HEART of Texas

Homeschool with HEART!
July 2019 HEART OF TEXAS   
Home Educators Alliance for Resources and Training of Texas, Inc.

JULY 2019  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 groups 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, proms/dances, classes, workshops, conventions/conferences, 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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JULY AUGUST
"HOMESCHOOLING 101" INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS

JULY 22, AUGUST 22, SEPTEMBER 23

Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Cost: FREE

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

To Register:  Click Here
For More Information:  
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:  
If your support group 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.  We will provide training and materials.


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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MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE


July 2019
JULY 2&3 -- Kimbell (Pictures & Pages): Moon, by Allison Oliver
JULY 4 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Horse Club Rodeo Event
JULY 4 -- Dallas Arboretum: Window to the Wild Bird Show
JULY 5 -- Nash Farm (First Friday): Keeping Cool
JULY 5 --  Oliver Nature Park: Intro to Fishing (3-16y)
JULY 5 -- Lake Mineral Wells: Stargazing the Texas Night Sky
JULY 5 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  Night Hike
JULY 6 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Women & Horses
JULY 6 -- Wichita Falls:  Library Book Sale
JULY 6 -- HEART Partner  LLELA: Nature Walk
JULY 6 -- Star Parties: Stargeezer's Star Party
JULY 6 -- Lake Mineral Wells: Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry & Stories
JULY 6 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  River Expedition; Cast Iron Camp Cooking; Star Party
JULY 6 -- Kimbell (Kids Drop In): Weaving Patterns
JULY 7 -- Oliver Nature Park: Intro to Fishing (3-16y)
JULY 7 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  Mystery Hike; Bug Buddies
JULY 8-10 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Nature Connection Summer Camp
JULY 8-12 -- Heritage Farmstead: Pioneer Camp Session III
JULY 8-12 -- River Bend Nature Center (Camp): Mad Science Lab
JULY 9 -- Japanese Gardens: Docent Tours
JULY 9 -- Fossil Rim: Composting/Keyhold Gardening
JULY 10 & 13 -- Dallas Heritage Village: Barnyard Buddies
JULY 11-14 -- NTPA: The Lion King, Jr (Plano)
JULY 12-AUG 17 -- HEART Partner Artisan Center Thtr (Main Stg): Aida
JULY 12-20 -- NTPA: Be More Chill (Plano)
THROUGH JULY 13 -- Artisan Center Theater (Children's): Shrek the Musical Jr
JULY 13 -- Star Parties: Frisco Star Party
JULY 13 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Wonders of Water: It's Your Planet
JULY 13 -- Kerrville: Library Book Sale
JULY 13 -- HEART Partner   LLELA: Nature Hike
JULY 13 -- Lake Mineral Wells: Night Sounds
JULY 13 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  Overlook Hike; Moonshiner's Hike
JULY 13 -- Kimbell Mus (Childrens wkshp): I Love Nature: Painting Big w/Claude Monet
THROUGH JULY 14 -- Dallas Museum: Jonas Wood
JULY 14 --
HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Junior Horsemanship Day Camp
JULY 14 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  Spear Throwing;  Edible Plant Hike
JULY 15-19 -- Heritage Farmstead: Creek Camp Session II
JULY 17-28 -- HEART Partner Dallas Summer Musicals: Hello Dolly (Betty Buckley)
JULY 18-21 -- NTPA: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Fairview)
JULY 19 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  Night Hike
JULY 20 -- Mineola: Library Book Sale
JULY 20 -- Japanese Gardens: Japanese Tea Ceremony
JULY 20 -- HEART Partner LLELA: My First Fish (ages 5+)
JULY 20 -- Kimbell (Kids Drop In): Weaving Patterns
JULY 20 -- Star Parties: Cedar Hill Star Party
JULY 20 -- TX Discovery Garden: Welcome to the Dark Side
JULY 20 -- Cedar Hill SP: Kayaking 101
JULY 20 -- Lake Mineral Wells: Stargazing the Texas Night Sky
JULY 20 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  River Expedition; Survival Series
JULY 21 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  Mystery Hike; Make Geocache
JULY 22-26 -- River Bend Nature Center (Camp): Junior Engineer
JULY 23 -- Heritage Farmstead (A Day on the Farm): Life on the Blackland Prairie
JULY 23-24 -- Nasher: Destination Dallas - Summer Architecture Wkshp (by application)
JULY 25 -- Dallas Arboretum: Christmas in July
JULY 25-27 -- Plano: Library Book Sale
JULY 25-28 -- NTPA: James & the Giant Peach, Jr (Willow Bend)
JULY 26 -- HEART Partner  LLELA: Night Hike (ages 5+)
JULY 26-AUG 3 -- NTPA: Emma!  A Pop Musical (Fairview)
JULY 27-AUG 31 -- HEART Partner  Artisan Center Theater (Children's): Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure
JULY 27 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Guided Kayak Tour (ages 7+)
JULY 27 -- Kimbell (Kids Drop In): Weaving Patterns
JULY 27 -- Star Parties: Stars on the Rock (4th Sat)
JULY 27 -- TX Discovery Garden: Native Plants Symposium
JULY 27 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  River Expedition; Overlook Hike
JULY 28 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  Edible Plant Hike
JULY 29 --  Oliver Nature Park: Intro to Archery (6-14y)
JULY 30 --  Oliver Nature Park: Intro to Fishing (3-16y)

August 2019
AUG 1-31 -- Dallas Arboretum: August Dollar Days
AUG 2 -- "Start Right; Finish Strong" Bookfair & Conference -- Richardson, Texas
AUG 2 --
Dinosaur Valley SP:  Night Hike
AUG 2-3 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Primitive LLELA (5 and up)
AUG 3 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Nature Walk
AUG 3 -- Star Parties: Stargeezer Star Party
AUG 3 -- Kimbell (Kids Drop In): Seaside Explorers
AUG 3 -- Nash Farm (First Friday): Pickles
AUG 3 -- Nasher (1st Sat): Free Admission
AUG 3 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  River Expedition; Star Party
AUG 4 --  Oliver Nature Park: Intro to Fishing (3-16y)
AUG 4 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  Mystery Hike; Bug Buddies
AUG 5 & 6 -- Fossil Rim: Summer Special
AUG 5 & 6 -- Fossil Rim: Biodiversity
AUG 6 -- FW Botanic Garden: Bella's Book Club
AUG 6&7 -- Kimbell (Pictures & Pages): The Deaf Musicians, by Pete Seeger/Paul Jacobs
AUG 7-8 -- HEART Partner Dallas Summer Musicals: Fiddler on the Roof
AUG 9 -- 
Oliver Nature Park: Intro to Fishing (3-16y)
AUG 10 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Perseids Meteor Shower Watch Party
AUG 10 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  Overlook Hike
AUG 10 -- Kimbell (Kids Drop In): Seaside Explorers
AUG 10 -- Star Parties: Frisco Star Party
AUG 11 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  Paint w/a Ranger;  Edible Plant Hike
AUG 13 -- Japanese Gardens: Docent Tours
AUG 14 -- FW Botanic Garden: Seedlings Kids Program
AUG 16 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  Night Hike
THROUGH AUG 17 -- Artisan Center Thtr (Main Stg): Aida
AUG 17 -- Star Parties: Cedar Hill Star Party
AUG 17 -- Japanese Gardens: Japanese Tea Ceremony
AUG 17 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Saturday at the Cabin
AUG 17 -- Kimbell (Kids Drop In): Seaside Explorers
AUG 17 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  Riveer Expedition; Mystery Hike; Make Geocae
THROUGH AUG 18 -- Nasher: Sheila Hicks: Seize, Weave Space
THROUGH AUG 18 -- Nasher: Pairings: Sculpture in Nasher & Rachovsky Collection
AUG 18 -- LLELA: Guided Kayak Tour
AUG 20 -- FW Botanic Garden: Little Sprouts
AUG 24 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  Fossil Dig
AUG 24 -- Kimbell (Kids Drop In): Seaside Explorers
AUG 24 -- Star Parties: Stars on the Rock (4th Sat)
AUG 25 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  Fossil Dig
AUG 25 --  Oliver Nature Park: Intro to Fishing (3-16y)
AUG 30 - Dinosaur Valley SP:  Night Hike
AUG 30-SEPT 1 -- DSO (Movies in Concert): Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
AUG 30-SEPT 28 --
HEART Partner Artisan Center Thtr (Main Stg): The Ark
THROUGH AUG 31 -- HEART Partner Artisan Center Theater (Children's): Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure
AUG 31 -- Kimbell (Kids Drop In): Seaside Explorers
AUG 31 --  Oliver Nature Park: Intro to Archery
AUG 31 -- Dinosaur Valley SP:  River Expedition

JUN-JULY-AUG
Summer Zoo Classes for all students


FEATURED ARTICLES

HEART of Texas:  Social Media Coordinator Needed!

