Friends of Oak Cliff Parks

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks FOCP works to restore and maintain horticulture and more in the historic parks of Oak Cliff.

When: Sunday, October 15thTime:  1:00 pm  - 3:00 pmWhere: Kiest Conservation Area3238 Hampton Rd. Dallas 75224 ***Docent...
10/14/2023

When: Sunday, October 15th
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: Kiest Conservation Area
3238 Hampton Rd. Dallas 75224 ***
Docent: Karen Woodard
Free to all. Water provided.

Join us for a walk around the native prairie meadow and through the woods at the Kiest Conservation Area in Oak Cliff. Our guide is Karen Woodard, respected guest speaker and city of Dallas arborist/forester. Karen came to the City of Dallas in 2008 and has degrees in Horticulture, Environmental Science and Master of Science in Forestry. She came to the City of Dallas from the Texas Forest Service where she worked as a Regional Urban Forester, with her last assignment being the Hurricane Rita Urban Tree Recovery Project. Karen is the City Forester, assisting all departments with tree issues and teaches/trains both the City of Dallas personnel and the public on all things trees. She has 17 years of experience in forestry.

FYI  Check out the eclipse.
10/11/2023

FYI Check out the eclipse.

The Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, annular solar eclipse will cross North, Central, and South America. It will be visible in parts of the United States, Mexico, and many countries in South and Central America.

Come out and enjoy your community.
10/03/2023

Come out and enjoy your community.

10/02/2023

The Rainbow Garden Club cordially invites you to attend the Oak Cliff Garden Forum October meeting on:



Wednesday, October 4th at 10am

Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center

5150 Mark Trail

Dallas, TX 75232



Daisy Rodarte and Andrew Hock with the Dallas Public Library will present a program on the new Seed Library at the Hampton-Illinois Branch Library. The Rainbow Garden Club will also host a member plant exchange and sale table, and provide lunch for all attendees.

Tree ID Walk  -  Friends of Oak Cliff Parks When: Sunday, October 15thTime:  1:00 pm  - 3:00 pmWhere: Kiest Conservation...
09/29/2023

Tree ID Walk - Friends of Oak Cliff Parks

When: Sunday, October 15th
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: Kiest Conservation Area
3238 Hampton Rd. Dallas 75224 ***
Docent: Karen Woodard
Free to all. Water provided.

Join us for a walk around the native prairie meadow and through the woods at the Kiest Conservation Area in Oak Cliff. Our guide is Karen Woodard, respected guest speaker and city of Dallas arborist/forester. Karen came to the City of Dallas in 2008 and has degrees in Horticulture, Environmental Science and Master of Science in Forestry. She came to the City of Dallas from the Texas Forest Service where she worked as a Regional Urban Forester, with her last assignment being the Hurricane Rita Urban Tree Recovery Project. Karen is the City Forester, assisting all departments with tree issues and teaches/trains both the City of Dallas personnel and the public on all things trees. She has 17 years of experience in forestry.

The conservation area is a 79 acre tract of land with a six acre island of native Texas escarpment prairie. Over 150 wildflower and grass species were identified by master naturalist legend Jim Varnum nine years ago. While you’re there, visit the newly opened “Meadow Loop” trail. Everyone is invited and there is NO charge. Closed toe shoes are recommended. Water and insect repellant will be provided. The parking area is in the field at the southeast corner of the Hampton Rd / Kiest Blvd. intersection (roughly 40 yards south of the intersection). Park in the far back right corner of the field, by the kiosk.

***Note: The parking lot entrance is roughly 23 yards south of the intersection of Hampton and Kiest (off Hampton), in the southeast quadrant . Park at the kiosk. Sponsored by the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks

Save the Date
09/29/2023

Save the Date

09/28/2023
REMINDER........Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Quarterly MeetingWhat: FOCP Summer Quarterly MeetingWhen: Tuesday, September ...
09/26/2023

REMINDER........
Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Quarterly Meeting
What: FOCP Summer Quarterly Meeting
When: Tuesday, September 26th, 6:30 pm
Where: Artstillery, 723 Fort Worth Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
Program: Urban Rodents: How to detect and Manage
Presenter: Chris Morris, City of Dallas Urban Biologist
Cost: Free and open to all

Join us at the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Fall Quarterly Meeting. Our speaker is City of Dallas Urban Biologist Chris Morris. Chris, originally from the Houston area moved to the DFW area in 2008. He is a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M College Station, with a BS in Zoology. He joined the City of Dallas Parks and Rec Dept in 2023. His presentation, titled “Urban rodents: how to detect and manage will be touching on disease control, property damage, public opinion and prevention.

