North Texas Wild: Fort Worth Nature Center offers window into region’s wild past

North Texas Wild: Fort Worth Nature Center offers window into region’s wild past

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The Fort Worth Nature Center’s bison herd is one of its biggest draws. Photos courtesy of Fort Worth Nature Center unless otherwise noted. By Amy Martin  June 7, 2016 Are these on your hiking bucket list: ancient limestone bluffs, prairies and post oak savannahs, upland oak mottes and bottomland forests, a wide lazy river with marshes and a tiny magical …

North Texas Wild: 7 best places for long hikes in DFW

North Texas Wild: 7 best places for long hikes in DFW

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photo: Oak Cliff Nature Preserve in Dallas offers 8 miles of trails on 120 acres. Courtesy of Texas Land Conservancy By Amy Martin April 5, 2016 Escape from the urban stress and get in shape on some of the wildest trails in North Texas. Nothing shakes off the winter doldrums like a long, vigorous hike on a dirt path. Or …

North Texas Wild: Nature news for the wintertime blues

North Texas Wild: Nature news for the wintertime blues

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Jan. 19, 2015 By Amy Martin Brrrr! Not the greatest of hiking weather this time of year. Here are some options to get your nature on without getting cold, plus ways to help support parks… a sneak peak on Texas’ upcoming state park located west of Fort Worth… and guide book recommendations for wintertime arm-chair adventures. HIGH-DEFINITION PLANET Perot Museum …

Kiamichi Mountains of southeast Okahoma: Blue Ridge of the west

Kiamichi Mountains of southeast Okahoma: Blue Ridge of the west

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by Amy Martin   Kiamichi Mountains, here we come! Our goal: the Talimena Scenic Drive in full fall foliage splendor. Spending three days in southeast Oklahoma and a touch of Arkansas. We’re taking Dotty and Mable along. It’s their first road trip with us. We used to spend every spare moment at Osage Moon. So this will be their first …

Resources: Trinity River & Great Trinity Forest

Resources: Trinity River & Great Trinity Forest

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GROUPS AND SITES • Dallas Trinity Trails  Ben Sandifer’s blog is full of photos and information on the forest.   • Groundwork Dallas Nonprofit dedicated to preserving and improving access to the Great Trinity Forest, the Trinity River, White Rock Creek and the Elm Fork Green Belt.   • Dallas County Open Space Over 20, mostly undeveloped, open space preserves. Some are …

Upper White Rock Creek Trails: Keeton Park north to Scyene DART

Upper White Rock Creek Trails: Keeton Park north to Scyene DART

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Vista, Vista! Upper White Rock Creek Trails: Keeton Park north to Scyene DART A warm afternoon in the waning days of fall, exploring the ridge trails overlooking the valley of Oak and White Rock Creeks.   Length: apx. 3 mi. Difficulty: moderate with brief strenuous stretches Trailhead: Grover Keeton Park, 2323 Jim Miller Rd. between Scyene and Bruton Parking: Paved …

North Texas Wild: Your guide to exploring the Great Trinity Forest

North Texas Wild: Your guide to exploring the Great Trinity Forest

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North Texas Wild: Your guide to exploring the Great Trinity Forest   This is the second part of Amy Martin’s coverage of the Great Trinity Forest. Part 1: Who’s Watching Out for the Great Trinity Forest and the Future of Pemberton Hill? brings readers up-to-date on the history of the 6,000-acre wildspace and efforts to protect it. Part 2 offers a guide …

North Texas Wild: Escape the heat at these green retreats

North Texas Wild: Escape the heat at these green retreats

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By Amy Martin, Mon., Aug. 25, 2014 /   Summers in Texas extend deep into September, even October. Months after the longest day, the ground continues to absorb and radiate heat. Trapped in our air-conditioned caves for too long, we need relief! Here is a selection of nature places to go green while cooling off. Swimming Beaches at Area Lakes  …

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