Are You Connected Yet?
 -- 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 
    
 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 -- 
      Six Flags Read to Succeed -- 
   
CONTESTS/COMPETITIVE EVENTS
4.   BEST Robotics
5.   FIRST Lego League: WORLD CLASS CHALLENGE

6.   Texas State Fish-Art Contests -- Deadline March 31 (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 GROUPS/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
34.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga 
35.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
 
NATURE CENTERS, ZOOS, & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS/CAMPS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your program
36.  Camp Tonkawa (Day Camps and Outdoor Education) -- Collinsville
37.  Dallas Arboretum -- Dallas 
38.  Dallas Zoo -- Dallas
39.  Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Programs
40.  Fort Worth Botanic Gardens -- Fort Worth
41.  Fort Worth Japanese Gardens -- Fort Worth
42.  Fort Worth Zoo Homeschool Classes -- Fort Worth
43.  Fossil Rim
44.   Haven's Horses  (Horsemanship & Outdoor Education)-- Keller
45.  Heard Museum Homeschool Classes – McKinney
46.  Heritage Farmstead Museum -- Plano
47.  Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
48.  
Nash Farm -- Grapevine
49.   Oliver Nature Park -- Mansfield
50.  Ride with Pride -- Southlake
51.  River Bend Nature Center - Wichita Falls
52.  Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch   -- Pilot Point
53.  Texas Discovery Gardens  -- Dallas
54.  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
55.  Artisan Center Theater Performances -- Hurs t
56.  Breitling Youth Theater/Acting for Children Performances -- Garland
57.  Cantare Performance Choir -- Southlake
58.  Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse Performances -- Fort Worth
59.  Cottage Theater Performances -- Watauga
60.  Dallas Children’s Theater Performances -- Dallas
61.  Dallas Summer Musicals -- Dallas
62.  Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- Dallas
63.  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -- Fort Worth
64.  Genesis Theater -- Plano
65.  Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra -- Dallas
66. 
North Texas Performing Arts -- Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Fairview
67.   Park Cities Studios/The Dallas Conservatory -- Dallas
68.  Shine -- Plano
69.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances  --  Special Pricing -- Dallas/Ft. Worth
70.  Texas Ballet Theater Dance School -- Dance Classes -- Fort Worth
71.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances 
     
ART AND SCIENCE MUSEUMS
72.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
73.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
74.  Kimbell Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth
       Admission to the museum's Permanent Collection is always FREE
75.  Perot Museum  -- Dallas                               
76.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
77.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas

OMNI & 3D FILMS   
78.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
79.  3D Films at the Perot Museum in Dallas -- Perot Museum 
   

HISTORICAL PROGRAMS
80.  Log Cabin Village -- Fort Worth
81.  Dallas Heritage Village -- Dallas
82.  Old Red Museum -- Dallas

SCIENCE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
83.  Star Parties at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History  
84.  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
86.  Aqua Kids -- Flower Mound & Keller
88.  Best Gymnastics -- Flower Mound
89.  Bowman Sports -- Roanoke, Prosper, Haltom City, McKinney, Flower Mound
90.  316 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy (316BJJ) -- Rockwall
91.  
Christian Martial Arts -- Bedford
92.   Dallas Thunder Homeschool Basketball Organization
94.   DasCHE Spartans -- DeSoto
95.   Home School Athletic Association
96.  
Home School Fencing Classes -- Fencing Institute of Texas -- Farmers Branch
97.   Home School Golf Program -- Lantana Golf Club 
98.  Homeschool Swim -- The Colony Aquatic Park -- The Colony
99.  Homeschool Swim & Swim Team -- Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium-- Allen
 
100. Parker-Tarrant Home School 
101.Pop-In Playtime -- Pump It Up of Grapevine -- Grapevine
102. THESA Riders Home School Association
103. Training For Confidence Martial Arts School -- Colleyville
104. Turbo Techniques -- Flower Mound  

SUPPORT GROUP ANNOUNCEMENTS
Become a HEART of Texas Support Group Partner to list your Support Group here!
105.   HEART of Texas Mentor Program
106.   
DFW Speech and Debate Club -- Coppell
107.   Denton County Christian Home School Association -- Denton

108.   PEACH -- Plano
109.   REACH -- Rockwall

COLLEGE PREP
110.  SAT Test Dates
111.  Master the SAT Classes with Jean Burk

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

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

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
120. Reading Programs 


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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:

Matthew Road

MATTHEW ROAD ACADEMY IS HIRING!

Matthew Road Academy is hiring!
MRA is an educational model where parents and teachers partner together not only to achieve academic goals, but also to point students back to Christ in all areas of their lives. We offer core and elective courses for 3rd – 12th grades. Students attend MRA on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and high school science labs meet on Fridays. Instructors assign at-home assignments, and students complete that work and return it the following week for grading. 
Matthew Road Academy is a great fit for teachers who love teaching but do not want to teach in a full time environment. Retired teachers, college professors, and past teachers turned homeschool parents are all great candidates for working here! 

If you are interested in joining a school where teachers partner with parents, then prayerfully consider Matthew Road Academy. We are actively seeking to fill many teaching positions. Please fill out our employment inquiry form so that we can know your skills, interests, and availability. www.matthewroadacademy.org/employment-inquiry/ 
You may also send a resume. admin@matthewroadacademy.org


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HEART of Texas: Social Media Coordinator!

If you enjoy spending time on Facebook or Twitter, you may have what it takes to be our Social Media coordinator!
This is a volunteer position that will require approximately 2 hours a week.  Students can use this position as a way
to earn Community Service Hours toward graduation.   Please contact us for more information!

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Are You Connected Yet?
-- Anne Gebhart, Regional Director, HEART of Texas

In the 70s, Bell Telephone created a television commercial encouraging people to, "reach out and touch someone" with a phone call.  Back then, talking on the phone was one of the few ways people could "reach out" to others to say "hi" or offer a timely word of encouragement.  When news had to be spread within an organization or group quickly, leaders would often coordinate a "phone tree," where one person would call another person with a message, and that person would call the next person on the list to deliver the message, and so on.  It worked pretty well back during a time when people were home and answered their phones.

We've come a long way since the 70s in terms of technology.  The home phone (land line) is quickly growing obsolete as people gravitate toward phones they can keep in their purse or pocket.  Yesterday's phone trees have given way to today's email lists, today's cell phones do a whole lot more than call people, and we have many communication options to choose from when we wish to "reach out" to someone.

While the ways we communicate have changed since the 70s, there is something that has not changed:  the need to be connected to others.  This is especially true of new homeschool families looking for encouragement and support, but even we older homeschoolers need to remember the importance of connecting with others even if we feel like we're doing okay on our own.

The Bible instructs us in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 to "encourage each other and build one another up." 
How can we do this unless we are in communication (fellowship) with others?

Hebrews 10:24-25 says that we should "encourage each other, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."
We certainly have lots of communication tools at our disposal to "reach out" and encourage each other!  If you see as I do the darkness and grim events all around us, you probably recognize that we all need lots of encouragement to keep us headed in the right direction.  Is it possible that we need to be more in communication with others than those in the 70s?  While technology can be a bane in many regards, we have never had so many different ways to communicate and encourage each other as we do today -- and just in time for End-Times Encouragement!

Ever wonder how often we are to encourage each other?  The answer may come as a surprise. According to Hebrews 3:13, we are to encourage others "every day, as long as it is called 'today".  Every day.  Whew! That's a tough one for me because I'm not always in the mood to encourage others.  Some days I can be pretty grumpy.  But, the beauty of today's versatile phones and computers is that they give us options that don't require us to be "up" for a phone call.  We can send a text.  We can post a message on Facebook.  We can send an email.  We can even "share" something that someone else sent.  We are no longer limited to the phone to make a timely deposit into someone else's Encouragement Account.

Encourage each other.  Even more as the Day draws near.  Every day.  

Are you connected?
If not, we can help.

The mission of HEART of Texas 
is to provide leadership, information, training, and educational support to the families and support group leaders in North Texas.   We have an extensive database of homeschool groups, classes and other resources, and part of what we do in serving this region is to help families find what they need to be successful as they endeavor to teach and train their children.    

We also host a variety of regional events such as our annual HEART of Texas Regional College Night, a Regional Home School Expo, homeschool informational meetings, a Nuts & Bolts Conference where parents can learn more in-depth how to homeschool from Kindergarten through High School and Beyond, and other special events as opportunities arise.

In short, we help people make connections.


We connect homeschool families with groups, classes, resources, and information to educate their children in a way that is best for their family. 

We connect support group leaders with other leaders, and with training to help them to be effective leaders.  It takes more than one organization to serve North Texas homeschoolers, and we are happy to support the leaders who serve with us.

We connect businesses and organizations with the homeschool community through events and our Partner Program.

We connect community leaders and elected officials with issues that are important to homeschoolers. 


We'd love to connect with you!  Here are just a few ways to do that:

Subscribe to our free biweekly enewsletter, chock-full of events and activities going on all across the region.  

Become a member of HEART of Texas to connect with our wide array of Partner Discounts and Benefits.

Become a volunteer!  We have many opportunities for adults as well as students to volunteer with HEART of Texas while helping to serve the homeschool community in a meaningful way.

If you are a veteran homeschooler or support group leader looking for a way to support the next generation of homeschooling families, consider becoming a Mentor.  

And if you'd like to speak by phone, we can still do that too!   Just include your number when you email.


Thank you for connecting with us!   


Anne Gebhart, is the regional director of HEART of Texas, and co-founder with Dave, her husband of 26 years.  They have homeschooled their 6 children for 23 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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Looking for a Way to Serve Homeschoolers?

Do you fit any of these categories:
Have you graduated your kids but want to find a way to stay connected in the homeschool community?
Did you have a successful homeschool experience & now are looking for a way to give back?
Do you have a desire to be a blessing other homeschool families looking to get started?

We have a great opportunity for you!

HEART of Texas is now recruiting mentors for its 2018-2019 Homeschool Mentor Program. 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.  We will provide training and materials.  

Support Group Leaders:  If you have someone interested in taking this on for your group, this may be a great way to help us
refer people to your group, to get help with figuring out the first steps in homeschooling!  Mentors commit to serve at least one family for one school year, and agree to meet a minimum of one time a month.  

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 of Texas Homeschool 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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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
magazine.

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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.

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


BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Spring 2017-2018 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


STEM KITS available for check-out!!
STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Our STEM kits contain materials such as books, DVDs, and equipment for conducting experiments, with each kit focusing on a specific STEM concept. These kits are most appropriate for children in grades 2-6 and are a great way for you and your children to explore a variety of STEM topics together through fun, hands-on learning activities.
 
How do I check out a STEM kit?
STEM kits are available to anyone with a Lewisville Public Library card, and cards are free to all Texas residents.  For more information about applying for a Lewisville Public Library card, visit: https://www.cityoflewisville. com/index.aspx?page=207# librarycard
STEM kits check out for one week with no renewal and are limited to one kit per card at a time.

What kits are available?
Astronomy
Bridges
Force and Motion
Human Body
Light and Color
Math: Measurement
Microscopy
Nature
Weather
Sustainability Kits (developed in partnership with Lewisville’s Office of Sustainability):
Alternate Energy Sources and Conservation
Water Convervation
Field Observation Backpacks (developed in partnership with LLELA):
Birds Field Observation Backpack
Bugs and Butterflies Field Observation Backpack
For more information:  Lewisville Public Library’s Youth Services Desk at 972-219-3577.


2018-19 Weekly Classes and Events
(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.

(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.
 
(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.
 

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: Tuesdays

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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


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   

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.

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 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. 
View the Eligibility Rules
To Register:  Click here

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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.

For more information:  Click Here


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5.  FIRST LEGO LEAGUE:  FLL WORLD CLASS CHALLENGE

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

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


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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. 
  
