Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest Educational and Service Activities for 2019

Please check out the activities below and plan your calendar.

Speaker Series:

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

February 5, 2019: Lisa Dolliver, Land Snails of North Texas

Location: North Garland Branch Library, 3845 North Garland Avenue, Garland, TX 75040
Lisa Dolliver has been working to get children and adults to appreciate nature in their everyday environment at zoo’s, nature centers and natural history museums for over twenty years. Lisa’s family which includes geologists, naturalists and an astronomer, spent most summers in her family’s ranch outside of Cody Wyoming. While Lisa’s has a BFA in theatre from SMU it was only a matter of time before Lisa returned to her family’s science roots. Lisa currently works in the Trinity River Audubon Center’s Education Department.
March 5, 2019: Gayle Souterland, Texas Tough Herbs

Location: North Garland Branch Library, 3845 North Garland Avenue, Garland, TX 75040

Also on March 5, members will participate in two votesThe first vote will be on incoming Executive Committee members. If you would like to serve on the Executive Committee or help plan work days, programs, nature walks, or in other ways, please let us know before March 5.
Members will also vote on whether to accept updated Society By-Laws. Copies of the updated By-Laws will be emailed to members in mid-February so there will be plenty of time to review them and ask questions before the vote.
To be considered a Member and therefore eligible to vote, you must either be a Lifetime member or your Annual membership must not expire until after March 5, 2019. A family membership is considered 1 vote and voters must be 18 years old or older. To find out the status of your membership, please contact our Treasurer, Marvin Rogers, If you wish to become a member so you can vote, please join! See below.
April 2, 2019: John Watts, The Rise of the Arthropods Location: North Garland Branch Library, 3845 North Garland Avenue, Garland, TX 75040
Summer break
September 2019: To be announced
Suggestions: If you have ideas for speakers or topics for future programs, please, email your suggestions to Jennifer Kolmes (

Field trips and Workshops:

Saturday, February 9, 1-2:30pm: Winter Trees and Signs of Spring Guided walk with Dana Wilson, 1770 Holford Road A strange irony…winter is a great time to learn tree ID, when the leaves are off and you can see the true structure and identifying characteristics of trees. It’s also a great time to get ready for spring, since the winter rosettes of many wildflowers – including trout lilies! – are already up.
Join us for a 1.5 hour walk to practice tree ID and anticipate the soon-to-come wildflower season. A template for identifying trees will be provided, so if you like to take notes, bring a pen and clipboard.
Please contact Dana Wilson, or 469.531.6856 with questions.

Saturday, February 23, 2019 – 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, they disappear 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 helps 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:

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

Service and Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Work Sessions- One Saturday a month, 9:00 – 11:00 am: Check Website for Details, including dates and locations which may vary or change:

Next Date:  February 9, 2019. Location is 1770 Holford. We will be preparing the trails for the 26th annual Trout lily tour on Feb. 23.
Upcoming Dates: 2019 – Mar. 9, Apr. 6, May (to be announced) , Summer break, September (to be announced)
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, President, Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest.

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!

Barbara Baynham

Executive Committee, Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest