Monthly Meetings & Guest Speaker
Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89187002517?pwd=Ujc1UTEyVjNNbDhUUFJYMjFCV2lNdz09
Meeting ID: 891 8700 2517
Guest Speaker: Dr. Jaime Baxter-Slye
Topic: The Pollination Prairie: How Undergraduates Reconstructed a Texas Native Prairie and How You Can Too
Dr. Jaime Baxter-Slye is an ecologist that works at the University of North Texas as an Advanced Environmental Research Institute Scholar in the Department of Biological Sciences. She supervises the Biology Ecology Laboratory and Environmental Science lab courses for undergraduates.
She is the advisor for the UNT chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration, a member of the UNT Bee Campus committee, Tree Campus Committee, Bird Campus Committee and belongs to the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.
She and her students have worked to reconstruct a native Texas prairie called the UNT Pollination Prairie located on the UNT campus.
Her hobby is iNaturalist where she discovers new species at home/work and identifies cousins of known taxa. She uses iNaturalist as a teaching and learning tool in the classroom. Professor Baxter-Slye has over 11,500 observations of 2200+ species and 18,000+ identifications.
The focus of her research is urban prairie habitat conservation and undergraduate success.
Look for interesting speakers are lined up for the 2022-23 year
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 – To be announced
An Evening with Moths – an event for the whole family
Saturday, July 23
Time: 8:30 p.m. until we get tired
Location: 1770 Holford Road
We will set up several stations with light-sheets on which the night insects, including moths, will land. Our experts will be on hand to identify and point out the amazing intricacies of each species. We will also probably see a snake or two traveling through the area, so everyone is instructed to be alert and only look at our marvelous creatures, so they aren’t injured.
4th Sunday Nature Walks
June 26, 2022: David Parrish – A Walk in the Woods
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00
Location: 1787 Holford
Our leader, David Parrish, will lead you across the prairie and into the woods where it is cooler so you can see our forest and the creek that runs year-round.
David wears many hats – he is our Society president, a member of North Texas Master Naturalists with an outlandish number of volunteer hours recorded, the Chair of the Garland Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and incredibly much more. We are so lucky to have him for our president!
- Sunday, July 24, 2022. No walk – too hot!
- Sunday, August 28, 2022. No walk – too hot!
- Sunday, September 25, 2022. Information to come
For a fun walk on your own, try our Self-Guided Interpretive Trail at 1787 Holford Road that was created by the North Texas Master Naturalist chapter in Dallas. Follow the trail markers and read about the significance of the area on your iPhone or on the downloadable flyer. https://springcreekforest.org/interpretive-1787-holford-rd/
Monthly Work Sessions
Saturday June 11
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 Note time change to try to beat the heat.
Location: 1770 Holford
For last-minute information, check Facebook or our website for updates, including dates and locations which may change because of conditions. We don’t want anyone working in the forest or on the prairie if there is a chance of lightning strikes.
As usual we will break into teams. Each team has a knowledgeable volunteer, so you know exactly what to do. You could be clearing trails, taking out invasive plants, opening up the prairies, even picking up trash. For last-minute information, especially if the weather is questionable, check our website or Facebook page for updates, including dates and locations which may change because of conditions. We don’t want anyone working in the forest or on the prairie if there is a chance of lightning strikes.
- Safety Materials: Each work session begins with a safety briefing. BRING WATER. Even in the heat, wear heavy 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.
- For Master Naturalists, this may count as Volunteer Hours on the Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest project.
- Saturday, July 9, 2022 8:00 – 10:00
- Saturday, August 6, 2022 8:00 – 10:00
- Saturday, September 10, 2022
General Preserve Information
The above activities are specific to the Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest.
For general Preserve information, please call Garland Parks and Recreation Department, 972-205-2750.
On-leash dogs are welcome in our Preserve. However, note that it is illegal to have off-leash pets in Garland parks. Please call 972-205-3570, option 1 to report off-leash animals. Also, please deposit pet waste bags in the trash bins in each parking lot; do not leave bagged pet waste beside the trail.
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 CollectionsFromTheField.com and follow the project on Facebook (Facebook.com/collectionsfromthefield) or Instagram (Instagram.com/collectionsfromthefield).
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