February Meeting – Field Trip instead of Lecture

February’s meeting will be a field trip to Gateway Park & Post Oak Preserve on Sunday, February 15th @ 10AM.  Tim Dalbey will be guiding us around Gateway Park to see remnant prairies on the bluff tops from 10:00-approx. 12:00 (maybe longer if people are enjoying hiking the bluffs) and Post Oak Preserve to see the “carpet” of Dog-Toothed violets (often called Trout Lilies) from approx. 12:00-2:00.  You are welcome to join us for one or both but please make sure you bring enough water and snacks for your trip and lunch if you’d like to visit both areas as well as appropriate footwear.  There will be some hiking up and down hills on natural foot paths, some with loose gravel.  We will be accessing a bluff top to the south and possibly north, and maybe some other areas if there is time.

Post Oak Preserve is a Dallas County Park and Open Space (DCPOS) preserve.  It is across from the DISD Environmental Center.  The reason to go here is to see the “carpet” of Dog-Toothed violets (often called Trout Lilies) that should be out at this time and is not found anywhere else with such an abundance and with Corralrhiza maculata (coralroot) orchids.

Dog-toothed violet (Trout Lily)

Dog- toothed violet (Trout Lily)

Corallorrhiza wisteriana

Corallorrhiza wisteriana

Park & meet at in the gravel parking lot at the soccer fields on west side Jim Miller Road before the entrance to Grover C Keeton Golf Course.  If you’ll be joining us for the Post Oak Preserve, drive south on Jim Miller to Hwy. 175, past I-635, exit for Environmental Way and Bowers Road.

Addresses if you need for navigation purposes:
Keeton Golf Course: 2323 North Jim Miller Road, Dallas, TX 75227
Dallas Environmental Center: 1600 Bowers Road, Seagoville, TX 75159

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January Meeting

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Join us for the first meeting of the new year, next Tuesday night, January 6th, 6:30pm at St. John’s Episcopal School, 848 Harter Rd, classroom #002.  Drive all the way around to the back and park in the last sections highlighted in purple in the map below.  The downstairs cafeteria door will be open.  Follow the posted arrows with our logo to Ms. Herrin’s classroom.  They’ll be posted on the lockers or near the floor since the kids art can be distracting.

Toni Herrin and Timothy Dalbey will speak briefly on their current prairie works.  We’ll also have an open discussion on the goals and projects for 2015.

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