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

Golden Groundsel PlantsCarol Feldman from the Native Plant Society of Texas will talk about using native plants in landscapes.  Everyone is invited.  Full details are on our home page now. Trip rated: Kid Friendly.

Service Outing IconMay 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 214-455-2115

Meeting IconMay 18 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

The Outings Committee meets tonight at 6:30, upstairs at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas. Anyone interested in outings is invited to participate. Reply to Mark to be added to the advance agenda email list or to suggest an item for the agenda.   Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Service Outing IconMay 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 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.  The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas.  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

Class IconMay 22 (Sun) Outdoor Leader Training 101 class

Sierra Club members are invited to participate in a class teaching culture, rules and skills for Sierra Club outings leaders. This is one of four training exercises for leaders: 1) OLT 101; 2) OLT 201 (sequel class for leaders of outings that are overnight or far from cars); 3) Wilderness First Aid (Basic First Aid is the alternative for leaders of only day hikes); 4) leadership of a "provisional" outing, accompanied by another leader. Upon completion of those steps, the Outings Committee determines when a prospective leader is ready to independently lead a Sierra Club outing.  

HikersThe class is from 1 to 5 PM at the Whole Foods Market, southeast corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane in Dallas, upstairs. There is no class fee.  Prospective leaders and current leaders who want to renew OLT 101 training are encouraged to participate.  Please reply so we can anticipate group size and materials to prepare.  We won't repeat this class until 2017.  SAVE THE DATE and also the dates for OLT 201 (June 11-12).  Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Bus Trip IconMay 27-30 (Fri-Mon) Davis Mountains Explorapalooza

McDonald Observatory at nightHave a memorable Memorial Day weekend in sky island locations near Fort Davis, Alpine and Marfa, Texas, elevation 4,400 to 6,800'. Meet our chartered bus (not a sleeper bus) Friday morning in Dallas to cruise to Fort Davis. We've reserved campsites at Fort Davis State Park and cabins and "camp rooms" at Stone Village Tourist Camp, a renovated 1935 tourist court in Fort Davis town for a three-night stay. We'll take in a night Sky Party at the McDonald Observatory, a guided hike at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, the Museum of the Big Bend, an afternoon to explore Marfa, an evening to view the mysterious Marfa Lights, a morning hike on the palisades above historic Fort Davis and a couple hours by the huge desert spring at Balmorhea State Park. All this happens before Monday night when you return to Dallas! For complete trip details and sign-up forms, please download this PDF. Coordinator: Annie Wilson Send Email 682-232-4980

Canoe IconJun 4-5 (Sat-Sun) Brazos River Canoe and Kayak Trip

Join us on the Brazos River for a weekend of paddling 19.5 miles on a Texas Scenic River. We'll start Saturday at 9 A.M. at Rochelle’s Canoe Rental, Graford, Texas. Our flotilla will put in below Possum Kingdom Dam and finish in the early afternoon of the next day, a perfect weekend trip.  The weather should be warm, but not too hot this time of year.  We'll camp one night on an island about halfway to the finish. The trip is rated moderate as one or two category 1 rapids are on our reach of the river. Hear coyotes at night and see hawks and longhorn cattle during the day. Rochelle’s rents canoes and operates a shuttle to the trip start. See Rochelle's website at www.rochellescanoerental.com. To participate, contact outings leader Terry Sullivan to discuss availability of space and procedure for payment. The trip is limited to ten boats, so call Terry early. Leader: Terry Sullivan Send Email 214-533-9899

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconJun 7 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets upstairs at Whole Foods Market, southeast corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane, in Dallas at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Service Outing IconJun 11 (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 214-455-2115

Class IconJun 11-12 (Sat-Sun) Outdoor Leader Training 201

Save these dates for the sequel to the May 22 OLT 101 class.  OLT 201 will be a Saturday overnight outing at Dinosaur Valley State Park.  Saturday start time will be determined later, but the outing will adjourn to lunch on Sunday. Topics expand on OLT 101, including a hike to demonstrate issues of group management in outdoor situations.  Sierra Club members who have completed OLT 101 are  invited to participate.  There's no class fee.   Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconJun 14 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

The Compost CycleCompost is Black Gold.  Learn about the variety of composting methods and ingredients, how they protect our planet, and what you can do.  Everyone is invited.  Full details are on our home page now. Trip rated: Kid Friendly.

