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Dallas Sierra Club Calendar

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Backpack IconNov 22-23 (Sat-Sun) Beginner Backpack Trip to the Caney Creek Wilderness

Join us for one of the Dallas Sierra Club’s favorite local backpacking trips. We’ll backpack in about 4 1/2 miles along Caney Creek, cross it a few times, and climb some small hills. After setting up camp near a waterfall, we’ll do a short day hike as time and energy permits.  For many of us this was our first Wilderness hike and it's still one of our favorites. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

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Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconDec 3 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX 75244 (north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch) at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconDec 9 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting.  Full details will be on our home page about a month before the meeting.

Service Outing IconDec 13 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up

Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM at the Love of the Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard.  Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee.  Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy.  Brunch afterwards.  Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-824-0244

Social Gathering IconDec 14 (Sun) Sierra Club Holiday Party

Our annual Holiday Party will be held at El Fenix Restaurant at 255 Casa Linda Plaza.  We'll party on Sunday, December 14 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Here is a Google map.

Club members and guests will share the holiday spirit, some great Mexican food, and the company of others at this annual event. Join us for some camaraderie, door prizes, silent auction, and perhaps some surprise speakers, you never know. We'll celebrate some of our outstanding volunteers and have plenty of time to mingle. There's bound to be talk about issues of the day -- air, water, fracking, coal, nuclear, whatever strikes your green fancy. The entire menu will be available so you can order whatever you want to eat or drink, including liquid spirits. We'll provide a free round of margaritas.  Invite your family and friends.  So come on out for a great party, low price, no clean up, and lots of like minded people. What could be better? See you there, and bring your appetite. Happy Holidays!!

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconJan 7 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX 75244 (north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch) at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Class IconJan 10 (Sat) Hiking and Camping the Great Parks of Texas

Discover the hidden outdoor gems within a few hours of the DFW concrete jungle in this presentation led by Dallas Sierra Club Chair Wendel Withrow, author of The Best in Tent Camping - Texas. Learn tent camping basics and discover some great hiking trails and tips for venturing into the great outdoors. Class location is the River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard, Arlington, Texas. Time is 1:00 to 3:30. Cost is $30. To register, call River Legacy at 817.860.6752, extension 102. Books by the author will be available for $10. Stay for an autograph. Contact: 817-860-6752

Service Outing IconJan 10 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up

Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM at the Love of the Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard.  Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee.  Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy.  Brunch afterwards.  Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-824-0244

Class IconJan 17 (Sat) Backpacking 101

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Leave the crowds in the campgrounds.  Backpacking enables you to move into backcountry serenity, expanding your mobility to  trails where your car can’t take you.  Dallas Sierra Club outings leaders with decades of experience leading multi-day backpacking trips will demonstrate what you need to know to begin or enhance your own backpacking experiences.  Topics include how to find or plan the best trips, gear to take versus leave at home, food, physical preparedness, and safety and comfort tips.  This class is for both total novices and intermediate level backpackers who want to refresh knowledge, skills or gear. Class location is the River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, Texas.  Time is 10 AM to 2 PM.  Cost is $30.  To register, call River Legacy at 817 860.6752, extension 102.  Bring a sack lunch or a drink and a snack.    Contact: 817-860-6752

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconJan 21 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

Outings leaders, prospective leaders, and people interested in outings are welcome to this monthly gathering (typically on third Wednesdays at 6:30) to plan outings. Help us learn from our successes and mistakes.  Bring ideas for where to go and what to do.  A location for this meeting will be determined later.  Ask Mark to be placed on the email list for an agenda.  Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Service Outing IconFeb 14 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up

Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM this second Saturday of the month at the Love of the Lake office (How appropriate for the day!), northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard.  Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee.  Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy.  Brunch afterwards.  Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-824-0244

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconFeb 18 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

Outings leaders, prospective leaders, and people interested in outings are welcome to this monthly gathering (typically on third Wednesdays at 6:30) to plan outings. Help us learn from our successes and mistakes.  Bring ideas for where to go and what to do.  Ask Mark to be placed on the email list for an agenda.  Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Service Outing IconMar 14 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up

Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM this second Saturday of the month at the Love of the Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard.  Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee.  Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy.  Brunch afterwards.  Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-824-0244

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconMar 18 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

