Dallas Sierra Club

Dallas Sierra Club News - August 2018

General Meeting - August 14, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30 - Everyone Welcome

Kids holding a 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. The meeting takes place at Brookhaven College. Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.


Dallas Sierra Club Outreach Speakers Program - Speakers for Your Group

The Dallas Sierra Club has started a Outreach Speakers Program to provide outdoor and environmental education in the form of entertaining and informative presentations. To find out how the Dallas Sierra Club can provide a speaker for your group, please follow this link.


Backpacking 101 Class - Saturday, September 15

BackpackersWant 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 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.

Place: Whole Foods Market, southeast quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas, upstairs meeting room.

Time: Saturday, September 15. The class begins at 10:00 AM and lasts until about 4:30 PM, with a break for lunch. Please arrive early to sign in and get settled. Buy lunch at the deli downstairs or bring your own and eat in the classroom.

Price: $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members. Online pre-registration using a credit card is encouraged and appreciated (click here) or you can just show up and pay by cash or check at the door (you don't need to pre-register).

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 resolve your questions.



Wilderness Navigation Two Night Class - September 26 and 27 (Wednesday and Thursday)

Reading a mapSome walks in the woods are pretty easy, but journeys of all lengths can turn from amazing to catastrophic if you can't find your way. Learn the fundamentals of navigating your way in the wilderness in this fun and comprehensive two-night class. Among the subjects covered are: looking for and purchasing different type maps, how to read maps, how not to get lost, map use if you do get lost, different kinds of compasses and how to use your compass. There will be some discussion about GPS, but our main focus is learning how to use a map and compass so you're not trusting your navigation (and life) to something that takes batteries. If you have a compass, bring it. If not, we'll have extras you can use and will show you what to look for when you purchase your own. The class will be held in the upstairs meeting room at Whole Foods Market, southeast quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane in Dallas. This two-night class will begin at 6:30 PM and finish about 9:00 PM each night. The class fee is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Cost covers both nights and handout materials. We encourage online signups before the class (click here) or you can pay with cash or check at the door. A half-day hike the following Saturday or Sunday with the class instructors Arthur Kuehne and Bill Greer will be offered to class participants who want to practice their new skills.


North Texas Giving Day - Give to the Dallas Sierra Club

North Texas Giving DayMark your calendar to donate to the Dallas Sierra Club on September 20, 2018 as part of North Texas Giving Day.

Contributions will be matched at a rate of approximately 6% plus the Club will be eligible for special bonuses from North Texas Giving Day. For more information, click here.  You can submit a donation prior to September 20 to be automatically charged on the 20th.


Sierra Club Picnic, Saturday, September 29, Chuchilll Park, Dallas

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Bring your friends, families, dogs, cats and whomever else you love to hang out at our twice-annual picnic at Churchill Park, 7025 Churchill Way, Dallas, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. New, recent and prospective members are especially invited. This time the picnic is pot luck. Come even if you have no pot or no luck. Here is a Google map.

  • This picnic will be a Pot Luck of sorts, so please bring whatever you think will go over in a big way, like salads, hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie dogs, veggie burgers and other side dishes, think vegetable related. But it's all good, and bring yourselves and a little sumpin for everyone.
  • Our fearless chef from past picnics has moved on to the badlands of New Mexico to break some hearts up that way, and he won't be back in time for our fall picnic, but wish him well, and he will be sourly missed.
  • The picnic will still have some awesome giveaways, some gift cards, goodies, random camping gear, and of course Sierra Club Swag!
  • There will be drinks and ice and chips and dips provided, and fun and games and good people all over the place. Also, the water balloon WILL be used this time, at various intervals.

Program Co-Chairs for Our Monthly General Meetings

We need two people to share setting up our monthly general meetings. The two co-chairs will schedule speakers and will promote / advertise the presentations. This is an opportunity for you to get speakers on topics that you think are good. You will be given assistance during a transition period as you "learn the ropes" to ensure that things work smoothly. If you are interested, contact Kirk Miller at 972-699-1687 or Kirk@DallasSierraClub.org.


Videos of Our General Meetings

We have started posting videos of selected General Meetings on YouTube. Visit our General Meeting Page to find links.


Future Programs You Won't Want to Miss

September 11 - The Story of an Environmental Turnaround and Fall Elections
We have two great programs for you. First you will hear about a company that made a dramatic turnaround form being an environmental "bad guy" to being a company that aims to set the standard for environmental responsibility. You will also hear about the Sierra Club's campaign to help elect political leaders friendly to the environment.

October 9 - Fall Elections
We devote this month's General Meeting to the November election. Our Political Chair, David Griggs, will talk about the competitive races and Sierra Club endorsed candidates.

November 13 - The Great Trinity Forest and Liveable Arlington
Learn about the largest urban forest in the United States, the Great Trinity Forest. We'll also hear how a citizens group works to make Arlington a better place to live.


Limerick of the Month

To a hiker the park ranger shows
Remote trails that a backpacker chose.
     Dotted lines show the way,
     All the rangers do say,
Or at least that is how legend goes.

By Kirk Miller, Dallas Sierra Club program chair and national pun champion.

If you would like to submit an environmental limerick for our Limerick of the Month feature, send it to editors@dallassierraclub.org.


Calendar

Announcement IconAug 11 (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 For 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. This event is conducted by For the Love of the Lake. Contact: Carol Nash Send Email 214-455-2115

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconAug 14 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Live animals in this family friendly presentation will be engaging, educational entertainment for children and adults alike. Everyone is invited. Full details are on our home page now.