Meeting IconJun 15 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

The Outings Committee meets tonight at 6:30, upstairs at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas. Upon conclusion, we typically adjourn to Pei Wei for dinner. Anyone interested in outings is invited to participate. Reply to Mark to be added to the advance agenda email list or to suggest an item for the agenda.   Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Service Outing IconJun 18 (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 Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail.  We work here on third Saturdays of almost every month, starting at 8 AM, working until approximately 11:00.  The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas.  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

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconJul 5 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets upstairs at Whole Foods Market, southeast corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane, in Dallas at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconJul 12 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Purcell Mountains in British ColumbiaMovie night!  We supply popcorn, snacks, and drinks.  See Jumbo Wild to learn about the controversy surrounding the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort.  Everyone is invited.  Full details are on our home page now. Trip rated: Kid Friendly.

Backpack IconJul 25-28 (Mon-Thu) Backpack around the Collegiate Peaks, Colorado

view from Cottonwood PassBackpack four days and three-nights in central Colorado, near Buena Vista. Allow two days on each end of the outing to drive from Dallas or a day to fly to Denver and drive. We'll hike from trailheads along the beautiful Cottonwood Pass Road. Hike routes are about 20 miles, with your choice of a western trip to Hartenstein Lake, Brown's Pass and the Texas Lakes, or an eastern trip to Hartenstein Lake, Brown's Pass and Kroenke Lake. Hikes start around 10,000' and reach 12,000+' on the Continental Divide. Participants may opt to camp together the night before this outing and share large group cabins at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort on the exit day, but these arrangements are optional. Previous backpacking experience is required, preferably at altitude. There is no fee for the outing, but a deposit to hold a place is required . Complete trip details and sign-up information is in this PDF document. Coordinator: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconAug 2 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets upstairs at Whole Foods Market, southeast corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane, in Dallas at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconAug 9 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Learn about fall gardening from Master Gardener Larry Legg.  Everyone is invited.  Full details will be on our home page later. Trip rated: Kid Friendly.

Bus Trip IconSep 2-6 (Fri-Tue) Santa Fe Peaks and Foothills, New Mexico

Enjoy three days of backpacking or day hiking--your choice--near Santa Fe this Labor Day weekend. Board our chartered sleeper bus in Dallas Friday night. Wake to breakfast in Santa Fe. Two trip itineraries backpack three days in the high mountains. Two other trip itineraries make day hikes and sleep in comfy cabins outside the city. Arrive back to Dallas by daybreak Tuesday. Details will be published here in mid-May 2016.  Coordinator: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconSep 6 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets upstairs at Whole Foods Market, southeast corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane, in Dallas at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

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

Bicycling in the woodsHear about Eli Baron's adventure bicycling and paddling journey along the Elbe river.  Everyone is invited.  Full details are on our home page now. Trip rated: Kid Friendly.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconOct 4 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets upstairs at Whole Foods Market, southeast corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane, in Dallas at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconOct 11 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Learn about candidates and issues in the upcoming election.  Everyone is invited.  Full details will be on our home page later. Trip rated: Kid Friendly.

Car Camp IconOct 14-16 (Fri-Sun) Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma

Beavers Bend State ParkSAVE THESE 2016 DATES so you can join us for this relaxing weekend of fall beauty in scenic southeastern Oklahoma. We have an entire group compound reserved, complete with your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping, bathhouse and dining hall with kitchen. We'll offer Saturday hike options ranging from a one-mile nature trail to a 7-mile roller-coaster trail up and down and over the skyline ridges. The park offers many family-friendly activities you can enjoy. We'll offer a Saturday night catered dinner option. More trip details and price and reservation information will be available in July 2016. Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Conservation IconOct 22-23 (Sat-Sun) Earth, Wind, & Fire Energy Summit II

Save Saturday, October 23, 2016 for a day of lectures and workshops about the ways we get and use electrical energy, and what its relationship is to conservation and health. The schedule may include some yet to be determined opportunites on October 21 and October 23 as well. Dallas Sierra Club will present its second energy conference at the Addison Conference Center in North Dallas. Details will be announced soon. Contact: Rita Beving Send Email

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconNov 1 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets upstairs at Whole Foods Market, southeast corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane, in Dallas at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

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

Topic to be determined.  Everyone is invited.  Full details will be on our home page later. Trip rated: Kid Friendly.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconDec 6 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets upstairs at Whole Foods Market, southeast corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane, in Dallas at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

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

Topic to be determined.  Everyone is invited.  Full details will be on our home page later. Trip rated: Kid Friendly.

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