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.



For More Information:  Click Here to send email or visit https://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.

Eligibility Requirements & Rules governing the USAMTS:  Click Here

To Register:  Click Here

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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


Awards and Other Details:  Click Here


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10. TEXAS BEEF LEADERS OF TOMORROW 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



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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:  https://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 2017 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 2020 competition
For More Information or to Enter: click here



26th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 2017 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:  https://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: https://www.heartoftex.org/ resources/membership

Auditions
TBA



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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: https://www.heartoftex.org/ resources/membership

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

Contact:    972-475-4138
        https://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: https://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:  https://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: https://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: matthewroadacademy.org
or call the school office at 469-200-0227.


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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.  


To Register:  Click Here to email
For more information: 
https://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 https://www.heartoftex.org/ partners/  for more details.

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



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


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: https://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 https://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 https://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: https://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.

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BEDFORD -- MAY 11
Time:   Sat 10:30-4
 
Location:   Bedford Public Library
                 2424 Forest Ridge Dr
                  817-952-2350  

Books:  4,000 books; sorted; .50 each 
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DALLAS -- MAY 21-25
Time:  Wed 10-7:45, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10-5:45
Location: Skillman Southwestern Library
                5707 Skillman St
                214-670-6078

Books:  Most items 50-$2; Fri half price; Sat $8/bag; ($6/bag for 5 or more bags). Discounts added at 3:00 Sat.
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DALLAS -- SEPT 7-14
Time:   Sat: 10am-5pm; Fri: 1-5pm; Sat: 10am-5pm
 
Location:   The Lakewood Library Friends June Leftwich Book Sale
                6121 Worth Street
                214-670-1376 

Books:  .50-$3; bag sale during final hours
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DECATUR -- MAY 9-11; SEPT
Time:  Fri: 10-6;  Sat: 10-2
Location:  Decatur Public Library
                1700 Hwy 51S
                940-393-0290
Books:   Paperbacks .50; hardcovers $1; children's half price

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FLOWER MOUND -- AUG 2-4; OCT 18-20
Time:  Sat: 11-5pm;  Sun: 1-4pm
Location:  Flower Mound Public Library
                3030 Broadmoor Lane
                972-874-6151
Books: 90% donated; 70% hardcover; sorted; Includes audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, computer programs, records; paperbacks $1; hardcovers most $2; Sun: includes special clearance prices

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IRVING -- JUNE 7-9
Time:  Fri & Sat: 10am-4pm;  Sun: 1-4pm
Location:  Irving Public Library
                3000 Rock Island Rd
                972-721-2628
Books:   50% donated; 50% hardcover; sorted; paperbacks .50-$1; hardcovers $1

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KERRVILLE -- MAY 11; JUNE 8; JULY 13, AUG 10; SEPT 14; OCT 12; NOV 9; DEC 14
Time:  Sat: 10-4
Location:  Butt-Holdworth Memorial Library
                505 Water St
                830-895-0592
Books:   30,000 books; 50% donated; 75% hardcover; not 'picked over'; no buyer restrictions; 
            .50-$2.50, coffee table books $4
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LEWISVILLE --SEPT
Time:  Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 1-5pm
Location:  Lewisville Public Library
                1197 W Main St
                972-315-9052
Books:   7,000 books; 65% donated; 90% hardcover; sorted; .25-$2; children's & YA bks $5/box
3,000 books; 100% donated; 40% hardcover; not 'picked over'; no buyer restrictions; paperbacks .50; hardcovers $1; children's .25-.50
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MARSHALL -- MAY 10-18;  AUG 9-17;  OCT 11-19
Time:  Sat: 9:30am-3pm;  Mon, Tue, Thur: 9:30-7pm; Wed, Fri: 9:30-5
Location:  Friends of Marshall Public Library
                300 S Alamo
                903-935-4465, ext 4466
Books:   paperbacks .50; hardcovers $1

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MINEOLA -- JUNE 15; JULY 20; AUG 17, SEPT 21, OCT 19, NOV 16;  DEC 21
Time:  Sat: 9am-2pm
Location:  Mineola Memorial Library
                1721 N Pacific St
                9903-569-2767
Books:   100% donated; sorted; not 'picked over'; no buyer restrictions; paperbacks .25, 5/$1; hardcovers .75, 2/$1; $5/bag

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PLANO -- JULY 25-27
Time:  Sat: 10am-6pm;  Sun 11am-3pm
Location:  Friends of Plano Public Library
                at Plano Event Center
                2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy
Books:   100% donated; sorted; paperbacks .25, 5/$1; hardcovers .75, 2/$1; $5/bag

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SANGER -- SEPT 14
Time:  Sat: 8am-4pm
Location:  Sanger Public Library
                501 Bolivar St
                940-458-3257
Books:   .50/paperbacks;  $2/hardcovers

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TEMPLE -- AUG 28-31
Time:  Wed, Thur: 10am-8pm;  Fri: 10am-5pm;  Sat: 10am-4pm
Location:  Friends of the Library Bookstore
                7th & Austin
                940-263-9403
Books:   60,000+ books; 100% donated; 70% hardcover; sorted; no buyer restrictions; $1-$2

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WICHITA FALLS -- MAY 4; JUNE 1; JULY 6; AUG 1-31; SEPT 7; OCT 5
Time:  Sat: 8am-1pm
Location:  Friends of the Library Bookstore
                7th & Austin
                940-263-9403
Books:   99% donated; 70% hardcover, Bookstore half price sale, 1st Saturday of each month. In case of severe weather, sale will be postponed until the following Saturday.
August Book Sale for the entire month!

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34.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

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

Register for 2019-2020 Classes
Classes Begin AUGUST 12

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


Website:  https://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: https://www.heartoftex.org/ resources/membership


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35.  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:  https://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: https://www.heartoftex.org/ resources/membership


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36.
  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: https://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 

MAY 2019 
MAY 4 -- Horsemanship Day Camp

MAY 4-5 -- Wildlife Camp
MAY 11-12 -- Native American Indian Camp
MAY 18-19 -- Wonders of Water  It's Your Planet Love It!  - Leadership Journey
MAY 25-27 -- Summer Family Nature Camp - Memorial Day Weekend
MAY 29 -- Primitive Survival Day Camp (4)
MAY 31-JUNE 2 -- Girls Horsing Around Camp

JUNE 2019
JUNE 9-14 -- Week in the Woods Summer Camp
JUNE 18-20 -- Western Days Girls Session
JUNE 25-27 -- Western Days Boys Session
JUNE 26 -- Primitive Survival Day Camp (5)
JUNE 29 -- Horsemanship Day Camp

JULY 2019
JULY 4 -- Horse Club Rodeo Event
JULY 6 -- Women & Horses
JULY 8-10 -- Nature Connection Camp Summer Camp
JULY 13 -- Wonders of Water  It's Your Planet Love It! Day Camp
JULY 14 -- Junior Horsemanship Day Camp


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: https://www.heartoftex.org/ resources/membership

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37.  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
https://www.dallasarboretum.org   

Hours:  Open Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 
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 
$9 daytime parking pass available by online purchase only                                                 


EVENTS at the ARBORETUM

May 2019 
MAY 4 -- Homeschool Overnight
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $55 per person
(light snack, continental breakfast & parking included in fee)
Spend an unforgettable night in the Children’s Adventure Garden! Homeschool groups will investigate the waters of our Texas Native Wetlands, explore alternative energy on the Pure Energy islands and travel to distant planets in the OmniGlobe theater with our highly-trained education staff. Once the sun goes down, navigate the garden and search for nocturnal animals on a flashlight night hike. Participants will also learn about the importance of pollinators and make wildflower seed bombs to beautify your yard! A light snack and continental breakfast are included. Sleeping accommodations will be inside the Exploration Center which is nestled in the middle of the Children’s Adventure Garden. Open to homeschool families, groups or co-ops. 

MAY 18 -- Night Owls
6pm-10pm
Cost: $35/person
Open to families or groups with children ages 5-12. Children must be accompanied by parent. 

Experience the wonder of the Rory Meyer’s Children’s Adventure Garden at night! Guests will participate in Texas Native Wetlands, Pure Energy and OmniGlobe programs, as well as venture out on a flashlight night hike with experienced Arboretum staff. We are happy to host your child’s birthday party, scouts, church or school groups! A light snack is included. This event may combine individual families or groups.

MAY 25-27 -- Memorial Day Weekend
Cost: Free with Paid Garden Admission
Active & Retired Military & first responders received FREE Admission (with valid ID)
$2 hot dogs and root beer floats. Emporium Pies’ ice cream truck, complimentary face painters and a petting zoo are onsite all weekend from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Live music every day at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn from 2-4 p.m. See website for more details

MAY 25 - JULY 31 -- Summer at the Arboretum
The gardens often reach their most lush and beautiful state during our summer festival!
Summer at the Arboretum might surprise you. Our gardens remain lush, green and happy, full of entrancing beauty.  Thousands of feet of misters, a host of beautiful water features and hundreds of shade trees combine to offer a cooling experience that makes the garden all the more stunning. Whether you want to get outside with the family for a picnic, enjoy an amazing concert set against sunset over White Rock Lake, you’ll find a wonderful way to spend the day at the Arboretum during the summer.

JUNE 15 & 16 -- Fathers Day Weekend at Dallas Arboretum
Cost: Free with Paid Garden Admission
Schedule:   All weekend
dads receive a complimentary iced tea at Terrace Caf� and Caf� on the Green
Sat & Sun:
9am-5pm: Car Show, featuring Classic Chassis Car Club Dallas.
10am-2pm:  Volunteer Advisory Board is on site to take family pictures for a donation in Val Late Garden.
11am-2pm: Food Trucks available:  Rick's BBQ Smokehouse & Just Encased
2-4pm:  Enjoy live music performances at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn
The Vinyl Stripes: Rockabilly Surf Music (Sat);  The Blandelles oldies rock and roll covers (Sun)
Sun:
10:30am: Window to the Wild bird show is on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Law

JUNE 29 & 30 -- Winner of Excellence for Military Concert Bands, the 36th Infantry Division Band
Noon-2pm
Enjoy our nations’ patriotic classics and some contemporary and jazz musical surprises.

JULY 4 -- Window to the Wild Bird Show
10:30am: Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
2-4pm: Watch Rushmore Band perform on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn from 2-4 p.m. to honor our nation’s birthday.

