Calendar

Sep
20
Thu
Celebrate North Texas Giving Day in Arlington @ Levitt Pavilion
Sep 20 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 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 – Jimmie Vaughan Concert

If you can’t meet us there, please consider making a donation to support the Preserve…
https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/green-arlington-foundation

Oct
6
Sat
Bird ID Workshop and Walk – Fall 2018 @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Oct 6 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Join Master Birder Walter Berk for this quarterly beginners’ class which will show you which birds are in our area now, what they’re up to, where to look for them…and more!

Optional Classroom Instruction, 8 a.m.
City Hall Conference Room, 405 Municipal Drive, in Kennedale (4 miles south of the preserve)

Bird walk open to all, 8:30-10 a.m.
Southwest Nature Preserve

Please RSVP for the optional workshop at 8 am (required due to limited space) or join the group at SWNP at 8:30 am for the birding practice session.  Everyone’s welcome, beginner to advanced.

Bring binoculars if you have them but we’ll have some to loan if you don’t.  Please consider bringing drinking water and sun protection.

FREE

 

Oct
20
Sat
CANCELLED – 5th Anniversary Celebration! @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The rains haven’t been kind to the Southwest Nature Preserve – the trails are muddy at best, with some erosion visible. Our priority for the preserve is to wait for some dry weather, then assess the damage. We are canceling our celebration, though we plan to reschedule it for next spring.

Southwest Nature Preserve was dedicated on 10/19/13 and we are planning a celebration to mark its 5th Anniversary.  We are planning afternoon and evening events that highlight the accomplishments of the last 5 years.

Activities will include “Soak It All In” – take time to observe what’s all around you; “Meet Your Neighbors” – for kids and beginners-a walk designed to introduce people to some plants and animals they have seen but maybe never been introduced to; “Photographing the Preserve” learn how to to use the natural world to make artful photos; plus more activities that kids will enjoy and learn from. A special prize for those attending the “Photographing the Preserve” walk will be a drawing for two of Bob Brennan’s 2019 calendars.

Time Activities
2 – 3:30 Meet Your Neighbors – A hike at the Preserve
3:45 – 4:45 Photographing the Preserve
5:00 – 6:15 Soak It All In – Pollinator Meadow +
Nov
3
Sat
Big Dig with UTArlington volunteers @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Nov 3 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The plants are ready, can you help with the Big Dig?  UTArlington volunteers will help us plant hundreds of native wildflowers and grasses.  These plants will add diversity to the pollinator meadow and help to attract even more pollinators.  Please bring gloves and a shovel if you have one.  Questions?  Contact us…..

Nov
13
Tue
Program: The Wild Cats of Texas @ Arlington Public Library - Lake Arlington Branch
Nov 13 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Many people are unaware of the great diversity of our felines, their habitat, physical characteristics, threats currently facing them, and the importance that they play in maintaining Nature’s health and diversity. In a state that has seen explosive human population growth, Texas Native Cats presents the cats’ struggle to cope with human influence and gives a voice to these amazing wild cats.

Monica Morrison is the founder of Texas Native Cats, an organization based in Dallas that consists of volunteers, master naturalists, and others interested in acquainting Texans with our cat species.

The program is free and open to the public.

Nov
23
Fri
OptOUTSIDE Nature Crawl
Nov 23 all-day

Join Arlington’s nature enthusiasts to OptOUTSIDE on this Black Friday alternative event.  Visit four of Arlington’s premier nature preserves and natural areas, learn about programs, projects and organizers at each.  Details soon!

Jan
19
Sat
CANCELED – Beginner Bird ID Workshop and Walk @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Jan 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The Saturday birding workshop and walk has been canceled due to rain, cold and high winds forecast.

 

Join Master Birder Walter Berk for this quarterly beginners’ class which will show you which birds are in our area now, what they’re up to, where to look for them…and more!

Optional Classroom Instruction, 8 a.m.
City Hall Conference Room, 405 Municipal Drive, in Kennedale (4 miles south of the preserve)

Bird walk open to all, 8:30-10 a.m.
Southwest Nature Preserve

Please RSVP for the optional workshop at 8 am (required due to limited space) or join the group at SWNP at 8:30 am for the birding practice session.  Everyone’s welcome, beginner to advanced.

Bring binoculars.  Please consider bringing drinking water and sun protection.

FREE

 

 

 

Feb
16
Sat
The Great Backyard Bird Count – 2019 @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Feb 16 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Join expert, amateur, and beginner birders for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, supported by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. Led by Jim Frisinger, our birders will meet at the amphitheater of SWNP, near the parking lot.

Please bring binoculars (if you have some) along with your favorite bird book(s).  Also, sunscreen, water, and a note pad. You might consider bringing a camping chair. A camera or phone with camera would also be handy.

For more information on the GBBC, visit their website: The Great Backyard Bird Count

Feb
19
Tue
Program – Bird Population Trends at SWNP @ Lake Arlington Public Library
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Follow-up Program to Great Backyard Bird Count.

Birder Jim Frisinger shares bird tally trends since 2007 at the Preserve.

Note: presentation is at Lake Arlington Community Room, Lake Arlington Branch Library, 4000 West Green Oaks Blvd.

The program is free and open to the public.

Mar
19
Tue
Program: Here be Dragons! Odonates of SWNP @ Community Room at the Arlington Police Department's West District Service Center
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Brent Franklin is a certified Texas Master Naturalist and past president of the Cross Timbers chapter. Growing up in Abilene, Texas he spent a lot of time on family land outside of town where they raised cattle. Fishing, hunting and exploring was a large part of his childhood. After high school he served a total of 11 years in the US Army and Texas Army National Guard. All of this fed an intense love for being out in nature. Asking him to choose his favorite, birds or dragonflies, is like asking him to pick his favorite of his 2 daughters.

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