HEART of Texas

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

OCTOBER 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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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
Click Here to View Month at a Glance


MONTHLY
"HOMESCHOOLING 101" INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS

SEPTEMBER 23, DECEMBER (TBA)

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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View Month at a Glance

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~~What's Inside This Issue ~~
     (Click on the links below)

MONTHLY QUICK-LINKS
Monthly -- "Homeschooling 101" Informational Meetings
Monthly --  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits
Monthly --  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits
Monthly -- Dallas Arboretum
Monthly -- Fort Worth Botanic Garden Programs
Monthly -- FW Museum of Science & History: Planetarium
Monthly -- FW Museum of Science & History: Films at Omni/Imax
Monthly -- FW Nature Center & Refuge
Monthly -- HEART Partner: FW Zoo:  Homeschool Classes
Monthly -- HEART Partner: Old Red Museum - Current Exhibits
Monthly -- Perot Museum: 3D Films @Hoglund Foundation Theater -- Dallas
Monthly -- Texas Discovery Gardens
Monthly -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs (Select Parks)
Monthly -- Purtis Creek State Park -- Athens
Monthly -- Cedar Hill State Park -- Cedar Hill
Monthly -- Ray Roberts Lake State Park -- Denton
Monthly -- Eisenhower State Park -- Denison
Monthly -- Ft Richardson State Park/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway -- Jacksboro
Monthly -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway -- Mineral Wells
Monthly -- Tyler State Park -- Tyler
Monthly -- Lake Tawakoni State Park -- Wills Point
Monthly -- Reading Programs
Monthly -- Library Used Book Sales Across North Texas
Monthly -- Library Programs

MONTH AT A GLANCE
October 2019
OCT -- Registration Open: Homeschool Good Citizenship Day NOV 5
OCT  -- Registration Open: FWSO Young Person Concerts
OCT -- Omni at FWMSH: Films Now Showing
OCT 1 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Bella's Book & Nature Club
OCT 2, 9, 16, 23 30 -- FW Nature Center: Wednesday Walks
OCT 3 --HEART Partner FW Zoo: Homeschool Day
OCT 3 -- Registration Deadline for NOV 2 SAT TEST  (Late Reg OCT 22)
OCT 3-6 -- NTPA: A Year with Frog & Toad
OCT 4 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Owl Power
OCT 4 -- Nash Farm (First Friday): Cowboy Cooking
OCT 4-5 -- FW Botanic Garde:  Fall Plant Sale
OCT 4-7 -- N Richland Hills -- Library Book Sale
OCT 4-12 -- Dallas: Library Book Sale
OCT 4-12 -- NTPA: Treasure Island
OCT 4-13 -- NTPA: Alice in Wonderland, Jr
OCT 4-20 -- Casa Manana: Tuck Everlasting
OCT 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 -- FW Nature Center: Nature Hikes

OCT 5 --
HEART Partner LLELA: Nature Walk
THROUGH OCT 5 -- HEART Partner Artisan Theater (Children's): How I Became a Pirate
OCT 5 -- FW Botanic Garden:  Monarch Migration Festival
OCT 5 --HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Horsemanship Camp
OCT 5 -- Wichita Falls:  Library Book Sale
OCT 5 -- Oliver Nature Park: Kayaking 101 (ages 7+)
OCT 5 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Wildlife Detectives
OCT 5 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Mighty Monarchs
OCT 5 -- Lake Mineral Wells SP: Night Sounds
OCT 5 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Park Cleanup
OCT 5 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Fido's Field Day
OCT 5 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Overlook Hike
OCT 5 -- Tyler SP: Dutch Oven Cooking: History in a Black Pot
OCT 5 -- Tyler SP: Wildflowers, Pollinators, & Predators
OCT 5 -- Nasher (Free First Sat):  Make Art with Guest Artists
OCT 5 -- FWAS Star Party
OCT 5-6 --
HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Primitive Skills Class 1
OCT 6 -- Oliver Nature Park: Intro to Fishijng (ages 3-6)
OCT 6 -- FW Nature Center: Canoe Tour
OCT 6 -- FW Nature Center: Habitat Networks
OCT 6 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Denio Track Site Hike
OCT 6 -- FW Symphony Orch:  Music of Star Wars & John Williams
OCT 6-JUNE 2 -- Amon Carter: From Remington to O'Keefe
OCT 7 --
FW Nature Center: Early Birds
OCT 7 -- Perot (Homeschool Science Days): Physics Lab
OCT 8 -- FW Japanese Gardens:  Docent Tours
OCT 9 -- FW Botanic Garden: Little Sprouts
OCT 9 -- FW Botanic Garden: Seedlings
OCT 10 -- HEART Partner LLELA (K-2 Homeschool): Habitats & Lizards
OCT 10 -- HEART Partner LLELA (Gr3-8 Homeschool): Icthyology/Herpetology
OCT 11 -- HEART Partner Heritage Farmstead (Fun on the Farm): Pick a Pumpkin
OCT 11 -- Oliver Nature Park: Intro to Archery (ages 6-14)
OCT 11 -- Riverbend Nature Cntr: Not-So-Scary Halloween
OCT 11 -- Eisenhower SP: Intro to Photography
OCT 11 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Night Hike
OCT 11-19 -- Marshall: Library Book Sale
OCT 11-19 -- NTPA: Mamma Mia
OCT 11-13 -- Richardson: Library Book Sale
OCT 11-NOV 9 -- HEART Partner Artisan Theater (Main): Hunchback of Notre Dame
OCT 12 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Bird Walk
OCT 12 -- Log Cabin Village:  Frontier Fall Fest
OCT 12 -- Kerrville: Library Book Sale
OCT 12 -- FW Nature Center: Wonderful World of Webs
OCT 12 -- FW Nature Center: Kayak Tour
OCT 12 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Monarch Madness
OCT 12 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Dutch Oven Demo
OCT 12 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: A Venue for Vultures
OCT 12 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Moon Madness
OCT 12 -- Lake Mineral Wells SP: Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry & Stories
OCT 12 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Hike with Your Hound
OCT 12 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: River Rock Crawl
OCT 12 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Moonshiner's Hike
OCT 12 -- Tyler SP: Tyler State Park Birding Tour
OCT 12 -- Tyler SP: Birding 101
OCT 12 -- Tyler SP: Wildlfowers, Pollinators, & Predators
OCT 12-13 --HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Get Moving/Clean Energy
OCT 12-13 -- NTPA: Alice in Wonderland/Starcatchers
OCT 13 -- FW Nature Center: Batty About Bats
OCT 13 -- Oliver Nature Park: Junior Angler (ages 6-16)
OCT 13 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Spear Throwing -Atlatl
OCT 13 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Edible Plant Hike
OCT 13 -- Kimbell (Family Festival): Loo, Create, Connect
OCT 14 -- Dallas Arboretum (Homeschool Workshop): Project Pumpkin
OCT 14 -- Oliver Nature Park: Kayaking 101 (ages 7+)
OCT 15 -- HEART Partner LLELA: A Walk in the Park
OCT 15 -- FW Botanic Garden: Little Sprouts
OCT 17-19 -- NTPA: Anne of Green Gables
OCT 17-NOV 2 --HEART Partner Artisan Theater (Second): The Addams Family
OCT 18 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Dutch Oven Cookin'
OCT 18 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Night Hike with a Ranger
OCT 18 -- Eisenhower SP: Intro to Nature Photography
OCT 18-20 -- Flower Mound: Library Book Sale
OCT 18-26 -- NTPA: Shrek the Musical, Jr
OCT 19 -- HEART Partner LLELA: A Chance to Hike (Special Needs)
OCT 19 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Saturday at the Cabin
OCT 19 -- Old Red Museum: Conference: Educational Trends (State, National & Global)
OCT 19 -- Mineola: Library Book Sale
OCT 19 -- Cedar Hill SP: Harvest Heritage Festival
OCT 19 -- FW Japanese Garden:  Japanese Tea Ceremony
OCT 19 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Fall Photography
OCT 19 -- Eisenhower SP: Fillet a Fish Demonstration
OCT 19 -- Lake Mineral Wells SP: Kids Wilderness Survival
OCT 19-- Dinosaur Valley SP: Fido's Field Day
OCT 19-- Dinosaur Valley SP: Star Party
OCT 19 -- Tyler SP: Nature Navigation
OCT 19 -- Tyler SP: Navigation Revelation
OCT 19 -- Tyler SP: Survival Fire
OCT 19 -- Kimbell (Children's Wkshp): Book Illustrator Series/Stories that Pop
OCT 19-20 --HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Survival Through the Seasons - Autumn
OCT 19-20 --HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Breathe AIR
OCT 20-- Dinosaur Valley SP: Ballroom Waltz
OCT 22-26 -- FWMuseum: Metals: Chemistry
OCT 24 --
HEART Partner LLELA: Stars on the Prairie
OCT 24 -- HEART Partner LLELA (K-2 Homeschool): Swampers Feathered Neighbors
OCT 24 -- HEART Partner LLELA (Gr3-8 Homeschool): Ornithology
OCT 24 -- NTPA: Quoth the Raven
OCT 25 -- HEART Partner Heritage Farmstead: Trick or Treat at the Farmstead
OCT 25 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Campfire & Spooky Storytime
OCT 25-- Dinosaur Valley SP: Night Hike
OCT 25-26 -- Mesquite: Library Book Sale
OCT 25-NOV 2 -- NTPA: The Addams Family
OCT 26 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Owl Prowl & Campfire
OCT 26 -- Waxahachie: Library Book Sale
OCT 26 -- Cedar Hill SP: Halloween Geocaching
OCT 26 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Halloween Hike
OCT 26 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Snake Talk
OCT 26 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Geocaching for Tricks & Treats
OCT 26 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Slitherin' Snakes
OCT 26 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Goin' Batty
OCT 26 -- Ray Roberts Lake SP: Costumed Night Hike
OCT 26 -- Lake Mineral Wells SP: North TX Skywatch Star Party
OCT 26-- Dinosaur Valley SP: Hike with Your Hound
OCT 26-- Dinosaur Valley SP: Fossil Dig
OCT 26 -- Tyler SP: Zombie Apocalypse Hike
OCT 26-27 -- Camp Tonkawa: Nature in Art Camp
OCT 27-- Dinosaur Valley SP: Edible Plant Hike
OCT 27-- Dinosaur Valley SP: River Rock Crawl
THRU OCT 27 -- Nasher: Nicole Eisenan Sketch for a Fountain
OCT 27-JAN 26, 2020 -- Kimbell: Renoir: The Body, the Senses
OCT 30 -- BRIT:  Homeschool Day


