HEART of Texas

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SEPTEMBER 2016 HEART OF TEXAS   
Home Educators Alliance for Resources and Training of Texas, Inc.

SEPTEMBER 2016 ISSUE
Home School News and Events
 
Dear Home School Families and Friends,
We are excited to share information that we feel may be of interest to home schoolers in North Texas.  Please share this newsletter with your friends or other homeschooling families in your network.

If you use content from this newsletter for placement within your own newsletter, website, or other communications, please acknowledge the HEART of Texas newsletter as your source via a link to our website: www.heartoftex.org.

If you know of an event or activity that would benefit other home schoolers, please drop us a line at editor@heartoftex.org so we can share it in our next bi-weekly e-newsletter.

Support group meeting listings are free. If you are a new group please contact us so we can also add you to our database so families can find you.  
Non-profit clubs and organizations that are in partnership with HEART of Texas can also promote their meetings in our newsletter.  Advertising space is available for those wishing to advertise their businesses, classes, workshops, job listings, or other opportunities.  Special rates and other benefits are given to businesses and organizations which partner with us. Email us for more information about our Partnership Programs.

Additionally, if you or anyone in your homeschool group would like to submit articles, or volunteer to serve on our newsletter or advertising teams, please contact us at editor@heartoftex.org.

We would love to hear from you!  


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Our deadlines are as follows:  
the 1st of the month, for the mid-month issue;
the 15th of the month for the issue that goes out at the beginning of the following month.
Please send all submissions to editor@heartoftex.org for consideration in the newsletter.

Thanks so much!
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Home Educators Alliance for Resources and Training of Texas, Inc., (HEART of Texas) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to serving the home schooling support groups, leaders and families in our regional service area. Our mission is to provide leadership, training, resources and support within the home school community through communications, networking activities, and events directed at home school support groups, leaders, and families in the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding North Texas region.

This information is provided as a service to our fellow home schoolers. HEART of Texas does not necessarily endorse, warrant, or represent any of the activities, events, or organizations listed, or their content, views, opinions, or recommendations. Please use your own judgment when considering taking part in or attending any of these events or activities or visiting any of the websites or links provided.  HEART of Texas assumes no responsibility for the content of any ads, promises made, or the quality/reliability of the products or services offered.

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MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS
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INVITING EXHIBITORS: 
HEART OF TEXAS
ANNUAL "HOMESCHOOLING THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL & BEYOND" EXPO
LOCATION & DATE TBA


If you offer a classes, extra-curricular activities, a club/organization or other resources
for homeschoolers, we would love to have you exhibit at our next Expo!

Date and location are forthcoming, but will be in the DFW area.

Please click here to contact us for details.


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SEPTEMBER
"HOMESCHOOLING 101" INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS
BEDFORD

Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Cost: FREE

LOCATION:
Bedford Public Library
, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, 76021

For More Information:  Click Here
To Register:  Click Here

To Ask Questions:  Click Here

Details:  Thinking about homeschooling? 
Wondering what's involved, how it works, and if it's right for your family?  
Our "Homeschooling 101" informational meetings are designed to teach you the basics of homeschooling and give you the information you need to help you get started on the right foot.   

Some of the Questions answered during the session:
What is required to homeschool in the state of Texas?
Where can I find curriculum?
What about teacher certification?
How do homeschoolers perform on standardized tests?
Can homeschoolers go to college?
How do homeschoolers perform in the real world?
and MORE!!

Other Homeschooling 101 Informational Meetings: TBA 
If you would like to host an Info Meeting, or if you would like to become a part of our Homeschooling 101 Presentation Team, p
lease contact us via our website.  


BECOME A MENTOR!!
If you are a veteran home school mom or dad homeschool group leader and would like to stay connected to the homeschooling community by serving in this way, we would love for you to consider becoming a Mentor!  We are recruiting Mentors for our Homeschool Mentor Program.  Mentors assist new homeschool families with getting started on their journey.  It is not a tutoring service or classes for homeschool students.  This is a ministry to parents who are seeking guidance in getting started homeschooling their children. 
For more information, please contact us via our website.

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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
THE ANIMATION COURSE

Chad Stewart, former Disney animator and current homeschool Dad, offers 12 week LIVE - online animation courses for 11-18 year olds. He also teaches online drawing classes for multiple ages as well. Weekly classes are one hour long and include personal video reviews for individual learning! The cost is $300 for the full 12 weeks. The Spring Session starts during the week of January 30th and classes tend to fill up very quickly so if you can, register soon! You can hold your child’s spot with a non-refundable $50 registration fee. Please send inquiries to kayla@theanimcourse.com or check out our website: theanimcourse.com

Discount:
 
HEART of Texas members (with current HEART of Texas member card) will receive $25 off class fees with a special code upon registration. 
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership
 
Email:  click here to email or 661-755-5775

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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
RUSH REVERE: HOMESCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST


Attention HEART of Texas members and subscibers! 
Do you know an especially deserving homeschooler, who is dedicated to their studies?

The Fall 2016 Rush Revere Homeschool Student Scholarships are open for nominations!
Visit http://rushreverehomeschool.com to nominate them today!



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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
REGISTRATION OPEN
HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM

LANTANA GOLF CLUB

Experience the Game of Golf!  Lantana Golf Club is offering three separate golf programs for juniors, age 8-17. The Spring, Summer and Fall programs will each offer weekly clinics over a period of 8-10 weeks.

Participants will receive instruction on full swing, short game (chip, pitch, putting) and bunker play.  Participants will also receive a basic introduction to the rules & etiquette of golf and the opportunity for quality time on course.

Our objective is to introduce juniors to the game of golf, improve playing skills and provide the opportunity for personal growth and learning.  We hope to build and strengthen character, develop new friendships, and enjoy the experience and life lessons this great game provides. 

Marc Brooks will provide lead instruction with assistance from other local golf professionals as needed.  Mr. Brooks is a PGA member and currently Director of Instruction at Lantana Golf Club.  He was named "Best Golf Instructor Denton County 2011, 2012, and 2013" and a member of the PGA President’s Council for his continuing efforts to promote and grow the game of golf.

Program scheduled to begin week of Sept. 8 and end week of Nov. 3 (no clinics week of Oct. 6)

To Register:  click here to download the registration form.
For more information, contact Marc Brooks, PGA at 940-728-4653 or click here to email

Discount:
 
Marc Brooks is offering HEART of Texas supporting members (with a current HEART of Texas member card) a 10% discount.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
HOMESCHOOL PE PROGRAMS
ROANOKE, PROSPER, HALTOM CITY, McKINNEY, FLOWER  MOUND

PE 101 is a 90 minute class that allows students to explore many sports in a short time. This porogram is designed so that students can be active and learn about athletics and team sports. Each class begins with a dynamic warm-up and stretch. We rotate through agility sations and drills.  Each unit of study includes sport specific drills and games, including rules of the game, strategy and the fundamentals required to play.  We also enjoy fun classic games like kickball, dodgeball, whiffleball and capture the flag.  

Roanoke Classes:  
Meet Fridays at 10:30am
Location: Ronoake Recreation Center, 501 Roanoke Rd, Roanoke, TX 76262
Click Here to register.

Prosper Classes:  Meet TBD 
Click here to register

Haltom City Classes:  Meet Tuesdays at 9:30am
Location:  Haltom City Recreation Center, 4839 Broadway Ave
Click here to register or 817-831-6464

McKinney Classes:  Meet Thursdays at 10:30am
Location:  McKinney Community Center, 2001 S Central Expy, McKinney, TX 75070
Click here to register

Flower Mound Classes:  Meet Tuesdays at 12:30pm
Click here to register

Discount:  HEART of Texas members (with current HEART of Texas member card) will receive a $5 discount off monthly class fees.  Some classes are eligible to combine for an additional sibling discount - ask at registration.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership
 
Email:  click here to email or 817-929-3333

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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
REGISTRATION OPEN
HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM

LANTANA GOLF CLUB

Experience the Game of Golf!  Lantana Golf Club is offering three separate golf programs for juniors, age 8-17. The Spring, Summer and Fall programs will each offer weekly clinics over a period of 8-10 weeks.

Participants will receive instruction on full swing, short game (chip, pitch, putting) and bunker play.  Participants will also receive a basic introduction to the rules & etiquette of golf and the opportunity for quality time on course.

Our objective is to introduce juniors to the game of golf, improve playing skills and provide the opportunity for personal growth and learning.  We hope to build and strengthen character, develop new friendships, and enjoy the experience and life lessons this great game provides. 

Marc Brooks will provide lead instruction with assistance from other local golf professionals as needed.  Mr. Brooks is a PGA member and currently Director of Instruction at Lantana Golf Club.  He was named "Best Golf Instructor Denton County 2011, 2012, and 2013" and a member of the PGA President’s Council for his continuing efforts to promote and grow the game of golf.

Program scheduled to begin week of Sept. 8 and end week of Nov. 3 (no clinics week of Oct. 6)

To Register:  click here to download the registration form.
For more information, contact Marc Brooks, PGA at 940-728-4653 or click here to email

Discount:
 
Marc Brooks is offering HEART of Texas supporting members (with a current HEART of Texas member card) a 10% discount.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

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MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE
Sep --Reading Programs
Sep -- Amon Carter Museum Exhibits
Sep -- Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits
Sep -- Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Sep-- Dallas Arboretum
Sep--
Fort Worth Botanic Garden Programs
Sep
-- Texas Discovery Gardens
Sep-- Library Used Book Sales Across North Texas
Sep
-- Library Programs
Sep
  -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs (Select Parks)
Sep-- Purtis Creek State Park -- Athens
Sep-- Cedar Hill State Park -- Cedar Hill
Sep
-- Ray Roberts Lake State Park -- Denton
Sep
-- Eisenhower State Park -- Denison
Sep
-- Fort Richardson State Park/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway -- Jacksboro
Sep
-- Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway -- Mineral Wells
Sep
-- Tyler State Park -- Tyler
Sep
-- Lake Tawakoni State Park -- Wills Point
Sep -- 3D Films at Perot Museum's Hoglund Foundation Theater -- Dallas
Sep -- Films at Omni/Imax (FW Museum of Science & History)
Sep-- HEART Partner: Homeschool Classes at the Fort Worth Zoo
Sep
--  "Homeschooling 101" Informational Meetings
Sep
-- Perot Museum:  Open Enrollment for Homeschool Classes
Sep
-- Perot Museum: Open Enrollment for Junior Master Naturalist Program
Sep
-- Registration Open:  Ft Worth Symphony Orchestra's Young Persons Concerts
Sep
-- Registration Open : Dallas Symphony Youth Orchestra  -- American Celebration Concerts


September
Through Sept 2 -- Amon Carter Museum: Gabriel Dawe: Plexus no. 34
Sept -- Dallas Arboretum: Nature Nights (Wed evenings through Oct 19)

Sept-- HEART Partner Old Red Museum:   Dallas on the Homefront:  Dallas during WWII (thru Sept 25)
Sept -- Museum Day Live!:  Free Museum Admission Tickets for Sept 24 (Participating Museums)
Sept -- Cantare Choir (Auditions by Appt):  High School Choir & Children's Choir
Sept -- High School Aerospace Scholars (Juniors):  Applications Accepted Sept to Nov (TBA)
Sept 1 --
Dallas Arboretum: Cool Thursdays Fall Concert Series (Through Oct 27)
Sept 1 -- Oliver Nature Park: Home School Nature Class: Lizards
Sept 1 -- Texas Discovery Gardens: Stories and More!
Sept 2-5 -- Dallas Arboretum:  $5 Discount Admission; $2 Hot Dogs & Root Beer Floats
Sept 2 -- Eisenhower State Park: Along Came a Spider
Sept 3 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Horsemanship Day Camp
Sept 3 -- Eisenhower State Park: Fossils! Journey to the Past
Sept 3 -- Eisenhower State Park: Chainsaws and Wildflowers
Sept 3 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Trackmakers of Dinosaur Valley
Sept 3 -- Nasher Sulpture: Big Idea: Emotions/Art Project: Mood Monsters
Sept 3, 10, 17, 24 -- FW Nature Center: Nature Hike
Sept 3 -- FW Nature Center: Butterfly Trek
Sept 3 -- Library Book Sale: Wichita Falls
Sept 4 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Fossil Diggin'
Sept 4 -- FW Nature Center: Turtles, Thinking Inside the "Box"
Sept 4 -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park: Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories
Sept 5 -- Library Book Sale: Breckenridge
Sept 5 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Nature Walk
Sept 6 -- Dallas Museum of Art (First Tuesday): Space Odyssey
Sept 6 -- Kimbell Art Museum (Pictures and Pages): The Story of Fish and Snail
Sept 7 -- FW Botanic Gardens( Family Discovery Program): Flower Lab
Sept 7 -- Oliver Nature Park (Little Naturalists): Interesting Insects
Sept 8 -- Educator Evening in Fort Worth Cultural District
Sept 9 -- FW Nature Center: Early Birds

Sept 9 -- HEART Partner Heritage Farmstead Museum (Fun on the Farm): Counting on the Farm
Sept 9-11 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Art in the Garden
Sept 9, 24 -- Oliver Nature Park: Kayaking at Britton Park on Joe Pool Lake
Sept 10 -- Star Party:  Stars Over Euless (Bob Eden Park)
Sept 10 -- Eisenhower State Park: Shoreline Scramble
Sept 10 -- Eisenhower State Park: Build a Bird Workshop
Sept 10 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Native American Play Day
Sept 10 -- FW Nature Center: Ancient Nature
Sept 10 -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park: Night Sounds
Sept 10 -- Library Book Sale: Sanger & Kerrville
Sept 10-11
-- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Primitive Survival Skills Class 1
Sept 10- 11 -- Purtis Creek State Park: Texas Outdoor Family (Dallas Area)
Through Sept 11 -- Kimbell Art Museum: The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France
Sept 11 -- FW Nature Center: Spillway Hike
Sept 12 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Bird Walk
Sept 12 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Stars on the Prairie
Sept 14 -- Oliver Nature Park: Home School Nature Class: Decomposers
Sept 15 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Family Drop-In Program- Nature Collage
Sept 15 -- HEART PartnerRush Revere Homeschool Scholarship Deadline Sept 15
Sept 16 -- HEART Partner Heritage Farmstead Museum (Homeschool Day): Little Farmstead on the Prairie
Sept 16-17 -- Library Book Sale: Decatur
Sept 16-18 -- Library Book Sale: Lewisville
Sept 16-25 -- Plano Children's Theater: Charlotte's Web (FYT-Frisco Discovery Center)
Sept 16-Oct 23 -- Dallas Children's Theater: Seussical  (Sept 17: The Who Party)
Sept 16 -- FW Nature Center: Full Moon Paddle
Sept 16 -- Eisenhower State Park: Dutch Oven Dessert
Through Sept 17 -- Artisan Center Theater: Starlight Express
Sept 17-18-- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Sow What/Organic Gardening
Sept 17 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Limestone Ledge Trail Hike
Sept 17 -- Eisenhower State Park: Go Fish! Learn to FLY Fish Event - Texoma on the Fly
Sept 17 -- Dallas Arboretum: Autumn at the Arboretum (through Nov 23)
Sept 17 -- Dallas Arboretum: Tom Thumb $1 Off General Admission (thru Nov 23)
Sept 17 -- FW Nature Center: Bird Migration
Sept 10 -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park: Night Hike
Sept 17 -- Oliver Nature Park: Painting at the Park: Barred Owl
Sept 17-24 -- Library Book Sale: Dallas
Sept 18 -- FW Nature Center: Canoe Fest
Sept 19 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Kayak Power River Trip
Sept 19 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Log House Open House
Sept 19 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Night Hike
Sept 21-25 -- Library Book Sale: Arlington (Big Sale)
Sept 21-- Dallas Arboretum: BOGO Wednesdays (Through Nov 23)
Sept 21-- Oliver Nature Park: Little Naturalists: Amazing Amphibians
Sept 22 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Home School K-5: Planting the Seeds
Sept 22 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Home School 6-8: Plant Surveys
Sept 23 -- HEART Partner Heritage Farmstead Museum (Fun on the Farm): Some Pig
Sept 23-24 -- Library Book Sale: Dallas and Garland
Sept 23-25 -- Library Book Sale: Fort Worth
Sept 23-25 -- Plano Children's Theater: Romeo and Juliet (MYT - Bonnie Wenk Park Ampitheatre)
Sept 23 -- FW Nature Center: Preschool Discovery Club
Sept 23 -- Eisenhower State Park: The Park After Dark
Sept 24-25 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Get Moving/Clean Energy
Sept 24 -- Museum Day Live!:  Get Tickets for Free Museum Admission at Participating Museums
Sept 24 -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park: Stargazing the Texas Night Sky
Sept 24 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Migration Bird Banding
Sept 24 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes
Sept 24 -- FW Nature Center: Canoe Tour
Sept 24 -- FW Nature Center: Native Grass ID Workshop
Sept 24 -- FW Nature Center: Deer Mouse Trail
Through Sept 25 -- Amon Carter Museum: Texas Folk Art
Sept 25 -- FW Nature Center: Late Summer Wildflowers
Sept 26 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Kayak Tour
Sept 27 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Little Sprouts Program- Leaves
Sept 27-Oct 2 -- Library Book Sale: Longview
Sept 29 -- FW Nature Center: Nature Center After Hours
Sept 30-Oct 2 -- Half Price Books Clearance Sale:  Dallas
Sept 30 -- Eisenhower State Park: Sunset Hike
Sept 30-Oct 8 -- Plano Children's Theater: Winnie the Pooh KIDS (Plano-PCT)
Sept 30-Oct 8 -- Plano Children's Theater:  Les Miserables (Plano-Courtyard)
Sept 30-Nov 5 -- Artisan Center Theater: State Fair
Sponsor --
HEART Partner The Animation Course
Sponsor --
HEART PartnerRush Revere Homeschool Scholarship Deadline Sept 15
Sponsor -- HEART Partner Homeschool PE (Roanoke, Prosper, Haltom City, Flower Mound, McKinney)
Sponsor -- HEART Partner  Registration Open: Home School Golf Program at Lantana Golf Club


October
Oct -- Dallas Arboretum: BOGO Wednesdays (Through Nov 23)
Oct -- Dallas Arboretum: Autumn at the Arboretum (through Nov 23)
Oct -- Dallas Arboretum: Tom Thumb $1 Off General Admission (thru Nov 23)
Through Oct 1 -- Artisan Center Theater: Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Oct 1 -- Library Book Sale: Wichita Falls
Oct 1 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Horsemanship Day Camp
Oct 1 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Nature Walk
Oct 1 -- Nasher Sulpture (Big Idea Architecture/Art Project): Building in a Bag
Oct 1-2 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Wonders of Water
Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 -- FW Nature Center: Nature Hike
Oct 2 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Art Boat
Oct 3 -- Library Book Sale: Breckenridge
Oct 3 -- Oliver Nature Park: Birdwatching Hike
Oct 3 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Tarantula Release
Oct 3 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Campfire
Oct 3-27 -- Dallas Arboretum:  Monarchs on the Move
Oct 4 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Family Discovery Program- Monarch Tagging
Oct 4 -- Kimbell Art Museum: Pictures and Pages: I Got the Rhythm
Oct 4 -- Oliver Nature Park: Home School Nature Class: Owls
Oct 5 -- Oliver Nature Park: Little Naturalists: Perfect Plants
Oct 6 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Home School 6-8: Estimating Animal Populations
Oct 6 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Home School K-5: Insect Adaptations
Oct 7 -- Tyler State Park | Two Night Event! | Texas Outdoor Family | Dallas Area | (Open)
Oct 7-9 -- Library Book Sale: Richardson
Oct 7-10 -- Library Book Sale: North Richland Hills
Oct 8 -- Library Book Sale: Kerrville
Oct 8 --
HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Primitive Survival Class 2
Oct 8 -- Eisenhower State Park: Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
Oct 8 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: National Fossil Day Celebration in the Valley
Oct 8 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Bird Walk
Oct 8, 22 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Migration Bird Banding
Through Oct 9 -- Amon Carter Museum: Identity
Oct 10 -- Oliver Nature Park: Painting at the Park: Fawn
Oct 13, 22 -- Oliver Nature Park: Kayaking at Britton Park on Joe Pool Lake
Oct 14 -- Artisan Center Theater: A Year With Frog and Toad
Oct 14 -- HEART Partner Heritage Farmstead Museum (Fun on the Farm): Deputy for a Day
Oct 14-16 -- Library Book Sale: Euless
Oct 14-29-- Dallas Children's Theater: Dracula: The Vampire Play
Oct 15 -- HEART Partner Heritage Farmstead Museum: FarmFest
Oct 15 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Family Drop-In Program- Mummy Lights
Oct 15 -- HEART PartnerLLELA: Log House Open House
Oct 15 -- HEART PartnerLLELA: Kayak Power River Trip
Oct 15 -- HEART PartnerLLELA: Log House Open House
Oct 15-16 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Breathe AIR
Oct 17 -- Kimbell Art Museum (Family Festival): Bella Italia
Oct 19 -- Oliver Nature Park: Little Naturalists: Batty about Bats

Oct 20 -- HEART PartnerLLELA: Home School K-5: Bird Beak Buffet
Oct 20 -- HEART PartnerLLELA: Home School 6-8: Migratory Bird Banding
Oct 21 -- HEART PartnerLLELA: Stars on the Prairie
Oct 21-23 -- Library Book Sale:  Flower Mound
Oct 21-29 -- Cottage Theater: A Christmas Carol (non musical)
Oct 22-23 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Native American Indian Camp
Oct 22 -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park: North Texas Skywatch Star Party
Oct 22 -- Kimbell Art Museum (Children's Workshops): iPad Photography for Kids w/Guest Artist
Oct 23 -- Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra: GDYO - concert
Oct 25 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Little Sprouts Program- Vegetables
Oct 26 -- Oliver Nature Park: Home School Nature Class: Bats
Oct 26-30 -- Library Book Sale: Grand Prairie
Oct 27 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Nature/Native Day Camp
Through Oct 27 -- Dallas Arboretum: Cool Thursdays Fall Concert Series
Oct 28 -- HEART Partner Heritage Farmstead Museum: Trick or Treat at the Farm
Oct 28 -- Oliver Nature Park: Wild About Nature
Oct 28-Nov 26 -- Artisan Center Theater: The 39 Steps
Oct 29 -- FWSO (Family Concert): Halloween with Harry Potter at White's Chapel
Oct 29-30 --
HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Primitive Living Skills (Survival Thru the Seasons)
Oct 30 -- Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra: Sinf, DSE, YPO - Concert
Oct 30 -- Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra: Jazz Institute - Concert
Oct 30 -- Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra: Phil, WS, FC - Concert

November
Nov -- Dallas Arboretum: BOGO Wednesdays (Through Nov 23)
Nov -- Dallas Arboretum: Autumn at the Arboretum (through Nov 23)
Nov -- Dallas Arboretum: Tom Thumb $1 Off General Admission (thru Nov 23
Nov 1 -- Oliver Nature Park: Birdwatching Hike
Nov 1 -- Kimbell Art Museum: Pictures and Pages: Windblown
Nov 2 -- Oliver Nature Park: Little Naturalists: Amazing Apples
Nov 3 -- HEART Partner  LLELA:  Home School 6-8: Be a Wildlife Manager for a Day
Nov 3 -- HEART Partner  LLELA: Home School K-5: Animal Senses
Nov 3-6 -- Library Book Sale: Waco (Big Sale)
Nov 3 -- Texas Discovery Gardens: Stories and More!
Nov 4 -- HEART Partner Heritage Farmstead Museum (Fun at the Farm): Let's Build a Scarecrow
Nov 4 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Texas Outdoor Family Dutch Oven Cooking Event
Nov 5 -- Library Book Sale: Wichita Falls
Nov 5 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Japanese Fall Festival
Nov 5 -- Nasher Sulpture: Big Idea: Language/ Art Project: Personal Postcards
Nov 5 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Nature Walk
Nov 5 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Art Boat
Nov 5 -- HEART Partner  LLELA: Campfire
Nov 5, 12, 19, 26 -- FW Nature Center: Nature Hike
Nov 6 -- Daylight Savings Time: Turn clocks back one hour at midnight
Nov 6 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Horsemanship Day Camp
Nov 7 -- Library Book Sale: Breckenridge
Nov 8 -- Walking Tour of the Japanese Garden
Nov 9 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Family Discovery Program- Leaves
Nov 10 -- Oliver Nature Park: Home School Nature Class: Autumn Leaves
Nov 11 -- HEART Partner Heritage Farmstead Museum (Fun at the Farm): Thankful for Our Harvest
Nov 12 -- Oliver Nature Park: Nature at Night
Nov 12 -- Library Book Sale: Kerrville
Nov 12-13 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Outdoor Cooking
Nov 12 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Bird Walk
Nov 17 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Nature / Native Day Camp
Nov 17 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Family Drop-In Program- Garden Glow
Nov 18-Dec 21-- Dallas Children's Theater: The Nutcracker
Nov 18-Dec 21-- Dallas Children's Theater: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Nov 18-Dec 23 -- Artisan Center Theater: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Nov 19-20 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Native American Indian Camp
Nov 19 -- Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden
Nov 19- Dec 23 -- Artisan Center Theater: Elf the Musical
Nov 19 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Kayak Power River Trip
Nov 19 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Log House Open House
Nov 19 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Stars on the Prairie
Nov 21 -- Oliver Nature Park: Wild About Nature
Nov 22 -- Oliver Nature Park: Painting at the Park: Mallard Duck
Nov 26-27 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Native American Indian Camp
Nov 29 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Little Sprouts Program- Teddy Bear Picnic
Nov 29 -- Oliver Nature Park: Home School Nature Class: Animal Evidence
Nov 30 -- Oliver Nature Park: Little Naturalists: Lovely Leaves

December
Dec 1 -- Texas Discovery Gardens: Stories and More!
Dec 3 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Birds Christmas Tree
Dec 3 -- Kimbell Art Museum (Children's Workshops) Monet’s Light: Acrylic Landscapes
Dec 6 -- Kimbell Art Museum (Pictures and Pages): In a Cloud of Dust
Dec 9 -- HEART Partner Heritage Farmstead Museum (Fun at the Farm): Winter on the Farm
Dec 10 -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Bird Walk
Dec 13 -- Walking tour of the Japanese Garden
Dec 14 -- Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra: GDYO - concert
Dec 16 -- HEART Partner Heritage Farmstead Museum (Fun at the Farm): Breakfast with Santa
Dec 17 -- Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden
Dec 17 -- HEART PartnerLLELA: Kayak Power River Trip
Dec 17 -- HEART PartnerLLELA: Log House Open House
Dec 27- Jan 1, 2017 -- Dallas Children's Theater: La Fete!
Through Jan 1, 2017 -- Kimbell Art Museum: Monet: The Early Years

FEATURED ARTICLES
HEART of Texas:  Event Planner & Others Volunteers Needed!

Find Support for Your Home School
-- Anne Gebhart, HEART of Texas

Should My High School Student Take the PSAT Test? -- Anne Gebhart, HEART of Texas

Wanted: Homeschool Veterans to Help Get Families Off to a Successful Start


No Greater Joy Ministries Offering FREE Magazines to Support Groups and Home School Families

NEST Family Learning Offering Discount to Our Newsletter Readers


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

LIBRARY PROGRAMS
1.   Library Programs at North Texas Libraries -- North Texas
       Other Libraries are Welcome to Include Their Events – contact editor@heartoftex.org

      Arlington Public Library (Homeschool Thursdays at the Southeast Branch)
   
 Bedford Public Library    
     Fort Worth Public Library
     Hurst Public Library
     Lewisville Public Library
     McKinney Public Library System
     Rockwall County Library
     Tyler Public Library 

READING REWARD PROGRAMS
2.   Book It!  Reading Program -- Enrollment:  May 1 through 2nd Friday in June each year
3.   Braums Book Buddy Reading Program -- Enrollment Open
      Six Flags Read to Succeed -- Enrollment for 2014-2015
   
CONTESTS/COMPETITIVE EVENTS
4.   BEST Robotics
5.   FIRST Lego League: WORLD CLASS CHALLENGE

6.   Texas State Fish-Art Contests -- Deadline March 31, 2016 (yearly contest)
7.   National Engineers Week
8.   USA Mathematical Talent Search 
9.   Igniting Creative Energy Challenge for K-12 -
10. Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow Contest --
    
CIVICS/GOOD CITIZENSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
11.  City of Fort Worth Youth Advisory Board -- Fort Worth
12.  City of North Richland Hills Teen Court -- North Richland Hills
13.  Hurst-Euless-Bedford Teen Court -- Hurst-Euless-Bedford

CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
14.  Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition for Graduating Seniors
15.  National Congressional Art Competition -- Districts 3, 4, 5, 12, 24, 26, 30

HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASSES
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your Enrichment Program or Homeschool Classes

16.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
17.  Christian Educators Resource Center -- Rowlett
18.  Christian Homeschool Alliance of Texas -- Cedar Hill/SW Dallas area

19.  E.A. Young Academy -- North Richland Hills
20.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
21.  Hurst-Euless-Bedford Homeschool Association -- HEB and surrounding areas
22.  JOY Christian Academy
-- Decatur
23.  Matthew Road Academy -- Grand Prairie
24.  Morning Glory Academy -- Hurst
25.  Tarrant County College -- High School Math Classes
26.  
THEO Home School Classes -- Plano
27.  Quo Vadis Educators -- Garland
28.  Vine Academy -- McKinney
29.  Westcliff Tutoring Physics Classes -- Southwest Ft Worth


HOME SCHOOL CLUBS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your Club

30.  GEMS Girl's Club
31.  Dallas STEAM Explorers
32.  Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering

BOOK SALES & OUR PARTNERING HOME SCHOOL BOOK STORES
33.  Library Used Book Sales in North Texas
33.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
34.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
 
NATURE CENTERS, ZOOS, & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS/CAMPS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your program
35.  Camp Tonkawa (Day Camps and Outdoor Education) -- Collinsville
36.  Dallas Arboretum -- Dallas
37.  Dallas Zoo -- Dallas
38.  Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Programs
39.  Fort Worth Botanic Gardens -- Fort Worth
39.  Fort Worth Japanese Gardens -- Fort Worth
40.  Fort Worth Zoo Homeschool Classes -- Fort Worth
41.  Fossil Rim
42.  Haven's Horses (Horsemanship & Outdoor Education)-- Keller
43.  Heard Museum Homeschool Classes – McKinney
44.  Heritage Farmstead Museum -- Plano
45.  Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
46.  
Nash Farm -- Grapevine
47.  Oliver Nature Park -- Mansfield
48.  Ride with Pride -- Southlake
49.  Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch -- Pilot Point
50.  Texas Discovery Gardens -- Dallas
51.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs -- State Parks in North Texas
        Purtis Creek State Park -- Athens

       
Cedar Hill State Park -- Cedar Hill
        Ray Roberts Lake State Park -- Denton
        Eisenhower State Park -- Denison
        Dinosaur Valley State Park -- Glen Rose
        Fort Richardson SP and HS/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway -- Jacksboro
        Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway -- Mineral Wells
        Tyler State Park -- Tyler
        Lake Tawakoni State Park -- Wills Point 


PERFORMING ARTS
52.  Artisan Center Theater Performances -- Hurst
53.  Breitling Youth Theater/Acting for Children Performances -- Garland
54.  Cantare Performance Choir -- Southlake
55.  Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse Performances -- Fort Worth
56.  CATS Theater Performances -- Arlington
57.  Cottage Theater Performances -- Watauga
58.  Dallas Children’s Theater Performances -- Dallas
59.  Dallas Summer Musicals -- Dallas
60.  Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- Dallas
61.  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -- Fort Worth
62.  Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra -- Dallas
62.  Park Cities Studios/The Dallas Conservatory -- Dallas
63.  Plano Children’s Theater Performances -- Plano
63.  Shine -- Plano
64.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances -- Special Pricing -- Dallas/Ft. Worth
65.  Texas Ballet Theater Dance School -- Dance Classes -- Fort Worth
66.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances
    
ART AND SCIENCE MUSEUMS
67.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
68.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
69.  Kimbell Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth
       Admission to the museum's Permanent Collection is always FREE
70.  Perot Museum -- Dallas
       Homeschool Programs  and Exhibits                                
71.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
72.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas

OMNI & 3D FILMS 
73.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
74.  3D Films at the Perot Museum in Dallas -- Perot Museum
  

HISTORICAL PROGRAMS
75.  Log Cabin Village -- Fort Worth
76.  Dallas Heritage Village -- Dallas
77.  Old Red Museum -- Dallas

SCIENCE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
78.  Star Parties at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
79.  North Texas District Science Fair for Home Schoolers

HOME SCHOOL SPORTS/PE PROGRAMS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your non-profit Sport/PE program
80.  Aledo Christian School's Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Softball Teams -- Aledo
81.  Berne Academy's Varsity Boys Basketball Team -- Lancaster

82.  Homeschool Swim -- The Colony Aquatic Park -- The Colony
83.  Homeschool Swim & Swim Team -- Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium-- Allen
84.  Christian Martial Arts -- Bedford
85.  Dallas Thunder Homeschool Basketball Organization -- Registration Open
86.  Elite Track Club/Cross Country Program for Home Schoolers  
87.  Home School Athletic Association
88.  Hulcy Home School PE Classes -- Richardson
89.  Home School PE Classes -- Velocity in Southlake
90.  Home School Fencing Classes -- Fencing Institute of Texas -- Farmers Branch
91.  Parker-Tarrant Home School 
92.  Pop-In Playtime -- Pump It Up of Grapevine -- Grapevine
93.  THESA Riders Home School Association
94.  Training For Confidence Martial Arts School -- Colleyville
95.  Best Gymnastics -- Flower Mound
96.  Home School Golf Program -- Lantana Golf Club

SUPPORT GROUP ANNOUNCEMENTS
Become a HEART of Texas Support Group Partner to list your Support Group here!
97.   HEART of Texas Mentor Program
98.  
DFW Speech and Debate Club -- Coppell
99.   Denton County Christian Home School Association -- Denton

100. Irving Home Schoolers -- Irving
101. PEACH -- Plano

COLLEGE PREP
102.  SAT Test Dates
103.  SAT Prep Classes with Jean Burk -- Across North Texas   

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
104.  Baylor and Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) Scholarship

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Volunteer opportunities must indicate a direct homeschool interest to be included in this listing.
105.  Volunteer Opportunities Available for Home School Students in 21 Counties -- American Cancer Society
106. Laugh in Another Language: Host a Foreign-Exchange Student -- INTO EdvENTURES
107.  Home School Weekday Volun-Teens Program -- Fort Worth Zoo
108.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals -- Meals On Wheels, Tarrant County
109.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals -- Johnson & Ellis Counties
110.  Home School Volunteers Needed to Serve Meals -- Dallas -- The Stewpot
110.  Texas Global Education and Cultural Exchange Program 

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
111. Free Organ Recitals -- Dallas
112. Summer Reading Programs -- Summer 2015
113.  Museum Day Live!: Free Museum Tickets at Participating Museums Nationwide


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HEART of Texas: Event Planner & Other Volunteers Needed!