JULY 25 -- Christmas in July
9am-5pm, Pecan Grove
Celebrate Christmas in July with Santa Claus live in the garden. The Volunteer Advisory Board is onsite to take family photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a donation. Enjoy a viewing of the movie, Home Alone, in Rosine Hall and a special performance by Christmas carolers following the movie. Holiday music is playing throughout the garden all day. Enjoy a sneak preview of the Holiday Village Exhibit, debuting in November 2019. Guests can see one of the village houses on display in the Pecan Grove.


DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE 
Featured Discounts:  click here

BOGO WEDNESDAYS (except August)
Buy one, get one admission every Wednesday

AUGUST 1-31 -- AUGUST DOLLAR DAYS:
9am-5pm
In August, we are celebrating Dollars Days with $2 general admission, $2 children’s garden admission, $5 parking, and budget friendly menu items at the Terrace Caf� including $2 hot dogs and root beer floats, $4 brownie sundaes, $1 sodas and frozen popsicles.

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.

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. 


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38.  DALLAS ZOO & CHILDREN'S AQUARIUM

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);
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


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39.  FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER AND REFUGE PROGRAMS

Location:  9601 Fossil Ridge Road
                Fort Worth, TX 76135
                www.fwnaturecenter.org
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:  Oct-April: 8am-5pm, daily;
                       May-Sept: 7am-5pm Mon-Fri;  7am-7pm Sat-Sun
Extended Hours Beginning Sept 7 (Labor Day):  
7am - 7pm (Refuge only)
Hardwicke Interpretive Center: 
9am-4:30pm daily

Monthly Programs

May 2019

MAY 19 -- Canoe Fest

Noon -4pm
Cost: $5 (with paid admission), Cash only please
Meet at Canoe Launch
Whether you are a novice or a canoeing enthusiast, come paddle and enjoy nature along the river. All equipment is provided. Children must be 5 years or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian.
No Registration Required, First Come First Served

MAY 27 -- Bison Feeding Hayrides
10am
Cost: $16/person ages 3+;  Under 3 free but must sit on adult's lap

Join us on a hayride and assist us in feeding our bison. Learn about their historic ecological role and the important service they provide to the Refuge. Along the way, you will hear about the many habitats and the history of the Nature Center. Meet at the Hardwicke Interpretive Center.
Pre-registration Required: 817-392-7413

June 2019
JUNE 1 -- Small Grazers of the Prairie (ages 5 & up)
1:30-3pm
Cost: $5 (with paid admission)
Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike to explore the grasshoppers residing on the prairie and forest margins. You will be surprised at all the different species we have and their grazing impacts on the plant community.
Pre-Registration Recommended

JUNE 3 -- Early Birds

8:30-10:30am
Cost: $5 (with paid admission)
Wake up early and beat the heat like the birds. Hike with us in wooded areas in search of raptors and songbirds. Outdoor activity, come prepared.
Pre-Registration Required

JUNE 8 -- Insectigators
1:30-3pm
Cost: $5 (with paid admission)
Have you ever wondered why insect bodies are so hard? Join us and learn about everything that makes an insect an insect. We will also go out and catch some insects and identify them and make a praying mantis craft.
Pre-Registration Recommended


JUNE 22 -- Native Bees
1:30-2:30pm
Cost: $5 (with paid admission)
Did you know that honey bees are not actually native to North America? However, there are 4,000 different species that are native to our continent. Come learn  about their natural history and what roles they play in our ecosystem.
Pre-Registration Preferred

JUNE 23 -- Wonderful Worms
1:30-2:30pm
Cost:  $5 (with paid admission)
There is more to earthworms than you may think. We will reveal their roles in the ecosystem and the different types of earthworms; from the kind you want to fish with to the kind that make great composters.
Pre-Registration Recommended

JUNE 29 -- Spiders & Webs
1:30-3pm
Cost:  $5 (with paid admission)
Discover the incredible diversity of the local spider community. Often misunderstood, these arachnids play an important role in their ecosystem and are beneficial to our society. Join us as we take a closer look at these incredible hunters and the webs they create.
Pre-Registration Recommended

JUNE 30 -- Trinity's Basking Turtles
1:30-2:30pm
Cost:  $5 (with paid admission)
We often see turtles soaking up the sun's rays on the banks of rivers, streams, and ponds. Join us as we view and learn about the common basking turtles of the Trinity River.
Pre-Registration Recommended

July 2019
Events Not Available at time of Publication

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40.  FORT WORTH  BOTANIC GARDEN PROGRAMS

The garden was established in 1934 and is the oldest botanic garden in Texas.

Location:  3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth  76107

June 2019
JUNE 11 -- Docent Tours of Japanese Gardens

10am-11am
Japanese Garden public tours are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 10:00 am. Docents wait in the courtyard of the Japanese Garden.
No reservations are necessary.

JUNE 15 -- Japanese Tea Ceremony
11am-12:45pm
Cost: $30/person (price includes ticket to Japanese Garden)
Take part in an authentic Japanese tea ceremony set in the Japanese Garden (June, July, and August Tea Ceremonies are usually held indoors due to heat).
This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society. Participants will have a reserved seat to watch the tea ceremony performance. Guests will be able to ask questions and sample the tea.

July 2019
JULY 9 -- Docent Tours of Japanese Gardens

10am-11am
Japanese Garden public tours are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 10:00 am. Docents wait in the courtyard of the Japanese Garden.
No reservations are necessary.


JULY 20 -- Japanese Tea Ceremony
11am-12:45pm
Cost: $30/person (price includes ticket to Japanese Garden)
Take part in an authentic Japanese tea ceremony set in the Japanese Garden (June, July, and August Tea Ceremonies are usually held indoors due to heat).
This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society. Participants will have a reserved seat to watch the tea ceremony performance. Guests will be able to ask questions and sample the tea.


August 2019
AUGUST 13 -- Docent Tours of Japanese Gardens

10am-11am
Japanese Garden public tours are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 10:00 am. Docents wait in the courtyard of the Japanese Garden.
No reservations are necessary.


AUGUST 17 -- Japanese Tea Ceremony
11:30am-12:45pm
Cost: $30/person (price includes ticket to Japanese Garden)
Take part in an authentic Japanese tea ceremony set in the Japanese Garden (June, July, and August Tea Ceremonies are usually held indoors due to heat).
This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society. Participants will have a reserved seat to watch the tea ceremony performance. Guests will be able to ask questions and sample the tea.


Sept 2019
SEPTEMBER 10 -- Docent Tours of Japanese Gardens

10am-11am
Japanese Garden public tours are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 10:00 am. Docents wait in the courtyard of the Japanese Garden.
No reservations are necessary.


SEPTEMBER 21 -- Japanese Tea Ceremony
11:30am-12:45pm
Cost: $30/person (price includes ticket to Japanese Garden)
Take part in an authentic Japanese tea ceremony set in the Japanese Garden (June, July, and August Tea Ceremonies are usually held indoors due to heat).
This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society. Participants will have a reserved seat to watch the tea ceremony performance. Guests will be able to ask questions and sample the tea.


Oct 2019
OCTOBER 8 -- Docent Tours of Japanese Gardens

10am-11am
Japanese Garden public tours are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 10:00 am. Docents wait in the courtyard of the Japanese Garden.
No reservations are necessary.


OCTOBER 19 -- Japanese Tea Ceremony
11:30am-12:45pm
Cost: $30/person (price includes ticket to Japanese Garden)
Take part in an authentic Japanese tea ceremony set in the Japanese Garden (June, July, and August Tea Ceremonies are usually held indoors due to heat).
This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society. Participants will have a reserved seat to watch the tea ceremony performance. Guests will be able to ask questions and sample the tea.


Nov 2019
NOVEMBER 12 -- Docent Tours of Japanese Gardens

10am-11am
Japanese Garden public tours are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 10:00 am. Docents wait in the courtyard of the Japanese Garden.
No reservations are necessary.


NOVEMBER 16 -- Japanese Tea Ceremony
11:30am-12:45pm
Cost: $30/person (price includes ticket to Japanese Garden)
Take part in an authentic Japanese tea ceremony set in the Japanese Garden (June, July, and August Tea Ceremonies are usually held indoors due to heat).
This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society. Participants will have a reserved seat to watch the tea ceremony performance. Guests will be able to ask questions and sample the tea.


Dec 2019
DECEMBER 10 -- Docent Tours of Japanese Gardens

10am-11am
Japanese Garden public tours are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 10:00 am. Docents wait in the courtyard of the Japanese Garden.
No reservations are necessary.



FAMILY & CHILDREN PROGRAMS
Little Sprouts Program (Third Tuesdays)
MAY 21, JUNE 18, AUGUST 20
10:30am-11:30am
Third Tues beg. March 20 (except Dec, Jan, February & July)

FREE to the Public
For children 18months to 3 years 
Location:  Backyard Veggie Garden at FW Botanic Garden
If you plan to participate: Click to email
For More Info: Click Here

Seedlings (2nd Wednesdays) (Ages 4-6)
MAY 8, JUNE 12, AUGUST 14
10:30-11:30am

Ages 4-6 & their families
Cost: FREE to the public
Location:  
Backyard Veggie Garden at FW Botanic Garden
If you plan to participate: Click to email
For More Info:  Click Here

Family Exploration Saturdays
Saturdays in May, June
10am:Hike   1-2pm: Activities
Cost: 
FREE to the public
Location:
Bring the whole family every Saturday for outdoor learning in the special places of the Garden.
*Meeting locations may vary month to month. 
If you plan to participate: Click to email
For More Info:  Click Here

Bella's Book & Nature Club(1st Tuesdays)
MAY 7, JUNE 4, AUGUST 6
10:30am-11:30am
Cost: $10/family 
Location: BRIT
Children ages 18 months to 5 years and their families join Bella the Begonia for story time and guided outdoor exploration. Includes take home extension activities, a treasure box for collecting nature’s treasures, and seasonal journals

If you plan to participate: Click to email
Additional Info: Click Here


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41.  FORT WORTH JAPANESE GARDENS

Location:  3400 Japanese Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, TX  76107

Hours:  Winter (October-April):  9am-5pm
Summer (May-October):  8am-6pm
Last Entrance is 30 minutes before closing
Admission:  $7/adults;  $4/ages 4-12;  $5/ages 65+;  FREE/ages 3 and under
Parking is free


EVENTS
See FW Botanic Garden Events



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42. FORT WORTH ZOO HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

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

MAY 25 -- Breakfast with the Beasts
9-10am

Cost:$30/adults; $22/children
Includes continental breakfast & Zoo admission
Bring your little animals to eat breakfast with our little animals! Join us for the next gathering of the Fort Worth Zoo’s Breakfast Club to meet some new furry, feathered and scaled friends and learn more about them from our Animal Outreach staff.   Designed for families with children ages 3 to 10 years.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. 



