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Welcome to the Dallas Group of the Sierra Club

General Meeting Program - THIRD Tuesday - March 20, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Note: This is the THIRD Tuesday in March; Brookhaven College is closed on the second Tuesday in March for spring break.

A person with an asthma inhalerUrban Asthma
Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla will talk about urban asthma, especially in children, and what is known about causation.
Asthma is a chronic and complex respiratory disease that affects patients of all ages.  Common features of the disease include coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and wheezing, and these symptoms result from airflow obstruction, bronchial hyper-responsiveness, and airway inflammation.  Despite improved treatments, many patients with asthma remain symptomatic and they have high levels of morbidity.  Individuals most affected are children who live in inner cities, especially African American and Hispanic children who live below the federal poverty threshold.
Given the significant impact and burden of asthma on children and their families in inner-cities, in 1991, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) established a research program designed to improve disease outcomes by increasing knowledge of key risk factors for asthma morbidity and implementing a wide range of interventions (educational, behavioral, environmental, and immune based) to improve outcomes.  Dr. Gruchalla will present an overview of the NIAID's asthma initiatives.
Dr. Gruchalla is Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.  She conducts clinical research in the area of inner city pediatric asthma and has been leading NIAID-funded inner city pediatric asthma studies since 1994.  Dr. Gruchalla is the Dallas site director of the multi-site Inner City Asthma Consortium.

Sperry ChaletSperry Chalet
Glacier National Park is located in northern Montana, near the Canadian border.  Sperry Chalet is a much loved part of the history of this famous park.  Located in a glacial cirque reached only by foot or horseback, Sperry was built in 1913 by Italian stonemasons.  It opened for business in 1914 and served backcountry travelers in Glacier for over a century.  In 1913 even the Sperry trailhead was remote and from there the easiest trail climbs 3,200 feet in almost 7 miles to reach the site.  Since it was so remote, Sperry's builders used local stone and timber as much as possible.  The resulting building almost looked like it grew out of the mountainside.
In 2015 Dallas Sierrans Bill and Sue Greer were fortunate enough to spend two nights at Sperry.  This short program will tell you a little about that visit, about the history of Sperry, and what the future holds for this unique and historic structure.

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.

Sierra Club Picnic, Saturday, March 24, Chuchilll Park, Dallas

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Bring your friends, families, kids, dogs, cats and whatever else you love to hang out with for free food and frivolity at Churchill Park, 7025 Churchill Way, Dallas, from 10 AM to 1 PM. Eat and talk Sierra Club 101, leadership program, hiking, trail maintenance, clean air and water--all the good stuff that make us want to be outdoors... There will be giveaways, prizes, grilled hot dogs, drinks, salads, vegetarian fare, a silent auction for miscellaneous used hiking and camping gear--you name it.  We just want to have a good time and you're invited.  See you there!  

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

ANWR picture of caribouArctic National Wildlife Refuge
In June - July of 2005 a Sierra Club National Outing visited the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Now that the current administration is determined to open the Refuge to oil drilling, it's time to see what we are about to lose.  The area is not at all what most people would expect and what the "drill, baby, drill" crowd would like you to believe.  Bill Greer will share what the scenery and wildlife of this unique area are really like and what we are about to lose if the administration has its way.  We'll explore a little about why this area is so vital to the caribou and all of the many species who call it home for at least part of the year.  Come get an insider's view of what ANWR is really like!

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 - May 8, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Book cover - The Best Tent Camping in TexasTent Camping In Texas
Wendel Withrow will present his book The Best Tent Camping in Texas, which talks about campgrounds that are accessible by car but not overrun with RVs; offer great scenery; and are as close as possible to a wilderness experience.  Divided into the state's major geographical areas, the book is based on his 30 years' experience in following the back roads of Texas.  Along with a detailed profile and useful at-a-glance information, clear maps show campground layout, individual sites, and key facilities.  Driving directions supplemented with GPS-based coordinates for each campground entrance make getting there a snap.  Regional maps and a profile numbering system make the book easy to use and enjoy.

Liveable Arlington LogoLiveable Arlington
The citizens group Liveable Arlington advocates for and organizes toward a healthy, environmentally conscious, sustainable city.  The group won the 2017 GreenSourceDFW Sustainable Leadership Award for Small Nonprofit.  They led a successful grassroots effort to stop a disposal well from being installed next to Lake Arlington, a drinking water source for a half-million people. The victory was hailed as a regional milestone.  Liveable Arlington's founder, Ranjana Bhandari, will talk about past successes and future projects.