HEART of Texas is looking for volunteers to help us fill the following positions:

Events -- If you love to plan events and coordinate activities, we need you!  HEART of Texas hosts various types of events for North Texas homeschoolers throughout the year, and we need you to help us make these events even better!

Writing & Editing -- If you enjoy writing articles about homeschooling or researching the best places for field trips, we need you to help on our newsletter team.

Advertising/Marketing -- For those with creativity and a flair for marketing/advertising.

All of these positions can be performed from the convenience of your home.

To apply:  send your resume and contact information to us via email

Thank you for helping us to make HEART of Texas the BEST resource for Homeschoolers in the North Texas region!


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Where to Find Support for Your Home School
-- Anne Gebhart, Regional Director, HEART of Texas

A couple of years ago I was interviewed by a national news network which was filming a story about homeschooling in America.  One of the questions the interviewer asked me was, "What is the most difficult thing about homeschooling?"  If I had been answering this question twenty-plus years prior, my answer may have been "teaching Algebra or Chemistry" or "finding homeschool curriculum."  

Today, however, with the plethora of homeschooling resources available and an increasing number of curriculum choices to fit just about every educational philosophy and family situation, the issue of teaching a particular subject or purchasing a curriculum is no longer the challenge it once was.  Perhaps the most difficult thing about homeschooling today is knowing where to look for resources such as a local support group, co-op classes, curriculum, or other needs.

Fulfilling that need is one of the primary reasons HEART of Texas was formed.
 HEART of Texas has developed an extensive database of homeschool groups and resources located in North Texas, and part of what we do in serving the North Texas region is to help families get what they need to be successful as they endeavor to teach and train their children.   Our mission is to provide leadership, information, training, and educational support for the families and support group leaders in our regional service area, and to be a point of connection between people and resources.

We fulfill this mission in a number of ways.

We publish a free biweekly enewsletter (such as the one you are reading now) that is chock-full of events and activities going on all across the region.  We host a variety of regional events such as our annual HEART of Texas Regional College Night which draws nearly 100 public and private universities & colleges under one roof; our Regional Home School Expo where families can learn how to get started homeschooling and visit with various organizations that wish to offer classes or other resources to homeschoolers;  informational meetings where new homeschoolers can find out about homeschooling and what it involves; our annual Nuts & Bolts Conference where parents can learn more in-depth how to homeschool from Kindergarten through High School and Beyond;  and other special events directed at homeschool families when we see an opportunity to coordinate an event that will be beneficial.

We also have a ministry to homeschool leaders.  We offer a leader training conference for support group leaders and their boards, Leader Round Table discussions with leaders in various areas to help us gain feedback for how we can better serve their groups, as well as leader appreciation events just to tell our leaders, "thank you for all you do to serve homeschoolers."
We couldn't do what we do if it weren't for the many leaders throughout North Texas giving their time and expertise to help other families.

HEART of Texas also partners with businesses and organizations who wish to provide their services to the homeschooling community, and we pass along those partner benefits to our member-supporter families. To learn how to become a member of HEART of Texas, click here.

We represent homeschooling to community leaders around North Texas, and speak at various community events to help others understand what homeschooling is and find ways that we can work together.  We also work with other homeschool organizations such as Texas Home School Coalition, the state advocacy organization for homeschooling in Texas, to find ways that we can better serve North Texas families.

Every day, HEART of Texas receives phone calls and emails from families looking for help with how to get started, find support groups and other resources, and learn how to educate their children at home in a way that is best for their family. We come alongside those families and guide them to the resources they need.  These requests for support have become more and more frequent as families are choosing, at ever-increasing rates, to educate their children at home.  This is, indeed, an exciting time to be homeschooling, and we are excited to be able to play a part in helping to launch the next generation of homeschool families.

We also have an amazing board of directors who serve with us, and each of them also has a desire to serve homeschool families and help them be successful.

In short, our heart is to build relationships.  
Our motive is to serve people.  
Our agenda is Proverbs 3:27.

If you share this same desire to serve others, we would love to have you as part of our organization.  Please consider becoming a member, or even volunteering with us.  C
ontact us if you are interested.  If you are a veteran homeschooler or support group leader looking for a way to stay connected with helping homeschoolers, please consider volunteering as a Mentor.  Click here for more information.

Thank you for allowing us the privilege to serve you.
 

Anne Gebhart, is the regional director of HEART of Texas, and co-founder with Dave, her husband of 25 years.  They have homeschooled their 6 children for 19 years.  For more information about HEART of Texas, or to subscribe to their FREE newsletter of activities, events, and field trip ideas, visit heartoftex.org.  

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Wanted: Homeschool Veterans to Help New Families Get a Successful Start

We are excited to announce that we are rolling out our new HEART of Texas Homeschool Mentor Program for homeschooling families!  The purpose of the Mentor Program is to provide real-time, face-to-face, one-on-one help for new homeschool moms and dads who are starting their homeschool journey.

If you are a veteran home educator who would like the opportunity to encourage and support the next generation of home schoolers, please consider becoming a HEART Mentor.  Please email Anne regarding the program (include Mentor in subject line) and she will connect you with our Mentor Coordinator.



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Should My High School Student Take the PSAT?
-- Anne Gebhart, Regional Director, HEART of Texas

We hear this often:
My student is not going to be a National Merit Scholar -- what's the point in having him take the PSAT?

Most parents who ask this question don't understand what the PSAT is, and how it can actually help their student get a scholarship, even if they never make National Merit Scholar status.

The PSAT/NMSQT, also called the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is a standardized test that serves as a practice test for the SAT Reasoning test.  The test gives 11th-grade students a chance to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Some students, including homeschoolers, have been able to win full scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship competition.

Whether you feel your child is National Merit Scholar material or not, it is a good idea to have him take the PSAT before taking the SAT for many reasons:
1) The PSAT is a significantly less expensive test (free in some school districts) than the SAT test.  Better to practice on a less expensive test first.
2) The PSAT is shorter and less intense than the SAT.  The math sections on the PSAT go up to Algebra I; while the SAT includes some Algebra II questions.  Also, the PSAT has no essay, while the SAT contains an optional essay (which we recommend completing).
3) The PSAT is a good starter-test for your student to take in order to learn and practice test-taking skills in an actual testing environment.
4)  Your student may take the PSAT for practice in the 9th and 10th grades, before taking it "for real" in the 11th grade.
5) Taking the PSAT test can help your student identify the areas on the test that need more study.
6) Students who score in the top 1% (around 220 in Texas; these vary by state) and meet some basic requirements can become Semifinalists, which is an impressive academic achievement that will stand out on a college application.  Semifinalists who become Finalists can potentially win National Merit Scholarships or other scholarships opportunities that may include full tuition, room & board, study abroad, and more.
7) If your student does not become a National Merit Scholar, they may still be able to qualify for other scholarships.  Many colleges offer full or partial scholarships to students based on their test scores on the SAT or ACT.  These qualifying scores vary from school to school, so ask an admissions counselor about the scholarship threshholds needed to qualify for scholarships based on SAT and ACT tests scores.

A particular high school may administer the PSAT/NMSQT only once each year, usually in October.   The 2016 PSAT Testing Dates are below.  You will need to check with your local public highs chool's counseling office to find out which day they are offering the test.
Primary: Wed, October 19
Saturday: October 15
Alternate: Wednesday Nov 2

Most high schools begin registering their students during the first couple of weeks of school, so you will need to contact your public school counseling office or principal as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss the registration deadline.

Test scores only count toward the National Merit Scholar award in a student's eleventh grade year, although students may take the PSAT/NMSQT for practice in the years preceding their eleventh grade year.

The Texas Home School Coalition was instrumental in getting a law passed by the Texas legislature requiring independent school districts to allow home school students residing within their district to take the PSAT/NMSQT test with their students.
The law, which went into effect September 1, 2007, states that public schools may not charge homeschool students a higher testing fee than they charge their own students.  If the school charges its students $20, homeschoolers cannot be charged more than $20.  If students at the school can take the test for free, homeschoolers must be able to take it for free as well.  Home school students taking the PSAT in 11th grade can also request fee waivers through the high school, if they are eligible.  See the guidelines here for fee waivers.

Some students prefer taking the test at a private school which offers the PSAT.  While that is an option, it must be pointed out that private schools are not subject to the state law and, therefore, are not required to open their testing to those outside of their student body, and may also charge more for an outside student to take the test than they charge their own students.

When contacting your local public school to register your child for the test, if you experience resistance, confusion, or receive conflicting information from the school official, please contact HEART of Texas by email.  In your correspondence, include the following information:  the date you contacted the school, the school district, the school name, the name of the person with whom you spoke, and the essence of the conversation, including the reason(s) given for not allowing your child to test at their school.  Although the law went into effect nearly a decade ago, there may be some school districts which may need to be familiarized with the law.

When your child takes the PSAT/NMSQT, he will need to include a School Code on his test sheet.  The College Board's code for Texas Home School Students is "994499".

On test day, your student will need to provide a form of picture ID, such as a driver license.

Until several years ago, the only acceptable forms of photo identification were a driver's license, state-issued ID, valid passport, or a school identification card with a picture.  This has been an issue in the past, as homeschoolers do not have public school-issued photo ID cards, and often do not have any of the other acceptable forms of photo ID.

The College Board's listing of acceptable forms of photo ID includes a more accessible and less expensive option for homeschoolers:  a Student ID Form.  If you are a member of HEART of Texas, we can assist your student with an SAT Student ID, if necessary.  The form must be dated and accompanied by a "recognizable" photo of the student.   The student will need to sign the ID form in the presence of the organization's representative or public school principal.  It is wise to take the ID with you to the school when you register for the PSAT to make sure they are aware of the type of ID you will be bringing on test day so there are no surprises.   The Student ID Form is valid for one year, and must be presented each time the student tests.

Maybe your student won't become a Merit Scholar.  After all, only a small fraction of the 1.5 million who take the PSAT become Finalists, and an even smaller percentage become Merit Scholars.  But, taking the PSAT has benefits beyond earning National Merit status, and even Non-Merit-Scholars can benefit from the PSAT.

We hope that this information makes registering your student for the PSAT test a little easier.  If we can help you with any questions, please contact us by clicking here to send us an email



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No Greater Joy Ministries Offering FREE Magazines to Support Groups and Home School Families!

Mike & Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy Ministries would love to send your home school group FREE magazines!  They have set aside some extra copies just for your group to pass out at your monthly meeting.  To request copies for families in your group, please email Debi Pearl with the number of magazines you need, and where to mail them.

Or, if your family would like to get your own FREE subscription, visit their site
and sign up for their
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NEST Family Learning Offering Special Discount to Our Readers

NEST Family Learning has partnered with HEART of Texas to offer a special discount to readers of our newsletter!

Simply visit this link 
to start shopping and begin enjoying your savings today!  Use coupon code "HEART" when placing your order.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

1.    LIBRARY PROGRAMS AT NORTH TEXAS LIBRARIES

To find out what programs your local libraries have going on, visit the website below.  It includes links to public libraries all over Texas, so you and your kids can get in on the adventure of reading.

http://www.publiclibraries.com/texas.htm


BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

Location:  2424 Forest Ridge Drive
                Bedford, TX  76021
                817-952-2373
Contact:  Carrie Glinderman

Spring 2015-2016 Dates
TBD


TUESDAYS -- Sprouts Story Time
(for the more active child)
Time:  10 a.m.–10:20 a.m.

TUESDAYS -- Story Book Club
(for the child who is ready to be a sitter and listener)
Time: 11 a.m.11:25 a.m.

THURSDAYS -- Peapods Story Time
(for babies 2 years and under and their caregiver.)
Registration is required for this program.
For More Information:  Contact Kids Help Desk at 817-952-2373

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FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY

CENTRAL LIBRARY BRANCH
Location:      500 W. 3rd St
        817-871-7701

DIAMOND HILL/JARVIS
Location:      NE 35th Street
        817-624-7331

EAST BERRY LIBRARY
Location:      4300 E. Berry St.
        817-536-1945

EAST REGIONAL LIBRARY
Location:    6301 Bridge St.
        817-871-6436

MEADOWBROOK LIBRARY
Location:      2800 Stark St.
        817-451-0916

NORTHSIDE LIBRARY
Location:    601 Park Street
        817-626-8241

NORTHWEST BRANCH
Location:  
6228 Crystal Lake Dr
        817-392-5420

RIDGLEA LIBRARY
Location:    3628 Bernie Anderson Drive
        817-737-6619

RIVERSIDE LIBRARY:
Location:    2913 Yucca Avenue
        817-838-6931

SHAMBLEE LIBRARY
Location:      959 East Rosedale St.
        817-871-6621

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL LIBRARY
Location:    4001 Library Ln.
    817-782-9853

SUMMERGLEN LIBRARY
Location:      4205 Basswood Blvd.
        817-232-0478

WEDGWOOD LIBRARY
Location:      3816 Kimberly Ln.
        817-292-3368


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HURST PUBLIC LIBRARY
Location:  901 Precinct Line Road
               Hurst, TX  76053
               817-788-7300
Contact:  Click Here to email


Ages 1-3
MON/THURS:  Toddler Time
10am-3pm


Ages 3-6
TUESDAYS:  Story Time

10:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Elementary Ages and Up
MONDAYS:  Chess Club
4 p.m.–5 p.m.

7th - 12th Graders
FIRST THURSDAY:  Teen Game Night
7 p.m.


To put your collection on exhibit at the Hurst Library:
  Contact the Information Specialist to fill out a form with your contact information and a description of your collection.  To be considered, personal collections must meet the Library display criteria.


Live Homework Help (online tutoring)
Hurst Public Library now offers Live Homework Help
Subjects:  math, science, social studies, and English
Time:  3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:  Free - must have a Hurst Library Card
How To Access: V
isit www.hurst.lib.tx.us
From a library computer, or from your home PC or Mac
Spanish-speaking tutors are available to help students in math and science.
All sessions are confidential and
monitored for quality and safety.
For More Information:  C
all Youth Services at 817-788-7302 or www.hurst.lib.tx.us


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LEWISVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Location:  1197 W. Main Street, Lewisville, 75067
Contact:  Click Here to email  or call 972-219-3577


2016-2017 Weekly Classes and Events
SEPT 8 - DEC 1 (Thursdays) – Prime Explorations (ages 6-8)
4pm
Join us every week for S.T.E.A.M. classes that incorporate age-appropriate science, technology, engineering, arts, and math activities.  Space is limited, and a free ticket is required to attend. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Youth Services desk beginning 30 minutes before the class start time on the day of the event.

SEPT 25; OCT 30; NOV 27 (Last Sunday of the month) – LegoMania! (all ages)
2pm
We have lots of LEGO and DUPLO blocks for building, so bring your imagination and create whatever you like!  Each month features a different building theme.
 
SEPT 12; OCT 10; NOV 14; DEC 12 (2nd Monday of month) – Family Craft Night
7pm
Bring the family for make-and-take crafts on the second Monday of each month.  All supplies are provided.
 
*Note: Children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult during these events.
 

AUG 18; SEPT 15; OCT 20; NOV 10 – Teen Advisory Group 
7pm
Let your voice be heard as you create the teen experiences you would like to see at your library.  You will develop leadership skills, learn to work as a team, and earn community service hours, too! Open to all teens (grades 6-12).  To join, pick up an application at the Youth Services Desk.

LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH -- Maker Mondays (Grades 6-12)
4:30pm
Put your creativity to work in these maker workshops for teens (grades 6-12)!
Schedule TBA
 
THIRD THURSDAYS at 7pm -- Teen Advisory Group (Grades 6-12)
Calling all teens!  Let your voice be heard -- help create the teen experiences you would like to see at your library.  Pick up an application at the Youth Services Desk.


We look forward to seeing you at the library!


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McKINNEY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
Location:  101 E. Hunt Street
               McKinney, TX  75069
               972-547-READ
Contact:  Click Here to email  or call 972-547-7319

Program Calender:
Click Here  


Preschool Programs: For children from birth through entering Kindergarten. Tickets will be handed out for all preschool programs beginning at 10am

STORYTIMES
Fun with Baby:
6-17 mos & caregiver
When: Tuesdays
Time: 10:15am

Hold My Hand: 18mos-3 yr & caregiver
When: Tuesdays
Time: 10:15am

On My Own: 3-5 yr olds
When: Tuesdays
Time: 11am

MUSIC & MOVEMENT
18 mos-3 yrs old: child and caregiver
When: Mondays
Time: 10:15am

3 through 5 year olds: Independent child
When: Mondays
Time: 11am

FAMILY STORY TIME
For caregiveres and children of all ages
When: Wednesdays
Time: 6:30pm


SCHOOL-AGE PROGRAMS
Details: For children in Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Animal Kingdoms: Learn about different areas of the world and the animals who live there.
Time: 3:30-4:15pm
When: Jan 15: Super Heroes; Feb 12: Artists

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ROCKWALL COUNTY LIBRARY
Location:  1215 E. Yellowjacket Lane 
               Rockwall, TX  75087
               972-204-7700
Contact:  Click Here to email 


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TYLER PUBLIC LIBRARY
(all events are free and open to the public)
Location:  201 S. College Ave
One block southwest of the square in downtown Tyler
Contact: Evelyn James – 903-593-7323 or
Click Here to email 

Preschoolers DayCare StoryShare
MONDAYS & TUESDAYS
Time:  10:30 a.m. in the Storyroom
Friends share stories, songs, and books with childcare groups.
Please email or call to register

ReadAloud Crowd
WEDNESDAYS &  THURSDAYS
Time:  10:30 a.m. in the Storyroom
Storyteller Evelyn James and friends share songs, stories, and simple crafts with preschoolers and their families

AfterSchool Rules!
THURSDAYS
Time:  3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. in Taylor Auditorium
A reading incentive program for children in grades K-5
Reading games and activities PLUS! One on one reading time with middle and high school “reading buddies”


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ARLINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS
The Southeast Branch of the Arlington Library is starting a program called: “Homeschool Thursdays”. Being held every other Thursday from 1:30pm to 3:00
and will include science projects, books, crafts, poetry and more.
For More Information: Contact Here

 
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2.  BOOK IT! READING PROGRAM

MAY 1, 2016 -- Enrollment Opens for Home School Students

Who Can Participate:
  Children in grades K-6.

The Book It! Reading Program is sponsored by Pizza Hut and runs from October 1 through March 31 each school year. It is available for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.

The reading program allows the children to earn free personal pan pizzas for meeting their reading goals.

Important Note:  Support groups may not register families for the program.  Each home school family will need to enroll individually to be able to participate, for their children in grades K-6th grade.  They must not be attending another educational facility.

For Detailed Program Information: Click Here

To Enroll Your Homeschool: Click Here  (Enrollment opens in May 1, 2015)

Book It! Hotline:  1-800-426-6548
Hotline hours:  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST (Monday through Friday)


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3.  BRAUMS BOOK BUDDY PROGRAM

The Braum's Book Buddy program gives children the opportunity to read for delicious prizes from Braum's!  This program is open to home school families!

Who Can Participate: Children in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.
School must be located within 30 miles of a Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store.  
Participation is on a first come, first serve basis.
Once supplies run out, we cannot accept any more schools.

Enrollment Period:  AUG 1, 2016 - SEPT 2, 2016

Program Runs:
  October through end of school year.

Reward:  Each child can earn up to six Braum's treats throughout the year including Single Dip Sundaes, Single Dip Ice Cream Cones and more! The best part...it costs nothing to participate in Braum's Book Buddy reading program. We're happy to offer this program to elementary schools and home schools absolutely free! At Braum's, we want to promote a positive attitude in children for a lifetime love of reading.

How does Book Buddy work?
Teachers distribute Braum's Book Buddy booklets to their students and then monitor book reading by placing a Book Buddy sticker in the student's booklet for each book read. When a student has read six books, the teacher rewards the student with a coupon for a free treat from Braum's!

To Enroll:  Click Here
   
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SIX FLAGS READ TO SUCCEED

Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn free tickets to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it's a great way to motivate kids to read.
 
To register for Read To Succeed for the 2015-2016 school year, please click the Registration link below.  Even if you participated last year, you will need to register again for the new school year. Click here to register.

Information on 2016-2016 School Year not available.

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4.  BEST ROBOTICS 
     

BEST is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a sports-like, science- and engineering-based robotics competition.

Get a glimpse of the teaser video for this year's competition:  Click Here

For Rules:  Click Here


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5.  FIRST LEGO LEAGUE:  2016 FLL WORLD CLASS CHALLENGE

Challenge Release: Click here for more information about the 2015 FLL WORLD CLASS Challenge

If you are interested in coaching or being involved next year:
visit the website to learn more.

About the 2016 Challenge:  Get ready.  Get set.  Roar!  Or you could bark, quack, or squeak, because the 2016 ANIMAL ALLIESSM season is all about our furry, feathered, and finned friends.  In the 2016 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, more than 28,000 teams of students age 9 to 14* will look into the eyes of our ANIMAL ALLIES.  What might become possible when we learn to help each other?

Registration Information:  Click Here

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6.  TEXAS STATE FISH-ART CONTEST

ENTRIES DUE MARCH 31 (ongoing annual contest)

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is the official host for the Texas State-Fish Art Contest sponsored by Wildlife Forever. All Texas entries in the annual contest are to be sent to TFFC for judging. Winning Texas entries will be forwarded to Wildlife Forever to compete for national best of show and art of conservation stamp honors.

About the Contest:  The State-Fish Art Contest is part of a conservation education program designed to spark the imaginations of students while providing valuable lessons about fish and the importance of conserving Texas' aquatic resources. We also offer you the choice to use our free lesson plan.

Who Can Participate:  All Texas students in grades K through 12.  Four winners from each state will be selected, one winner per grade group (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12), for a total of 200 winners nationwide.

Prizes:  All contestants will receive a certificate of participation. Four winners from each state will be selected, one winner per grade group (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12), for a total of 200 winners nationwide. Participants will compete within their own state and grade category regardless of species submitted. Winning designs will be displayed at the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Expo in the summer following the contest deadline. All winning designs will be displayed on the State-Fish Art website.  

The Art of Conservation Stamp Award:  Each year Wildlife Forever will select one design (based on specific criteria) from all the entries for an attractive fish stamp.

How to Enter:  Students must create an illustration of the Texas state fish or one of the other state fishes (see list of official fish) and write a composition on its behavior, habitat and conservation. Texas students are encouraged, but not required, to depict the Texas state fish, the Guadalupe bass. Texas entries are judged only against other Texas entries no matter what fish is depicted.

For Rules, Prizes and Other Details:  Click Here

For More Information:
Click Here



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7.  NORTH TEXAS REGIONAL NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK FUTURE CITY COMPETITION FOR 6-8TH GRADERS

The North Texas Regional Competition is open to all public, private, parochial and home school 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes, as well as approved youth groups (the only limitation is that teams must be willing to make the trip to Arlington to present their designs).

Registration is by school/organization. Schools may have more than one team competing.

Nominal Cost:  only $25 per school for registration.
Registration is by school. Schools may have more than one team competing.
Schools are limited to spending no more than $100 per team on the model and presentation, combined.


On receipt of registration and fee, we will provide:
   
Download code(s) SimCity (for either Windows or Mac operating systems)
    *  The Teacher-Mentor Handbook - basic rules and information on the competition, lists of resources,    
        ideas on how to incorporate the program into the curriculum, and hints for teachers
   
Specific rules and schedules for the North Texas regional competition
   
Registration (By October 31); 
Click Here

Program Timeline:  Click Here
Program Details: 
Click Here

Through the program, students will:
    * Work as a team under the guidance of a teacher and a technical professional,
    * Use a popular award-winning computer game, SimCity, to design a logical model of a future city,
    * Realize their design with a physical scale model built with recycled materials,
    * Research and write an essay on an assigned engineering topic,
    * Communicate their design to a panel of judges in a public presentation, and
    * See firsthand how engineers turn ideas into reality.


To Download Brochure:  Click Here

For More Information:  Click Here to send email or visit http://www.dfwfuturecity.org


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8.  USA MATHEMATICAL TALENT SEARCH

The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) is a FREE mathematics competition open to all United States middle and high school students.

The USAMTS allows students a full month to work out their solutions. Carefully written justifications are required for each problem. The problems range in difficulty from being within the reach of most high school students to challenging the best students in the nation. Students may use any materials - books, calculators, computers - but all the work must be their own. The USAMTS is run on the honor system - it is an individual competition, whose competitive role is very secondary. (Although we do give prizes.)

The USAMTS consists of three rounds, with each round featuring five problems. Each round of problems is published at least four weeks before solutions are due.

Student solutions to the USAMTS problems are graded by mathematicians and comments are returned to the students. Our goal is to help all students: develop problem solving skills, improve their technical writing abilities, and mature mathematically.  We wish to foster not only insight, ingenuity and creativity, but also the virtue of perseverance, which is equally essential in scientific endeavors.

The USAMTS is one of the ways to enter the process of selecting the USA Mathematical Olympiad team, which participates in the International Mathematical Olympiad. The USAMTS score necessary to qualify for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) is set by the American Mathematics Competitions (which run the AIME) and varies from year to year. Students who score well on the USAMTS after the first three rounds are invited to take the AIME, the second step in the process of selecting the USA Mathematical Olympiad Team.  With permission, USAMTS participant's names and addresses are provided to colleges, universities, and employers for recruitment purposes.

To view Solutions for each round of the USAMTS
:  Click Here

Eligibility Requirements & Rules governing the USAMTS:  Click Here

To Register:  Click Here
(If you have already registered in a past year, you do not need to register again.)

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9. IGNITING CREATIVE ENERGY CONTEST FOR K-12

About the Challenge:  Igniting Creative Energy (ICE) is a national student contest promoting creativity and environmental stewardship. ICE is unique in the realm of student contests due to a commitment to allowing rather than restricting. Entries in the contest range from poetry, videos, essays, 3D models, games to anything else a student may be able to imagine and create.

To Learn More:  Click Here

Rules of Eligibility: (subject to change)
• No purchase necessary. This is a competition of skill.
•Entries must be postmarked
• The Challenge is open to all students in grades K-12 in the U.S. and Canada. Void in Quebec.
• Entries must be submitted individually with the exception of group projects.
• Group projects may be submitted, however each individual in the group must submit his/her own entry form and written explanation and will be judged independently. All prizes will be awarded to individuals.
• Entries must relate to the theme "Igniting Creative Energy".
• Entries must be the student's original work.
• Entries must be complete, legible and include required signatures.
• Students may enter multiple projects in any creative form within the following limits:
• Documentation or written entries (500 words or 3 page limit).
• Audio or Music (3 minute limit).
• Media or electronic (10 minute limit). Videos in VHS or DVD format only.
• All entries must include a written explanation (not to exceed one page) describing how the entry relates to the theme. (see judging criteria below)
• Entries must be accompanied by the official Igniting Creative Energy entry form (click here).
• Entry forms must include signatures of the student and parent or legal guardian.
• Employees of Johnson Controls, Inc. and the National Energy Foundation and their immediate families, household members and dependents may participate, but are not eligible for prizes.
• The Challenge is open to all students K-12, however only students enrolled in accredited public and private schools are eligible for the grand prize.
• State winners will be selected from each state that has a minimum of 25 entries
 

Can home school students enter?  Yes. All students K-12 are invited to enter. However, home school students are not eligible for the grand prize.

Awards and Other Details:  Click Here


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10. TEXAS BEEF LEADERS OF TOMORROW CONTEST

Contest Registration Deadline TBD
(This is an annual contest)

Who Can Participate:
Any student, aged 17-20 (not over 20 by Sept 1 of the contest year), who is enthusiastic about the beef industry is eligible to compete. The four individuals with the highest combined scores are selected to join the team.
To be eligible to compete, contestants must complete the following:
1) One Media Interview: local, state, or national print, radio or television media
2) One Consumer Promotion: such as in-store demonstrations and health fairs
3) One Youth Presentation: made to elementary age youth. If it is not possible to make the presentation in the classroom, after school programs or youth organizations such as 4-H, YMCA or scouts groups may be used.

For Contest Information, Rules & Forms:  Click Here

Contest hosted by Texas CattleWomen and sponsored by the Beef Checkoff


Awards: The top four winners of the TBLT contest will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, the winners receive industry and media training, travel opportunities across Texas, invaluable experience and exposure in the beef industry. The high point winner will represent Texas in the National Beef Ambassador Competition which affords more opportunities for prizes and scholarships. Expenses to the National Beef Ambassador Competition will be funded by the Texas Beef Checkoff.

Contestants compete in four categories:
1) Media Interview – The contestant will participate in a mock media interview. The interviewer will have pre-determined questions to ask each contestant with the option to ask follow-up questions in order to extrapolate additional knowledge or clarify a point. A panel of judges will observe the interaction for: knowledge, articulation, poise and the contestant’s ability to “Tell the Beef Production Story” and present the industry in a positive light. Scoring will be done by the judges only. The contestants should be well versed in all areas of beef production and the beef industry relating to consumers. Questions will be taken from the website www.explorebeef.org; however, special attention should be paid to all current industry issues.

2) Consumer Promotion – A mock consumer promotion event will be set up for the contestants. Each contestant will be provided with a “sample” to serve as well as beef industry production and nutrition literature and recipes. Scripted “Consumers” will approach the table to take the sample. They will ask questions to test the contestant’s knowledge, capacity to perform in the field and ability to present beef in a positive light. A panel of judges will observe and score each contestant on their ability to educate the consumer and provide the consumers with the appropriate information to answer their questions.

3) Youth Presentation – On competition day contestants will submit a report to represent the presentation made to youth. The report must contain the following items:
1. A lesson plan
2. An overall written report detailing your presentation and the response of your students.
3. A Teachers Evaluation form (provided)
4. Four pictures of you presenting to students
5. Examples of any items used in presentations may be included in two additional photos.
This report will be evaluated at the competition by two judges. Contestants will not be present at the evaluation nor will they be required to make a youth presentation at the competition. Reports and all materials contained in them become the property of the Texas CattleWomen.

4) Issues Response – Contestants will be provided with a recently published news article regarding the beef industry. Each contestant will compose a brief (150 words or less) response to the article. The judges will score the contestants on their ability to respond to an industry article by thoughtfully answering questions, identifying misinformation and listing positive consumer information.
  

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11.  CITY OF FORT WORTH YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD

In recent years, there has been a growing trend to involve youth in local government.  The Fort Worth City Council believes that the voices of young people are important.  To facilitate that, the Council has approved a new Youth Advisory Board for the City of Fort Worth.  The Youth Advisory Board will advise the City Council on issues regarding the youth in the City of Fort Worth.  A brief summary of the Youth Advisory Board follows.

Who May Apply:  High school age students who are between the ages of 14-18 and who reside in Fort Worth may submit an application for consideration for appointment to the advisory board.
 
 Purpose:                
The Youth Advisory Board shall:
• act in an advisory capacity to the Fort Worth City Council;
• study youth issues important to the community;
• encourage youth to become actively involved in matters pertaining to the community; and,
• act as a source of information and education on issues important to youth.
 
Members:             
The Youth Advisory Board shall be composed of 27 members who will meet bi-monthly.  
 
Activities:           
To be determined by the Youth Advisory Board, following the direction of City Council.
 
For More Information:  Click Here to Email
Community Relations Department, School and Youth Outreach
1000 Throckmorton, Fort Worth, TX 76102
817.392.8444       817.392.7529 (fax)

For an application:  http://www.heartoftex.org/downloads/downloads.html
    

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12.  CITY OF NORTH RICHLAND HILLS TEEN COURT

Teen Court benefits both youth and community by providing an alternative method of adjudicating juvenile offenders and allowing teen volunteers to learn about the judicial system, while documenting Community Service hours.
 
Who Can Volunteer:  Full time students ages 13-18 who are in PUBLIC, PRIVATE OR HOME SCHOOLS.  

Volunteers may serve as jurors for our Teen Court sessions, or once trained, can act as a defense attorney or prosecutor in our Teen Court trials.
 
Teen Defendants are held responsible for their behavior while giving them the opportunity to participate in and become knowledgeable about the judicial system. Juvenile Offenders "pay" for their offense(s) by performing community service and participating in Teen Court. Volunteer teen attorneys present offender's cases to a jury of their peers.

Upon successful completion of the program, offender's cases are dismissed and do not appear on their permanent records.

Teen Court alleviates the strain on the regular court system, besides giving juvenile offenders a second chance. The program also provides youths in the area a chance to participate in the judicial process.

Location:  North Richland Hills Teen Court
        6720 N.E. Loop 820
        North Richland Hills, Tx 76180
        817-427-6705


To Volunteer:  Click Here to email

For More Information: Click Here

You may also come to Teen Court on any night Teen Court is in session to observe, prior to signing up to be a volunteer.
    

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13.  HURST-EULESS-BEDFORD TEEN COURT

The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Teen Court is a program that allows juveniles with Class C misdemeanor offenses an alternative to the criminal justice system. Offenders' cases are presented to a jury of their peers by volunteer teen attorneys. Teen jury members assign community services sentences, and upon completion of the program the offenders' case(s) are dismissed and removed from their record.

HEB Teen Court is currently open for both ADULT AND TEEN VOLUNTEERS! Adult volunteers can serve as Jury or Master Jury Monitors. Teens (must be at least 15 years of age) can serve as clerks, bailiffs, and attorneys. Teen Court is held on various Monday evenings, usually twice a month. If you have a few hours you can spare on a Monday evening, come volunteer with HEB Teen Court.

There are many great benefits for teen volunteers such as earning community service hours for school (National Honor Society, CAS, International Baccalaureate), your college resume, and for scholarship opportunities. For more information contact Mindy Eichorst in Teen Court at the number or email below.

Location:  HEB Teen Court
        2000 Forest Ridge Drive
        Bedford, TX 76021
        817-952-2468


To Volunteer:  Click Here to email

For More Information: Click Here

You may also come to Teen Court on any night Teen Court is in session to observe, prior to signing up to be a volunteer.
    

