Monthly Meetings & Guest Speaker
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 7:00 p.m. No meetings during the summer.
Location: Meeting ID: Passcode:
Special: Common Vines of the Metroplex and How to Identify Them Led by Dana Wilson
Date: May 15
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30
Date: May 16
Time: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org; meeting location information will follow.
In this 1.5 hour hands-on workshop, Dana teaches the basics of plant ID in the field (including use of a dichotomous key) by focusing on identification of common vines. Several of the vines are blooming right now, and seeing the flower is an important identification element. Dana is a well-known naturalist throughout DFW. We hope you can attend one of these classes.
- Reservation is required and each group is limited to15 participants.
- Wearing masks is optional for this outdoor activity but we will be observing social distancing as much as possible.
- Bring a clipboard or notepad and bottled water.
- RSVP to email@example.com; directions will follow.
- There is no charge for these workshops.
- As always, check our Facebook page for last minute changes due to weather or other problems.
One of the native vines you might see – Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
Monthly Work Sessions
Saturday June 5: Regular Work Session
Time: NEW 8:00 a.m. to 10:00
Location: Halff Park, 4695 Ranger Drive (Behind Naaman Forest High School near the baseball fields.)
We will continue opening the walking trail that begins at Halff Park. With all the spring rain and fast growth, this trail needs work. Bring loppers and small tree saws, if you have them, but the Society has some to share.
Of course we will always attack invasive plants in the prairie and privet in the adjoining forest. Invasive plants are non-native species which grow aggressively and crowd out the native plants. Invasives don’t have the variety and multitude of predators to keep them in check.
We will break into teams and each team will have a knowledgeable volunteer so you know exactly what to do. For this event, it is no problem staying 6 feet apart – there is plenty of space. It will make you feel like a new person to get out in the middle of nature and help the Preserve.
- BRING WATER. Wear heavy work gloves, long pants, protective eye-wear, and sturdy shoes (no sandals) for your protection from poison ivy and thorns. If you have them, bring loppers and/or small tree saws. And, don’t forget, face masks are required.
- All participants and the parents of minors must sign our Liability Waiver. All minors 16 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For Master Naturalists, normally this counts as Volunteer Hours on the Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest project, but check your MN chapter current guideline
4th Sunday Nature Walks
June 27, 2021
Time: NEW 10:00 a,m, – 11:30
Location: 1787 Holford
David Parrish, a very multi-talented Naturalist who was formerly with the EPA, will lead you along the Interpretive trail – through the prairie, into the forest, and along the creek.
And a Fun Family event in July: An Evening with Moths
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021
Location: 1770 Holford Road, Garland, TX
Time: 8:30 p.m.
The Garland Parks and Recreation Department and the Society are hosting An Evening with Moths, with special guest Sam Kieschnick, Urban Wildlife Biologist from Texas Parks and Wildlife. This event is coordinated with National Moth Week which celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths.
This family-friendly activity event is all about moths! Most moths are nocturnal, so we will have several light sheets setup to attract moths that live in the Preserve. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and help with identification. Bring a magnifying glass if you have one because many of these beautiful moths are very small. Come be a “Moth-er” with us!
Luna Moth – Wouldn’t it be fun to see this moth!
Collections From The Field
An art project encourages people of all ages to get outside and create art inspired by Spring Creek Preserve. While exploring the trails at the preserve, find inspiration in nature and create art using any medium. Then submit your art by either posting a photo or document of your art on social media with the tag #collectionsfromthefield or emailing a photo or document of your art to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about weekly prompts and to view the curated gallery, go to CollectionsFromTheField.com and follow the project on Facebook (Facebook.com/collectionsfromthefield) or Instagram (Instagram.com/collectionsfromthefield).
Initiated by Stephanie Hanson, a Garland resident and college senior, Collections From The Field provides the opportunity to find new ways to look at the world. Hanson says, “This project hopes to offer the idea that sometimes building a relationship with the landscape through art is a first step towards creating an ethic of care that will help us tackle the environmental issues we face today.”
Please follow all CDC recommendations and guidelines, as well as City of Garland regulations regarding visiting city parks and protected lands.
Do you have suggestions? If you have ideas for speakers or topics for future programs, please email your suggestions to Becky Sans, email@example.com.
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