Outings leaders, prospective leaders, and people interested in outings are welcome to this monthly gathering (typically on third Wednesdays at 6:30) to plan outings. Help us learn from our successes and mistakes.  Bring ideas for where to go and what to do.  Ask Mark to be placed on the email list for an agenda.  Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Car Camp IconApr 17-19 (Fri-Sun) Camp, Hike or Backapck at Colorado Bend State Park, Texas

(replace this text with a short description of the image)We've reserved a group site for tent camping by the Colorado River.  This park is four hours from Dallas and the campsite is accessible by car. We'll organize day hikes to Spicewood Springs and Gorman Falls. There will be overnight backpacking options. Note that the trip dates are a week earlier than announced in October.  Details and sign-up information will appear online in February.   Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Bus Trip IconMay 23-25 (Sat-Mon) Southwest Texas Explorapalooza

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Do something different this Memorial Day weekend. Explore the west side of the Hill Country from a base at South Llano River State Park, near Junction, Texas, six hours from Dallas. Plan an early Saturday departure and Saturday camping in the park. Sunday's triple-feature includes the Caverns of Sonora, Fort McKavett State Historical Site and Devils Sinkhole State Natural Area (at twilight, to watch for a tornado of three million bats emerging from 320 feet underground). Monday morning is time reserved for the park, when you can tube on the South Llano River, hike some of the eighteen miles of trails, fish or sleep late before return to Dallas by 10 PM.  Trip details and registration information will be published online in March.   Bus trip leader: Annie Wilson Send Email 682-232-4980

Backpack IconJul 19-23 (Sun-Thu) Backpacking in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Plan now for five days and four nights of backpacking into breathtaking country on or below the Continental Divide in the Weminuche or South San Juan Wilderness Areas.  This will be a trip using private cars or car pools to reach trailheads north of Pagosa Springs, Colorado or Chama, New Mexico. Allow an extra day on each end of the trip dates for transportation to and from lodging of your choice near the trailheads.  There will be no fee to the Sierra Club for this trip.  Instead, participants will pay their own transportation and lodging expenses. The Club will facilitate exchange of car pool information, but transportation choices will be up to individual participants. Backpacking itinerary options will be described by April or May when registration opens. Previous backpacking experience and leader consent will be required.   For more information: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Bus Trip IconSep 4-8 (Fri-Tue) Backpack in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area, Questa Ranger District, Carson National Forest, New Mexico

(replace this text with a short description of the image)We’ll charter a bus so we can backpack in and near the Wheeler Peak Wilderness this Labor Day weekend.  Trail access will be from both Red River and Taos Ski Valley.  Hike to Wheeler Peak (New Mexico’s highest), Gold Hill, Sawmill Park or a loop connecting two forks of the Red River. Hopefully, the 12-person yurt in the saddle at Bull-of-the-Woods Pasture can serve as base camp for strenuous day hikes to Gold Hill and Wheeler Peak.  This trip will depart on a Friday night and return by dawn Tuesday.   Contact: Steve Fleischman Send Email 972-689-7317

Car Camp IconOct 16-18 (Fri-Sun) Beavers Bend State Park Annual Fall Gathering, Oklahoma

Mark your calendar now so you can join us for this relaxing weekend among the fall beauty of southeastern Oklahoma. Choice of rustic cabin (shelter with roof and walls) or tent camping. We'll offer several hike options ranging from a one mile nature trail for those just wanting to enjoy the view, to a 7 mile roller-coaster trail up and down and over the skyline ridges. The park also offers many family-friendly activities you can enjoy. Check back in early August for more details and reservation information. This event has sold out in the past so once reservations open, don't wait too long to sign up! Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email

Bus Trip IconOct 28-Nov 1 (Wed-Sun) Backpack at Buffalo National River, Arkansas

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Circle these dates for an autumn excursion to scenic Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas, an area managed by the U.S. National Park Service. Backpack on trails parallel to a river fringed by high, sometimes dramatic, limestone bluffs. This park is more than scenery. The history of a hardscrabble valley is preserved through historic structures and cemeteries connected by trails.  Bus transportation allows us to explore linear segments along the river and its side hollows (no out-and-back routes) and the dry fall season allows hiking across the river via shallow fords.   This trip will depart near 9 p.m. on a Wednesday night and return at about the same time on Sunday night.   Bus trip leader: Bill Beach Send Email 214-662-3224

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