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14.  CERTIFICATES OF SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION

District 24
Congressman Kenny Marchant, U.S. House of Representative, would like to give each graduating senior, who resides in the 24th District of Texas, a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.
 
The certificates will be printed with the name of the senior and will be signed by the Congressman.
 
The completed certificates will then be mailed directly to the senior’s home address.
 
If interested, please call 972-556-0162 or Click Here to send an email with the name of the graduating high school senior, the date of graduation and the senior’s home address to.
  
Address:
Congressman Kenny Marchant
9901 E. Valley Ranch Parkway, Ste. 3035
Irving, Texas  75063

To find out if your Congressman has a similar program, please contact your representative:

To Locate Your Representatives:
www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/
 

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15.  ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ART COMPETITION

"An Artistic Discovery" is the annual nationwide Congressional High School Art Competition initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Each Congressional District may host its own competition. Since the competition was first launched in 1982, hundreds of thousands of students have participated in over 5000 locally conducted contests.


24th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 2015 ART COMPETITION
Open to all high school students living in the 24th Congressional District, including homeschoolers.

The winning student from each district will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year! Additionally, the winner will be provided airfare and lodging for two to visit Washington, DC where he or she will be recognized among the other winners from across the country.
Every contestant will have his or her artwork digitally displayed on the Congressional website and receive a special certificate of recognition. A group of 5 finalist will be invited to a special ceremony where the winner will be announced.  The 4 runner-ups will receive a special consolation prize of showcasing their artwork in North Texas gallery.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  TBA:  Stay Tuned for the 2017 competition
For More Information or to Enter: click here



26th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 2016 ART COMPETITION
The juried contest is open to public, private and home-schooled high school students residing and/or attending schools located in the 26th Congressional District.  Each art teacher may submit up to 5 entries with no student allowed to submit more than one entry; all works must be submitted as a group through the art teacher. 

The Grand Prize is the display of the winning student's artwork for an entire year in the U.S. Capitol. 
The First Place winner will have the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in my Lake Dallas district office for the upcoming year.
 
Qualified submissions will be posted in a virtual gallery on the website during a selected period of time.  The "Best of School" awards will be selected by the art juror and will be given to one student artist from each school; as a finalist, they will have their artwork further considered for the Grand Prize and First Place. 
 
In addition, the public will be able to vote online for their favorite pieces in a virtual gallery on my website; the artwork earning the most votes will be named the "Texas Choice" winner.  Please encourage your school's students and teachers to vote for their favorites online.  The "Texas Choice" and "Best of School" awards will be announced online and via email to art teachers. 
 
Competition finalists, their parents, teachers and school administrators will be invited to attend a reception  to view the "Best of Schools" and "Texas Choice" artwork.  All the student finalists will be honored during the reception.  The Grand Prize and First Place winners will be announced at the reception.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  TBA (Stay tuned for next year's competition!)
For More Information or to Enter: click here



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16.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION - WATAUGA

Center for Home Education provides, located in Watauga, provides the best in curriculum, classes and classical theatre.

Enrichment Classes
See our website for details about these and other classes, and call 817-281-2293 or visit the store to register.

Location:
5733 Watauga Road
Watauga TX 76148
817-281-2293
(Between 377 and Rufe Snow in Northeast Fort Worth, Texas)

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/

Discount:  Center for Home Education is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount off all new and used curriculum and tickets to our student theatre performances, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

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17.  CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS RESOURCE CENTER IN ROWLETT

Christian Educators Resource Center has a full line-up of electives for the elementary student through the high school student!

Discount:  CERC is offering HEART of Texas members a 15% discount on any in-stock items.  You must present your current HEART of Texas Family I.D. card to qualify for the discount.  
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

Location:  Christian Educators Resource Center
        4501 Rowlett Rd., Suite 105
        Rowlett, TX 75088

Contact:    972-475-4138
        http://www.cerconline.org

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18.  CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ALLIANCE OF TEXAS

Enrichment Days is a fun, exciting, and educational learning group that meets six times each semester at a local church.

Classes vary each semester based on the interests of the individual teachers.  You can view a sample class schedule on our website at www.c-h-a-t.org .  The classes offered that semester will not necessarily be offered again, but this will acquaint you with the kinds of classes available. 
 
You must be a member family in the Christian Homeschool Alliance of Texas to participate.  Membership is $30 per year.  New member families can join mid-year for $15.



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19.  E.A. YOUNG ACADEMY -- North Richland Hills

E.A. Young Academy is offering summer programs and enrichment classes to home school students.

Location:
8521 Davis Blvd
N. Richland Hills, TX  76182
For More Information:  Click Here

Discount:  E.A. Young Academy is offering HEART of Texas members (with a valid ID Card) a
$45 discount off each Ignite Summer program Intensive.  Members will also receive discounts off
enrichment classes as they are developed.  
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership


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20.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE ENRICHMENT CLASSES

The Home Educators Resource sells a large array of new and used books and curriculum, plus they offer classes and other resources to homeschool families.

For Class Descriptions, Fees and Other Information: Click Here

Classes Offered:
Art

Science
English
Foreign Language
Girls Gymnastics
Guitar Lessons
History
Math
Physical Education
Robotics
World View

Location:

1288 W. Main Street Suite 203
Lewisville, TX 75067
972-956-8320

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

Discount:  Home Educators Resource is offering 10% off new and used books to HEART of Texas family members. Plus, members will still earn punches on their HER Buyer's Card.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership
    

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21.  HURST-EULESS-BEDFORD HOME SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

If you are looking for support, fellowship for your kids, encouragement from experienced moms who have "been there and done that," and field trips and activities to round out your homeschool, come and check us out!  We offer monthly field trips, Moms' Night Out, Activities and Family Fun for all ages.

Contact:  Click here to send an email to the group leader. 


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22.  JOY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY IN DECATUR
    
For more information on the JOY Christian Academy and the home school enrichment courses we offer, please go to www.joyca.org.


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23.  MATTHEW ROAD ACADEMY

An affordable Christian university model school, we offer academic and elective courses from Kinder to Highschool. Pick and choose courses from Art to English Composition to Algebra and more! Limited spots available in each course.

Please check out our website for more information: http://matthewroad.org/#/schools/matthew-road-academy

Or call Candice McClellin, 469-261-3779, MR Academy Registrar

Matthew Road Academy opens registration March 1st for the 2013-2014 school year.

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24.  MORNING GLORY ACADEMY

Morning Glory Academy (MGA) is a classical Christian school located in the Keller area.  MGA uses a college-style schedule of classes, offering classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students study at home according to their family's schedule the other days of the week.  


Contact: 
Grammar School Director Susan Riddle, 817-706-9888 (k-5th).  
              Upper School Director Leslie Kent, 817-905-3861  (6th-12th).

To Register:  Click Here to email
For more information:
http://www.themga.org/
Location: Morning Glory Academy -- The Mount Church: 860 Keller-Smithfield Rd. Keller, TX  76248

MGA:  Your Home . . . Our School . . . Perfect Fit.


Discount:
  HEART of Texas Members receive a discount on tuition at MGA!

See http://www.heartoftex.org/partners/ for more details.

To learn more about HEART of Texas membership:
http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership    



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25.  TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL MATH CLASSES
FOR HOME SCHOOLERS


SE Campus 2100 SE Pkwy Arlington TX (Off 20 and New York)
MW Classes
Algebra II MW 230-4
Geometry MW  1-230

Friday

College Algebra 9-12

Cost: 
$173 for entire course and text. 
This is a FULL math credit.
We are also asking parents at this time what need they have for next August as we would like to expand and offer as many classes as we can beyond this point so your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

For more info contact:
Maurine Amend
mdamend@tx.rr.com
maurine.amend@tccd.edu
cell:  972-743-9179

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26.  THEO IN PLANO OFFERING CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

Located in Plano, THEO’s 20 Christian, talented teachers—most homeschool momsoffer a myriad of classes for 6-12th grade home educated students.  Testing is also available.

Discount:  THEO is offering HEART of Texas family members with valid ID cards 20% off their regular application fee.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

For Complete List of Available Classes or More Information:  www.THEOsonline.org

Location:  1301 Custer Road, Suite 703
                Plano, TX 75075
                214-282-6936

For Questions:   Click Here to email


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27.  QUO VADIS EDUCATORS

"Serving the Home-School Community"
Classes held in Garland, TX

To Learn More:  click here to email or 972.271.0673.
For More Information:  
www.quovad2000.org

Discount:
  HEART of Texas Members (with a valid, current HEART of Texas Family ID card) receive
$5/month off tuition all year (up to 9 months per student per school year) AND Children's Theater Workshop Half-Price Tuition ($45 value, limit one discount per workshop) See http://www.heartoftex.org/partners/ for more details.

To learn more about  HEART of Texas membership:
 www.heartoftex.org


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28.  VINE ACADEMY -- McKINNEY

The Vine Academy seeks to assist home school parents by providing classes for middle and high schol students.  Classes meet once a week, with the student completing homework during the week.  All classes taught from a Christian perspective.  

For More Information:  
Click Here

Discount:  HEART of Texas Members (with a valid, current HEART of Texas Family ID card) receive $5/month off tuition all year.  See http://www.heartoftex.org/partners/ for more details.

To learn more about  HEART of Texas membership:
 www.heartoftex.org



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29.  WESTCLIFF TUTORING  - PHYSICS & CHEMISTRY CLASSES - SW FORT WORTH

2 Hours of Instruction/week
3-6 Hours of Homework/week

Location:  SW Fort Worth
Cost: $360/semester
Class Size: 8 Students
Documentation for Transfer Credit

About the Teacher:
Bachelor Degrees:
Zoology
Petroleum Engineering
Secondary Science Education
Private High School Instructor (9 yrs)

Email:  westclifftutoring@gmail.com
Website: westclifftutoring.com

Discount:  WestCliff Tutoring is offering HEART of Texas members (with valid membership card) a 5% discount on Physics & Chemistry Class Tuition.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership


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30.  GEMS GIRLS CLUB

Our GEMS club invites interested girls of the ages 6 - 13 to come and experience GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior)!  We are a mentoring ministry just for girls led by moms with a heart for guiding and training in godliness.  We meet twice a month during the school year at an Allen church, on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:00.   Our club meetings include large group worship time, followed by small group time in similar age groups. Our club meetings are fun and dynamic and include a variety of activities to learn about Jesus and serving others.

To Learn More About Becoming a Member of GATE GEMS Girls' Club: Email Here
To find out more about the GEMS organization: Click Here


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31.  DALLAS STEAM EXPLORERS

Dallas STEAM Explorers is a Club for students interested in careers in Science, Technology,
Engineering, Tech Art, & Math


Meetings are held the first Monday of the Month at the UTD Campus
Although we recommend that you RSVP, walk-ins are welcome. We encourage parents and/or teachers to attend with students. Participation is free and there is no membership or dues.

For More Information:  
Click Here


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32.  TEXAS ALLIANCE FOR MINORITIES IN ENGINEERING (TAME)

TAME is a science and math non-profit organization geared to create interest in STEM. Regional events take place during the winter.  State events take place in the spring.  There is no cost to families.
If you or your organization is interested in starting up a TAME club, please click here to send
an email
to the Dallas Chair.

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33.  LIBRARY & USED BOOK SALES IN NORTH TEXAS

Looking for inexpensive literature books and other resources to add to your home school library?  Library used book sales are excellent opportunities to purchase books at bargain prices. Here are a few sales that we know about in the North Texas area.
To advertise your library book sale in our newsletter, please contact us by email.

WICHITA FALLS -- SEPT 3, OCT 1; NOV 5; DEC 3; JAN 7, 2017;  FEB 4, 2017
Time: Mon: Noon-6pm;  Thu: 10am-2pm; Sat: Noon-5pm
Location: Wichita Falls Public Library
                  600 11th St
                940-767-0868 x248
Books: 3,000 books; .50-$2;  Half-price sale on most books 1st Sat of each month

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BRECKENRIDGE -- SEPT 5; OCT 3; NOV 7; DEC 5
Time: Mon: 11am-5:30pm
Location: Breckenridge Library
               209 N. Breckenridge Library
                (enter through back door)
                254-559-5505
Books:  
hardcovers $1 or 6/$5; paperbacks $3/small bag, $4 large bag (bags provided)
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SANGER -- SEPT 10
Time: 8am-4pm
Location: Sanger Public Library
               501 Bolivar St
               940-458-3257
Books:  
3,000 books; sorted; no buyer restrictions; paperbacks .50; hardcovers $1

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KERRVILLE -- SEPT 10; OCT 8; NOV 12; DEC 10
Time:
10am-4pm
Location: Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library
              505 Water St.
               830-895-0592
Books:   .50-$2.50, coffee table books $4

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DECATUR -- SEPT 16-17; JAN; MAY
Time:
Sat: 9am-5pm;  Sun: 1-5pm
Location:  Decatur Public Library
                1700 Hwy 51 S
                940-393-0290
Books:  Paperbacks .50; hardcovers $1; children's half price

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LEWISVILLE -- SEPT 16-18
Time:
Sat: 9am-5pm;  Sun: 1-5pm
Location:  Lewisville Public Library
                1197 W Main St
                972-315-9052
Books:  9,500 books; 75% donated; 90% hardcover; no buyer restrictions; .10-$5

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DALLAS -- SEPT 17-24 -- BIG ANNUAL SALE
Time: Sat (Sept 17 & 24): 10am-5pm;  Fri (Sep 23): 1-5pm (Closed Sunday-Thursday)
Location: Lakewood Branch Library
               6121 Worth Street
               214-670-1376
Books: 
15,000 books; 100% donated; 60% hardcover; sorted; not 'picked over'; no buyer restrictions; .50-$3
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ARLINGTON -- SEPT 21-25 -- BIG SALE
Time: Thurs: 2pm-7pm; Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 10am-5pm (half price day)
Location:   Meadowbrook Recreation Center
                1400 Dugan Street
                (Meadowbrook Park)
                817-548-9768
Books: 
60,000 books; Saturday Blue Book Specials;  Sunday half price day
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DALLAS -- SEPT 23-24
Time:  Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat: 10am-4pm
Location:   Renner Frankford Library
                6400 Frankford Rd
                214-670-6100
Books: 
3,000+ books; 100% donated; 50% hardcover; sorted; no buyer restrictions; paperbacks $2 new, $1 used; hardcovers $4 new, $2 used
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FORT WORTH  -- SEPT 23-25;  APRIL
Time:
Fri/Sat: 9am-4pm;  Sun: Noon-4pm
Admission:  $1per day;  Children free
Location:  Chapter II Annexes
                5318 and 5314 Trail Lake Dr
                (3 doors from Book Store)
                Wedgwood Village Shopping Center
                817-346-2255 (Friends Book Store)
Books:  Thousands" of books; includes CDs, DVDs, ct.; Most .50-$1.50; Sun $15/box (boxes provided), Credit cards accepted

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GARLAND -- SEPT 23-24
Time:  Fri/Sat: 10am-5pm
Location:   South Garland Branch Library
                4845 Broadway Blvd.
                972-205-2500
Books: 
25,000 books; 50% donated; 50% hardcover; sorted; no buyer restrictions; paperbacks $1; hardcovers $2; children's .50
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LONGVIEW -- SEPT 27-OCT 2;  MARCH 14-19, 2017
Time:
Tues/Thurs: 10-9;  Wed/Fri/Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun 1-5pm
Location:  Longview Public Library
                222 W. Cotton St
                903-237-1350
Books:  4,000; paperbacks .25; hardcovers $1
, children's .25
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DALLAS -- SEPT 30-OCT 2 -- HALF PRICE BOOKS CLEARANCE
Time:  Fri/Sat: 9am-8pm; Sun: 10am-6pm
Location:   Dallas Market Hall
                2200 Stemmons Fwy
Books: 
Thousands of Items
BONUS: 1st 100 people through door each day will receive a FREE Half Price Books tote bag!
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RICHARDSON -- OCT 7-9
Time: Fri/Sat: 10am-5pm;  Sun: 2-5pm
Location: Richardson Public Library
                900 Civic Center Dr
                972-744-4350
Books: 
25,000 books; 95% donated; 60% hardcover; sorted; no buyer restrictions; paperbacks $1; hardcovers $2; children's .50-$1
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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- OCT 7-10
Time: Sat: 8am-5pm;  Mon: 9am-3pm
Location:   North Richland Hills Public Library
                9015 Grand Ave
                817-427-6814
Books: 
10,000 books; 30% donated; 70% hardcover; sorted; no buyer restrictions; All nonfiction $1 (including paperbacks); pb fiction .50, hc fiction $1, CDs, DVDs $1
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EULESS -- OCT 14-16
Time: Sat: 10am-4pm;  Sun: 1-3pm
Location: Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library
                201 N. Ector Drive
                817-685-1679
Books: 
10,000 books; 50% donated; 50% hardcover; sorte; Also DVDs, CDs, audiobooks; paperbacks .50; hardcovers $1
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FLOWER MOUND -- OCT 21-23
Time: Sat: 11-5pm;  Sun: 1-5
Location: Flower Mound Public Library
               3030 Broadmoore Land
               972-874-6151
Books:  
20,000 books; $1-$2
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GRAND PRAIRIE -- OCT 26-30; APRIL
Time:  Wed/Thurs: 10am-7pm;  Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 1-5pm, (Closed Fri)
Location:  Grand Prairie Library
                901 Conover Dr
                972-262-8015
                (Enter thru Eastern most door from the parking lot.)
Books:   28,000 books; sorted; not 'picked over'; .25-$2; Sunday is half price day
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WACO -- NOV 3-6 -- BIG SALE
Time:  Information Not Yet Available
Location:  Extraco Events Center
                4601 Bosque Blvd
                254-750-8419
Books:   Information Forthcoming


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33.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education in Action, located in Watauga, provides the best in curriculum, classes and classical theatre.

Location:
5733 Watauga Road
Watauga TX 76148
817-281-2293
(Between 377 and Rufe Snow in Northeast Fort Worth, Texas)

Website:  http://www.centerforhomeeducation.com/   

Discount:  Center for Home Education is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount off all new and used curriculum and tickets to our student theatre performances, with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership


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34.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE

The Home Educators Resource sells a large array of new and used books and curriculum, plus they offer classes and other resources to homeschool families.

Visit them at their Location:
401 E. Church St
Lewisville, TX 75057
972-956-8320

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

Discount:  Home Educators Resource is offering 10% off new and used books to HEART of Texas family members. Plus, members will still earn punches on their HER Buyer's Card.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership


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35.
 CAMPS AT CAMP TONKAWA

Camp Tonkawa is an Outdoor Learning Center, where we teach nature through hands on experiences.  Located outside of Collinsville, TX, on a 35 acre tract of land certified as a wildlife refuge.

Discount:  Camp Tonkawa is offering HEART of Texas members a  10% discount for HEART of Texas members with a valid family ID card.  Offer not valid in conjunction with semester discount rates for Nature Awareness Camps.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

Location:  
Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center
1036 CR 203
Collinsville, TX  76233
For Information: 940-440-8382 or Click Here to email


CAMP SCHEDULE


SEPTEMBER 2016
3 -- Horsemanship Day Camp
       Time:  10am-2:30pm
       Cost:$50/person;  Parents/leaders who will not be riding are free
10-11 -- Primitive Survival Skills Class 1
       Time: Sat at 9:30am;  Ends Sunday at 2:30 pm.
       Cost:  $80 (see website for family rates)
17-18 -- Sow What/Organic Gardening (It's Your Planet Love it Leadership Journey)
        Time: Starts 9:30 am on Saturday and goes through 2:30 pm on Sunday.
       Cost:  $45/each person

24-25 -- Get Moving/Clean Energy (It's Your Planet Love it Leadership Journey)
        Time: Starts 9:30 am on Saturday and goes through 2:30 pm on Sunday.
       Cost:  $45/each person

OCTOBER 2016
1 - Horsemanship Day Camp
   
   Time: 10am-2:30pm
       Cost:  $50/person.  Parents/leaders who will NOT be riding are FREE.

1-2 -- Wonders of Water (It's Your Planet Love it Leadership Journey)
        Time: Starts 9:30 am on Saturday and goes through 2:30 pm on Sunday.
       Cost:  $45/each person

8 -- Primitive Survival Class 2
        Time: Begins 9:30am Saturday.  Ends about 2:30pm on Sunday.
       Cost:  $80/each person (family rates available - check website)

15-16 -- Breathe AIR (It's Your Planet Love it - Leadership Journey)
        Time: Starts 9:30 am on Saturday and goes through 2:30 pm on Sunday.
       Cost:  $45/each person

22-23 -- Native American Indian Camp
        Time: Class begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m.  Ends Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
       Cost:  $60/adults;  $45/ages 15 and under
27 -- Nature/Native Day Camp (How the animals and humans survive)
           Time:  9am-2:30pm.  You can stay and explore the woods until 3pm.
            Cost:  $35/camp (drop in rate).  20 people needed to host a camp.
29-30 -- Primitive Living Skills - Survival Thru the Seasons (Autumn Session)
         Time:  Classes begin Sat. at 9:30am.  You may arrive the night before.
            Camp ends Sunday at 2:30 pm.
         
Cost: $95/per camper (includes Teens without a parent)
            Family Rate:  $75/Teens ages 13-15

NOVEMBER 2016
6 -- Horsemanship Day Camp
        Time: 10am-2:30pm
         
Daylight savings ends, set your clocks back! *Sunday camp
         Cost:  $50 per person / Parents leaders who will NOT be riding are FREE.
          Camp will not be held for less than 6 participants.
12-13 -- Outdoor Cooking
        Time: Saturday morning at 10am. Ends Sunday after lunch clean up.
        Cost: $65/Adult;  $55/Ages 15 & under (must be with parent/responsible adult)
17 -- Nature / Native Day Camp 
(How the animals and humans survive)
           Time:  9am-2:30pm.  You can stay and explore the woods until 3pm.
            Cost:  $35/camp (drop in rate).  20 people needed to host a camp.

19-20 -- Native American Indian Camp
                Time: Saturday 9:30am thru Sunday 2:30pm
                Cost: $45 /Children 15 and under;  $60/Adults 
26-27 --
Native American Indian Camp
                Time: Saturday 9:30am thru Sunday 2:30pm
                Cost: $45 /Children 15 and under;  $60/Adults



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36.  DALLAS ARBORETUM

No matter the time of year, the Arboretum is always in bloom. Both spring and fall feature wild bursts of color. Summer does nothing to diminish the bloom of the Arboretum plantings, which thrive on the warmth of Dallas' summer months. And, because of Dallas' temperate winter temperature, the arboretum is even blooming in the middle of winter.

Location:
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX  75219
214-515-6500
http://www.dallasarboretum.org  

Hours:  Open Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Open Wed evenings until 8pm through October 26
Customer Service hours:  Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
(Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, & New Year's Day)
Admission: 
$15 for adults (13-64)
$12 for seniors (65+)
$10 for children (ages 3-12)
Free for children ages 2 and under
Children's Adventure Garden Admission: $3 (in addition to general garden admission)
Onsite parking:                                                                
$15 per vehicle self-parking or parking garage
$8 daytime parking pass available by online purchase only                                                


DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE
Featured Discounts:  click here

SEPT 21-NOV 23 -- BOGO WEDNESDAYS
Buy one, get one free admission. Valid for general garden admission only. Limit one per customer.

SEPT 17-NOV 23 -- Tom Thumb $1 off General Garden Admission
Tom Thumb offers $1 off general garden admission tickets during Autumn at the Arboretum, with discounted tickets will available to purchase at area Tom Thumb locations.

TEACHERS & EDUCATORS DISCOUNT
Complimentary admission to the Main Garden and Children's Adventure Garden is available to Teachers and Educators. Present a valid educator picture ID at the ticket booth for the complimentary admission. If a picture ID is unavailable, an educators ID plus a driver’s license can be presented. Teachers and educators can purchase a Dallas Arboretum membership and receive a 10% discount for the first year with their IDs. Offer is only valid on daytime admission. Offer does not apply for paid educational programming. Parking fees apply.

GROUP DISCOUNT
Groups of 15 or more receive $2 off General Admission and have the opportunity to have one of our experienced tour guides lead your group on an educational and entertaining tour of the gardens. Guided tours include seasonal highlights and are available year-round. These tours are an additional $7 per person. For more information, please see the Group Sales page.

Rainy Day Guarantee
If the rain won’t go away you can come back another day. The Arboretum’s rainy day pass will guarantee another free entry if rain interrupts your visit. Tickets are issued at the ticket booth on the day of the occurrence only. Offer valid for a full paid general garden admission. Rainy day tickets are good any day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for up to three months from the original date of purchase. Rainy day passes are only good for the original type of ticket purchased.  This policy does not apply to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, the Cool Thursdays Concert Series or Parking.

Labor Day Weekend -- SEPT 2-5
Guests will enjoy discounted admission of $5 per person for the entire weekend. This ticket gets you complimentary admission into the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden.
Tickets must be purchased at the gate in order to receive this special offer.
We'll also have $2 hot dogs and root beer floats.

CityPass Tickets:
Save 41% or more off admission to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, plus the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Reunion Tower Geo-Deck, and a choice between the Dallas Zoo and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Valid for 9 days after first coupon has been redeemed.

EVENTS at the ARBORETUM
SEPT 1-OCT 27 -- Cool Thursdays Fall Concert Series
Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
Gates open:  6 p.m
 
Concerts:  7-9 pm for Fall concerts. Garden closes at the conclusion of each concert.
In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside to Rosine Hall. Due to limited space, inside seating is based on a first come, first served basis. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, bring low-to-the-ground chairs and blankets as no seating is provided. A determination of weather-altered plans will be made by 3 p.m. on the day of the concert.
Performers & Tickets: Click Here

THROUGH OCTOBER 19 (Wed evenings):  Nature Nights**
Admission:
BOGO Wednesdays -- Buy One Get One Free general admission:
$15/ages 13-64;  $12/65+;  $10/3-12;  Free/Ages 2 and under
On-site Self Parking:  $15
Discount Daytime Parking: $8 -- online only
The garden extends its hours to 8 p.m. each Wednesday for families and friends to enjoy a night out during the week. Bring the kids out for a fun sculpture garden scavenger hunt to discover the artistry in nature. And funny hats!
**Closed on September 14 for a Private Event

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS IN SEPTEMBER (all day) -- Roald Dahl Weekends
SEPT 3 & 4 -- Roald Dahl themed activities in the Children's Adventure Garden
10am -- Roald Dahl Storytime: Esio Trot (Petroglyph Pergola)
12pm -- Testing Your Taste Buds (Incredible Edible)
1pm -- Natural World of the Minpins (Habitats)
4pm -- Testing Your Taste Buds (Incredible Edible)

SEPT 2- SEPT 5 -- Labor Day Weekend
Admission to the Dallas Arboretum is discounted to $5 per person and includes complimentary admission into to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. Tickets must be purchased at the gate. Guests can enjoy $2 hot dogs and root beer floats.
Join Gary Lee Price's Delbert the Dragon and his book club statues in the shady Pecan Grove for readings by authors and special guests at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday in the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. On September 3 - 4, enjoy Roald Dahl themed activities such as Testing Your Taste Buds, Roald Dahl style lab or storytime with Esio Trot in Petroglyph Pergola.

SEPT 5 -- Seussical the Musical
11am
Dallas Children's Theater will bring their fantastical 16-member cast in full costume to the Arboretum to give Labor Day visitors a sneak peek of their production of the most-performed children's musical of all time. Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, this play is recommended for ages 5 and up.

SEPT 17 -NOV 23 -- Autumn at the Arboretum
More than 90,000 pumpkins will make their way to the Arboretum to be featured in this year’s Autumn at the Arboretum national fall festival. Named one of “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel and “One of the World’s 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens” by Architectural Digest, this year’s event at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will highlight the “Art of the Pumpkin."

SEPT 17-NOV 23 -- Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch

SEPT 19-NOV 25 -- Pumpkin Village
9am-5pm

SEPT 24 -- Shakespeare Dallas - DelGolyer Pergola
11am & 1pm performances
Join us for The Tempest, a story of shipwreck and magic by William Shakespeare in the garden with performances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

OCT 3-27 -- Monarchs on the Move
2pm & 4pm
The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, a Certified Monarch Waystation, will host the Monarchs this fall with various activities planned for the Moody Oasis, a rooftop garden in the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, filled with plants that attract pollinators and butterflies. Learn when, how, and why they travel so far. We also feature a face-painter painting various butterfly faces on children.


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37.  DALLAS ZOO

Location:
650 South RL Thornton Fwy
Dallas, TX  75203

The Zoo is located 3 miles south of downtown Dallas, on I-35E at the Marsalis exit.

Hours of Operation:
9am-5pm daily
(Closed Christmas Day)

Admission:
Adults (12-64):
  $15 (Mar - Dec);  $5 (Jan-Feb)
Children (3-11):
 $12 (Mar-Dec); $5 (Jan-Feb)
Seniors (65+):
   $12 (Mar-Dec) ; $5 (Jan-Feb)
Children (2 and under):
FREE all year
Parking:
$8 per car

2017 Date TBA-- Homeschool Day at the Dallas Zoo
Time:
9am-3pm
Homeschoolers and their families are invited to spend the day at the Dallas Zoo.  Fun, interactive, and educational activities are available for Kindergarten – 8th grade!
Your Homeschool Day ticket Includes:
*Admission to the Zoo
*Access to Homeschool Day activity areas available only to registered Homeschool Day participants.
*Hands-on activities and curriculum from the Dallas Zoo and other community partners.
*Homeschool Day Backpack (included with Adult Participant tickets) with activity materials and supplemental curriculum appropriate for home classroom instruction.

These Add-Ons are Also Available When You Pre-Register:
* Animal Adventures Shows at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Tickets are $3 each for adults and youth.
* Participants can pre-purchase additional Homeschool Day Backpacks for $5 each while registering.
* Additional Backpacks and Animal Adventures Shows are available in the Add Ons category.


To Learn More:  
Click Here


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38.  FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER AND REFUGE PROGRAMS

Location:  9601 Fossil Ridge Road
                Fort Worth, TX 76135
Located on the northwest side of Fort Worth, four miles west of I-820 on Jacksboro Hwy (TX Hwy 199), just inside the city limits of Fort Worth.

Admission: $5 ages 13+; $ 2 ages 3-12;   under 3 free; $3 Seniors (65+)
$1 discount per person with military ID
-Active/Retired
For More Information:    817-392-7410  

Refuge Hours:  8am-5pm daily
Extended Hours Beginning Sept 7 (Labor Day):  
7am - 7pm (Refuge only)
Hardwicke Interpretive Center:
9am-4:30pm daily

Monthly Programs

AUGUST
AUG 6, 13, 20, 27 -- Nature Hike
10am-Noon
FREE (with paid admission)
Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups.
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. FREE (with paid admission)

SEPTEMBER
SEPT 3, 10, 17, 24 -- Nature Hike
10am-Noon
FREE (with paid admission)
Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups.
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. FREE (with paid admission)

SEPT 3 --
Butterfly TreK
1-2:30 p.m.
Barcode: 66504
Join as we explore the diversity of the most common butterflies often seen fluttering in our backyards, prairies, and forests. Learn about their natural history, host/nectar plants, and how we can create butterfly sanctuaries at home.  

SEPT 4 --
Turtles, Thinking Inside the “Box”
1-3 p.m.
Barcode: 66530

Come and see eye to eye what makes box turtles so special.  From ornate to three-toed box
turtles, join us in learning more about these cool native inhabitants.  Meet some of the turtles that are on exhibit at the Nature Center up close and personal.

SEPT 9 --
Early Birds
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Barcode: 66505
Come and join a naturalist as we try to wake up with the birds. We will take a leisurely hike around the Nature Center to see if we can find birds beginning their day. This is the best time of the day to see our fine feathered friends. Bring your binoculars, or borrow a pair from us, and your camera to enhance your experience.
Pre-registration required

SEPT 10 --
Ancient Nature
1-3 p.m.
Barcode: 66507
Did you know that evidence of ancient human settlements has been found at the Nature Center?  Take a look at some of the artifacts and then join a Naturalist on a hike through the prairie and discover which plants and animals native peoples might have depended on to survive.

SEPT 11 --
Spillway Hike
1-3 p.m.
Barcode: 66508
The Nature Center is comprised of many types of habitats and a wide range of hiking opportunities. If you like, you can walk among the grasses along the Prairie Trail or walk beneath towering trees along the riverbottom. You may not know about an unofficial trail that is less traveled; the Spillway Road. Join us as we hike this trail and enjoy the bottomlands and seek
out the wildlife that inhabit this area.

SEPT 16 --
Full Moon Paddle
7-10:30 pm
$20 (with paid admission)
Barcode: 66498
Come and join us for a different type of canoe tour in the evening hours. This program will present new opportunities, like hearing beavers slap the water with their tails and seeing deer and raccoons. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Dress for the weather. Wear shoes that can get wet. Children must be 5 years or older. Parents must sign a liability waiver for minor children. Some previous experience recommended.
Minimum-5 / Maximum-12 participants.
Meet at the Back Gate.
Pre-registration required

SEPT 17 --
Bird Migration
9-11 a.m.
Barcode: 66531
It will not be long until birds start making their way back to their desired locations, whether it is the warmth of the tropics or those coming here to enjoy the cooler temperatures. Join us as we discuss migration and take a walk to see if we can find some early migratory birds.

SEPT 18 --
Canoe Fest
Noon-4 p.m.
$5 (with paid admission)
Barcode: 66389
Have you every wanted to try canoeing but did not have the equipment or place to try it out. Join us the 3rd Sunday of the month and get on the water. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Children must be at least 5 years old  and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Parents must sign a liability waiver for minor children.
NO REGISTRATION NEEDED, FIRST COME-FIRST SERVED
Meet at Big River Parking Lot.

SEPT 23 --
Preschool Discovery Club
10:30-11:30 a.m.
$8/child (with paid admission)
Barcode: 66494
We invite preschoolers, ages 3-5, and their adult companions to join us in discovering the
exciting world of nature.  In September we’ll learn about turtles and discover how their different shapes and sizes help them to survive. 
Pre-registration required

SEPT 24 --
Canoe Tour
8:30-11 a.m.
$20 (with paid admission)
Barcode: 66488
Tour a stretch of the West Fork of the Trinity River to view ducks, herons, beaver and other critters. Sunscreen, water and weather-appropriate clothing (including shoes that can get wet) are recommended. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Children must be 5 years or older. Parents must sign a liability waiver for minor children. Some previous experience is recommended.
Pre-registration required.  Registration ends the preceding Thursday or when filled.
MAXIMUM of 12 participants
Meet at Big River Parking Lot.

