are on our home page now.

Service Outing IconSep 12 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up

Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM this second Saturday of the month at the Love of the Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard.  Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee.  Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy.  Brunch afterwards.  Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-824-0244

Service Outing IconSep 19 (Sat) Day Hike and Trail Upgrading at Cedar Ridge Preserve

This month's third Saturday service outing at Cedar Ridge will be different because our Dallas Sierra Club Chair Wendel Withrow will be at the parking lot, by the trail entrance point, to lead a day hike to the Possum Haw Trail that the Sierra Club maintains.  We look forward to seeing new smiling faces to  help maintain the trails and enhance the flora and fauna. Arrive by 8:45 AM, ready to walk and work until optional lunch afterward.  It's fun and we have ordered excellent weather to enjoy and upgrade these beautiful trails on the southwest edge of Dallas. The address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas 75249. For directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve, click this link. If you need more information or want to carpool, call or email. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Class IconSep 23 (Wed) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 1

Picture of compassThis is a comprehensive and fun two-night class in navigation with map and compass. Part 1 is Wednesday night at 6:30 and part 2 is Thursday night, September 24 at 6:30. Both sessions are upstairs at the Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane. The fee for the two-night class is $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members. An optional field lab for class participants will be set on a subsequent Saturday or Sunday at no additional charge.  This is a great value compared to navigation courses offered by outfitter stores. Bring cash or a check.  Bring a compass if you have one.  If not, we'll have an extra you can use and we'll advise what to look for when you buy your own.  Both sessions will run until approximately 9:00.  No reservations are necessary for this class.  You can just show up and pay at the door (cash or check).  You can also sign-up and pay in advance by clicking here. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Class IconSep 24 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 2

Join us for this second night of a two-part class that begins Wednesday, Sept. 23. Both sessions are at Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane.   Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Day Hike IconSep 26 (Sat) Member Appreciation Day Hike and Picnic at Arbor Hills Preserve, Plano

(Arbor Hills Preserve scene)Save Saturday, September 26 for a day hike followed by a picnic. Newcomers to the Dallas Group are particularly invited, but this event is for ALL Sierra Club members and friends.  Arthur Kuehne will lead a day hike at 9:30, exploring about three miles of this hilly preserve in west Plano.  Chef George Zimmerman will grill hot dogs for lunch, starting at 11:30.  Assemble at the Sierra Club pavilion by the large parking area off Parker Road, just west of the fire station, on the north side of Parker Road.  The park address is 6701 West Parker Road, Plano.  We request that you reply by email so we can better estimate how much food to prepare and how many beef hot dogs versus vegetarian hot dogs to buy.   Trip rated: Easy. Contact: Arthur Kuehne Send Email 214-608-3210

Announcement IconOct 3 (Sat) D/FW Solar Home Tour

Picture of solar panels on a roofAt this FREE event, talk directly with homeowners who use solar energy, solar hot water, wind energy, and other energy-efficient measures for their homes, as well as people who drive electric cars (Tesla, Leaf, Volt, and hybrids).  Click here for details about home locations, information about each home, and other information about the tour.  Click here to read an article about the 2013 Solar Home Tour published by GreenSourceDFW.org.

Day Hike IconOct 4 (Sun) White Rock Lake Day Hike

We've all stored away some extra calories while it's been too hot to get out.  Come burn some of them off and start getting the legs back in shape by walking the 9-mile trail around White Rock Lake.  We'll take a break about halfway and elsewhere as needed.  Bring water, bug repellant and rain gear. Meet at 9:30 AM in the parking lot on the hill just east of Mockingbird and East Lawther. Keep those legs in shape for the fall hikes!  Optional lunch after. Trip rated: Moderate. Leader: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

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Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconOct 7 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at Brookhaven College, Building H at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Service Outing IconOct 10 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up

Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM this second Saturday of the month at the Love of the Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard.  Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee.  Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy.  Brunch afterwards.  Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-824-0244

Backpack IconOct 10-11 (Sat-Sun) Beginner Backpacking Trip to the Caney Creek Wilderness

