Dallas Sierra Club Calendar
Jun 3 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting
Jun 9 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Texas Nature and Environmental Centers Learn about Texas' vast array of Environmental Centers, types of programs offered for people of all ages, and descriptions of the unusual Centers. Also learn about Municipal Water Recycling and its benefits; you may be surprised to learn where your drinking water comes from. Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting. Full details are on our home page now.
Jun 13 (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
Jun 20 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve
Hello everyone. We look forward to seeing new smiling faces and hard workers to help out on the trails and flora and fauna. We meet at 9 AM at the Preserve and will work and walk until about noon. It's fun and beautiful and we have ordered excellent weather to help upgrade some of the beautiful walking trails just south of Dallas. The address is 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75249. It's a great morning workout, and the scenery is exceptional. No tools are required (maybe gloves), just show up and be ready to lend a hand or two. Bring some water, for sure. Please see the Cedar Ridge Preserve website for directions and info. If you want to carpool down there, just text me or email me.
Jun 21-26 (Sun-Fri) Beginner Long Backpack Trip In Columbine-Hondo Wilderness, New Mexico
A backpack trip several days in length is a very different experience from a weekend trip. But entirely too many people restrict themselves to just weekend trips. Besides taking a leisurely trip to enjoy a newly designated Wilderness area we will try to introduce some new people to the pleasures of a longer trip.
Our first day we will hike a short distance and spend the night to give ourselves time to adjust to altitude at 8,400 feet. The second day we’ll travel another 3 ½ miles or so (with a climb of about 1,600 feet) to our base camp in a nice meadow at 10,000 feet. From there we will have 3 days to dayhike, explore one of my favorite areas, and just enjoy being there. There are two small lakes (one off-trail) that we can reach and, weather permitting, we might hike to the top of 12,115 foot Lobo Peak. We’ll spend a total of 6 days and 5 nights in the Wilderness.
If you want to see what a longer trip is like or just want to enjoy a leisurely trip in a pretty area, come along! If you want to see how many miles you can cover in 6 days this isn’t the trip for you. Trip rated: Moderately Strenuous. Leaders: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446 and Sue Greer Send Email
The Columbine-Hondo has languished for many years in “Wilderness Study Area” status which provided some protection but could go away at any time. Republicans in the new Senate have introduced legislation to end all Wilderness Study Areas. In December of 2014 President Obama signed a bill designating Columbine-Hondo as Wilderness. So our trip will visit one of Americas newest Wilderness Areas!
Columbine-Hondo is a small area just outside Red River New Mexico. You can learn more about it here: http://www.columbinehondo.org/ .
We’ll spend Saturday night before the trip in Red River. If there’s interest we’ll get together a few weeks before the trip to go over food and equipment needs for a longer trip. Red River is a 10 to 11 hour drive from Dallas. Car pooling will be encouraged.
Jul 1 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting
Jul 14 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Global nature movement presentation by the Children in Nature Network. 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.
Jul 15 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting
The Outings committee meets tonight for a review of lessons learned on recent trips, planning for upcoming trips and other business as warranted. Time is 6:30. Place is yet to be determined. Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733
Jul 19-24 (Sun-Fri) Backpacking in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado
Plan now for five days of backpacking in the breathtaking San Juan Mountains, on or below the Continental Divide in the Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas. Allow time on both ends of the outing for travel. We'll use private cars and car pools to reach multiple trailheads in Colorado, north of Chama, New Mexico. Backpackers will gather in Chama for lunch on Sunday, July 19. There's no fee for this trip. Five backpacking itineraries are offered, rated moderately strenuous or strenuous due to elevations from 8,400 to 13,122 feet. See details and registration forms by clicking here. Trip rated: Moderately Strenuous. Coordinator: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733
Aug 5 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting
Aug 11 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Local organic gardening guru Randy Johnson will present tips on organic gardening. 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.
Aug 15 (Sat) Backpacking 101
Circle this date for Dallas Sierra Club's popular class geared to novice and intermediate backpackers. Trip leaders with decades of backpacking experiences will present a comprehensive and unbiased overview of what to bring and leave at home for a backpacking trip (packs, boots, tents, sleeping gear, food, clothes, etc.) and offer personal tips for making your backpacking experience comfortable and fun. The class location will be announced later. Class price is $40, $35 for Sierra Club members. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306
Sep 4-8 (Fri-Tue) Red, Gold, Wild and Wheeler, New Mexico
Backpack in the Questa Ranger District of Carson National Forest or hike and backpack in the Wild Rivers Area of Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. We’ve chartered a bus so you can enjoy these destinations this Labor Day weekend. Trip options include hiking and camping beside the rapids of the Rio Grande, backpacking to the high meadows of Sawmill Park in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness, hiking to the summit of Wheeler Peak (New Mexico's highest) from a loop route following forks of the Red River, trekking from Taos Ski Valley to massive Gold Hill from a base camp at Bull-of-the-Woods Pasture and backpacking from BOTWP onto scenic Hondo Ridge to descend to the green Columbine Basin. This New Mexico trip will depart Friday night at 6:30 PM and return by 6:30 AM on Tuesday. For complete information about this trip, including price and sign-up instructions, please read this PDF file. Contact: Steve Fleischman Send Email 972-689-7317
Sep 8 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Oct 13 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Oct 16-18 (Fri-Sun) Beavers Bend State Park Annual Fall Gathering, Oklahoma
Mark 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. Check back in early August for more details and reservation information. 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
Oct 28-Nov 1 (Wed-Sun) Backpack at Buffalo National River, Arkansas
Circle these dates for an autumn excursion to scenic Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas, an area managed by the U.S. National Park Service. Backpack on trails parallel to a river fringed by high, sometimes dramatic, limestone bluffs. This park is more than scenery. The history of a hardscrabble valley is preserved through historic structures and cemeteries connected by trails. Bus transportation allows us to explore linear segments along the river and its side hollows (no out-and-back routes) and the dry fall season allows hiking across the river via shallow fords. This trip will depart near 9 p.m. on a Wednesday night and return at about the same time on Sunday night. Bus trip leader: Bill Beach Send Email 214-662-3224
Nov 10 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Dec 8 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting