October Things to Do

October 2019 – Tuesday, October 1, 2019: General Meeting – Michael Parkey, Native Trees in the Urban Forest. This is why our forest is designated as preserve – we have an amazing variety of native trees in our forest. Location: Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Michael Parkey is a registered landscape architect who has designed gardens in north Texas since 1983. His special interests are sustainable landscapes and the use of native plants in gardens and restored habitats. Spanning a wide range, his projects include residential gardens, commercial developments, and specialized landscapes for botanic gardens, parks, schools, zoos and nature study areas. Mr. Parkey is based in Dallas, where he has had his own firm since 1993. In addition to his practice, he teaches courses on landscape design and native plants for Southern Methodist University, and frequently lectures on the same topics. His articles, designs, and illustrations have appeared in several books and periodicals. His designs have received awards from the City of Dallas and the American Society of Landscape Architects. For Master Naturalists, this counts as 1 hour Advanced Training.  
SUNDAY, October 6, 2019: Monthly Work Session DATE CHANGED from Saturday Location: 1787 Holford Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. This will be a fun group effort – think of a bucket brigade. We will meet in the parking lot and pass heavyish edging stones from person to person as they are put into place around the Wildscape. Wear work gloves! But, it’s a big prairie and needs continual attention from people that want to make sure it is still here many years from now for people to enjoy. So if there is time after placing the stones, we will work in the prairie, too. Come and spend a couple of hours with us. At the 1787 Holford location, we not only have prairie, but we have a great example of native forest that runs along Spring Creek. This area is currently clear of that pernicious privet we are always pulling in other parts of the preserve, but we have many other chores to do. For Master Naturalists, this counts as Volunteer Hours on the Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest project. Safety Materials: Each work session will begin with a safety briefing. BRING WATER. Even in the heat, wear work gloves, long pants, protective eyewear, and sturdy shoes (no sandals) for your protection from poison ivy and thorns.  If you have them, bring loppers and/or small tree saws. All participants and the parents of minors must sign our Liability Waiver.  All minors 16 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Sunday, October 27, 2019:  4th Sunday Nature walk
Try our new, regularly scheduled guided walk, every 4th Sunday of the month. These are fun, family walks, appropriate for anyone who wants to enjoy a guided walk in the Preserve. (Note: They are NOT approved for Master Naturalist Advanced Training.) October’s guides are Preservation Society president, David Parrish and Society board member, John Sans. Continuing our October theme on native trees, David and John will lead you through one of the best old-growth forests in the Dallas area. Time: 2:00 p.m. to around 3:30 p.m. Location 1770 Holford. (Note – 4th Sunday Nature Walk locations will vary throughout the Preserve, depending on the subject of the walk.) Important information: The natural-surface trails are not stroller-compatible; everyone must be able to walk approximately 1 mile. Clothing: Even in the heat, wear long pants and sturdy shoes (no sandals) for your protection from poison ivy and thorns. Apply insect repellent. Bring water. All participants and the parents of minors must sign our Liability Waiver.  All minors 16 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by an adult.