Eagle Scout Project seeks donations

Southwest Nature Preserve has been very fortunate to receive the notice of David White for his Eagle Scout project.  While hiking at the preserve, David noticed that while the trail map at the entry parking lot was great, there were no trail markers or trailhead kiosk.

He contacted Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve about his idea, and with our enthusiastic support, subsequently presented his project and received approval from Arlington Parks and Recreation Department and Boy Scouts of America.

David has worked with APRD and Friends of SWNP to design a trailhead kiosk which will contain a detailed trail map and other information about the preserve’s natural features as well as strategic placement of color-coded markers along the trails. The project will help guests to have a a more enjoyable experience and greater appreciation of the preserve while also establishing easily recognized trails and reducing erosion and its damaging effects on wildlife habitat.

Please consider a donation to support David’s project; see details and contact information in his flyer. Thank you!

Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve, P.O. Box 264, Arlington, TX 76004-0264

To print or share the flyer as a .pdf file, please use the following link:

Eagle Scout Project Flyer

March 21 Program: Bats of North Texas


Did you know that there are over 1,300 species of bats? These flying mammals provide important benefits to natural ecosystems and human economies. This presentation will discuss bat biology, which bat species call DFW home, why bats are so important, and the current threats to bat populations.


Rachel Richter is an Urban Wildlife Biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife in the DFW area. She has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M and a master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from Texas State. Her thesis research focused on home range and habitat use of a reintroduced population of javelina in Central Texas. As an urban wildlife biologist, she focuses on making our communities more wildlife-friendly through educational outreach and providing technical guidance.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 7:00 pm
Community Room at the West Arlington Police Station
2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington.
Parking is available in the front of the building, accessed from Ron McAndrew Drive.
FREE and open to the public.

July events


No Friends meeting or business meeting in July!  Meetings resume August 16.


Saturday, July 23 – Beginner Birding Workshop

8:00 am Beginner Birding Workshop (optional, but registration is required due to limited seating)
8:30 am Birdwatching session at SWNP

For more information, click on the flyer below. To reserve your seat, please contact Rachel Roberts at 817-985-2135 or email. In case of rain, the workshop will be rescheduled; check www.cityofkennedale.com/birding for updates.

2016-07-23 Bird Workshop Flyer

March program – New location and format!

You are invited to the first of a series of monthly programs presented by the Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve.  This will be a new format for the Friends organization, featuring SWNP-specific programs that focus on the natural area, its history, and the diversity of living things that it supports.admin-ajax.php
iNaturalist – Social Media for the Naturalist in You

presented by Sam Kieschnick, Urban Wildlife Biologist, DFW for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Tuesday, March 15
7 pm

Community Room, West Arlington Police Station, 2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX   76013
Parking is available in front of the building, accessed from Ron McAndrew Dr.

iNaturalist is an online social network of people sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. It’s also a crowdsourced species identification system and an organism occurrence recording tool. You can use it to record your own observations, get help with identifications, collaborate with others to collect this kind of information for a common purpose, or access the observational data collected by iNaturalist users.

iNaturalist logo

FREE and open to the public – please come to have fun and learn something about iNaturalist and the Southwest Nature Preserve.

Friends of SWNP programs will have these goals: (1) to educate the public on the Preserve, its habitats, wildlife, and geology, (2) to learn how the Preserve can be protected and enhanced to increase its value to Arlington and surrounding areas, and (3) to provide opportunities for the community to meet, share stories, and help plan its future.