Calendar

Apr
27
Sat
City Nature Challenge – SWNP’s Challenge @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

What is City Nature Challenge?
Hosted by iNaturalist, the City Nature Challenge is 4-day international effort, April 26-29, for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. Cities compete to see who can make the most observations, find the most species, and engage the most people.

Why document our natural world?
Knowing what species are in our city and where they are helps us study and protect them.

Activities at Southwest Nature Preserve
You are invited to join other naturalists at the preserve Saturday, April 27. Volunteers will offer tours and help you navigate the iNaturalist app. All ages can contribute by posting photos of plants, animals, insects or any other evidence of life. Just bring your cameras and smartphones – and a keen eye – to document nature. We will provide water.

Starting from the parking lot, we’ll try to see how much nature we can find at the Preserve:
– 2:30 – Trail Walk
– 3:00 – Fishing pier and riparian area
– 4:00 – Pollinator Meadow

How you can prepare in advance
Visit inaturalist.org
Download the free iNaturalist smartphone app at home from the AppStore or Google Play.
Sign-In or Create an account.

May
6
Mon
Your Neighborhood Snakes (And Those Nearby) @ Arlington's West Police Service Center
May 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

A Presentation Sponsored by Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve.

Get to know the snakes you might see in your neighborhood as well as those in surrounding parts of north Texas. There will be plenty of slides of these animals and discussion of how they live and whether they pose any danger to you. And even though a venomous snake would be unusual in most of Arlington, we will cover those species, safety tips, and snake bite information.

This is a free presentation for residents of Arlington-particularly on the west side. It will be at the Arlington Police Department’s West Police Service Center Community Room, 2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Monday, May 6th, from 6:30-8:00pm.

Michael Smith, the presenter, is co-author of “Herping Texas: The Quest for Reptiles and Amphibians.” He wrote an article about Texas’ venomous snakes and snake bite for Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine In 2015 (“Venomous Vipers”).

May
21
Tue
Program: Establishing and Maintaining Native Plants: Prairie Restorations and Pollinator Gardens @ Community Room at the Arlington Police Department's West District Service Center
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Heather Bass, Botanist and Native Landscaping Consultant at BRIT, will provide an overview of lessons learned about successful native plant establishment and maintenance during three research projects looking at a native prairie restoration, a native prairie creation, and establishing sustainable urban pollinator gardens. 

Parking is available in the front of the building, accessed from Ron McAndrew Drive
The program is free and open to the public.

Jun
18
Tue
Program: The World of Bees @ Community Room at the Arlington Police Department's West District Service Center
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ryan Giesecke will discuss bee biology, sociality, beekeeping, honey bee castes, pollination, foraging, communication, die off, what we can do to help, and where we would be without bees.

Ryan keeps bees in urban and rural apiaries in the Dallas area, and owns and operates “Honey Bee Relocation Services” in Dallas, specializing in live honey bee and bumble bee relocation.  Ryan is President of Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association in Dallas, President of Metro Beekeepers Association in Fort Worth, has reached Master level in the Texas Master Beekeeper Program, and completed Texas Master Naturalist training classes in 2018. He is a frequent presenter at beekeeping events around the state, and a persistent educator on bees and beekeeping in the DFW area.

Parking is available in the front of the building, accessed from Ron McAndrew Drive
The program is free and open to the public.

Jun
25
Tue
Hands on-Weeds out Workday @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Jun 25 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

  

Join us at SWNP’s Pollinator Meadow to weed out giant ragweed & Johnson grass.

Please bring gloves, hand clippers, hoe or small digging tool.  Water, sunscreen & bug spray may also be a good idea.

The weather forecast looks OK for now, but notification will be posted here if the event is rescheduled due to severe weather alert or steady rain.

Jul
26
Fri
Hands on-Weeds out Workday @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us at SWNP’s Pollinator Meadow to weed out giant ragweed & Johnson grass.

Please bring gloves, hand clippers, hoe or small digging tool.  Water, sunscreen & bug spray may also be a good idea.

The weather forecast looks OK for now, but notification will be posted here if the event is rescheduled due to severe weather alert or steady rain.

Aug
20
Tue
Program: Camping Alone in the Wild! @ Community Room at the Arlington Police Department's West District Service Center
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Is “tenting” not for you? How about “glamping” in a classic, vintage-style teardrop camper?! GROW volunteer and outdoorswoman, Diane Pierce, will share tips and tricks she’s learned throughout her journey with a teardrop camper. “It’s about getting up and out in a teardrop camper: about camper history, selection, places to go, how to do it alone, and safety and planning.. I took a solo trip this last August and September…5 weeks, 6000 miles, and 10 states. I hike, bird watch, set up game/trail cameras, observe nature, and appreciate peace and quiet!”  Diane will talk about trailer selection, safety procedures, operation, equipment, camping options, and group and individual activities at our August program.

Parking is available in the front of the building, accessed from Ron McAndrew Drive

The program is free and open to the public.

Aug
24
Sat
Hands on-Weeds out Workday @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Aug 24 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Join us at SWNP’s Pollinator Meadow to weed out giant ragweed & Johnson grass.

Please bring gloves, hand clippers, loppers or small digging tool.  Water, sunscreen & bug spray may also be a good idea.

The weather forecast looks OK for now, but notification will be posted here if the event is rescheduled due to severe weather alert or steady rain.

Sep
9
Mon
Start of Scheduled Giving for North Texas Giving Day
Sep 9 @ 6:00 am – Sep 19 @ 6:00 am

North Texas Giving Day is almost here!

The Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve are part of Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day.

During last year’s North Texas Giving Day, we raised almost $1,500. This is our major fundraiser and we hope you will help us reach our 2019 goal of $2,000.

Did you know that you can schedule your #NTxGivingDay donation early? Scheduled donations start on September 9!
Prefer to write a check? That works, too! Mail your check (to be received by September 18) to:
Friends of SWNP
P.O. Box 264
Arlington, TX 76004
Get the #NTxGivingDay party started early! Mark your calendar for September 9 and include this link that will take you right to our donation page – www.northtexasgivingday.org/swnp
Sep
17
Tue
Program: iNaturalist Tips and Tricks @ Arlington Public Library - Lake Arlington Branch
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We will have an informal program on iNaturalist, talking about some of the features you might not have found yet or ones you didn’t think you’d use. We’ll also take a look at Seek and how it fits in with iNaturalist. Please bring any questions you have and your Smartphone with iNaturalist and Seek already loaded, if you’d like.
 
Annabelle Corboy will lead the discussion/demonstration. She teaches a class on iNaturalist and other smartphone apps at Tarrant Community College, NE campus.
 
The program is free and open to the public.