Join us Sunday, Oct. 22, for FallFest in the Meadow

Connemara FallFest pumpkin patchThe Connemara Conservancy is hosting an afternoon of fun for the entire family in the Meadow Nature Preserve on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Connemara Fallfest hay ride FallFest in the Meadow will feature a wide range of activities, including:

  • Hay Rides
  • Face painting
  • Butterfly Garden Tours
  • Mazes
  • Pumpkins
  • Photo Booth
  • Art In The Meadow

KONA ICE will be serving up their frozen treats from 1:30 – 3:30 and we will even have hammocks provided by REI for those who want to spend a lazy afternoon outdoors.

The entrance to the Meadow Nature Preserve is on Alma Road just south of Bethany Drive in Allen. For directions, CLICK HERE.

 

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Thank You for your support on North Texas Giving Day!

THANK YOU! to everyone that donated to Connemara during  North Texas Giving Day.  It was our most successful North Texas Giving Day fundraiser ever!

Your support also helped us qualify for bonus funds from the Communities Foundation of Texas. More importantly, however, your contribution will play an important role in helping us expand our work with landowners, local governments and forward-thinking developers to preserve and protect critical acres of open space and provide conservation education programs throughout North Texas.
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Join us for Music in the Meadow, July 7

Connemara invites you to bring your lawn chairs and cooler for an evening of popular folk music and patriotic songs performed by local guitarists Tony Stanzo and Mark Wood on Friday, July 7 in the Meadow Nature Preserve.

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Thank You to everyone who joined us for MeadowFest 2017

Connemara MeadowFest 2017 LogoDespite an early morning threat of storms, the skies cleared and it turned out to be a perfect night for a party!

Thank you to our sponsors, to event organizer Michelle Rodenbach, our very gracious host, Brad Nace, and everyone that made MeadowFest 2017 such a success!

Check out our Facebook page for some of the great photos that Brad shared with us.

 

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MeadowFest rescheduled for June 3

Connemara MeadowFest 2017 LogoDue to the threat of potentially dangerous thunderstorms throughout the day and into the evening on Saturday, we have decided to reschedule the event for June 3.
We apologize for the inconvenience to our sponsors and those who have purchased tickets, but hope you can join us on June 3 for an evening of dinner, dancing and fun under the stars.
We will more updates and additional information in the coming weeks.
CLICK HERE for more ticket and sponsorship information.
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Join Connemara this weekend for City Nature Challenge

Connemara Conservancy iNaturalist imageYou are invited to join the Connemara Conservancy along with Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, the Audubon Society, and many others all weekend for the City Nature Challenge to see which city in Texas and nationwide can document the most species over the next five days.

It is easy to participate by joining an event, or making observations on your own using the iNaturalist app.

Connemara is hosting a gathering event Sunday in the Meadow Nature Preserve from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. which will provide a great way to spend some time Easter Sunday with the family enjoying nature.

The competition runs through Tuesday and it is easy to participate. With the iNaturalist app, you just take a picture of a plant or animal, and the community will help identify which species it is. Any observation in the greater metropolitan area of each city will count during the five day challenge. You can participate by exploring the life in your backyard, in your local park, or on a field trip with your local naturalist group.Check out the Nature Challenge home page for a leaderboard and additional resources.

ALL observations made within April 14 – 18 within the DFW metroplex will count to this challenge.  Observations have to be uploaded to iNaturalist before April 22.  No specific projects need to be joined.

You can also join the fun on Facebook.

Not only is this a competition between Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston, cities across the nation are participating. Hopefully, we can show the rest of the world that we do indeed have diversity in North Texas and we also have quite a few citizen scientists and naturalists and nature enthusiasts that care about it.  let’s show them what we got!