SEPT 24
-- Native Grass ID Workshop
9 am-1pm
Barcode: 66564
Would you like to learn how to more easily identify grasses even without seeds present? If so, join
us for a half-day workshop where you will learn to identify 10-15 of the most common native grasses of north Texas. We’ll learn the basics indoors and then head outdoors to look at the grasses in the prairie. This is the first in a series for thePrairie Seekers program, which is a collaboration between the Nature Center, Native Prairies Association of Texas, and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Prairie Seekers is a prairie identification and assessment program whereby volunteers learn how to identify and map prairies for future conservation opportunities.
This workshop qualifies for Advanced Training hours for Texas Master Naturalists.

SEPT 24 --
Deer Mouse Trail
1-3 p.m.
Barcode: 66511
From prairie to riverbottom forest, join us in exploring the diversity of habitats and animals on the Refuge.   We'll have an opportunity to view prairie dogs, large cottonwood trees, and the West Fork of the Trinity River on this 2.2 mile trail.

SEPT 25 --
Late Summer Wildflowers
11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m.
Wildflowers can change monthly with some lasting a couple of weeks. We will try to notice the
changes as Summer progresses. The late blooming flowers prove to be beneficial to birds and insects that may be migrating back to their winter locales.

SEPT 29 --
Nature Center After Hours
7-8:30 p.m.
$10 (with paid admission)
Barcode: 66483
Owls are excellent hunters when the sun goes down. Often as you hike the trails after hours, you can hear the Barred Owl hooting. Join us as we learn about the owls that work the night shift at the Nature Center and other forms of wildlife we may encounter.
Meet at Front Gate.
Pre-registration required

OCTOBER
OCT 1, 8, 15, 22, 29-- Nature Hike
10am-Noon
FREE (with paid admission)
Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups.
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. FREE (with paid admission)


NOVEMBER
NOV 5, 12, 19, 26 -- Nature Hike
10am-Noon
FREE (with paid admission)
Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups.
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. FREE (with paid admission)



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39.  FORT WORTH  BOTANIC GARDEN PROGRAMS

Location:  3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth  76107

Green Thumb Club
Little Diggers -- Age 4 by class date
Green Thumb Club Juniors -- Grades K-2
Green Thumb Club -- Grades 3-5
Details: Green Thumb Club provides children the opportunity to learn more about the natural world around them. We use the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as a living laboratory for students to explore topics such as native plant studies, pollination, tree structure, climate change, and more.
Registration required: 817-392-5534 or click to email
For more information: Click here


Little Sprouts Program
For children 18-36 months
One child per caregiver (parental supervision required)
This activity is free. 

Limited to 16 children.
Location: 
Backyard Vegetable Garden

SEPT 27 -- 1-1:30pm -- Leaves
OCT 25 -- Vegetables
NOV 29 -- Teddy Bear Picnic

If you plan to participate: Click to email


Family Drop-In Program (Once a month, April - November)
Come-and-go craft time for all ages, and all supplies are furnished. We meet throughout the Garden. Find out some Garden history from our Garden educator and tour the area with your family! Bring a picnic for afterwards.
6pm-7pm

Location: 
Leonard Courtyard just outside the Garden Center
SEPT 15 -- Nature Collage
OCT 13 -- Mummy Lights
NOV 17 -- Garden Glow
If you plan to participate: Click to email
For More Info:  Click Here

Family Discovery Program (Once a month, April - November)
Program is for children ages 4 and up.
Free to the public.
Two children per caregiver please.  
No registration required.
11am-Noon
Location:
Backyard Vegetable Garden at Ft Worth Botanic Garden

SEPT 7 -- Flower Lab
OCT 4 -- Monarch Tagging
NOV 9 -- Leaves

For More Info:  Click Here

Programs

SEPT 9-11 -- Art in the Garden
Time: Sept 9: 1pm-5pm;  Sept 10: 10am-6pm;  Sept 11: 1-4pm
Botanic Garden Center
Admission FREE
Come peruse the artwork from over 30 local artists in the halls of the Garden Center. Displays of oils, watercolors, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and more will fill the lecture hall. Wine and cheese will be served on Saturday evening at Gallery Night.
For more information or to reserve a seat:  817-392-5548.

NOV 5 - Japanese Fall Festival
2:30pm
Admission:  $8/adults;  $5/ages 4-12;  Free/ages 3 and under
Enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts, sword demonstrations, raku, tea ceremonies, and more.
For more information or to reserve a seat:  817-392-5548.

NOV 8 -- Free Walking Tour of the Japanese Garden
10am-11am
Fort Worth Japanese Garden
Admission:  Regular admission
No reservations required
Come learn about the aesthetic and design of Japanese Gardens and receive an introduction to the horticulture and history found in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden.

NOV 19-- Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden
11:30am-1pm
Ft Worth Japanese Garden
$30/person
Take part in an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony set in the Japanese Garden. This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society.
For more information or to reserve a seat:  817-392-5548

DECEMBER 3 -- Birds Christmas Tree
11am-Noon
The Grove
Admission FREE
Begun in 1935, this holiday event draws area children into the Garden to share a little holiday gift-giving with our feathered friends.  Children bring homemade, biodegradable bird feeders to hang in the trees of the Botanic Garden’s “Grove.”  (Children need to BRING these treats to the Garden rather than make them on site.)  Recipes for feeders are available at the Garden Center’s information desk.  Santa and Mrs. Claus, penguins, B.G. Squirrel, Cardinal, Smokey the Bear will be on hand to welcome children of all ages.  Local students and talent provide musical entertainment.

DECEMBER 13 -- Walking Tour of the Japanese Garden
10am-11am
Ft Worth Japanese Gardens
Come learn about the aesthetic and design of Japanese Gardens and be introduced to the horticulture and history found in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden.
Regular admission rates still apply for non-members.
No reservations required.


DECEMBER 17 -- Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden
11:30am-1pm
Ft Worth Japanese Garden
$30/person
Take part in an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony set in the Japanese Garden. This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society.
For more information or to reserve a seat:  817-392-5548





For more information about the Fort Worth : call 817-871-7686


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39.  FORT WORTH JAPANESE GARDENS

Location:  3320 Japanese Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, TX  76107

Hours:  March-November (DST):  9am-7pm
November - March (ST):  9am-5pm
Admission:  
$5/adults;  $3/ages 4-12;  $4.50/ages 65+;  FREE/ages 3 and under
Parking is free


EVENTS
THROUGH JULY 4 -- Concerts in the Garden
8:15pm-10pm
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Relax under the stars while listening to great music performed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and friends! The Garden Summer Music Festival offers 16 nights of outdoor concerts every weekend from June 5th through July 5th with a firework display ending every night.

JUNE 13-16 -- Summer Camp: Backyard Vegetable Garden
9am-Noon
Education Classroom, 3408 West Freeway, Fort Worth, 76107
$80/person (includes snacks and supplies)
See what's growin' on the Backyard Vegetable Garden. We'll learn about gardening and a healthy lifestyle. We'll eat a rainbow, have a chocolate taste test and trick our taste buds with a miraculous berry!
To Register:  Click here to send an email

JUNE 14 -- Walking Tour of the Japanese Garden
10am-11am
Ft Worth Japanese Gardens
Come learn about the aesthetic and design of Japanese Gardens and be introduced to the horticulture and history found in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden.
Regular admission rates still apply for non-members.
No reservations required.

JUNE 15 -- Discovery Day: Nature Painting
11am-Noon
Ft Worth Botanic Garden
FREE activity
Let's get creative! We will create works of art using nature.
Bring:  Gardening gloves
No reservation required
For kids ages 4 - 18 (parental supervision required)
2 kids per caregiver


JUNE 16 -- Family Drop In: Bubble Wand
6pm-7pm
Ft Worth Botanic Garden
FREE activity

Make your own unique wand for blowing bubbles.
No reservation required
Parental Supervision required


JUNE 18 -- Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden
11:30am-1pm
$30/person
Take part in an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony set in the Japanese Garden. This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society.
For more information or to reserve a seat:  817-392-5548.

JUNE 20-23 -- Summer Camp: World of Animals
9am-Noon
Education Classroom
$80/child (includes snacks and supplies)
Do you love animals? We will learn about animals from around the world through nature observations, activities, and games.
To Register:  Click here to send an email

JUNE 27-30 -- Summer Camp: Amazing Animals
9am-Noon
Education Classroom
$80/child (includes snacks and supplies)
The garden is full of animals friends! We'll feed the fish and get the buzz on bees. We'lll explore birds and their nests, and learn how squirrels communicat
To Register:  Click here to send an email

JUNE 28 --Little Sprouts: Flowers (ages
18-36 months)
9:30am-10am
Ft Worth Botanic Garden
FREE Activity
Flowers come in different shapes and colors and with different smells. We will investigate them and do gardening tasks.
One child per caregiver (parental supervision required)
No reservation required
Space is limitted to first 16 children

JULY 5-7 -- Summer Camp: Garden of Imagination
9am-Noon
Education Classroom
$60/child (includes snacks and supplies)
Lets explore our Garden of Imagination! Join us as we create our own animals, flowers, and trees that live in this beautiful place. This is sure to be a fun week of exciting activities and colorful masterpieces.
To Register:  Click here to send an email

JULY 12 -- Discovery Day: Scavenger Hunt
11am-Noon
Ft Worth Botanic Garden
FREE activity
Enjoy this fast-paced game of clues at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
Bring: Gardening gloves
No reservation required
For kids ages 4 - 18 (parental supervision required)
2 kids per caregiver


NOV 5 - Japanese Fall Festival
2:30pm
Admission:  $8/adults;  $5/ages 4-12;  Free/ages 3 and under
Enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts, sword demonstrations, raku, tea ceremonies, and more.
For more information or to reserve a seat:  817-392-5548.

NOV 8 -- Free Walking Tour of the Japanese Garden
10am-11am
Fort Worth Japanese Garden
Admission:  Regular admission
No reservations required
Come learn about the aesthetic and design of Japanese Gardens and receive an introduction to the horticulture and history found in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden.

NOV 19-- Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden
11:30am-1pm
Ft Worth Japanese Garden
$30/person
Take part in an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony set in the Japanese Garden. This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society.
For more information or to reserve a seat:  817-392-5548


DECEMBER 13 -- Walking Tour of the Japanese Garden
10am-11am
Ft Worth Japanese Gardens
Come learn about the aesthetic and design of Japanese Gardens and be introduced to the horticulture and history found in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden.
Regular admission rates still apply for non-members.
No reservations required.


DECEMBER 17 -- Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden
11:30am-1pm
Ft Worth Japanese Garden
$30/person
Take part in an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony set in the Japanese Garden. This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society.
For more information or to reserve a seat:  817-392-5548


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40. FORT WORTH ZOO HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

Location:  1989 Colonial Park
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Hours:  Monday-Friday:  10am-5pm
            Saturday-Sunday: 10am-6pm


DATE TBD -- Home School  Day at the Fort Worth Zoo
Admission:
$6 Adults (13+);  $4.50 ages 3-12;  FREE ages 2 and under
Online Registration: Registration not yet available; TBA
Tickets nonrefundable, non-exchangeable and no rain-checks will be issued
At the Gate Admission:  $7 Adults (13+);  $5.50 ages 3-12

Home school students and families are invited to a fun-filled educational day in the
wilds of the Zoo.  Learn amazing facts from our zookeepers at more than 20 Wild Encounters and enjoy aksing Zoo staf your best animal questions around the Zoo's world-class exhibits.

Parking:
 $5 per vehicle.
Featured Programs:   TBA
 


2016 Home School Classes (Jan - May)

Time:  8:45am-10:45am
Cost: $25/student
Ages 6-12
Includes snack, Interactive Lab, live animal presentation, and admission to the Zoo on class day.
Class Schedule:  See listing below for monthly class themes
To Register or For More Information:  Click Here
Location:  Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110

Discount:  The Fort Worth Zoo is offering HEART of Texas members (with a valid ID card) a free Ft. Worth drawstring backpack when they register for FIVE Zoo Home School Classes (notify the zoo and they will have your backpack when you come to class).
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership


Ages 6-8:
Children ages 6-8 will be exploring the different biomes of our world. From deserts to the rainforests, the students will discover what it would be like to live in those parts of the world. Each class they will focus on a different biome and how animals have adapted to survive.
Jan 26: Alpine Biome
Feb 9, 23: Rainforest Biome
March 8, 22:  Marine Biome
April 5, 19:  Savannah Biome
May 10, 24: Desert Biome
To Register:
 Click Here

Ages 9-12:

Children ages 9 to 12 will be learning everything earth science – plate tectonics, caves, islands and more. Each topic will get the students teaming up to discuss the earth science subject of the day and how animals are able to survive is such unique environments.
Jan 26: Plate Techtonics: Mountains & Earthquakes
Feb 9, 23: Caves: Bats & Brumation
March 8, 22:  Moon Phases: Tides
April 5, 19:  Islands: Volcanoes & Biodiversity
May 10, 24: Natural Hazards & Enviornmental Issues

To Register:  Click Here

Ages 13-15:  Fort Worth Zoo's Nature Educators in Training (NET)
Cost:  
$75 (includes 10 one-on-one classes, offered Monday-Friday)
Want to learn more about zoology, ecology and the natural sciences? The Fort Worth Zoo’s Nature Educators in Training (N.E.T.) program provides local high school students the opportunity to learn more about environmental sciences and prepare for their fields of study, as well as earn class credit. Over the course of 10 weeks, students will take 10 two-hour classes and participate in 20 hours of homework, 10 hours of field trips and 10 hours of volunteer work, totaling the state-required 60 hours for class credit.  Classes will take place at the Zoo and are offered five days a week, year-round. (Students who wish to only audit the classes will receive a certificate for 20 hours.)
To apply for the NET program:
1.  Download the application
2.  Email your completed application to the Zoo Education Staff
3.  You will be contacted for an interview time.
4.  After an interview, you will be provided a link to register.


WEEKDAY HOME SCHOOL VOLUNTEENS (ages 12-17)
This program provides local home-schooled teens the opportunity to assist our Zoo Preschool teachers. They help set up, clean up and assist students with crafts and excursions into the Zoo. Volunteens come in once a week for half of the day, either from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or 12:45 to 4:15 p.m. The fall session runs from September to December and the spring session runs from January to May. Applications are completed online and interviews are scheduled after the final application date. After interviewing all applicants, the Education staff will make selections. Selected Volunteens are required to attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the semester.
For Information about Registering for this program:
Click Here

TEXAS NATURE TRADERS
Details: Located in Texas Wild! near the wishing well, the Zoo’s newest building is the home base for many Texas-based education programs, primarily the Zoo’s latest offering, Texas Nature Traders. This formalized program encourages kids (age 3 and older) to explore the outdoors and bring to the building fossils, rocks, bones, plants and other artifacts in exchange for points. Traders can redeem points (or save them for future use) for items in the Nature Trader inventory. Texas Nature Traders operates seven days a week, opening at 11 a.m. and closing one hour before the Zoo closes. Stop by to look around, ask questions and become a nature trader!


SAFARI SAM
Details: Sam is a fictional character that the Zoo has created to teach wildlife biology and conservation lessons to students, mostly 3rd through 5th grade. Sam posts a “brain teaser” every Monday, the brain teaser answer on Tuesday, a “spotlight” blog on Wednesday (usually telling a specific animal’s conservation story), teacher resource on Thursday and occasionally an applicable video on Friday. Safari Sam is busy! 

Safari Sam's “Nature Finders Contest”
Get kids outside on a nature journaling activity!
For more information: click here 
Visit Safari Sam's Blog at:  Click Here


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41.  FOSSIL RIM HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AND EVENTS


Fossil Rim is located 55 miles southwest of Fort Worth and 75 miles southwest of Dallas, near Glen Rose.
GPS address is:
2299 County Road 2008
Glen Rose, Texas, 76043
254.897.2960


HOME SCHOOL CLASSES/EVENTS

JUNE 21 --Giraffes:  Our Gentle Giants (World Giraffe Day)  Class & Tour
10am-3pm

Cost:
$23
Come join us for an encounter you won’t soon forget – and on World Giraffe Day!  There are so many amazing things to learn about giraffe – one day will just be a beginning of discovering the beauty and wonder of these gentle giants!  
To Register: 254.897.2960

JULY 11 --The Lorax
10am-3pm

Cost:
$23 for class & tour;  $8 for just the class

Connect the story of this favorite children's book with an endangered Texas native by taking part in a re-enactment of the story! The Attwater's Prairie Chicken, of which we have a breeding population, is a bird you won't soon forget.  Guaranteed to get your children thinking about the world they live in and their role in it.
To Register: 254.897.2960

AUGUST 22 -- Nature Journaling
10am-3pm

Cost:
$27/participant

Learn and practice four different nature journaling techniques and some basic animal drawing techniques.   We'll be inside and outside and finish the day with a special nature journaling tour of Fossil Rim. 
To Register: 254.897.2960

AUGUST 30 -- Cheetah!
10am-3pm

Cost:
$23/participant

Come learn about, see and fall in love with our amazing cats!
T
o Register: 254.897.2960


For more information about homeschool events, click here

In addition to their scheduled homeschool events, Fossil Rim offers their faculty, teachers, and curriculum for privately-scheduled events. For more information, please click here or call 254-897-2960 and ask for the Homeschool coordinator. 


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41. HAVEN'S HORSES HORSEMANSHIP & OUTDOOR EDUCATION CLASSES AT CHRIST'S HAVEN

Christ's Haven is offering homeschoolers Christian Horsemanship and Outdoor Education programs at their facility in Keller, Texas.  The classes will be held during the day, while their foster children are at school.

Location:  4150 Keller-Haslet Road
                Keller, TX  76248
For More Information:  817-925-1982 or click here to email

Discount:  Haven's Horses is offering HEART of Texas members (with a valid Family ID card) 50% off their first ride! You must show your card to be eligible for this discount!
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://heartoftex.org/resources/membership  

Christian Horsemanship
Ages 4-18

Cost:  
$25/child
Class Length:  1 hour, 15 min.
Details:  Spiritual Values are incorporated into each Horsemanship Lesson through group devotions and activities.  It's more than a basic riding lesson!  Christian Horsemanship unites children and inspires them to grow in the areas of Horsemanship Skills (grooming, saddling, feeding, groundwork, riding and horse anatomy); Spiritual and Personal Growth, and Communication Skills.

Outdoor Adventure
Ages 7-14
Cost:  
$20/class
Course Length:  
1 hour, 15 min.
Details:  
Teaches children about God's creation in an outdoor spiritual setting.  Activities include:  day hikes, fishing, flying kites, and much more!  Outdoor Adventure classes focus on: Science in the Outdoors, Servant Leadership, Self Expression, Self Reflection and Silent Retreats.


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42.  THE HEARD MUSEUM–HOMESCHOOL CLASSES
 
These Homeschool Classes will introduce your student to the Natural Sciences. Students will experience learning through classroom activities, outdoor field investigations, laboratory science, small group activities and take-home study packets.  Each course curriculum is developed by the Heard Museum's education staff who strive to recognize and meet the needs of home school families.  All curricula are based on current scientific theory.

Please note: You will need to submit a medical record form including immunization history to be able to participate in their programs.
Click here for information

For more information: Click Here to send an email
                                  972-562-5566 x237
                                                       
Location:  One Nature Place
                McKinney, TX  75069
               
www.heardmuseum.org


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43.  HERITAGE FARMSTEAD MUSEUM -- PLANO
 
The Museum Grounds are Open Year-Round (Except Mondays and Holidays)
Tuesday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location:      Heritage Farmstead Museum
                    1900 West 15th Street
                    Plano, TX
Discount:  Heritage Farmstead Museum is offering HEART of Texas members (with valid membership card)
$1 off the adult regular admission price (up to 4 people) and .50 cents off child's regular admission, good for either the 1:30 p.m. Historic Farrell-Wilson house tour or for the following special events: Harvest Festival, Lantern Light, Spring Festival.   

To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://heartoftex.org/resources/membership


Events:

SEPT 9 -- Fun on the Farm:  Counting on the Farm
10:30am-Noon
Admission: 
$11/includes adult & child; $7/additional child; $4/additional adult
Registration Required
Online Registration Closes SEPT 7 at 5pm
To Register:  
Click Here or 972-881-0140
Details: 
Count at the Farm with Dr. Seuss' 10 Apples Up on Top.  Children ages 2-5 learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child.  Space is limited.  Registration will close end of business day the Wednesday before each program as long as there is still availability.


SEPT 16 -- Homeschool Day: Little Farmstead on the Prairie

10am-1pm
Admission:
$7/children;  $3/adult;  Free/under 2 years of age
Registration Required
Online Registration Closes SEPT 15 at 5pm
To Register:  
Click Here or 972-881-0140
Details:
Step back in time to the world of the Laura Ingalls and the Little House on the Prairie book series.  Experience what life was like with hands on farm activities such as plowing and planting, shucking corn and feeding chickens, milking buttermilk, and washing clothes the old fashioned way.  Visit a one room school house like Laura attended and taught in and play pioneer games of the past.  Take an tractor driven wagon ride and figure out how many supplies your family would need to travel west.  Other activities include an outdoor cooking demonstration, a creek visit, and so much more!

SEPT 23 -- Fun on the Farm:  Some Pig
10:30am-Noon
Admission: 
$11/includes adult & child; $7/additional child; $4/additional adult
Registration Required
Online Registration Closes SEPT 21 at 5pm
To Register:  
Click Here or 972-881-0140
Details: 
Read about Charlotte's Web and meet our pigs Wilson and Hamlet.  Children ages 2-5 learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child.  Space is limited.  Registration will close end of business day the Wednesday before each program as long as there is still availability.


OCT 14 -- Fun on the Farm: Deputy for a Day
10:30am-Noon
Admission: 
$11/includes adult & child; $7/additional child; $4/additional adult
Registration Required
Online Registration Closes OCT 12 at 11:59pm
To Register:  
Click Here or 972-881-0140
Details: 
Howdy Partners!  Some varmint has been stealing the Farmstead chickens and we need your help! Follow clues around the Farmstead to locate the robber and put them in them in the Heritage Farmstead Jail.
Children ages 2-5 learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child.  Space is limited.  Registration will close end of business day the Wednesday before each program as long as there is still availability.


OCT 15 -- FarmFest 2016
10am-2pm
Admission: 
$8/person; $25/family fun pack: 4 people and 1 free pumpkin
Registration Required
Online Registration Closes OCT 14 at 11:59pm
To Register:  
Click Here or 972-881-0140
Details: 
The Heritage Farmstead Museum presents the Fourth Annual FarmFest, a fall family event celebrating our agricultural heritage.  The Farmstead invites you to come and experience a “county fair” type atmosphere including tours of the historic Farrell Wilson home, wagon rides, Farm Fun Play Area, sheep sheering demonstrations, historic demonstrations, hands on activities, animal exhibits, live entertainment, food, contests, beverages and so much more.  Special exhibits include Tractors and Hit 'n Miss Engines from the Wylie Tractor Club. Don't forget to register for our contests! 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded for the best Hog Caller, Rooster Crower, Husband Callin'.  We will also have a very competitive and tasty Pie Eating Contest!  You can pre-register for all these events so don't miss out on all the fun.


OCT 28 -- Fun on the Farm: Trick or Treat at the Farm
10am-Noon
Admission: 
$7/children ages 1 and up; $8/children at the gate on day of event;  $3/adults
Registration Required
Online Registration Closes OCT 26 at 11:59pm
To Register:  
Click Here or 972-881-0140
Details: 
Put on your favorite costume and come Trick or Treat at the Farmstead.  Activities include trick or treating, chicken feeding, tractor rides, a craft, and so much more!  Open to ages 1--9.



NOV 4-- Fun on the Farm: Let's Build a Scarecrow
10:30am-Noon
Admission: 
$11/includes adult & child; $7/additional child; $4/additional adult
Registration Required

Online Registration Closes NOV 2 at 11:59pm
To Register:  
Click Here or 972-881-0140
Details: 
Children will help plow, plant, and water seeds in our children's garden then make a scarecrow to keep watch over our crops.  Children ages 2-5 learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child.  Space is limited.  Registration will close end of business day the Wednesday before each program as long as there is still availability.


NOV 11 -- Fun on the Farm: Thankful for Our Harvest
10:30am-Noon
Admission: 
$11/includes adult & child; $7/additional child; $4/additional adult
Registration Required

Online Registration Closes NOV 9 at 11:59pm
To Register:  
Click Here or 972-881-0140
Details: 
Celebrate the harvest and Thanksgiving with plowing and planting, fruit gathering, feeding the chickens, and so much more!  Children ages 2-5 learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child.  Space is limited.  Registration will close end of business day the Wednesday before each program as long as there is still availability.


DEC 9 -- Fun on the Farm: Winter on the Farm
10:30am-Noon
Admission: 
$11/includes adult & child; $7/additional child; $4/additional adult
Registration Required

Online Registration Closes NOV 9 at 11:59pm
To Register:  
Click Here or 972-881-0140
Details:
Learn about life on a farm during the winter.  Children ages 2-5 learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child.  Space is limited.  Registration will close end of business day the Wednesday before each program as long as there is still availability.


DEC 16 -- Fun on the Farm: Breakfast with Santa
9:30am-11am
Admission: 
$11/includes adult & child; $7/additional child; $4/additional adult
Registration Required

Online Registration Closes (TBA)
To Register:  
Click Here or 972-881-0140
Details:  
Save the Date for Breakfast with Santa on Friday, December 16.  More information  coming soon!

 

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44.  LEWISVILLE LAKE ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING AREA

Hours of Operation:  
Winter Hours (Nov 1-Mar 1):  Fri, Sat, & Sun:  7am-5pm

Summer Hours (Mar 2-Oct 31):  Fri, Sat, & Sun: 7am-7pm

Entrance Fees:

$5 person;  Children 5 and under FREE
Cash payments only;  Prescheduled groups can pay by check or cash.
Annual Passes:  
$30/Individual;  $60/Family

EVENTS 2016:  
September Events
SEPT 5 -- Nature Walk
10am-12pm
Cost:  
$5/vehicle (no additional fees)
Join us for our monthly naturalist-led nature walk. Animal tracks, deer trails, wildflowers, butterflies, singing birds…we never know what we’ll find! The hike will last about two hours.

No registration is required. We would appreciate knowing in advance if your party will be more than 6 people.
For more information: 469-635-5481

SEPT 12 -- Bird Walk (ages 10 and up)
7:30am-10:30am
Cost:  
$5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to join an expert birder to explore birding locations at LLELA.
No registration is required.
For more information: 972.219.3550 Monday through Friday, or 972.219.7980 on weekends.

SEPT 12 -- Stars on the Prairie (ages 5 and up)
7:45-9:45pm
Cost:  
$10/person
Join us for a fascinating evening as we view the wonders of the nigh sky from LLELA’s prairie restoration. Constellations both familiar and unusual, satellites, and sometimes planets and the moon are features of the ever-changing night sky. If the sky is cloudy, we will have a night hike.
Registration is required online, or contact 972-219-3930, or click here.
 

SEPT 19 -- Kayak Power River Trip
9am-2pm
Third Saturday of the Month
Kayak down the Elm Fork with KayakPower.com Whether you’ve got lots of river time under your belt or have never set foot in a kayak, you’re welcome here! Kayak Power will provide equipment and instruction followed by a six-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle.
Registration Required: 214-669-1663 or click here.


SEPT 19 -- Log House Open House
10am-1pm
Third Saturday of each month except July and August
Cost: $5/vehicle entry fee (cash or check only)
Step back in time when you visit the historic Minor-Porter log house. Visitors of all ages are welcome to arrive at any time during the open house. You’ll get a feel for pioneer life as you tour the log home, smoke house, dugout, and homestead grounds. Knowledgeable volunteers and sometimes local musicians will add to your experience.
Registration not required. For information: 972-219-3550 Monday through Friday, or 972-219-7980 on weekends, or contact here


SEPT 19 -- Night Hike (ages 5 and up)
7:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: $10/person
Join our trail guides as they lead a twilight/moonlight stroll down the Cottonwood Trail. We may hear some bumps in the night, but have no fear...it’s probably just an armadillo. Howling coyotes, hooting owls, and other nocturnal sounds will provide an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience. No flashlights are necessary.
Registration Required: 972-219-3930 or click here


SEPT 22 -- Home School K-5: Planting the Seeds
10am-1pm
Cost:  
$12/class ($40/all four classes), plus $5/vehicle entry
Not all living things have what it takes to live everywhere, but each plant or animal has the tools to live somewhere. Students in each class will participate in hands-on outdoor activities related to the day's theme.
Each student should bring a refillable water bottle and sack lunch, and wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. In the event of rain, classes will be rescheduled. Classes must meet minimum enrollment. There are separate sessions for K-2nd graders and 3rd-5th graders.
Parents may choose to attend with their students, or may drop students off. Younger siblings must be adequately supervised by a parent during class time. 

Pre-Registration is required: 972.219.3550 or click here

SEPT 22 -- Home School 6-8: Plant Surveys
10am-1pm
Cost:  
$12/class ($40/all four classes), plus $5/vehicle entry
Get a taste of what it's like to be a field researcher by trying out a few methods and techniques. Students in each class will participate in hands-on outdoor activities related to the day's theme. Each student should bring a refillable water bottle and sack lunch, and wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.
In the event of rain, classes will be rescheduled. Classes must meet minimum enrollment. Parents may choose to attend with their students, or may drop students off. Younger siblings must be adequately supervised by a parent during class time.  

Pre-Registration is required: 972.219.3550 or click here

SEPT 24 -- Migration Bird Banding (ages 7 and up)
7:45am-9:45am
Cost: $8/person, plus $5/vehicle (cash or check only)
You are invited to join LLELA staff and volunteers as we study migrating bird populations in person. See birds up close in scientists’ hands, witness this important catch-and-release research method, and learn what you can do to help birds every day.
In the event of cancellation or reschedulng due to inclement weather, LLELA staff will contact you.
Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration Required:
972.219.3550 or click here

SEPT 26 -- Kayak Tour (ages 7 and up)
9am-11am
Cost: $20/paddler
All skill levels are welcome; paddlers receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the water. All equipment is provided.
Registration Required:
972.219.3930 or click here

October
OCT 1 -- Nature Walk
10am-12pm
Cost:  
$5/vehicle (no additional fees)
Join us for our monthly naturalist-led nature walk. Animal tracks, deer trails, wildflowers, butterflies, singing birds…we never know what we’ll find! The hike will last about two hours.

No registration is required. We would appreciate knowing in advance if your party will be more than 6 people.
For more information: 469-635-5481


OCT 2-- Art Boat (ages 7 and up)
3pm-5pm
Art and nature go hand in hand, or sometimes paddle in water! Kayak to a secluded spot, dip a paintbrush in the calm water and see how nature inspires you. You will make memories (and even a piece of art) on this unique kayak tour.  All skill levels are welcome; paddlers receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the water. All skill levels are welcome; paddlers receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the water. All equipment is provided, including boat/paddle/life vest.
Registration Required: 972-219-3930 or click here


OCT 3 -- Tarantula Release 
2:30pm-3:30pm
What’s weirder and cooler than seeing baby tarantulas? Getting to release one into the wild! You can ‘adopt’ and release a tiny baby tarantula onto the LLELA grounds. Or, just come and see the spiders and listen to Leah the “Spider Queen” explain how she raises these spiders, and why.
There will be a full refund if we cancel due to weather.
Registration Required:
click here

OCT 3 -- Campfire
7pm-9pm
Cost:
$10/person; $30/ family of 4-6
Pull up a chair at our cozy campfire... Watch the sun set and the stars appear as you enjoy traditional campfire fun: stories, songs, and of course, s'mores!
Registration Required:
click here


OCT 6 -- Home School 6-8: Estimating Animal Populations
10am-1pm
Cost:  
$12/class ($40/all four classes), plus $5/vehicle entry
Get a taste of what it's like to be a field researcher by trying out a few methods and techniques. Students in each class will participate in hands-on outdoor activities related to the day's theme. Each student should bring a refillable water bottle and sack lunch, and wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.
In the event of rain, classes will be rescheduled. Classes must meet minimum enrollment. Parents may choose to attend with their students, or may drop students off. Younger siblings must be adequately supervised by a parent during class time.  

Pre-Registration is required: 972.219.3550 or click here

OCT 6 -- Home School K-5: Insect Adaptations
10am-1pm
Cost:  
$12/class ($40/all four classes), plus $5/vehicle entry
Get a taste of what it's like to be a field researcher by trying out a few methods and techniques. Students in each class will participate in hands-on outdoor activities related to the day's theme. Each student should bring a refillable water bottle and sack lunch, and wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.
In the event of rain, classes will be rescheduled. Classes must meet minimum enrollment. Parents may choose to attend with their students, or may drop students off. Younger siblings must be adequately supervised by a parent during class time.  

Pre-Registration is required: 972.219.3550 or click here

OCT 8, 22 -- Migration Bird Banding (ages 7 and up)
8am-10am
Cost:
$8/person, plus $5/vehicle (cash or check only)
You are invited to join LLELA staff and volunteers as we study migrating bird populations in person. See birds up close in scientists’ hands, witness this important catch-and-release research method, and learn what you can do to help birds every day.
In the event of cancellation or reschedulng due to inclement weather, LLELA staff will contact you.
Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration Required:
972.219.3550 or click here

OCT 8 -- Bird Walk
7:30am-10:30am
Cost:  
$5/vehicle entry (cash or check only)
Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to join an expert birder to explore birding locations at LLELA.  

Registration not required: 972.219.3550

OCT 15 -- Kayak Power River Trip
9am-2pm
Third Saturday of the Month
Kayak down the Elm Fork with KayakPower.com Whether you’ve got lots of river time under your belt or have never set foot in a kayak, you’re welcome here! Kayak Power will provide equipment and instruction followed by a six-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle.
Registration Required: 214-669-1663 or click here.


OCT 15 -- Log House Open House
12pm-3pm
Third Saturday of each month except July and August
Cost: $5/vehicle entry fee (cash or check only)
Step back in time when you visit the historic Minor-Porter log house. Visitors of all ages are welcome to arrive at any time during the open house. You’ll get a feel for pioneer life as you tour the log home, smoke house, dugout, and homestead grounds. Knowledgeable volunteers and sometimes local musicians will add to your experience.
Registration not required. For information: 972-219-3550 Monday through Friday, or 972-219-7980 on weekends, or contact here


OCT 20 -- Home School K-5: Bird Beak Buffet
10am-1pm
Cost:  
$12/class ($40/all four classes), plus $5/vehicle entry
Get a taste of what it's like to be a field researcher by trying out a few methods and techniques. Students in each class will participate in hands-on outdoor activities related to the day's theme. Each student should bring a refillable water bottle and sack lunch, and wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.
In the event of rain, classes will be rescheduled. Classes must meet minimum enrollment. Parents may choose to attend with their students, or may drop students off. Younger siblings must be adequately supervised by a parent during class time.  

