Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest

Monthly Meetings & Guest Speaker

Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Meeting ID: 891 8700 2517
Passcode: 212786

Guest Speaker: Matt Grubisich, Garland Parks and Recreation Department

Topic: A Walk with the Parks Director

Garland Parks Director, Matt Grubisich will talk about the array of parks, greenbelts, and especially our Preserve that Garland folks can use. Thanks to an incredible vote of support a couple years ago, Garland citizens approved a large bond package with much needed funds to revitalize our parks system. Matt is one of the people at the forefront of many of the approved projects.
          In the year and a half that he has been the Garland Parks Director, it is clear he understands very well the special requirements of our Preserve. His knowledge comes from previous positions working in urban forestry such as at the Texas Trees Foundation, Urban Renewal, Inc., and Texas Forest Service.

Interesting speakers are lined up for the 2021-22 year

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 – Tom Frey, History of Spring Creek Preserve
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 – Ignasio Pujana, Paleontologist – Fossils Around Spring Creek
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 – Carol Clark, Spring Creek Wildflowers
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 – Jeremy Jordan. Topic: Results of Spring Creek Fish Survey

A few more Trail Monitors needed

          Thank you so much to the several people that volunteered for the Trail Monitor project. We still do need some more people so we can spread the work out and make sure it is a fun task, not too much for anyone. Do you frequently walk the natural surface (dirt) trails at Spring Creek Preserve? Are you interested in being part of the volunteer team that helps ensure our trails are safe and receive the required maintenance?  Then this project might be for you! We are looking for folks that can hike our marked, unpaved trails on a weekly basis.

Duties include: 

  • Hike your selected trail weekly.
  • Perform light maintenance such as litter pickup.
  • Be familiar with Garland’s eAssist program that is accessed through an iPhone app and use it to report major maintenance issues such as trees fallen on the trail, vandalism, criminal activity, etc.
  • Learn some unique features of your trail and share those with the Executive Committee.

          If you are interested or have questions, send an email to Rob Kaaa, the Trail Monitor team coordinator, Please put “Trail Monitor” in the Subject line. Using the Trails Map at Trails Map (, tell Rob your favorite marked trail, and provide your contact information and typical hike schedule (am/pm, day of the week). 
          Thank you for your interest! You will be contacted regarding an orientation/training session.

A beautiful display of Fall Aster in the native plant garden at 1787 Holford Road. Huge thanks to Henry and Judy Aschner for all the planting and maintenance they did this year. And, thanks to Dana Wilson for this photo.

Special Events

Bird Walks with Reba Collins, Master Birder

  • 2 Dates: Saturday, January 15 and Sunday, January 16, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: 1787 Holford
  • Reservations are required: Contact Reba at to reserve a spot.
  • Do you want to learn what birds spend the winter in Spring Creek Forest? Come for a morning walk and learn to identify some of our wintering birds. Limited to 10 people per walk so everyone can hear and the birds won’t be frightened off by too much commotion Reservations required: Contact Reba at to reserve a spot. Bring binoculars. Dress for the weather. If it has been raining, rain boots may be appropriate.

4th Sunday Nature Walks

January 1, 2022: Start Your New Year Right Nature Walks

Short Walk
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30
Location: 1787 Holford

Our leader will start our walk through our amazing prairie and at the end we emerge from the creek-side forest.


  • Sunday, January 23, 2022. Leader: Rob Kaaa – Invasive Plants in the Forest
  • Sunday, February 27, 2022. Leader: Tom Frey and others – 29th Annual Trout Lily Walk
  • Sunday, March 27, 2022. Leader: Ignasio Pujana – Fossil Hunting and the UTD Drone team
  • Sunday, April 24, 2022. Leader: Matt Grubisich – Trees of Spring Creek Preserve
  • Sunday, May 22, 2022. Leader: Carol Clark – Spring Creek Wildflowers

Monthly Work Sessions

Saturday January 8
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00
Location: 1770 Holford

          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


  • Saturday, February 5, 2022
  • Saturday, March 5, 2022
  • Saturday, April 9, 2022
  • Saturday, May 7, 2022

Collections From The Field

An art project encourages people of all ages to get outside and create art inspired by Spring Creek Preserve.
For information and to view the curated gallery, go to and follow the project on Facebook (  or Instagram (

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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