Calendar

Sep
19
Thu
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.
Oct
12
Sat
Visit us at the Monarch Butterfly Festival – Saturday @ River Legacy Living Science Center
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

As part of the River Legacy Fall Festival, the City of Arlington, the River Legacy Living Science Center, Tarrant County College and the Friends of the Southwest Nature Preserve are collaborating to hold a Monarch Butterfly Festival. The Monarch Butterfly Festival will offer activities aimed to enhance butterfly populations throughout The American Dream City. The Friends of SWNP will have a booth with activities for children plus information about the Preserve.

More information about the fall festival and the butterfly festival…
www.arlingtontx.gov/news/my_arlington_t_x/news_stories/monarch_butterfly_festival

Oct
13
Sun
Visit us at the Monarch Butterfly Festival – Sunday @ River Legacy Living Science Center
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

As part of the River Legacy Fall Festival, the City of Arlington, the River Legacy Living Science Center, Tarrant County College and the Friends of the Southwest Nature Preserve are collaborating to hold a Monarch Butterfly Festival. The Monarch Butterfly Festival will offer activities aimed to enhance butterfly populations throughout The American Dream City. The Friends of SWNP will have a booth with activities for children plus information about the Preserve.

More information about the fall festival and the butterfly festival…
www.arlingtontx.gov/news/my_arlington_t_x/news_stories/monarch_butterfly_festival

Oct
26
Sat
SWNP 6th Anniversary features Historic Tree Designation @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

SWNP 6th Anniversary Event will feature the awarding of the historic tree designation for the Caddo Oak, a 200 plus year-old post oak (Quercus stellata). The designation will be presented by the Texas Historic Tree Coalition. The post oak was nominated by the Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve.

The ceremony will be at the Caddo Oak tree, a .5 mile walk from the parking lot, so please allow about half an hour to reach the site. A shuttle will be available from the SWNP parking lot to the north gate, providing closer access to the ceremony site for those who want a shorter walk.

As always, the event is free and open to the public.

Nov
19
Tue
Program: The Native American Cultures of Arlington @ Community Room at the Arlington Police Department's West District Service Center
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The speaker for our November meeting will be James Everett.  James is the President of the North Texas Archeological Society, the President-Elect of the Texas Archeological Society, and an Archeological Steward for the Texas Historical Commission.  He will discuss “The Native American Cultures of Arlington”.  His presentation will address the question “What Indians lived here?” and will provide  answers from history and prehistory.

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

The program is free and open to the public.

Nov
29
Fri
Black Friday: Opt Outside! Bird Walk @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Nov 29 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Annual Bird Migration is under way. See what new visitors have arrived at the preserve.

Master Birder Walt Berk will lead us in a bird walk at the Preserve.
Topics include:
* Bird anatomy as it pertains to field identification
* Types of birds common to this region during this season
* Basic ecology, habitat associations and behaviors
 
Bring binoculars and walking shoes. We will visit several areas of the preserve during the two-hour walk. Meet in the parking lot.
 
 Among common migratory arrivals in November are gadwalls, American wigeons, mallards, Northern shovelers, ring-necked ducks, buffleheads, pied-billed grebes, American coots, red-shouldered hawks, red-tailed hawks, robins, field sparrows, song sparrows, white-throated sparrows, yellow-rumped warblers, orange-crowned warblers, dark-eyed juncos, ring-billed gulls, belted kingfishers, ruby-crowned kinglets and American goldfinches.

The event is sponsored by Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve and the City of Kennedale. As always, the event is free and open to the public.

Feb
15
Sat
Great Backyard Bird Count @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Feb 15 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Join 210,000 birdwatchers worldwide as we count birds to gather real-time data on the health of populations by species. This data is an important snapshot of whether species are in decline, stable or expanding. It is an important research tool for environmental scientists.
All ages and skill levels welcome. Bring your binoculars and wear footwear and clothing suitable for the season. Count will be held rain or shine. This is our 13th bird count at the Southwest Nature Preserve.  Starts from the parking lot.

As always, the event is free and open to the public.

Feb
18
Tue
Program: Host and Nectar Native plants for Pollinators @ Arlington Public Library - Lake Arlington Branch
Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Please note early start time and library location (this month only)!

Josephine Keeney will help us learn about the best native pollinator plants for our area. That’s not just host plants for the larvae, but also the nectar plants that will feed the adults. Special plants invite special butterflies to our gardens!

Josephine is an expert on all aspects of native plants and how they support pollinators.  Josephine is a Master Naturalist with the Cross Timbers chapter, a member of the Native Plant Society, Arlington Conservation Council and the Arlington Organic Garden Club. She volunteers regularly at Molly Hollar Wildscape and at O.S. Gray Natural Area. And she manages the Randol Mill Park greenhouse.  She has been called a “plant laureate” for her expertise on native plant propagation and conservation.

Note that our February program will be held at the Arlington Public Library – Lake Arlington Branch.  4000 W Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX 76016

The program is free and open to the public.

Feb
20
Thu
Village Creek – Then and Now @ Kennedale Public Library
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Kennedale Historical Society is hosting a program on Kennedale-Arlington Yesterday and Today: A look at who lived here from the Battle of Village Creek to the creation of the Southwest Nature Preserve.

This is a tale of original Native American inhabitants and the upheaval caused when the European conquest of Texas reached here in the 1830s. The modern focus will be on the 58 acres of the Southwest Nature Preserve, which is freezing in time the land — and the plants and creatures that continue to live here – for future generations to enjoy.

Presenting on the Battle of Village Creek will be John R. Lundberg, Ph.D., professor of history at Tarrant County College South Campus. Jim Frisinger, a volunteer with the Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve, will speak about the history of the preserve property.

The event is free and open to the public.