Pre-Registration is required: 972.219.3550 or click here

OCT 20 -- Home School 6-8: Migratory Bird Banding
10am-1pm
Cost:  
$12/class ($40/all four classes), plus $5/vehicle entry
Get a taste of what it's like to be a field researcher by trying out a few methods and techniques. Students in each class will participate in hands-on outdoor activities related to the day's theme. Each student should bring a refillable water bottle and sack lunch, and wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.
In the event of rain, classes will be rescheduled. Classes must meet minimum enrollment. Parents may choose to attend with their students, or may drop students off. Younger siblings must be adequately supervised by a parent during class time.  

Pre-Registration is required: 972.219.3550 or click here

OCT 21
-- Stars on the Prairie (ages 5 and up)
7:15-9:15pm
Cost:  
$10/person
Join us for a fascinating evening as we view the wonders of the nigh sky from LLELA’s prairie restoration. Constellations both familiar and unusual, satellites, and sometimes planets and the moon are features of the ever-changing night sky. If the sky is cloudy, we will have a night hike.
Registration is required online, or contact 972-219-3930, or click here.
 

November 2016
NOV 3 --
Home School 6th-8th: Be a Wildlife Manager for a Day
10am-1pm
Cost:  $12/class ($40/all four classes), plus $5/vehicle entry
Get a taste of what it's like to be a field researcher by trying out a few methods and techniques. Students in each class will participate in hands-on outdoor activities related to the day's theme. Each student should bring a refillable water bottle and sack lunch, and wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.
In the event of rain, classes will be rescheduled. Classes must meet minimum enrollment. Parents may choose to attend with their students, or may drop students off. Younger siblings must be adequately supervised by a parent during class time.  

Pre-Registration is required: 972.219.3550 or click here

NOV 5 -- Home School K-5th: Animal Senses
10am-1pm
Cost:  $12/class ($40/all four classes), plus $5/vehicle entry
Not all living things have what it takes to live everywhere, but each plant or animal has the tools to live somewhere. Students in each class will participate in hands-on outdoor activities related to the day's theme.
Each student should bring a refillable water bottle and sack lunch, and wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. In the event of rain, classes will be rescheduled. Classes must meet minimum enrollment. There are separate sessions for K-2nd graders and 3rd-5th graders.
Parents may choose to attend with their students, or may drop students off. Younger siblings must be adequately supervised by a parent during class time. 

Pre-Registration is required: 972.219.3550 or click here

NOV 5 -- Nature Walk
10am-12pm
Cost:  
$5/vehicle (no additional fees)
Join us for our monthly naturalist-led nature walk. Animal tracks, deer trails, wildflowers, butterflies, singing birds…we never know what we’ll find! The hike will last about two hours.

No registration is required. We would appreciate knowing in advance if your party will be more than 6 people.
For more information: 972-219-3550 (M-F) or 972-219-7980 (weekends).


NOV 5 -- Art Boat (Ages 7 and Up)
1pm-3pm
$25/person, plus $5 per vehicle entry fee (payable upon arrival by cash or check only)
All equipment is provided. 
Art and nature go hand in hand, or sometimes paddle in water! Kayak to a secluded spot, dip a paintbrush in the calm water and see how nature inspires you. You will make memories (and even a piece of art) on this unique kayak tour.  All skill levels are welcome; paddlers receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the water.
Registration Required:
online at bit.ly/COLsplash  
Search for activity code 800012. 
More information:  
click to email or call 972.219.3550

NOV 5 -- Campfire
5:30pm – 7:30pm
$10/person

Pull up a chair at our cozy campfire.  Watch the sun set and the stars appear as you enjoy traditional campfire fun: stories, songs, and of course, s’mores!  The cost of this event is $10 per person.
Registration Required:
online at bit.ly/COLsplash. 
Search for activity code 800006. 
More information: 972.219.3550 Monday through Friday, or 972.219.7980 on weekends, or click here. Call 972.219.3550 to ask about special pricing for groups of five or more.

NOV  12 --
Bird Walk (ages 10 and up)
7:30am– 10:30am
Cost:
$5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to join an expert birder to explore birding locations at LLELA.
Reservations not required. 
More information:
972.219.3550 (Monday through Friday), or 972.219.7980 (weekends)

NOV 19 --
Kayak Power River Trip
9:00am-2pm
(
3rd Saturday of each month)
Kayak down the Elm Fork with KayakPower.com:
Whether you’ve got lots of river time under your belt or have never set foot in a kayak, you’re welcome here! Kayak Power will provide equipment and instruction followed by a six-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle.
Registration Required: 
214-669-1663 or click here

NOV 19 -- Log House Open House
12pm – 3pm
Cost: $5/ vehicle entry (cash or check only)
(Third Saturday of each month, except July and August)
Step back in time when you visit the historic Minor-Porter log house. Visitors of all ages are welcome to arrive at any time during the open house. You’ll get a feel for pioneer life as you tour the log home, smoke house, dugout, and homestead grounds. Knowledgeable volunteers and sometimes local musicians will add to your experience.
Registration not required.
More information:
972-219-3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972-219-7980 (weekends), or click here

NOV 19 -- Stars on the Prairie (ages 5 and up)
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Cost: $10/ person
Join us for a fascinating evening as we view the wonders of the night sky from LLELA’s prairie restoration.  Constellations both familiar and unusual, satellites, and sometimes planets and the moon are features of the ever-changing night sky.  If the sky is cloudy, we’ll have a night hike. 
Registration Required:
online at bit.ly/COLsplash
Search activity code 800001. 
More Information: 972.219.3550 (Mon-Fri), or 972.219.7980 (weekends), or click here 

December 2016
DEC 10 -- Bird Walk (ages 10 and up)
7:30am–10:30am
Cost:
$5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to join an expert birder to explore birding locations at LLELA.
Reservations not required. 
More information:
972.219.3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972.219.7980 (weekends)

DEC 17 -- Kayak Power River Trip
9am – 2pm
(
3rd Saturday of each month)
Kayak down the Elm Fork with KayakPower.com:
Whether you’ve got lots of river time under your belt or have never set foot in a kayak, you’re welcome here! Kayak Power will provide equipment and instruction followed by a six-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle.
Reservation Required:
214-669-1663 or click here

DEC 17 -- Log House Open House
12pm – 3pm
Cost: $5/ vehicle entry (cash or check only)
(Third Saturday of each month, except July and August)
Step back in time when you visit the historic Minor-Porter log house. Visitors of all ages are welcome to arrive at any time during the open house. You’ll get a feel for pioneer life as you tour the log home, smoke house, dugout, and homestead grounds. Knowledgeable volunteers and sometimes local musicians will add to your experience.
Registration not required.
More information:
972-219-3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972-219-7980 (weekends), or click here



HOMESCHOOL NATURAL SCIENCE CLASSES: 
Classes are for students K-8th grade.
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost:
$12 per class, or enroll your child in four classes for $40
Details: Students in each class will participate in hands-on outdoor activities related to the day's theme. Parents may choose to attend with their students, or may drop the student off after submitting a medical release form.
Younger siblings are welcome, but must be supervised by a parent during class time.
Each student should bring a water bottle and sack lunch and wear closed-toe shoes with long pants.
Registration Required: 972-219-3930 or click here to email
Grades K-2
SEPTEMBER 24:  The Web of Life
OCTOBER 15:  Habitats & Hazards
OCTOBER 29: Swamper's Feathered Neighbors
NOVEMBER 19: Life Cycles in the Swamp
Grades: 3-8
SEPTEMBER 24: Entomology
OCTOBER 15: Ichthyology & Herpetology
OCTOBER 29: Ornithology
NOVEMBER 19: Mammalogy


Discount:  HEART of Texas members (with valid ID card) receive $1 per child discount on home school science classes.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
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45.  NASH FARM -- GRAPEVINE TX

Nash Farm, circa 1859, is the oldest operating farmstead in Tarrant County. Through interpretive programs, events and exhibits, Nash Farm educates the community about the heritage and importance of the Grapevine Prairie and Grapevine’s pivotal role in the development of North Texas.

Location:  
626 Ball Street, Grapevine, TX  76051

Guests may enter Nash Farm at the following locations:
• Ball Street near the service drive
• Homestead Lane through picket fence gate in front of the farmhouse
• Homestead Lane, west side of the farm near the barn
• College Street near the Grapevine cemetery

This event is handicap accessible and concessions will be available.
For more information:  www.NashFarm.or


FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE FARM
10am-Noon
Cost: $3/person ages 3 and up
Each program has a different theme that highlights the heritage skill that you can use to enrich your life today.
Registration Required.  Space is limited.
To Register Online:  Click Here
Themes:  
JULY 1-- Keeping Cool
Come to Nash Farm to experience how residents on the Grape Vine Prairie kept cool in the warm summer months. Registration is required. Participants of all ages are encouraged to attend.
AUGUST 5 -- Cotton
Cotton was one of the most important cash crops and truly helped to build this region. Learn about how cotton was grown, harvested and sold. Registration is required. Participants of all ages are encouraged to attend.
SEPTEMBER 2 -- Craftsmanship
Farmers relied on many crafts people to help keep their farms running. Visit this month to experience a variety of crafts and trades. Registration is required. Participants of all ages are encouraged to attend.
OCTOBER 7  -- Campfire Cooking
Experience the skill of campfire cooking and learn how you can incorporate it into your next camping trip or backyard activity. Registration is required. Participants of all ages are encouraged to attend.
NOVEMBER 4 -- Crochet, Knit and Sew
Witness the creation of a variety of domestic arts, many of which have become valued family heirlooms. Registration is required. Participants of all ages are encouraged to attend.
DECEMBER 2 -- Christmas Fun
Make a Victorian Christmas ornament to decorate your own tree, sing carols and experience the joys of an old fashioned Christmas. Registration is required. Participants of all ages are encouraged to attend.


Frugal Farmwife Series
JUN 17
JUL 15
AUG 19
SEPT 16
OCT 21
NOV 18
10am-2pm
$3 per person
Step into a 19th century home and watch costumed interpreters perform seasonal chores using tools and techniques of the period, such as sewing, spinning, weaving, dying, cooking, washing, ironing, cleaning, gardening, harvesting, preserving, candle-making, and other chores.  Following your visit to the farmhouse, you may visit the farm grounds to complete your experience. Registration is required, but walk-in registration is also encouraged. Participants of all ages may attend. Space is limited.
For Online Registration:  
Click Here

Farmhouse on the Grapevine Prairie
10am-Noon
$3/person
Follow the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie," and experience the daily life activities that will bring this story to life. This series is designed for 3rd-7th grade, but all ages welcome.
Registrations is required:  Click here to register.  Space is limited.
Themes:
JULY 23 -- Mosquitoes
Follow in Laura Ingalls Wilder's footsteps and learn what life was like in an era when people were outdoors more often. Make your own homemade insect repellant using natural ingredients. The reading will come from the chapter, "Mosquitoes," from By the Shores of Silver Lake. This quarterly series is designed for 3rd-7th grade students, but all ages are welcome.
DECEMBER 10 -- Christmas Celebration
Experience how Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family would have celebrated Christmas. You may participate in making Victorian ornaments that you can take home to your own family tree. The reading will come from the chapter, "Merry Christmas," from The Long Winter. This quarterly series is designed for 3rd-7th grade students, but all ages are welcome.



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46. 
OLIVER NATURE PARK-- MANSFIELD TX

Located at the intersection of two ecoregions: the eastern Cross Timbers and the northern Blackland Prairies. The 80 acres of the park contains several different ecosystems such forests, prairies, and riparian areas.  Each section is unique in plant and animal life. Each animal and plant is adapted to a certain area of the park.  Look for other examples of these kinds of adaptations along approximately 1 mile of trails.

Park Hours: 
    Daily 5am-9pm (March-October)
    Daily 5am-6m (November-February)
Location: 1650 Matlock Road, Mansfield, Texas

Programs

Sept 1 -- Home School Nature Class: Lizards
10am-11am
Cost:
$7/ child
Join a naturalist for a nature related lesson, nature walk, and guided exploration of Oliver Nature Park. The naturalist will describe the plants and animals found along the trails. Learn about local ecosystems; watch how animals and plants interact; and sneak up on a few of the natural inhabitants of the park. Themes will vary each session.
Pre-registration required:
click here

Sept 7 -- Little Naturalists: Interesting Insects (ages 3-5)
9:30am-10:15am
Cost: 
$7person
Come learn about nature through exploration.  We will read, sing, take a nature walk, and do crafts all about nature.
Registration Required:
click here

Sept 9, 24 -- Kayaking at Britton Park on Joe Pool Lake
9:30am-11am
Cost:  $22/person
Registration Required
In this brand new program, we will go out in dual-seated kayaks on Joe Pool Lake. An instructor will guide the participants on kayaking safety and proper techniques. Registration required for all participants. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. All kayaking materials will be provided .

Sept 14 -- Home School Nature Class: Decomposers
10am-11am
Cost:
$7/ child
Join a naturalist for a nature related lesson, nature walk, and guided exploration of Oliver Nature Park. The naturalist will describe the plants and animals found along the trails. Learn about local ecosystems; watch how animals and plants interact; and sneak up on a few of the natural inhabitants of the park. Themes will vary each session.
Pre-registration required:
click here

Sept 17 -- Painting at the Park: Barred Owl (ages 12 and up)
10am-12pm
Cost:
$35/person

Join us for a painting class at Oliver Nature Park with an artist. You will be lead in creating a master piece at this easy to follow painting class for all painting abilities. You will be guided step by step by the instructor throughout the class. All materials will be supplied.

Pre-registration required: click here

Sept 21 -- Little Naturalists: Amazing Amphibians (ages 3-5)
9:30am-10:15am
Cost: 
$7person
Come learn about nature through exploration.  We will read, sing, take a nature walk, and do crafts all about nature.
Registration Required:
click here


Oct 3-- Birdwatching Hike
7:30am-8:30am
Cost:  $7 person
Pre-Registration: Click here
Come join us on a 1 mile walk around the park while we look for birds of all species! Birds are most active during the early morning hours. Guests will get an up close look at feathers and skulls during the walk. Please remember to bring your cameras and binoculars so you can get a closer look at the birds
high up in the trees. There will be binoculars that children may borrow during the walk.


Oct 4 -- Home School Nature Class: Owls
10am-11am
Cost:
$7/ child
Join a naturalist for a nature related lesson, nature walk, and guided exploration of Oliver Nature Park. The naturalist will describe the plants and animals found along the trails. Learn about local ecosystems; watch how animals and plants interact; and sneak up on a few of the natural inhabitants of the park. Themes will vary each session.
Pre-registration required:
click here

Oct 5 -- Little Naturalists: Perfect Plants (ages 3-5)
9:30am-10:15am
Cost: 
$7person
Come learn about nature through exploration.  We will read, sing, take a nature walk, and do crafts all about nature.
Registration Required:
click here


Oct 10 -- Painting at the Park: Fawn (ages 5 and up)
10am-11:30am
Cost:
$30/person

Join us for a painting class at Oliver Nature Park with an artist. You will be lead in creating a master piece at this easy to follow painting class for all painting abilities. You will be guided step by step by the instructor throughout the class. All materials will be supplied.

Pre-registration required: click here

Oct 13, 22 -- Kayaking at Britton Park on Joe Pool Lake
10am-11:30am
Cost:  $22/person
Registration Required
In this brand new program, we will go out in dual-seated kayaks on Joe Pool Lake. An instructor will guide the participants on kayaking safety and proper techniques. Registration required for all participants. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. All kayaking materials will be provided .

Oct 19 -- Little Naturalists: Batty about Bats (ages 3-5)
9:30am-10:15am
Cost: 
$7person
Come learn about nature through exploration.  We will read, sing, take a nature walk, and do crafts all about nature.
Registration Required:
click here


Oct 26 -- Home School Nature Class: Bats
10am-11am
Cost:
$7/ child
Join a naturalist for a nature related lesson, nature walk, and guided exploration of Oliver Nature Park. The naturalist will describe the plants and animals found along the trails. Learn about local ecosystems; watch how animals and plants interact; and sneak up on a few of the natural inhabitants of the park. Themes will vary each session.
Pre-registration required:
click here

Oct 28 -- Wild About Nature
1pm-2pm
Cost:
$7/ person
Join us as we learn about local wildlife that inhabits Oliver Nature Park. You will get an up close look at animal specimens and meet our Wildlife Ambassadors. Guests ages 2 years and older must pre-register for this program.
Pre-registration required: click here

Nov 1-- Birdwatching Hike
7:30am-8:30am
Cost:  $5/person
Pre-Registration: Click here
Come join us on a 1 mile walk around the park while we look for birds of all species! Birds are most active during the early morning hours. Guests will get an up close look at feathers and skulls during the walk. Please remember to bring your cameras and binoculars so you can get a closer look at the birds
high up in the trees. There will be binoculars that children may borrow during the walk.


Nov 2 -- Little Naturalists: Amazing Apples (ages 3-5)
9:30am-10:15am
Cost: 
$7person
Come learn about nature through exploration.  We will read, sing, take a nature walk, and do crafts all about nature.
Registration Required:
click here


Nov 10 -- Home School Nature Class: Autumn Leaves
10am-11am
Cost:
$7/ child
Join a naturalist for a nature related lesson, nature walk, and guided exploration of Oliver Nature Park. The naturalist will describe the plants and animals found along the trails. Learn about local ecosystems; watch how animals and plants interact; and sneak up on a few of the natural inhabitants of the park. Themes will vary each session.
Pre-registration required:
click here

Nov 12 -- Nature at Night
5:30-8pm
Cost:
$9/ child
Join us for an exciting evening exploring nature at night. There will be many activities taking place that include: glow in the dark bowling, dissecting owl pellets, glow in the dark geology, making s’mores by the campfire, and night hikes with a naturalist. We will try to identify some of the sounds and sights of natural night life!
Pre-registration required:
click here

Nov 21 -- Wild About Nature
10am-11am
Cost:
$7/ person
Join us as we learn about local wildlife that inhabits Oliver Nature Park. You will get an up close look at animal specimens and meet our Wildlife Ambassadors. Guests ages 2 years and older must pre-register for this program.
Pre-registration required: click here

Nov 22 -- Painting at the Park: Mallard Duck (ages 5 and up)
10am-11:30am
Cost:
$30/person

Join us for a painting class at Oliver Nature Park with an artist. You will be lead in creating a master piece at this easy to follow painting class for all painting abilities. You will be guided step by step by the instructor throughout the class. All materials will be supplied.

Pre-registration required: click here

Nov 29 -- Home School Nature Class: Animal Evidence
10am-11am
Cost:
$7/ child
Join a naturalist for a nature related lesson, nature walk, and guided exploration of Oliver Nature Park. The naturalist will describe the plants and animals found along the trails. Learn about local ecosystems; watch how animals and plants interact; and sneak up on a few of the natural inhabitants of the park. Themes will vary each session.
Pre-registration required:
click here


Nov 30 -- Little Naturalists: Lovely Leaves (ages 3-5)
9:30am-10:15am
Cost: 
$7person
Come learn about nature through exploration.  We will read, sing, take a nature walk, and do crafts all about nature.
Registration Required:
click here


HOMESCHOOL NATURE WALK WITH A NATURALIST
Cost: $5 per child
Time:  10-11am
FALL DATES TBA


For More Information and to Register: Click Here (Click on "Nature Education Programs")

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47.  RIDE WITH PRIDE

Ride With Pride, Inc. Horsemanship School in Southlake specializes in teaching students ages 3 and older how to care for and ride a horse safely.  Ride With Pride, Inc. has been in operation since 1980.  They offer Western & English lessons, and their instructors are certified with the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). 

For Enrollment Information:  Click here to send an email or 817-481-2893

Discount:  Ride with Pride is offering HEART of Texas members (with a current HEART of Texas Family ID card) a 10% discount on tuition.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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48.  SHARKAROSA WILDLIFE RANCH

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch sits on 126 breathtaking acres near Lake Ray Roberts in Denton County, Texas.  Our mission is to provide the North Texas community with the opportunity to experience rare and endangered exotic wildlife in a unique and personal setting. What better way to learn about conservation than by seeing it up close and hands on?

WILD HOMESCHOOL DAY
Date: TBD
Time:
10am-5pm
Cost: $5 per attendee
Pre-registration Required!: Click Here or call: 940-686-4600

Open to the Public Days -- 2016
Saturdays and Sundays -- Mar 7 - Nov 29 (all other events require advance reservation)
Time:
  10 a.m. (last tour begins at 4)  
We recommend arriving no later than 2pm to ensure you are able to see lots of animals at the front of the ranch and are able to ride the Safari Tram.
Admission:  $12/ages 13+; $10/ages 3-12 and Seniors 65+; children 2 and under are free
Season Passes: $30/Child & Seniors 65+; $36/Adult Pass $36, $115/Family of 4 ($30 additional)
Season Passes are good for one year from date of purchase
Ticket Includes:
– Animal Presentations: Lemurs, Kangaroos, Black Bears, Cobra and more!
Safari Tram: 35 minute ride through exotic pastures to see camels, zebras, emus, endangered deer, zedonks, zorses and more!
– Small Barn Viewing: Walk around small animal barn and see a variety of animals up close in their habitats
– "Kangaroo Kourt" Marsupial Habitat & Joey Junction: Watch Kangaroos & Wallabies!!
– Kids Barrel Train Ride: Our popular 3 minute ride; adults are welcome to ride too!
– Meet and Greets with our Education Animals: Kangaroo Joeys, Camels, Lemurs, Lizards, Snakes and more! (Animals available for meet and greet vary with the season and temperature).
– Use of our two covered picnic areas for lunch: bottled water, soda & snacks are available in our gift shop. Snow Cone Shack is now open and The Bears Dens Restaurant will be open for lunch! www.bearsdentx.com
– Entry to the Petting Zoo ( feed is available at an additional $2 )


Schedule a Field Trip, Private Tour or Party:  Click here for details.
Field trips are scheduled Monday through Friday, 9:30am or 10:30am
Cost is $8 person
A minimum of $200 is required for a field trip.
A deposit of $200 is required to make a field trip reservation (this is applied towards your total ticket cost)
At the end of each field trip, our gift shop will be open with items for your group to purchase. Items are 50 cents and up. We appreciate your school allowing students to visit the gift shop as this helps keep our admission costs low.

For More Information:  Click Here
940-686-4600 (main)
940-686-3715 (fax)

For Directions:
Click Here
Please do not use MapQuest it WILL get you lost!


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49.  TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS

Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round urban oasis located at historic Fair Park. The gardens showcase beautiful native and adapted plants that are grown using sustainable methods that help to protect the environment.  The first certified organic public garden in the state, Texas Discovery Gardens offers educational programs and exhibits that teach children and adults how to provide vital habitat for butterflies and other native Texas wildlife, add beauty, conserve water and restore the natural environment in urban areas.


Regular Admission & Hours:
$8/adults; $6 seniors (60+); $4 children 3-12yrs; free children under 3yrs.
Group Pricing Available for 10 or more:  Call 214-428-7476 ext 343
Each Tuesday:  Gardens are open for free (butterfly house admission is regular admission price)
Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Last ticket to Butterfly House sold at 4:45 p.m.
Closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, & Christmas Day
For More info:  214-428-7476 ext. 341 or Click Here
Location:
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fair Park.
Fair Park is
two miles east of downtown Dallas just south of Interstate 30.


SEPTEMBER Programs
SEPTEMBER 1 -- Stories & More!
11am
Cost:  $8/ages 3-11;  $3/ages 1-3;  Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.
Details: Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks.
Register Online:  Click Here


NOVEMBER Programs
NOVEMBER 3 -- Stories & More!
11am
Cost:  $8/ages 3-11;  $3/ages 1-3;  Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.
Details: Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks.
Register Online:  Click Here

DECEMBER Programs
DECEMBER 1 -- Stories & More!
11am
Cost:  $8/ages 3-11;  $3/ages 1-3;  Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.
Details: Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks.
Register Online:  Click Here


Children's Outdoor Education Programs:
Cost:  $5/person;  $60 minimum fee per program
Availability:  Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
To Make Reservations:  214-428-7476
Gardening for Children:–introduction to gardening and seeds.  Students even plant thier own seeds to take back to the classroom. (Grades Pre-K–2)
Butterflies, Bugs & Botany:–Insects and their amazing lives help students inderstand the concepts of adaptation, habitats, and pollination.  (Grades 1-8)
Terrarium Worlds:–Your class will build a terrarium (a home for a plant) and see the water cycle, the carbon-oxygen cycle, and the nitrogen cycle in action.  (Grades 1-8)
Life in the Compost Bin:–Recycling and decomposition come alive as students see that an ecosystem is powered by a complex web of creatures and energy. (Grades 1-8)
Math in Nature:–Math is seen as a real world tool as students visit diverse garden habitats to record data, such as temperatures, time, and mesurements.  (Grades 2-8)
Careers in the Garden:–Explore the various careers that are necessasry to keep the garden beautiful and running, including landscape design and greenhouse management.  (Grades 2-8)



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50.  TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

ATHENS, TX -- Purtis Creek State Park

Location: Purtis Creek State Park, 14225 FM 316, Eustace, TX 75124
903-425-2332

Things to do:
Camping, picnicking, boating, hiking

Upcoming Events at Purtis Creek State Park:
Sep 10-Sep 11 -- Texas Outdoor Family: Dallas Area (Open)
9:30am (Saturday)-11am (Sunday)
Cost:
$65 per family (up to 6 individuals) - includes all entry and camping fees.
Join us for a fun-filled weekend designed to help your family discover the joys of camping and Texas State Parks. All camping gear and equipment required for an overnight stay at the park is included with each reservation!
Families are asked to provide their own meals.
Cancellation Policy: In the regrettable instance that an event is cancelled, patrons will be given the opportunity to transfer their reservation to a future event within one calendar year of their cancelled workshop. Due to the state’s process for handling funds, refunds cannot be offered.
Details: click here
More Information:
512-389-8903 (Mon-Fri)



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CEDAR HILL, TX -- Cedar Hill State Park

Location: Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
972-291-3900

Things to Do:
Camping, Mountain Biking, Birdwatching, Picnicking, Fishing, Swimming beach, Playgrounds, Boating

Upcoming Events at Cedar Hill State Park:
JUNE 25 -- Cedar Hill State Park | Texas Outdoor Family | Dallas Area | (Open)
9:30 Mar 19 - Noon Mar 20
Cedar Hill State Park
Join us for a fun-filled weekend designed to help your family discover the joys of camping and Texas State Parks. All camping gear and equipment required for an overnight stay at the park is included with each reservation! Click for a list of activities offered and specific information for this workshop.
For More Information: 
Click Here

OCTOBER 1 -- Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
9am-Noon
Cedar Hill State Park
Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No fishing license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M
For More Information:
Click Here

NOVEMBER 12 - Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
Cedar Hill State Park
Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No fishing license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M
For More Information:
Click Here



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DENTON, TX -- Ray Roberts Lake State Park/Isle du Bios Unit

Location:  Ray Roberts Lake State Park
Isle Du Bois Unit:
100 PW 4137, Pilot Point, TX 76258
940-686-2148 x258

Johnson Branch Unit
100 PW 4153, Valley View, TX 76272
940-637-2294

Things to Do: picnicking, camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, rollerblading, swimming on a beach area (unsupervised), boating and fishing. Johnson Branch also offers backpacking

Upcoming Events at Ray Roberts Lake State Park/Isle du Bois & Johnson Branch Unit:
June 3, 2016 - Some areas of the park are closed due to flooding, including several boat ramps and some campsites.  Due to prior flood damage, the FM 380 section of the Greenbelt Corridor is closed. The hard surface trail of the Greenbelt Corridor between Hwy 428 and Hwy 455 is open, but the equestrian trail remains closed. Work continues to repair severe erosion issues and washed out bridges.
The only open equestrian trailhead is at Elm Fork Unit. The trail is open between the Elm Fork Unit and Bluestem Grove (in Isle Du Bois).
Please contact the park for more information.

JUNE 18 -- Flying Feathered Friends
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
*** DUE TO FLOOD CONDITIONS, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED ***

JUNE 18 -- Wildflower Walk
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
Join a ranger for a look at summer wildflowers.

JUNE 18 -- Vanishing Prairie Guided Hike
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
*** DUE TO FLOOD CONDITIONS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED ***

JUNE 18 -- Father's Day Fishing with a Ranger
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
*** DUE TO FLOOD CONDITIONS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED ***

JUNE 18 -- Junior Rangers: Nature Detectives
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
Calling all Junior Rangers: We need your help to find critter clues!

JUNE 24 -- Slitherin' Snakes
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
Join us for a slitherin' good time!

JUNE 24 -- Friday Night Frog Talk
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Find out who's croaking at your pond!

JUNE 25 -- Quit bugging out!
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Join a park ranger to learn about some crawly critters!

JUNE 25 -- Oh, for goodness SNAKES!
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Love snakes? Not so fond of them? This program is for you!

JUNE 25 -- Primitive Fire
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
Stay warm at night by learning some primitive fire building methods!

JUNE 25 -- The good, the bat, and the ugly
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
How well do you know your flying mammals?


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DENISON, TX -- Eisenhower State Park

Location:  Eisenhower State Park, 50 Park Road 20, Denison, TX 75020
903-465-1956

Upcoming Events at Eisenshower State Park:
September 2016
SEP 2 -- Along Came a Spider
Arachnophobia? Often we fear what we don't understand. Come learn a little something!

SEP 3 -- Fossils! Journey to the Past
Uncover ancient mysteries! Make your own fossil!

SEP 3 -- Chainsaws and Wildflowers
Watch a live chainsaw demonstration and create a craft inspired by native wildflowers! We'll be learning how the park protects its prairie habitats.

SEP 10 -- Shoreline Scramble
Are you ready for adventure? Come explore the unique shoreline at Eisenhower State Park!

SEP 10 -- Build a Bird Workshop
Let nature inspire you!


SEP 16 -- Dutch Oven Dessert
Here’s your chance to learn the basics of Dutch oven cooking by making an easy and delicious dessert!

SEP 17 -- Go Fish! Learn to FLY Fish Event - Texoma on the Fly
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fly fishing.

SEP 23 -- The Park After Dark
What's going bump in the night? Learn about the wildlife that comes out after the sun goes down.


SEP 30 -- Sunset Hike
What's going bump in the night? Learn about the wildlife that comes out after the sun goes down.
"It's almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream."

October 2016
Oct 8 -- Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing.



For Information about Events: click here


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JACKSBORO, TX -- FORT RICHARDSON STATE PARK

Location: Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway, 228 State Park Road 61, Jacksboro, TX 76458
940-567-3506

Upcoming Events at Fort Richardson State Park/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway:

No upcoming events posted at this time.


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MINERAL WELLS, TX -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway

Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067
940-328-1171

Upcoming Events at Lake Mineral Wells State Park

September 2016

Sept 4 -- Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“Learning about our cowboy heritage can be fun!”

Sep 10 -- Night Sounds
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“After attending the Night Sounds program, I found my daughter sitting on the back porch the next night, not watching TV or playing video games, but listening to nature!” – Park Visitor

Sep 17 -- Night Hike
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Discovery fun night time activities in the outdoors!

Sep 24 -- Stargazing the Texas Night Sky
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“The stars at night are big and bright …” Learn more about one of Texas’ best natural resources – the night sky.

Oct 22 -- North Texas Skywatch Star Party
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“The stars at night are big and bright . . .” in our Texas State Park!


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GLEN ROSE -- Dinosaur Valley State Park

Location:  The park is located four miles west of Glen Rose. Take U.S. Highway 67 to FM 205 for four miles to Park Road 59; then go one mile to the headquarters. Use the honor box located at headquarters to pay fees after office hours.
254-897-4588 

Upcoming Events at Dinosaur Valley State Park

Sep 3 -- Trackmakers of Dinosaur Valley
Dinosaur Valley State Park

Sep 4 -- Fossil Diggin'
Dinosaur Valley State Park

Sep 10 -- Native American Play Day
Dinosaur Valley State Park

Sep 17 -- Limestone Ledge Trail Hike
Dinosaur Valley State Park

Sep 24 -- I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes
Dinosaur Valley State Park

Oct 8 -- National Fossil Day Celebration in the Valley
Dinosaur Valley State Park

Nov 4 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park | Two Night Event! | Texas Outdoor Family | Dutch Oven Cooking Event | Fort Worth Area | (Full - Waitlist Forming)
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Join us for a fun-filled weekend designed to help your family discover the joys of camping and Texas State Parks. All camping gear and equipment required for an overnight stay at the park is included with each reservation!


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TYLER, TX -- Tyler State Park

Location:  Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, TX 75706
903-597-5338

Upcoming Events at Tyler State Park:

Oct 7 -- Tyler State Park | Two Night Event! | Texas Outdoor Family | Dallas Area | (Open)
Tyler State Park
Join us for a fun-filled weekend designed to help your family discover the joys of camping and Texas State Parks. All camping gear and equipment required for an overnight stay at the park are included with each reservation!




For Details about these and Other Events: click here

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WILLS POINT, TX -- Lake Tawakoni State Park

Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park, 10822 FM 2475, Wills Point, TX 75169

Upcoming Events at Lake Tawakoni State Park:

October 2016
OCTOBER 29 -- Boo in the Park
Come have a great time with your fa
Cost:
There will be a special entry fee of $5 per car beginning at 6:00 pm.
mily at our "Boo in the Park" celebration. Take the kids trick or treating in the park. We will have a campsite decorating contest for our campers, a pumpkin carving contest, along with storytelling at the amphitheater.

December 2016
DECEMBER 10 -- Twinkle Tour

Cost:
Event fee of $5 per vehicle beginning at 5 p.m.
Please join us for Twinkle Tour 2016 at Lake Tawakoni State Park. The annual campsite decoration contest will be in full swing, with awards for our top three entrants. Later in the evening we'll have hayrides through the park and enjoy all of the festive Christmas lights. Santa will be at the amphitheater to make note of your Christmas wishes, so bring your camera! Refreshments will be served.

