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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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Written by Madison Lawson Have you ever wondered how much of a difference there is between exercising outdoors and indoors? After all, either way is good for your health, getting your heart rate up, and is good for your overall well-being.  But according to Scientific Reports from Nature.com, there is actually a difference between nature exercises and gym exercises. The study included almost 20,000 participants and self-reports of health and well-being. Using different lengths of recreational time outside and many different forms of outdoor exercise, the study came to the conclusion that “Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is...

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Written by Madison Lawson Opossums get a bad rap, seen as giant, disgusting rats or just another piece of roadkill. But the truth of the Opossum is so much better. This (arguably cute) creature is the only marsupial of North America and are the superheroes of the American backyard. Let’s start off with some cool facts about the Opossum. First, did you know they have the equivalent of opposable toes, or “hallux,” on their back feet? They share this fact only with primates, pandas, and rats. Not even humans have opposable toes. Plus, their tails are pretty impressive. Many refer...

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