Home School Classes (Sept -Dec & Jan-May)
Two Tuesdays a month (same class offered twice a month)
Time: 1:45-3:30pm
Cost: $25/each
Includes a live animal presentation, guided Zoo hike and admission for each student to the Zoo on class day. Please note that the same class is offered twice a month.

Ages 6-8

Explore the five senses and find out how animals use their senses to live in the wild. Each student will learn grade-appropriate information based upon Texas Department of Education standards for science, math, and English language arts.
Topics:
Apr. 2, 16 | Savanna
May 7, 21 | Desert
To Register: Click Here

Ages 9-12:
All living organisms are arranged into different groups. The more features a group shares, the more specific the group is. Discover the levels of classification, the history of how scientists have organized different species and what they do when a new species is discovered. Each student will learn grade-appropriate information based upon Texas Department of Education standards for science, math, and English language arts.
Topics:
Apr. 2, 16 | Island Formation: Volcanoes and Biodiversity
May 7, 21 | Natural Hazards and Environmental Issues
To Register:  Click Here

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: https://www.heartoftex.org/ resources/membership



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 More Information: click here


TEXAS NATURE TRADERS
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!



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43.  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

May Classes
MAY 7 -- Natural Dyes
Class: 10am-Noon;   Tour: 1pm-3pm
Cost: $23/person
Insects are amazing and important!  One Texas insect is the source of a beautiful red dye.  (Its story is told in the book, A Perfect Red, by Amy Butler Greenfield.)  After we overview insects, we will find this species in the wild, learn about it and the dye made from it, then dye a bandana for you to keep.
To register: 254.897.2960

MAY 7 -- Attwater's Prairie Chickens (age 7 and up)
Class: 10am-Noon;   Tour: 1pm-3pm
Cost: $28/person
Insects are amazing and important!  One Texas insect is the source of a beautiful red dye.  (Its story is told in the book, A Perfect Red, by Amy Butler Greenfield.)  After we overview insects, we will find this species in the wild, learn about it and the dye made from it, then dye a bandana for you to keep.
To register: 254.897.2960

MAY 22 -- Fossils 
Class: 10am-Noon;   Tour: 1pm-3pm
Cost: $23/person
To register: 254-897-2960

MAY 20 -- Nature Journaling & Tour
9am-3pm
Cost: $27
To register: 254.897.2960

June Classes
JUNE 17 -- Cheetahs
Class: 10am-Noon;   Tour: 1pm-3pm
Cost: $23/person
Insects are amazing and important!  One Texas insect is the source of a beautiful red dye.  (Its story is told in the book, A Perfect Red, by Amy Butler Greenfield.)  After we overview insects, we will find this species in the wild, learn about it and the dye made from it, then dye a bandana for you to keep.
To register: 254.897.2960

JUNE 18-- Giraffes
Class: 10am-Noon;   Tour: 1pm-3pm
Cost: $23/person
Insects are amazing and important!  One Texas insect is the source of a beautiful red dye.  (Its story is told in the book, A Perfect Red, by Amy Butler Greenfield.)  After we overview insects, we will find this species in the wild, learn about it and the dye made from it, then dye a bandana for you to keep.
To register: 254.897.2960

July Classes
JULY 9 -- Composting/Keyhold Gardening
Class: 10am-Noon;   Tour: 1pm-3pm
Cost: $23/person
Insects are amazing and important!  One Texas insect is the source of a beautiful red dye.  (Its story is told in the book, A Perfect Red, by Amy Butler Greenfield.)  After we overview insects, we will find this species in the wild, learn about it and the dye made from it, then dye a bandana for you to keep.
To register: 254.897.2960

August Classes
AUG 5 & 6 -- Summer Special
Class: 10am-Noon;   Tour: 1pm-3pm
Cost: $23/person
Insects are amazing and important!  One Texas insect is the source of a beautiful red dye.  (Its story is told in the book, A Perfect Red, by Amy Butler Greenfield.)  After we overview insects, we will find this species in the wild, learn about it and the dye made from it, then dye a bandana for you to keep.
To register: 254.897.2960

AUG 5 & 6 -- Biodiversity
Class: 10am-Noon;   Tour: 1pm-3pm
Cost: $23/person
Insects are amazing and important!  One Texas insect is the source of a beautiful red dye.  (Its story is told in the book, A Perfect Red, by Amy Butler Greenfield.)  After we overview insects, we will find this species in the wild, learn about it and the dye made from it, then dye a bandana for you to keep.
To register: 254.897.2960

September Classes
SEPT 16 -- Rhinos
Class: 10am-Noon;   Tour: 1pm-3pm
Cost: $23/person
Insects are amazing and important!  One Texas insect is the source of a beautiful red dye.  (Its story is told in the book, A Perfect Red, by Amy Butler Greenfield.)  After we overview insects, we will find this species in the wild, learn about it and the dye made from it, then dye a bandana for you to keep.
To register: 254.897.2960

SEPT 23 -- Rhinos
Class: 10am-Noon;   Tour: 1pm-3pm
Cost: $23/person
Insects are amazing and important!  One Texas insect is the source of a beautiful red dye.  (Its story is told in the book, A Perfect Red, by Amy Butler Greenfield.)  After we overview insects, we will find this species in the wild, learn about it and the dye made from it, then dye a bandana for you to keep.
To 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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45.  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.

Homeschool Classes: Click Here
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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46.  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: https://heartoftex.org/resources/membership


May Events:
MAY 31 -- Fun on the Farm: Fire Safety w/Plano Fire Dept
$11 (includes child & adult)
$8/additional child;  $3/additional adult
Meet members of our Plano Fire Department, and see a real fire truck!  We will learn about fire safety and have fun on the farm.  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.
Registration Required: Register Online or 972-881-0140

June Events
JUNE 3-7 -- Pioneer Camp Session I
Pioneer Camp encourages campers to put away the gadgets of today and experience farm life in the middle of Plano. It is 4 hours of good old fashioned fun with a smattering of chores which include caring for our sheep, chickens, turkeys, pigs, goats, and donkey. Where else can you experience days gone by with activities like Croquet, Graces, Horse shoes, Sack races and honest to goodness watermelon eatin’ contests?  There will be time to cool off with water games which include a water fight and water relays. Recommended for ages 6-12.
To Register: Download Form & email to Lindsay Bradshaw or 1900 West 15th Street, Plano TX, 75075

JUNE 10-14 -- Pioneer Camp Session II
Pioneer Camp encourages campers to put away the gadgets of today and experience farm life in the middle of Plano. It is 4 hours of good old fashioned fun with a smattering of chores which include caring for our sheep, chickens, turkeys, pigs, goats, and donkey. Where else can you experience days gone by with activities like Croquet, Graces, Horse shoes, Sack races and honest to goodness watermelon eatin’ contests?  There will be time to cool off with water games which include a water fight and water relays. Recommended for ages 6-12.
To Register: Download Form & email to Lindsay Bradshaw or 1900 West 15th Street, Plano TX, 75075

JUNE 19 -- Let's Get Mooving
$5/person
Pre-Register with 10 kids and receive 1 free Chaperone Ticket
Celebrate Dairy Month with "Let’s Get Mooving" where visitors can immerse themselves in farm life at the turn of the century.  Let’s Get Mooving will feature Buttermilk the incredible milking cow and our Southwest Dairy Farmers’ Exhibit. Other activities throughout the day include feeding our chickens, wagon rides, washing clothes the old fashioned way and much more.
Register Online or 972-881-0140

JUNE 24-28 -- Creek Camp Session I
Creek Camp is the perfect opportunity for campers to GET OUTSIDE and PLAY. At Creek Camp our campers have fun with science while keeping cool during our hot Texas summer!  The highlight of Creek Camp is a daily trip down to the creek to explore plant and animals life.  Campers will also conduct experiments, learn to be a part of a team and have a better understanding of what life was like over 100 years ago. In an effort to keep cool there will be a  myriad of water games. Recommended for ages 6-12.
To Register: Download Form & email to Lindsay Bradshaw or 1900 West 15th Street, Plano TX, 75075

July Events

JULY 8-12 -- Pioneer Camp Session III
Pioneer Camp at the Heritage Farmstead Museum encourages campers to put away the gadgets of today and experience farm life in the middle of Plano. It is 4 hours of good old fashioned fun with a smattering of chores which include caring for our sheep, chickens, turkeys, pigs, goats, and donkey. Where else can you experience days gone by with activities like Croquet, Graces, Horse shoes, Sack races and honest to goodness watermelon eatin’ contests?  There will be time to cool off with water games which include a water fight and water relays. Recommended for ages 6-12.
To Register: Download Form & email to Lindsay Bradshaw or 1900 West 15th Street, Plano TX, 75075

JULY 15-19 -- Creek Camp Session II
Creek Camp is the perfect opportunity for campers to GET OUTSIDE and PLAY. At Creek Camp our campers have fun with science while keeping cool during our hot Texas summer!  The highlight of Creek Camp is a daily trip down to the creek to explore plant and animals life.  Campers will also conduct experiments, learn to be a part of a team and have a better understanding of what life was like over 100 years ago. In an effort to keep cool there will be a  myriad of water games. Recommended for ages 6-12.
To Register: Download Form & email to Lindsay Bradshaw or 1900 West 15th Street, Plano TX, 75075

JULY 23 -- A Day on the Farm:  Life on the Blackland Prairie
$5/person
Pre-Register at least 10 kids and and receive one Free Chaperone Ticket

Stroll through our four acres, feed our chickens, and tour the historic Farrell Wilson House.  Hands on activities include feeding the chickens, milking Buttermilk the Incredible Milking Cow, washing clothing the old fashioned way, and so much more!  Perfect for summer camps, daycare, home-school groups, or families.


