At a Glance

At a Glance

AttachmentsPreservation Society for Spring Creek Forest Educational and Service Activities for 2019  We hope you will check out the activities below and plan your calendar. It will be great to see you.

Speaker Series

Monthly Public Speaker Series: usually on the 1st Tuesday of the month from September to April.  Meeting Time:  7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  Location:  Check speakers below for  meeting location.

The next 3 meetings will be at the North Garland Branch Library, 3845 North Garland Avenue, Garland, TX 75040

Next:  Feb. 5, 2019:  Lisa Dolliver, Land Snails of North Texas

  • March 5, 2019:  Gayle Souterland, Texas Tough Herbs
  • April 2, 2019:  John Watts, The Rise of the Arthropods

Suggestions: If you have ideas for speakers or topics for future programs, please, email your suggestions to Jennifer Kolmes (


Field trips and Workshops

Jan. 26, 2019, 8:00 – 9:30 am – Bird Walk, led by certified Master Birder, Reba Collins, 1787 Holford Road, Garland. Do you want to learn what birds winter in Spring Creek Forest? Come for a morning walk and learn to identify some of our resident and wintering birds. Dress for the weather. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


26th Annual Trout Lily Walk

  • Feb. 23, 2019, 10:00 – 12:00– 26th Annual Trout Lily Walk, 1770 Holford Road, Garland. 10:00 am – noon.

     Yes, Tom Frey, a regionally acclaimed naturalist will be with us again for the 26th year. 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 the last week in February through the middle of March. Then, theydisappear until next year.
Come on Saturday, February 23, any time between 10:00 a.m. and noon. 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 10:00 until the last walkers go through.
This format has helped 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.
We hope to see you there! 


Self-Guided Interpretive Trail:       You can print out the trail info and bring to forest, or you can use your phone.

Watch our website for other seasonal walks, to be announced throughout the year. 

Service and Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Work Sessions– Saturday after membership meeting.  9:00-11:00 am. Check at website that morning in case work location is changed.

Saturday, January 12, 2019, we will work at 1770 Holford.

  • Upcoming Dates: 2019-  Feb. 9, Mar. 9, Apr.  May 4 (picnic)

Safety Materials: Each work session will begin with a safety briefing. Wear work gloves, long pants, protective eyewear, and sturdy shoes (no sandals) for your protection from poison ivy and thorns.  All participants or their parents for minors must sign our Liability Waiver.  All minors 16 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


Service Projects- Need a project for your Gold Award, Eagle Scout rank, or organization? Contact David Parrish ( or Maureen Bly (


Society Membership

Membership: Join Us Today! Download our membership form:

Monthly Email: To subscribe please contact:

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


Executive Committee Meetings

The Executive Committee usually meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. For location, please contact

Maureen Bly

For 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.

Thank you for your support!