Support our volunteers North Texas Giving Day Friends of Oak Cliff Parks
09/21/2023

Support our volunteers North Texas Giving Day Friends of Oak Cliff Parks

09/21/2023

North Texas Giving Day it's almost here! Friends of Oak Cliff Parks

09/15/2023

Happy Rosh Hashanah! Have a happy and healthy new year!

¡Feliz Rosh Hashanah! ¡Que tengas un feliz y saludable año nuevo!

Please nominated https://friendsofoakcliffparks.org/
09/12/2023

Please nominated https://friendsofoakcliffparks.org/

Scheels is celebrating in a big way!

Until next Thursday, September 14, you can nominate a nonprofit to receive part of a $50,000 donation from SCHEELS. Ten nonprofits will receive $5,000. 💙

Learn more, and make a nomination at: bit.ly/NTXGivingDay-SCHEELS (please make sure to use the link to make your nomination 😉)

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Quarterly MeetingWhat: FOCP Summer Quarterly MeetingWhen: Tuesday, September 26th, 6:30 pmWhe...
09/11/2023

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Quarterly Meeting
What: FOCP Summer Quarterly Meeting
When: Tuesday, September 26th, 6:30 pm
Where: Artstillery, 723 Fort Worth Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
Program: Urban Rodents: How to detect and Manage
Presenter: Chris Morris, City of Dallas Urban Biologist
Cost: Free and open to all
1 hour A.T

Join us at the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Fall Quarterly Meeting. Our speaker is City of Dallas Urban Biologist Chris Morris. Chris, originally from the Houston area moved to the DFW area in 2008. He is a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M College Station, with a BS in Zoology. He joined the City of Dallas Parks and Rec Dept in 2023. His presentation, titled “Urban rodents: how to detect and manage will be touching on disease control, property damage, public opinion and prevention.

SAVE The DATESUPPORT Friends of Oak Cliff Parks on North Texas Giving Day
09/10/2023

SAVE The DATE
SUPPORT Friends of Oak Cliff Parks on North Texas Giving Day

Are they here yet?
09/09/2023

Are they here yet?

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ... butterfly?

Monarchs are on the move to Mexico for the winter. They'll travel about 50 miles a day, sometimes catching a ride on thermal air currents, to complete the 3,000-mile journey!

Here's how you can be a trail angel along their epic migration:

🌸Plant a pollinator garden with milkweed and late-blooming perennials like asters and goldenrods to fuel next year's journey.

💀Avoid spraying insecticides, especially on plants that will flower in the fall.

💧Add a butterfly watering area to your garden. Place a shallow dish of water on the ground with some decorative stones for the monarchs to land on while they take a sip.

📸Jessica Bolser/USFWS

Blue Moon 2023
08/31/2023

Blue Moon 2023

Save the date, check out Kiest Park on the Super clean up date!
08/03/2023

Save the date, check out Kiest Park on the Super clean up date!

Gardens roommates Cicada killers. They solely hunt and kill cicadas by paralyzing them with a sting and pulling them int...
07/30/2023

Gardens roommates
Cicada killers. They solely hunt and kill cicadas by paralyzing them with a sting and pulling them into their burrow

Your area to be sprayed for West Nile Virus. Good afternoon, neighbors. Mosquito pools in parts of your area have confir...
07/14/2023

Your area to be sprayed for West Nile Virus. Good afternoon, neighbors. Mosquito pools in parts of your area have confirmed positive for the West Nile Virus. Weather permitting, the areas described below are scheduled for mosquito control spraying between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night from July 15 to Sunday, July 16.
Control Area: The area to be sprayed is within an area generally bounded by: 3900 block of Pyka Drive (75233): Whitewood Drive on the north, Periwinkle Drive on the west, Rugged Drive on the east, and Myrtlewood Drive on the south.
While the Environmental Protection Agency approves the insecticide for treatment, residents in the above areas should avoid contact with the spray by staying indoors. People inside a vehicle while trucks are actively spraying should remain in their vehicles with the windows up and the air conditioner on until the trucks pass through, and the spray is no longer visible. People who are out during the scheduled spraying time should be alert for trucks and should not follow them. Residents who come into contact with the spray are advised to wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. The spray breaks down quickly in the presence of sunlight and has no residual effect.
To report standing water or mosquito problems Dallas residents should call 3-1-1. To be added to the City of Dallas Do Not Spray list contact 3-1-1. For additional information on mosquito control, visit www.dallascitynews.net/fightthebite.