For Details about these and Other Events:
 click here


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Free TPWD Coloring and Activity Books to Download: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/learning/color/

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51PERFORMANCES AT ARTISAN THEATER IN HURST

Artisan Center Theater holds quality, "in the round" performances that are family-friendly, entertaining, and affordable!  The theater's full-length stage productions include musicals, comedies, and family dramas which are entertaining, as well as family-friendly. Past performances have included such classics as Godspell, Cheaper By the Dozen, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Sound of Music.

Their Interactive Children's Theater offers original, fun-for-all-ages productions featuring familiar characters and themes, but with fresh twists that keep it entertaining and exciting for parents as well as children. Each
production is about 30-45 minutes long, and include lots of audience participation to hold the interest of even the youngest child in the family.

Location:  420 E. Pipeline Road in Hurst, Texas (in the Bellaire Shopping Center)
To Reserve Tickets: 817-284-1200
For More Information:  Click Here

Artisan Children’s Theater Productions:
Cost: $7/Children 12 and younger;  $10/Adults
Showtimes: Shows are Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 am; Fridays at 5pm.


AUGUST 19 -- OCTOBER 1 -- Beauty & the Beast, Jr
The classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed back into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Step into the enchanted world of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. Featuring songs from the Academy Award-winning animated feature, this stage version includes music by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.
For More Information:  Click Here

OCTOBER 14 - NOVEMBER 12-- A Year with Frog & Toad
A hit on Broadway, A Year with Frog and Toad was nominated for 3 Tony® Awards – including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books and featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — through four, fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.
For More Information:  Click Here

NOVEMBER 19 - DECEMBER 23 -- Elf the Musical
Buddy, a young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list, and his stepbrother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy is one you won’t want to miss!
For More Information: 
Click Here


Artisan Main Stage Productions:
Showtimes:
Mon & Tues: 7:30 p.m.;  Thurs/Fri: 7:30;  Sat: 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Tickets:
Mon, Tues, Thurs: $20 Adults; $20/Students & Seniors (60+); $9/Ages 12 and under
            Fri & Sat: $22.00/Adults; $20/Students & Seniors (60+); $11/Ages 12 and under.



AUGUST 12 - SEPTEMBER 17 -- Starlight Express
You’ve heard of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, now come see his musical about TRAINS! One of the liveliest rock/pop scores in Broadway history, it tells the story of Rusty the Steam Train, and his underdog attempting to defeat his rivals Greaseball and Electra and (and maybe get the attention of pretty first-class coach, Pearl, along the way)! It’s a thrilling chase around and through the audience as a dozen trains race to decide who wins the title of the “Fastest Engine in the World!”
For More Information: 
Click Here

SEPTEMBER 30 - NOVEMBER 5 -- State Fair
Set against the colorful backdrop of an American heartland tradition, State Fair travels with the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of the farm for three days of adventure at the annual State Fair. Mom and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons while their daughter and son find romance and heartbreak on the midway. Another Tony® Award winning musical, State Fair is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment only Rodgers & Hammerstein could deliver!
For More Information: 
Click Here

OCTOBER 28 - NOVEMBER 26 -- The 39 Steps
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater! This two-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs and over 150 zany characters played by a cast of four. There’s an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!
For More Information: 
Click Here

NOVEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 23rd -- Scrooge The Musical
The story of a stingy, bitter old man named Ebenezer Scrooge, who is transformed into gentler, kindlier person after visits by the ghost of his former partner, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Renowned writer-composer-lyricist Leslie Bricusse adapted the classic Charles Dickens tale, ‘A Christmas Carol,’ into the hit screen musical SCROOGE! A delightful musical that is sure to get your family into the holiday spirit!
For More Information: 
Click Here

DECEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 23 -- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The Premiere of our elite Artisan Ambassadors, the-best-of-the-best entertainers from youth involved in our music and theater programs. A MUST SEE!
For More Information: 
Click Here

Birthday Parties at Artisan!
For more information about how to schedule a birthday party, call
817-284-1200.

To Register for classes or for more information:  817-929-0852 or click here to email

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52.  BREITLING YOUTH THEATER

Breitling Youth Theater is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing theater opportunities to children ages 2-19 in the North Texas area.  Whether your child is attending one of our Acting Workshops, or particpating in one of our productions, they will have fun, learn, and create lasting friendships!
 
Location:  303 Main St, Garland, TX  75040


Discount:
 
Breitling Youth Theater is offering $10 off their annual family registration fee of $20 to HEART of Texas members with a valid family ID card. 
To learn More About This Partner:  Click Here
To learn about becoming a HEART of Texas member: Click Here


Homeschool Classes -- TBA


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53.  CANTARE PERFORMANCE CHOIR IN SOUTHLAKE

Cantare is an auditioned choir available for exceptional 3rd-12th grade singers in the NE Tarrant County area. Previous experience is not necessary; however, an audition is required.

Any young person that loves to sing and is entering 3rd through 12th grade may audition. While prior musical training is not necessary, an audition is required.

Upcoming Auditions
SEPTEMBER 1
Other SEPTEMBER Dates by prior arrangement
To request an audition:  Click Here to send an email.
Auditions are by appointment only -- www.cantaretexas.com
Complete the online audition registration form.
An email will be sent to you confirming the audition time.

Rehearsals:
Cantare Bene (3rd-8th Grade)
5:30-6:30pm on Thursday evenings

Cantare Voce (9th-12 Grade)
6:30-7:30pm on Thursday evenings

Location:  The choir rehearses at the White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, TX.
Rehearsals are on Thursdays at the times above, with additional rehearsals leading up to performances.
For More Information:  Click Here
To request an audition:  Click Here

Discount:  Cantare Performance Choir is offering HEART of Texas members (with calid ID card) a $15 discount off annual tuition.  
To learn More About This Partner:  Click Here
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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54.  THEATER PERFORMANCES AT CASA MANANA CHILDREN’S PLAYHOUSE

For over 40 years, Casa Manana's Children's Playhouse has introduced children of all ages to the magic of live theatre.  This tradition continues as Casa Manana's Children's Playhouse proudly presents:


SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 16 -- A Year with Frog & Toad
Based on the well-loved books, this whimsical musical follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through the year. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, eat cookies, swim in funny bathing suits, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. Part vaudeville, part make-believe and all charm, A Year with Frog And Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.
Admission: Standard Pricing: $16;  Group Pricing (10+ tickets): $12
Group Sales Info

NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 23 -- Santa Claus a New Musical
Delivering toys to children all over the world on Christmas Eve isn’t easy, especially when you’ve been doing it for over a thousand years! When Santa announces that this will be his last Christmas, the search is on for someone to fill some very big shoes – or in this case, boots. But not everyone in the North Pole is feeling too giddy about Santa’s first choice for a replacement. Now it’s up to Father Christmas and his workshop of elves to get the new Santa Claus ready in time for Christmas! Santa Claus – A New Musical has brand new original songs and lots of holiday cheer.
Sections:  1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Admission: Standard Pricing: $20;  Group Pricing (10+ tickets): $16
Group Sales Info

FEBRUARY 3-19, 2017 -- Rapunzel Rapunzel!  A Very Hairy Fairy Tale
Let down your hair in this charming musical. Join handsome Sir Roderick and his hairdressing side-kick, Edgar, as they search for true love and the perfect head of hair!  With a dragon who’s lost his poof, an evil enchantress, and a magical cast of characters, Rapunzel! Rapunzel! will delight princes and princesses of all ages.
Sections:  1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Admission: Standard Pricing: $16;  Group Pricing (10+ tickets): $12
Group Sales Info

MARCH 17-APRIL 2, 2017 -- Red Riding Hood
A bewitching new musical, Red Riding Hood tells an uplifting story of brave Red, who must journey through the forest to reunite her family and save her mother’s bakery from closing down. Will she reach Grandma’s house in time? Or will the charming Big Bad Wolf distract her from her quest? Join Red on her journey into the woods, where no one is who they seem and adventure waits at every turn!
Sections:  1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Admission: Standard Pricing: $16;  Group Pricing (10+ tickets): $12
Group Sales Info

APRIL 21-MAY 14, 2017 -- The Little Mermaid
Based on the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its unforgettable songs including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.”  When the mermaid, Princess Ariel, longs for a life out of the water, she bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her fins for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.
Sections:  1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Admission: Standard Pricing: $20;  Group Pricing (10+ tickets): $16
Group Sales Info

Order Season Tickets!
Order a 5-Show Season Ticket package to secure GREAT SEATS for these fantastic, family fun productions at Casa Manana Theatre. 
For More Information:  Call 817-332-2272  

Location:  3101 West Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Box Office: 817-332-2272
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm;  Saturday 12pm-5pm;  Sunday and Monday Closed
Open one hour prior to every show

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55.  PERFORMANCES AT CATS THEATER IN ARLINGTON


CATS PRESENTS:
TBA

HOMESCHOOL CLASSES

Intermediate Acting: Ages 10-11
Time:
Wednesday: 1:00pm-1:55pm
Details:  
A creative imagination experience!  Every child will engage in imagination, vocalization, and movement activities that will prepare them for the stage. They will learn how to act out favorite stories, learn improvisation techniques, and use their bodies and voices to become different characters! Basic stage and blocking direction and an understanding of theatre terminology will help the young actors explore their creative process.
 
Advanced Acting: Age 12+
Time:
Wednesday: 12:00pm-12:55pm
Details: Think like an Actor! The actors learn how to implement an analysis through improvisation-based exercises and scene work. The focus is on how to simplify acting and find the parallels between behavior in real life and behavior on the stage. As the year progresses, students will have identified a specific and repeatable set of skills, which can be used to approach any scene work they perform.
 
For More Information:
Click Here

Location:  Will be moving to Arlington Museum of Art
                201 W. Main, Arlington, 76010


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56.  THE COTTAGE THEATER – CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education’s Cottage Theater Presents:

Upcoming Performances:
2016-2017 Season for Production Class
OCT 21-29 -- A Christmas Carol (non musical)
JAN 13-21 -- Bye Bye Birdie (Musical)
MAR 24-APRIL 1 -- Pride and Prejudice (non musical)
JUNE 2-10 -- Oklahoma (Musical)
Admission:  $10 for adults, $8 for students. Small children who sit in laps are no charge. No baby carriers or strollers, etc.
Student Night Thursday:  
$5 student tickets
To purchase tickets:
Call 817-281-2293;  Sorry, no refunds

For More Details: click here

Discount:  Center for Home Education is offering HEART of Texas members a 20% dicount off all show tickets for HEART of Texas members (with valid ID Card).  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
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57.  DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

Location:    Baker Theater
                 Rosewood Center for Family Arts
                 5938 Skillman Street
Box Office:  214-740-0051
 

2016-2017 Season:
(Please note that not all productions may be suitable for all audiences.)  


SEPT 16-OCT 23 -- Seussical
"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird, JoJo, and others are your guides in this fantastical, magical exploration of family and friendship through the Jungle of Nool, Circus McGurkus, and the tiny world of Whoville! Discover what it takes for Horton to withstand ridicule and danger to save the day in this cornucopia of adventure that truly offers something for everyone!
Recommended for ages 5 and up
ASL Interpreted Performance:  SEPT 25 show at 4:30pm
(call box office to confirm)
Sensory Friendly Performance:  OCT 15 at 1:30pm

SEPT 17 -- The Who Party (children ages 4-10 and parents)
3-5:30pm
Rosewood Center for Family Arts
$60/person
The party gets started immediately after the 1:30 PM performance of SEUSSICAL™.

Kids will have the exclusive opportunity to learn a song and dance from the show and perform it on the DCT mainstage with staff member Nancy Schaeffer as the VIP director of your debut. Everyone will love playing Seussical chairs and walking away with a prize if you're one of the last sneetches standing. The DCT staff is also going to give you special behind-the-scenes access so you can see what goes into making the magic, and we'll end the night with a dance party to beat all dance parties! There'll be some great food and fantastical take-home treats to boot!
Cause: This event supports the Student Matinee Performance Series, the primary program in Dallas where students are exposed to live theater as an extension of classroom learning. This year, as many as 50,000 students will experience DCT's theater magic at virtually no direct cost to them. Funds will go to help close the $831,926 gap to run the program this year.
For More Info: send an email

OCTOBER 14 - OCTOBER 29 -- Dracula: The Vampire Play
Satisfy your cravings for thrill and terror with the original vampire story! Fans of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Vampire Diaries will want to see how the mania began back when Count Dracula moved to England in his mad quest for fresh blood and a bride. Chilling adventure lurks in the fog...just in time for Halloween!
Recommended for ages 12 and up
ASL Interpreted Performance:  OCT 23 show at 1:30pm(call box office to confirm)

NOVEMBER 18-DEC 21, 2016 -- The Nutcracker
No holiday season is complete without Tchaikovsky's THE NUTCRACKER! This unique and acclaimed puppet interpretation brings the classic story to life with innovative passion and artistry. According to The Dallas Morning News, this NUTCRACKER "...out-Fantasia's Walt Disney's classic film." DFW audiences love holiday traditions, and that is why 2016 marks 20 years of this most requested title. It's a perfect introduction to classical music, so make a date to bring your children!
Recommended for ages 4 and up
ASL Interpreted Performance:  DEC 4 at 4:30pm (call box office to confirm)

NOVEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 21 -- A Charlie Brown Christmas
Christmas time is here, and we're fortunate that it brings Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang to DCT! Charles Schulz's classic animated television special comes to life as you've never seen before. The young and the young at heart will be tapping their toes and oohing and ahhing as the live combo band surrounds the audience in a magical, memorable holiday spectacle. Make sure you're front and center as Charlie Brown and his friends discover the real meaning of Christmas!
Recommended for ages 5 and up
ASL Interpreted Performance:  NOV 27 at 4:30pm (call box office to confirm)
Sensory-Friendly Performance:  DEC 3 at 1:30pm

DECEMBER 27, 2016 -- JANUARY 1, 2017 -- La Fete!
That's right... It's a Party! Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Dallas' very own Lone Star Circus. Be among the first to see this all-new merry circus celebration complete with a joyous, awe-inspiring congregation of extraordinary circus acts from all over the planet — including Dallas, Texas! You'll spot breathtaking acrobats, awesome aerialists, amazing equilibrists, unbelievable jugglers, endearing four-legged performers, and of course, hilarious clowns. It's a traditional medley of music and poetry paired with feats of strength, daring, and agility. Come to the party, celebrate 10 years of Lone Star Circus, and be blown away!
Recommended for all ages

JANUARY 20 - FEBRUARY 26, 2017
-- Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook
The world's funniest kid is back! Junie B. Jones is ecstatic about her new black furry mittens that Grampa Frank Miller bought for her - until someone steals them! Those rotten thieves. When she finds a cool pen on the school floor, her own sense of right and wrong is tested. Junie B. stars in this comical tale that promises a good laugh... and a great life lesson.
Recommended for ages 5 and up
ASL Interpreted Performance:  JAN 29 at 4:30pm (call box office to confirm)
Sensory-Friendly Performance: FEB 18 at 1:30pm

MARCH 3 - MARCH 26, 2017 -- Jack and the Beanstalk
Adaptation, Original Songs & Lyrics by B. Wolf
With great music and unexpected humor, Kathy Burks' troupe brings to life the age-old fairy tale of a young hero's extraordinary climb up a magical beanstalk to seek his fortune and save his family from ruin. Along the way, Jack encounters help from the Man in the Moon, a talking hen, a kindly servant, and a few other surprising characters. When he comes face to face with a fiendish giant, Jack must use his wits to escape the colossal villain's castle in the clouds. Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum!
Recommended for ages 4 and up
Sensory-Friendly Performance: MARCH 4 at 4:30pm
ASL Interpreted Performance: MARCH 12 at 4:30pm (call box office to confirm)

MARCH 24 - APRIL 2, 2017 -- Tomas and the Library Lady
An inspiring true tale of how reading and stories help us all escape. This beautiful bilingual play follows the life of young Tomás and his family, who are migrant workers who move constantly to find new work picking farmers' crops. But one summer, Tomás visits a local public library and soon discovers worlds filled with dinosaurs and tigers - and a great new friend in the "Library Lady." While helping Tomás improve his English by reading many new and exciting stories, the librarian fosters his newfound interest in learning and teaches him the importance of a good education.
Recommended for ages 7 and up
Sensory-Friendly Performance:  MARCH 25 at 1:30pm
ASL Interpreted Performance:  APRIL 2 at 4:30pm (call box office to confirm)

APRIL 21 - MAY 7, 2017 -- Blue
An all-new show that is perfect for short attention spans and the wee ones! This is a simple story of what happens one day when color comes into your life. Pale Blue and Inky Blue are happy in...well, their blueness. When a red sock enters the picture, Pale and Inky AND the audience are surprised by their reaction. If you liked BALLOONACY, you'll love this gentle play that introduces the idea of tolerance and understanding in an age-appropriate and soft-hearted theatrical experience. BLUE is filled with lots of fun, humor and whimsy, and at the end of the show, you will be too!
Recommended for squirmy toddlers and their families

Sensory-Friendly Performance:  APRIL 29 at 1:30pm
ASL-Interpreted Performance:  APRIL 30 at 4:30pm (call box office to confirm)

MAY 5 - MAY 27, 2017 -- James and the Giant Peach
Adapted by David Wood
Young James Henry Trotter's resilience is tested when he is sent off to live with his mean aunts, Spiker and Sponge, after a chain of unfortunate incidents. Life is no fun at all there until he accidentally spills some tiny green things on a tree, and... voilà, a giant peach! When James and his new oversized friends - Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Earthworm, and Spider - snip the stem of the peach, the quest for happiness and great adventure lands them in New York City and at the center of attention. Of its premiere one reporter wrote, "Move heaven and earth to see this wonderful adaptation!"
Recommended for ages 5 and up
Sensory-Friendly Performance: MAY 13 at 1:30pm
ASL Interpreted Performance:  MAY 14 at 4:30pm (call box office)

JUNE 23 - JULY 9, 2017 -- Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (An African Tale)
The beautiful Zimbabwe-based Cinderella tale returns! An African villager named Mufaro has two daughters whom everyone agrees are beautiful. But, they have their differences. Manyara possesses a bad temper and is self-centered (but never in front of Mufaro); Nyasha is kind and considerate to people and to animals. When Mufaro learns that the King is in the process of meeting all of the most worthy and beautiful women in order to choose a wife, he decides that both of his daughters should go. Celebrate goodness, generosity, and love with traditional dancing, rhythmic drumming, and glorious African song. Based on the 1988 Caldecott Honor Award book.
Recommended for ages 5 and up
Sensory-Friendly Performance: JULY 8 at 1:30pm
ASL Interpreted Performance:  JULY 9 at 4:30pm (call box office to confirm)

    
Sensory-Friendly Performances
General production adaptations include leaving the house lights up a few levels higher than for a standard performance and reducing the sound level. We also offer a "Quiet Room" for children who need a break.
There will be some fun and engaging activities presented before the play, so plan to come as early as one hour before the show.
Sensory Friendly Performance Tickets:  
$5 per person (regular tickets range from $13 -$28)
To Purchase Tickets: 214-740-0051

JULY 2 at 4:30pm -- Pinkalicious, The Musical
Pink-A-Boo! DCT audiences were tickled...that's right - PINK the last time PINKALICIOUS was on our stage, so we're bringing her back in this exhilarating musical! When Pinkalicious doesn't heed her parents' warnings and indulges in too many pink goodies, she has to make some healthy choices to fight off a bad case of Pinkititis. Pinkalicious will finally eat a little green, her little brother will no longer be blue, and all kids will learn to show their true colors! The popular book pops off the stage in this high-energy musical treat that kids will love even more than pink cupcakes!
Recommended for ages 5 and up
There will be an intermission for this production

OCT 15 at 1:30pm -- Seussical
"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird, JoJo, and others are your guides in this fantastical, magical exploration of family and friendship through the Jungle of Nool, Circus McGurkus, and the tiny world of Whoville! Discover what it takes for Horton to withstand ridicule and danger to save the day in this cornucopia of adventure that truly offers something for everyone!
Recommended for ages 5 and up

DEC 3 at 1:30pm -- A Charlie Brown Cristmas
Christmas time is here, and we're fortunate that it brings Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang to DCT! Charles Schulz's classic animated television special comes to life as you've never seen before. The young and the young at heart will be tapping their toes and oohing and ahhing as the live combo band surrounds the audience in a magical, memorable holiday spectacle. Make sure you're front and center as Charlie Brown and his friends discover the real meaning of Christmas!
Recommended for ages 5 and up


FEB 18 at 1:30pm -- Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook
The world's funniest kid is back! Junie B. Jones is ecstatic about her new black furry mittens that Grampa Frank Miller bought for her - until someone steals them! Those rotten thieves. When she finds a cool pen on the school floor, her own sense of right and wrong is tested. Junie B. stars in this comical tale that promises a good laugh... and a great life lesson.
Recommended for ages 5 and up


MARCH 4 at 4:30pm -- Jack and the Beanstalk
Adaptation, Original Songs & Lyrics by B. Wolf
With great music and unexpected humor, Kathy Burks' troupe brings to life the age-old fairy tale of a young hero's extraordinary climb up a magical beanstalk to seek his fortune and save his family from ruin. Along the way, Jack encounters help from the Man in the Moon, a talking hen, a kindly servant, and a few other surprising characters. When he comes face to face with a fiendish giant, Jack must use his wits to escape the colossal villain's castle in the clouds. Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum!
Recommended for ages 4 and up

MARCH 25 at 1:30pm -- Tomas and the Library Lady
An inspiring true tale of how reading and stories help us all escape. This beautiful bilingual play follows the life of young Tomás and his family, who are migrant workers who move constantly to find new work picking farmers' crops. But one summer, Tomás visits a local public library and soon discovers worlds filled with dinosaurs and tigers - and a great new friend in the "Library Lady." While helping Tomás improve his English by reading many new and exciting stories, the librarian fosters his newfound interest in learning and teaches him the importance of a good education.
Recommended for ages 7 and up

APRIL 29 at 1:30pm -- Blue
An all-new show that is perfect for short attention spans and the wee ones! This is a simple story of what happens one day when color comes into your life. Pale Blue and Inky Blue are happy in...well, their blueness. When a red sock enters the picture, Pale and Inky AND the audience are surprised by their reaction. If you liked BALLOONACY, you'll love this gentle play that introduces the idea of tolerance and understanding in an age-appropriate and soft-hearted theatrical experience. BLUE is filled with lots of fun, humor and whimsy, and at the end of the show, you will be too!
Recommended for squirmy toddlers and their families


MAY 13 at 1:30pm -- James and the Giant Peach
Adapted by David Wood
Young James Henry Trotter's resilience is tested when he is sent off to live with his mean aunts, Spiker and Sponge, after a chain of unfortunate incidents. Life is no fun at all there until he accidentally spills some tiny green things on a tree, and... voilà, a giant peach! When James and his new oversized friends - Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Earthworm, and Spider - snip the stem of the peach, the quest for happiness and great adventure lands them in New York City and at the center of attention. Of its premiere one reporter wrote, "Move heaven and earth to see this wonderful adaptation!"
Recommended for ages 5 and up


JULY 8 at 1:30pm -- Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (An African Tale)
The beautiful Zimbabwe-based Cinderella tale returns! An African villager named Mufaro has two daughters whom everyone agrees are beautiful. But, they have their differences. Manyara possesses a bad temper and is self-centered (but never in front of Mufaro); Nyasha is kind and considerate to people and to animals. When Mufaro learns that the King is in the process of meeting all of the most worthy and beautiful women in order to choose a wife, he decides that both of his daughters should go. Celebrate goodness, generosity, and love with traditional dancing, rhythmic drumming, and glorious African song. Based on the 1988 Caldecott Honor Award book.
Recommended for ages 5 and up


Sensory-Friendly Resources for Visiting the Dallas Children's Theater:

Click Here for a Pictorial Guide
Click Here for Parent Tip Sheet


Box Office Hours

9am to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday
On performances days: Friday evenings until 30 minutes past curtain.
Saturdays 11:00am until 30 minutes past last curtain.
Sundays 11:00am until 30 minutes past last curtain.
214-740-0051
Ticket Sales are subject to availability. No refunds or exchanges on single tickets.
Reservations are recommended and require prepayment with either
Cash, Check, Mastercard,Visa, or Amex.
Coupons and discount offers must be arranged in advance with the box office and may be suspended at any time.
Ticket Prices: Range from $13 - $28
For Ticket Information: Click Here
               

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58.  DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS

Location: The Music Hall at Fair Park
909 1st Ave
Dallas, TX 75210   
        

2016-2017 Season: TBA
(Please note that not all productions may be suitable for all audiences.)
HEART of Texas is proud to partner with Dallas Summer Musicals!
Your family or homeschool group (group of 10 or more) can get discount rates to great family-friendly performances for the upcoming season.  
Be sure to mention HEART of Texas when you order. 

Check out the Group Discount Form on our Downloads page for details.
Special Discounts for Groups with 10 or More:  Click Here for pricing and show times
(Then scroll to the bottom of the page to see the Performance Schedule and Pricing)

JUNE 28 - JULY 10 -- 42nd Street
Facing adversity from all directions, the young but talented Peggy Sawyer learns about show business and discovers which relationships are most important in life.


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59.  DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

2016-2017 Youth Concerts:
Young Person's Orchestra Guide
DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
Details: Get to know the orchestra up close and personal! Masterpieces by Mozart, Mussorgsky and Britten make this program a perfect introduction to classical music for the young listener.
Repertoire List:  
Mozart: Overture from The Abduction from the Seraglio
Mussorgsky: 5 movements from Pictures at an Exhibition
Britten:  The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra


American Celebration
DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
Details:
Dallas Black Dance Theater II joins the DSO for this celebration of some of the greatest music ever made in America.  Works include Gershwin's American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue and Copland's iconic "Hoe Down" and Billy the Kid.
Repertoire List:
Berstein: Candide Overture
Copland: "Prairie Night" & "Celebration Dance" from Billy the Kid
Copland: "Hoe Down" from Rodeo
Ives: "The Housatonic at Stockbridge" from Three Places in New England
Gershwin: American in Paris suite
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Cinco de Mayo
DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
Details:  From the sublime to the exhilarating, Mexican, South American, and Spanish composers have given us a rich diversity of beautiful music.  Join us for this unique orchestral and cultural experience.
Repertoire List:
Revueltas: Sensemayá
Marquez: Danzon No. 2
Piazzolla: Oblivion
Chavez: Sinfonia India
Villa Lobos: Aria from Bachianas brasileiras No. 5
Defalla: "Ritual Fire Dance" from El amor brujo


Admission:  $6.50/person (payment must be received with all reservations).  Only reservations confirmed in advance can be seated.  No walk-ins.
Parking:  $6 per car in the Arts District Parking Garage
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before concert time.  Concerts last approximately 45 minutes.
Special Students at the Symphony Program: Free seats are available to mentally and physically challenged students.  To participate, complete the appropriate information on the reservation form.

To Order Tickets Online or by Phone:
 Click Here or call 214-871-4006.  
To Pay by Check or Money Order:  Please fill out this PDF form and mail it with the check or money order attached.
Please note that reservations will not be held without payment. The DSO will not process your request unless the reservation form is fully complete.
Read Youth Concert Logistics and FAQ’s before making a request.


Concert Location:  Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX  75201
                            (intersection of Pearl & Flora Street in the heart of the Downtown Dallas Arts District)
For Directions:  Click Here


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60.  FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA YOUNG PERSON'S CONCERTS

Designed to engage the interest of children of all ages, these concerts are open to school groups, home school groups and individuals.
You must have a reservation.  No walk-ins.

OCT 29 -- Family Concert: Halloween with Harry Potter
1:30pm – Instrument Petting Zoo
2:30pm – Performance
Location:
White’s Chapel United Methodist Church
               185 S. White Chapel Boulevard, Southlake

Tickets:
$20/adult; $10/child
Details: Attention all Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws and Slytherins! Put on your costume, grab your broom, and fly away with us as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs selections from the Harry Potter films just in time for Halloween. Plus, come early to participate in the instrument petting zoo, where you can try out the instruments of the orchestra.
To Order:
817.665.6000
Program subject to change.

2016-2017 Concerts  -- DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
Visions of America (Young Persons' Concerts)
Tickets:
$5/person (youth & adults)
Location:
Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce Street, 76102
Details:
Join the Fort Worth Symphony and Kids Who Care as we discover how composers interpret the American landscape and people through music. You’ll hear selections by Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, John Williams, and others. This program also features images from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Young Persons’ Concerts last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for children ages 7 through 13.
Order Tickets Online
Groups of 20 or Fewer (click on links below):
Dates and Times TBA
Groups of more than 20: Click here for online Reservation Form

KinderConcerts: My Many Colored Days
Dates and Times TBA
Tickets: $5/person (youth & adults)
Location:  Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road, 76109
“Some days are yellow. Some days are blue. On different days I’m different too.” Accompanied by Kids Who Care, the Fort Worth Symphony explores the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss’ My Many Colored Days and demonstrates how feelings are expressed through music and colors. Kinderconcerts are approximately 35 minutes and are appropriate for children ages 3 through 6.
To Order Tickets:  
Groups of 20 or Fewer:
Dates and Times TBA
Groups of more than 20:  Click here for online Reservation Form
Study Guide for My Many Colored Days:  
click here

Family Concert: Peter & the Wolf
Date and Time TBA
Tickets:  
$10/person (youth & adult)
Location: White's Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Boulevard, Southlake
Family Concert lasts approximately 45 minutes. The classic story of an enterprising little boy named Peter, who, together with a duck, a cat and a bird, outsmarts a wolf and hunters. Children and their parents will enjoy listening to this unique musical story as every character is portrayed by a different instrument from the orchestra.
To Purchase tickets to Family Concerts: Order online or by calling the FWSO Box Office at 817.665.6000.

1 adult chaperone per 10 children is required.
Orders for Fewer than 20 Seats:  
Must be paid at time of reservation.
Orders for 20 or More:  May be reserved without advance payment.
You will receive an invoice within a week of making your reservation.  Full payment is due no later than 14 days prior to the concert.
No refunds will be given after this date.
The FWSO does not distribute tickets or assign individual seats for educational events. If you require special seating for any members of your group, please indicate this at the time of your reservation.
Prior to the performance, you will receive an email outlining concert policies and procedures.
Children Under Age 3:  Because of the nature of the event, we request that children under age three not be brought to these concerts, particularly to the concerts at Bass Performance Hall. You must purchase a seat for each person to be admitted to a concert, regardless of age.


For Questions:  Click Here to send an email message or call 817-665-6500.

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61.  GREATER DALLAS YOUTH ORCHESTRA

2016-2017 Concert Schedule -- TBA
Oct 23 -- GDYO - Concert
7:30pm
Location: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas, 75201
For Tickets:
Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

Oct 30 -- Sinf, DSE, YPO - Concert
2pm
Location: City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St, Dallas, 75201
For Tickets:
Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

Oct 30 -- Jazz Institute - Concert
4pm
Location: City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St, Dallas, 75201
FREE concert
For Tickets:
Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

Oct 30 -- Phil, WS, FC - Concert
7:30pm
Location: City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St, Dallas, 75201
For Tickets:
Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

Dec 14 -- GDYO - Concert
7:30pm
Location: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas, 75201
For Tickets:
Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

Jan 24 -- WS - Concert with the Dallas Winds
7:30pm
Location: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas, 75201
For Tickets:
Click here

Feb 5 -- FC - Concert
2:30pm
Location: Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 Dallas Pkwy #200, Frisco, 75034
For Tickets: Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

Feb 19 -- Sinf, DSE, YPO - Concert
2pm
Location: City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St, Dallas, 75201
For Tickets:
Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

Feb 19 -- Phil, WS - Concert
7:30pm
Location: City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St, Dallas, 75201
For Tickets:
Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

Mar 5 -- GDYO - Concert
7:30pm
Location: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas, 75201
For Tickets: Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

May 7 -- WS, FC - Concert
7:30pm
Location: Murchison Performin Arts Center,2100 Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Denton, 76266
For Tickets: Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

May 21 -- Phil, Sinf, DSE, YPO - Concert
2pm
Location: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas, 75201
For Tickets:
Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

May 21 -- Phil, Sinf, DSE, YPO - Concert
7:30pm
Location: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas, 75201
For Tickets:
Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

Auditioning for GDYO
GDYO is no longer accepting applications for auditions for the 2015-2016 season.
If you would like to be added to the audition email list, please
click here
Audition information for the 2016-2017 season will be available by February of 2016. 
If you have not done so already, you can look over the Audition FAQs, Audition Requirements, etc. 
If you have any questions, please email us
If you auditioned this spring (for the 2015-2016 season), results will be mailed May 17, 2015. 
Under NO circumstances will results be given over the phone

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62.  PARK CITIES STUDIOS/THE DALLAS CONSERVATORY

Park Cities Studios offers world-class instruction for ages 18 months and older, in dance, singing, and acting.

Discount:  Park Cities Studios/The Dallas Conservatory is offering HEART of Texas members (with valid HEART of Texas Family ID) 10% off their class tuition.
To learn More About This Partner:  Click Here
To learn about becoming a HEART of Texas member: Click Here


Location:  7979 Inwood Rd, Suite 201, Dallas, TX  75209
Phone:  214-357-8888
For More Information:  Click Here

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62.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES


Location:  Plano Productions: Plano Children’s Theater, 1301 Custer Road, Plano, TX 75075
                McKinney Productions: Heard Craig Hall, 306 North Church Street, McKinney, 75069
                McKinney (MPAC): McKinney Performing Arts Center 111 N Tennessee St, McKinney, TX
                Frisco Productions: Expedition Frisco (9073 Berkshire Drive, Frisco 75033)
NOTE:  Some productions may not be appropriate for children.  Each family is encouraged to exercise discretion when considering to allow your children/family to view these productions.

Now Showing:

2016-2017 Season

Sep 16-25 -- Charlotte's Web (FYT-Frisco Discovery Center)
Peforms at:
The Frisco Discovery Center: 8004 Dallas Pkwy #200, Frisco, TX 75034
Tickets: $10 in Advance and $12 at the door.  Front Row Seats are $20.
Your tickets will be available at will call the day of the performance.

