Join Us On Sunday For “Holiday In The Meadow”

Connemara Celebrate The Season


Connemara’s annual Holiday in the Meadow celebration is set for December 8!

The Connemara Conservancy invites you to join us Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve as we celebrate the holiday season with an afternoon of outdoor family fun.

The afternoon of free family fun will feature hayrides, hammocks, a photo booth, face paintings, hot chocolate, hot cider and new this year, all the pecans you can pick up!

Holiday music will be provided by Allen Philharmonic Tuba Euphonium Quartet.

Check back often for updates to the afternoon’s activities.


Thank You For Your Support

North Texas Giving Day logo

Thank you to everyone who supported Connemara during North Texas Giving Day!

Your gifts helped us qualify for bonus funds from the Communities Foundation of Texas.

More importantly, it will help us expand our restoration efforts and conservation education programs in the Meadow Nature Preserve.


2020 Bird Walk calendar is set

If you enjoy participating in our monthly bird walks (or have always wanted to) you can set your calendar for 2020. Dates for next year’s Bird Walks have been scheduled.

2020 Bird Walk Calendar

Sunday, January 5 — 8 am

Saturday, February 1 — 8 am

Sunday, March 1— 8 am

Saturday, April 4 — 8 am

Sunday, May 3 — 7 am

Saturday, June 6 — 7 am

Sunday, July 5 — 7 am

Saturday, August 1 — 7 am

Sunday, September 6 — 7 am 

Saturday, October 3 — 8 am

Sunday, November 1 — 8 am

Saturday, December 5 — 8 am

CLICK HERE to see the monthly calendar of scheduled walks for the rest of 2019 and 2020.

Parking is in the main entrance at Tatum and Alma.

Save The Date: NT Giving Day

North Texas Giving Day logo

Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 19. That’s the date of the annual North Texas Giving Day when your contribution to the Connemara Conservancy goes even further!

On September 19 your donation to Connemara will help us qualify for bonus funds and prizes from the Communities Foundation of Texas.

Schedule Your Gift In Advance

To make it even easier to show your support, you can schedule your gift in advance by visiting our page on at any time beginning September 9.

We will have more information on how you can participate as we get closer, but for now be sure to mark you calendar for the morning of September 19 to “Get Up And Give.”

Entering The Meadow during construction

While construction is taking place, there are three ways to access The Meadow:

  • You can park in front of our gates (not on the street) which are located at the Eastern end of Hedgcoxe (Turn to the East from Alma and drive to the end of Hedgcoxe, our gates are immediately to the right of the house with the purple door.)  After you park, walk around the gates, through the vacant lot, cross the staircase, or walk around it and you will be in the middle of the Upper Meadow.
  • You can turn left on Greensboro when Hedgcoxe ends, park next to the public park at the end of Greensboro, walk across the park to the sidewalk, take a right and walk into the Meadow.
  • Volunteers are at the Meadow on most weekday mornings from 9 a.m. until Noon and you can park in the Alma parking area, walk down the gravel road, cross the bridge (we leave the temp gate open) and walk into the Meadow.



Holiday in The Meadow rescheduled to Dec. 16

Connemara Celebrate The Season


Connemara’s Holiday in the Meadow celebration has been rescheduled to Dec. 16 due to bad weather expected this weekend.

The Connemara Conservancy invites you to join us Sunday, Dec. 16, from Noon to 4:30 p.m. in the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve as we celebrate the holiday season with an afternoon of outdoor family fun.

We will have cocoa and smores, hayrides, hammocks, carols, a photo booth, potential Elf sightings, and more.

Holiday music will be provided by Allen Philharmonic Tuba Euphonium Quartet.

Holiday cookies and brownies will be provided by Market Street of Allen.

In addition, with a donation to Connemara you can register for one of these two great outings:

Bee Hive Tour:  Join the Meadow Bee Keeper for a working visit to the hive.  You will be dressed in a full bee suit, work the smoker and provide other assistance.  Photos and video of the experience will be provided.