The City of Dallas actively monitors for mosquito borne diseases by collecting mosquitoes for testing weekly during their active months. The City conducts mosquito control activities by monitoring known breeding sites, and applying larvicide and stocking gambusia in standing water to control mosquit...

Take time to fill out this survey
07/12/2023

Take time to fill out this survey

Dear Dallas County Resident,Your response to the following survey is extremely important. Dallas County is conducting a survey to help determine priorities for the Parks and Open Space Program. Your household has been selected to receive this survey, so your participation is very important. Dallas C...

We are greatfull everyone enjoyed Dallas' 400+ parks over the 4th of July 😊. Unfortunately some did not get the memo and...
07/06/2023

We are greatfull everyone enjoyed Dallas' 400+ parks over the 4th of July 😊. Unfortunately some did not get the memo and found out the hard way that popping fireworks is illegal within City of Dallas limits, and parks.

Though the City was "Pop'n," Dallas Marshal's Park Enforcement Unit ensured compliance and confiscated fireworks for disposal followed by citations. A HUGE thanks to all our Deputies who kept everyone safe!

Dallas Park and Recreation Department

Remember to bring a trash bag to the park.
07/03/2023

Remember to bring a trash bag to the park.

Watering duty, Volunteer  Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Quarterly Meeting
06/27/2023

Watering duty,
Volunteer Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Quarterly Meeting

Join us Friday
06/22/2023

Join us Friday

11/11/2022

OPENA teams up with the City of Dallas Code Compliance Dept. to conduct a Neighborhood Clean Up Drive on Saturday Nov. 12 starting at 8 am and going to noon. You can join us at the Kiest Park Recreation Center to receive your supplies and assignment. Then you can go out and pick up trash and litter on the assigned street. We welcome volunteers from all neighborhoods which are near Kiest Park including Kiestwood, Kiest Park Community, Wynnewood Heights, Oak Park Estates, Druid Hills and St. Anne Hills. Once you have completed the clean up, then you can return your supplies and filled trash bags to the Rec Center before 12 pm. The City of Dallas Code Compliance Department will be setting up a booth in front of the Rec Center and helping with the supplies. Please indicate you plan to join us by saying you are going to this event! Thank you!

Cylena Smith, Solid Waste and Recycling Networker

Here is OPENA post Sign up at
[email protected]

Today we planted an additional 300+ spring blooming bulbs to the daffodil hillside flower bed at Founders Park. Over the...
11/10/2022

Today we planted an additional 300+ spring blooming bulbs to the daffodil hillside flower bed at Founders Park. Over the past 7 years, a total of well over 5,000 bulbs have been planted by Friend of Oak Cliff Parks members and volunteers. A special thanks to out Mormon Missionary volunteers, who have logged in more volunteer hours (by far) than the next 10 volunteer groups combined! They made todays planting happen!!

Here are some pics from our Saturday work day at Kiest Memorial Gardens. Volunteers worked on four of the beds that line...
11/10/2022

Here are some pics from our Saturday work day at Kiest Memorial Gardens. Volunteers worked on four of the beds that line the water rill. Two of those beds will be replanted this spring with ten different varieties of mallow hibiscus. Currently there are over forty labeled varieties of Rose of Sharon. The planting of the last two remaining beds will complete the hibiscus demonstration garden. Thanks to the boy scouts for helping this work day!

This past Saturday, the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks staffed the Branch out Dallas Tree Giveaway site at St. Elizabeth of ...
11/08/2022

This past Saturday, the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks staffed the Branch out Dallas Tree Giveaway site at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church on Hampton Rd. This was one of five site across the city. Nearly 400 trees were given out at the site. If you would like to be on the list for the next giveaway, do a search for Branch Out Dallas and sign up. A big thanks to our volunteers.