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47.  LEWISVILLE LAKE ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING AREA

Location:  201 E. Jones Street, Lewisville, TX  75057

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 
NOTE: Programs may be affected by weather. 
Contact the Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services office with questions Monday-Friday morning at 972.219.3550. Contact the LLELA gatehouse Friday afternoon-Sunday at 469.635.5483.

MAY  2019
MAY 4
-- Nature Walk
10am-12pm
Cost:  $5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Animal tracks, singing birds, trees with personality – we never know what we’ll find on our monthly nature walk! All ages are welcome.
Registration Not Required

MAY 11 --
Bird Walk
7:30am
Cost:  $5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Birders of all skill levels are welcome to join an expert birder every 2nd Saturday (except July and August) at 7:30 a.m. as we explore prime birding locations along LLELA's nature trails. Ages 10 and up. Free with entry to LLELA. 
Registration is not required. 

MAY 18 --
Saturday at the Cabin
12-3pm
Cost: $5/vehicle (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 docents will add to your experience. You may even be able to try your hand at a craft from the 1870s. Open houses are on the third Saturday of each month except July and August. Free with entrance to LLELA!*
Come Prepared:  the log house is located about 0.25 mile from the Cicada Pavilion parking lot, along the Cottonwood Trail. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottle of water.
Registration is not required.


MAY 18 -- Night Hike
7pm-9pm
Cost: $10/person + $5 per vehicle entry
Join our trail guides as they lead a twilight stroll down one of LLELA’s nature trails. 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. Ages 5 and up. 
Registration Required by 11am on Friday, May 17
Register Online
or 972.219.3550

MAY 25 -- Spring Prairie Walk
9am-11am
Cost: $5/vehicle (cash or check only)
RSVP Required:  Via email
or 469.635.5481

June 2019
JUNE 4 -- Nature Walk
10am-12pm
Cost:  $5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Animal tracks, singing birds, trees with personality – we never know what we’ll find on our monthly nature walk! All ages are welcome.
Registration Not Required

JUNE 8 --
Bird Walk
7:30am
Cost:  $5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Birders of all skill levels are welcome to join an expert birder every 2nd Saturday (except July and August) at 7:30 a.m. as we explore prime birding locations along LLELA's nature trails. Ages 10 and up. Free with entry to LLELA. 
Registration is not required. 

JUNE 15 --
Saturday at the Cabin
12-3pm
Cost: $5/vehicle (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 docents will add to your experience. You may even be able to try your hand at a craft from the 1870s. Open houses are on the third Saturday of each month except July and August. Free with entrance to LLELA!*
Come Prepared:  the log house is located about 0.25 mile from the Cicada Pavilion parking lot, along the Cottonwood Trail. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottle of water.
Registration is not required.

JUNE 21 --  Guided Kayak Tour (ages 7 and up)
1pm-3pm
Cost: $25/person + $5 per vehicle entry (cash or check only)
All skill levels are welcome and all equipment is provided. LLELA instructors will give an intro to kayaking and water safety basics. Drift under willows, float past reeds and cattails, and see what wildlife we encounter on either McWhorter Creek or the Beaver Pond at LLELA on the longest day of the year! Both are havens for wildlife, including turtles, frogs, fish, beavers, and many other species. All skill levels are welcome and all equipment is provided. LLELA instructors will give an intro to kayaking and water safety basics.
Registration is required by 11 am Thursday, June 20
To Register:  See instructions

July 2019
JULY 6 -- Nature Walk
10am-12pm
Cost:  $5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Animal tracks, singing birds, trees with personality – we never know what we’ll find on our monthly nature walk! All ages are welcome.
Registration Not Required

JULY 13 -- Night Hike (ages 5 and up)
8pm
$10/person
Join our trail guides as they lead a twilight stroll down one of LLELA’s nature trails. 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.
Registration required by 11 am on Friday July 12th.
Register Online or 972-219-3550

JUNE 8 --
Bird Walk
7:30am
Cost:  $5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Birders of all skill levels are welcome to join an expert birder every 2nd Saturday (except July and August) at 7:30 a.m. as we explore prime birding locations along LLELA's nature trails. Ages 10 and up. Free with entry to LLELA. 
Registration is not required. 

JULY 20 --
Saturday at the Cabin
12-3pm
Cost: $5/vehicle (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 docents will add to your experience. You may even be able to try your hand at a craft from the 1870s. Open houses are on the third Saturday of each month except July and August. Free with entrance to LLELA!*
Come Prepared:  the log house is located about 0.25 mile from the Cicada Pavilion parking lot, along the Cottonwood Trail. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottle of water.
Registration is not required.

JULY 20 -- My First Fish (ages 5 and up)
9am-11am
Cost: $3.50/person
Location: Lone Star Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park,
1301 S. Railroad Street, Lewisville TX  75057
Ready? Set? Cast! Join Texas Parks and Wildlife Certified Angler Educators and learn how to prepare a rod, bait a hook, and casting techniques. You can catch your first fish at any age but for this program ages 5 and up are welcome! Adults 17 and older must have a valid Texas freshwater fishing license.
Visit tpwd.texas.gov for details
Registration Required:  click here 

JULY 26 -- Night Hike (ages 5 and up)
8pm
$10/person
Join our trail guides as they lead a twilight stroll down one of LLELA’s nature trails. 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.
Registration required by 11 am on Friday July 22.
Register Online or 972-219-3550

JULY 27 --  Guided Kayak Tour (ages 7 and up)
1pm-3pm
Cost: $25/person + $5 per vehicle entry (cash or check only)
All skill levels are welcome and all equipment is provided. LLELA instructors will give an intro to kayaking and water safety basics. Drift under willows, float past reeds and cattails, and see what wildlife we encounter on either McWhorter Creek or the Beaver Pond at LLELA on the longest day of the year! Both are havens for wildlife, including turtles, frogs, fish, beavers, and many other species. All skill levels are welcome and all equipment is provided. LLELA instructors will give an intro to kayaking and water safety basics.
Registration is required by 11 am Thursday, July 26
To Register:  See instructions


August 2019
AUGUST 2-3 -- Primitive LLELA (ages 5 and up)
Begins 6pm Aug 2 & Ends 3pm Aug 3
$25/person
Camping is as easy as ABC 123. Don’t believe us? Spend a night out at LLELA with our guidance and our gear. We’ll teach you the basics from setting up your tent to preparing dinner over an open flame! $25 per person, ages 5 and up are welcome, and registration is required. Ask about our discounts for parties of four or more!
What's Provided:  Camping site, camping gear (tent and sleeping pad), cookware, and firewood will be provided. There is no electricity on site. We will offer you some tips on how to prepare for an off the grid experience after you register.
Registration Required: Register Online or 972.219.3550

AUGUST 3 --Nature Walk
10am-12pm
Cost:  $5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Animal tracks, singing birds, trees with personality – we never know what we’ll find on our monthly nature walk! All ages are welcome.
Registration Not Required

AUGUST 10 -- Perseid's Meteor Shower Watch Party (ages 5 and up)
11pm - 1am
$5/person
Trek out to the prairie and see a piece of LLELA not accessible to the public where we can observe the night sky. During this special edition of our Stars on the Prairie series, we will be treated to the peak showing of the Perseid Meteor Shower as we look at constellations, planets, and satellites!
Registration Required:  Register Online or call 972.219.3550
Registration closes on Friday, August 9th at 11 am.

AUGUST 17 -- Saturday at the Cabin
12-3pm
Cost: $5/vehicle (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 docents will add to your experience. You may even be able to try your hand at a craft from the 1870s. Open houses are on the third Saturday of each month except July and August. Free with entrance to LLELA!*
Come Prepared:  the log house is located about 0.25 mile from the Cicada Pavilion parking lot, along the Cottonwood Trail. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottle of water.
Registration is not required.

AUGUST 18 -- Guided Kayak Tour (ages 7 and up)
9am-11am
$20/person
Drift under willows, float past reeds and cattails, and see what wildlife we encounter on either McWhorter Creek or the Beaver Pond at LLELA. Both are havens for wildlife, including turtles, frogs, fish, beavers, and many other species. All skill levels are welcome and all equipment is provided. LLELA instructors will give an intro to kayaking and water safety basics. Ages 7 and up.
Registration Required by 11 am August 17
To Register:  See instructions

Sept 2019
SEPT 7 -- Nature Walk
10am-12pm
Cost:  $5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Animal tracks, singing birds, trees with personality – we never know what we’ll find on our monthly nature walk! All ages are welcome.
Registration Not Required

SEPT 21 -- A Chance to Hike (Special Needs Hike)
FREE Nature Walk
This guided nature walk for members of the Special Needs community will take place along the wide and level crushed-granite surface of the Cottonwood trail. We may see signs of deer, coyote, or bobcat, and maybe even see an armadillo during this mile long hike!
No reservations required.

SEPT 21 -- Saturday at the Cabin
12-3pm
Cost: $5/vehicle (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 docents will add to your experience. You may even be able to try your hand at a craft from the 1870s. Open houses are on the third Saturday of each month except July and August. Free with entrance to LLELA!*
Come Prepared:  the log house is located about 0.25 mile from the Cicada Pavilion parking lot, along the Cottonwood Trail. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottle of water.
Registration is not required.

October 2019
OCT 5 -- Nature Walk
10am-12pm
Cost:  $5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Animal tracks, singing birds, trees with personality – we never know what we’ll find on our monthly nature walk! All ages are welcome.
Registration Not Required

OCT 19 -- A Chance to Hike (Special Needs Hike)
FREE Nature Walk
This guided nature walk for members of the Special Needs community will take place along the wide and level crushed-granite surface of the Cottonwood trail. We may see signs of deer, coyote, or bobcat, and maybe even see an armadillo during this mile long hike!
No reservations required.

OCT 19 -- Saturday at the Cabin
12-3pm
Cost: $5/vehicle (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 docents will add to your experience. You may even be able to try your hand at a craft from the 1870s. Open houses are on the third Saturday of each month except July and August. Free with entrance to LLELA!*
Come Prepared:  the log house is located about 0.25 mile from the Cicada Pavilion parking lot, along the Cottonwood Trail. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottle of water.
Registration is not required.