Meeting IconAug 15 (Wed) No Outings Committee Meeting tonight
The Outings Committee won't meet on this regular third Wednesday meeting date. The next meeting is Wednesday, September 19. Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Community Event IconAug 18 (Sat) Sandbranch Clean Up Days Service Opportunity
Have time to volunteer? Join in lot clean up every third Saturday, 9 a.m. - 12 noon on these dates: May 19, June 16, July 21, and August 18. Complete the volunteer release form here BEFORE you come. Volunteers meet at the Sandbranch Community Center; come dressed to work in long pants, long sleeved shirts, gloves, closed toe shoes, and hats. Call Chris Guldi 972 239-5878 or email caguldi03@gmail.com if you wish to take part.

Announcement IconAug 18 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve
Come to the hilly terrain of Cedar Ridge Preserve to help maintain one of the better trail networks in Dallas. The Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail. We work here on third Saturdays. In June, July and August, we'll start at 8:00 AM, working until about 11:00. The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. For directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve, click this link. If you need more information or want to carpool, call or email Ginger. Trail maintenance events are conducted by Audubon Dallas. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Bus Trip IconAug 30-Sep 4 (Thu-Tue) Backpack in the Weminuche Wilderness, SW Colorado
NOTE: THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL. CONTACT THE TRIP LEADER IF YOU WANT TO BE ON THE WAITING LIST. It's been six years since we've been to the Weminuche and we're going back this year! Depart on a chartered bus with two seats per person on the evening of Aug. 30 and return by 6 a.m on Sept. 4. The Weminuche, largest Wilderness Area in Colorado, straddles the Continental Divide. Trail altitudes range from 9,300' at Thirty Mile Campground to 12,500'. Complete trip details and sign-up information are in this PDF file. This has always been one of our most popular trips, so sign up soon or you'll miss our visit to one of the most beautiful and spectacular wilderness areas in Colorado. Coordinator: Ande Johnston Send Email 214-914-3590

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconSep 5 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets upstairs at Whole Foods Market, southeast corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane, in Dallas at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Announcement IconSep 8 (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 For 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. This event is conducted by For the Love of the Lake. Contact: Carol Nash Send Email 214-455-2115

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconSep 11 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Hear about Texas Nameplate Company's environmental turnaround, and get a short summary of the November elections. Everyone is invited. Full details are on our home page now.

Announcement IconSep 15 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve
Come to the hilly terrain of Cedar Ridge Preserve to help maintain one of the better trail networks in Dallas. The Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail. We work here on third Saturdays. Now that it's September, we'll start at 9:00 AM, working until about noon. The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. For directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve, click this link. If you need more information or want to carpool, call or email Ginger. Trail maintenance events are conducted by Audubon Dallas. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Class IconSep 15 (Sat) Backpacking 101 Class - Be Adventurous!
Thinking you want to leave the crowds behind and venture into the backcountry but not sure how to get started? Or did you backpack years ago and want to update your gear or skills? Join us for a fun day of learning the essentials of backpacking--what it's like, what you need to bring, what to leave at home, and so much more! Volunteer trip leaders with years of wilderness experience will present a comprehensive range of backpacking topics with candor--packs, tents, food and menus, what to wear, hygiene, water treatment and lots more. They'll share tips to improve your comfort, keep gear affordable, helpful hints from things they learned the hard way or wish someone had told them before they started on trail. Even a breakout session for men and women. We're not selling anything - only spreading our enthusiasm for helping others safely enjoy our special places. This class will be particularly helpful for new backpackers on our fall trips, the February 2019 trip to Big Bend National Park and other outings. We'll also schedule at least one fall outing designed especially for those attending this class. Location: Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane, Dallas (map). Time: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Food available for purchase downstairs for lunch. Cost: $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members. Includes handouts. We encourage and appreciate early sign up and pay on-line here or you can show up and pay at the door if class space remains available. Interested or have questions? Please contact the class coordinator. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Meeting IconSep 19 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting
This third Wednesday of a month at 6:30 is time for our monthly gathering to plan outings. Come upstairs at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas. Anyone interested in outings is welcome to attend and participate. Reply to Mark to be added to the advance agenda email list or to suggest an agenda item. Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Class IconSep 26 (Wed) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 1
Want to explore or hike off-trail but a little uneasy about finding your way? Even simple hikes can turn dangerous if you're not sure how to find your way, so come here first! Join us for this highly respected two-night class to help you navigate in the backcountry with map and compass. Part 1 is Wed., part 2 is Thu., both starting at 6:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane. The fee for the two-night class is $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members (best class price around). An optional nearby hike for class participants will be offered for the following Sun. morning (weather permitting) so instructors can help you practice what you learned. Pay in advance by clicking here or pay at the door. Bring a compass if you have one. If not, we'll have an extra you can use and we'll advise what to look for when you buy your own. Both sessions will run until approximately 8:45 pm. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Class IconSep 27 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 2
Second night of a two-part class that begins Wednesday, September 26. Both sessions are at Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane. See above for details and link to pay online. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Social Gathering IconSep 29 (Sat) Dallas Sierra Club Picnic at Churchill Park, 10 AM to 1 PM
Bring your friends, families, dogs, cats and whomever else you love to hang out with to a twice-annual picnic at Churchill Park, 7025 Churchill Way, Dallas, from 10 AM to 1 PM. New, recent and prospective members are especially invited. This time the picnic is pot luck. Come even if you have no pot or no luck. If your luck's been good, bring a salad, beans, chicken, dessert or other food to share. The Club will provide ice, drinks, chips, dips and water balloons. There will be giveaways, prizes and some random used camp gear selling at outrageously low auction prices. Organizer: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902