November 2019
NOV -- Registration: Homeschool Good Citizenship Day NOV 5
NOV -- Omni at FWMSH: Films Now Showing
NOV 1 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Lake Park Fireside Chats
NOV 1 -- Nash Farm (First Friday): Sports & Recreation
NOV 1 -- Dallas Summer Musicals: The Best of Broadway
NOV 1-NOV 3 -- NTPA: Lion King KIDS
NOV 1-NOV 9 -- NTPA: The Crucible
THRU NOV 2 --HEART Partner Artisan Theater (Second): The Addams Family
NOV 2 -- SAT Test Date:  Registration Deadline OCT 3;  Late Reg OCT 22
NOV 2 --
HEART Partner LLELA: Nature Walk
NOV 2 -- HEART Partner LLELA: My First Fish
NOV 2 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Horsemanship Day Camp
NOV 2 -- FWAS Star Party
NOV 2 -- Eisenhower SP: Intro to Photography
NOV 2 -- Lake Mineral Wells SP: Storytelling Down in the Hollow
NOV 2 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Park Cleanup
NOV 2 -- Tyler SP: Dutch Oven Cooking
NOV 2 -- Tyler SP: Sylvan Saunter
NOV 2 -- Nasher (Free First Sat):  Make Art with Guest Artists
NOV 2, 3 -- FW Nature Center: Nature Hikes
NOV 3 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Horsemanship Day Camp
NOV 3 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Overlook Hike
NOV 3 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Edible Plant Hike
NOV 3 -- GDYO: Wind Symphony & Philharmonic
NOV 5 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Bella's Book & Nature Club
NOV 4
-- Perot (Homeschool Science Days): Dissection Lab
NOV 5 -- Homeschool Good Citizenship Day in Arlington
NOV 5-17 -- Dallas Summer Musicals: Cats
NOV 6, 13, 20, 27 -- FW Nature Center: Wednesday Walks
NOV 7 -- HEART Partner LLELA (K-2 Homeschool): Life Cycles in the Swamp
NOV 7 -- HEART Partner LLELA (Gr3-8 Homeschool): Mammalogy
NOV 7-10 -- NTPA: The Wedding Singer
NOV 8 --  Registration Deadline for DEC 7 SAT Test (Late Reg NOV 26)
NOV 8 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Night Hike
NOV 8-16 --NTPA: Disney's Beauty & the Beast
NOV 9 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Bird Walk
NOV 9 -- Log Cabin Village:  Dutch Oven Cooking
NOV 9 -- Kerrville: Library Book Sale
NOV 9 -- TX Disc Gardens: Nature-Inspired Holiday Decorations
NOV 9 -- Lake Mineral Wells SP: Night Hike
NOV 9 -- Tyler SP: Tyler State Park Birding Tour
NOV 9 -- Tyler SP: Birding 101
NOV 9 -- Tyler SP: Lakeshore Nature Hike
NOV 9 -- Kimbell (Children's Wkshp): Book Illustrator Ser/Magical Storytelling
THRU NOV 9 -- HEART Partner Artisan Theater (Main): Hunchback of Notre Dame
NOV 9-10 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Basic Camping Skills
NOV 9, 10 -- FW Nature Center: Nature Hikes
NOV 9-16 -- NTPA: Beauty & the Beast/Starcatchers
NOV 10 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Guided Kayak Tour
NOV 10 -- Oliver Nature Park: Intro to Fishing (ages 3-16)
NOV 10 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Spear Trowing - Atlatl
NOV 10 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Make Your Own Geocache
NOV 10 -- GDYO: Jazz Orchestra
NOV 11 -- Dallas Arboretum (Homeschool Lab): Owl Pellet Dissection
NOV 12 -- FW Japanese Garden: Docent Tours
NOV 13 -- FW Botanic Garden: Seedlings
NOV 13 & 14 -- DSO Youth Concerts:  Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
NOV 14-17 -- NTPA: Matilda the Musical
NOV 15-23 -- NTPA: Aladdin KIDS
NOV 15-DEC 21 --  HEART Partner Artisan Theater (Children's): Annie, Jr
NOV 16 -- HEART Partner LLELA: A Chance to Hike (Special Needs)
NOV 16 -- Log Cabin Village:  Firepit Cooking Class
NOV 16 -- Mineola: Library Book Sale
NOV 16 -- FW Japanese Garden: Japanese Tea Ceremony
NOV 16 -- Lake Mineral Wells SP: Cross Timbers Poetry & Stories
NOV 16 -- Tyler SP: Tyler State Park Birding Tour
NOV 16 -- Tyler SP: Home Improvement: Beaver Pond Walk
NOV 16 -- Tyler SP: Knotty-time for Kids
NOV 16 -- Tyler SP: Winter Survival
NOV 16-17 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Native American Indian Camp
NOV 16, 17 -- FW Nature Center: Nature Hikes
NOV 17 -- GDYO: YPO, DSE, & Sinfonietta
NOV 19 -- FW Botanic Garden: Little Sprouts
NOV 21-22 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Primitive LLELA (Overnight Camp)
NOV 21-24 -- NTPA: Willy Wonka
NOV 21-24 -- NTPA: Charlotte's Web
NOV 22 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Night Hike
NOV 22-DEC 20 -- Casa Manana: Jack Frost
NOV 22-DEC 21 -- HEART Partner Artisan Theater (Main): Elf the Musical
NOV 23 -- Oliver Nature Park: Intro to Archery (ages 6-15+)
NOV 23 -- Lake Mineral Wells SP: Kids Wilderness Survival
NOV 23 -- Tyler SP: Nature Navigation
NOV 23 -- Tyler SP: Critter Scene Investigation Hike
NOV 23 -- Kimbell (Kids Drop In): Caravaggio Trading Cards
NOV 23-DEC29 -- Dallas Children's: Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas Show
NOV 23-24 --
HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Native American Indian Camp
NOV 23-24 -- FW Japanese Gardens: Japanese Fall Festival
NOV 23, 24 -- FW Nature Center: Nature Hikes
NOV 24 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Edible Plant Hike
NOV 25 -- Dallas Arboretum (Homeschool Workshop): Thanksgiving STEM
NOV 28 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Opt Outside  #optoutside
NOV 29 -- Tyler SP: 12th Annual "Walk Off the Bird"
NOV 29 -- Tyler SP: Fall in the Savannah
NOV 29-30 -- Riverbend NP: ElectriCritters
NOV 30 -- FW Nature Center: Nature Hikes
NOV 30 -- Lake Mineral Wells SP: Pententiary Hollow Wild Walk
NOV 30 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Fossil Dig
NOV 30 -- Tyler SP: Lakeshore Fall Foliage Photography
NOV 30 -- Tyler SP: Survival Fire
NOV 30 -- Tyler SP: Reading Ranger Campfiew Stories
NOV 30 -- Kimbell (Kids Drop In): Caravaggio Trading Cards

