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Hiking is amazing for our mental, spiritual and physical health and it is so therapeutic to get on a trail and feel separated from the chaos of the city. We are so fortunate to have many green spaces available to us in DFW but sometimes weather is not always on our side. Rain and floods can damage dirt trails and hiking or biking on the trails while they are muddy can cause even more damage. Most trails in DFW are maintained by volunteers and take more work than most people realize. If flooding is severe enough, trails may be closed...

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LLELA Nature Preserve is a nearly 2,600-acre wilderness located in Lewisville, TX, and consists of tallgrass prairies and bottomland forests (through which flows the Elm Fork of the Trinity River). There are a total of seven trails (including one designated for paddling); however, due to ongoing construction only five are currently open: Blackjack, Cicada, Cottonwood, Green Dragon and Beaver Pond – distances of the trails are 1.5 mi., 0.25 mi., 1.3 mi., 0.3 mi. and 1 mile, respectively. In terms of difficulty level the rating is easy, as the terrain is mostly flat (with a few short climbs).   The...

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Deep in the heart of the Oak Cliff community, you will find a beautiful green space perfect for a short escape into nature. Twelve Hills Nature Center's mission is “Cultivating conservation ethics through our Blackland Prairie restoration and nature education.” The space once was 5 acres of run-down apartments and thanks to a strong community effort, it has since been restored to its natural habitat. This 5 acre space now holds a beautiful brick wall entrance and a half mile trail around the perimeter that shows off the natural landscape and beautiful butterfly garden that is managed by volunteers and students....

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A partnership between the City of Farmers Branch, the Valwood Improvement Authority & the North Texas Tollway Authority, the preserve is located just off Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch and is a rare mix of upland forests and wetlands bordering the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.  Named for longtime and avid city employee John F. Burke (whose work led to the creation of the Farmers Branch park system), there are three trails totaling 2.08 miles (River Trail Loop: .66 mi., Pond Trail Loop: .68 mi. and Thicket Trail Loop: .74 mi.). The difficulty level is easy (as the...

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The Bokashi system decreases the time it takes to produce finished compost significantly and is a super easy system. It also allows you to compost ALL food scraps including meat and bones. Join our workshop to learn how it works.

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