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Welcome to the Dallas Group of the Sierra Club

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Landscaping:  It’s about conserving water, providing habitat, and enjoying your little bit of the outdoors

Native Plants - Golden GroundselConserving water outdoors can significantly lower our water bills and preserve this precious natural resource.  It's time to learn some water saving gardening techniques such as the use of native plants, mulching beds, smaller turf areas, and efficient irrigation techniques.

As our population grows, more of our natural lands are consumed by homes, streets, and farmland.  These natural lands have traditionally provided habitat for wildlife.  Our home landscapes can continue to provide this valuable habitat if we refrain from bringing in exotic plant life that cannot sustain our native wildlife.

This presentation will focus on using native plants in landscapes – how to design your yard using native plants.  Learn more about placing plants attractively, and the forms of native plants.  We can all have beautiful, blooming, landscapes without watering all summer.

Speaker Carol Feldman is a veteran landscape architect whose practice is focused on water conserving, sustainable landscapes.  She has been an active member of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) for 25 years.  Currently, she chairs the Steering Committee for the Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP).  These day-long classes offer other opportunities to learn more about landscaping with native plants.  Go to www.npsot.org/wp/nlcp  to learn more, or to register for classes.

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.

Davis Mountains Explorapalooza - May 27-30

McDonald ObservatoryHave a memorable Memorial Day weekend in sky island locations near Fort Davis, Alpine and Marfa, Texas, elevation 4,400 to 6,800'. Meet our chartered bus (not a sleeper bus) Friday morning in Dallas to cruise to Fort Davis. We've reserved campsites at Fort Davis State Park and cabins and "camp rooms" at Stone Village Tourist Camp, a renovated 1935 tourist court in Fort Davis town for a three-night stay. We'll take in a night Sky Party at the McDonald Observatory, a guided hike at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, the Museum of the Big Bend, an afternoon to explore Marfa, an evening to view the mysterious Marfa Lights, a morning hike on the palisades above historic Fort Davis and a couple hours by the huge desert spring at Balmorhea State Park. All this happens before Monday night when you return to Dallas! For complete trip details and sign-up forms, please download this PDF.

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

The Compost Contribution: How gardeners' black gold can help protect the planet
The compost cycleYou do two good things when you make a pile of brown leaves and assorted green waste, then encourage it to rot: You prolong the life of your landfill, and you produce something that contributes to a healthier environment.  And you can do this at any scale and in any number of ways, using a remarkable range of ingredients.  You can compost as a community garden, a city, a county, a business, or just as one person.

Few activities encompass such a wide range of raw materials, methods, and personal styles.  And surely there aren't many products, homemade or industrial, that can help with everything from methane reduction to habitat restoration.

The presentation will include a little history, a brief look at methods, and examples of uses, particularly those beneficial to the environment.  All this as seen through the eyes of John Darling, a backyard composter / tree hugger who fell into a job as campus composter for UT Arlington.

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 12, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Purcell Mountains of British ColumbiaMovie night!  We supply popcorn, snacks, and drinks.

See Jumbo Wild to learn about the controversy surrounding the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort that would span four glaciers and 15,000 acres in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia.  For 25 years, local residents, concerned citizens, and the Ktunaxa Nation have strongly opposed this development for environmental, economic, and spiritual reasons.  Development has continued to move forward despite overwhelming opposition.  What more will it take to keep Jumbo wild for good?  Click here to watch the movie's trailer.

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

Bicycling in the woodsA bicycling and paddling adventure along the Elbe river
When Eli Baron flew to Germany, his bicycle arrived but his clothes and camping gear did not.  Undeterred, he pressed on.  The journey started with a bicycle ride reaching the Elbe's headwaters high in the mountains in the Czcheck Republic near the border with Poland, and pedaling across the Czcheck Republic through Prague and unto Dresden in Germany.  The second stage was kayaking across Germany from the border with the Czcheck Republic to Hamburg, near where the Elbe drains into the North Sea.  The third stage was a bicycle ride across Germany from Lübeck to Poland along the Baltic Sea coast.
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

May 10 Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

May 14 White Rock Lake Clean-up

May 18 Outings Committee Meeting

May 21 Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve

May 22 Outdoor Leader Training 101 class

May 27-30 Davis Mountains Explorapalooza

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