March 2024 Announcements

Preservation Society
for Spring Creek Forest
Preserve, Educate, Collaborate

March 2024

Join a Guided Walk and
Celebrate OUR Old Growth Forest!

Spring Creek Forest Preserve is honored to join the national Old Growth Forest Network (OGFN). We are only the second forest in Texas honored to become a member. According to OGFN, “It is our turn to do what we can for those who will come after us and save the remnant old-growth (or future old-growth) forests across the country.” Over 200 nature enthusiasts visited our Forest at last weekend’s ceremony inducting our Preserve into the national network of old-growth forests and our Trout Lily walk event. Learn more about the OGFN at this link:
Spring Creek Forest Preserve — Old-Growth Forest Network (

Now, join us for free guided walks in three separate sections of this beautiful and fascinating ecosystem. Each is led by a recognized area naturalist and supporter of the Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest. Registration is required. See below.

Each walk will take place in a different section of the Preserve and registration is required.

  • Sunday, March 3, 9:30-11am, led by Texas Master Naturalist Bill Holston.
  • Sunday, March 10, 1-2:30pm, led by North Texas Master Naturalist Dana Wilson.
  • Sunday March 17, 1-2:30pm, led by naturalist (and for over 30 years the leader of the annual trout lily walk in the Preserve) Tom Frey.

All walks will be on well-maintained natural surface trails; close-toe shoes are recommended. These walks will qualify for 1.5 hours of advanced credit for North Texas Master Naturalists.

Each walk is limited to 15 participants and registration is requiredTo sign up for a walk or for questions, please email Dana Wilson – – Location specifics and parking instruction will be emailed to you.


Speaker Series –
Tina Rust – How to Map Trails using GPS
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom

In November 2020, the Society sought volunteers to help map the park trails. David Parrish took the lead, collecting GPS points along most of the trail network; while Tina Rust, a Texas Master Naturalist and GIS analyst, then utilized these points in ArcGIS to begin creating a map for park visitors.  Subsequent site visits were conducted to gather and incorporate landmarks such as picnic tables, benches, and parking areas. Through collaborative editing sessions with Dana Wilson and Society members, a full-color trail map was developed and added to the website. Go to our website,, Maps page, to see the result.

Tina and David will share their insights on the trail mapping process at Spring Creek Forest Preserve and offer valuable ideas that can be adopted by other parks.  Tina will also lead our 4th Sunday walk at Spring Creek Park Preserve, 1787 Holford Rd, on Sunday, March 24.

Tina, a certified GIS Professional, Archaeologist, and Texas Master Naturalist, possesses a deep passion for merging her expertise in fieldwork, mapping, and databases. This passion found a perfect outlet in the project of mapping nature trails at Spring Creek Preserve.  She is dedicated to nurturing a shared love for nature and committed to ensuring that others also find the same joy and fulfillment in connecting with the natural world.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 891 8700 2517
Passcode: 212786

Note: Also on March 5, Society Members that attend the Zoom meeting will vote on incoming Executive Committee members.

Trail map created by Tina Rust and David Parrish


Special Garland Cultural Arts Event
Night at the Museum: Gallery Walk

Including display of artwork by Anne Weary

Date: March 8, 2024
Time:  5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Granville Arts Center

Anne Weary grew up living in what was then a very rural part of Garland. Her father owned quite a bit of land along Holford Road between Arapaho Road and what is now George Bush Tollway. She rode her horse, they had a few cattle, and their historic house had been built in 1936. She loved to draw the creek, forest and prairie adjacent to their house . That forest and prairie is now our Preserve. She is a well-known artist who still loves to draw what she sees in nature. You can meet Anne at her display on March 8.

The Garland Night at the Museum program is a Gallery walk around Downtown Garland’s newly designated Bankhead Cultural Arts District. Check in for the free event at the Garland Landmark Museum, 393 N. Sixth Street, Garland.

At the Landmark, there will be an exclusive showing of a David Bates original sculpture.  David Bates is a nationally acclaimed artist who grew up in Garland and attended Garland High School. Best known for his paintings on canvas or panel, Bates is also prolific in sculpture and works on paper. More than forty museums across the country have work by Bates in their permanent collections.

The gallery shows will continue (easy walking instructions will be provided) at Ninth Street Gallery, owned by Michelle Noah, and Epiphany Gallery, owned by Leslie Montena.  Attendees can experience a ‘pop-up gallery’ at 716 Main Street, formerly a church and Williams Funeral Home, featuring a projection exhibit by Garland-based artist, Trayc Claybrook.

Finally, Anne Weary will be celebrating her exhibit opening at the Granville Arts Center.  As a child and young woman, Anne’s summer residence was Casa del Sol, her family ranch in what is now the Spring Creek Forest and Park Preserve. She honed her art by drawing the beautiful nature that surrounded her.  Now, Anne is a professional artist, having graduated from the oldest art school in the United States, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her entire life is a perpetual love affair with the trees and creatures of her forests.

Night at the Museum: Gallery Walk is free and open to the public.



Monthly Work Session –
6th Annual Death to Privet work session

DateSaturdayMarch 9, 2024
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: 1787 Holford

Happily, the part of the Preserve at 1787 Holford is nearly clear of privet. So, why do we have our Death to Privet there every year? Because when there used to be a lot of privet there, the bushes dropped thousands of pretty red berries. The seeds in those berries don’t all start growing at the same time. Some will stay dormant for several years before they put out roots and a stalk. Also, birds eat the berries from other areas and drop the seeds where we don’t want them. So every year, we search the area for newly arrived plants.

We break into teams and each team has a knowledgeable volunteer, so you know exactly what to do.

