Dallas Sierra Club News - June 2015
In This Issue. . .
Nature and Environmental Centers
Dan Moulton will highlight the distribution of Texas
Environmental Centers, the types of programs that are offered,
and descriptions of some of the more unusual Centers. He
will talk about outdoor programs for people of all ages --
guided hikes and activities, summer camps,
handicapped-accessible trails, outreach programs, family
programs, and many more. Dan's presentation will be
based on his Texas Nature and Environmental Centers Guide,
which is an excellent resource for fighting "nature-deficit
disorder" by facilitating visits to nature and environmental
centers throughout Texas.
Daniel W. Moulton is a wildlife ecologist with a B.A. in
biology, a M.S. in wildlife ecology, and a Ph.D. in wildlife
science. He has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, the Maryland Wildlife Administration, and for over 20
years at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. After
retirement from TPWD, he taught for over six years as an
adjunct professor of environmental science and biology at
several colleges in the Dallas area.
Of all our needs, water is the most critical and
happens to be something we can't manufacture.
Thankfully, we have technological alternatives. Recycling
used sources of water is a reliable and cost-effective
strategy that we can implement quickly without risking damage
to our environment or our economy. The 100,000 residents
of Wichita Falls keep their way of life intact despite
horribly oppressive drought conditions, thanks to the city's
Cypress Water Treatment Plant. Bringing this technology
to Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the best investments we could
make to fortify ourselves against future water insecurity.
Jarratt Willis of Texas Conservation Alliance will tell us
about municipal water recycling and its benefits. You
may be surprised to learn where your drinking water comes
welcome. You don't have to be a Sierra Club member. Just
show up. We'd love to meet you.
Meeting starts at 7:00 pm but come at 6:30 for snacks,
information and fellowship. Our meeting takes place at
Brookhaven College, Building H, 3939 Valley View Ln in Farmers
Branch. Click over to our
page of our website for more information and a map.
ALERT - PARKING for TUESDAY'S GENERAL MEETING:
Our usual parking area at Brookhaven is under construction.
Not to worry, instead of parking in front of building H where
our meeting is you'll park a little farther east in front of
building S. Enter from Valley View Lane. Where you used to
come to a 4 way stop you can now only turn right. Turn left
into "P3" parking as soon as you can. You'll be in front of
building S and our building H will be to your left. You can
shorten the walk by cutting through building S, then turn
left/west and follow the sidewalk to building H which is next
door. See you there! It's not as bad as it sounds. Check out
the campus map on our
General Meeting page.
Mark your calendar for our July meeting. It is one you
will not want to miss.
Have you tracked your digital screen-to-natural
world ratio lately?
You may have childhood memories of exploring woods and creeks,
building tree houses or sleeping outside under the stars --
experiences enriched with smells, tastes, sounds and textures.
Our disconnect from nature was dubbed nature deficit disorder
by Last Child in the Woods author Richard Louv, founder of the
New Nature Movement. Many global efforts are underway to
reconnect children and adults with nature. This meeting
will connect you to resources that pull adventurers into the
Dark Skies Awareness
Learn to use the free International Dark Skies Association
(IDA) GLOBE at Night program as a reminder to simply look up
at the night sky! In most cities, inefficient public lighting
wastes energy and hides the stars with light pollution.
IDA mounts global efforts to preserve our view of the Milky
Way, and fights impacts of light pollution on human and
wildlife communities. Support IDA by uploading your
You'll receive simple instructions from geocache.com to
facilitate nature based play stops on road trips, and a guide
to earthcache.org to prepare for the Dallas Sierra Club's
summer trip to the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The
Perot Museum supported Nature Rocks website can help you plan
your next DFW adventure.
Presenter Heather Foote is founder of Prairie Keepers.org.
A professional science educator, she designs stealth learning
games and hikes. She is a board member of the Friends of
Tandy Hills Natural Area and the Keller Farmers Market, and a
founding member of the Fort Worth Native Prairies Association
of Texas. Heather is Speakers Bureau Chair for Children
in Nature Network - North Texas.
Dallas will mark the site for the 2015 Lone Star Chapter
Awards Banquet Saturday evening, July 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
These awards recognize and applaud folks in the
Sierra Club and other organizations statewide who are doing
extraordinary work for the environment. This is also an
opportunity for those of us in N. Texas to show our
hospitality and meet fellow Sierrans around the state.
The banquet will be held at Blue Mesa in Addison on Montfort
Dr. just south of Beltline. Tickets are $45 per person for a
wonderful buffet complete with your choice of a margarita,
sangria, wine or beer. Your ticket also helps underwrite the
honoring of the awardee. We are looking for sponsorships and
donations for this event. For more information, contact Dallas
Sierra Club member Rita Beving at
http://texas2.sierraclub.org/ or call her at 214-557-2271.
We have put together three special outings for this summer.
The first one was over Memorial Day, and, though a bit wet,
everyone had a great time. Check out the remainint two and sign up for a fantastic trip.
July Backpacking Adventures in
Colorado's San Juan Mountain Range
of the Dallas Sierra Club July 19-24 backpacking outing in the
San Juan Mountains of
Colorado are online now. See a
description and photos by clicking
this link. The San Juans are the range of the Rocky
Mountains that form the Continental Divide from Chama, New
Mexico to Telluride, Colorado and beyond. The outing has five
itinerary options -- some in the South San Juan Wilderness
Area, others in the Weminuche Wilderness Area. Unlike past
trips to these areas, we're relying on private cars and car
pools this July to reach trailheads. This minimizes your trip
expenses, allows you flexibility to extend travel on either
end of the Sierra Club outing dates and enables us to access
more trailheads. Early registration is advised,
particularly if you want space in our block of reserved cabins
near Santa Fe on Saturday night, July 18.
Red, Gold and Wheeler, Labor Day
Weekend Backpacking in Northern New Mexico -September 4-8
and the registration forms have been posted for the Labor Day
backpacking trip to the Wheeler Peak Wilderness and Wild
Area near Taos and Red River, NM. Choose
from five trips in the beautiful Rio Grande Gorge in the Wild
Rivers Recreation Area or the Queste Ranger district of Carson
National Forest in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Northern
New Mexico. This is a bus trip with three days of
backpacking and hiking in some of the most scenic areas of
Northern New Mexico. The bus will depart Dallas at
6:30pm Friday evening, Sep. 4 and return about 6:30AM Tuesday
morning, Sep. 8, and since this being Labor Day weekend, for
most of us it will not use vacation time. For a
description of the trip with photographs and the registration
forms follow this
Here is our calendar for the next two months. For complete listings, visit us at
9 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
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
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.
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.
Leader: Carol Nash
Send Email 214-824-0244
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. Coordinator: Ginger
Send Email 469-223-7902
21-26 (Sun-Fri) Beginner Long Backpack Trip In Columbine-Hondo
Wilderness, New Mexico
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 1/2 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. Leaders: Bill Greer
Send Email 972-247-0446 and Sue Greer
1 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing
body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at Brookhaven
College, Building H at 6:30 pm. Contact the
Dallas Group Chair for more information.
14 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
global efforts are underway to reconnect children and adults
with nature. This meeting will connect you to resources
that pull adventurers into the natural world. Everyone
is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting.
Full details are on our
home page now.
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
19-24 (Sun-Fri) Backpacking in the San Juan Mountains,
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. Coordinator: Mark Stein
Send Email 214-526-3733