May 2024 Announcements

Preservation Society
for Spring Creek Forest
Preserve, Educate, Collaborate
Still a couple of notes
for April 2024
Because of possible rain and probable muddy trails, the 4th Sunday Nature Walk with Matthew Stepanek is RESCHEDULED to Sunday, May 12, same time, same place. See below.

Also see below for photos of the spectacular wildflower bloom on the Prairie at 1787 Holford Road.


City Nature Challenge 2024


Observe species, photograph, post to iNaturalist, help DFW win Most observations for 2024. We want to beat Houston!
Dates: April 26 – 29, 2024
Location: Outside where there are plants and insects
          Join Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, the Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, and others in a fun challenge to see which city of the world can document the most species.
It is easy to participate by either joining an event or making observations on your own. You must post your observations using the free citizen-science phone app iNaturalist. You just take a picture of a plant or animal, and the on-line community will help identify what species it is.
Any observation made during the four days of the event in the greater metropolitan area of each city will count towards the challenge.
Although the Society is not hosting a specific event, you can participate by exploring the life in your backyard, in your local park or on a field trip with your local naturalist group. We hope you come to the Preserve!

For more information on how to post to DFW, go to:


Dallas County Open Spaces –
Survey to help create the Master Plan for the next few years
          It is not too late for you to share your ideas for the Dallas County Open Space Master Plan. Please take a few minutes to provide input on proposed projects at each Dallas County Preserve. The Survey is available now through Friday, May 10, 2024.

Why are your Dallas County Preserves So Important?


The Dallas County Parks and Open Space program consists of twenty-one preserves totaling 4,085 acres throughout Dallas County. Our Spring Creek Forest Preserve and the Spring Creek Park Preserve are part of this system. With Dallas being such an urbanized area, these greenspaces are vital and provide a multitude of ecosystem services such as:
• Improving air quality
• Providing local recreational opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, & fishing (Note – fishing and off-concrete biking are not allowed in our Spring Creek Preserves.)
• Providing habitat for wildlife
• Preserving natural & cultural resources


This year Dallas County Open Spaces is completing the 2024 Masterplan and are implementing a preserve volunteer program, stay tuned for how to get involved and to see the exciting things happening at the preserves! Visit the link below to find a preserve near you to provide your input on projects that should be done in your Preserves.


Link to Survey:


May 2024


Monthly Work Session
plus Bring Your Own Picnic


DateSaturday, May 11, 2024
Time: 9:00 a.m. – noon
Location: 1787 Holford Drive

We do our splendid work on the prairie from 9 – 11 a.m. Then at 11, we meet at the picnic tables, each with your own brown bag or maybe your Roy Rogers or Avenger lunch pail. We eat our PBJs and apple slices surrounded not only by an amazing view, but great folks. Even if you can’t work on the prairie, come to the picnic!

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: Each work session begins with a safety briefing.
  • BRING WATER and bug 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.



Matthew Stepanek –
A Photo Trek Through Nature’s Gallery

DateSundayMay 12, 2024
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 1770 Holford

We hope the trails will now be perfect while Matt leads you into the forest. He 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: Matthew recently photographed this rarely seen spider at 1787 Holford. The spider, Pardosa deliculata, has only 40 observations in Texas, according to the citizen-science app iNaturalist (+1 in Louisiana and 1 in Mexico).


Events – June, July, August
Except for Evening with Moths in July, we mostly take a break during the summer – no Speaker Series, no 4th Sunday Walks, and Work Sessions that are available to a number of valiant and plucky souls who volunteer for Dana’s work team.

Dana’s Work Team: Because it is so hot, summer Work Sessions are led by Dana Wilson at various times, dates, and locations. If you would like to be on Dana’s work team, please email her at


July Special Event –
An Evening with Moths and Sam K
DateSaturday, July 20, 2024
Time: 8:30 p.m. until late
Location: 1770 Holford Drive

Sam Kieschnick, Texas Parks and Wildlife Urban Wildlife Biologist for DFW, will be on hand with all his energy and expertise.
This family friendly event honoring International Moth Week is an opportunity to experience night at the Preserve. Most moths are nocturnal, so we set up several light sheets to attract moths and other night flying insects. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and help with identification.


One of Sam’s favorite quotes by Bradley Miller: “Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.”


All children must be accompanied by an appropriate number of adults. Bring water, insect repellent, and a flashlight. Wear close-toed shoes!


More information to come.


Moth Night 2022 by Carol Garrison


Here is a treat for reading all the way to here:
Our magnificent prairie is in bloom at 1787 Holford Road. All these photos were taken in the last 10 days.


A field of Four-nerve Daisies by Vince Hale

Four-nerve Daisy close-up (Tetraneuris linearifolia) by Vince Hale

Pearl Crescent butterfly by Judy Cato 

Prairie in bloom by Mary Kay Starnes 

Foam nest of Spittlebug by Vince Hale

Barbara’s Button (Marshallia caespitosa) with bee by Vince Hale

Foxglove in bloom by Mary Kay Starnes

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.
Tuesday, October 1, 2024 – Nancy Wilson and Jay Przyborski, Natie Plant Society of Texas – NPSOT – Great native plants for your own yard

And more to come.

Monthly Work Sessions
Throughout June, July, and August, Work Sessions will be led by Dana Wilson at various times, dates, and locations. If you would like to be on Dana’s work team, please email her at

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!

Sunday, September 22, 2024 – Naturalists Jennifer Stuart and Aleena Figueroa will lead us. Nature Trekkers – Kids in the Forest
Sunday, October 27, 2024 – Plants in the Preserve that are great native plants for your own yard

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.Monthly Announcements:
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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