Friends Of Oak Cliff Parks Tree ID Walk What: Tree ID Walk                                                              ...
10/06/2022

Friends Of Oak Cliff Parks Tree ID Walk
What: Tree ID Walk When: Sunday, October 9th, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Kiest Conservation Area, 2179 W. Kiest Blvd. Dallas
Cost: free, bottled water provided Guide: Karen Woodard

Join the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks for a walk around the native prairie meadow and through the woods at the Kiest Conservation Area in Oak Cliff. Our guide is Karen Woodard, respected guest speaker and city of Dallas arborist/forester. Karen came to the City of Dallas in 2008 and has degrees in Horticulture, Environmental Science and Master of Science in Forestry. She came to the City of Dallas from the Texas Forest Service where she worked as a Regional Urban Forester, with her last assignment being the Hurricane Rita Urban Tree Recovery Project. Karen is the City Forester, assisting all departments with tree issues and teaches/trains both the City of Dallas personnel and the public on all things trees. She has 17 years of experience in forestry.
***Note: The above address for the Conservation Area is the address for the Kiest Tennis Center, which is within the Conservation Area. Do not park there. Instead, you will need to another quarter of a mile to the intersection of Hampton and Kiest and enter the parking area (off Hampton) at the southeast corner of that intersection. Park at the kiosk. Sponsored by the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks.

All About Greenspace DallasWhen: Tuesday, September 27th  6:30 - 7:30Where: Kidd Springs Rec Center, 711 W Canty St, Dal...
09/11/2022

All About Greenspace Dallas

When: Tuesday, September 27th 6:30 - 7:30
Where: Kidd Springs Rec Center, 711 W Canty St, Dallas, TX 75208
Sponsored by: The Friends of Oak Cliff Parks
Speaker: Rick Buckley
Cost: Free, no reservation needed
1 hour advanced training

FOCP Fall Quarterly Meeting (AT) Tueday, September 27th, 2022 6:30 - 7:30. Dedicated to Changing Places & Changing Lives - by revitalizing Dallas' urban forests & waterways to boost awareness of their collective impact on our future. Greenspace Dallas is the foremost champion of Dallas’ urban wilderness. Their mission is to regenerate, sustain, and improve the Dallas Elm Fork Green Belt and Great Trinity Forest by developing community-based partnerships that educate and empower people, businesses, and organizations to promote environmental stewardship. Everyone deserves a green, healthy, and resilient environment. Our speaker,
Rick Buckley, executive director, will be there to tell you all about their program and their many accomplishments.

Sponsored by: The Friends of Oak Cliff Parks
Location: Kidd Springs Rec Center
Address: 711 W Canty St, Dallas, TX 75208

FOCP Info: friendsofoakccliffparks.org

Reminder:What: Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Summer Quarterly Meeting When: Tuesday, June 28th, 6:30 - 7:30Where: Kidd Spri...
06/26/2022

Reminder:
What: Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Summer Quarterly Meeting
When: Tuesday, June 28th, 6:30 - 7:30
Where: Kidd Springs Rec Center, 711 W Canty St, Dallas 75208
Program: The Great Trinity Forrest
Sponsored by: Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Garden Club Cost: Free, bottled water provided

Come find out things you didn't know in and about the Great Trinity Forest! Have you seen the wetlands, Elam Pond, the only landmark property in Dallas, or all the trails? Well, here's your chance to find out about all the latest news! Our speaker,
Karen Woodard, came to the City of Dallas in 2008. She has degrees in Horticulture, Environmental Science and Master of Science in Forestry. Karen came to the City of Dallas from the Texas Forest Service where she worked as a Regional Urban Forester, with her last assignment being the Hurricane Rita Urban Tree Recovery Project. Karen is our City Forester, assisting all departments with tree issues, teaching/training both the City of Dallas personnel and the public on all things trees. She has 16 years of experience in forestry. Event parking is available in the adjacent lot just east of the building.

