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Welcome to the Dallas Group of the Sierra Club

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.

Backpacking 101 Class - Escape the Heat and Prepare for Backcountry Exploring - Saturday August 15

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 to sign up and pre-pay). Cash or check payment preferred if registering in person. The class is Saturday, August 15 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.

Labor Day Summer Blowout in Northern New Mexico

You know you want it.  You want the ecstasy of sunny days and cool nights as dry fall air nips at the end of summer at the headwaters of the Rio Grande or the Wheeler Peak Wilderness.  Get on the bus.  Squeeze in three days of hiking and two nights of camping (or sleeping in a yurt) with good companions in the most scenic parts of New Mexico.  Trip options include walking up New Mexico’s highest peak from its easiest approach via Red River, sleeping in or near the cozy yurt at Bull-of-the Woods Pasture, discovering Gold Hill’s 360-degree vistas, discovering the treasures of NM’s newest Wilderness—the Columbine-Hondo—on a downhill trek from Gold Hill, the long meadows of Sawmill Park or the ponderosa pine shade in the gorge of the rippling Rio Grande. 

Wheeler Peak bus tripThis whole trip fits neatly between a Friday, September 4, 7:30 pm departure from Dallas and a Tuesday, September 8, 6:00 am return to Dallas.  We know you value your vacation days and we’ve chartered the sleeper bus to eliminate vacation days required for this Labor Day trip.  We need your registrations by August 14 to make this trip a “go.”  Discounted price for transportation is $275 until August 14.  For details and registration, click this link.

Shuffle, Shuffle, Shuffle. Shuffle Off to Buf-fa-lo . . .

Okay, I learned this lyric’s a tap dance number from a 1933 musical, 42nd Street, but it fits.  Get your trail runners or boots ready for this October knock-your-socks-off trip to Buffalo National River, Arkansas—our first-ever bus trip EAST.  It’s a national park in the heart of Li’l Abner-land!  That’s right, the U.S. National Park Service developed and maintains a scenic river with far more miles of trails than you’re going to walk in one weekend.  Our moderately strenuous hike option (one of four itineraries) covers 30 miles of the flagship “Buffalo River Trail” that parallels the scenic river.  Three shorter backpacking options of easy to moderate difficulty hike four days and camp three nights in other parts of the park, exploring the natural beauty and human history of this lovely valley.  These hikes all visit historic cemeteries and cabins, hollows, falls and bluffs along the river.   All trail elevations are below 2,200 feet, so there should be no high-altitude discomfort issues.  (All right, the optional spur hike thrill on the infamous “Goat Trail” is a “Don’t tell Mom” thrill, but thoroughly safe if you don’t do something stupid.)

Buffalo RiverTo maximize daylight time to enjoy the park and to eliminate the need to shuttle vehicles to trailheads, we’ve chartered a sleeper bus to transport us, leaving at 9 pm Wednesday, October 28.  We’ll return to Dallas by 9 pm on Sunday, November 1.  The last weekend of October is usually the premier week of the year for fall color at Buffalo River, says Arkansas trails guidebooks author Tim Ernst.  The trip cost is discounted to $240 if received by October 10.  For details and registration click this link.

 

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What's Going On

Aug 5 Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

Aug 8 White Rock Lake Clean-up

Aug 11 Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Aug 15 Backpacking 101 Class - Escape the Heat and Prepare for Backcountry Exploring!

Aug 15 Trail Upgrading at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Aug 19 Outings Committee Meeting

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