Join us for dinner in The Meadow on April 27

Supper With A Cause

You are invited to join The Seed Project Foundation and Harvest Seasonal Kitchen on April 27 for a very special evening of food and fun in The Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve.

Cocktails begins at 5 p.m. in the Pecan Grove, followed by a seasonal four course meal in The Meadow crafted by Harvest Seasonal Kitchen’s Executive Chef Andrea Shackelford.

Tickets are $125 per person.



Join us for Maze Madness in the Meadow on Oct. 24!

Looking for a way to spend a Saturday afternoon enjoying he great outdoors with your family? Join us Oct. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve for Maze Madness in the Meadow. [Read more…]

Save The Date for North Texas Giving Day

North Texas Giving DayOn September 17, your contribution to the Connemara Conservancy will be worth even more. That’s the date for North Texas Giving Day when contributions of $25 or more will be amplified by the Communities Foundation of Texas. Donations can be made from 6 a.m. to midnight at [Read more…]

Support Connemara while holiday shopping


If you like shopping and dining there is no place quite like Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, especially during the holiday season.

Every time you visit this award-winning, resort style mixed-use development on the southwest corner of U.S. 75 and Bethany Drive in Allen, you can support the mission of the Connemara Conservancy.

Through the end of December, Connemara will be the beneficiary of the Change for Charity program at Watters Creek.  All you have to do is feed the Watters Creek parking meters with your extra change and the proceeds will be donated to Connemara.

Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, which also sponsored “Into The Meadow,” is a 52-acre project that incorporates a complete mix of uses including a large creekside village green, interactive public art, a variety of popular retail options, restaurants featuring al fresco dining and water views along with office space and residential lofts.

Defined by its conservation-focused designs and wide-open spaces, Watters Creek has worked hard to be eco-friendly. In fact, Watters Creek is the first retail development in the State of Texas to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

You can read more about the many conservation programs at Watters Creek by clicking here.

Thank you Watters Creek for your support and we encourage everyone that supports Connemara to do your shopping and dining at Watters Creek. And feed the meters while you are there!




Connemara welcomes new board president, members

Executive Director Sandra Greenway (center) and new board president Marcus Yarbrough (right) present outgoing president Kirk Evans with a photo display highlighting his two years presiding over the board.

Executive Director Sandra Greenway (center) and new board president Marcus Yarbrough (right) present outgoing president Kirk Evans with a photo display highlighting his two years presiding over the board.

The recently completed July board meeting was an exciting one as we introduced Marcus Yarbrough as the new board president and welcomed three new members.

Marcus, who has been a member of the Connemara board since 2007, begins a two-year term and takes over for outgoing president Kirk Evans. He most recently has served as chairman of the Land Committee during a period in which Connemara has dramatically increased the number of acres under its protection.

Also during the board meeting, Kirk was recognized for two great years of service. Thank’s to Kirk’s passion and leadership, Connemara has significantly grown its presence within the conservation communities locally, regionally and nationally and now has an influential role in many important conservation initiatives.

In addition, the board welcomed three new members:

  • George Brown — George is a renowned chef and supporter of the organic farm to table food supply movement.  He and his wife Katie own Experimental Table located on a 10 acre farm in Lucas, Texas.  Recently, Modern Luxury named Experimental Table the #1 catering company in Dallas.  George catered Connemara’s first Hops for Habitat and the 2012 Into the Meadow. He has supported all of Connemara’s farm to table-type events in whatever capacity he can.
  • Shirley Ogden —Shirley is an Investment Analyst and works on the Investment Strategy Team at Lee Financial. She joined the firm in 1994 and has more than 25 years experience in the financial advisory business. Prior to joining the firm, Shirley worked at large national public accounting firms in the areas of auditing, small company advisory, and tax planning. In addition, Shirley has been an Advisory Board member for numerous limited partnerships and was previously on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee for a publicly traded energy company. She has been active on Connemara’s Into the Meadow committee for the last two years, has attended many of the organization’s events and is looking forward to working on the Finance Committee as Connemara  prepares for the accreditation process.
  • Chris Ebling — Chris is the current Chair of the Land Committee and has been involved with Connemara as a volunteer for a number of years.  He contributes environmental knowledge, strategic organizational acumen, and a passion for the land to the Connemara Conservancy Foundation.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Michigan and in 2014 will be conferred a Masters in Resource Interpretation through the Stephen F Austin State University School of Forestry. Throughout his career Chris worked in product management, marketing, business process re-engineering, program management and general management at various international technology corporations and consulting firms. Chris and his wife Karen reside in Plano and actively manage their 160 acres in Fannin County for improved wildlife habitat.

