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This page contains a listing of events organized by type - general meetings, other club meetings, local outings, out of town outings, social outings, and occasionally special events and non-Sierra Club events.

General Meetings

The third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. See our Meeting page for a map and more information.

WED. JULY 16 - GENERAL MEETING. All children, all families and all communities need nature – and the nature movement has a fascinating history. On July 16, Children in Nature Network North Texas Executive Chair Amanda Stone Norton and Speakers Bureau Chair Heather Foote present the vital contributions of network founder and author Richard Louv in revitalizing a global nature movement. His books Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age inform the presentation, along with tips for discovering local natural world adventures on the Perot Museum sponsored NT CiNN website: NatureRocksNorthTexas.org. We meet at 7 PM in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. at University Drive, just north of I-30 in Fort Worth. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. All are welcome!

WED. AUG.20 - GENERAL MEETING. We have a dynamic duo meeting of speakers this month. Judy Richardson of Wild Care Inc. will explain the work of Wild Care, Inc., a network of volunteers that rehabilitates most native Texas wildlife including reptiles for the DFW area. Todd Sliger, former environmental intern for Rep. Lon Burnam, will talk about his new position and work with True to Texas, a new coalition aimed at protecting wildlife in our state. We meet at 7 PM in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. at University Drive, just north of I-30 in Fort Worth. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. All are welcome!

WED. SEPT. 17 - GENERAL MEETING. Dale Edelbaum of the Dallas Sierra Club will share stories and photos of his 17-day dory boat trip down the Grand Canyon, covering 221 miles from Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek. Along the way, the river ranged from smooth drifting to enormous rapids. Dale camped along the river and hiked many side canyons. His pictures are enchanting and set to music. We meet at 7 PM in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. at University Drive, just north of I-30 in Fort Worth. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. All are welcome!

WED. OCT. 15 - GENERAL MEETING. Jim Shermbeck, community organizer and director of Downwinders At Risk, will update our group about the current state of affairs on air quality in DFW and the proposals from environmental and concerned citizens to TCEQ on how to fix our nonattainment with the Clean Air Act. Jim and Downwinders at Risk have led the fight against the dirty air created by cement kilns in Midlothian for over 2 decades. We meet at 7 PM in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. at University Drive, just north of I-30 in Fort Worth. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. All are welcome!

Events

SUN. JULY 27 - ANSEL ADAMS EXHIBIT AT ARLINGTON MUSEUM OF ART. Join Sierra Club members and guests as we visit an exhibit of 49 photos of Ansel Adam (1902 - 1984), the eminent photographer of American national parks and wilderness areas. He was a lifelong member of the Sierra Club. Adams died on Earth Day, April 22, at age 82, and is closely identified with Yosemite National Park where he lived. For this tour, we will meet at 1:20 PM inside the museum and begin our docent-led program at 1:30 PM. After viewing these photos, a documentary film about Adams may be viewed as well. We must notify the museum of the number of persons attending this program in advance. Please contact Diane Lancaster at dianelan@gmail.com or cell (817) 845-4139 by Wed. July 23 if you will attend. Exhibit cost payable at the museum: $8 (adults) and $5 (seniors). The museum is located at 201 West Main Street Arlington, Texas 76010 and their website is http://arlingtonmuseum.org.

Tuesday, August 5, 5:30 p.m. - Meet and Greet at Bar Louie
We always have a great time at our Bar Louie gettogethers. So here we go again! Besides good company, you can enjoy cheap eats, because it’s $1 burger night from 5:00 p.m. until closing, so you can chow down on a hamburger, turkey burger, or Portobello burger for only a buck! Bar Louie is located at 2973 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, at the corner of W. 7th Street and Norwood Street in the Cultural District. Meet downstairs at the large table to your right as you walk in the door. Look for our sign. Learn more about the Greater Fort Worth Sierra Club and our activities, and meet some new people who are also interested in enjoying the great outdoors and conserving our land and resources. See you there!

Outings

AUGUST 14-17 (THURS.-SUN) OUTING - CAMPING AT DAVIS MOUNTAINS STATE PARK. Camping in Texas in August? Absolutely, in the cool Davis Mountains. A jacket in the morning and evening, beautiful camping weather in the unique Texas mountains. But if you prefer a beautiful lodge to "camp" in, try the Indian Lodge which is a part of the State Park. The Marfa Lights, McDonald Observatory, Desert Research Station, hiking in the Nature Conservancy land, great area for birding and touring the actual fort maintained in the pristine town of Ft. Davis, are just a few of the adventures in the Davis Mountains. You won't find a fast food chain or any national or state chain, only local owners of everything! Davis Mountains and Indian Lodge State Parks provide a cool, scenic retreat during the long, hot Texas summers. To make reservations at the Indian Lodge - call 915 426 3254 - Needless to say, the Lodge fills up early for summer occupancy - make your reservations soon. Also a large area for RV's is available. Website for Davis Mountains State Park camping reservations: http://texas.reserveworld.com/ or call 512-389-8900. Whether you are camping, RVing or lodging, please contact Nancy McVean at nancymcvean@gmail.com - 817 596 5209.

SAT. SEPT. 6 - CAMPING 101 TRAINING. 8:30 AM —12 PM First Methodist Church, 800 West 5th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102 Has it been years since you camped with the scouts or just need to update your knowledge of camping equipment, wilderness cooking, and clothing yourself for hiking? Virgin campers are welcome and will find this information basic and easy to understand. Join experienced and patient Sierra Club outings leaders who will conduct the class, demonstrate equipment, answer questions, and advise on trip planning. Topics to be covered include selection and care of tents, back packs and day packs, stoves, hiking boots, clothing, sleeping bags, sleeping pads as well as meal and trip planning. Class fee: $15 per person to be prepaid. Class size limited to 20 persons and participants must preregister by Sept. 3 with Claudia Blalock - claudia.blalock@att.net or 817-924-6242. Please include your phone contact when emailing Claudia.

SUN SEPT. 7 - WILDERNESS NAVIGATION TRAINING. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9:30 AM – 2 PM. Learn basic map and compass skills for use in national parks and wilderness areas. Class will include 2 hours of inside instruction, a break for lunch, and 2 hours of field work outside practicing with maps and compass. This class does not include GPS navigation. Chad Ethridge, former air traffic controller and water programs coordinator at the Ft. Worth Nature Center and Refuge is the instructor. Bring bag lunch and drink since there is not time to leave nature center during the class. Must preregister for class by Wed. Sept. 3 by contacting Claudia Blalock, 817-924-6242 or claudia.blalock@att.net. Must prepay $20 class fee by Sept 3 which covers entrance fee for Nature Center and cost of class. Additional instructions for class will be provided after registration regarding type of compass for class and location. Class requires minimum of 5 persons and maximum of 20 participants. Please include your phone contact when emailing Claudia.

FRI-SUN OCT. 24-26 - CAR CAMPING IN THE WINDING STAIR AREA IN OKLAHOMA. We’ll try to catch the fall colors in this beautiful part of the Ouachita Mountains this weekend. On Saturday, we will day hike about 10 miles +/- on a loop trail in the Horse Thief Springs ar. The hike will be downhill into the Holson Valley in the morning, and uphill back to the cars in the afternoon. The day hike includes about 1900 feet of elevation change. There will also be short day hike on Sunday morning before heading home. Because of the length and terrain of the day hike, this trip is rated as strenuous. Note that the camp site is semi-primitive and has no water. Contact the leader to sign up and requires approval by leader due to strenuous nature of hike. Participation in this trip requires day hiking with group. Leader: Claudia Blalock, claudia.blalock@att.net and coleader: Marcos Jorge