December 2019
DEC -- Omni at FWMSH: Films Now Showing
THRU DEC 1 -- Amon Carter: Seeing in Detail: Scott
DEC 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 28, 29 --
FW Nature Center: Nature Hikes
DEC 1 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Overlook Hike
DEC 4 -- BRIT: Homeschool Day
DEC 4, 11, 18 -- FW Nature Center: Wednesday Walks

DEC 6 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Lake Side Fireside Chats
DEC 6 -- Nash Farm (First Friday): Christmas Decorating
DEC 6 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Night Hike
DEC 6-7 -- Riverbend NP: ElectriCritters
DEC 6-14 -- NTPA: Frozen, Jr
DEC 7 -- SAT Test Date  (Registration Deadline NOV 8;  Late Reg NOV 26)
DEC 7 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Nature Walk
DEC 7 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Horsemanship Day Camp
DEC 7 -- Log Cabin Village:  Holidays at the Hearth & Photos with Santa
DEC 7  -- FW Nature Center: Who Lives There Anyway?
DEC 7 -- Lake Mineral Wells SP: Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry & Stories
DEC 7 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Park Cleanup
DEC 7 -- Tyler SP: Dutch Oven Cooking: History in a Black Pot
DEC 7 -- Tyler SP: Navigation Revelation
DEC 7 -- Tyler SP: Survival Fire
DEC 7 -- Tyler SP: Reading Ranger Campfire Stories
DEC 7-8 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Primitive Survival Skills Class 2
DEC 7-22 -- Dallas Children's Thtr: Little Women
DEC 9 -- Dallas Arboretum (Homeschool Lab): 12 Days Stem Walk
DEC 10 -- FW Japanese Garden: Docent Tours
DEC 13 -- Tyler SP: Nature Wonderland Hike
DEC 13 -- Tyler SP: A Pineywoods Christmas Lighted Drive-thru
DEC 13-14 -- Riverbend NP: ElectriCritters
DEC 13-22 -- NTPA: Scrooge
DEC 14 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Bird Walk
DEC 14 -- Kerrville: Library Book Sale
DEC 14 -- Cedar Hill SP: Holiday Hike
DEC 14 -- Cedar Hill SP: Caroling at Penn Farm
DEC 14 -- Lake Mineral Wells SP: Cross Timber Bird Walk
DEC 14 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Star Party
DEC 14 -- Tyler SP: Nature Wonderland Hike
DEC 14 -- Tyler SP: A Pineywoods Christmas Lighted Drive-thru
DEC 14 -- Kimbell (Kids Drop In): Watercolor Creatures
DEC 14-15 -- HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Outdoor Cooking
DEC 18 -- GDYO: Holiday Magic
DEC 19 -- Oliver Nature Park: Intro to Archery (ages 6-15+)
DEC 20-24 -- Riverbend NP: ElectriCritters
THRU DEC 20 -- Casa Manana: Jack Frost
DEC 20 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Night Hike
DEC 21 -- HEART Partner LLELA: Christmas at the Cabin
DEC 21 -- Mineola: Library Book Sale
DEC 21 -- Lake Mineral Wells SP: Kids Wilderness Survival
DEC 21 -- Kimbell (Kids Drop In): Watercolor Creatures
THRU DEC 21 -- HEART Partner Artisan Theater (Children's): Annie, Jr
THRU DEC 21 -- HEART Partner Artisan Theater (Main): Elf the Musical
DEC 22  -- FW Nature Center: Whose Track is Whose?
DEC 23 -- Dallas Arboretum (Homeschool Workshop): Christmas Village Tour
DEC 23 - JAN 3  -- FW Nature Center: Winter Break Activities
DEC 27 -- Oliver Nature Park: Intro to Trout Fishing (ages 5-16)
DEC 28 -- Oliver Nature Park: Intro to Archery (ages 6-15+)
DEC 28 -- Lake Mineral Wells SP: Pententiary Hollow Wild Walk
DEC 28 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Moonshiner's Hike
DEC 28 -- Kimbell (Kids Drop In): Watercolor Creatures
DEC 29 -- Dinosaur Valley SP: Overlook Hike
THRU DEC 29 -- Dallas Children's Thtr: Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas Show
THRU DEC 29 -- Amon Carter: Gordon Parks: The New Tide
DEC 31 -- Lake Mineral Wells SP: First Day Hike-Midnight Hike

