August SWNP Program: An Eagle Scout Project for SWNP

David White, Troop 615 in Arlington, TX, approached the Friends of SWNP this spring with a proposal for an Eagle Scout Project that would benefit SWNP.  He will give our August program and will tell us all about the project, from his initial idea, through the approval and fundraising process, and finally an update on the actual construction and installation.  It will give us a chance to understand the complexities of putting together the project and allow us to thank him and his troop for their enthusiasm and hard work.

Tuesday, August 15, at 7 pm
Community Room, West Arlington Police Station
2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX   76013
Parking is available from Ron McAndrew Dr
FREE and open to the public.

Summer Birding Class – Register now!

Saturday, July 15

Summer’s showy birds are here for a limited time only and some may begin migration in the next few weeks. This quarterly beginners’ class will show you which birds are in our area now, what they’re up to, where to look for them…and more!

Please RSVP for the optional workshop at 8 am in nearby Kennedale (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.

For more information and to RSVP, see the flyer:

Eagle Scout Project seeks donations

UPDATE, 7/22/17:  Great news, the Fundraising Goal has been MET!  Big thanks to everyone who contributed to the fund.  Watch for project updates to follow soon.

Southwest Nature Preserve has been very fortunate to receive the notice of David White for his Eagle Scout project.  While hiking at the preserve, David noticed that while the trail map at the entry parking lot was great, there were no trail markers or trailhead kiosk.

He contacted Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve about his idea, and with our enthusiastic support, subsequently presented his project and received approval from Arlington Parks and Recreation Department and Boy Scouts of America.

David has worked with APRD and Friends of SWNP to design a trailhead kiosk which will contain a detailed trail map and other information about the preserve’s natural features as well as strategic placement of color-coded markers along the trails. The project will help guests to have a a more enjoyable experience and greater appreciation of the preserve while also establishing easily recognized trails and reducing erosion and its damaging effects on wildlife habitat.

Please consider a donation to support David’s project; see details and contact information in his flyer. Thank you!

Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve, P.O. Box 264, Arlington, TX 76004-0264

To print or share the flyer as a .pdf file, please use the following link:

Eagle Scout Project Flyer

June SWNP Program: Ray Rentschler – Living with Arlington’s Wildlife

Alligators, bobcats, coyotes, and feral hogs are some of the more exotic examples of the wide range of urban wildlife living in our community. For years, large numbers of wild animals have been trapped, euthanized, or relocated by animal shelters all over the United States. Despite years of these practices, human interactions with urban wildlife still take place today. Ray Rentschler, Field Operations Administrator at Animal Services, is tasked with helping us co-exist with Arlington’s wildlife. These animals are a common and important part of our ecosystem, benefiting the human population in numerous ways. Ray will give us some insights into our local wildlife and how to interact with it.

Tuesday, June 20, at 7 pm
Community Room, West Arlington Police Station
2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX   76013
Parking is available from Ron McAndrew Dr
FREE and open to the public.

May 20 Program: An evening at SWNP – Event is ON!

Plan on mud in some places on the paths.

We will begin the evening with a walk at 6 pm – Secret Features of SWNP, led by Jim Frisinger. Next up is time for exploring, visiting and enjoying light refreshments (furnished by Friends of SWNP).  We will end the evening with a Night Hike and Owl Prowl, led by inveterate invertebrate, amphibian, and reptile expert – Michael Smith. The hike will start just before dusk.

Evening begins at 6 pm, finishes around 9:45 pm.

Meeting at the Southwest Nature Preserve @ 5201 Bowman Springs Road, Arlington.