The Great Trinity ForrestFOCP Summer Quarterly Meeting Tueday, June 28th, 2022   6:30 - 7:30. Come find out things you d...
05/31/2022

The Great Trinity Forrest

FOCP Summer Quarterly Meeting Tueday, June 28th, 2022 6:30 - 7:30. Come find out things you didn't know in and about the Great Trinity Forest! Have you seen the wetlands, Elam Pond, the only landmark property in Dallas, or all the trails? Well, here's your chance to find out about all the latest news! Our speaker, Karen Woodard, came to the City of Dallas in 2008. She has degrees in Horticulture, Environmental Science and Master of Science in Forestry. Karen came to the City of Dallas from the Texas Forest Service where she worked as a Regional Urban Forester, with her last assignment being the Hurricane Rita Urban Tree Recovery Project. Karen is our City Forester, assisting all departments with tree issues, teaching/training both the City of Dallas personnel and the public on all things trees. She has 16 years of experience in forestry.

When: Tuesday, June 28 6:30 - 7:30
Where: Kidd Springs Rec Center, 711 W Canty St, Dallas, TX 75208
Sponsored by: The Friends of Oak Cliff Parks
Cost: Free, no reservation needed

Sponsored by: The Friends of Oak Cliff Parks
FOCP Info: friendsofoakccliffparks.org

Don't Forget......Asian inspired garden design for DallasWhat: Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Spring Quarterly MeetingWhen: ...
03/25/2022

Don't Forget......

Asian inspired garden design for Dallas

What: Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Spring Quarterly Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 29th, 6:30 - 7:30
Where: Kidd Springs Rec. Center, 711 W Canty St, Dallas 75208
Program: Asian inspired garden design for Dallas
Sponsored by: Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Garden Club
Cost: Free, bottled water provided
Need more info: [email protected]

Join the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks at our spring quarterly meeting with a program presented by Dallas County Master Gardener CS Hiscock. Learn how to give your landscape the look of an Asian Garden. CA was born and lived in New Jersey for over forty years. Everyone had gardens when she was growing up. Her family grew vegetables, picked fruit and planted flowers, and wandered through the fields and forests from early spring through fall. CA thought she was a good gardener until she came to Dallas and had to deal with heat, drought and black clay soil!

Event parking is available in the adjacent lot just east of the building.

Asian inspired garden design for DallasWhat: Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Spring Quarterly MeetingWhen: Tuesday, March 29t...
03/01/2022

Asian inspired garden design for Dallas

What: Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Spring Quarterly Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 29th, 6:30 - 7:30
Where: Kidd Springs Rec Center, 711 W Canty St, Dallas 75208
Program: Asian inspired garden design for Dallas
Sponsored by: Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Garden Club
Cost: Free, bottled water provided
Need more info: [email protected]
Advanced Training: 1 hour

Join the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks at our spring quarterly meeting with a program presented by Dallas County Master Gardener CS Hiscock. CA was born and lived in New Jersey for over forty years. Everyone had gardens when she was growing up. Her family grew vegetables, picked fruit and planted flowers, and wandered through the fields and forests from early spring through fall. CA thought she was a good gardener until she came to Dallas and had to deal with heat, drought and black clay soil!

Event parking is available in the adjacent lot just east of the building.

A week and a half ago the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks manned ( and womaned) one of the five sites for the tree give-away ...
11/17/2021

A week and a half ago the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks manned ( and womaned) one of the five sites for the tree give-away at St Elizabeth's of Hungary. The program was sponsored by the parks department with trees paid for by the water department. Over 300 trees were given away at our location (over 1800 total). Thanks to Rebecca, Barbara M., Barbara B., Tom, Stephanie, Roger, Jon and Elaine.

10/09/2021

What: Tree ID Walk When: Sunday, October 10th, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Kiest Conservation Area, 2179 W. Kiest Blvd. Dallas 75224 Cost: free, bottled water provided

Join the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks for a walk around the native prairie meadow and through the woods at the Kiest Conservation Area in Oak Cliff. Our guide is Karen Woodard, respected guest speaker and city of Dallas arborist/forester. Karen came to the City of Dallas in 2008 and has degrees in Horticulture, Environmental Science and Master of Science in Forestry. She came to the City of Dallas from the Texas Forest Service where she worked as a Regional Urban Forester, with her last assignment being the Hurricane Rita Urban Tree Recovery Project. Karen is the City Forester, assisting all departments with tree issues and teaches/trains both the City of Dallas personnel and the public on all things trees. She has 17 years of experience in forestry.