Private Hot Dog and Marshmallow Roast with Hay Rides:  You and 11 of your friends will have a 2-hour private hot dog/marshmallow roast in the Meadow on a Saturday night in December or January.  Hay rides will also be provided.


Backyard Gnome takes a look at Connemara

the-backyard-gnome-logoWe love it when someone talks about Connemara and our mission.

The latest comes from The Backyard Gnome, where writer Tony McLellan takes a thoughtful look at our history as well as the work we are doing today.

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Join us May 6 for an Artist Reception in the Meadow

Human Nature by artist Art Garcia

“Human Nature, Figure No. 5, No. 6, No. 7” by artist Art Garcia

Dallas artist Art Garcia is adding to your enjoyment of the Meadow Nature Preserve this spring and summer with his exhibition, Human Nature, a collection of colorful steel sculptures representing the human form that have been thoughtfully placed throughout the Meadow.

The public is invited to an Artist Reception in the Meadow from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, featuring music, food, drinks, a discussion and tour of the sculpture with the artist.

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Special offers from Connemara

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift or a really unique way to enjoy the Great Outdoors in 2018?

We have three packages that will provide a special experience in the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve.

If you are interested in any — or all — of these opportunities,
contact Connemara’s Meadow Manager Bob Mione

Connemara Meadow features sculpture by local artist Art Garcia

Untitled sculpture in Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve

The Connemara Meadow features five works on metal, the untitled sculpture of local artist Art Garcia.

Sculpture returned to the Meadow Nature Preserve as part of Connemara’s FallFest Celebration on Oct. 22.

The Untitled five works on metal are the work of local artist Art Garcia, whose public art projects can be found throughout Dallas-Fort Worth. The five pieces of enamel on steel each measure 18”x 9”x8’ each.

Art Garcia and his sculpture for Connemara

Art Garcia with his sculpture in the Meadow Nature Preserve.

As described in his Artist Statement, Garcia was inspired by a 1964 review that Donald Judd wrote for the Twentieth Century Engineering  exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in which he said that “until lately art has been one thing and everything else something else. These structures are art and so is everything made.”

For Garcia, “Nature influences man, in return man creates objects to improve nature; in reality, his status. These structures are produced to enhance our environment; they comfort our existence.

“As we overburden the environment, the ecosystem becomes stressed, plants and animals, soil and water, and the air and ozone layer; the natural world becomes an afterthought,” Garcia continues. “How often does one hear the sound of the first bird chirp before the sunrise? Man relies on man, no longer do we rely on nature to provide comfort, nourishment and enlightenment. Seriality are the things man produces and nature inevitably adapts.”

Garcia is an artist/creative director with 41 years of design and public art experience. His success is the result of an approach that places equal emphasis on research and art to develop iconic installations that are both memorable and specific to their environment.

Since 1990 Garcia’s artwork has been honored in Communication Arts, Graphis, American Illustration and The Annual of The American Institute of Graphic Arts. He has produced work for The Cities of Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Georgetown, Southlake and New Orleans.

Other collections include The Meadows School of Art, The University of Texas at Dallas, UT Southwestern, The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the US Census. Most recently, Garcia completed Texas Bluestem, a sculptural installation for Art on Henderson, in Dallas, Texas.

Past commercial and private installations Garcia has created and managed, encompass retail properties including signage for The Riverwalk in New Orleans and Topanga Plaza in Canoga Park, California. While communication is key to creating integrated environmental art, Garcia’s emphasis is to create artwork specific to the given environment and its community.

Garcia holds an Associated Degree from the Art Institute and Master of Arts in Art from the University of Dallas. In 1998 he founded Graphic Content on the principle of providing effective visual communication with extraordinary customer service. Garcia is a member of AIGA, America for the Arts and the Better Business Bureau. He has served on the board of the Dallas Advertising League and is a fellow member of AIGA Dallas. Currently he serves on the Visual Communications Advisory Board of Brookhaven College. Garcia has guest lectured on design at the Art Institute of Dallas, the University of North Texas and South Arkansas State University.

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