DEC 31 -- Tyler SP: Catching Rainbows - Family Trout Fishing
DEC 31 -- Tyler SP: Zombie Apocalpyse Hike
DEC 31 -- Early Bird Registration Deadline: HEART of Texas Regional College Night

January 2020
JAN 21 --HEART of Texas Regional College Night



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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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ARLINGTON -- SEPT 18-22
Time:   Thurs: 2pm-7pm;  Fri: 9am-5pm; 
           Sat: 9am-5pm "Blue Boks Specials"
           Sun: 10am-4pm (Half Price Day)
Location:   Meadowbrook Recreation Center
                1400 East Dugan Street (Meadowbrook Park)
                817-548-9768

Books:  Over 80,000 items
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DALLAS -- OCT 4-12
Time:  Sat: 10am-5pm; Fri: 1-5pm; Sat: 10am-5pm
          (Sale is closed Sunday to Thursday)
 
Location:   The Lakewood Library Friends June Leftwich Book Sale
                6121 Worth Street
                214-670-1376 

Books:  Typical prices range from .50-$3; bag sale during final hours
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DECATUR -- SEPT 19-21
Time:  Thurs: Noon-8pm;  Fri: 10am-6pm;  Sat: 10am-2pm
Location:   Decatur Public Library
                1700 Hwy 51 S
                940-393-0290

Books:  Paperbacks .50; hardcovers $1; children's 1/2 price
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FLOWER MOUND -- 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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KERRVILLE -- 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 20-22
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; no buyer restrictions; .15-$2; children's and YA books $5/box

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MARSHALL -- 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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MESQUITE -- OCT 25-26; APR 24-25, 2020
Time:  Fri: 9am-5pm;  Sat: 9am-3pm
Location:  Mesquite Public Library
                300 W Grubb Dr.
                972-216-6220
Books:  6,000 books; 75% donated; 80% hardcover; sorted; ,25-$1

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MINEOLA -- 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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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- OCT 4-7
Time:  Sat: 8am-5pm;  Mon: 9am-3pm (closed Sun)
Location:  North Richland Hills Public Library
                9015 Grand Ave
                817-427-6814
Books:   5,000 books; 40% donated; 40% hardcover; sorted; no buyer restrictions; .50-$1; CDs, DVDs $1

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RICHARDSON -- OCT 11-13
Time:  Fri/Sat: 10am-5pm;  Sun: 2pm-5pm
Location:  Richardson Public Library
                900 Civic Center Dr
                972-235-7843
Books:   20,000 books; 98% donated; 60% hardcover; sorted; no buyer restrictions; paperbacks $1; hardcovers $2; children's .50-$1

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SHERMAN -- SEPT 21; APRIL
Time:  Sat: 8am-3pm
Location:  Sherman Public Library
                1000 N East St
                903-892-7240
Books:   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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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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VAN ALSTYNE -- SEPT 27-28
Time:  Fri: 9-4; Sat: 9-2
Location:  Friends of Van Alstyne Public Library
                at Van Alstyne Community Center
                262 North Preston
                903-482-5991
Books:   4,000 books; 90% donated; 35% hardcover; sorted; no buyer restrictions; .50-$3

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WICHITA FALLS -- 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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WAXAHACHIE -- OCT 26
Time:  Sat: 9-4
Location:  Friends of Sims Library
                at Parks & Recreation Bldg
                401 S Elm St
                972-937-2671
Books:   50% donated; 80% hardcover; sorted; not 'picked over'; no buyer restrictions; .50-$2
The Library Will Be Closed. Parking at the Library for the Festival will be available for $10.
The booksale will be outdoors in the Parking Lot / Lawn of the Library.

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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 

SEPTEMBER 2019
SEPT 21-22 -- Wonders of Water - It's Your Planet Love It!  Leadershiop Journey

SEPT 28-29 -- Sow What/Organic Gardening It's Your Planet Love It!


OCTOBER 2019
OCT 5 -- Horsemanship Day Camp
OCT 5-6 -- Primitive Skills Class 1
OCT 12-13 -- Get Moving/Clean Energy
OCT 19-20 -- Survival Through the Seasons - Autumn
OCT 19-20 -- Breathe AIR?Use all senses to connect with nature
OCT 26-27 -- Nature in Art Camp

NOVEMBER 2019
NOV 2 - Horsemanship Day Camp
NOV 3 --
Horsemanship Day Camp
NOV 9-10 -- Basic Camping Skills
NOV 16-17 -- Native American Indian Camp
NOV 23-24 -- Native American Indian Camp

DECEMBER 2019
DEC 7 -- Horsemanship Day Camp
DEC 7-8 -- Primitive Survial Skills Class 2
DEC 14-15 -- Outdoor Cooking

JANUARY 2020
18-19 -- Survival Through the Seasons - Winter
25 -- 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

September 2019
SEPT 23 -- Homeschool Lab: Kaleidoscope
10am-10:45am or 11:15 to 12pm
Cost: $8/adult;  $10/child
Pre-registration Required
Students will investigate how nature and math are connected by observing shapes and patterns in nature. Finally, students will make their own interesting patterns to take home!

SEPT 11-27 -- The Water Cycle
3:30-4pm
Cost: Free with Paid Children's Garden Admission
The water cycle sounds simple, right? Water evaporates, forms clouds, then rain falls down. But it's not always circular! Join us to engage in a fun activity where you follow the life of a water molecule. Will you travel to a glacier? Or be soaked up by a plant? Come find out!

