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Frog Watch – White Rock Lake (2009)

Posted by youngsierrans on July 27, 2009

jeremiah_bullfrogThis is not a Sierra Club event.

Ribbit.  Come out to White Rock Lake and help North Texas Master Naturalist Barbara Turner with her Amphibian Watch.  Actually, it’s an amphibian “listen”, since we identify frogs by their croaks.  Barbara sends data to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for their statewide Amphibian monitoring efforts.  All ages are welcome to participate.

When: March – October, 2009 (last Friday of each month).
Where: Sunset Bay, on the east side of White Rock Lake (PDF map, #6)
Time: 7-8pm (actually begins at dusk)
Contact: Barbara Turner: 972-222-7321
More Resources:


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Non-Sierra Club Outing Canoe Day Trip (4/20)

Posted by youngsierrans on March 20, 2008

Last fall a group of friends took a ten mile guided canoe trip down the Main Stem of the Trinity River (runs south of downtown). While it ended up being a pretty good workout, we had a great experience seeing the city from the inside of the river. I’ve heard interest in taking another trip and have contacted the tour guide at Trinity River Expeditions. For this trip, the plan is to canoe the Elm Folk section, located in Irving, which is father north up the Trinity than the last trip. The put-in is at the California Crossing Park Dam and the pull-out is at the Elm Fork, Old Channel. This trip will be much shorter (5.5 miles) and offers views of different wildlife habitats than what we encountered on our first trip. This trip will be held rain or shine.

RSVP Date: Peter will need FIRM commitments (not $) by April 4th.

Cost: $35 per participant, non-refundable (the tour guide’s policy). Money will need to be received by Peter (checks payable to Peter) by * April 12th * so he has time to mail the $ to our guide to lock-down our date. The price includes the guide, transfer back to our cars and all the necessary gear we’ll require (canoes, paddles, life vests).

Canoe Dates: Base on interest received, we have scheduled this trip for Sunday, April 20th.

Time: Meet at California Crossing Park Dam around 8:30 AM. Trip prep and trip should take about four hours. 8:30 – ready canoes, pre-trip canoe training. 9:15 – begin trip down Trinity. 12:15 – complete trip, post-trip canoe effort, return shuttle to cars.

Process: Please send an email to Peter indicting you’re interested or reply to the Evite. Peter will send you his mailing address in a reply email so you can mail him the $ (checks payable to Peter Wilson) after 4/4. You can also give him the $ at an upcoming YS or DSC meeting or activity before the 4/11 $ deadline.

Things to Bring: water, sunblock, sunglasses, hat, snack, closed-toe shoes/sandals (no flops), maybe pants – sun beats down on legs all trip.

Optional Lunch: Post-trip lunch details are TBD.

For more info see the blog post for our last trip or the article one of our last participants published in the latest issue of the Compass. Trip photos are also available under the Photos category on this blog.

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29th Annual Texas Buckeye Trail Guided Day Hike (3/16)

Posted by youngsierrans on March 2, 2008

Join the Young Sierrans for a guided (by the Texas Master Naturalist Volunteers) day hike at the Texas Buckeye Trail in south Dallas. The Texas Buckeye Trail is a natural surface nature trail that meanders into the Trinity River’s hardwood bottomland forest. Trail destinations include the River Overlook and the Buckeye Grove. Both paths will lead you to the river’s edge deep into the forest surrounded by mature Bur Oak, Cedar Elm and Pecan trees.

Date: Sunday, March 16th.

Time: There are two tours offered, but the YS will be going on the 1:00 PM tour.

Location: Trailhead is at: 7000 Bexar St, Dallas TX 75215. Mapsco 56L. About 4 miles south of downtown.

Cost: Free!

Additional: Trail conditions dependent upon weather conditions. Wear appropriate outdoor hiking gear. We may grab a bite after the hike. No RSVP required – just show up!

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Great Trinity Forest Day Hike (11/4)

Posted by candace on September 28, 2007

Please join us for a guided day hike in the Great Trinity Forest on Sunday, 11/4. The Great Trinity Forest is less than 4 miles from downtown and is one of Dallas’ true natural treasures. An organization called Groundwork Dallas currently helps maintain 3 hiking trails in the Great Trinity Forest: The Gateway Trail, The Texas Buckeye Trail and The Sycamore/Dixon Trail. Each trail is a natural surface nature trail and offers the hiker a unique opportunity to experience the magic of the Great Trinity Forest, one of the largest (7,000 acres) urban, bottomland, hardwood forests in the country.

Groundwork Dallas will guide us on a 4 mile hike (approx. 2 hours) that would be considered “easy” to “moderate” since the terrain is level or on a modest incline. We will also provide everyone with trash bags that can be used to help clean up the forest while we are hiking.

Let’s meet up at Kozy Kitchen for breakfast and then we will drive to the trail head to start our hike around 10:30 AM!

    • Breakfast at Kozy Kitchen at 9 AM. (
    • Hike begins at 10:30 AM (The Gateway Trail)
    • Hike starts at Renda Rd meadow trailhead (
    • Trail could be muddy so wear appropriate shoes. Bring gloves for trash pick up.
    • Cost of breakfast is individual responsibility. Cost of hike is FREE!
    • In case of rain, please check BLOG on Sunday morning for status. We will also send a weather update email to all Evite “yes” and “maybe” respondents.

All 20s/30s are welcome; you need not be a Sierra Club member to attend. Please RSVP by 10/31 to the Evite or email so we can inform Groundwork Dallas of our number of participants.

You are welcome to attend one or both of these activities. If you would just like to come to the hike, please email to get more details on where to meet. We hope to see you there!

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Trinity River Guided Canoe Trip (optional Lunch), 8/25

Posted by youngsierrans on July 25, 2007

We are trying to schedule a guided canoe trip in August (tentatively 8/25) down the Main Stem/Sylvan section of the Trinity River and need *FIRM* commitments/RSVPs by 8/1. The cost of the trip is $35 per person which includes canoes, paddles, life vests, shuttle transportation from meeting place to/from river and an interpretive guide. The trip is approximately 10 miles long and would be held rain or shine. We would meet by 8:00 AM and then be shuttled back to the meeting location by 1:00 PM, where we can decide if we want to go for lunch. We need a minimum of six participants to book the date.

The trip will be reserved as a group event and needs to be paid in advance by Peter. If you reply favorably, Peter will send all YES replies (from Evite or youngsierrans email) an email on 8/2 confirming we have enough participants and outlining next steps. ** Due to the non-refundable, cancellation policy of the tour guide, we will need you to mail Peter a check so he receives it by 8/9 (details will be in his 8/2 email). ** Once all checks are received from the interested participants, Peter will officially book the trip. Two weeks lead time should be enough to secure the 8/25 date; however, the sooner all the checks are received, the sooner Peter can book the reservation.

The trip is hosted by Trinity River Expeditions ( See their site for additional info about what to bring and maps of the Trinity River (Sylvan section).

All 20s/30s are welcome; you need not be a Sierra Club member to attend. Please email Peter with any questions.

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