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Welcome to the Dallas Group of the Sierra Club

Backpacking 101 Class - Saturday, January 21

BackpackersWant to be adventuresome and explore amazing backcountry areas? Come to this popular, interactive class designed for never-ever backpackers and people who want to refresh backpacking knowledge and skills. Dallas Sierra Club trip leaders with decades of backpacking experiences will present a comprehensive overview of backpacking topics, including packs, boots, tents, sleeping bags, food and cooking, clothes, wilderness ethics, sanitation and more. We'll include tips we wish someone had told us sooner to make backpacking more comfortable and less expensive.  

     Place:  Whole Foods Market, southeast quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas, upstairs meeting room (map).  

     Time: Saturday, January 21. The class begins at 10:00 am and lasts until 4:00 pm, with a break for lunch. Please arrive early to sign in and get settled.  Buy lunch at the grocery and eat in the classroom.

     Price: $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members.  Online pre-registration (by Jan 20) using a credit card is encouraged and appreciated (click here) or pay by cash or check at the door.

If you already have some gear and questions about using, packing or replacing it, bring it with you and we'll do our best to answer your questions.  

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, February 14, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

2017 Texas Legislative Session
Texas State Capitol at NightAs the 85th Texas Legislature starts, there are many issues regarding land, water, energy and air that all of us should follow and participate in regarding contacting our local officials.  Join Rita Beving, coordinator for the Alliance for Clean Texas (ACT), and see what bills, if voted into law, may affect our daily lives both from an environmental standpoint and in regards to our municipal government's ability to devise and enact local safeguards.  Find out what critical agencies are undergoing Sunset review and how you can be involved.  Often people forget that what state laws are enacted can often affect our lives even more than federal law.  Find out how you can be part of the process as the Texas State Legislature moves through the 2017 session at the Capitol.
A man's winter face mask in AntarcticaAntarctica Adventures
Geoff Skews will share some experiences he had while working at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, during 7 seasons, including the 13,000+ mile journey, what it's like to work on the ice, animals of McMurdo Sound, and fun and games during down time

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.

 

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, March 14, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Pileated woodpeckersWoodpeckers
Knock-Knock!  Who's There?  Woodpeckers, sapsuckers, flickers, oh my!  Join The Dallas Zoo and discover the incredible story of the woodpecker.  From shaping entire ecosystems with the tip of their bill to a call like no other, these birds are more than meets the eye.  Find out the threats they face and how you can help ensure their survival.  From drumming to snake fights, don’t miss your chance to learn fascinating facts about this quirky family as Jenna Hanson and Ben Jones explore the wild world of woodpeckers.
Jenna Hanson has spent over ten years acquiring experience and fostering her own passion for conservation, specifically through environmental education.  She received her B.A. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and her Masters in Natural Science and Environmental Education through Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN.  She has worked for a variety of organizations including The Dallas Zoo and the National Audubon to help nurture environmental stewardship and action throughout diverse communities.  She enjoys sharing nature with others and believes that shared experiences build stronger connections to one another and the natural world.
Benjamin Jones grew up in southeast Texas spending much of his childhood happily lost in the Big Thicket and adrift along the marshes and beaches of the upper Gulf Coast.  He graduated from Texas A&M University with bachelors and master's degrees in the sciences, then worked for Arthur Andersen as a business analyst.  Ben served the National Audubon Society in multiple roles including state director of education for Texas and center director of the flagship, Trinity River Audubon Center.  For 10 years he has served the Dallas Zoo in various capacities and now as senior director and dean of the Wild Earth Academy.  In this role, Ben is responsible for the creative and strategic direction of the Academy including new conservation engagement programs, leadership training, and citizen science initiatives.  Interested in science, education, and conservation, especially as they intersect; Ben is passionate about nature as a context for life-long learning, stronger communities, and enriched life.

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.

 

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What's Going On

Jan 21 Backpacking 101 Class

Jan 26 Flint Comes to Dallas, or Is It Already Here?

Feb 1 Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

Feb 2 Clean Eco Meetup

Feb 14 Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Feb 15 Outings Committee Meeting

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