SEPT 21-OCT 31-- Autumn at the Arboretum - It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
The festival opens on September 21 and runs through October 31. With the theme, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” The Dallas Arboretum’s favorite fall festival features a ‘Great Pumpkin’ filled with marigolds; Linus, Sally and Franklin looking through the pumpkin patch; Snoopy and Woodstock sitting atop his dog house; Lucy giving garden advice at her advice booth; and Schroeder standing near his giant topiary piano. Guests can snap selfies with Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, and Marcie behind the iconic brick wall, get lost with Pig Pen in the hay bale maze, and see the Peanuts Gang at their school house along with their multi-gourd decorated house for their autumn carnival. Named one of “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel, the festival features breathtaking colors of fall including 150,000 autumn flowers accented by pumpkins, gourds and squash.

October 2019
OCT 14 -- Homeschool Workshop: Project Pumpkin
10-11am
11:15-12:15pm
Cost: $20/Students;  $10/Adults
Parking: $9/online;  $15/day of the event
Pre-Registration Required
Pumpkins make great pies and festive decorations, but they’re also full of potential for science discoveries! In this 2-hour special seasonal program, students will navigate fun pumpkin experiments and activities which are sure to make them never look at this favorite fall fruit the same way again!

November 2019
NOV 11 -- Homeschool Lab: Owl Pellet Dissection
10-11am
11:15-12:15pm
Cost: $8/adult;  $10/child
Pre-registration Required
What can we learn from an owl’s lunch or a coyote’s teeth? In this program, students will dissect owl pellets to discover what these birds of prey eat and where they fall on the food chain. They’ll also observe furs and skulls of different animals to learn more about adaptations and predator/prey relationships.

NOV 25 -- Homeschool Workshop: Thanksgiving STEM
10-11am
11:15-12:15pm
Cost: $20/Students;  $10/Adults
Parking: $9/online;  $15/day of the event
Pre-Registration Required

Thanksgiving is about eating delicious food, spending time with family, and… science! In this 2-hour holiday workshop, students will learn something to gobble about as they investigate seasonal foods and discover the science behind Thanksgiving traditions.

December 2019
DEC 9 -- Homeschool Lab: 12 Days Stem Walk
10-11am
11:15-12:15pm
Cost: $8/adult;  $10/child
Pre-registration Required
This seasonal STEM program is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! The Arboretum’s 12 Days of Christmas gazebos are beautiful and festive, but they also contain a wealth of math and science waiting to be explored! In this program, students will open their minds to the exciting world of STEM outside of a textbook setting.

DEC 23 -- Homeschool Workshop: Christmas Village Tour
10-11am
11:15-12:15pm
Cost: $20/Students;  $10/Adults
Parking: $9/online;  $15/day of the event
Pre-Registration Required

In this 2-hour holiday program, students will enjoy the festive season with a step back in time as we tour the Dallas Arboretum’s Family Christmas village! After the tour, students will return to the classroom to get hands-on experience with some of the careers featured in the village, such as candle making!

March 2020
MARCH 30, 2020 -- Homeschool Lab: Bubble Science

10-11am
11:15-12:15pm
Cost: $8/adult;  $10/child
Pre-registration Required
Bubbles are not only beautiful, but scientific as well! We’ll learn about the science of bubbles, discover how to make the best bubble solution, and of course make bubbles galore!

April 2020
APRIL 20 -- Homeschool Lab: Texas Native Plant Lab
10-11am
11:15-12:15pm
Cost: $8/adult;  $10/child
Pre-registration Required
They might look like Jurassic plants, but they’re from right here in Texas! In this program, students will explore an educational garden dedicated to cacti, succulents, and other native plants of Texas. Through hands-on investigations using scientific tools, they will learn about the interesting adaptations these plants use to survive in diverse ecosystems.


DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE 
Featured Discounts:  click here

BOGO WEDNESDAYS (except August)
Buy one, get one admission every Wednesday, 9am-5pm

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

October 2019

OCT 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 -- WEDNESDAY WALKS
$5 (with paid admission)
, Cash only please
Walk along the water's edge and look for wildlife found near the river. We will see aquatic birds, tracks, and more. Hikes not designed for organized groups. Outdoor activity, come prepared.

OCT 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 -- NATURE HIKE (Weekends)
10am-Noon
$5 (with paid admission), Cash only please
Let us turn our eyes to the trees and watch them transform from shades of green to shades of red, yellow, and orange throughout the month. Hikes not designed for organized groups. Outdoor activity, come prepared. 

OCT 6 -- Canoe Tour
9am-11:30am
$20 (with paid admission)
The best view of fall color is paddling on the river. You will get breath-taking views while you are on the open water. All equipment is provided. Children must be 5 years or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Meet at the Canoe Launch.
Pre-registration required

OCT 6 -- Habitat Networks
1:30pm-3pm
$5 (with paid admission)
All living things in nature are connected. Hike with a naturalist along the trails and learn about how these connections occur; predator/prey, symbiotic relationships, and more.

OCT 7 -- Early Birds
8:30-10:30am

Cost: $5 (with paid admission)
Winter residents are settling in. Join us as we search for spotted towhee, hermit thrush, and brown thrasher along the forest edge.
Pre-Registration Required

OCT 12 -- Wonderful World of Webs
1:30-2:30pm
$5 (with paid admission)
Did you know there are multiple types of webs? Have you ever wondered what kind of spider makes a certain type of web? Join us as we learn all about webs and the spiders that weave them.

OCT 12 -- Kayak Tour
9am-11:30am
$20 (with paid admission)
Ducks have taken up residence at the Refuge. Paddle with us in search of these secretive birds. All equipment is provided. Kayakers must be at least 14 years old and accompanied by their guardian; otherwise at least 18 years old.
Meet at the Canoe Launch.

OCT 13 -- Batty About Bats
1:30-3pm
$5 (with paid admission)
We are going batty over bats. Join us as we discuss all the unique adaptations of the world’s only flying mammals. Learn about our local bat species and test your bat knowledge.

OCT 19 -- Long-Distance Journeys
1:30-3pm
$5 (with paid admission)
Wildlife migrations are a remarkable display of navigation and perseverance for wildlife. Join a naturalist to learn about these perilous travels and how we can help them along the way.

OCT 20 -- Canoe Fest
Noon - 4pm
$5 (with paid admission), cash only please
Have you ever wanted to take one of our guided tours but you were not sure about being in a canoe? Try riding in a canoe and see for yourself how enjoyable it is. All equipment is provided. Children must be 5 years or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian.
NO REGISTRATION NEEDED, FIRST COME-FIRST SERVED.
Meet at the Canoe Launch.

OCT 26 -- Trails & Treats
10am-3pm
Regular Admission
Come and enjoy the festival-like atmosphere of this year’s edition of Trails and Treats. As usual, we will have games and treats for the children. We will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Lake Worth Monster’s first sighting. General Admission prices apply. Additional fees for hayrides and/or canoeing.  