The conservation area is a 79 acre tract of land with a six acre island of native Texas escarpment prairie. Over 150 wildflower and grass species were identified by master naturalist legend Jim Varnum ten years ago. While you’re there, visit the newly opened “Meadow Loop” trail. Everyone is invited and there is NO charge. Closed toe shoes are recommended. Water and insect repellant will be provided. The parking area is in the field at the southeast corner of the Hampton Rd / Kiest Blvd. intersection (roughly 40 yards south of the intersection). Park in the far back right corner of the field, by the kiosk.

***Note: The above address for the Conservation Area is the address for the Kiest Tennis Center, which is within the Conservation Area. Do not park there. Instead, you will need to another quarter of a mile to the intersection of Hampton and Kiest and enter the parking area (off Hampton) at the southeast corner of that intersection. Park at the kiosk. Sponsored by the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks.

What: Coyotes and Bobcats in our neighborhoodsWhen: Tuesday, September 28th, 6:30 - 7:30Where: Kidd Springs Rec Center, ...
09/25/2021

What: Coyotes and Bobcats in our neighborhoods
When: Tuesday, September 28th, 6:30 - 7:30
Where: Kidd Springs Rec Center, 711 W. Canty Dallas 75208
Sponsored by: Friends of Oak Cliff Parks
Cost: free, bottled water provided
Need more info: [email protected]

Join the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks at our quarterly meeting with a program presented by Rachel Richter. Rachel Richter is an Urban Wildlife Biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife in DFW. She has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M and a master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from Texas State. As an Urban Wildlife Biologist, she focuses on making our communities more wildlife-friendly through educational outreach and providing technical guidance.

Bobcats and coyotes program info:
Coyotes and bobcats live throughout the DFW Metroplex and typically generate a lot of interest. This presentation will provide an overview of coyotes and bobcats including their biology, common behaviors, and how to prevent them from becoming a nuisance in urban areas.
Event parking in the adjacent lot just east of the building

Friends Of Oak Cliff Parks Bug Walk What: Bug Walk at Kiest Conservation AreaWhen: Sunday, September 19th, 2021, 11:00am...
09/08/2021

Friends Of Oak Cliff Parks Bug Walk
What: Bug Walk at Kiest Conservation Area
When: Sunday, September 19th, 2021, 11:00am - 1:00 pm
Where: Kiest Conservation Area, 3238 S. Hampton Rd, Dallas, TX 75224
Sponsored by: The Friends of Oak Cliff Parks
Cost: free, bottled water provided
Need more info: [email protected] (Jon Papp)
Advanced Training: 2 hour

Join us for a walk through the native prairie meadow at the Kiest Conservation Area in Oak Cliff. Our guide is John Watts, respected guest speaker on insects, and the man who keeps the Texas Discovery Garden’s Butterfly House stocked with beautiful butterflies. John was born and raised in Jacksonville Florida where, at the age of six, he developed an early interest in insects. He got his Masters Degree from the University of Florida in entomology where he specialized in insect husbandry. He has worked at the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Nature and Science and Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center in Westminster Colorado. With over 20 years of experience and an inordinate fondness for nature in general he will be sharing his wealth of knowledge on our walk through the Kiest Conservation Area.

The conservation area is an 79 acre tract of land with an island of native Texas prairie. Over 150 wildflower and grass species were identified by master naturalist legend Jim Varnum ten years ago. While you’re there, visit the newly opened mile long Meadow Loop Trail. Everyone is invited to attend, and there is no charge. Closed toed shoes are recommended. Water and insect repellant will be provided. The parking area is in the field at the southeast corner of the intersection of Hampton Rd. and Kiest Blvd. Park next to the kiosk.

Note: The above address for the Conservation Area is the address for the tennis center within the Conservation Area. Do not park there. Instead you will need to go another quarter mile to the intersection of Hampton Rd and Kiest Blvd and enter the parking area (off Hampton) at the southeast corner of that intersection. Park by the kiosk. Sponsored by the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks.

