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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. 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

Outings

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