November 2019
NOV 6, 13, 20, 27 -- WEDNESDAY WALKS
$5 (with paid admission)
, Cash only please
Walk along the water's edge and look for wildlife found near the river. We will see aquatic birds, tracks, and more. Hikes not designed for organized groups. Outdoor activity, come prepared.

NOV 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 -- NATURE HIKE (Weekends)
10am-Noon
$5 (with paid admission), Cash only please
Let us turn our eyes to the trees and watch them transform from shades of green to shades of red, yellow, and orange throughout the month. Hikes not designed for organized groups. Outdoor activity, come prepared. 

NOV 2 -- National Bison Day
10am-3pm
FREE (with paid admission)
Celebrate National Bison Day by taking a closer look at these majestic mammals. Come learn about our bison herd, hike the pastures where they roam, and tour our handling equipment while learning about how we work them and care for them.

NOV 3 -- Writings of Leopold & Muir
1:30-2:30pm
$5 (with paid admission)
Join a naturalist and take a look into the writings and ideals of Aldo Leopold and John Muir. Both men were pivotal in developing environmental ethics and advocated for the preservation of wilderness.

NOV 4 -- Early Birds
$5 (with paid admission)
Hike along the river and near the marsh in search of herons and egrets. We may be greeted with bald eagle and osprey in search of fish. Outdoor activity, come prepared.
Pre-registration required.

NOV 9 -- Veteran's Appreciation Day
FREE ADMISSION & FREE PROGRAMS
We are honoring Veterans on November 9, 2019.
Admission and Program fees will be waived for all Veterans and current military personnel and their families.
Includes 10am Nature Hike & To Native or Not to Native program at 1:30

NOV 9 -- To Native or Not to Native
1:30-2:30pm

$5 (with paid admission)
Interested in buying plants for your yard? Our naturalist will teach you everything you need to know about the importance of purchasing native plants over exotics.

NOV 10 -- Cross Timbers Ecoregion Exploration
$5 (with paid admission)
Learn about the history of the Cross Timbers ecoregion and discover how truly unique and important it is for wildlife.

NOV 16 -- Leaves True Colors
$5 (with paid admission)
We associate leaves with being green. However, for a short time, they transform into vibrant colors like yellow, oranges, and red. Hike with us and enjoy the view and learn about trees and how they prepare for winter.

NOV 21 -- Nature Center After Hours
5-6:30pm
$10 (with paid admission)
All across the Refuge we use game cameras in an effort to document the diversity of species. Join us for an evening to learn about our game camera project, what we have found, and then go on a short walk to look for wildlife.
Meet at the Front Gate.
Pre-registration required.

NOV 23 -- The Mystery of Moths
1:30-2:30pm
$5 (with paid admission)
During the day, butterflies are fluttering around. At night, it is time for the moths to be active. Join us as we take an in depth look at the various types of moths and how they contribute to the health of our ecosystems.

NOV 24 -- Up Close with Wildlife
1:30-3pm
$5 (with paid admission)
Have you ever wanted to see an opossum up close? How about a snake? Join a naturalist for a live animal presentation and learn more about the wildlife found in our area.

NOV 25-29 -- Fall Break Activities
During the Thanksgiving break, kids all across the area will be out of school. Have some family fun at the Nature Center with hikes, activities, and bison feeding hayrides.
For More information or schedule of eventswww.fwnaturecenter.org

NOV 30 -- Animal Ambassador Keychains
$5 (with paid admission)
Bring the whole family and make a beaded keychain of one of our animal ambassadors. When we are finished, we will meet one of our live education animals up close and learn about their wild relatives. Children under 7 may need adult assistance.

December 2019
DEC 4, 11, 18 -- WEDNESDAY WALKS
$5 (with paid admission)
, Cash only please
Walk along the water's edge and look for wildlife found near the river. We will see aquatic birds, tracks, and more. Hikes not designed for organized groups. Outdoor activity, come prepared.


DEC 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 -- NATURE HIKE (Weekends)
10am-Noon
$5 (with paid admission), Cash only please
Let us turn our eyes to the trees and watch them transform from shades of green to shades of red, yellow, and orange throughout the month. Hikes not designed for organized groups. Outdoor activity, come prepared. 

DEC 7 -- Who Lives There Anyway?
1:30-3:00pm
$5 (with paid admission)
Join a naturalist on a hike as we seek out the many different types of shelters our animal friends call home. From burrows in the ground to cavities in trees, we will discover and determine who lives where.

DEC 22 -- Whose Track is Whose?
1:30-2:30pm
$5 (with paid admission)
It can be difficult to determine one track from another. Join a staff naturalist and make a  field guide to tracks; including coyote, skunk, raccoon, and more. This guide will help us in the future as we hike across the Refuge.


DEC 23 - JAN 3 -- Winter Break Activities
Stop by the Nature Center for fun times over the Christmas holiday. Staff will lead you on land and water with hikes, aquatic bird tours, and bison feeding hayrides.
For More Information or Schedule of Events:
www.fwnaturecenter.org

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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


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.


October 2019
OCTOBER 4-5 -- Fall Plant Sale
Friday: 2-6pm;  Sat: 9am-6pm
FREE

OCTOBER 5 -- Monarch Migration Festival
9am-2pm
FREE
Join us for a morning filled with butterfly information. Watch monarch butterflies get tagged, learn how to attract butterflies to your yard and more!
Event takes place in the Grove area. To reach the Grove free of charge, visitors must park in Parking Lot D (3408 West Freeway) and enter through the Lot D Gate.

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.


OCTOBER 30 -- Homeschool Day (Pre-K - 12th Grade)
9:45am-Noon
$5/person
Homeschool Day is a custom experience designed to assist exploration for learners and energize their quest to discover more. GROW educators will guide students in outdoor exploration at BRIT and the Garden. Parents are encouraged to attend with their young learners.  

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.


NOVEMBER 23-24 -- Japanese Fall Festival
10am-5pm
More Info to Come

Dec 2019
DEC 4 -- Homeschool Day (Pre-K - 12th Grade)
9:45am-Noon
$5/person
Homeschool Day is a custom experience designed to assist exploration for learners and energize their quest to discover more. GROW educators will guide students in outdoor exploration at BRIT and the Garden. Parents are encouraged to attend with their young learners.     

