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Welcome to the Dallas Group of the Sierra Club

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

A baby batAll About Bats

Kate Rugroden, Director of Special Projects for Bat World Sanctuary, brings The Essential Bat to the Dallas Sierra Club.  This family friendly program features live native-species bats, and is an opportunity for people to see these tiny creatures up close.  The program, based on her book, The Essential Bat, introduces the audience to these extraordinary creatures and the many ways in which they affect human life through lecture/discussion, artifacts, and live native-species bats.  During the program, attendees are introduced to bats in the media, bats as cultural icons, and ways to help protect bat species.  Special attention is given to White Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that is devastating bat populations throughout the U.S.  For more information about The Essential Bat or Bat World, please visit www.batworld.org.

Kate is a Business Systems Analyst/Project Manager and licensed wildlife rehabilitator specializing in bats, raccoons, and opossums.  She is the director of Bat World MidCities in Arlington, TX, and serves as the Director of Special Projects for Bat World Sanctuary as well.  Kate has an extensive background in presenting educational programs utilizing both live animals and artifacts as a docent at the Minnesota Zoo.  Upon moving to Texas in 2004, she became involved in wildlife rehabilitation as a way to expand her knowledge of wildlife while caring for orphaned, ill, and injured native species.  Her first book, The Essential Bat, was published by Bat World Sanctuary in August, 2012.

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.

Colorado Bend State Park Outing - April 17-19

Trail SignCamp, Chill, Hike or Backpack at Colorado Bend State Park

Dallas Sierra Club has booked the riverside group camp for the weekend of April 17-19.   Click here for details.  This is a big State Park near the crossroads of Bend, Texas, on the north edge of the Hill Country.  Spicewood Springs, Gorman Falls, the River Trail or all three are great hike destinations for Saturday morning or afternoon.  For backpackers (including beginners), we’ve reserved more campsites in the Windmill Backpack Camping Area for Saturday night.  It’s possible to camp Friday at the riverside group camp and then pack your gear a couple miles on Saturday to the Windmill camp.  This trip is good for families, couples and individuals, but you’ll need to sign up early, as the riverside group camp allows forty campers.  Take the back roads to Bend to see the spring wildflowers!

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, May 12, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Shelton Johnson, Park RangerMovie Night!  We will furnish popcorn, drinks, and snacks. 

See Yosemite Through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier, a film featuring National Park Service Ranger Shelton Johnson as a 1903 Buffalo Soldier and his observations as one of the first "park rangers" to serve in Yosemite's vast wilderness.  We see Yosemite through his eyes and feel his growing affection for this new world.  The film blazes a trail to an important history that was nearly lost, and provides an opportunity to ride with the Buffalo Soldiers through the Range of Light.

This unique film by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Sterling Johnson provides a window to Yosemite's past, and was shot entirely in the Yosemite of today and yesterday.  Jeff Southwick's musical compositions feature Shelton Johnson's spirited improvisations on Native American Flutes, providing a high note beneath which Southwick's lyrical explorations offer an inspired music score.

Ranger Shelton Johnson is an award winning and internationally known storyteller at Yosemite who is featured in Yosemite Theater as well as theater and television appearances nationally, including Ken Burns' film The National Parks: America's Best IdeaClick here for a 30 second trailer of the movie.

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.

Southwest Texas Explorapalooza Trip - May 23-25

Caverns of SonoraCome join us for a unique trip to the Llano River area that is unlike any of our usual bus trips!  This Memorial Day Weekend we’re going to enjoy Texas scenery at an easier pace, camping in a developed campground with running water and hot showers, or there’s an option to stay in a motel nearby.  There will be no backpacking, nor sleeping on a bus!  We’ll explore the Caverns of Sonora, learn about Texas history at Fort McKavett, float the South Llano River, and see one of the largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats emerge in the evening from Devil’s Sink Hole.  We’ve allotted time for exploring our home base of South Llano River State Park, which has excellent hiking, birding, and swimming opportunities.

We have 14 campsites reserved at the state park that are all in close proximity to running water bathrooms.  If you’d prefer a bed, there’s a room block reserved at the motel a few miles up the road where our bus driver will also be staying.  We’ve chartered a new comfortable bus, so you don’t have to worry about driving- just relax and enjoy the camaraderie.  Our bus leaves early Saturday morning May 23rd arriving around lunch time at our first destination and returns to Dallas Monday evening May 25th after dinner, so you can get back refreshed and relaxed without using up your vacation time!

For complete details, costs and sign up instructions, please see this PDF.

July Backpacking Adventures in Colorado's San Juan Mountain Range

Red Lake TrailDetails 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.

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Mar 28-29 Weekend Backpack at Buckeye Mountain Trail, Arkansas

Mar 29-Apr 3 Backpacking and Spelunking in the Guadalupe Mountains

Apr 11 White Rock Lake Clean-up

Apr 11 Backpacking 101 Class

Apr 14 Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Apr 15 Outings Committee Meeting

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