Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest

Monthly Meetings & Guest Speaker

First Tuesday of the Mont,h 7:00 p.m. No meetings during the summer.

Location: Meeting ID: Passcode:

Interesting speakers are lined up for the 2021-22 year

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 – Rick and Linda Travis, Invasive Trees
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 – Dr. Camelia Maier, Topic TBA
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – Rachel Richter, Topic TBA
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 – Holiday Party, information to come
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 – Matt Grubisich, Garland Parks and Recreation Department and How I Got There
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

Special Events:

Common Vines of the Metroplex and How to Identify Them Led by Dana Wilson
Date: June 5
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30

Location: RSVP to danawilson59@yahoo.com; 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 danawilson59@yahoo.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.

Ecology of a Limestone Prairie

Date: Sunday, June 6, 2021
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: 1787 Holford Road (on the west side of Holford, the small rectangular parking lot)

Explore the “bedrock” of the Dallas area – limestone – by looking at the unique plant community there, and consider how these plants are evolved to thrive in these harsh growing conditions. We’ll be in full sun; dress accordingly and bring water.

Please address questions to Dana Wilson, danawilson59@yahoo.com.

  • Wearing masks is optional for these outdoor activities but we will be observing social distancing as much as possible. . 
  • There is no charge for these workshops.
  • As always, check our Facebook page for last minute changes due to weather or other problems.

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!

Luna Moth

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.

No walk in July!

Monthly Work Sessions

Saturday July 5: Regular Work Session
Time: Summer Cooler Hours 8:00 a.m. to 10:00
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

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 collectionsfromthefield@gmail.com.
 
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, beckysans7@gmail.com.

Society MembershipMembership: Join Us Today! Download our membership form: https://springcreekforest.org/join/

Monthly Email: To subscribe please contact:
Barbara_Baynham2005@yahoo.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