Yoga classes move to upper Meadow

Yoga in the Meadow October schedule

Connemara’s Yoga in the Meadow classes have been moved to the top of the Meadow. 

Enjoy fireside yoga and the warmth of the sun! Evening classes powered by the sun under the solar lights! 

Parking Directions

  • Follow Alma south from the main Meadow entrance.
  • Turn left on Bass Drive (the first street just south of the Hedgcoxe/Alma intersection).
  • Follow Bass Drive to the end and enter the short alleyway which leads to the gated meadow entry.
  • Signs will be posted on Bass Drive near the entrance. 

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE

Hay Day Festival in the Meadow set for Oct. 23-24

The Connemara Conservancy invites you to join us Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24, for two days of fun-filled fall activities at our first Hay Day Festival in the Meadow!

Friday from 6 – 8:30 p.m. we will host an adult-only evening of live music, food, and adult beverages in our rustic hay lounge in the Pecan Grove!

A limited number of tables will be available for purchase, allowing us plenty of room to spread out. Cost per table is $125 and each table will seat four adults (hay bale seating!). The ticket includes hor d’oeuvres and a bottle of wine. Additional bottles of wine and beer will be available via donation at the event.

Saturday afternoon from 2-6 p.m. we will host an afternoon of fun for the entire family in the Meadow Nature Preserve!

Family-friendly activities will include hayrides, hay games, a grass maze, scavenger hunts, prizes, photo stations, and more! Tickets (for up to 6 people) are $20. A limited number of tickets will be sold to allow for social distancing.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE FRIDAY TABLE TICKETS

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE SATURDAY FAMILY TICKETS

Connemara adds Supported Yoga classes on Tuesdays

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Join us for Supported Yoga every Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. in the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve. 

Supported yoga uses a stability ball to provide a base of support for beginners, post injury, pregnancy, or difficulty with a vinyasa flow where vertical to horizontal movements are not well tolerated.  

The class structure is a flowing sequence, not diminished by the ball as there are challenges. The Asana Practice with the ball flows from seated postures to standing, kneeling, seated on mat and supine.  

While the ball assists with the asana, it also deepens the sensation of the stretch, and with progressions provides challenge.  The ball provides more mobility, balance, greater range of motion and challenge than chair yoga. 

Register at  https://www.theyogitreehouse.com or check out our memberships!

Thank you for your support

Connemara North Texas Giving Day logo

Thank you to everyone that supported Connemara on North Texas Giving Day!

You generous gifts will help us continue our restoration efforts in The Meadow, create exciting new programs and provide environmental education throughout North Texas.

If you would like to join our effort, send us an e-mail at info@connemaraconservancy.org. We have volunteer needs in a variety of areas.

September Yoga in the Meadow schedule announced

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We want to encourage everyone to follow The Yogi Treehouse at www.theyogitreehouse.com or on Facebook and Instagram @theyogitreehouse for weather and location updates.

The schedule for September is as follows:

  • Sunday mornings, 9-10 a.m. — Morning Flow
  • Monday mornings, 9-10 a.m. — Morning Flow
  • Tuesday mornings, 10:15-11:15 a.m. — Supported Flow
  • Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 p.m. — Sunset Flow
  • Wednesday mornings, 9-10 a.m. — Morning Flow
  • Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:30 p.m. — Sunset Flow
  • Friday mornings, 9-10 a.m. — Morning Flow
  • Saturday mornings, 9-10 a.m. — Morning Flow

We have two payment options to choose from:

Single class donations

or

Monthly yoga memberships 

A portion of all yoga proceeds goes toward Connemara Meadow restoration and maintenance. 

Come join us for Yoga in The Meadow!

August Yoga in the Meadow Schedule Announced

Connemara Yoga In The MeadowMore classes and new payment options have been added for Connemara’s Yoga In The Meadow program presented by The Yogi Treehouse.

The schedule for August is as follows:

  • Sundays, 9-10 a.m. — Morning Flow
  • Mondays, 9-10 a.m. — Morning Flow
  • Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m. — Sunset Flow
  • Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m. — Morning Flow
  • Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. — Sunset Flow
  • Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. — Morning Flow

Special events in August include:

  • Full Moon Meditation — Aug. 3, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Kids Yoga In The Meadow — Aug. 8 & 22, 9-10 a.m.
  • Yoga Nidra — Aug. 29, 9-11 a.m.

We also now have two payment options to choose from:

Single class donations

or

Monthly yoga memberships 

A portion of all yoga proceeds goes toward Connemara Meadow restoration and maintenance. 

Come join us for Yoga in The Meadow!

Connemara teams with community partners to bring back Bobwhites

Connemara BobwhiteSeveral years ago, the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA), under the direction of Dr. Ken Steigman, began releasing Northern Bobwhite quail in order to restore them to the LLELA nature area.  About the same time, the Connemara Conservancy Meadow Nature Preserve began to do the same thing, as Bobwhites had last been seen in the Meadow in 1999.

