Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest


Did you know that it’s illegal to have dogs off-leash in city of Garland including Parks? Any time a citizen comes across a loose dog, whether its aggressive or not, citizens can call and contact the dispatch line – 972-205-3570, option 1 – and an officer will be dispatched to that location. The first step in controlling aggressive or off-leash animals is reporting them. For emergencies Call 911.

February Things to Do

Trout Lilly in bloom
Saturday, February 8, 2020: Monthly Work Session – make room for the Trout Lillys

Location: 1770 Holford
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

1770 Holford is the original tract purchased and designated “Preserve” When the deciduous trees lose their leaves, we can easily spot the invasive privet plant. It is best to remove privet when it is a cute little innocuous-looking sprig – before they mature into dense, 8 foot tall and wide bushes that overpower and push out any of our native understory plants. The privet has few predators in the Dallas area, so it can out-compete our native plants and would soon take over the understory of our forest. We can reverse this trend. It’s easy work, but it’s time consuming. We need you to come help pull privet and make room for the Trout lily and Coralberry.
Safety Materials: Each work session will begin with a safety briefing. BRING WATER. Even in the heat, wear work gloves, long pants, protective eyewear, and sturdy shoes (no sandals) for your protection from poison ivy and thorns.  If you have them, bring loppers and/or small tree saws. All participants and the parents of minors must sign our Liability Waiver.  All minors 16 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, February 23, 2020 – 4th Sunday Nature Walk and 27th Annual Trout Lily Walk

Location: 1770 Holford
Time: anytime between 2:00 p.m. – 3:00
Leader: Tom Frey

Tom always has new information about our Preserve and its ecology as you stroll through fabulous trees to find the Trout lilies, one of the first plants to flower in the spring. The tiny flowers are only in bloom from about mid-February through mid-March. Then, they disappear until next year. 

  • When you arrive, volunteers at the pavilion will welcome you and give you introductory information. Then, we will send you along the clearly marked trail to the Trout lily field. Tom Frey, our advisor, mentor, and friend will be at the Trout lily field.
  • After you have seen the lilies and talked to Tom, you will walk along to the next marked spot, where we will have another knowledgeable naturalist that will tell you about the significance of that area of the Preserve. The volunteer naturalists will be at several stations along the trail in the Preserve from 2:00 until the last walkers go through.
  • This format helps solve the problem of so many folks in line on the walk that they can’t hear the forest information.It also allows folks to go at their own pace rather than having to follow a group; no one gets impatient waiting for others to catch up and each can spend as much time at a station as they want. Some like to spend a lot of time taking photos and discussing the forest. Others like to hear just a little bit and then move on. With this walk format, it is your choice.

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Speaker Series

Monthly Public Speaker Series: the 1st Tuesday of the month from September to April.  

Location: North Garland Branch Library, 3845 North Garland Avenue, Garland, TX 75040

Meeting Time:  7:00 p.m. -8:30

March 03, 2020: Brett Johnson, Feral Hogs Talk about invasives! Feral
hogs invade an area in a pack and can devastate where ever they decide to be. Brett Johnson, Senior Environmental Coordinator for the City of Dallas, works with park department properties on habitat and wildlife management. He coordinates

April 07, 2020: Bonnie Bradshaw, Coyotes and Critters We love them and need them (except feral hogs). Bonnie Bradshaw is founder and president of the company called 911 Wildlife which specializes in the humane removal and relocation of problem critters. The company mission is to prevent native wildlife from being orphaned, injured, relocated or euthanized. Summer break.

Do you have suggestions? If you have ideas for speakers or topics for future programs, please email your suggestions to Becky Sans,

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Make a donation! Your donation helps the all-volunteer Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest offer public lectures, conduct habitat management workdays, and offer public nature walks. Please mail your tax-deductible donation to: Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest, Attn:  Treasurer, P.O. Box 450176, Garland, TX 75045-0176