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By: Haley Cottey 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...

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By: Haley Cottey I often hear things like "I grew up in California and moved here a few years ago. There is just nothing to do here" and while I totally know where people are coming from and I have said this myself countless times about DFW, I have made it my mission to explore this metroplex and prove you can enjoy the outdoors even in DFW. Plus with the current pandemic, we are encouraged more and more to stay close to home. You can stay close to home and still enjoy unique outdoor spaces and have adventures! So I did some...

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Not everyone enjoys outdoors, and many prefer the city to the trail. This is all completely fine, but the benefits of nature should still not be ignored. From emotional benefits to improved immune system and overall health, green spaces are so important even in cities and should be utilized. So how do you enjoy the outdoors if you are not “outdoorsy”? Grab some bug spray, sun screen and try these 5 ways to enjoy the outdoors if you are not outdoorsy. Visit a Community garden, farm or arboretum. Many towns have community gardens or arboretums. If you aren’t sure if...

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