Calendar

February, 2023

February 19 (Sunday), 10:00am-12:00n. Nature Journaling in the LBJ National Grasslands. This is an in-person and outside event at the LBJ National Grasslands. Co-led by me, Kayla West, and Jessica Smith. We will talk about writing and drawing, then individually wander nearby for about an hour for a chance to write and draw. We will then re-convene at the original spot to discuss and share (if you like) what we did. For details including location, register for the event through the LBJ Grasslands Project group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lbjgrasslandsproject.

This event is canceled because of recent bad weather, and may be rescheduled. February 4 (Saturday), 11:30am-12:15pm. How the Lizard Survives the Blizzard. This is an in-person and outside event at Molly Hollar Wildscape in Veteran’s Park, Arlington, TX. We will talk about where reptiles and amphibians go during winter, how being ectothermic or “cold-blooded” works, and how climate change might affect hibernation or brumation.

January, 2023

January 28 (Saturday), 1:00pm-2:30pm. Getting Started Nature Journaling. This is an in-person and outside event at Sheri Capehart Nature Preserve, 5201 N. Bowman Springs Rd., Arlington, TX 76017. I will co-lead it along with Jessica Smith, a Fort Worth artist. We will talk about writing and drawing to enrich your time in nature, and then everyone will then have about 45 minutes to walk within the preserve and write and draw. We will then reconvene by the fishing pond to discuss how it went. Register for this free event through the Friends of Sheri Capehart Nature Preserve Facebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/events/701399301482237/?ref=newsfeed). 

November, 2022

November 19 (Saturday), 11:00am-12:00n. Mindfulness in Nature (Zoom presentation by Dallas Public Library – https://dallaslibrary.librarymarket.com/event/master-naturalists-presentmindfulness-nature). This presentation looks at some of the ways we can be in nature, such as studying it, searching for beauty, practicing mindfulness in it, and journaling. We will review some of the research describing the benefits of spending time in nature and describe the practice of mindfulness in nature. We will discuss welcoming others, especially children, into prairies, woods, and creeks. Lots of examples, stories, and photos will help us accomplish this.

November 11 (Friday), 9:00-11:00am. LBJ Grasslands Project walk (including mindfulness). See the event in the “LBJ Grasslands Project” Facebook group for more information, or contact me using the contact page).

November 2 – 7:00pm. I will participate in a panel discussion (Nature at Night) at the North Texas Master Naturalist meeting, with Sam Kieschnick, Rachel Richter, and Jake Poinsett. My part is to discuss how some herps are adapted to nocturnal life and what, if any, effects light pollution has on them.

October, 2022

October 22 – 2:00-3:15pm. Mindfulness walk in nature at Sheri Capehart Nature Preserve in Arlington, Texas. This is part of the Friends of Sheri Capehart Nature Preserve 9th anniversary celebration.

October 8 – Greenwood Festival, in Greenwood, Texas – Kayla and I will have a table at the festival to talk about the LBJ National Grasslands. We’ll have a snake or two and some materials about that part of north Texas’ Cross Timbers and prairies.

October 4 – Elm Fork Master Naturalist training – Reptiles and Amphibians (2.25 hour class in Corinth, TX)

September, 2022

September 11 – 9:00-11:00am. Walk at LBJ National Grasslands (see the event in the “LBJ Grasslands Project” Facebook group for more information).

September 10 – Cross Timbers Master Naturalist field trip – herps and their habitats (at Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge)

September 6 – Cross Timbers Master Naturalist training – Reptiles and Amphibians (three-hour class at Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge)

August, 2022

August 15: “Mindfulness and Other Ways to Be in Texas Nature” A Zoom only meeting of the Cross Timbers Master Naturalists. This presentation looks at some of the ways we can be in nature, such as studying it, searching for beauty, practicing mindfulness in it, and journaling. We will review some of the research describing the benefits of spending time in nature and describe the practice of mindfulness in nature. We will discuss welcoming others, especially children, into prairies, woods, and creeks. Lots of examples, stories, and photos will help us accomplish this.

July, 2022

July 21, 9:30-10:30am. River Legacy Nature Center, Arlington, TX. A presentation about reptiles for kids in the “Hands on Herpetology” class.

July 20. A presentation for enrolled kids at Oliver Nature Park, Mansfield, TX.

July 14, 9:30-10:30am. River Legacy Nature Center, Arlington, TX. A presentation about reptiles for kids in the “Hands on Herpetology” class.

July 11, 1:00-2:00pm. TR Hoover Community Development Center, Dallas, TX. A presentation about native snakes and safety, for kids participating in summer camp.

March, 2022

March 15, 7:00-8:00pm. Friends of Sheri Capehart Nature Preserve meeting: Don’t Fear the Creeper – I talked about how fears of such things as spiders and snakes can get started and how we can decrease fears of things in nature, drawing on my career as a Psychological Associate to give some answers. That includes what’s called “exposure therapy,” a way of confronting what we fear in a safe context so that the fear decreases. 


Here are the kinds of things I ordinarily do:

  1. Mindfulness-based walks in nature
  2. Presentations to groups using PowerPoint to show lots of photos of ecoregions as well as reptiles and amphibians in Texas. Programs include: Mindfulness & Other Ways to be in Texas Nature; Ten Best Places in Texas to See Reptiles (And Lots of Other Things); The Amphibians of Early Spring; Venomous Snakes of North Texas; Field Herpers: Partners in Conservation.
  3. Interpretive walks with natural history information, in conjunction with organizations such as the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge or Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve. These typically focus on the lives of reptiles and amphibians (herps), with additional discussion of the habitat and the community of plants and animals in which herps live.