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.

Memorial Day Sleeper Bus Trip to Hike in Tennessee

Our 2018 Memorial Day weekend trip is to the Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. We’re now accepting reservations. Early registration is $270, same as the Big Bend trip. Information and reservation forms are in this PDF.

Ranger Falls, TNWe’ll depart Dallas Thursday evening, May 24 and return between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 29. Our chartered sleeper bus converts to bunks for sleeping through much of the night travel so we can enjoy three+ days of hiking and backpacking and three nights of camping. Five hike options range from easy/moderate to strenuous. Each option has a mix of backpacking and day hiking. Two options have average daily backpacking distances of two or fewer miles. Some options are suitable for beginner backpackers in good health.

Hikes are primarily in the Savage Gulf State Natural Area, on the rim and/or bottom of a big, forested canyon 500+ feet below the steep rim of the plateau. Some hikers will transfer by bus on the third morning to hike on the rim or floor of Fiery Gizzard, another canyon or “gulf.” The gulf streams are punctuated by waterfalls and we’ll be there at a good time for wildflowers.

Because this is our first-ever trip to Tennessee and because the February trip to Big Bend sold out three months before departure, early registration is recommended to guarantee a place on this trip. Click here to view the PDF
 

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

Lupinus havardiiWildflowers of Texas

Michael Eason will talk about Texas wildflowers and will explain the diversity of our flora and reasons behind this diversity.  His presentation will include numerous photographs of Texas flora and their habitats.  There will be images of plants that have rarely, if ever, been photographed, and the associated tales tracking down some of these plants.  Michael will talk about new species in Texas and the rediscovery of a South Texas water lily (Nymphaea ampla), and will include examples of pollination biology, seed dispersal, and errors in collections.
Michael's book, Wildflowers of Texas, is a field guide covering 1170 taxa of both native and naturalized species, and primarily covers herbaceous flowering plants.  The book contains common, uncommon, and rare plants found within the borders of Texas.  While the book contains species found in other field guides, many of the plants within have never been included in other Texas field guides and some of the plants never properly, if ever, photographed.
Michael Eason is a freelance botanist who performs plant surveys and inventories on both private and public lands throughout Texas.  Additionally, he is on staff at San Antonio Botanical Gardens, where he heads their Rare Plant Research and Conservation Program.  Previously he worked for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center as their Conservation Program Manager, a position he held from 2003-2012.  During this time he managed such projects as the Millennium Seed Bank, Ferns of the Trans-Pecos, and Vegetation Survey of Big Bend National Park.  

Good Faith Impact logoGood Faith Impact
Tracy Wallace will tell us about Good Faith Impact, a non-profit organization focused on workforce development and training in the community for renewable energy jobs and clean technology business practices.  Such training will promote environmentally conscious careers that improve the conditions in local communities.  Empowerment programming will address the root causes of poverty through sustainable solutions that have a lasting impact.

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 - August 14, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Man with large snakeAnimals - Live!
The wide variety of live animals in this family friendly presentation will be engaging, educational entertainment for children and adults alike.  See and learn about unusual structural and behavioral adaptations that make it possible for some of our more interesting critters to survive.  Relevant information on a wide variety of conservation and natural history topics will be highlighted.  All attendees will have the opportunity to touch/interact with the last animal if they choose to, and will receive a GO WILD for Reading Bookmark at the end of the presentation.  For more information about the presentation by Wildlife on the Move, click here.

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

Vote ButtonHear about the Sierra Club's campaign to help elect political leaders friendly to the environment.  Full details will be provided soon.


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, October 9, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Fall Elections
Red white and blue button that says VOTEHear about the Sierra Club's 2018 Electoral Campaign to help elect political leaders friendly to the environment and learn how you can make a difference.  Competitive races will be analyzed, our endorsed candidates will be introduced, and volunteer political opportunities will be discussed.  David Griggs, Dallas Group Political Chair and Chair, Sierra Club Political Committee of Texas, will make the presentation.

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

Great Trinity ForestBen Sandifer will tell us about the Great Trinity Forest.  Full details will be provided soon.


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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