There are a number of gathering events scheduled for this weekend. Here are the locations, and times:

Friday, April 14…
9 am – noon: Breckinridge Park in Richardson
9 am – 11 am: White Rock Lake (Bath House) in Dallas
9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Twelve Hills Nature Center in Dallas
11:30 am – 1 pm: UNT campus (by student union and admin building) in Denton
1 pm – 4 pm: Bear Creek Nature Park in Lancaster
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm: The Mound in Flower Mound
7 pm – 10 pm: Cedar Ridge Preserve in Cedar Hill (mothing!)
7 pm – 10 pm: Mockingbird Nature Park in Midlothian (mothing!)

Saturday, April 15…
8 am – 11 am: LLELA in Lewisville
9 am – noon: OS Gray Natural Area in Arlington
9 am – noon: Marion Sansom Park in Fort Worth
9 am – 1 pm: Heard Museum in McKinney
10 am – 11:30 am: Twelve Hills Nature Center in Dallas (butterfly walk!)
1 pm – 4 pm: South West Nature Preserve in Arlington
1:30 pm – 3 pm: Fort Worth Nature Center in Fort Worth

Sunday, April 16 (Easter Sunday)…

9 am – 3 pm: Connemara Nature Preserve in Allen

Monday, April 17…

9 am – noon: Mike Lewis Park in Grand Prairie
1 pm – 4 pm: Cross Timbers Park in North Richland Hills

Tuesday, April 18…

9:30 am – 11 am: Blackland Prairie Conservatory & Atelier prairie in Dallas
4 pm – 7 pm: Tandy Hills Park in Fort Worth

The City Nature Challenge is organized by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences.

We hope to see you in the Meadow on Sunday.

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Connemara reintroducing Bobwhite Quail to North Texas

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Photo courtesy Chris Jackson, DFW Urban Wildlife

Chris Jackson of DFW Urban Life recently wrote about Connemara’s efforts, spearheaded by Meadow manager Bob Mione, to reintroduce the Northern Bobwhite Quail to North Texas.

Once common throughout North Texas, the Bobwhites have all but disappeared. Now Bob is leading an effort at in the Connemara Meadow along with a few other organizations to bring the Bobwhites back to Collin County.

CLICK HERE to read Chris’ story the project.

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More sponsors sign on for MeadowFest 2017

Connemara MeadowFest sponsor Neighborhood Management

Connemara MeadowFest sponsor Darling Homes

Connemara MeadowFest sponsor Whole FoodsThank you to Neighborhood Management, Darling Homes and Whole Foods Market, who have all signed on as the latest sponsors of MeadowFest 2017.

They join Emerson Partners, Gardens of Connemara, Montgomery Farm, Montgomery Farm Gardens, Montgomery Urban Tree Farm, Nine Band Brewing and Trademark Car Wash as sponsors of the event scheduled for April 29 at Bedside Manor at Montgomery Farm.

For more information, including online ticket sales, CLICK HERE.

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Save The Date For MeadowFest, April 29

 

Connemara Conservancy Allen Plano MeadowFest

Join the Connemara Conservancy for an evening of dinner, dancing and fun to celebrate the beauty of nature and Texas open space and to support our conservation efforts to restore critical habitats for Monarchs, bees and other pollinators.

  • Cocktails
  • Food truck
  • Photo Wagon
  • Outdoor Games
  • Music and Dancing
  • Tickets are $100 per person.

Sponsorships and individual tickets available.

Purchase Tickets or Sponsorships Online

Download Printable Sponsor Packet

Download Printable Individual Ticket Request

SPONSORED BY

Connemara MeadowFest sponsor Nine Band Brewing

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Thank You for your support of Connemara!

Connemara Conservancy easement Strain Family Farm

Among the more than 6,000 acres protected by Connemara are 121 acres of the Strain Family Farm in Dallas County. For over 100 years the Strain family has farmed this land near Lancaster. Today the family is dedicated to preserving open space as well as the agricultural history, culture and character for future generations.

All of us at the Connemara Conservancy want to thank everyone that made 2016 such a special year for land conservation in North Texas. [Read more…]

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