Details: All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be "a true friend and a good writer." Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes, "Some pig." It's the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte.
In the spirit of harvest and abundance, we would like to invite our audiences for Charlotte's Web to bring an item from the list below to the show to donate to the Frisco Family Services Food Pantry:
    Apple/Caramel dippers
    Individual chip bags
    individual fruit cups
    Popcorn
    6 pk crackers/cookies
    Individual pretzels
    Dried fruit packets
    Breakfast bars
    Nutella dippers
    Peanut butter dippers
    Granola bars
    Fruit snacks
For More Information about this performance: Click Here

Sept 23-25 -- Romeo and Juliet (MYT - Bonnie Wenk Park Ampitheatre)
6:15pm (Sep 23); 2:15pm, 6:15pm (Sep 24); 2:15pm (Sep 25)
Peforms at:
Bonnie Wenk Park Ampitheatre (2996 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney, TX)
This is a FREE event; no tickets required.
Details: Come and see William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet brought to life in this traditional Shakespeare in the Park experience.  Bring a blanket, some food, some drinks, and some friends to enjoy the classic story of two teenagers falling in love.
For More Information about this performance: Click Here

Sept 30-Oct 8 -- Winnie the Pooh KIDS (Plano-PCT)
Peforms at:
Plano Children's Theatre Mainstage: Pitman Corners, 1301 Custer Rd, Plano, 75075
Tickets: $10 in Advance and $12 at the door.  Front Row Seats are $20.
Your tickets will be available at will call the day of the performance.

Details: Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course... sharing snacks.
For More Information about this performance: Click Here

Sept 30-Oct 8 -- Les Miserables (Plano-Courtyard)
Peforms at:
Courtyard Theater in Plano: 1509 H Ave, Plano, 75074
Tickets: Special Pre-Sale Price of $10 until September 3 and $15 thereafter.
Please print email confirmation sent after checkout and bring it with you to the event. Your tickets will be available at will call the day of the performance
.
Details: In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter.
Recommended audience age: 13+
For More Information about this performance: Click Here


To Learn More:  
www.planochildrenstheatre.com



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62.  SHINE PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO

Shine is a family-friendly, faith-based performing arts studio for kids and teenagers to hone their skills in singing, acting, and dancing.

Discount:  Shine is waiving their $25 class registration fee for HEART of Texas members (with valid HEART of Texas Family ID).  
To learn More About This Partner:  Click Here
To learn about becoming a HEART of Texas member: Click Here


Location:  3616 Churchill Lane, Plano, TX  75075
Phone:  214-218-4779
For More Information:  Click Here

2016-2017 Performances:

AUGUST 5 -- 2017 Season Reveal Party
7pm-9pm

Location: Cox Playhouse, 517 H Avenue, Plano, TX 75093
Tickets:  $7
Click here to purchase tickets
Shine is announcing our entire 2017 season and we want YOU to be the first to know! Join us at the Cox Playhouse on Friday, August 5 at 7:00 for an evening of theatrical entertainment and a dessert reception. This is a family event! While students are welcome to attend on their own, we invite your entire family to join us for the evening. Creative semiformal attire encouraged.Tickets for this event are $7 and are reserved seating.


AUDITIONS:
TBA


Discount:
 
Shine is waiving their $25 class registration fee for HEART of Texas
members (with valid HEART of Texas Family ID).  
To learn More About This Partner:  Click Here
To learn about becoming a HEART of Texas member: Click Here



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63.  TEXAS BALLET THEATER PERFORMANCES

The Texas Ballet Theater is once again partnering with HEART of Texas to offer our newsletter readers (that's you!) and other homeschoolers special ticket pricing during select performances. The dates and times of these select performances are listed below.  You can purchase tickets as a group or as a family -- all homeschoolers can enjoy these great discounts.  You do not have to be a member of HEART of Texas or any other home school support group, but you must mention HEART of Texas when you call.


Performances:
2016-2017 TBA


To Purchase Tickets By Phone:  Call 877-828-9200, opt 1
HEART of Texas Discount Tickets TBA for selected performances.
You must mention HEART of Texas Home School Discount Program to get the discount.
Any homeschooler may take advantage of this program
 

Tickets are sold on a first-come, first served basis, so please reserve your tickets as soon as possible to ensure the best section seating available during our select performances.  All tickets, even group tickets, must be paid for up front.  Please be aware that all sales are final. 

Please Note:  Some performances may not be appropriate for all audiences.  Please use your own judgment when considering allowing your children/family to view these productions.

           


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64.  TEXAS BALLET THEATER DANCE SCHOOL -- DANCE CLASSES -- FORT WORTH

$50 Discount for HEART of Texas newsletter readers!
The Texas Ballet Theater School is offering our readers a $50 discount on registration if you mention HEART of Texas.

They currently offer classes during the day for 3 & 4 year olds, but if you have a group of at least 6 students who are close in age/ballet experience, they will try to put together a class for your students!

For more information:  Click here to email Ashley Friedman or 877-828-9200, ext 108


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65.  HOME SCHOOL DISCOUNT TICKETS TO DALLAS THEATER PERFORMANCES

Save 20% on regular priced tickets.
Location:  Music Hall at Fair Park

Offer valid on Tues, Wed, Thurs, & Sun evening performances in price level 2-4
To Order Tickets: Click here to email

Offer open to homeschoolers, friends and family.  Unlike some of the other theater offers, DSM gives a different link each time so contact Susan at the email above for the link to the current offers. 

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66.  AMON CARTER EXHIBITS

The Carter houses one of the nation’s preeminent collections of American art, from works by the early nineteenth-century artist-explorers through those of the mid-twentieth-century modernists and up to the work of contemporary photographers. The museum also holds one of the most comprehensive collections of work by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.

Museum Exhibits:
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2 -- Gabriel Dawe: Plexus no. 34
The Amon Carter has commissioned a large-scale, site-specific installation of more than eighty miles of multicolored thread by internationally celebrated Mexican-born, Dallas-based artist Gabriel Dawe. Words cannot do justice to the transformative power of Dawe’s sculptural marvels, which he weaves from thousands of thin strands. They look like frozen light and Technicolor vaporous mist, drawing attention to the majestic architecture and natural light of the museum’s Atrium, designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson. The Amon Carter will be the home of Plexus no. 34 for two years.


THROUGH SEPTEMBER 25 -- Texas Folk Art
Texas Folk Art features the spirited work of some of the state’s most original painters and sculptors, including H. O. Kelly, Reverend Johnnie Swearingen, Velox Ward, and Clara McDonald Williamson, among others. Developing their own styles, these artists were unfettered by the conventions of academic training and traditional guidelines of art making. Lively storytelling was their primary focus, and they used any pictorial means necessary to create animated narratives about working, playing, and worshipping in Texas.

THROUGH OCTOBER 9 -- Identity
Identity explores how identity in American culture is often as much about how people present themselves to the world as it is externally determined. Exploring community, celebrity, and individual identity through portraiture from the Amon Carter’s permanent collection, the exhibition highlights the exciting new acquisitions of Sedrick Huckaby’s The 99% and Glenn Ligon’s print series Runaways.

THROUGH FEBRUARY 12, 2017 -- American Photographs, 1845 to Now
American Photographs, 1845 to Now brings together more than 70 photographs drawn from the Amon Carter’s permanent collection. Spanning the history of the medium, the works reflect the diversity of photographic practices in the United States that grew along with the country’s industrial development beginning in the mid-nineteenth century. Covering 170 years of photography’s history, from unique daguerreotype portraits to large-scale contemporary works, the exhibition provides a glance at photography’s central role in recording the people, places, and events that have come to define the United States.

THROUGH FEBRUARY 5, 2017 -- Sam Francis: Prints
This exhibition features more than a dozen works from Francis’s time at the Tamarind Institute, the Los Angeles workshop founded to revive the practice of lithography. By uniting master printers with painters and sculptors, Tamarind was responsible for developing lithography’s potential as an art form in the United States.

Guided Tours for Students:  Click Here

Museum Hours:      
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday:  Noon – 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays

Admission:
 Admission to permanent collection is FREE.
Tickets for special exhibitions can be purchased
at the information desk.
All galleries in the Amon Carter Museum offer barrier-free access.


Location:  Amon Carter Art Museum
        3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard
        Fort Worth, TX 76107
        817-738-1933


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67.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS 

Location:  Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, Texas 75201
Hours: Monday:  Closed
            Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

            Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
            Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
            Closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
            Late night Fridays (3rd Friday of the month, excluding December) museum open until Midnight.


General Admission:  General admission is FREE every day
Special Exhibit Admission:  $8/person;  Ages 11 and under:  FREE


CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:

THROUGH OCT 23, 2016 --  Visions of Antiquity in the 18th Century
Level 2
Visions of Antiquity in the 18th Century brings together prints, drawings, and objects from the DMA’s collection that reflect the taste for all things Greek and Roman during the 18th century.
Admission is FREE

OPENS NOVEMBER 15 - MAY 28, 2017 -- The Wittgenstein Vitrine
Conservation Gallery
Modern Opulence in Vienna: The Wittgenstein Vitrine reveals the results of an intensive research and conservation program by exploring the conservation effort and charting the context and history of this masterwork’s design and fabrication, iconography, and provenance. The exhibition also presents new perspectives on designer Carl Otto Czeschka, his work for the Wiener Werkstätte, and the important patronage of the Wittgenstein family.
Admission is FREE


FREE First Tuesdays of each month
September 6 -- Space Odyssey
Time:
11-2pm

Cost:  
General admission to the Museum is free on the first Tuesday of every month.
Location:  
Center for Creative Connections (C3)
Ages:  Programming is designed for children ages five and under, but all are welcome.
Details: 3—2—1—Blast off! Take an imaginary journey into space as we explore out-of-this-world art through art-making activities, story time, family tours, and more in this fun-filled day designed specifically for children ages 5 and under.


HOMESCHOOL CLASS
Fourth Thursday of every month, with some exceptions.
Time:
11am-12:30pm
Details:
The Dallas Museum of Art’s homeschool classes offer an interactive Museum experience for families with children ages 6 and above. Parents and children learn about works of art together in the galleries, participate in hands-on activities as a family, and create a work of art together in the Art Studio. During the program, parents learn techniques and skills for creating their own educational experiences in the gallery.
Cost:
$8/child (ages 6 -12). Adults do not require a ticket.
To Register/
To Purchase Tickets:  Click Here  Follow the instructions to add the number of tickets you need for the class (one ticket per child). Participating adults do not require a ticket. If you have any difficulties with the new system, call 214-922-1270 or 214-922-1822. Class size is limited to 20 students.  When classes are filled, call 214-922-1818 or click here to send an e-mail to be placed on a waiting list.
Themes:
MAY 26 or JUNE 23 -- Developing an Eye for Art
In May and June, develop your photographer's eye as we take a closer look at the work of artist Irving Penn. Catch a glimpse of what he saw through the lens, and then create your own shot on photo-sensitive paper.

Additional Dates TBA


For more information about family experiences:  214-922-1822 or click here to e-mail


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68.  KIMBELL ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS

The Kimbell Art Museum’s holdings include artworks ranging in period from antiquity to the 20th century. The collection includes masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, El Greco, Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso, as well as antiquities, Asian, African, and pre-Columbian art.

Location:  Kimball Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792
Phone: 817-332-8451   Metro: 817-654-1034   Fax: 817-877-1264
Museum Hours:  Mondays – Closed
                            Tuesdays–Thursdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
                            Fridays, noon–8 p.m.
                            Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
                            Sundays, noon–5 p.m.
                            Closed New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day
Admission:  Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection is always free.  There is a charge for special exhibitions.
Half-Off Admission:  Tuesdays from 10am to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (Not applicable for Member audio tours).
Group Sales:  Discounted tickets for groups of 20 or more are available with a reservation for a specific date and time, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. For reservations, call 817-332-8451, ext. 229. Reservations for groups should be made at least two weeks in advance.



CURRENT & UPCOMING EXHIBITS
THROUGH SEPT 11, 2016 -- The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France
On view in the Renzo Piano Building
The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France will be the first major exhibition in the United States devoted to the Le Nain brothers, Antoine, Louis and Mathieu, who were active in Paris during the 1630s and 1640s. It will gather more than 50 of their best paintings and highlight the brothers' full range of production, with altarpieces, private devotional paintings, portraits and those poignant images of peasants on which their celebrity rests.


OPENS OCTOBER 16, 2016 - JANUARY 29, 2017 -- Monet: The Early Years
This groundbreaking exhibition is the first ever devoted to the young genius of Claude Monet. Monet: The Early Years will feature approximately 60 paintings from the first phase of the artist's career, from his Normandy debut in 1858 until 1872, when he settled in Argenteuil, on the River Seine near Paris. Through the 1860s, the young painter—still in his twenties—absorbed and transformed a variety of influences, as the lessons of the Barbizon school and his mentor Boudin gave way to the challenges posed by his friends Manet, Pissarro, Renoir and Sisley.

MARCH 26, 2017 - JUNE 25, 2017 -- Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture
The American architect Louis Kahn (1901--1974) is regarded as one of the great master builders of the 20th century. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. The exhibition encompasses an unprecedented and diverse range of architectural models, original drawings, photographs and films. Highlights of the exhibition include a 12-foot-high model of the spectacular City Tower designed for Philadelphia (1952--57), as well as previously unpublished film footage shot by Nathanial Kahn, the son of Louis Kahn and director of the film My Architect.

MAY 14, 2017 - AUG 13, 2017 -- 
A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection
A Modern Vision presents a selection of the most iconic European paintings and sculptures from The Phillips Collection, America's first museum of modern art, which opened in Washington, D.C., in 1921. Ranging from the early 19th century through the mid-20th century, the incomparable collection of "modern art and its sources," as its founder, Duncan Phillips, characterized it, includes distinctive Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Expressionist masterworks. Viewers will encounter a stunning array----paintings from the first half of the 19th century by Courbet, Corot, Daumier, Delacroix and Ingres in dialogue with Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces by Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Redon and Sisley.


FAMILY FESTIVALS
SEPT 8 -- Educator Evening in the Ft Worth Cultural District
5pm-8pm
No reservations required.
A “back-to-school” Cultural District tradition, this annual collaborative event for teachers showcases school and teacher programs and resources offered by local cultural institutions for the 2016–2017 school year. Staff from fourteen participating institutions will be on hand at these locations: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

View current exhibitions & preview upcoming exhibitions.
Network with other educators and participating institution staff
Enjoy light refreshments.
Learn about programs for educators and students.
Receive free resources for your classroom.
Explore ideas for using primary sources.
For More Information:  Click here to email

OCT 17 -- Family Festival: Bella Italia
1pm-4pm
FREE event; no reservations necessary.
This fun afternoon event for all ages features art-making activities, gallery tours, and live performances inspired by Italian masterpieces.

KIMBELL KIDS DROP IN STUDIO
Time:
1pm-1:45pm
This free program introduces children (ages 12 and younger) and their adult companions to fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studio art project.
Registration: No advance registration for this drop-in program; space is limited to 20 children, plus adults.
Sign up at the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion, beginning one hour before the program.

For More Information: Contact Here or call: 817.332.8452


PICTURES & PAGES
Time:
Select Tuesdays, 10:30-11:45am
Museum learning begins early with this special program for preschoolers (ages 4–6) and their adult partners. Popular children’s books inspire group conversations and simple art activities.
Free Program, but Registration is required:  
817-332-8451, ext. 351, or click to email
Space is limited. Maximum two children per adult.
Themes:
SEP 6 -- The Story of Fish and Snail, written and illustrated by Deborah Freedman
OCT 4 -- I Got the Rhythm, written by Connie Schofield-Morrison, illustrated by Frank Morrison
NOV 1 -- Windblown, written and illustrated by Édouard Manceau
DEC 6 -- In a Cloud of Dust, written by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Brian Deines
JAN 3, 2017 -- Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth, written by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes, illustreated by Sanjay Patel
FEB 7 -- Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois, written by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault


Children's Workshops
Time:  10am-Noon on select Saturdays
Connect with artworks, new friends, and creative activities during Saturday workshops for children (ages 6–14) and their adult partners. Limit three children per adult; no charge for parents. Individual session fees are $15; series of 3 sessions for $37.
To Register:  817-332-8451, ext. 351.
Themes:

AUGUST 13 -- Family Feast:  Still-Life Paintings
OCTOBER 22 --iPad Photography for Kids with Guest Artist Tuba Köymen
DECEMBER 3 -- Monet’s Light: Acrylic Landscapes
FEBRUARY 11 -- In the Looking Glass: Mixed-Media Self-Portraits


Family Educator Morning
Time: Selected Fridays, 10:15am-12:30pm
Free learning experiences structured for homeschool students (ages 8–16) and their adult partners include a staff presentation, interactive gallery tours, and hands-on learning activities.
Pricing: Single session for one nonmember child or additional adult: $10
Single session for one member child or additional adult: $8
One accompanying adult is admitted free; additional adults will be charged.
No unregistered siblings may attend; please refer to Kimbell Kids Drop-in Studio (ages 12 and younger) as a free option that includes younger children.
For questions or more information: 
817-332-8451, ext. 351. or click to email
Programs:
FALL DATES TBA


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69.  PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE IN DALLAS

Location:  2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, 75201 (located at the corner of Woodall Rodgers and Field Street
Phone: 214-428-5555  
Museum Hours:  Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm
(Moody Family Children's Museum (Lower Level) Mon: Noon-5pm, Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm)
                        Sunday: noon-5pm
                        First Thursday Late Night: 5-9pm
Extended hours first Thursday of each month. Also enjoy a late-night film and special interactive programming!
Last exhibits entry at 3:30pm regular hours, or an hour and a half before closing for extended hours.

School Group/Field Trip Traffic Calendar:
                            Monday-Friday: 9am-2:30pm, September-June 5
                            Tuesday-Friday: 9am-2:30pm, limited groups June-August 28 


Museum Information:
The Museum of Nature & Science consists of several buildings all located in Fair Park, Dallas. The Nature Building is located at 3535 Grand Avenue, the Science Building is located at 1318 South Second Avenue and the Planetarium Building is located at 1620 First Avenue.


Traveling Exhibits

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 6 -- Eye of the Collector
Here at the Museum, every object and specimen tells a story. And in Eye of the Collector, the quirky, crafty, historical and fashionable objects of nine very different people come together to show that the recollections they have of their prized possessions are at least as valuable as the collections themselves.

At the heart of the exhibit are the diverse collections of Randy and Nancy Best, who view these objects as time capsules that provide insights about prehistoric life, ancient civilizations, and more.
Also including Dallas Cowboy memorabilia, PEZ dispensers of all kinds, the largest Star Wars collection in the world, gorgeous Ballet Folklórico dresses and more, Eye of the Collector holds something for all interests.
Admission:  $7 adults; $6 youth and seniors (plus general museum admission)
To Purchase Tickets:
Click Here


HOME SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Times:  
Mondays: 9am-11am  (October November, December, January, February, April, May)
For Ages:
ages 3-5; 6-7; 8-10; and 11-13

Cost:  $25/person.   All attendees must be registered.  Fee includes admission into the regular exhibits.
One adult over 21 must remain with child/children during any Home School class. Max is five (5) children per one (1) adult.
Parking: One parking voucher will be issued at check-in for each family. The voucher is valid program day for the main Museum Parking lot, located under Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Once you park, there is a safe crosswalk to the north (away from downtown) that leads visitors up the ramp toward the main entrance.
To Enroll:  Click Here
For Additional Information:  Click Here to send an email
Please note:  
the Museum is a state-licensed facility, which requires all children be vaccinated or have a vaccine affidavit exemption form from the state, which can be requested here.
Details:
Beyond our upcoming Homeschool days, we offer additional time in the Museum and recommend that you stay and take advantage of visiting all five levels. Five floors house 11 permanent exhibit halls containing state-of-the-art video and 3D computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulations where visitors can exercise their brains through hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and educational games. The extraordinary building and outdoor space serves as a living science lesson, offering provocative illustrations of engineering, technology and conservation. 
Themes:  

Overall themes are the same for all grade levels each month, however activities and curriculum will be age specific.


JUNIOR MASTER NATURALIST PROGRAM
Times:  
1st Thursdays from 6pm-7:30pm at the Museum;
                and Saturdays 10am-Noon at north Texas parks (see schedule for locations)**
For Ages:  4th - 6th Grade
Cost:  
$150/person.
Location:
Perot Museum Learning Labs, plus 4 field trips to natural parks
Do your kids get excited about catching bugs, collecting rocks or tracking wildlife? The Junior Master Naturalist program offers a whole new way to explore and protect the natural wonders of Texas. Led by Perot Museum education staff and North Texas Master Naturalist volunteers, this program combines engaging classroom training with inspiring field-based discovery to help kids develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of Texas ecosystems. Through exciting hands-on explorations and outdoor adventures, your child will gain the skills and knowledge to become good stewards of the environment.  Classes take place during First Thursday Late Nights at the Museum — and on Saturdays, participants and their parents meet at different parks in the North Texas area to explore Texas terrain, vegetation and wildlife firsthand. Once they’ve completed the program, your kids will even have the opportunity to help train future Junior Master Naturalists by becoming volunteers themselves!
**Please note that at least one guardian must provide transportation and accompany his or her children during each field trip.
2016-2017 Schedule:  TBA
Here is last year's schedule to give you an idea for what was offered:
Orientation
:  Thursday, September 3 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
Geology:
Thursday, October 1 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
                Saturday, October 3 | 10am-noon | Ash Grove Cement Co.

The geologic history of Texas is recorded in the rocks. Explore the unique geologic formations of Texas and learn how to start a fossil collection!
   
Mammology:
Thursday, November 5 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
                     Saturday, November 7 | 10am-noon | Coppell Nature Park
Skulls, tracks and scat, oh my! Discover the wide variety of mammals that live in North Texas and learn how to track them in the field.

Botany:  
Thursday, January 7 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
                Saturday, January 23 | 10am-noon | Coppell Nature Park
Plants play a very important role in our ecosystems. Learn some key points about plant biology, and put your knowledge to work to identify local flora.

Aquatic Science:
Thursday, February 4 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
                             Saturday, February 20 | 10am-noon | John Bunker Sands
Discover the many small organisms inhabiting local aquatic systems, and learn how they act as indicators of environmental health.

Ornithology:
  Thursday, March 3 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
                        Saturday, March 5 | 10am-noon | White Rock Lake

Explore the basic biology of birds as you discover the keys to identifying them by sight and sound.

Entomology:  
Thursday, April 7 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
                        Saturday, April 23 | 10am-noon | Cedar Ridge Preserve

Invertebrates (bugs!) are EVERYWHERE! Learn how to collect and classify the many invertebrates found in Texas.

Herpetology:
 Thursday, May 5 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
                        Saturday, May 14 | 7-9pm | White Rock Lake

Explore the fascinating lives of amphibians and reptiles through live animal encounters and frog call surveys.

Awards Ceremony:  Thursday, June 2 | 6-8pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs


PARENT/CHILD PROGRAM
Time:
Mondays 9am-10:30am (For children ages 4-5)
Classes begin an hour before the Museum opens to the public, to allow children access to the galleries without distractions or interruptions.
Parents participate alongside the children.
Classes are 1.5 hours to allow time for supplemental hands-on experiences such as art projects and experiments that reinforce the concepts learned while visiting each of the four galleries: The Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall, The Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall, The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall, The Rose Hall of Birds
For more Information: 214.756.5728
To Register: Click Here

PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Secrets of the Sun
From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the sun to the mass ejections of solar material into the surrounding space, we will experience the power of the sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately life on Earth. We will trace the life cycle of the sun itself, going back to its beginnings and moving forward in time to its eventual death.
Universe
Universe allows audiences to experience an historical look at how we have envisioned the universe though the ages. We visit some of the ancient sites where our ancestors erected great structures with special astronomical significance. Finally we look at the Universe through the eyes of today’s science and space explorers to build up a spectacular overview of the heavens.
Texas Night Sky
Enjoy this informal narrated introduction to the wonders of the sky featuring a view as it may appear tonight in your own backyard. Learn which planets, stars, and constellations are currently visible, the unique stories behind their names, and tips on how to locate them in the night sky. The things available to see change as the calendar changes and so do these shows!
Seven Wonders
Turn back the pages of time and witness the ancient wonders of the world as they have not been seen for thousands of years. Travel to Egypt to visit the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Great Pyramids, to Persia to see the original Mausoleum, to Babylon to explore the fabled Hanging Gardens, to Greece to tour the Temples of Zeus and Artemis, and to Rhodes to stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus. We will investigate the theories of how these wonders were created and get a glimpse of some of the universe’s greatest wonders. Narrated by Sean Bean, Boromir from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Wonders of the Universe
Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years in time to witness the birth of the universe. On this breathtaking excursion you’ll witness the formation of galaxies and explore some of the most wondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered. As your travels continue, you’ll fly deep into our own Milky Way galaxy and return home to Earth on a spectacular tour through the solar system.
Hubble Space Telescope Images
The Orion Nebula, a cavern of rolling dust and gas some 1,500 light-years away, is the nearest star-forming region to Earth. This image is the sharpest ever taken of the nebula.  The bright central region is home to the four heftiest stars in the nebula, collectively called the Trapezium. Ultraviolet light from them is carving a cavity in the nebula and disrupting the growth of hundreds of smaller stars. Nearby are stars still young enough to have disks of material encircling them, too small to be seen clearly in this image. The disks are the building blocks of solar systems. Faint red stars near the bottom are myriad brown dwarfs. Sometimes called “failed stars,” brown dwarfs are cool objects too small to be ordinary stars because they cannot sustain nuclear fusion in their cores the way our Sun does. Astronomers used 104 five-color Hubble images to make this composite picture, adding ground-based photos to fill out the edges. The mosaic covers approximately the apparent angular size of the full moon. The observations were taken between 2004 and 2005.

PERMANENT EXHIBITS AT PEROT MUSEUM

Moody Family Children's Museum  
Where Little Children Make Big Discoveries: Park your stroller-and rev up for a day of discovery with your child! Here, kids 5 and younger can climb a replica of Reunion Tower, discover Texas wildlife or simply paint a picture.   
Sports Hall
Give Your Mind and Body a Workout!: Could you outrun a Tyrannosaurus rex, or through a football better than a pro? Get ready, get set-and get active as you explore your body in motion!
Discovering Life Hall
The Power of Adaptation: What is life, and how do different species adapt over time? From single-cell organisms to the largest creatures on the planet, this exhibit hall explores and celebrates the diversity of life on earth.
Being Human Hall
What Does it Mean to be Human?: Study a sliver of real human tissue-or use your brain waves to launch a ping-pong ball. There's more to being human than you may realize!
Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall
How Does it Work? Ask an Engineer: What do bridges, prosthetics and robots have in common? Discover how engineers use math and science to solve everyday problems.
The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall
Forecast: 100 Chance of Change: Where else can you experience an earthquake, touch a tornado and broadcast a weather forecast all in the same day? Discover how earth, air, and water interact to provide dynamic results.
Tom Hunt Energy Hall
Empowering the Future of Energy: Take a virtual expedition deep underground to explore a drilling rig from the inside out! From natural gas to solar and wind energy, every source of energy is fueled by science.
Gems and Minerals Hall
Natural Brilliance: Gems and minerals not only serve as as the building blocks of our planet-many of them also happen to shimmer, sparkle and glow! Explore both the practical side and beautiful aspects of these complex structures.
Expanding Universe Hall
Your Space for Discovery: Embark on a journey through our solar system and beyond, and discover how scientists uncover the secrets of the universe.
T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall
Clues and Insights from the Fossil Record: Discover how studying the bodies and behaviors of modern-day animals can give scientists a glimpse of dinosaur life.
Rose Hall of Birds
Let Your Mind Take Flight: Create your own virtual species of bird as you explore the adaptations that help birds thrive in diverse environments.



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70.  FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

Explore innovative learning studios and a wide variety of interactive exhibits in the new Museum of Science and History.

Location:  1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, 76107 (corner of Montogomery & Gendy)
Admission:  $15 for adults;  $11 for children (2-12);  $13 seniors (60+)
Admission to ExploraZone and all National Cowgirl Museum exhibits is one price and free for all Museum members
For Ticket Information: 817-255-9540
(
Exhibit admission includes half-price admission to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.  
The National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame is open daily Mon – Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
)

EXHIBITS:
Hidden Treasures: Celebrating 75 Years
It's an exhibit unlike any other filled with iconic artifacts from a teaching collection which has inspired generations.  From period rooms showcasing life in a bygone era to Texas History artifacts to a spectacular
array of ceremonial masks from around the world, they are collections that shaped our story.
Collections Include: 
Birth Models: When these three-dimensional models were installed in 1974, they provided a fascinating look into the birth cycle in an era before prenatal imaging was commonplace. The models remained on exhibit until the exhibit closed in 1998.
TAM: TAM is a visual representation of the human skeletal and muscular systems. Half of her body demonstrates the human skeleton and the other half demonstrates the muscular system.
Astrid: Astrid is a visual representation of all of the body's systems. Specifically, Astrid demonstrates the circulatory, digestive, respiratory, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
Skeleton on a Unicycle: The skeleton on a unicycle is a unique visual representation of the human skeleton in motion.
Trepanning: The Primitive Art of Skull Surgery: This diorama depicts a scene of Neolithic people performing a primitive form of surgery. This type of surgery was known as trepanning. Trepanning was a form of skull surgery that removed pieces of the skull that had fractured or splintered after an individual experienced some sort of head trauma.
Animals and Birds: Many of our research specimens were collected by the Museum's Science Club and exemplify our dedication to the preservation of Texas flora and fauna. Research and scientific collecting represent approximately 75% of the Museum's science collection.
Samurai Armor: The Samurai suit of armor is an authentic, Japanese suit of armor. Samurais were warrior knights during the 16th and 17th centuries in Japan. A Samurai's armor not only protected the warrior inside, but it also frightened their enemy and symbolized legendary courage.
Ceremonial Masks: Throughout history, masks have been used by many cultures for spiritual, symbolic, protective, ceremonial, and decorative reasons. These masks were on display in the "People and Their Possessions" and the "Mexican Festival Masks" exhibits.
Totem Poles: These Totem Poles were in the exhibit "Where the Spirits Dwell." They represent different concepts of home, memorial, shame or ridicule, and welcoming.
Ford Motel T Roadster, 1919: Generally regarded as the first affordable automobile for middle-class America, the Model T stands on the top ten list of the most cars sold of all time.
Champlin Oil Wagon, 1920: H.H. Champlin was a well-known banker and oilman whose company Champlin Oil had drilling operations and production in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Log Cabin, CA. 1850: Many early settlers in Texas built and lived in log cabins. This period room recreates a typical log cabin kitchen in the 1850s.
Victorian Parlor, CA. 1900: This Victorian Parlor from the 1900s recreates the formal meeting place for a home during the 19th and 20th centuries. Parlors often would have contained the nicest furniture in the home in order to make a good impression on guests.
School Room, CA. 1900: Schoolhouses, like this 1900s recreation, were often one room. One teacher typically taught all students from every grade at the same time. In fact, the first school in Fort Worth had only 12 students in 1854.
General Store, CA. 1900: A typical General Store of the early 1900s provided a variety of items to farmers and ranchers and usually on credit. These stores were also popular gathering places for men, who made most of the purchases. The first general store in Fort Worth opened in 1856.
Archival Photographs:  Hidden Treasures" photographs were taken between 1941 and the early 2000s and are representative of the extensive collection of archival film photography maintained by The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The preservation and digitization of nearly 40,000 film images is managed by Museum archivists.

Critter Kingdom
Bugs, butterflies and birds abound in Critter Kingdom! The exhibit highlights artifacts from the Museum's vast collection of natural wonders. Enjoy this debut Collection Showcase as we launch our celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Think
THINK, created and developed by IBM, is an experience that celebrates the wonders of our technological world and explores the possibilities of tomorrow.  This 6,600 square-foot interactive exhibit is designed to showcase how technology and innovation have transformed the world. The THINK experience presented by IBM explores how technology influences the way we live and work.  THINK engages visitors through a unique combination of experiences. A 30-foot “gesture wall” reveals the ebb and flow of data in our daily lives through colorful visualizations of information such as traffic, solar energy and air quality. In addition to the self-guided interactive tour, THINK provides a theater space and game stations for technology driven education and entertainment.
Teacher Guide:  Click Here

Air Park
Air Park looks at four main forces that make flight possible: gravity, lift, thrust and drag. All four of these forces are explained by activities that allow guests to see the forces in action: build a paper airplane and see if the design will soar; learn how kites are created and how they can fly; design and build a craft that floats on a column of air; and make a pinwheel and test it on a table of air.
Exhibit components include:
Kite Creation: Learn how kites are designed.
Real Hang Gliders: Watch footage of hang gliders as they take off, soar through the sky and land.
Airplane Launcher: Design your own paper airplane and test it at the airplane launcher.
Air Tables: Design and build a craft that floats on a column of air.
Bernoulli Blowers: Learn why beach balls magically float above a column of moving air.
Pinwheel Table: Design a twirling pinwheel and test it on a table of moving air.



PLANETARIUM SHOWS:
One World, One Sky:  Big Bird's AdventureJoin Big Bird, Elmo and their friend, Hu Hu Zhu as they introduce children to the night sky and very basic astronomy. Recommended for very young audiences (ages 2 to 7), and the very young at heart!
Back to the Moon, for Good! – In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Like in the glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, our big white space neighbor is enjoying the attention of lunar explorers. Only this time, they’re going back to the moon for good.
LASER Light Family Style
Our Amazing Solar System – Climb aboard for a fun and informative journey through the planets, from the center of our solar system to its very edge.
Fragile PlanetFly from the oceans of Earth, to the towering peaks of Mars, and out to the unexplored landscapes of the Milky Way galaxy. Could there be life out there and, if there is, could we ever find it?
Two Small Pieces of Glass Follow two students as they learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space.
IBEX  – IBEX stands for the Interstellar Boundary Explorer. This mission has helped us to better understand where our solar system ends, and where the rest of the Milky Way galaxy begins.
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity – Dare to get up close as a star ends its life with a cataclysmic explosion and collapses into one of the most mysterious and destructive objects of the universe.

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71. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

Location:  Dallas Arts District
                2001 Flora Street
                214-242-5100
Hours:  Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm
Closed Mondays, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Cafe Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 3:30 pm (for food services) & 4 pm (for beverage services)
Please note that hours are subject to change depending on private events and/or volume of business.
Closed Mondays, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Admission:  
Adult: $10; Seniors 65+: $7; Military w/ID: $7; Student w/ID: $5; Child under 12: FREE
Regular admission includes a free audio tour and entrance to special exhibitions.
FREE admission every first Saturday of the month, 10am-5 pm.

