Upcoming Activities …

Reptiles and Amphibians of SW Nature Preserve and Beyond, Michael Smith Speaker

Tuesday, April 20, 7pm via ZOOM

We will have photos and stories of the frogs and toads, turtles, lizards and snakes found at the preserve and in the surrounding area. Get answers to questions like, “where can you find them” and “are they harmful or helpful?” We will include some information about venomous snakes, even though they have not been seen at the preserve.

See “Calendar” tab for ZOOM link.


A Yucca Moth Evening Walk

Sunday, May 2,  7pm at SWNP

John and Grace Darling will lead us on a walk through SWNP with emphasis on finding some active Yucca Moths, but we will look for any creature that happens by and hope we can name a few. 

There is an extraordinary partnership between the yucca moth and the yucca plant. They are so interdependent that one cannot live without the other. The yucca moth is a non-descript, small, whitish moth that blends well with the color of the yucca blossoms where it spends most of its brief adult life. Males and females emerge from their cocoons in the spring, timed with the blossoming of the yucca plant. 

Wear sturdy shoes or boots, maybe bring bug spray and water, and especially a good flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries. The walk back will be in the dark, so a good light will be essential.


April 30 – May 3, CITY NATURE CHALLENGE

Details soon, see listing under “Calendar” tab. FREE


Bats of the Area and How to Find Them

Tuesday, May 18, 7pm at SWNP

Local bat enthusiasts Ellen Ravkind and Anne Alderfer along with bat expert Kate Rugroden from the Bat World Sanctuary will provide the program.  Kate will talk about the bats in this area and the role the sanctuary plays in education and rehabilitation. Then Ellen will educate us on the echo location devices from Wildlife Acoustics (Echo Meter Touch 2) as a prolog to Ellen and Anne leading a hike looking for bats.

Wear sturdy shoes or boots, maybe bring bug spray and water, and especially a good flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries. The walk back will be in the dark, so a good light will be essential.

March 2 Program Review

SWNP Programs are back!  Since 2018, the city of Kennedale has been working on a plan to highlight and enhance the creek systems that run through the city. The plan is important to the Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve, and includes a proposed wildlife crossing to connect SWNP with Village Creek and Winding Creek wildlife travel corridors. The Friends of SWNP have been represented in the stakeholder meetings by Lynn Healy and Jan Miller. Melissa Dailey, Director of Planning and Economic Development, described the plan and answered questions about how the plans impact the Southwest Nature Preserve.

Before there were cities, there were waterways. The Greenways creek system in Kennedale provides a unique opportunity for the creation of gathering places alongside nature and a citywide network of pathways. Those pathways could connect people by uniting many Kennedale neighborhoods, parks, schools, churches, and local businesses. People have gathered near waterways since the beginning of time. The Greenways creeks are prime to gather the people of Kennedale.

The City of Kennedale has partnered with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program and The University of Texas at Arlington College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs to develop a sustainable plan for pathways, amenities, erosion prevention, and natural conservation for the Kennedale Greenways. Through surveys, public meetings, and conversations with community members, the plan identifies improvements for Village, Kennedale, and Winding Creeks and the surrounding areas.

To see the presentation developed by the City of Kennedale, go to https://www.cityofkennedale.com/780/Greenways-Project