“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 Permit fees waived during shelter-in-place

Dog enjoys Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve

We recognize that current shelter-in-place guidelines have limited access to the places where you can take your pet.

As our way of making it more convenient for you to enjoy the wonders of nature with your pet, we are waiving our Pooch Permit fees while shelter-in-place is in effect.

All we ask is that you keep your pet on a leash during your visit to the Meadow and you remove any waste using the materials provided for your convenience.

We hope you will find the Meadow a welcoming and comforting place for both you and your pet during these confusing and stressful times.

Enjoy your visit.

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…]

Mark your calendar – early start time for nature walks


Beginning this Saturday the start time for the monthly Meadow bird walks will be 7 a.m. The start time will remain 7 a.m. through September. In October, once the days are shorter, the start time will return to 8 a.m. [Read more…]

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Dog At Connemara!

Dogs in the Connemara Meadow

The Connemara Conservancy will celebrate Valentine’s Day by welcoming dogs back to the Meadow Nature Preserve with a special “Bring A Dog, Bring A Donation” fundraiser on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. [Read more…]

A perfect day for Madness in the Meadow

MeadowLead600Despite the early morning showers, Saturday turned out to be a perfect day for our first Maze Madness in the Meadow. THANK YOU! to everyone that joined us and we hope to see you back on a regular basis. [Read more…]

Celebrating two great volunteers

At the heart of every non-profit are the volunteers, without whose support much of the organization’s work would not be possible. That is especially true at Connemara, and Saturday we will recognize two people who have gone above and beyond in their service to Connemara and conservation during a special reception at 6 p.m. in the Meadow Preserve.

Bob Mione and Chandler Burke at work on The Meadow.

Bob Mione and Chandler Burke at work in The Meadow.

The “2013 Volunteer of the Year” award will be given to Robert “Bob” Mione, who serves as Connemara’s Volunteer Meadow Manager.  Bob’s love of The Meadow and his commitment to it has enabled us to do things that we would not be able to do without his help.  His peers nominated him to receive the  Volunteer of the Year Award in honor of his tireless and tenacious dedication to our beloved 72-acre Meadow Preserve.

Also during the reception, Chandler Burke will be recognized. Chandler was one of only 18 people nationwide to receive the “2013 Nestle Very Best in Youth Award.” The Nestlé Very Best in Youth Program was created in 1997 to recognize exceptional young people across America who not only excel academically but also support the community.

Chandler, a graduate of St. Mark’s High School in Dallas, currently attends Rice University. He is an Eagle Scout who earned all 130 Boy Scout Merit Badges and received the “William T. Hornaday Silver Medal” for organizing four significant conservation projects totaling more than 1,000 hours and involving more than 100 volunteers. He was separately recognized as the Texas Eagle Scout of the Year by both the Texas Society for the Sons of the American Revolution and the American Legion. He is also one of 10 national winners of the President’s Environmental Youth Award.

Connemara is thrilled to be able to acknowledge both of them at the same time since it was Bob’s dedication that provided our organization the capacity to support some of Chandler’s conservation work in The Meadow.

They represent a heart-warming legacy of loving land through volunteerism. I invite you to join us for light snacks and refreshments in the Pecan Grove to honor these two extraordinary volunteers and celebrate our volunteers who do so much throughout the year in the Meadow Preserve.


June is the time to get outside and play!


Looking for a way to to enjoy the great outdoors with your family?

Every Monday in June, Connemara will host “Meadow Mondays” at the Meadow Nature Preserve on the border of Allen and Plano.

What is a Meadow Monday? It’s hours of free family fun, including eco-friendly games and 72 acres of adventure.  Feel free to bring a picnic, but remember whatever you bring in, you need to be prepared to take out.  This is a Leave No Trace outside playtime opportunity.

Also remember:  no dogs, no bicycles, no motorized vehicles of any kind

To get to the Meadow Nature Preserve, take the trail at Suncreek Park just south of Bethany Drive on Alma and follow the signs!

For more information or questions, please email us at info@connemaraconservancy.org.


SAVE THE DATE: 5th Annual “Into The Meadow” Set For Sept. 20


Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 20, when we will host the 5th annual Into The Meadow.

Connemara’s celebration of  local food, local farms and the beauty of natural open space will begin at 5 p.m. with a reception in the Pecan Grove, followed by dinner and dancing under the stars.

We’ll have more information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, you can relive last year’s sold-out event at the 2013 Into The Meadow Photo Gallery.


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