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Dixon Water Foundation
Grassland Restoration &
Rotational Grazing
The Dixon Water Foundation field trip will visit the DWF's Leo and Heard Ranches in Cooke County.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about land management techniques that provide grass-finished meat to feed people while improving the health of the grasslands and watersheds on which they depend.  Discussions will focus on how rotational grazing techniques that mimic the patterns of migratory bison can stimulate grass root growth, creating more vigorous plant and enhancing soil quality and biodiversity which, in turn, allows more rainwater to penetrate the ground and replenish aquifers, creeks and rivers.   
Participants will also enjoy lunch at, and learn about, the DWF's Josey Pavilion, the first certified living house in the Sate of Texas.
Field Trip Fee - $ 30 (covers sack lunch and carpool gas). Register for trip on the registration site.
Field trip departs from the parking lot at Springhill Suites by Marriott, 1434 Centre Place Drive, Denton at 9am.
Kayak Power Paddle
Elm Fork Branch of the Trinity River
Aquatic & Riparian Restoration
Enjoy a kayak paddle down the Elm Fork Branch of the Trinity River.  Learn about the history of the river and the old and new river channels.  Discuss aquatic and riparian restoration efforts of the Lake Lewisville Aquatic Research Facility with USACE staff.  Observe flora and fauna unique to the area as well as some of the oldest trees in Dallas.
Rain or shine, warm or cold, come prepared for weather.  Bring a change of clothes to leave in the car so you won't have to return to your hotel afterwards as the fun continues afterwards at LLELA.
Once back from the kayak paddle, join in the on-going hands-on projects at LLELA, take a hike, or relax.  Evening activities begin at 5:30pm at LLELA so plan to stay.
Field Trip Fee - $47 (covers kayak & snacks on the river).
Register for trip on the registration site.  Maximum participants is 20!
Field trip departs from the parking lot at Springhill Suites by Marriott, 1434 Centre Place Drive, Denton at 9am.

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA)
Talk & Tour and Hands-On Restoration
The LLELA field trip will be divided into two parts.  You have the option of choosing to attend one or both parts of the day.
Part 1:  Talk & Tour
Explore LLELA's prairies, forests, and wetlands which encompass both Blackland Prairie and Eastern Cross Timbers habitat.  Visit LLELA's native plant nursery to discuss seed saving & propagation techniques as well as their quail reintroduction flight pens to learn about the challenges and successes of reintroducing quail at LLELA.  Dialogue and share ideas with LLELA staff and other experts in the field.  
Part 2:  Hands-On Restoration Projects
Join LLELA staff and other restoration professionals and get your hands dirty.  Opportunities to work on prairie and forest restoration, remove invasives, work in LLELA's nursery, and possibly track quail using LLELA's MOTUS wildlife tracking system.
Field Trip Fee -
Option 1:  Half Day AM Talk & Tour - $10
Option 2:  Half Day PM Hands-On Restoration Projects - $10
Option 3:  Full Day Tour & Workday - $17 (includes lunch) 
Register for trip on the registration site.
AM Field Trips depart from the parking lot at Springhill Suites by Marriott, 1434 Centre Place Drive, Denton at 9am.  
Field Trip #1:  9am - 5pm
Field Trip #2:
Full & Half Day Options
9am - 12pm & 1pm - 5pm
Field Trip #3:  9am - 2pm

Friday Field Trips - November 10, 2017

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