We’ll be providing more information on all our board members in coming weeks.

The Connemara Board of Directors includes, from left, (front row) Chris Ebling, president Marcus Yarbrough and Joe Milkes; (back row) Shirley Ogden, George Brown, outgoing president Kirk Evans, Gailon Brehm and Scott White. Not pictured is board member Ross Obermeyer.

The Connemara Board of Directors includes, from left, (front row) Chris Ebling, president Marcus Yarbrough and Joe Milkes; (back row) Shirley Ogden, George Brown, outgoing president Kirk Evans, Gailon Brehm and Scott White. Not pictured is board member Ross Obermeyer.


Summer Monthly Birdwalk Times

redtailwithcritter Because of the heat, our monthly Birdwalks in the Connemara Meadow Preserve will begin an hour earlier than normal at 7am on July 5, August 3 and September 6.

Bring your binoculars and field guides if you have them, and learn what to watch for in habits, characteristics and calls from Texas Master Naturalists Gailon Brehm and Rodney Thomas, both with Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society. You can expect about 30+ species. The walk is planned to take about three hours. All ages are welcome. We recommend wearing long pants, closed-toed shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

See our calendar at for additional details including a map.

Ragweed Maze – May 25 Weekend Only

One Day Event – May 25, 2014 7am – 11am


ragweed_mazeLast fall Connemara cleared off 10 acres of the Meadow Preserve that were infested with a number of non-native invasive species and then planted native Switchgrass using a no-till drill. This was an experiment to see what worked and what didn’t. Unfortunately (we suspect) due to very cold and dry winter, we have no grass.

HOWEVER, what we do have have right now in time for the May monthly Open House on the 25th is a 10-acre monoculture of thigh-high Texas Giant Ragweed.

Don’t worry – it’s non-allergenic because it’s nowhere near blooming at this time of year. But it is almost a-maze-ing to see – 10 acres of nothing but nice shiny new ragweed. It will be mowed down on Monday, May 26 in the hopes that some of the grass will come up once the ragweed-induced shade goes away.

But in the meantime, for one day only, this Sunday the 25th, we have mowed about 300 yards of 6-foot wide twisty passages all throughout the 10-acres. They lead to various open areas mysteriously clear of ragweed, small pockets of Firewheel, Verbena and other wildflowers, the odd rabbit and who knows what else. And if you don’t like where you are, you can cut cross-country through the ragweed itself.

Members and others with access can come out anytime between Friday, May 23 and Sunday, May 25 (inclusive).

It’ll be mowed down on the 26th.

This should be GREAT for kids and adults but younger children should be with an adult because the stuff is 3-feet high.

Photos at

Directions to Connemara Meadow Preserve at

Once there, the location of the Maze is shown below

Join us at the State of the Prairie Conference, May 29-31


If you are a private landowner, restorationist, biologist, landscape architecture professional, educator or just an individual interested in conserving and rebuilding prairies, we invite you to join Connemara and organizations from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana in Fort Worth on May 29-31 for the 5th annual State of the Prairie Conference.

The three-day event will feature field trips and presentations on a wide range of topics. On May 31 at 11 a.m., Conservation Director RJ Taylor will join Pat Merkord, president of the Native Prairies Association of Texas, for a presentation on using conservation easements for land conservation.

Other topics to be discussed include Prairies and Climate Change, Prairie Bird Conservation, Pollinator Management,  Restoration After Energy Production, Bison Ecology, Selecting Seeds and Prescribed Fire Coalitions, among others.

Here are links to more information, including how to register:

Event Flyer

Full Agenda



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