During the Summer of 2019, two pair of the released Bobwhites in the Meadow successfully hatched and raised chicks.  This was a major milestone accomplishment and led to a meeting between LLELA and Connemara last December to discuss various techniques, lessons learned and plans for the future.  One of the action items agreed to at the meeting was to jointly sponsor a Bobwhite restoration workshop as soon as possible in 2020 in order to interest other nature areas and localities in the possibility of restoring Bobwhites at their locations.

The Heard Museum agreed to host the workshop with attendees from the cities of Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Allen, the Ft. Worth Nature Center, the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, the Heard Museum and Nature Center, various representatives from local Audubon chapters and the president of the East Texas Bobwhite Restoration chapter among other interested individuals attending the event on Jan 24, 2020.  Various presentations were made throughout the workshop with the idea of encouraging other organizations and individuals to get on the Bobwhite restoration bandwagon.

Bobwhites released at Connemara Nature PreserveIn early Spring of 2020, the City of Plano and the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center opted in for Bobwhite restoration and began close cooperation with Connemara. In April, 2020, Kristen and Mark Payne, long-time supporters of the Bobwhite restoration effort at the Meadow, delivered 215 four-week old chicks to the Meadow.  These chicks were fed a diet that included medication to take care of internal parasites and other diseases.

Of the 215 delivered, 205 survived thanks to the constant care provided by Steve Thier, a volunteer at the Meadow.  An agreement was reached with LLELA, the City of Plano, and the Raptor Center that each organization would take about 1/4 of the Bobwhites to be released at their locations. Prior to the release, volunteers at LLELA were able to take photos of two broods of chicks from Bobwhites released in 2019 at the LLELA Nature area providing proof that the release effort at LLELA was working.  The 2020 release process began with the City of Plano in early June, then with LLELA, and finished with the Raptor Center on June 27th.  In each case, Bobwhites were taken from the Meadow, placed in “holding pens” for a few days in order for them to get used to their new surroundings, and then released. The Meadow released their Bobwhites on the 29th of June.  The efforts at the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center a credit to Lorelei Sterlin, with Kym Hughs and Ann Fuller leading the way with the City of Plano.

A long-term goal of the restoration effort is for the Bobwhite populations at each location to begin reproducing on their own.  Another goal is to interest other cities, nature areas and private landowners in Bobwhite restoration so that this iconic ground nesting bird of Texas can return to its Blackland Prairie roots.  Each of the organizations involved in the Bobwhite restoration effort recognizes that this is a long-term effort, stretching over 5 years or more.  We hope by working together and sharing information/techniques that our success rate of the released Bobwhites producing and successfully raising new chicks will continue to increase. 

Bobwhites in Connemara MeadowAs Ken Steigman told the members of our Bobwhite restoration workshop, “prior year’s releases have revealed that these birds disperse much farther than many people realize.  In addition to sharing ideas and birds, another reason we are working together in an attempt to create a metapopulation of bobwhites in adjacent cities and towns are the many natural corridors that currently exist in this region, and more that can be created by habitat restoration.  

Bobwhites are short-lived birds.  When bad years occur due to drought or extreme winters (and they will), some local populations may be diminished below the minimum covey density for survival. It is our hope that surviving birds from these adjacent populations will repopulate habitats during the next breeding season utilizing these corridors.

For more information or to volunteer to join our Bobwhite restoration efforts, contact Connemara Board President and Meadow Manager Bob Mione at meadowmanager@connemaraconservancy.org or 214.534.1900.

More “Yoga In The Meadow” classes added for July (updated)

Connemara Yoga In The Meadow
Due to the overwhelming success of our Saturday morning Yoga classes, we are adding more Yoga In The Meadow programs in July.

Starting in July, Yoga will be offered at the following days and times weekly:

  • Sundays, 9 a.m. — Morning Flow with Kat
  • Tuesdays, 7 p.m. — Sunset Yoga with Melissa
  • Wednesdays, 9 a.m. — Morning Flow with Christi (Begins July 8)
  • Thursdays, 7 p.m. — Sunset Yoga with Melissa (Begins July 9)
  • Saturdays, 9 a.m. — Morning Flow with Melissa
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Connemara Kids YogaIn addition we will offer a Kids Yoga in the Meadow program on Saturday, July 11 at  9 a.m.

If that event turns out to be successful we will consider offering the classes on a regular basis.

Bring your own mat and old blanket to put under mat.  Insect repellant is recommended.

All ages and experience levels are welcome.

Reserve your place by clicking here

Visit our event calendar for schedule

Yoga in the Meadow

Connemara Yoga In The Meadow

Join us every Saturday morning at 9 for Yoga in the Pecan Grove.

Experience Mother Nature at her best!   

Bring your own mat and old blanket to put under mat.  Insect repellant is recommended. 

All ages and experience levels are welcome.

Get your ticket here

 

May and June bird walks canceled

The bird walks scheduled for May 3 and June 6 have been canceled as we observe restrictions regarding social gatherings.

The Meadow remains open, however, and we encourage you to enjoy the great outdoors at your leisure.

Thank you for your understanding and stay safe.

Site last updated October 18, 2020 @ 4:01 pm