Monthly Meetings & Guest Speaker
First Tuesday of the Month 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
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!
4th Sunday Nature Walks
August 22, 2021
Time: Earlier 10:00 a,m, – 11:30
Location: 1787 Holford
Judy Aschner, Certified Entomologist Specialist will take you on a walk through the prairie, catching insects so you can view them through a magnifying glass to see the wonder of their structure and learn the basics of identifying insect families. All insects are released back into the Preserve.
Wear insect repellent on your exposed skin, because we do have our share of mosquitos and other fascinating biters. Also, wear sturdy, close-toed shoes for protection from thorns and insect bites.
Here is an example of one you might see – Entypus sp., or in other words, a Tarantula Hawk Wasp
- Sunday, September 26, 2021. Leader: TBA
- Sunday, October 24, 2021. Leader Dr. Tiffany Lipsett
- Sunday, November 28, 2021. Leader: TBA
- Sunday, December 26, 2021. No walk: See January 1.
- Saturday, January 1, 2022. We know it’s not Sunday, but it’s the New Year Walk
- 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
- 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 August 7
Time: 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
- Saturday, September 11, 2021
- Saturday, October 9, 2021
- Saturday, November 6, 2021
- Saturday, December 11, 2021
- Saturday, January 8, 2022
- 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. 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 email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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