Calendar

Jun
19
Tue
Program: Celebrate Pollinators with Us @ Community Room at the West Arlington Police Station
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Celebrate National Pollinator Week with us at our June 19 program. Missy Singleton will discuss the role of pollinators in our environment and how we can help protect them. National Pollinator Week brings attention to the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations while emphasizing the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

Missy Singleton joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2015 as a private lands biologist in the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.  She graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Wildlife Ecology and Management. After working at the Texas A&m vet school for 6 years doing physiology research on bats, she entered the environmental consulting world. During 10 years in the consulting world she worked in several different ecological zones where she managed environmental impacts during the border fence construction.

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

Aug
18
Sat
Trails Event @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Aug 18 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Join another volunteer group and Arlington Parks to open a new trail along the west side of the preserve.  We’ll guide volunteers in trimming growth along the trail.  Please bring gloves, a water container and loppers if you have them.

Sep
18
Tue
Program: Scat & Tracks: What Animals Leave Behind @ Community Room at the Arlington Police Department's West District Service Center
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Kayleigh Medeiros will be discussing animal evidence, specifically scat and tracks. Participants will learn how to safely examine scat and how to identify it. We will then discuss the tracks of an animal; participants will discover where to look for tracks, the parts of a track, and how to measure. 

Kayleigh Medeiros is the Audubon Conservation Treks Manager for the State and Academic Programs Manager for Trinity River Audubon Center. Her main focus is leading high school students on week long conservation leadership camping trips. She’s been with Trinity River Audubon Center since August 2015. She is originally from Massachusetts and received a bachelor of science in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation from UMASS Amherst in 2011. She has worked for several conservation entities in many different capacities including a naturalist on Prudence Island in Rhode Island and a traveling wildlife educator for USFWS. Some of her passions include birding, working out, hiking, baking and knitting!

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

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