Calendar

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.
Sep
19
Thu
North Texas Giving Day!
Sep 19 @ 6:00 am – 11:59 pm

North Texas Giving Day is 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.

If you donate to Friends of SWNP on North Texas Giving Day between 6am and midnight, your dollar will be stretched with bonus funds and prizes raised by Communities Foundation of Texas and Arlington Tomorrow Foundation.

Make your donation today at www.northtexasgivingday.org/swnp

Celebrate North Texas Giving Day with us in Arlington @ Levitt Pavilion
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Friends of SWNP will be joining Arlington Tomorrow Foundation to celebrate North Texas Giving Day. And it’s FREE!

Come by our booth from 6:30 pm until the evening ends.
6:00 pm – Food Trucks Available | 6:30 pm – Nonprofit Showcase
7:30 pm – Program | 8:00 pm – Daphne Willis Concert

If you can’t meet us there, please consider making a donation to support the Preserve…
www.northtexasgivingday.org/swnp

Sep
28
Sat
Nature Walk at SWNP @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Bob O’Kennon has agreed to lead us in a walk to point out and identify some of the plants that are found at SWNP.
 
The time and date are subject to change as the date gets closer, so please check back here a couple of days before the event!
 
Bob O’Kennon is a Research Botanist at Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). Among many achievements, Bob is co-author of both the Shinners and Mahler’s Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas and the upcoming Illustrated Flora of East Texas, as well as the Flora and Natural History of Gillespie County, Texas. And even more, Bob has posted almost 1,000 observations at SWNP and has observed the most different species there (565).
The program is free and open to the public.