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
For More Information: Click Here

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:  
Click Here

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48.  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
 

FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE FARM
Each program has a different theme that highlights the heritage skill that you can use to enrich your life today. 
JUNE 7 -- Fun on the Farm
10am-Noon

Cost: $3/person ages 3 and up
Details:   Play games, make clay marbles, & other homemade toys
Registration Required.  Space is limited.
To Purchase Tickets:  click here

JULY 5 -- Keeping Cool
10am-Noon

Cost: $3/person ages 3 and up
Details:   Learn how settlers on the Grapevine Prairie kept cool in Texas
Registration Required.  Space is limited.
To Purchase Tickets:  click here

AUG 2 -- Pickles
10am-Noon

Cost: $3/person ages 3 and up
Details:   Make "Meme's  Pickles" with the last of the summer harvest.
Registration Required.  Space is limited.
To Purchase Tickets:  click here

SEPT 6 -- Frontier Travel
10am-Noon

Cost: $3/person ages 3 and up
Details:   Pack a trunk for the farmhands' journey
Registration Required.  Space is limited.
To Purchase Tickets:  click here

OCT 4 -- Cowboy Cooking
10am-Noon
Cost: $3/person ages 3 and up
Details:   Cowhands stop at the farm to cook up grub
Registration Required.  Space is limited.
To Purchase Tickets:  click here

NOV 1 -- Sports & Recreation
10am-Noon
Cost: $3/person ages 3 and up
Details:   Experience 19th century leisure sports
Registration Required.  Space is limited.
To Purchase Tickets:  click here

DEC 6 -- Christmas Decorating
10am-Noon

Cost: $3/person ages 3 and up
Details:   Decorate the farmhouse while enjoying cookies & cider
Registration Required.  Space is limited.
To Purchase Tickets: click here


Nash Farm Heritage Workshops 
Visit Nash Farm and experience what it's like to step into a 19th century home while learning the essential farm skills.  This open-house setting allows guests to discuss the activities with the interpreters and involvement may be encouraged when possible. Following your visit to the farmhouse, you may visit the farm grounds to complete your experience. 

MAY 3 & 4 -- Cheese Making
Choose one session:  Friday 6pm or Saturday 10am
Cost: $35/person 
Learn the basics of cheese making.
Tickets:  Click Here

JUN 29 -- 1920's "One Hour" Dress Workshop
10am
Cost: $35/person 
Make your own 1920's dress for the Ice Cream Social on July 13, 2019.
Tickets:  Click Here
 
Events:
OCT 19 -- 19th Annual Nash Farm Fall Round-Up
10am-2pm
Nash Farm, 626 Ball St
Free Admission, but some activities require coupons.
Concessions available for purchase
Jump feet-first into fall during Grapevine’s Fall Round-Up.  This family-friendly event takes you back in time. Events include an Agricultural Expo where guests can learn about processing grain, see farm animals, enjoy campfire cooking demos, make apple pie, experience rope making, pony rides and more. A historic carnival includes old-fashioned games, bucket brigade races and other competitions. The Farmers Institute, located just outside Nash Farmhouse, will have demonstrations on farm skills, such as maintaining livestock, carpentry, sewing and food preservation.


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49.  
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 at Oliver Nature Park
May Programs
MAY 26 -- Kayaking at Britton Park (ages 7-17)
2pm-4pm
$22/person by May 23;  $24/person
We will go out in dual-seated kayaks along the creek on Joe Pool Lake. Participants will enjoy a scenic paddle looking for wildlife and plants with a naturalist. We will also instruct on safety, proper techniques, and a eco-friendly approach to paddle Each child ages 7-17 years must be accompanied by an adult on the tour.
Pre-registration required: click here

MAY 31 -- Intro to Fishing (3-16Y)
1pm-2pm
$7/person on or before May 28;  $9/person after May 28
Join us for beginning fishing classes at Oliver Nature Park. We supply the equipment and bait! This class is for junior anglers ages 3-16. (All anglers over 16 years of age must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.) Pre-registration required.
Pre-registration required: click here



June Programs
JUNE 2 -- Intro to Fishing (3-16Y)
6pm-7pm
$7/person registered on or before May 30
$9/person registered on or after May 31
Join us for beginning fishing classes at Oliver Nature Park. We supply the equipment and bait! This class is for junior anglers ages 3-16. (All anglers over 16 years of age must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.)
Pre-Registration required: click here

JUNE 15-16 -- Family Camping Event
11am
$25/family of up to 2 adults and up to 4 children
Cedar Hill State Park
Spending time outdoors is fun, it's easier than you think! Don't have the gear? We do! The City of Mansfield is partnering with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to offer a Texas Outdoor family workshop this fall. We provide what you need for a fun camping experience at Cedar Hill State Park. For this low cost, one-night workshop, each family (group of up to six people) gets a campsite with nearby restrooms and the use of equipment including: tent, cots for two adults, foam sleeping pads for children, lantern, camp stove, cooking pots/pans and utensils, and a coffee press. You will bring: bedding, personal items and food. We even provide camping recipes. Only one person per family of six need to registrar. Pre-registration required by May 2nd at 11 am. Pets are not allowed on this camping trip.
Pre-Registration Required: click here

JUNE 23 -- Intro to Fishing (3-16Y)
6pm-7pm
$7/person registered on or before May 30
$9/person registered on or after May 31
Join us for beginning fishing classes at Oliver Nature Park. We supply the equipment and bait! This class is for junior anglers ages 3-16. (All anglers over 16 years of age must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.)
Pre-Registration required: click here


July 2019
JULY 5 -- Intro to Fishing (3-16Y)
7pm-8pm
$7/person registered on or before May 30
$9/person registered on or after May 31
Join us for beginning fishing classes at Oliver Nature Park. We supply the equipment and bait! This class is for junior anglers ages 3-16. (All anglers over 16 years of age must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.)
Pre-Registration required: click here

JULY 7 -- Intro to Fishing (3-16Y)
6pm-7pm
$7/person registered on or before May 30
$9/person registered on or after May 31
Join us for beginning fishing classes at Oliver Nature Park. We supply the equipment and bait! This class is for junior anglers ages 3-16. (All anglers over 16 years of age must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.)
Pre-Registration required: click here


JULY 29 -- Intro to Archery (ages 6-10Y)
9am-10am
$17/participant
Class meets at McClendon Park West
Class is designed for beginning archers to learn the basics and good techniques with a USA Archery certified instructor. Bows and arrows are provided.
Pre-registration required: click here

JULY 29 -- Intro to Archery (ages 11-14Y)
10:15-11:15
$17/participant
Class meets at McClendon Park West
Class is designed for beginning archers to learn the basics and good techniques with a USA Archery certified instructor. Bows and arrows are provided.
Pre-registration required: click here

JULY 30 -- Intro to Fishing (3-16Y)
9pm-10pm
$7/person registered on or before May 30
$9/person registered on or after May 31
Join us for beginning fishing classes at Oliver Nature Park. We supply the equipment and bait! This class is for junior anglers ages 3-16. (All anglers over 16 years of age must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.)
Pre-Registration required: click here



August 2019

AUGUST 4-- Intro to Fishing (3-16Y)
9pm-10pm
$7/person registered on or before May 30
$9/person registered on or after May 31
Join us for beginning fishing classes at Oliver Nature Park. We supply the equipment and bait! This class is for junior anglers ages 3-16. (All anglers over 16 years of age must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.)
Pre-Registration required: click here

AUGUST 9-- Intro to Fishing (3-16Y)
9pm-10pm
$7/person registered on or before May 30
$9/person registered on or after May 31
Join us for beginning fishing classes at Oliver Nature Park. We supply the equipment and bait! This class is for junior anglers ages 3-16. (All anglers over 16 years of age must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.)
Pre-Registration required: click here


AUGUST 25-- Intro to Fishing (3-16Y)
6-7pm
$7/person registered on or before May 30
$9/person registered on or after May 31
Join us for beginning fishing classes at Oliver Nature Park. We supply the equipment and bait! This class is for junior anglers ages 3-16. (All anglers over 16 years of age must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.)
Pre-Registration required: click here

AUG 31 -- Intro to Archery (ages 6-10Y)
9am-10am
$17/participant
Class meets at McClendon Park West
Class is designed for beginning archers to learn the basics and good techniques with a USA Archery certified instructor. Bows and arrows are provided.
Pre-registration required: click here


AUG 31 -- Intro to Archery (ages 6-10Y)
10:15am-11:15am
$17/participant
Class meets at McClendon Park West
Class is designed for beginning archers to learn the basics and good techniques with a USA Archery certified instructor. Bows and arrows are provided.
Pre-registration required: click here


AUG 31 -- Intro to Archery (ages 15+)
7:45am-8:45am
$17/participant
Class meets at McClendon Park West
Class is designed for beginning archers to learn the basics and good techniques with a USA Archery certified instructor. Bows and arrows are provided.
Pre-registration required: click here



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50.  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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51.  RIVER BEND NATURE CENTER - WICHITA FALLS

River Bend Nature Center 
2200 3rd Street, Wichita Falls, TX  76301
(near the main entrance to Lucy Park)
riverbendnaturecenter.org

Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm
Sat: 10am-4pm
Sun: 12pm-4pm

Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, and Independence Day

Admission:
Adults: $6
Children/Seniors $5.00
Military/Students (with ID) $5.00
Children ages 1 and under Free
Group Rate (10 or more): $5/person

EVENTS:
MAY 14-16 -- Dallas Zoo Animal Adventures
10am-Noon
Two Shows:  10am & 11:15am
$5/person (children & adults)
Babies under the age of 1 are free
The Dallas Zoo is coming to River Bend Nature Center May 14th, 15th, and 16th! There will be two animal shows each day at 10 am and 11:15 am. This 45-minute interactive program features animals from around the world! This program is open to schools and the public. Groups of 10 or more must call to reserve their spot. Don’t miss your chance to see these exotic animals up close and personal! 
To Reserve your spot:  940-767-0843
Groups of 10  or More Register Online:  Click here

CAMP RIVER BEND (ages 4-12)
It’s time to register for Summer Camps at River Bend Nature Center. Join in on all the cool activities and make new friends as you explore nature and science! Camps are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 12 pm. We have four camps to choose from this summer. You can come to one or all four!!
All forms must be received by the Wednesday before each Camp.
To Register:  click here

JUNE 10-14 -- Camp River Bend: Dinosaurs Rock*
Ready, set, roar for dinosaurs! Campers will dig for dinosaur bones and fossils, build a dinosaur, discover dinosaurs that lived in Texas and create a fossil and dinosaur footprint.
JUNE 24-28 -- Camp River Bend: Animal Adventures*
Prepare to explore the world of animals! Campers will go on a track hunt, explore the critters in our pond, meet local animals, dissect an owl pellet, and make animal tracks!
JULY 8-12 -- Camp River Bend: Mad Science Lab*
Ready to step inside the mad science lab? Campers will explore the world of science from biology to geology, construct a science tool kit, extract DNA from strawberries, make a multitude of slime concoctions, build a battery, and make their own rock collections!
JULY 22-26 -- Camp River Bend: Junior Engineer*
Like to design, create, and build? Build a renewable energy gizmo, construct a bridge, build and launch a paper rocket, construct an earth shelter, and create a bristle bot!

