Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest

Educational and Service Activities for 2019 – 2020

Come out and enjoy the Preserve! Fall is here, and the view is beautiful. Service and Volunteer Opportunities Monthly Work Sessions – As we mentioned in last month’s announcements, our Executive Committee is enthusiastic and energetic.

December Things to Do

December 2019 – Tuesday, December 3, 2019: Holiday Pot-Luck Party at the home of Don and Barbara Baynham. 

Location: 5806 Firecrest Drive, Garland, TX 75044
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Bring your family (children are welcome) and your favorite appetizer to share. We relax and talk about nature with other folks that care. Drinks are provided. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, December 07, 2019: Monthly Work Session

Loocation: 1787 Holford
Time: NOTE TIME CHANGE – noon – 2:00 p.m.

Our big prairie needs continual attention from people that want to make sure it is still here for people to enjoy many years from now. Come and spend a couple of hours with us. At the 1787 Holford location, we not only have prairie, but we have a great example of native forest that runs along Spring Creek. This area is currently clear of that pernicious privet we are always pulling in other parts of the preserve, but we have many other chores to do.
For Master Naturalists, this counts as Volunteer Hours on the Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest project.

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, December 22, 2019: 4th Sunday Nature Walk – Winter Trees Try our new, regularly scheduled guided walk, every 4th Sunday of the month. These are fun, family walks, appropriate for anyone who wants to enjoy a guided walk in the Preserve. (Note: They are NOT approved for Master Naturalist Advanced Training.)  

Location: 1770 Holford.
Time: 2:00 p.m. to around 3:30 p.m.

The December guide is David Parrish who is a North Texas Master Naturalist and is on the Garland Parks and Recreation Department advisory board. He will lead you through our amazing forest, showing you how to identify trees even after the leaves fall, using bark and growth patterns. We hope you plan on coming.

Important information: The natural-surface trails are not stroller-compatible; everyone must be able to walk approximately 1 mile. Clothing: Even in the heat, wear long pants and sturdy shoes (no sandals) for your protection from poison ivy and thorns. Apply insect repellent. Bring water. All participants and the parents of minors must sign our Liability Waiver.  All minors 16 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

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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

Tuesday, January 07, 2020:  Tom Frey, Forest Composition in Spring Creek Forest. The variety of trees in our forest is what made us famous. And who can resist hearing Tom Frey, the ultimate Preserve authority, speak.

  • Mr. Frey is a Landscape Architect, Emeritus; a licensed Landscape Irrigator, retired; and an ISA Certified Arborist, retired. A 1976 graduate of The University of Georgia (BLA) Tom moved to Dallas in 1977. In 1981 Tom joined the City of Garland Parks and Recreation Department as Landscape Architect.
  • His projects included trails, playgrounds, parking lots, sprinkler systems, sports fields and bleachers, tennis court improvements, swimming pool filtration systems, sand volleyball courts, the Spring Creek Music Festival amphitheater, Firewheel Golf Park (Old Course), Hawaiian Falls Water Park, Garland Seniors Center (downtown), Anchor Point/Bass Pro Retail Center, Jack M. Hayes Park at Rosehill (prairie remnant), the Spring Creek Forest Preserve, and the Spring Creek Park Preserve.
  • Tom retired from GPARD in 2013 after 32 years of service to the citizens of Garland. He served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Trails Network and as President from 2001 to 2003. Tom and his wife Jan and their daughter Meredith live in Dallas.

February 04, 2020:Marian Hirsch, Trout Lily Drawings Trout lilies are one of our signature native plants. We hope you have been on one of our annual Trout Lily Walks that we hold in late February. Marian Hirsch creates drawings and water colors of these beautiful, petite plants. Her water colors of plants are on display at BRIT in Ft. Worth.

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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