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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. NOV. 19—GENERAL MEETING. Kate Rugroden, Director of Special Projects for Bat World Sanctuary, brings The Essential Bat to the Sierra Club. The program, based on her book, The Essential Bat, will introduce us to these extraordinary creatures and the many ways in which they affect human life through lecture/discussion, artifacts, and live native-species bats. Special attention is given to White Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that is devastating bat populations throughout the U.S. Kate will bring bats to show as part of the program. Bat World Sanctuary is located in Cool, Texas near Mineral Wells for the rehabilitation of bats and has worldwide prominence. 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. DEC. 17 — HOLIDAY PARTY. In December we will not have a regular meeting with a speaker, but instead will socialize and celebrate the holidays with members and guests. Bring a snack or dessert to share. Drinks will be provided. Please join us! Location: Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, Azalea Room, Moncrief Garden Center, 817-871-7686, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard at University, north of I-30, Fort Worth.

Events

TUES. DEC. 2, 5:30 PM—MEET AND GREET AT BAR LOUIE. We think it would be fun to have one last meet and greet at Bar Louie before the year is up. So come join us for some good company and cheap eats! Tuesday is $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. We will meet at the large tables to your right as you walk in the door. 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 ya there!

Outings

SUN. NOV. 30 — DAY HIKE AT FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER. Meet at 2:00 PM at the Hardwicke Interpretative Visitors Center parking lot at Fort Worth Nature Center. After you enter the refuge pay your entrance fee and follow signs to Hardwicke. We will hike a 4-5 mile section of trails. Bring water, snacks, and raingear. Nature Center is located in NW Tarrant County on Lake Worth. Take Highway 199 exit west toward Azle off 820 West on western edge of Fort Worth. Leader: Claudia Blalock, (817)-924‑6242 or claudia.blalock@att.net. For more information on Nature Center, visit www.fwnaturecenter.org. In the event of rain, hike is cancelled. No dogs please.

SAT. DEC. 6—BIRDING AND EXPLORING AT HAGERMAN WILDLIFE REFUGE. Visit our closest national wildlife refuge, Hagerman Wildlife Refuge, which is only 1½ hours from Ft. Worth and offers wildlife viewing and hiking trails in a unique setting. It was set aside in 1946 primarily as a resting place for geese and ducks, and includes nearly 13,000 acres of habitat adjacent to Lake Texoma. This trip gives us a chance to explore how federal lands are leased for various purposes, as you will note after seeing oil wells on this property. The refuge is located about 65 miles northeast of Fort Worth near Gainesville TX. In the morning we will explore the park on foot on the park’s hiking trails. Bring a sack lunch for a group picnic after the hike. After lunch we will take a guided tour of the refuge via tram with a refuge bird expert for approximately 1 – 1.5 hrs, and view a Powerpoint presentation about the refuge. Optional stop on the way home at the famous Clark’s Outpost BBQ in Tioga, TX. SPACE IS LIMITED TO 10 PERSONS FOR THE GUIDED TOUR. MUST CONTACT TRIP LEADER TO REGISTER by Nov. 29. We will meet at the new Visitors Center inside the wildlife refuge at 10 AM if you are traveling independently. For carpooling from Denton TX, meet in Denton at the Cracker Barrel parking lot at the intersection of 380 and 35W at 9 AM (please eat before 9 AM). Directions: go north on I-35 W from Fort Worth to Highway 82 in Gainesville, TX. Head east (to the right) on 82 for about 20 miles until you see turnoff for Hagerman Refuge on the north side of the highway. Follow signs to Visitors Center. Website for refuge: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hagerman.