Til Midnight at the Nasher:
6pm-Midnight
FREE Admission
'til Midnight at the Nasher presents live outdoor concerts featuring the best in regional music talent and film screenings in the Nasher Garden. Guests have the opportunity to engage in social media scavenger hunts, progressive tours and to view the permanent collection and special exhibitions.  Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck offers special reserve-ahead picnic dining for two and grab & go food items the night of the event.
TBA


EXHIBITS:

OPENING OCTOBER 22 -FEBRUARY 5, 2017-- Sightings: Michael Dean
Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1977, Michael Dean lives and works in London. His work explores themes of language, the act of writing and the struggle to communicate in a variety of forms, including sculpture, photography, poetry, plays, publications and performance.



First Saturdays (FREE Admission)
10am-5pm (family activities from 10am-2pm)
Bring the kids and enjoy free admission and fun family programming on the first Saturday of every month.  
Themes:
SEPT 3 – Big Idea: Emotions/Art Project: Mood Monsters
                OCT 1 – Big Idea: Architecture/Art Project: Building in a Bag
              NOV 5
Big Idea: Language/ Art Project: Personal Postcards

HOMESCHOOL WORKSHOPS
FALL Workshops TBA


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72.  SHOWS AT THE FORT WORTH OMNI IMAX THEATER–MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

NOW SHOWING:
Great White Shark
Misrepresented, maligned and misunderstood, the Great White Shark is an iconic predator: the creature we love to fear. Great White Shark explores the Great White’s place in our imaginations, in our fears, and in its role at the top of the oceanic food chain.  Shot on location in South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico and California, the film looks to find the truth behind the mythic creature forever stigmatized by its portrayal in the world’s first blockbuster movie, Jaws.

Dolphins
From the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, Dolphins takes audiences under the water's surface for a romp with inquisitive Atlantic spotted dolphins, acrobatic dusky dolphins, and the familiar bottlenose dolphin of Flipper fame.  Viewers will meet a young woman scientist, Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski, and her two colleagues, mentor Dr. Bernd Würsig and Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez, as they lead us on an exploration into their fascinating world.  While most of what we know about dolphins comes from studying them in captivity, Dudzinski and her colleagues conduct their research with dolphins in the wild, a far more strenuous, time-consuming, even dangerous endeavor. Employing innovative scientific methods and technology, Kathleen and her colleagues set out to learn more about how dolphins communicate and their foraging and social behaviors. Audiences may be surprised to witness firsthand how scientific progress is made in inches and not miles, and how the slow accumulation of scientific data is passed on, and expanded upon, from one generation of scientists to the next.

Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure
One of the Omni Theater’s all-time favorites is coming soon! Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure is a live-action nature drama filmed on location in Borneo and in a purpose-built studio in Oxford, England, Bugs! explores the dramatic and savage lives of an Old World praying mantis and a beautiful butterfly, known by their Latin names, Hierodula and Papilio. This 40-minute feature combines incredible footage with cutting-edge IMAX® technology to deliver a fantastically entertaining and enlightening experience about the little guys in life.

Tornado Alley
Join Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX 2, the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes, on this heart-pounding science adventure. Armed with a 70mm camera, a fleet of customized vehicles designed to withstand gale force winds, torrential rains and unrelenting hail, and an arsenal of the most advanced weather measurement instruments ever created, the stars of Tornado Alley takes audiences on a thrilling quest to experience a tornado’s destructive power at point blank range. Experience the adrenaline and the science of nature’s most dramatic phenomena, now showing in the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Omni Theater, an IMAX dome.

America Wild: National Parks Adventure
Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation's awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive IMAX® cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds.   Join world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America’s majestic parks – including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches – in an action-packed celebration that will inspire the adventurer in us all, and highlight how important it is that we protect these treasured landscapes.

Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure
Bugs! explores the dramatic and savage lives of an Old World praying mantis and a beautiful butterfly, known by their Latin names, Hierodula and Papilio. This 40-minute feature combines incredible footage with cutting-edge IMAX® technology to deliver a fantastically entertaining and enlightening experience about the little guys in life.  The stars of Bugs!, Hierodula, the mantis, and Papilio, the butterfly, are born in the same part of the exotic Borneo rainforest. Their home is the foliage around an abandoned and dilapidated shack on the edge of the river. Here, we witness Hierodula and Papilio mature and grow. Hierodula develops by incomplete metamorphosis; emerging from his egg as a mini-mantis and shedding his skin regularly on the way to gaining his adult wings. Papilio goes through a complete metamorphosis, from caterpillar to butterfly via the pupal stage.

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73. 
FEATURED 3D FILMS AT THE HOGLUND FOUNDATION THEATER AT PEROT MUSEUM

THROUGH OCTOBER 14 -- Flying Monsters 3D (20 minutes)

Just as dinosaurs began their domination of Earth, pterosaurs ruled the prehistoric skies. Some with wingspans as long as a modern jet plane, these flying reptiles were as spectacular in appearance as they were amazing in flight. Join world-renowned naturalist and documentary filmmaker David Attenborough as he recounts the fascinating story of how humans first discovered these creatures and how they were able to get off the ground and soar...until their sudden disappearance from Earth.
To View Trailer:
Click Here
Tickets: Click Here

THROUGH OCTOBER 5 -- National Parks Adventure 3D (40 minutes)
Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive IMAX®  3D cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, the Everglades and Arches. Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the national parks with world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America’s majestic parks in an action-packed expedition that will inspire the adventurer in us all.
To View Trailer:
Click Here
Tickets:
Click Here

THROUGH SEPT 5, 2016 -- Tiny Giants
(20 minutes)
In an adventure of giant proportions, Tiny Giants 3D reveals the astonishing lives of the smallest animals. Using the incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras, audiences are transported in a very intimate way into another world to experience the titanic battles these creatures face to survive. A chipmunk in a wild wood is forced to grow up fast when he finds himself alone for the first time. Only by using his ingenious superpowers can our hero not only stay alive, but also become a master of his universe.
View Trailer:   Click Here
Tickets:  Click Here

OPENING SOON -- Asteroid: Mission Extremem 3D (25 minutes)

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74.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

Location:  2100 Log Cabin Village Lane, Fort Worth, TX  
Phone: 817-392-5881
Admission:  $4.50 ages 4-17 and 60+;  $5 ages 18+
Groups:  $4.00 each for groups of 10+;  Free for ages 3 & under
Hours:  Tue-Fri, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
             Sat & Sun, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.
             Closed Mondays

Upcoming Programs
JUNE 17 -- WAGONS WEST
9am-Noon
Wagons West is a program of hands-on activities recreating elements of a typical school-age child's day. The children wash clothes using a washboard and lye soap, card wool, grind corn by hand and weave on a child's scale loom.
Cost:
$15 admission includes materials and a snack.
Reservations required one week prior.
This “drop-off” program is for children going into 1st-6th grade. 
REGISTRATION FORM

AUGUST 20 - SEPTEMBER 4 -- LOG CABIN VILLAGE CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE


OCTOBER 22 - SEPTEMBER 4 -- Frontier Fall Fest
Details Coming Soon

NOVEMBER 12 -- Cherokee Basket Weaving
Details Coming Soon

DECEMBER 3 -- Holidays at the Hearth
Details Coming Soon

For More Information about the programs:  Click Here

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75.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE AT OLD CITY PARK

Location:  
Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 South Harwood St.
                  (
located near the heart of downtown Dallas, close to the junction of Interstates 30 and 35)
Admission:  $9 Adult;  $7 Senior (65+);  $5 Child (4 to 12 years)
Dallas Heritage Village members are admitted free.

Group Pricing:
 15 - 49 People Adults: $8 per person; Seniors (65+): $6.50 per person
                       
  50 - 99 People Adults:  $7 per person; Seniors (65+): $6 per person
                         
100+ People Adults: $5 per person; Seniors (65+): $5 per person
*Admission prices for special events vary. Detailed information about upcoming events is listed in our Calendar of Events.

Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
           
Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.
           
Monday: Closed to the public
Closed:
January and August
Closed the following holidays:
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

JULY 4 -- Old Fashioned Fourth
10am-3pm
FREE Admission
Celebrate 50 years of fun at Dallas Heritage Village!  We’ll be bringing back favorite activities from past events such as Dairy Day, Circus in the Park and Teddy Bear Picnic. 
Deck your family out in red, white and blue, grab your picnic basket and celebrate our nation’s past.
  Explore the Village and chat with costumed characters.  Bring a wagon, decorate it at the craft station and be a part of the All-Join-In-Parade.  Test your modern skills against a variety of Victorian era games, including the Junior Historian Carnival with its game booths of skill and chance and famous stick pony race.  Play historic games like horseshoes and graces or join a mini-checkers tournament. Musical performances will keep your toes tapping, and you’ll have a chance to put your own golden touch on some vintage crafts celebration our nation’s birthday and our 50th!



EVENTS

Barnyard Buddies
11am-Noon
Cost:
$5/participating child, 1 free adult, $9 additional adults.
JUN 22 -- How Do You Wokka-Wokka by Elizabeth Bluemle
Today is the day to get your dance on; time to perform with jazzy rhythms and silly rhymes!
We will make our self-portrait puppet today to wokka- wokka with.
JUN 29 -- Amandina by Sergio Ruzzier
Just like the little dog in the story, Amandina, by Sergio Ruzzier, we are going to put on a show!
With all the fun puppets we have made this June, it is time to build a theater and put on a show of our own!
OCT 12 -- TBD
NOV 9 -- TBD
DEC 14– TBD


OCTOBER 7 -- Lone Star History Day
Mark your calendar for our annual home school event!
Details TBA


FAMILY PAST TIMES

3rd Sunday of the Month
Time:  
Noon - 4pm
Admission:  
Children FREE; Adults $9; Seniors $7
Bring the whole family for historic fun and participate in themed activities.


Homeschool Workshops:

Cost:  $15 per participating student;  Parents & children 3 and under free
Registration Details:  Workshops & tours must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance,
and are conducted during regular museum hours.
Workshops are held rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
Topics Offered:
--Teens Telegraphing

How did kids know what the weekend plans were? What did they do to let friends know what was happening? Today, everything and everyone is connected, and within seconds of something happening, texts and photos are being sent across town and the country. How did people communicate long ago? Learn how we kept in touch when we were restricted by technology, etiquette, and social rules.
--Home Arts of the Pioneers
Pioneers knew how to spin, weave and sew along with the many other chores needed just to survive. With all the labor required every day just to persevere, why would they take the extra time to learn the additional skills and techniques to decorate basic everyday objects? We’ll go back in time and try to understand the creative heart of the pioneers.
--Pioneer Pets
Could your pet make it in the Old West? How do you pet a chicken? Can you envision your pampered lap cat with the job title of “Rat Killer”? Just like the pioneer children, the animals had chores too! During your workshop, learn a lesson in Donkey Care 101, what Fluffy would have to do to earn her keep and more.
For More Information:  Click Here to email or 214-413-3664

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76.  OLD RED MUSEUM OF DALLAS COUNTY HISTORY AND CULTURE

Location:  Old Red Museum, 100 South Houston Street, Dallas, TX  75202
Phone: 214-757-1949
Hours:
The Museum is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
The Museum will be closed on the following days:
December 24th & 25th

Admission:
General admission: $8
                 Senior (64+)/Student admission: $6 (students must show current high school or university ID)
                 Children ages 3-16: $5
                 Children under age 3: Free
                 Old Red Members: Free (Must Provide Proof of Membership)
                 Sunday Only – Early Bird Special: $5 for tickets purchased before noon
                 Jury Duty – Visitors can receive a reduced admission of $4 with proof of jury duty
General Admission tickets include admission to both the permanent galleries on the second floor and any special exhibit on the first floor.
Special Exhibits Only:  
Free with Old Red Museum General Admission
Special Exhibit Gallery Only: 
$3.00 adults; $1.00 children 3-16; Free for children under 3 years of age
Groups:  
Groups of 20 people or more, $5 each. This special pricing is ONLY AVAILABLE BY MAKING ADVANCED ARRANGEMENTS. Please call the group sales department at 214-757-1949 or click to email to book a group sale to take advantage of this price.

Discount:
  The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture is offering HEART of Texas members (with valid HEART of Texas Family ID) a $1 discount per person/ticket. Discount may not be used for the Home School Workshops.

To learn about HEART of Texas membership:
Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here



CURRENT EXHIBITS

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 -- Dallas on the Homefront:  Dallas during World War II
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, this exhibit will examine the everyday lives of women and men on the homefront.  Artifacts, stories, photographs and letters will illuminate the process of converting a domestic economy to war production where scrap drives, rationing and war bond sales became a reality for the Dallas community. Educational programming for school groups will be integrated into this exhibit.
As an added bonus, visitors can recreate one of the most iconic images in American History and take a photo at Old Red’s very own Rosie the Riveter Selfie Station!

OTHER EXHIBITS:
Early Years: Prehistory to 1873
Trading Center

Big D
World Crossroads


HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS

Future Home School Programs TBA

Chose your Date, Chose your Program:
Your group can schedule the date and choose the program from the many we offer.  The date and program can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm or on limited Saturdays from 9:30am till noon. 
All visits will include:  Four interactive galleries, over forty computer touch screens, the Children’s Education Center, Discovery Carts and Interactive Gallery Guides.
 
Time:  Registration: 9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
          Program Begins: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost:  $6/children;  $3 Adults
Includes program, all day admission to the museum galleries and program supplies.
Please note that we have changed to a cash only admission the day of the program.
To RSVP:  Click here to email the sales dept with the following info:
Names of attending adults, email address, phone, number of adults, number of children, ages of children.  If you are a group leader, please list your group name with each family unit listed separately, as this makes preparation and registration run more smoothly.
Parking:  Museum guests may purchase an
underground parking vouchers for $2.
Details: Everyone enjoys a celebration!  What brings families and communities together?  How are traditions enjoyed? Come and join us at Old Red as we discover some of the rich traditional celebrations that help create the great city of Dallas. Students will enjoy music, making sand art, designing special placemats, creating cards and other items to be taken home and shared with family and friends.
 
  
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77.  STAR PARTIES

Have you ever seen the rings of Saturn? Have you ever wanted to view the moons of Jupiter? Have you been dazzled by a star cluster? Are you in the market for a telescope and don't know where to start? Our star parties are a blast! While the Fort Worth Museum no longer conducts monthly star parties for the public, we will announce others as we learn about them.

SEPT 10 -- Stars Over Euless
8:30pm
Bob Eden Park, 901 Mid-Cities Blvd
Join the Euless Parks and Community Services Department and the staff of the world-renowned Noble Planetarium as we teach area residents about the stars and planets. Planetarium staff will conduct a Powerpoint presentation on different elements in the nighttime sky.  Astronomers will bring out powerful telescopes so kids can gaze into outer space and learn about the order and function of stars and planets in the sky. Bring out a blanket for the entire family and enjoy a great evening of educational fun. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
For More Information:  817- 685-1666

Stars & Stories (In the Planetarium Gallery)
10:15am
Cost:  Regular museum admission
Details:  Join the Noble Planetarium and the Fort Worth Public Library for Stars and Stories!  This storytime for our youngest astronomers will feature a story read by librarians from the Fort Worth Public Library and then the planetarium show One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure!  Stars and Stories is FREE with museum admission!
JULY 19
AUG 16


2016 Star Parties
:
Future Dates  FT WORTH MUSEUM STAR PARTIES CANCELLED - It is with great sadness that FWAS has to announce that the monthly public star parties that were hosted by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History have been CANCELLED EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. The Museum believes that it is no longer feasible for them to continue to host these events. FWAS was not involved in this decision, and while we regret the outcome, we must abide by the museum's choice to cancel these events.
Hundreds of adults and children attended these public star parties each month, and often thousands attended during special astronomical events. FWAS members supported these events with their own telescopes, time and knowledge of the sky. Our only reward was sharing our knowledge and love of the night sky with the public.

For more information:  click here
              

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78.  NORTH TEXAS DISTRICT SCIENCE FAIR FOR HOME SCHOOLERS

Need a boost to your homeschool science curriculum? Have a detail inclined child or one who loves science or technology? Need something on a college application to convince the staff your child can compete with the best? Science fair should be in your future!

Your 6th graders have a chance to participate in the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF) too!

Private homeschooled students in grades 3-12 may enter in one of 4 divisions. Those living in TEA region 10: Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties compete for the opportunity to enter the DRSEF. Students in other near-by counties may compete at our NDTSF for awards, but cannot be guaranteed entry into a regional ISEF event: some have gone on to the FortWorth Regional event.

All 6 - 12 grade projects need some ISEF forms (like the research plan) to be filled in BEFORE experimentation begins! 6th graders' projects may NOT include any handling of toxic/dangerous substances or require permission for human or animal subjects. Higher grades must submit forms for these BEFORE experimentation begins - start early. Please find out more on our website. This is the most confusing part of science fair participation, so let's get it worked out early - contact us. We don't want students eliminated on technicalities.

Students from our NDTSF have done very well at DRSEF (placing and even Grand Prize!) and at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair (placing). You don't have to place to win a special prize. Add that "WOW" factor to your project by checking out our new links to give your project even more "Marvelocity". Ask how we can help. Don't forget to check our "Links" page for more homeschool friendly science competitions (some links need to be fixed at Texas A&M).

For More Information:  Click Here to email

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79.  ALEDO CHRISTIAN SCHOOL'S BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, VOLLEYBALL, SOFTBALL TEAMS

Aledo Christian School, located in Aledo,TX, is offering their sports programs to home schoolers.

Who:  7-12th grade boys and girls
Girls Sports:  
Volleyball, Basketball, Softball
Boys Sports:  Basketball & Baseball

Location:  Aledo Christian School
                400 Queen Street
                Aledo, TX  76008

For Information About Baseball:  817-939-2979 or click here to email
For Information About Other Sports: Contact 817-441-7357
 

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80.  BERNE ACADEMY'S BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL

Berne Academy, located in Lancaster, TX, is looking for homeschoolers to play on their Boys'  Varsity Basketball Team.  They are associated with T-CAL (Texas Christian Athletic League) out of San Antonio.

Who:  7-12th grade boys
Location of Practices:  Tommie Allen Recreation Center on Bonnie View Road
For More Information:  972-218-7373 or click here to email
 

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81.  HOMESCHOOL SWIM-- The Colony Aquatic Park

Brand New!  Expanded Homeschool Swim in The Colony!!
The price for fall season passes are very reasonable, especially since there are now three different days a week that you can come!
 

When: 
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Time:  
12:30-1:30pm

Location:  
The Colony Aquatic Park
               5580 N. Colony Blvd  
               The Colony, TX  75056


Cost:
$4 per person or purchase a season pass

Note:  Children 6 and under MUST be directly attended by a swimming adult within arms reach.

Seasonal Passes available:
 $45–Individual
                                          $60–Micro-family (2-3 members)
                                               
  $80–Family (4+ members)

For More Information: 972-624-2225 or Click Here to email
http://www.TCpard.com

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82.  HOME SCHOOL SWIM AND SWIM TEAM AT DON RODENBAUGH NATATORIUM
IN ALLEN

Home School Open Swim
Half-Price Fridays at the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium!

Time:  1 p.m. – 3 p.m. during the school year
Who:  Home school students and their families.
Cost:  $2/Students;  $2.50/adults
For More Information:  Call 214-509-4770 or visit http://www.allenparks.org/

City of Allen Home School Swim Team
Practices:  Monday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location:  Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
For more information:  Call 972-992-3996 or visit http://www.metro-aquatics.org/


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83.  CHRISTIAN MARTIAL ARTS

Christian Martial Arts, an outreach of First Baptist Church of Euless, is offering a free month of classes to HEART of Texas newsletter readers who wish to try out their program.  Christian Martial Arts has been ministering to the physical as well as spiritual needs of local families for almost ten years at First Euless!

It is a fun way to get plenty of exercise in an environment that seeks to honor God and teach respect for others. The tenets of CMA are Courtesy, Humility, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable spirit. Students learn fundamentals of self-defense, balance, flexibility, practice and repetition. We encourage progress through belt promotions but each student is only in competition with himself to advance. We have sparring nights, optional board breaking, tournaments and special events including Christmas parties and demonstrations. If you are looking for a great family activity, you've found it!


Cost: $25/month per person

Discount:  Christian Martial Arts, an outreach of First Baptist Church of Euless, is offering a free month of classes to HEART of Texas newsletter readers who wish to try out their program.

Times/Class Descriptions:
Monday: 6:00  p.m.–6:30  p.m.–Children only
Monday: 6:30  p.m.–7:30  p.m.–Beginners & Advanced of all ages
Thursday: 6:30  p.m.–7:30  p.m.–Beginners of all ages
Thursday: 7:30  p.m.–8:30  p.m.–Advanced students
Saturday: 10:00 am–12:00  p.m.–Open Workout for all students



For More Information: Click Here



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84.  DALLAS THUNDER HOME SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Dallas Thunder is a home school competitive basketball organization.
Dallas Thunder offers:
Christ-centered, competitive Basketball for Home schooled boys and girls
Experienced, Professional Coaches.
The opportunity to play top public and private schools in the area
Participation in the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Tournament.

Teams forming for 2015-2016
Forney Sports Center
Monday - 2-4pm
Wednesday - 1-3pm
Click here to register

Website: http://www.dallasthunder.org 


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85.  ELITE TRACK CLUB/CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM


For More Information:  Click Here to email or 817-800-3922                                
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86.  HOME SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

The Home School Athletic Association is a Christian-based organization providing athletics for homeschoolers through volunteer home school parent. They provide various programs including football, baseball, volleyball, soccer, and basketball for high school and middle school home schoolers.
 
Cheerleading:  Girls junior high cheerleading squad for the 2015 football season.  Click here to contact the coach.  

Cross Country:
If you are interested in joining HSAA Cross Country, p
lease click here to contact the Track Commissioner.

Football: 11-Man Tackle Football...Middle School, JV, and Varsity!
Open to boys, ages 11 to 18 and in grades 6 through 12, HSAA Football promises to provide each student-athlete with a Christ-centered approach to sports. Though competitive in nature, to be sure, HSAA will not sacrifice core values to win at all costs.

Instead, coaches and parents – and team mentors (varsity players and those who have recently graduated) – work with the players to build character for life.

Registration details: Click Here

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87.  HULCY HOME SCHOOL PE CLASSES IN RICHARDSON

Come try your first class for free and see if our 20 year reputation of helping kids enjoy  in a competitive Christian atmosphere is right for your family. 100% of the children that have tried it... have stayed.
 
Ages:  6-12
Cost:  $20 a month for first child... $15 a month for any additional children.

Discount:  Rhett is offering HEART of Texas members one free month of classes, with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here



When:  Tuesdays (once a week)
Girls meet from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Boys meet from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
To sign up just call 214-695-5560
 
Where:–Heights Park in Richardson on Floyd
in between Belt Line and Arapaho on the West  side of 75 (south of Arapaho).
 
We play an array of competitive  for kids at any skill level: dodgeball, football, kickball, flag tag, capture the flag, war, softball, baseball, crazyball, flipperball, Frisbee golf, soccer, circle dodgeball, track and field, and tons more.  We also play fun and easy games such as:  squirrel in a tree, two headed monster, parachute games, and much more!

We have a family camp out in January, and a Field Day at the end of the year that includes a picnic dinner, volleyball, hay ride, playing in a tree house, games, a bonfire, and cooking hotdogs outside!
  
Call RHETT HULCY directly to enroll or for any questions about the class:
214-695-5560

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88.  HOME SCHOOL PE PROGRAMS AT VELOCITY  IN SOUTHLAKE

Location:  Velocity Sports Performance
                1800 East Highway 114, Suite 101
                Southlake, TX  
                817-416-0606

Discount:  Velocity /Southlake is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount on all training, whether it is with the Home School program, regular training program or any camps that are held at this location., with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

Velocity Sports Performance in Southlake has designed a program to meet the needs of Home School Families!

Location:
     1800 East Hwy 114, Suite 101
, Southlake, TX  
For More Information: Call 817-416-0606
To Learn More About Velocity:  www.velocitysp.com/southlake

Velocity  Performance is a  training facility with a staff of degreed and certified coaches.  Their programs focus on all facets of athletic performance, including speed and agility, strength and explosive power, flexibility and mobility, endurance and energy system develo p.m.ent, and injury risk prevention.

Their 18,200 sq. ft. indoor facility includes a 30 yard turf field, 60 yard speed track, regulation volleyball court, Olympic weight area, comfortable viewing area for parents/coaches with wireless internet, men's and women's showers, electronic timing system and video analysis, and SPARQ testing.

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89.  HOME SCHOOL FENCING CLASSES AT FENCING INSTITUTE OF TEXAS

Fencing Institute of Texas is committed to supporting our Home Schooled children by providing physical fitness that challenges the mind as well as the body.  

Home School Classes
Times:  4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Tuesdays and Thursdays
        10:00 a.m. – 11:30 am. – Saturdays

Instructor:  Coach Rhonda Trietsch
For More Information: 972-444-8498 or visit: http://www.fenceintexas.org/homeschool.html

Students enjoy private lessons, group training, and mini-tournaments during this time.
Parents are welcome to participate along with their children in these programs.

Additional classes during the week between the hours of 10 AM and 4  p.m. will be added

as this program and need grows.  

Open Enrollment: Students may join this program at any time; the first month's fees are prorated.  There is no pro-ration of fees after the first month.  Fees are $90 per month plus $50 tuition ($140), and are due by the 5th of the month.  Fees are due in advance and are non-refundable.

Students may take additional private lessons outside of the class meeting time for an additional fee.

Discount:  Fencing Institute of Texas is offering HEART of Texas members a $10 discount off the monthly tuition (individual or family) with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   HEART of Texas students participating in the FIT Saturday Page or Squire programs receive a $5 discount off the monthly program fee with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here



To Register: Class size is limited to 15 students; pre-registration is required.  If you are interested, please call our school at (972) 444-8498, or complete and mail or FAX the Home School Registration form.

To Download Registration Form: http://www.fenceintexas.org/homeschool.html


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90.  PARKER-TARRANT HOME SCHOOL SPORTS

Parker-Tarrant Home School exists to promote and accomplish  education for the Texas Home School student in a Christian environment. With a focus primarily in the Parker County and West Tarrant County areas of North Texas, the organization’s objective is to provide a competitive environment for middle school and high school  competition that is not normally provided by traditional home school organizations or support groups. PTHSS desires to accomplish this goal in a way that both works alongside the parents and honors Jesus Christ.

Currently the PTHSS organization offers boys' Varsity and Junior Varsity Baseball, boys' Basketball from middle school through high school, girls' high school basketball and girls' Varsity and Junior Varsity Volleyball. Six-Man boys' football is being added this fall! Other  programs and age divisions may be offered in the future.

Many of the PT Warriors athletic activities occur at Birchman Baptist Church in West Fort Worth.


For More Information:  click Here to email or www.pthss.org/

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91.  POP-IN PLAYTIME AT PUMP-IT-UP OF GRAPEVINE

WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS
Time:  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ages:  2-6 years old

WEDNESDAYS
Time:  3:30–5:30 p.m.
Ages:  6-12 years old

Discount:  Pump-It-Up of Grapevine is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount on private parties. Members also receive $1 off Pop-In-Playtime on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for ages 2 through 6, and on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 for ages 6-12.   Members must present their valid HEART of Texas Family ID card to take advantage of these special offers.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


For More Information:  817-329-1332 or grapevine@pumpitupdfw.com


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92.  THESA RIDERS HOME SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

THESA Riders is a home school association, providing the DFW area with competitive and Christ-centered athletic programs for home schoolers at the high school and junior high level.

THESA offers the following:
Baseball -- 
Boys Basketball -- Girls Basketball -- Girls Cheer -- Boys Football -- Boys and Girls Golf -- Girls Softball -- Girls Volleyball

THESA Riders is offering a competitive HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER program for 2014-2015.
TRYOUTS:  Dates to be announced SOON – check web site or email us

Who is THESA?
THESA  (Texas Home Educators' Sports Association) exists to support families with a calling to home educate their children by providing high quality, competitive sports programs, enabling children to grow in Godly character and skills at the junior and senior high level.

What does a THESA soccer tryout look like?
The coaches will spend about 20 minutes at the beginning of the tryouts with a parent/player orientation – expectations, what a season looks like, practices, commitment. 
The coaches will then put players through 1 Ä‚ -2 hours of stretching, conditioning, skills, drills, and team play.

Do players need to attend all the tryouts?
If your schedule allows, attending all the tryouts is best.  While attending all the tryouts is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged for each player to make the best showing, get to know the other players and coaches.

What does a player need to bring?

Players need to come with a GREAT attitude, dressed in appropriate soccer attire and equipment, bring a personal ball (only size 5) and LOTS of water, maybe even a snack.

Questions?
Web site:  http://www.thesariders.net/
Email us at thesaridersoccer@gmail.com


For More Information: http://www.thesariders.net

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93.  TRAINING FOR CONFIDENCE MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL IN COLLEYVILLE

Training for Confidence is a full-time martial arts school in Colleyville.

We currently have several families at our Colleyville school location who home school their children. 
We would welcome the opportunity to partner with Heart of Texas and offer discounted tuition to your members.

Discount:  Training for Confidence is offering HEART of Texas members a 25% discount off the monthly student membership fee, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here



To Learn More:  TFCKarate.com

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94.  BEST GYMNASTICS IN FLOWER MOUND 

Gymnastics is the best sport available to create young athletes and proper athletic foundations for all future sporting endeavors.  We offer several classes for all ages including: Little Tots class for 14mo-3 years, Best Kids 3-4 years.  For ages 5 and up we offer Tumbling, Girls Gymnastics, Boys Gymnastics and a Home schooling class. 

Location:  601 Cross Timbers Rd. Suite 100 in Flower Mound.
To Learn More: 972-874-8800 or click here

Home School Class
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Details: Best Gymnastics does not have sessions, so you can join at anytime! This co-ed class for ages 5 and older will focus on athletic conditioning, tumbling, flexibility, core strength, and of course, fun! The class has a 10:1 student/teacher ratio.
Cost: $59/month
For more information: Click here

Open Gym
Date: Every Friday
Time:  6:00pm-9:00pm 
Cost: $12/child
Details: This is a drop off event. Lots of exercise and lots of fun! No reservations required.
For more information: Click here


Best Night Out
Date: Swpt 14
Time:
6:00-10:00pm
Cost:
$25/child; siblings receive $5 discount
Details:
Best Night Out is designed for parents to get the night off while kids have a blast at the gym! Dinner and a drink are provided. Children 3 (potty trained) and older may attend Best Night Out.
For more information:
 Click here
Upcoming dates: 
Sept 14: Best Bucks Spending Spree; Oct 19: Monster Mash Madness; Nov 9: Pirates and Princesses Party; Dec 14: Winter Wonderland

Discount:  Best Gymnastics is offering HEART of Texas members a 15% discount off all of their recreational gymnastics classes, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


To Learn More about Best Gymnastics: 972-874-8800 or click here

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95.   HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM AT LANTANA GOLF CLUB

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM
SPRING 2015 SESSION

Experience the Game of Golf! Lantana Golf Club is offering three separate golf programs for juniors, age 8-17, in 2015. The Spring, Summer and Fall programs will each offer weekly clinics over a period of 8-10 weeks.

Participants will receive instruction on full swing, short game (chip, pitch, putting) and bunker play. Participants will also receive a basic introduction to the rules & etiquette of golf and the opportunity for quality time on the course.

Our objective is to introduce juniors to the game of golf, improve playing skills and provide the opportunity for personal growth and learning. We hope to build and strengthen character, develop new friendships, and enjoy the experience and life lessons this great game provides.

Marc Brooks will provide lead instruction with assistance from other local golf professionals as needed. Mr. Brooks is a PGA member and currently Director of Instruction at Lantana Golf Club. He was named "Best Golf Instructor Denton County 2011, 2012 and 2013" and a member of the PGA President's Council for his continuing effors to promote the grow the game of golf.  

To Register: click here to download the registration form.

For more information: Contact Marc Brooks, PGA at 940-728-4653 ext. 308 or click here to email

Discount:  Marc Brooks is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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96.  HEART OF TEXAS MENTOR PROGRAM

We are excited to announce that we are rolling out our new HEART of Texas Homeschool Mentor Program for homeschooling families! 
The purpose of the Mentor Program is to provide real-time, face-to-face, one-on-one help for new homeschool moms and dads who are starting their homeschool journey.

If you are a veteran home educator who would like the opportunity to encourage and support the next generation of home schoolers, please consider becoming a HEART Mentor.  Please email Anne regarding the program (include Mentor in subject line) and she will connect you with our Mentor Coordinator.

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97.  DFW SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

DFW Speech & Debate is committed to providing quality communications training to help students sharpen their ability to analyze problems, think and listen critically, and communicate their ideas in an organized and compelling manner. Our communications training includes:
 
Speech & Debate Summer Camps
We train hundreds of students each summer who go on to excel in competition! Our camps are engaging and fun and serve to inspire students to cultivate their critical thinking and communication skills. We offer a wide variety of training including introductory, intermediate and advanced Speech and Debate camps, Model UN, Moot Court and much more for ages 12-18! This summer we are expanding our offerings to include Junior Speech for ages 6-11!
 
Private Coaching! - for speakers, debaters and writers who would like to advance their skills at a faster pace
Most great competitors have great coaches. Our veteran team of coaches provide individualized training for students prior to and during the school year. Coaching sessions include helping students develop a high level of competency writing AP quality essays, writing and performing speeches, and writing and arguing their debate case. See specific Coaching Services here.
 
Tools for Debate Curriculum
Most great competitors also have great TOOLS. Our easy-to-use 12-week curricula puts valuable instruction in the hands of debate students and club leaders to prepare students for Policy and Lincoln Douglas debate competition. Our curriculum includes a dual track approach to help beginners master foundational skills such as Writing a Case, 4-Point Refutation, Organization and Cross-Examination (C/X) and more. Experienced debaters will advance to the next level with round-winning techniques on C/X Strategies, and NEG strategies (e.g. identifying unproven or faulty assumptions). Packed with examples, drills, quizzes and a FREE affirmative case!
 
For More Information:  dfwspeechanddebate.com
 
Discount:  DFW Speech & Debate is offering HEART of Texas member-supporters  (with current Family ID) 10% off their Summer Camp fee.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here

 

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98.  DENTON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION

This group has no announcements this month.

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99.  IRVING HOME SCHOOLERS

A support group for families in Irving and all surrounding communities.

Details:
We are a volunteer, non-profit organization committed to serving home school families in Irving and all surrounding communities. Our mission is to reach out to all homeschooling families - providing resource information, ongoing activities, and support. All are welcome. We meet the 1st Thursday of the month (Sept. - May except Dec.) at Lee Park in Irving.
For more information:
click here


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100.  PEACH

A support group for families in the Plano area
Click Here for More Information


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