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)
SEPT 17;  OCTOBER 15;  NOVEMBER 19
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)
SEPT 11;  OCT 9;  NOV 13
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)
OCT 1; NOV 5
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

OCT 3 -- Homeschool Day at the FW Zoo
9am - 5pm

Pre-Registration Cost: $5/child; $7/adults
At the gate $6/child; $8/adult
Animal Enrichment Show:  $3 for showings at 11am or 1pm
Schedule:  click here

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.
For Details:  click here

Ages 6-8

Read your way through jungles, forests and savannas this fall as students learn about animals through literature. Whether through meeting new characters or exploring new places, every book and literary piece will offer insight and education about wildlife around the world while also introducing students to literary genres and writing.
Topics:
Aug. 20, 27 | Storytelling: Mud City
Sept. 10, 24 | Fables: The Lion and the Mouse
Oct. 8, 22 | Nonfiction: Giraffes at Home
Nov. 5, 12 | True Story: Looking for Miza
Dec. 3, 10 | Poems: Lizards, Frogs, and Pollywogs

To Register: Click Here

Ages 9-12:
Dive into the scientific realm as students this fall learn about the biology of different animals. Discover what makes a species different from another - and maybe even learn some surprising similarities!
Topics:
Aug. 20, 27 | Flora
Sept. 10, 24 | Birds
Oct. 8, 22 | Mammals
Nov. 5, 12 | Reptilia
Dec. 3, 10 | Arthropods

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

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


October Events:
OCT 11 -- Fun on the Farm: Pick a Pumpkin
10am-11:30am
$12 (includes child & adult)
$9/additional child;  $3/additional adult
Visit our Pumpkin Patch and learn about how pumpkins grow with a visit to our Historic Kitchen Garden!  Our Fun on the Farm program is designed for children ages 18 months to 5 years.  These themed events will feature an interactive story-time, unique craft, wagon ride and more.  Spots are limited.  Online registration closes at 5 pm the Wednesday prior to the event. 
Registration Required: Register Online or 972-881-0140

OCT 25 -- Trick or Treat at the Farmstead
10am-Noon
Pre-Registration Online: $7/child;  $3/adult
At the Gate:  $8/child;  $4/adult
Come in costume and bring your basket for a one-of-a-kind Trick or Treat experience at the Farmstead!  We will have plenty of fun stops for children (recommended ages 18 months to 9 years) to trick-or-treat, plus games, story time, wagon rides and more.  Online registration closes at 5 pm the Wednesday prior to the event, but tickets will be available at the door.
Registration Required: Register Online or 972-881-0140


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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.


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 12 -- Bird Walk
7:30am
FREE with Regular $5 vehicle admission
Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA's nature trails.
Ages 10 & up, no registration required.

OCT 15 -- A Walk in the Park
10am-11:30am
Gather up your toddler and explore with us! Enjoy an interactive story time and nature play at local parks throughout Lewisville.
No registration required.
This time we're meeting at LLELA Nature Preserve.
Full list of dates and locations.

OCT 19 -- A Chance to Hike (Special Needs Hike)
10am-Noon
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

OCT 24 -- Stars on the Prairie
9-11pm
$15/person
Join us for a fascinating evening as we trek to LLELA’s prairie restoration area to view the wonders of the night sky. Constellations both familiar and unusual, satellites, and sometimes planets and the moon are features of the ever-changing night sky. If the sky is cloudy, we will have a night hike.
Ages 5 and up. $15 per person.
Registration required by 5pm on Thursday, October 24th

OCT 26 -- Owl Prowl & Campfire
5:30pm-7:30pm
$15/person
Stroll through a forested night to listen for owls, and warm up with s'mores and hot chocolate after.
Owls hooting, armadillos rustling in the underbrush, maybe a coyote howling…we never know what we might hear on a night hike on the trails at LLELA. Join our guides as they lead a stroll down the trail, listening for owls as we go. We’ll end our hike by warming up around a campfire, where we’ll make s’mores and sip hot chocolate.
All ages welcome!
Registration closes at 11am, Oct 25


November 2019
NOV 1 -- Lake Park Fireside Chats
6-8pm
Pull up a chair at our cozy campfire. Watch the sun set and the stars appear as you enjoy traditional campfire fun: stories, songs, and of course, s'mores!   Each campfire will feature a special program. For the season kick off September 6th Fireside Chat, the topic is New (School) Year, New Me.
No matter if you are nervous about starting the 6th grade or find yourself in the wrong auditorium for Freshman Lit, school can be tough. Tell us a story about your most memorable first day of school or about a moment in your life where you had to transition into a new environment. 
FREE for registered campers at Lake Park, otherwise just $5 per person.
Call 972.219.3550 to ask about special pricing for families of four or more.
Registration is required.

NOV 2 -- Nature Walk
10am-Noon
$5/vehicle entry (cash or check only)
Animal tracks, deer trails, singing birds, trees with personality – we never know what we’ll find on our monthly nature walk! This family-friendly hike will last about two hours. All ages are welcome. Free with entry to LLELA.* Registration is not required.

NOV 2
-- My First Fish
10am
$3.50/person
Lone Star Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park
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.

NOV 9 -- Bird Walk
7:30am
FREE with Regular $5 vehicle admission
Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA's nature trails.
Ages 10 & up, no registration required.


NOV 10 -- Guided Kayak Tour
1pm
$25/person, plus $5/vehicle entry
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.
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 is required by 11 am Friday, November 8th.

NOV 16 -- A Chance to Hike (Special Needs Hike)
10am-Noon
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.

NOV 21-22 -- Primitive LLELA Overnight Camping
NOV 21 @4pm through NOV 22 @3pm
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!
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 today or call 972.219.3550 to reserve a space

NOV 28 -- Opt Outside
11pm-1am
$5/person
In 2015, REI made a game changing decision to close its doors on Black Friday and instead spent that time doing what they love: exploring our greenspaces. #OptOutside and join us for a midnight moonlit hike through your favorite urban wilderness!
Registration Required
Register online or call the Parks and Recreation Administration office at 972.219.3550.


December 2019
DEC 6 -- Lake Park Fireside Chats
6-8pm
FREE for registered campers at Lake Park, otherwise just $5 per person.
Pull up a chair at our cozy campfire. Watch the sun set and the stars appear as you enjoy traditional campfire fun: stories, songs, and of course, s'mores!   Each campfire will feature a special program. For the season kick off September 6th Fireside Chat, the topic is New (School) Year, New Me.
No matter if you are nervous about starting the 6th grade or find yourself in the wrong auditorium for Freshman Lit, school can be tough. Tell us a story about your most memorable first day of school or about a moment in your life where you had to transition into a new environment. 
Registration is required.
Register Online or call 972.219.3550 to ask about special pricing for families of four or more.

DEC 7 -- Nature Walk
10am-Noon
$5/vehicle entry (cash or check only)
Animal tracks, deer trails, singing birds, trees with personality – we never know what we’ll find on our monthly nature walk! This family-friendly hike will last about two hours. All ages are welcome. Free with entry to LLELA.* Registration is not required.


DEC 14 -- Bird Walk
7:30am-10:30am
FREE with Regular $5 vehicle admission
Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA's nature trails.
Ages 10 & up
No registration required.

