Celebrate the Season, Dec. 10 in the Meadow (Updated!)

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The Connemara Conservancy invites you to join us Sunday, Dec. 10, 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.

We will have marshmallows for roasting, hayrides, carolers, holiday crafts, cocoa and candy canes, a photo booth, potential Elf and Santa sightings, and more.

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

Christmas trees and treats will be provided by Whole Foods Market.

(Updated information – Dec. 5)

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

[Read more…]

Connemara reintroducing Bobwhite Quail to North Texas

Connemara Bobwhite quali

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.

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.

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

Join our Adopt An Acre campaign to protect North Texas open space

As development continues to accelerate, open space plays a more important role in protection of our water supply.

At this time of giving, it is important to remember that one of the most important gifts we can leave for future generations is access to the beauty and wonders of nature. That’s why we hope that when you are making your end of year gifts you will include the Connemara Conservancy in your plans.

There is no doubt that the dramatic growth of North Texas over the past decade has put tremendous strain on our land and our natural resources. That’s why we are working hard with landowners, local governments and forward thinking developers to identify and protect open space throughout the area that will be important to ensuring that we are able to maintain our quality of life.

But there’s so much more to our land – and our work  – than just the acres on the ground, the sunsets, the hunting trips, the summers spent at the lakes and the wild places where imaginations can still roam free.

Conserving land provides many critical, long-lasting benefits. Protecting sensitive wetlands and the lands surrounding lakes, rivers and streams from development protects floodplains and keeps polluted runoff out of drinking water. Preventing more land from being covered in concrete ensures that more of the precious little water that falls has the ability to soak into the ground and our aquifers, replenishing our water supply and reducing the chance of serious flooding.

The need for conservation is growing

Connemara currently protects more than 6,000 acres of open space. In addition, we provide access to conservation education for thousands of students each year.

But our work is far from done. The demand for our services has never been greater.

That’s why we need your help.

Connemara relies on the generosity of people like you that believe in the importance of open space and conservation education.

Preserving our heritage

We invite you to read this year’s letter from Amy Williams Monier, who founded Connemara with her mother, Frances Williams, in the early 1980s.

Letter from co-founder Amy Monier Williams.

At the time, even though their farmland was surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of open space, they knew development was one its way and it was only a matter of time before their land would be surrounded by homes and shopping centers.

That day has arrived.

By establishing the Connemara Conservancy and setting aside 72 acres of their most pristine property as the Meadow Nature Preserve to be protected and enjoyed forever, however, they made sure that every generation to come would have access to the beautiful landscape that generations of their family had enjoyed.

Now we ask you to help us continue the important work by Amy and her mother over three decades ago by visiting our contribution page and making a gift to Connemara. As Frances was fond of saying: “Remember that even the most modest gift gives grace to the giver.”

Best wishes for a Happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

Connemara Conservancy Board of Trustees.
Mark Yarbrough, president
Beverly Coghlan, vice president
Sherry Englande Brown, treasurer
Bob Mione, Meadow Steering Committee chair
Ross Obermeyer
Dr. Eileen Tollett
Jim Watkins
Scott White, secretary

Click Here To Make Your Gift To Connemara

 

“Art In The Meadow” is Sunday

Tomorrow is the day to spend the afternoon with your family in the Meadow Nature Preserve. From 1 to 6 p.m. we will partner with the Allen Arts Alliance to present “Art In The Meadow,” an afternoon of art and fun for the entire family.

The event is free and open to the public. [Read more…]

Pooch Permits approved for year-round use

Dogs in the Connemara Meadow

Dogs are now welcome back to the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve year-round! [Read more…]

Dr. Eileen Tollett joins Connemara Board of Trustees; officers elected

Allen resident and civic leader Dr. Eileen Tollett, who has a long history of community involvement, has joined the Connemara Board of Trustees. [Read more…]

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