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 Information:

  • BRING WATER and insect repellant.
  • Close-toed shoes are mandatory. Heavy work gloves, long pants, and protective eyewear are recommended for your protection from poison ivy and thorns.
  • If you have them, bring loppers and/or small tree saws. (No power tools.)
  • All participants and the parents of minors must sign our Liability Waiver.
  • Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; no drop off/pick up of those under 18.
  • For Master Naturalists, this may count as Volunteer Hours on the Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest project.


4th Sunday Nature Walk –
Tina Rust – Hands-on with GPS Trail Mapping
DateSundayMarch 24, 2024
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 1787 Holford

Tina Rust will be our leader onto the prairie and forest trails, giving us hands-on how-tos of mapping trails using GPS. She directed other volunteers such as David Parrish on how to mark the trail on their iPhone as they walked. She could then transfer the data and create the map we have on our website today. See and go to the Maps page.

Note that you don’t have to be interested in GPS mapping to enjoy a walk in the Preserve with a group of other nature lovers. Come on and walk with us!

April 2024

Speaker Series –
Stephanie Varnum – Native Orchids of Texas
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Fifty-four species of wild orchids grow in Texas, and they are found in all ten of the natural regions of the state. They range from moderately common to extremely rare and critically endangered. Stephanie will give an overview of the orchids of Texas, but focus on the seven non-photosynthetic, myco-heterotrophic orchids of the Hexalectris genus. These beautiful, uncommon orchids are not amenable to propagation so the only way to ensure their future is to protect their habitats.

Stephanie is a native of western Pennsylvania who has spent her adult years in Texas. Love of nature was highly valued in her family and being out in the woods and prairies, birdwatching, and gardening are her favorite pass-times. She enjoys sharing her love of nature with her adult children and six grandchildren and friends. She has volunteered in an annual botanical survey of native, non-photosynthetic orchids in Texas for 15 years and had been a member of the North Texas Master Naturalists for nearly 20 years.


Full Eclipse in the skies of Dallas
A Once in a Lifetime Event
Date: Monday, April 8, 2024
Time: The moon starts to edge over the sun at about 12:20 p.m., reaches total coverage at 1:42 p.m., ends about 3:00 p.m.

If you want a quiet, open spot to enjoy the eclipse, come to one of the Preserve parking areas. We are not planning any organized event. However, we hope you can plan time to be outside to experience this rare phenomenon.

But for a less quiet atmosphere, check out Garland’s Downtown Square Eclipse events – free eclipse glasses, restaurants to relax in, expert guidance, and more.

DO NOT look at the sun with bare eyes or even sunglasses. Your eyes could be damaged. Buy your certified eclipse glasses now. They are only a couple of dollars and they are available online or at many stores.


Monthly Work Session –
DateSaturdayApril 13, 2024
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Halff Park at Ranger Drive

Trail maintenance in among our tallest trees. We break into teams and each team has a knowledgeable volunteer, so you know exactly what to do.
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.


4th Sunday Nature Walk –
Matthew Stepanek –
A Photo Trek Through Nature’s Gallery
DateSundayApril 28, 2024
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 1770 Holford

Matt will start the event at the pavilion, demonstrating and answering basic camera questions. Then he will lead us into the forest so you can get hands-on experience and tips for vibrant nature shots in a variety of locations.

Bring a camera, if possible; DSLR/full lens cameras would be preferred, but cell phones will work as well. Long pants and sturdy shoes are recommended.
Topics he will cover: general photography tips and tricks, cell phone photography, nature and wildlife photography, low-light photography, seasonal photography subjects, camera settings for different biomes, iNaturalist importance and use, game camera settings/use/placement, basic camouflage/blinds for photographers and game cameras, basic mammal/small animal tracking, nature photography ethics, nature photography safety.

Matthew is a DFW nature and wildlife photographer who worked in the photography field. He is an acting member of the North Texas Master Naturalist chapter photography committee. He enjoys backcountry hiking, backpacking, macro/telephoto photography, and exploring the rich biodiversity of various Texas ecoregions and biomes.

Photo by Matthew Stepanek

Plan Ahead

Monthly Public Speaker Series:
Interesting speakers are lined up. Our meeting is usually on the 1st Tuesday of the month from September to April.

  • Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location:  currently meeting via Zoom call.
  • For Master Naturalists, this often counts as 1 hour of Advanced Training, but check the MN schedule to be sure.

May through August – Summer break
September 3, 2024 – Tyler Hedlund will be back to tell us about ticks.
And more to come.

Monthly Work Sessions
Date: 2nd Saturday
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Changes with the work that needs to be done. Check the Monthly Announcements, Facebook, or our website.
We break into teams and 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.
Upcoming Dates:
May 11, 2024, Location: 1787 Holford Drive and includes a Bring Your Own Picnic

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

4th Sunday Nature Walks
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
The locations of 4th-Sunday Nature Walks will vary throughout the Preserve depending on the subject of the walk. Be sure to check the latest announcements.
May through August – Summer break. It’s too hot!

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.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee usually meets once a month. The meetings are open to the public. For information, please contact us at

Become a Society member or donate

The Society’s only means of financial support is through memberships and donations. Membership has benefits such as Member-Only Nature walks and the annual Holiday Party. Your donation helps the all-volunteer Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest offer public lectures, conduct habitat management workdays, and offer public nature walks. Support the Preserve today.

We have online payment for membership or donation using credit or debit cards, or your PayPal account. Or, you can still download a membership form and send a check. Go to for more information.

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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.

Dog Policy
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.

Thank you for your support!
David Parrish, President
Ginny Wilcox, Secretary
Marvin Rogers, Treasurer

Barbara Baynham, Newsletter

And the rest of the Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest Executive Committee