Upcoming Activities at SWNP

April 28: The City Nature Challenge comes to SWNP.  See event post for full details.

4:00 pm – The Ponds
6:00 pm – The Critters
8:00 pm – After Dark

April 30: The City Nature Challenge returns to SWNP on the last day of the Challenge.

11 am – 1 pm – Come out to SWNP and observe some nature!

May 5: Tree Walk with Jeremy Priest. See event post for full details.

10:00 am – noon. We will walk the trails, looking at trees – identifying the variety of trees at the Preserve with a focus on historic trees.


All events are free and open to the public.

March Activities

Our March program will be held at the Preserve on the 4th Saturday. On our normal program date, we will hold a business meeting, then teach an introduction to iNaturalist in preparation for the City Nature Challenge in April.  SWNP events and programs are free and open to the public.

March 20, 5:30 pm, Friends Business Meeting. At the west Arlington Police Station.
March 20, 7:00 pm, iNaturalist Overview.  At the west Arlington Police Station.


March 24, 8 am, Program at SWNP: Bird Walk (at the Preserve) with Walt Berk.  See event listing for more information.

February Activities

We are looking forward to two events in February – both are free and open to the public.

February 17, 8:30am (rain delay), the Great Backyard Bird Count. At SWNP. Meet in the parking lot. Bring binoculars and something for note taking. Cameras can be useful, too. Here’s a link for more information, though there’s no need to record your SWNP sigtings – we will submit a group list. www.birdcount.org


February 20, 7 pm, Program: Basic Considerations for Grasslands Restoration. At west Arlington Police Station. See event listing for more info

Pollinator/Restoration Project – Friday, Dec. 15, 1-5 pm

Planting time!  Big thanks to Arlington Parks and Recreation Department for preparing the site, installing the mulched trail and temporary irrigation system.  Local ecotype grass and wildflower seeds have been hand-gathered, many are thanks to John Snowden’s Bluestem Nursery….and more have been purchased from local providers with EarthDayTX grant funds…and it’s time to plant!

Volunteers are needed to finish preparing the project site, broadcast the seed and finish the planting by rolling the seed and watering. Anytime you can help Friday afternoon would be appreciated

Please dress for the weather and bring work gloves, stiff rakes or hoes (if you have ‘em).  Water and snacks will be provided.

Weather is looking seasonably cool but sunny. If too windy for broadcasting seed, we’ll still rake and prep the site, just delay seeding slightly.

For more information, please e-mail info@swnp.org.

Nov 15 Program: Why you should learn to love Mushrooms

This presentation will introduce you to the world and biology of fungi and the critical role that they play in all ecosystems. We will explore their various lifestyles and examine their relationship to humans.

Denis Benjamin is a Resident Research Associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas where he curates the mycology collection and teaches about fungi. He retired from Medical practice as a pediatric pathologist, spending thirty years at Seattle Children’s Hospital and ten years at Cook Children’s.  He is author of the landmark book on the health effects of mushrooms (Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas) and published a collection of mushroom foraging essays (Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging). He is also a watercolorist focusing on fungi and botanical art.

Wednesday, November 15, at 7 pm
Community Room, West Arlington Police Station
2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX   76013
Parking is available in the front of the building, accessed from Ron McAndrew Drive
The program is free and open to the public.