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Dallas Sierra Club Calendar

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Bus Trip IconFeb 5-9 (Wed-Sun) Big Bend National Park Bus Trip

(replace this text with a short description of the image)All places on the Dallas Sierra Club's annual bus trip to Big Bend National Park have been sold, but as of Dec. 16, you can be first on the waitlist. Last year four places on the bus opened for people from the waitlist. If interested, contact Ande Johnston. Every trip option can accommodate at least one more person. The bus will depart Dallas at 9:00 PM Wednesday, February 5 and return Sunday by 11:59 PM. Trip options include day hiking from a base camp, backpacking every day or a mix of day hiking and backpacking in our four days at Big Bend. Featured destinations include the Chisos Mountains, Rio Grande Hot Spring, the Blue Creek Trail, Mule Ears, The Chimneys and Tule Spring. Click this PDF document for full information.  Bus trip leader: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconFeb 11 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Giant cottonwood tree at Texas Discovery GardensA tree-mendous presentation about trees and how to protect them.  Everyone is invited.  Full details are on our home page now.

Class IconFeb 15 (Sat) Backpacking 101 Class - Great Valentine Gift!

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Want to be adventuresome and explore amazing backcountry areas? Come to this popular, interactive class designed for never-ever backpackers and people who want to refresh or enhance their backpacking knowledge and skills. Dallas Sierra Club trip leaders with decades of backpacking experiences will present a comprehensive overview of backpacking topics, including packs, boots, tents, sleeping bags, food and cooking, clothes, wilderness ethics, sanitation and more. We'll include tips we wish someone had told us sooner to make backpacking more comfortable and less expensive. Lots of great information - campers and outdoor adventures will all benefit. Contact us if you'd like to give the class as a holiday or Valentine gift and we'll send you a gift card!

Place:  Community Room, Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Rd, Dallas (Midway Rd, a couple of blocks north of Royal Ln. - here is a Google map)  

Date and Time: Saturday, February 15. The class begins at 10:00 AM and lasts until about 4:00 PM, with a break for lunch. Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in and get settled.

Price: only $40, which includes a light lunch of backpacking food and handouts.  Online pre-registration using a credit card is encouraged and appreciated (click here) or pay by cash or check at the door.

If you already have some gear and questions about using, packing or replacing it, bring it with you and we'll do our best to answer your questions.  

  Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-207-4997

Day Hike IconFeb 29 (Sat) Suburban Walk: Oak Point and Bob Woodruff Parks, Plano city parks.

Join me for a late winter walk between Oak Point and Bob Woodruff Parks in Plano. We will walk on both the natural surface trails and the paved paths. Who knows what we will see on a winters morning? Our destination is the old burr oak tree which was recognized by the Arboriculture Society as being alive at the time the U.S. Constitution was signed. The walk will be between 6.5 and 8 miles. We will start at 8:00 am and be back to the cars no later than 2:00 pm. Dress for the weather (layers), bring a liter of water, and a snack. There are bathrooms at both the beginning and at the turnaround points of the walk. Limit 10 people.    Trip rated: Moderate. Leader: Jim Binnings Send Email 205-746-3266

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconMar 10 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

MockingbirdThis program is for the birds!  Everyone is invited.  Full details are on our home page now.

Announcement IconMar 27-Apr 3 (Fri-Fri) Bardwell Lake Bio Blitz

Love the outdoors?  Love to look at animals or plants?  We NEED you!

Sign up for the First Annual Bio Blitz at Bardwell Lake

Location: 4000 Observation Dr.  Ennis TX

Bardwell Lake is looking for anyone who is willing to spend some time at the lake and help identify birds, plants, animals, flowers, reptiles or anything else in nature!

You don't need any special training, just show up. We will be collecting data from around the Lake and asking volunteers to use iNaturalist, a cell phone/tablet app that allows the observer to take a photo of whatever they see, collect the GPS coordinates, and gather any other info you wish to add. 
There will be small group training sessions on how to use iNaturalist and help to get started.  This is a great opportunity to become and "citizen scientist" and help collect vital information about the flora and fauna around Bardwell Lake.

If you are interested please contact Stephanie Hebert (Ranger at Bardwell Lake) or Ginger Bradley for more information. Organizers: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902 and Stephanie Hebert Send Email 469-771-7155

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconApr 14 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Topic has not been determined.  Everyone is invited.  Full details will be on our home page soon.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconMay 12 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Topic has not been determined.  Everyone is invited.  Full details will be on our home page soon.

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

Topic has not been determined.  Everyone is invited.  Full details will be on our home page soon.


Beavers Bend State ParkMark your calendar now and save the date! All are invited to celebrate fall by joining us for a weekend of fun in scenic southeastern Oklahoma near Broken Bow. We have the large group compound reserved, complete with your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping, bathhouse (flush toilets and hot showers!) and dining hall with kitchen. We'll offer various Saturday hike options with Dallas Sierra Club leaders or you may explore on your own. The park offers birding, paddling (rentals available), horseback riding and more. Saturday night catered dinner option if you don't feel like cooking, and Saturday night fun! This weekend is for singles, couples, families, friends and all ages, EVERYONE. Details and reservation information will be posted here in July.   Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-207-4997

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