Dallas Sierra Club Calendar
Aug 5 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting
Aug 8 (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
Aug 11 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Randy Johnson will discuss pollinators and native plants, and offer a common-sense template for plant selection and landscape design that is easy to understand and implement. Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting. Full details are on our home page now.
Aug 15 (Sat) Backpacking 101 Class - Escape the Heat and Prepare for Backcountry Exploring!
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). Cash or check payment preferred if registering in person. The class is 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. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306
Aug 15 (Sat) Trail Upgrading at Cedar Ridge Preserve
Hello everyone. We look forward to seeing new smiling faces and hard workers to help out on the trails and enhance the flora and fauna. We meet at 8 AM at the Preserve and will work and walk until about 11 AM. It's fun and beautiful and we have ordered excellent weather to help upgrade these beautiful walking trails just south of Dallas. The address is 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75249. The Cedar Ridge phone is 972-709-7784. Search "Cedar Ridge Preserve Dallas" for directions and more info. If you want to carpool, call or email me. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902
Aug 19 (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. Contact Mark to be added to the advance agenda email list. Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733
Sep 2 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting
Sep 4-8 (Fri-Tue) Labor Day Weekend in New Mexico
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
Sep 8 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Oct 7 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting
Oct 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
Oct 13 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Zac Hildenbrand will discuss his recent research about contamination from fracking. 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.
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, 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."
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 will 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 PM Sunday. Read trip details at a link to be posted here by early August. 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