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About Dale Clark
Fascinated by butterflies and moths since he was a child, Dale turned a passion into a livelihood. In 1995 he quit his full-time job and created Butterflies Unlimited, a butterfly farm south of Dallas, TX, to raise native butterflies to sell to butterfly exhibits at zoos, offering more than 50 species. That year he co-founded the Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society, a local organization which allows people in the D/FW area to gather who share an interest in butterflies by going on monthly field trips. From 2006 to 2011 he was the editor of the News of the Lepidopterists' Society, the international newsletter of one of the oldest such organizations (est. 1947) devoted to the study of butterflies and moths.

About Michael Cook
Michael Cook has been fascinated with the natural world since he was very young, and has always particularly enjoyed the color and variety of butterflies and moths. In the early 2000's, his interest in textiles got tangled up with his interest in insects, leading him down a particularly twisty path of studying and rearing silk-producing caterpillars. His work with silkworms and their moths has been published in books and articles, and he frequently makes presentations for schools, museums, festivals, and handcraft guilds. He lives in Oak Cliff with his partner Chris, three dogs, three cats, eleven laying hens and an ever-changing assortment of tiny wriggling livestock.

Monday, September 1, 8 AM-Noon, “Get back to Nature” Labor Day Celebration with hayrides
Saturday, February 14, 2015, Birds & Bees Brunch with music, poetry, guided hike, bird walk, Texas Honeybee Guild

CRP Committee Meetings - Friday, 7 PM, before Third Saturday Workdays
Conservation in Action Workdays - Third Saturdays, September through May, 9-Noon; June through August, 8-11 AM
Yoga - Sundays, 9 AM in the Butterfly Garden
Poetry - Second & Fourth Thursdays, 7 PM at our Stage
Crafts for Children - Saturdays 1-3 PM, dates to be announced

On Saturday, April 12, Kirk Hambleton, with help from a few others from Scout Troop 25 of Plano, replaced the stairs on the Bluebonnet Tower to earn his Eagle Scout.

Special thanks to Jackson Patak, Ross Streeter, Kevin Hambleton, Carter Fiffick, John Fiffick, Rob Streeter, Robert Rinker, Thomas Hambleton, and Scott Hambleton for their help! Without them this project wouldn't have happened. Also a big thanks to Lowes for providing discounted materials!


The arrival of spring brings renewed energy to get out in nature and volunteer in our area parks and wild spaces. This year, area Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Scouts, and other citizen scientists are off to a running start in the battle against invasive species. In a workshop through the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s “Invaders of Texas” program 55 volunteers learned about the nature of invasive species and what the most common invasive plants are in the north Texas area. They looked at resources on the “Invaders” database ( to help recognize and record species, and discussed techniques for eradication. Then it was time to get into the fields and take action.

On Saturday, April 19, twelve “Invader” volunteers descended the hill on Bluebonnet Trail at Cedar Ridge Preserve and attacked invasive privet and nandina. Every plant that is eradicated is a plant what won’t spread, won’t disperse seed…and an opening in the environment where, hopefully, a beneficial native plant can have a chance to grow. One by one, plant by plant, we CAN make a stand to control invasive species! For more information on future invasive species trainings and activities, please contact Dana Wilson,


Kevin Malonson brought a team of students from A. Maceo Smith High School in Dallas to Cedar Ridge Preserve, gladiators in their yellow school bus chariot, Saturday, March 8, 2014 at precisely 10 AM. By noon they had accomplished the impossible not once, but twice. Their mission was to clear debris from a site that Girl Scouts will soon use for camping. Nail-infested wood waste had piled over the years along with various sorts of dangerous materials probably and provided a nice habitat for the many snakes who call CRP home.

Preserve Manager Robert Rinker arranged for delivery and placement of a large 20-yard dumpster near the waste pile. Rose Mercer met the students and instructed half of them to hit the trails running, and the other half to load debris into the dumpster. Within 15 minutes the 6 foot pile started to vanish and the dumpster overflowed. Land Manager Mingo to the rescue! He re-instructed the crew to begin removing the dumpster contents for orderly placement utilizing volume more appropriately. Volunteer regular Thomas Templeton worked to loosen the chain securing the back gate. The first work crew reversed all their hard work and unloaded the dumpster.

The second work crew returned from their adventure on the trails and, except for some dedicated members from the first work crew, namely superstar Carolina, orderly reloaded the dumpster filling it to the brim. One woodchip to the eye and many scrapes and scratches later, these gladiator students accomplished a lot in those two hours. Just imagine what they can do after they throw their high school graduation caps into the air!

Kevin Malonson serves as the Assistant Director of the local chapter of Education is Freedom, a non-profit "dedicated to providing comprehensive college planning services and producing life changing results for students and families." He encourages and organizes regular volunteer activities with these students all through their high school career, and intends to help them find their way to college.

Choose to be a Cardinal, Eastern Bluebird, Painted Bunting, Black-capped Vireo or Rare Bird!

You'll be glad you did!


Third Saturday of each Month
September through May - 9:00-Noon
June, July, August - 8:00-11:00 AM

Habitat Restoration and Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve is on the Third Saturday of every month throughout the year, rain or shine. Volunteers remove non-native plants, restore trails, and work in the butterfly garden. Repairing trails reduces erosion trouble spots and removing non-native plants clears crowded trail edges. We provide snacks, water, pruning shears, shovels, and work gloves. All you need to bring is sun screen and bug repellent. Questions? Contact

Our new sign donated by Paul Stringer, of Hightech Signs, 972-257-1100.

7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75249 (972-709-7784)

November 1 - March 3
1 - 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. April 1 - October 31 - 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Closed Mondays

At an elevation of 755 feet, Cedar Ridge Preserve (formerly the Dallas Nature Center) is a slice of the hill country just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas. Cedar Ridge Preserve is a natural habitat of 600 acres featuring about 9 miles of trails, native trees, grasses and wildflowers, butterfly gardens, limited picnic areas and wild mammals, birds, insects and reptiles. CRP has been managed by Audubon Dallas since April 2003 by charter from the Dallas County Park & Open Space Program and the City of Dallas. To view the General Rules and Regulations from the Dallas County Park and Open Space Program, click here.

Please be aware that wheeled vehicles of ALL types, including bicycles, are prohibited on the trails. NOTE: CRP cannot accommodate large groups because there are not a lot of seating, tables, or other picnic equipment.



For questions about educational programming, scheduling a visit by a school group, or planning a Scout project, call 972-709-7784.

Want to help CRP and recycle at the same time?
Save your old printer cartridges, and give them to Robert Rinker at CRP or at a Program Meeting.
They will be recycled, and the money will benefit CRP!

By donating your time and energy you'll be doing your part in maintaining and improving The Preserve and its outstanding trails.

Come lend a hand at our
Conservation In Action Workdays.

Please make a donation of $3.00 or more each time you visit. You will find the donation box at the entrance near the Education Building. We appreciate your support!

What is the best dressed hiker at Cedar Ridge Preserve
(or anywhere else) wearing?

A Cedar Ridge Preserve T-shirt, of course!

To get your T-shirts, come to our Conservation In Action
or to Audubon Dallas Program Meetings at The Point at CC Young Retirement Center near the
northern tip of White Rock Lake.

Our shirts are only $15 (but if you'd like to slip in a little more,
every bit helps).

You will be proud of the role you play in supporting CRP
by promoting The Preserve by wearing our logo!