Join us for one of the Dallas Sierra Club’s favorite local backpacking trips. We’ll hike about 4½ miles and camp near a waterfall. The round-trip distance is about 9 miles. We will be hiking along a stream and there will be a few small hills to climb. After setting up camp, we’ll do a short day hike as time permits. This trip is relatively easy and is suitable for beginners.  Priority sign-ups will be given to those who have taken the August 2015 backpacking class.  Please contact the leader to sign up. Deadline to sign up is Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Marcos Jorge Send Email 214-682-6555

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconOct 13 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Dr. Zac Hildenbrand will discuss his recent research about fracking's effect on environmental quality, and Mike Rawlins will show photos from his walk along Hadrian's Wall Path in England.  Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting.  Full details will be on our home page a couple of months before the meeting.

Car Camp IconOct 16-18 (Fri-Sun) Beavers Bend State Park Annual Fall Gathering, Oklahoma

Beavers Bend State ParkMark your calendar now so you can join us for this relaxing weekend among the fall beauty of southeastern Oklahoma. Choice of rustic cabin (shelter with roof and walls) or tent camping. We'll offer several hike options ranging from a one mile nature trail for those just wanting to enjoy the view, to a 7 mile roller-coaster trail up and down and over the skyline ridges. The park also offers many family-friendly activities you can enjoy. Click here for full information and sign-up forms. This event has sold out in the past so once reservations open, don't wait too long to sign up! Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email

Day Hike IconOct 24 (Sat) Day Hike at River Legacy Park, Arlington

Experience the urban wilderness close to home.  Join us for a leisurely hike through the nature trails at River Legacy Park, 703 NW. Green Oaks Blvd. at Cooper Street.  Stop by the Living Science Center afterwards to learn about the flora and fauna that live along the trail. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Annie Wilson Send Email 682-232-4980

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Bus Trip IconOct 28-Nov 1 (Wed-Sun) Backpack at Buffalo National River, northern Arkansas

Arkansas author and hiking expert Tim Ernst wrote this about Buffalo River:

"By the end of [October], it's crisp, clear days and nights, and the forest transforms from the dull green that you have gotten used to since May, into one of the most incredible displays of color anywhere.  It can be just as pretty as New England or Colorado. And out on the trails the last week of the month is always best."  

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Buffalo National River is managed by the U.S. National Park Service, which strives to protect not only the scenic bluffs and hollows but also the human history of a backwoods valley.  Four delightful hike route options suit beginner, intermediate and experienced backpackers.  We provide transportation via sleeper bus departing Dallas at 9 PM on a Wednesday night, returning you to Dallas at 9:00 Sunday night.  Full trip details, including cost and sign-up instructions are in this PDF Bus trip leader: Bill Beach Send Email 214-662-3224

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconNov 4 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at Brookhaven College, Building H at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Day Hike IconNov 7 (Sat) Day Hike at Breckenridge Park, Richardson

(Breckenridge Park photo)Save the morning for a hike on a winding trail through a surprisingly scenic suburban park.  Details will be posted in October.   Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Robin Sowton Send Email

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconNov 10 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Topic is to be determined.  Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting.  Full details will be on our home page a couple of months before the meeting.

Service Outing IconNov 14 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up

Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM this second Saturday of the month at the Love of the Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard.  Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee.  Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy.  Brunch afterwards.  Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-824-0244

Service Outing IconNov 21 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Come to the hilly terrain of Cedar Ridge Preserve to help maintain one of the better trail networks in Dallas.  The Dallas Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail.  We work here on third Saturdays of almost every month, starting at 9 AM, working until approximately noon.  This project is fun and the landscape is beautiful. We've ordered excellent weather. The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas 75249.  For directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve, click this link.   If you need more information or want to carpool, call or email me. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Day Hike IconNov 21 (Sat) Dayhike on the Chisholm Trail in Plano

Meet at 9:30 AM in front of the Starbucks/Barnes & Noble (north side of 15th Street, just west of US 75).  We will walk 5-6 miles on a paved path.  Bring water. No reservations, just show up. Optional lunch afterwards. Trip rated: Moderate. Leader: Judy Cato Send Email 972-658-6834

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconDec 8 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Topic is to be determined.  Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting.  Full details will be on our home page a couple of months before the meeting.

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