Earth Day This Weekend – Volunteers Needed!
Friday – Sunday, April 22 – 24
Fair Park – Dallas, TX
The Native Prairies Association of Texas is hosting a booth at Earth Day Texas this year on April 22-24 at Fair Park. The Dallas and Fort Worth chapters are looking for prairie enthusiasts to help us at the booth spread the word of prairie conservation.
Can you come help and enjoy this amazing event? It’s free to the public. Sign up here!
Admission is free, parking is not. We will let volunteers know where our booth is located before the event since it is a huge area.
The three-day Earth festival is held in April to celebrate progress, hope, and innovation. It is the largest event in the world of its kind. Earth Day Texas creates a fun and engaging atmosphere for thought and experiential learning while encouraging attendees to be the change they wish to see in the world.
Earth Day Texas brings together environmental organizations, businesses, academic institutions, government agencies, speakers, interactive programming, and subject matter experts along with live music and sustainable beer and food pavilions.
Explore and discover a whole new way to see the world with us.
Hands On the Prairie Day – this Saturday!
Saturday, April 16th at 10 am
316 E. Lawther Dr Dallas, TX 75218
Access from eastbound Mockingbird. Turn on East Lawther and take first left into hilltop parking lot by the picnic pavilion.
Boy Scout Hill — the prairie area at the southwest corner or Buckner and Mockingbird off East Lawther — was all the talk of the Blackland Chapter meeting last night. With less than a year of work, it is already looking much better, with less invasive Queen Anne’s lace and more native wildflowers. Have you ever wandered in, hunkered down, and viewed the lake through the prairie grass bending in the breeze? Truly magical!
This is possibly the most visible native prairie remnant in Dallas County. Let’s make it magnificent! There’s quite a bit of Queen Anne’s lace left, so we must continue. It’s fun work with a view. Simply cut the tops off, or better yet cut the entire plant down. If you’re a true prairie maniac, dig those suckers up!
Bring hand tools, scissors or clippers, work gloves and plastic bags, plus sun gear (glasses, hat, sunscreen) and bug spray.
Master Naturalists! This qualifies for required volunteer hours.
Can’t make it? We’ll be there on Sun May 1st from noon to 2 pm. Mark your calendar!
Need more details? Wondering what to do if it’s rainy? Or if you get lost that day? Call RJ at 214-274-3477.
The Great Northeast Texas Blackland Prairie Road Trip
Saturday, June 4
Deluxe bus trip with lunch and dinner provided. Prairie walks at Tridens and Smiley-Woodfin Prairies in Lamar County, NPAT conservation easements adjoining Clymer Meadow in Hunt County, and Daphne Prairie in Franklin County, where it all ends with a gourmet dinner at sunset in the prairie.
More details and a sign-up page available soon. Curious about these prairies? Discover more at our Prairies of North Texas page.
Most current details for all these events at the Blackland Chapter Facebook page — accessible even if you don’t have a Facebook account.
Group Planning Session for Spring Events
Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30 pm
The Point and Pavilion at C.C. Young Senior Living
Flag Pole Classroom
4847 W Lawther Dr. between Mockingbird and E. Northwest Hwy.
Drive to the top of the hill and park. The Point is on the west side of the quadrant (closest to Lawther)
Gather with the Blackland Chapter as we plan for a very fun spring.
Earth Day Dallas at Fair Park on April 22 to 24
Native Plants and Prairies Day at the Bath House on April 30
East Texas prairies bus trip and dinner on June 4
Prairie rehabilitation projects at Boy Scout Hill on White Rock Lake and a new one at Plano Children’s Medical Center
Discussions on Prairie Seekers field visits and mapping work in Blackland Prairie area
And we want to hear from you feedback and suggestions for future programming.
Bring some light snacks and drinks if able for a light and social meeting.
For more information, please contact Leigh Ann Ellis. Click her name to email or call 214-321-7159.