October Programs
11th: Not-So-Scary Halloween (6 pm – 9 pm)*

November Programs
29th-30th: ElectriCritters (6:30 pm -8:30 pm)
 
December Programs
6th-7th: ElectriCritters (6:30 pm -8:30 pm)
13th-14th: ElectriCritters (6:30 pm -8:30 pm)
20th-24th: ElectriCritters (6:30 pm -8:30 pm)



Eco Kits: 
An Eco-Kit is a traveling environmental education program that RBNC brings directly to your classroom. It includes hands-on activities and one-on-one learning with an experienced field guide. 
Cost:  $50/per class (22 students max)
Topics:
Worm Wonders
Wild Side of the City
Wetlands & Wildlife
Introduction to Butterflies
Earth Rocks
We all Need Trees
Recycling
Dig Into the Past
To Learn More:  Click Here

Creature Feature
Creature Feature is an animal outreach program that comes to you! RBNC will bring several live animals to your classroom so students can get an up close look at these awesome creatures!
Cost: $75/per class (22 students max)
1 hour presentation  
5-7 live animals
To Learn More: Click Here


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52.  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? 

Hours:  
Open to the Public SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS only
10am - 5pm  (no reservation needed)
Last tram & Presentation: 4pm
 **We recommend arriving by 2:00 pm to ensure you catch each different animal presentation (lemur, kangaroo, reptiles, and bear) as well as ride the last Safari Tram at 4:00 pm.**

Admission:   
$12/adults (13+);  $10/kids (3-12);  FREE/Ages 2 and under;  $10/Senior
Parking: $5
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
Purchase Tickets Online: Click Here

Ticket Includes:
– Animal Presentations: Lemurs, Kangaroos, Black Bears, and Reptiles (Listen & learn about our animals and also pet-interact with a few) 
 Safari Tram: 35 minute ride through exotic pastures to see camels, zebras, emus, endangered deer, zedonks, zorses and more!
– Entry to the Petting Zoo (feed available at additional cost $3/bag or 4 bags for $10)
 
Miniature Pony rides also available ($5 per ride), weight limit: 67 lbs and under
– Kids Barrel Train Ride: Our popular 2 minute ride; adults are welcome to ride too!
– Use of our two covered picnic areas for lunch: bottled water, soda & snacks are available in our gift shop. The Bears Dens Restaurant will be open for lunch!www.bearsdentx.com
 or call 940-686-5600

Private Tours:  Click Here
Field Trips:  Click Here


Bears Den: Eat with the Bears
Lunch at the Bears Den
While you visit Sharkarosa on Saturday and Sunday.
No reservations required!
Bear presentations:  11:30, 1:30 and 3:30 each Saturday and Sunday.

The Bears are fed dinner each night, Tuesday through Saturday, at 6:30 p.m.
Tues-Fri: 5pm-9pm
Sat: 11am-9pm
Sun: 11am-4pm


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


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53.  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:
$10/adults; $8 seniors (60+); $5 children 3-11yrs; Free/2 and under 
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 sold at 4:15
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.



May Programs
MAY 24 -- Volunteer Orientation
6pm-7:30pm
Learn all about our volunteer opportunities! Join Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Rotary Club members, and DFW residents who are interested in our environment. No prior experience is required – you just need to have a desire to learn about nature and to convey your knowledge to our visitors!

June Programs
JUNE 1 -- Natural-Born Botanists
2pm-3pm
Insects make the best botanists. This talk is geared toward entomologists who would like to learn how to ID plants by what insects are found on them.

JUNE 15 -- Made for Shade
2pm-3pm
$15
We should all be using native plants in our landscapes. But information on natives is limited.  Even more daunting is determining which of them will actually thrive in a shaded location.  This presentation illustrates and discusses in detail the surprising number of our native species adapted to these challenging conditions.   

July 2019
JULY 20 -- Welcome to the Dark Side
8pm-10pm
$10/adults;  $8/seniors,  $6/children;  Free/ages 2 and under
There are ten times as many species of moths as there are butterflies worldwide and black lighting sheets will be set up to draw in these nocturnal pollinators. 

JULY 27 -- Native Plants Symposium
8am-4pm
$15
Schedule, speaker & registration available soon
Celebrate the wealth of plant diversity in the Lone Star State! Learn about their uses and cultivation.

September 2019
SEPT 12 -- DIY Pumpkin Succulent Decor
10am-Noon
$24
Learn to use succulents to easily create seasonal decorations!

SEPT 14 -- DIY Pumpkin Succulent Decor
10am-Noon
$24
Learn to use succulents to easily create seasonal decorations!

November 2019
NOV 9 -- Nature-Inspired Holiday Decorations
10am-Nooon
$24
Learn how to create holiday decorations that are beautiful, affordable, sustainable


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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54.  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:   
TBA


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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:
MAY 25 -- Cactus Craze
10am-11am
Cedar Hill State Park
Come learn about Prickly Pear adaptations in Texas heat!

MAY 25 --Art in the Park
10am-11am
Cedar Hill State Park

MAY 27 -- Penn Farm Tour
10am-11am
Cedar Hill State Park
Take a step back in time to discover Penn Farm!

MAY 27 -- Penn Family Pastimes
11am-Noon
Cedar Hill State Park
Bring your family or a friend for some historic games!

June 2019
JUNE 29 -- Kayaking 101
9am-10:30am
Cedar Hill State Park
Join a park ranger to learn kayaking basics on Joe Pool Lake!

July 2019
JULY 20 -- Kayaking 101
9am-10:30am
Cedar Hill State Park
Join a park ranger to learn kayaking basics on Joe Pool Lake!


For Details about these and other Events: 
 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:
MAY 24 -- Starrytelling
8:30pm-9:30pm
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Take a closer look at the night sky!

MAY 25 -- Wildflower Walk
9am-10am
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Come see what's blooming at the park!

MAY 25 -- Venue for Vultures
2pm-3pm
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Did you know a group of Vultures is called a Venue?

MAY 25 -- Nature Journaling 101
4pm-5pm
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Looking for a hobby that will get you outside?


For Details about these and other Events:
 click here


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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:
MAY 31 -- Hike Into History
3pm-4:30pm
Eisenhower State Park
The natural and cultural resources that surround us have a story to tell. Hit the trail with us at Eisenhower to learn a little bit about what the resources of the Red River Valley say about us!

June 2019
JUNE 8 -- Eisenhower State Park | One Night Event | Texas Outdoor Family | Dallas Area
(Full - waitlist forming)
Eisenhower State Park
Join us for a fun-filled weekend and discover the joys of camping in your Texas State Parks.


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 Events Scheduled at this time

For Details about these and Other Events: click here


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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
MAY 25 - Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“Learning about our cowboy heritage can be fun!”

June 2019
JUNE 1 -- Night Hike
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Discovery fun night time activities in the outdoors!

JUNE 8 -- 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.

JUNE 15 --Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“Learning about our cowboy heritage can be fun!”

JUNE 21 -- Texas Outdoor Family Leadership Training | Lake Mineral Wells State Park | (Application Open Until May 29)
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
The Texas Outdoor Family program provides 900+ families with a "Learn to Camp" experience in Texas State Parks each year. Could you help?

JUNE 22 -- 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

July 2019
JULY 5 -- 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.

JULY 6 -- Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“Learning about our cowboy heritage can be fun!”

JULY 13 -- 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

JULY 20 -- 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.


For Details about these and Other Events: click here


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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

May  2019 
MAY 18 -- Bird Walk
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Join a ranger for a guided bird walk through the park!

MAY 18 -- Overlook Hike
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Grab your boots and join a Ranger for a hike to the best view in the park!

MAY 18 -- Ballroom Waltz
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Put on your dancin' shoes and join a Ranger as we explore the Ballroom Track Site!

MAY 19 -- Edible Plant Hike
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Can I eat that? Find out with this ranger-led hike!

MAY 19 -- Spear Throwing - Atlatl
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Before the Bow and Arrow, there was the Atlatl!

MAY 24 -- Night Hike
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Explore the sounds, smells, and sights of the park at night!

MAY 25 -- Breakfast with a Ranger
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Bring your appetite for conversation as we enjoy a breakfast sampler cooked over the fire!

MAY 25 -- Bird Walk
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Join a ranger for a guided bird walk through the park!

MAY 25 -- River Expedition
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Join a ranger as we explore the Paluxy River and all its wonders on foot!

MAY 25 -- Nature Journaling
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Make your hikes meaningful ― one word, sketch, or detail at a time!

MAY 25 -- Family Game Night
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Join Ranger Asa and his family for an evening of great family games and fun!

MAY 26 - River Hike
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Join a ranger as we explore the Paluxy River trails.

MAY 26 -- Make Your Own Geocache
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Create your own hidden treasure chest and join the phenomenon that is geocaching!

MAY 27 -- Memorial Day Overlook Hike
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Grab your boots and join a ranger for a hike to the best view in the park!

MAY 27 -- Memorial Day Skins & Skulls
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Come and feel the fur of some the local mammals that call this park home!

June 2019
JUNE 1 - Bird Walk
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Join a ranger for a guided bird walk through the park!

JUNE 1 -- Survival Series
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Ranger Asa teaches us how to survive in the wild!

JUNE 1 -- Star Party
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers!

JUNE 2 -- Edible Plant Hike
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Can I eat that? Find out with this ranger-led hike!

JUNE 2 -- Bug Buddies
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Create your very own bug buddy to take home!

JUNE 7 -- Night Hike
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Explore the sounds, smells, and sights of the park at night!

JUNE 8 -- Bird Walk
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Join a ranger for a guided bird walk through th