V: Valley Nature Center

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V: Valley Nature Center

Vvalley nature centeralley Nature Center is a 6-acre park and nature preserve in Weslaco, Texas. Its focus is environmental education about the natural history of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

The center’s activities include a summer camp, birding trips, natural history classes and lectures. There are programs for individuals, children and adults.

Secret Garden in the Heart of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Mission “To provide educational opportunities and to foster appreciation and understanding of the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s unique natural communities of flora and fauna.”

Link to Valley Nature Center

For the most information and a slew of terrific pictures, check out this web page by Jan Dauphin

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K: Kaweah Oak Preserve

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K: Kaweah Oak Preserve

kaweahKaweah Oaks Preserve, a 322-acre nature preserve, protects one of the last remaining valley oak riparian forests in the San Joaquin Valley. When you walk along the trails at Kaweah Oaks Preserve, you can easily imagine how this area looked before it was settled 100 years ago. More than 300 plant and animal species live, feed or reproduce at the nature preserve, including gray fox, great horned owl, Nuttall’s woodpecker, wild grapevines, willow thickets and majestic valley oaks.

There’s no fee to enter, but they request a $3 donation. Such a deal! Where can you bask in such beauty for a mere $3?

http://www.sequoiariverlands.org/protected-spaces/kaweah-oaks-preserve

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Kaweah Oaks Preserve

J: John F. Burke Nature Preserve

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J: John F. Burke Nature Preserve

Located only 10 miles from DFW Airport, the John F. Burke Nature Preserve sits waiting to be discovered by someone looking for a Shangri-La spot to relax in the middle of the big city.

Located in Farmers Branch, this 104-acre retreat is an ideal place to escape into nature.

http://visitfarmersbranch.com/Play/JohnBurkeNaturePreserve.aspx

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B: Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve, Southlake Texas

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0It’s April! Time for the A to Z Blog Challenge. Each day through April (except Sundays) we’re writing a blog post to the Letter of the Day. The 1st is ‘A’, the 2nd is ‘B’ … and so on until we get to ‘Z’.

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B: Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve, Southlake Texas

Bob Jones Nature Center is one of my favorite places in Texas to retreat and regroup. Of course, it’s just about in my backyard, which is nice.

Bob JonesI’m also probably a little partial to it because it’s named for a Jones, my mother’s maiden name. Not only that, I admire what Bob Jones accomplished with his life. After the Civil War, he and his mother were freed from slavery. He purchased 60 acres from his father and start about building an empire of almost 1,000 acres. At the time of his death, people thought so highly of him, that his funeral was attended by over 500 people. In 1936. People came from all over to pay their tributes. He’s buried at Medlin Cemetery, one of my three favorite cemeteries in the area, which is how I discovered Bob Jones initially.

When construction began on Lake Grapevine in 1947, many families were displaced. Except for Eugie Jones Thomas, one of Bob Jones’ daughters. She fought the Army Corps of Engineers … and won. She received a letter from Washington telling her she could keep all of her property.

Bob Jones barnBecause of Eugie’s determination and grit, taking on the fight ‘against City Hall’, residents in the area now have a refuge and place of beauty to visit. 758 acres full of natural beauty. Hiking trails through a Cross Timbers ecosystem, birdwatching, children’s classes and more are available here.

http://bjnc.org/default.php

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