DEC 21 -- Christmas at the Cabin
10am-3pm
FREE with $5 vehicle admission
Take a trip back to an 1870s Christmas and celebrate the old-fashioned way. Enjoy a tour of the historic Minor-Porter Log Cabin, make a corn husk doll or an ornament to take home to your own Christmas tree, create a hand-dipped candle, enjoy carols, sip hot cider by the campfire, and more. Visitors are welcome to arrive at any time during the open hours and join in at their own pace.
The Minor-Porter Log Cabin is located on the Cottonwood Trail, about a 0.3 mile walk from the parking lot at the Cicada Pavilion. A golf cart or hay ride will be available to assist visitors with mobility limitations. A shuttle will run through all of LLELA's parking lots to help you get to the log house if you must park a distance away.
Registration not required

January 2020
JAN 3 -- Lake Park Fireside Chats
6-8pm
FREE for registered campers at Lake Park, otherwise just $5 per person.
Pull up a chair at our cozy campfire. Watch the sun set and the stars appear as you enjoy traditional campfire fun: stories, songs, and of course, s'mores!   Each campfire will feature a special program. For the season kick off September 6th Fireside Chat, the topic is New (School) Year, New Me.
No matter if you are nervous about starting the 6th grade or find yourself in the wrong auditorium for Freshman Lit, school can be tough. Tell us a story about your most memorable first day of school or about a moment in your life where you had to transition into a new environment. 
Registration is required.
Register Online or call 972.219.3550 to ask about special pricing for families of four or more.

JAN 4 -- Nature Walk
10am-Noon
$5/vehicle entry (cash or check only)
Animal tracks, deer trails, singing birds, trees with personality – we never know what we’ll find on our monthly nature walk! This family-friendly hike will last about two hours. All ages are welcome. Free with entry to LLELA.* Registration is not required.


JAN 11 -- Bird Walk
7:30am-10:30am
FREE with Regular $5 vehicle admission
Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA's nature trails.
Ages 10 & up
No registration required.

JAN 18 -- A Chance to Hike (Special Needs Hike)
10am-Noon
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.

JAN 18 -- Saturday at the Cabin
Noon-3pm
FREE with $5 vehicle admission
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.
Registration not required



HOMESCHOOL NATURAL SCIENCE CLASSES: 
Classes are for students K-8th grade.
Some classes may be full.  Please contact LLELA below for details.

K-2 Classes
OCT 10: Habitats & Lizards
OCT 24:  Swamper's Feathered Neighbors
NOV 7:  Life Cycles in the Swamp

GR 3-8 Classes
OCT 10: Ichthyology & Herpetology
OCT 24: Ornithology
NOV 7:  Mammalogy

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. 

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

October 2019
OCT 5 -- Kayaking 101 (ages 7+)
9-11am
Borrow Materials: $22/person
Bring Your Own Materials $20/person
Bowman Springs Park
Take a break from the hiking trails and get on the water! We will go out in dual-seated kayaks to explore our local lakes. Participants will enjoy a scenic paddle looking for wildlife and plants with a naturalist. We will also instruct on safety, proper techniques, and a ecofriendly approach to paddle sports. New this year: we offer kayaking tours at two locations! Each child ages 7-17 years must be accompanied by an adult on the tour.
Preregistration required. click here

OCT 6 -- Intro to Fishing (ages 3-16)
5:30-6:30pm
$9/child
Ready to cast your bait and reel in the big fish, but not sure how or where to start? Join us for beginning fishing classes. We supply the equipment and bait! This class is for junior anglers ages 3-16. (16Y+ must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.)
Pre-registration required.  click here

OCT 11 -- Intro to Archery (ages 6-14)
2:45pm-3:45pm (ages 6-10)
4-5pm (ages 11-14)
$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


OCT 13 -- Junior Angler (6-16)
4:30-6:30pm
$22/child
Junior Angler classes provide activities that introduce kids to the life-long sport of fishing.  Classes follow a hands-on format to teach basic fishing knowledge and skills, to promote ethical behavior regarding fishing and aquatic habitats, and to encourage junior anglers to get outdoors and go fishing! Pre-registration required. 

OCT 14 -- Kayaking 101 (ages 7+)
9-11am
Borrow Materials: $22/person
Bring Your Own Materials $20/person
Bowman Springs Park
Take a break from the hiking trails and get on the water! We will go out in dual-seated kayaks to explore our local lakes. Participants will enjoy a scenic paddle looking for wildlife and plants with a naturalist. We will also instruct on safety, proper techniques, and a ecofriendly approach to paddle sports. New this year: we offer kayaking tours at two locations! Each child ages 7-17 years must be accompanied by an adult on the tour.
Preregistration required. click here


November 2019
NOV 10 -- Intro to Fishing (ages 3-16)
4-5pm
$9/child
Ready to cast your bait and reel in the big fish, but not sure how or where to start? Join us for beginning fishing classes. We supply the equipment and bait! This class is for junior anglers ages 3-16. (16Y+ must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.)
Pre-registration required.  click here

NOV 23-- Intro to Archery (ages 6-15+)
2-3pm (ages 6-10)
3:15-4:15pm (gaes 11-14)
4:30-5:30pm (ages 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


December 2019
DEC 19 -- Intro to Archery (ages 6-15+)
5:30-6:30pm (ages 6-10)
6:45-7:45pm (ages 11-14)
8pm-9pm (ages 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


DEC 27 -- Intro to Trout Fishing (ages 5-16)
4-5pm
$9/child
Catch a Rainbow Trout with us! Learn about bait and lures specific to trout, and what makes a good trout habitat. We supply equipment and bait! (16Y+ must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.) Pre-registration required. click here

DEC 28 -- Intro to Archery (ages 6-15+)
2-3pm (ages 6-10)
3:15-4:15pm (ages 11-14)
4:30-5:30pm (ages 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



January 2020
TBA


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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:  
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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:

October Programs
OCT 5 --Become a Biologist
1pm-3pm
Price Included with Admission
Join us for the first part of our Career in STEM Series: Become a Biologist! Activities include a meet and greet with a real Biologist and learn about the wonderful careers found in Biology. There will also be open-ended, hands-on projects will let you learn about biology and have a blast! Children Elementary age and up are welcome, price is included with general admission.

OCT 11: Not-So-Scary Halloween
6 pm – 9 pm
Come join us for our 15th Annual Not-So-Scary Halloween this year on Friday, October 11th from 6-9 pm! There will be a costume contest starting at 7:30 pm, face painting, music, tasty food, cool games, fun crafts, a cakewalk, pumpkin decorating, candy, a Flashlight Fun Trail through the United Children’s Garden, and Wild Bird Rescue’s feathered ambassadors of the sky will make a special appearance! DJ Marcus “Maniac” McGee will be DJing throughout the night. The Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory will also be open for you to enjoy.
So dress up in your favorite costume and come on out to Not-So-Scary

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