Address

Dallas, TX
75202

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Friends of Oak Cliff Parks posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Friends of Oak Cliff Parks:

Videos

Share


Comments

Awesome event, clean up chemicals, paints, tires, mobile shredding truck. Tell a friend
Much love to Friends of Oak Cliff Parks for pulling off a wonderful Oak Cliff Earth Day festival! It was great seeing so many friends and nature lovers in person again.
The festival continues until 5pm today!
Today is our first day.
G*y thy self to the LARP!
https://fb.me/e/lHD6hHhiy
Karen Woodard, City Forester, will be showing how to select, plant and care for a tree at the meeting of the Oak Park Estates Neighborhood Association (OPENA) this Saturday Nov. 20 at 1:30 pm. Karen will be planting a tree on the church grounds of the St. Augustine's Episcopal Church located at 1302 W. Kiest Blvd. Plus she will have about 2 dozen trees to give away on a first come, first served basis. Karen is the best expert on tree planting, plus she is a witty and entertaining speaker! You don't want to miss this program!

Here is a recent article from the Oak Cliff Advocate that has all the details on this special event!

The countdown is on
https://fb.me/e/1W4ONklIy

Put on your "war Face" and let's do this!
Frogs of DFW - They Are Calling....Are You Listening?

Join us for the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks summer quarterly meeting this coming Tuesday, June 29th, at 6:30. The meeting will be at the Kidd Springs Rec Center (711 W Canty St, Dallas, TX 75208). Our program is Frogs of DFW.

Frogs are all over the metroplex, but you are more likely to hear from them before you see them. Join Jessie Crowley, North Texas Master Naturalist, teacher and frog lover for a few tips and tricks to ID local frogs by sight and sound.

Jessie Crowley graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. Upon graduation, she worked as a herpetologist at the Dallas Zoo as an Animal Keeper, caring for more than 300 different species of reptiles and amphibians. After the zoo, Jessie worked as the Lead Naturalist Educator for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science facilitating classroom labs for school groups, camps and the Jr. Master Naturalist program. She now teaches biology and environmental science at the Hockaday School.
Girl Scouts is hosting FREE Virtual Dance Parties for all girls and their parents! Come join the fun and register below!

My Project

Maria Montessori understood how knowledge develops in the early years of childhood, specifically concrete objects to illustrate abstract concepts. These materials will allow me to foster a deepen understanding of both Language and Math skills in an engaging way that involve the student's multiple senses.

The letter beads will provide an opportunity for students to first build their names, and learned words in the Spanish language which then may be reviewed utilizing the letter tiles; the colored beads will help students with Math concepts such as counting, sorting by colors, identifying colors as well as making patterns.

The Bananagrams will offer the opportunity for students to review the lessons by building words using the letter tiles. The number counting sticks will help relate counting to the corresponding symbol. Please help me make these materials available for my early childhood scholars so they can equal access of educational opportunities such as these Montessori-like materials. Thank you.
Pre-K Montessori Color Learning: Melt, Mix, Go!
My students need crayon makers for learning a Spanish Unit on Colors (Primary and Secondary Colors) by melting and mixing used crayons to make new ones.

My Project

The Montessori Shape Work book will grant me with ideas based on the Montessori method of teaching shapes, while the Montessori: Number Work will aide me with innovated ideas to teach numbers.

For teaching colors, the Crayola Melt 'N Mold Factory, Expansion Packs and Bundle will facilitate the creation of crayon making stations for my pre-k students to mix colors and witness how secondary colors come to exist.

Students will also learn to reuse materials such as crayons and save some dollars on the school budget.

My students crave learning that is maneuvered by their senses and the Montessori method to teach them is crucial for early childhood students.
Hi Friends,

I want to make sure my students have what they need to succeed, so I just created a DonorsChoose.org classroom request.

Pre-K Manipulates the Spanish Language: Multisensorial Spanish Centers.

Give to my classroom by May 13, 2018 and your donation will be doubled thanks to Ripple. Just enter the code RIPPLE during checkout and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $50).

In return, you'll get awesome photos of your gift in action and our heartfelt thanks.

Thank you so much https://www.donorschoose.org/project/pre-k-montessori-color-learning-melt-m/3278874/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=page&utm_campaign=project&utm_term=teacher_3446398&rf=page-dc-2018-06-project-teacher_3446398&challengeid=20718986.
Hi Friends,

I want to make sure my students have what they need to succeed, so I just created a DonorsChoose.org classroom request.

