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Welcome to the Dallas Group of the Sierra Club

In Memoriam: Roger Turner

Please join us in remembering Roger Turner, who served as Vice-chair and Chair of Sierra Club’s Dallas Group from 1994-1996 and its statewide Lone Star Chapter from 1996-2000.  Roger passed away February 2, 2017 in Dallas at age 81 from Parkinson’s Disease.  Roger was active in both leadership and activist positions in the Club’s conservation and outings programs.  An avid backpacker, he backpacked the strenuous hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon more than two dozen times, and his last trip to the Canyon celebrated his 80th birthday with extended family.  Other outdoor pursuits included bicycling thousands of miles around White Rock Lake.

In addition to his love of wide-ranging outdoor activities, Roger was a Dallas attorney for over 50 years, an avid and competitive tennis player, a Captain in U.S. Army Reserves, and in his later years he enjoyed world travel.

Roger’s family says, “In lieu of flowers, Roger would want you to commit to playing hooky on a pretty day and doing something fun outdoors with family and friends you love.  Otherwise, the family requests contributions to The Parkinson Voice Project, Dallas, TX; the Sierra Club, Dallas Group; or the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).”

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, March 7, 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.

Dallas Sierra Club New Member Picnic - Saturday, March 25 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Save the Date!  This is the picnic to beat all picnics sponsored by the Dallas Sierra Club.  Why you ask?  Because now we have so many new members (Facebook and Meetings, 700 plus!) that it is astounding!  Since I am the new Membership Chair, (Ginger) I’d like to invite all the new members and want-to-be members to the picnic that is happening on a beautiful Saturday afternoon this March. The weather will be perfect, I assure you. Bring the kids and the whole family!

The Picnic is scheduled for March 25th 2017 at Churchill Park in Dallas, starting at 11am.  There will be good food, cool people, drinks, lots of stuff to discuss, and some fun and games. Think lawn darts, croquet, kickball, basketball, who knows?  So who’s ready to get together, discuss the environment, join the Dallas Sierra Club officially, and other fun things? 

The new Membership Chair will help you to become a Sierra Club member, and I can guarantee a good time, and also some free swag.  

We’ll have a covered pavilion, grass and space, free food, free drinks, and a great guy who will be cooking hamburgers and hotdoggies.  Also, vegetarian fare will be available, veggie burgers, veggies, salads, chips, etc. Come enjoy the great outdoors with us and find out how to go further and more often into the wilderness that is our wonderful state of Texas and beyond.

See you there, March 25, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, or later.  Churchill Park in Dallas, right off of Hillcrest and 635. Here is a map. Bring your friends, family, and good attitude and be ready to eat and have some fun. 

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, May 9, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Building Resilient Cities, One Park at a Time
Think about your favorite neighborhood park.  It's probably a beautiful place to spend an afternoon, perhaps play a game of soccer, or ride a bike.  But have you ever stopped to consider the other ways your park helps your neighborhood?  Well-designed and close-to-home parks can provide benefits to the surrounding community that go beyond beautification and recreation, from reducing flood risks to growing the local economy.

Across America, parks are increasingly being recognized for their ability to improve cities' resilience to the challenges of the 21st century.  For example, in Chicago, a former rail line has been transformed into "The 606,"a beautiful 3-mile long pedestrian trail that provides enhanced mobility options for the nearly 60,000 nearby residents, while also improving their health and promoting economic development.  Cities are using this "multi-benefit" understanding of parks to create beautiful public spaces that can also move the needle on key civic issues.

The Trust for Public Land is applying cutting edge research, mapping, and analysis to create parks that help cities tackle their biggest social, environmental, and economic challenges.  In his presentation, Robert Kent will explain why parks are vital to developing long-term resiliency in America's cities, the many "hidden" benefits provided by parks to their surrounding communities, and how the cities of North Texas are applying these principles in their own park systems.

Robert Kent is the North Texas Area Director for The Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization that creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities.  Since 1985, the organization has created over 40,000 acres of new parks in Texas.  The Trust for Public Land's North Texas Office works to ensure that every resident of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area has a park within a ten-minute walk, creating a healthier and more connected region that is resilient to the challenges of the 21st century.  A Dallas native, Robert has been with The Trust for Public Land since 2014.  Previously, he served as the Director of Public Policy for the North Texas Commission.

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, June 13, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Gardening on a Shoe String; Confessions of a Frugal Gardener

Conservation, particularly of hard earned dollars, is a hobby of Fran Powell's.  Combining that with a life-long focus on not throwing things away that can be reused has resulted in her finding ways to appropriate everyday objects into the garden.  She completely aspires to the belief that Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle must be an aspiration for all humans on earth if we are to maintain a livable planet.

This frugality combined with her love of gardening has caused her to read the gardening catalogs only for ideas as to how she can reproduce the same thing using items otherwise thrown in the recycling bin.  From empty food cans, plastic bottles, to barbeque chicken containers and tennis balls, she will introduce us to her discoveries of ways to hold up, tie down, display, or start seeds . . . all free just by using our imagination.

A resident in Addison since 1991 and a Dallas County Master Gardener since 2011, Fran comes from a family of English gardeners.  While she claims not to have the green-thumb and talent, nor size of garden, of her sisters, she will introduce us to  many ways to save money on the planting accessories so there is more to spend on actual plants.

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, July 11, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

iNaturalist LogoCitizen Science and iNaturalist

What if you find something outside but don’t know what it is?  How do you find out?  What if you could share that discovery with others to excite them about nature as well?  Citizen science is one way to address each of those questions.  One particularly useful tool is iNaturalist, an online network with an associated app where participants document all of the living organisms around them, share that data with the rest of the naturalist community, and learn a lot in the process.

Sam Kieschnick, this program's presenter, is an urban wildlife biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife serving the east side of the DFW metroplex.  He previously worked as a nature educator with the City of Mansfield at Oliver Nature Park, as a naturalist at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, as a science interpreter with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, as a botanist with BRIT, and as an instructor at Weatherford College.  He has a master's degree from Tarleton State University studying the genetics of pocket gophers.  As an urban wildlife biologist, Sam’s focus will be on three a's: awareness, appreciation, and action.

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

Feb 26 Day Hike on the Chisholm Trail in Plano

Mar 1 Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

Mar 4 Pilot Knoll Trail Dayhike Highland Village, TX.

Mar 4-5 Big Thicket National Preserve, Turkey Creek Trail

Mar 7 Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Mar 11 White Rock Lake Clean-up

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