General Meeting Program - Tuesday,
February 12, 7:00 pm -
Refreshments at 6:30
Year Anniversary of Desert Solitaire by
This groundbreaking sometimes radical, and always entertaining
book has inspired thousands of environmentalists to stand up
for clean air, clean water, and wilderness preservation in all
our great park lands, including Arches National Park where the
book is set. This underground classic is considered one of
the most important pieces of literature which kick started the
modern environmental movement. Former Dallas Sierra Club
Chair Wendel Withrow will lead the discussion and include
mostly unknown video and audio of the 'famous' and sometimes
'infamous' Edward Abbey.
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.
101 Class - New Year, New Adventures!
not too late to sign up! If you can't sign up on-line, just
Don’t feel overwhelmed! New year’s resolution or life-long dream, you’ve never tried backpacking or want to brush up on past skills, now is the time to begin your quest for leaving the crowds behind and finding your special place in the wilderness. Join us Saturday, February 9th for our bi-annual class discussing a range of topics to get you prepared for time on the trail. Taught by longtime, experienced Sierra Club leaders who will help you with not only all the essentials but also helpful tips they’ve learned over the years to help make your trip safer, cheaper, easier, and more fun! Optional one-night spring beginner overnights will be offered to class participants to help you get started. Class price includes a light lunch and handouts so online sign ups by Feb. 6 are greatly appreciated and will be rewarded with chocolate.
Scroll down to the calendar for more details and contact information if you have any questions.
Sierra Club Picnic, Saturday, April 6,
Churchilll Park, Dallas
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, Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 AM to
1:00 PM. New, recent and prospective members are especially
invited. there will be lots of food, veggie burgers, drinks,
hot doggies, and chips and dips and salads. We will have some
games, some water-balloons and a variety of giveaways; gift
cards, backpacks, Sierra club memberships, and random stuff
from our collection of never ending goodies! Here
is a Google map to guide you.
Dallas Sierra Club Outreach Speakers Program - Speakers for
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.
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
March 19 - Note the Different Date - Details of the
Meeting Coming Soon
Note: This is the THIRD Tuesday in March because Brookhaven College isclosed for
Spring Break on the second Tuesday. Speakers to be determined
- Everyone is invited. Full details will be on our home page
Limerick of the Month
"Watch me climb up that hill!" I emote.
To some tourists, my partner does note:
"He is mountain goat-like
When he goes on a hike,
But to me, he is just an old goat."
By Kirk Miller
If you would like to submit an environmental limerick for our
Limerick of the Month feature, send it to
9 (Sat) Backpacking 101 Class - Don't miss it!
Got winter cabin fever? Yearning to camp away from the crowds
and enjoy the backcountry? Want help getting started or
brushing up your skills? Join a fun day discussing all the
essentials of backpacking. Our outings leaders
with years of wilderness experience will present backpacking
topics with candor--packs, tents, menus, clothing, hygiene,
water treatment and more, including tips to improve your
comfort and keep gear affordable. There's even a breakout
session so men and women can discuss issues particular to
them. Our goal is to help you safely enjoy outdoor trail
experiences We're not selling gear or anything beyond our
enthusiasm for backpacking. This
class will be prticularly helpful for new backpackers on our
upcoming trips to Big Bend National Park, Colorado Bend State
Park and more. We'll also offer easy one-night spring outings
designed especially for people attending the class. Location: Whole
Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane, Dallas (map). Time: 10:00
am to 4:30 pm. Light lunch included. Please bring water
bottle/beverage. Cost: $35
for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members. Includes
handouts and light lunch. We encourage
and appreciate early sign ups so we'll have enough food and
handouts. You may pay
on-line here or pay at the door. Happy
trails! Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send
12 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
To be determined - Everyone is invited. Full details
will be on our home page soon.
20 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting
Instead of our usual meeting place this committee meeting will
be at 6:30pm at the home of Bill Greer, 3607 Pebble Beach
Drive, Farmers Branch. It's just north of the
intersection of Marsh and Spring Valley. Go east on
Pebble Beach and it's the 6th house on the right (north) side.
In addition to settling on future meeting places we'll map out
2019 outings, particularly our traditional Memorial Day, July
4, and Labor Day trips. Anyone interested in outings is
welcome to attend and participate. Warning: you'll share
the meeting place with 2 cats although you probably will not
see them. We always welcome anyone interested in outings but
are really happy to see those interested in leading outings!
Come let us know of your interest. Don't feel like you
have to be a super hiker to lead. Our greatest need is
for easier outings that give time to sniff the flowers and
maybe snap a picture or two. Organizer: Bill Greer Send
27-Mar 4 (Wed-Mon) Annual Big Bend National Park Bus Trip
description of the 2019 Big Bend trip is online. To read all
about the trip, including new hike options, go
to this PDF. The trip is full, but you may inquire
about the waitlist. Our
chartered bus leaves Dallas Wednesday night, February 27 and
will return before sunrise on Monday, March 4.
Coordinator: Ande Johnston Send
28 (Thu) Clean Eco Meetup
Picasso's Pizza, on Inwood north of Forest, 6:30 pm. Share
environmental news and enjoy food with Dallas area activists.
2 (Sat) Day hike in Dallas' Great Trinity Forest
about 4 miles in southeast Dallas' Great Trinity Forest.
We will hike the Piedmont Ridge Trail from its trailhead by
Gateway Park, continue south to Devon Anderson Park on
Eastcliff, and then back north to the Piedmont Ridge Trail
trailhead. This is an easy-moderate hike on natural
surface trails. Afterward is an optional short hike to
the Scyene Overlook. If it rained recently, the trail
could be muddy. Beware of poison ivy! Bring water
and a snack. No dogs allowed. Contact: Kirk Miller Send
6 (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
16-17 (Sat-Sun) Beginner Backpack Trip In Palo Pinto Mountains
Pinto Mountains State Park is about 70 miles west of Fort
Worth in a hilly Cross Timbers area known as the Palo Pinto
Mountains. The 4,000 acre park was acquired by Texas
Parks and Wildlife in 2011 and it is expected to become one of
the most popular parks in Texas. But the Texas
Legislature has never funded development and the park is not
yet open to the public. This has left the former ranch
land about as close to wilderness as you’ll find 2 hours from
Dallas! The Dallas Sierra Club has special permission
for a beginner backpack trip in this park-to-be. It’s
likely we’ll be the only people in the park. Several places on
this trip will be reserved for those who attend our spring
Beginner Backpack Class. Leader: Bill Greer Send
19 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting NOTE: This is the THIRD Tuesday
in March because Brookhaven College is
closed for Spring Break on the second Tuesday. Speakers to be
determined - Everyone is invited. Full details will be
on our home page soon.
20 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting
An Outings Committee meeting is tentatively set for this third
Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM at Whole Foods Market, SE
quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas. Come
upstairs to the meeting rooms. Anyone interested in outings is
welcome. Organizer: Mark Stein Send
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