Pre-K Manipulates the Spanish Language: Multisensorial Spanish Centers.

Give to my classroom by May 13, 2018 and your donation will be doubled thanks to Ripple. Just enter the code RIPPLE during checkout and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $50).

In return, you'll get awesome photos of your gift in action and our heartfelt thanks.

Thank you so much https://www.donorschoose.org/project/pre-k-montessori-color-learning-melt-m/3278874/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=page&utm_campaign=project&utm_term=teacher_3446398&rf=page-dc-2018-06-project-teacher_3446398&challengeid=20718986,
My Project

Current evidence-based teaching strategies stress the importance of providing learning opportunities for students to manipulate academic concepts through multiple senses. Learning a foreign language demands opportunity that are mostly pictorial in order for students to utilize context when learning new vocabulary in the target language.

These learning centers will provide multiple opportunities for students in our early childhood academy to master skills such as fine motor abilities by utilizing the Peg Lacing & Building Toys for Kids, personal care with the Montessori Material Early Learning Basic Life Skills Learn to Dress Boards, prewriting development will be achieved using the Learning Resources Twisty Droppers, Scoopers and the Learning Resources Gator Grabber Tweezers ; prereading and reading skills will be met by using the cylinders sound boxes for sound discrimination skills and opportunities to handle language when using the Attractivia Magnetic Alphabet Flash Cards and Alphabet Sandpaper, eventually the alphabetic book sets and phonetic reading blocks; math skills will be mastered by using an EVINIS Baby Toy Wooden Blocks Montessori Educational Toys Mathematical Intelligence Stick Building Blocks gift-Wooden Number Cards and Counting Rods, the Zerowin Wooden Toys Hundred Board Montessori 1-100 Consecutive Numbers Wooden Educational Game for Kids and the Melissa & Doug Add & Subtract Abacus in order to process math knowledge starting from from the concrete to the abstract.

The best part of using these in the classroom is that these materials will also serve special needs student objectives involving multiple senses while learning abstract academic concept and skills. Having materials ready for use also facilitates lesson planning such as for letter instruction for reading and writing, several math concepts such as counting and simple additions and subtractions because these are already prepared for students to use through multiple senses by manipulating either kinesthetically with their hands, visually and auditory. https://www.donorschoose.org/project/pre-k-manipulates-the-spanish-language/3278914/"
My Project

Current evidence-based teaching strategies stress the importance of providing learning opportunities for students to manipulate academic concepts through multiple senses. Learning a foreign language demands opportunity that are mostly pictorial in order for students to utilize context when learning new vocabulary in the target language.

These learning centers will provide multiple opportunities for students in our early childhood academy to master skills such as fine motor abilities by utilizing the Peg Lacing & Building Toys for Kids, personal care with the Montessori Material Early Learning Basic Life Skills Learn to Dress Boards, prewriting development will be achieved using the Learning Resources Twisty Droppers, Scoopers and the Learning Resources Gator Grabber Tweezers ; prereading and reading skills will be met by using the cylinders sound boxes for sound discrimination skills and opportunities to handle language when using the Attractivia Magnetic Alphabet Flash Cards and Alphabet Sandpaper, eventually the alphabetic book sets and phonetic reading blocks; math skills will be mastered by using an EVINIS Baby Toy Wooden Blocks Montessori Educational Toys Mathematical Intelligence Stick Building Blocks gift-Wooden Number Cards and Counting Rods, the Zerowin Wooden Toys Hundred Board Montessori 1-100 Consecutive Numbers Wooden Educational Game for Kids and the Melissa & Doug Add & Subtract Abacus in order to process math knowledge starting from from the concrete to the abstract.

The best part of using these in the classroom is that these materials will also serve special needs student objectives involving multiple senses while learning abstract academic concept and skills. Having materials ready for use also facilitates lesson planning such as for letter instruction for reading and writing, several math concepts such as counting and simple additions and subtractions because these are already prepared for students to use through multiple senses by manipulating either kinesthetically with their hands, visually and auditory. https://www.donorschoose.org/project/pre-k-manipulates-the-spanish-language/3278914/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=page&utm_campaign=project&utm_term=teacher_3446398&rf=page-dc-2018-05-project-teacher_3446398&challengeid=20718986,