Local Green Guide: Dallas, TX
Your Guide to Green City Initiatives in Dallas
Earth Day Dallas
EDD is an annual, outdoor festival seeking to elevate environmental awareness and influence the way North Texans think, live and work. The family-friendly and free-admission event allows leaders in the corporate, academic and non-profit worlds to unite and show North Texans how green lifestyle choices can lower their cost of living, improve their health, and help save the environment.
Learn 2 Live Green
The Shops at Legacy
5741 Legacy Dr.
Plano, TX 75024
Learn 2 Live Green (L2LG) is a FREE, fun, family event featuring exhibits, presentations on a variety of environmental topics, workshops, demonstrations, entertainment, green art and children's activities.
The City is encouraging Dallas neighborhood groups to join in a citywide Fall cleanup effort. The City will coordinate with participating groups to provide out-of-schedule trash collection for neighborhoods that choose to join in this special event.
DCCCD Sustainability Summit
The Dallas County Community College District Sustainability Summit is an excellent annual event featuring speakers, breakout sessions, and exhibitors. Admission is free, pre-registration is required.
Green Source Dallas Fort Worth Mixers
Green Source Dallas Fort Worth is a meetup for anyone interested in mingling with the environmentally conscious among us - be they green activists, gardeners, entrepreneurs, or anyone else interested in living green. There'll be quarterly mixers at The People's Last Stand, invites to events honoring our areas green leaders and businesses, and other events as the occasion arises (send along your ideas!) So join as for some green drinks and green friends.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
8525 Garland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is an amazing horticultural attraction covering more than 66 acres. Visitors can enjoy many gardens and exhibits, as well as the amazing new Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. In addition to the gardens and exhibits, numerous classes and programs are offered.
Cedar Ridge Preserve (formerly Dallas Nature Center)
7171 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75249
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. Visitors can take part in educational programs, explore the Preserve, take part in Audubon Citizen Science, and even volunteer at the Preserve.
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill
1206 West F.M. 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Located in Cedar Hill, Dogwood Canyon is part of the White Rock Escarpment. Nowhere in North Texas can one find a greater variety of rare species than in Dogwood Canyon. Plants and animals from east, west and central Texas converge here, making the Canyon the only place in the world where one can find the Black-chinned Hummingbird of west Texas nesting in the flowering dogwood tree of east Texas. Audubon owns or manages over 200 acres of nearly pristine wildlife habitat in the Canyon. Activities include hiking trails, educational programs, and the Citizen Science program.
Trinity River Audubon Center
6500 Great Trinity Forest Way
Dallas, TX 75217
The Trinity River Audubon Center, located eight minutes from downtown Dallas on 120 acres and is your gateway to explore the amazing resources of the 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest. Visitors have the opportunity to explore hands-on exhibits, five miles of nature viewing trails, the Children's Discovery Garden, engage in academic and learning program, become a "Citizen Scientist”, and take a guided float trip down the Trinity River!
650 South R L Thornton Freeway
Dallas Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals, and today, the Zoo is thriving with new exhibits such as the Koala Walkabout presented by Kimberly-Clark Corporation, SOAR, A Festival of Flight, and the Giants of the Savanna to name a few. In addition to the many exhibits, the Dallas Zoo offers numerous activities, camps, and classes for individuals of all ages.
The Children's Aquarium at Fair Park
website 462 First Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75210
The Children's Aquarium has been designed with kids in mind. With eye-level, interactive zones and exhibits, everyone can enjoy and learn something new about our aquatic friends from around the world.
Texas Discovery Gardens and Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75210
214-428-7476 x 341
Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round organically maintained urban oasis filled with natural wonders. We are the first public garden in the state of Texas to be certified 100% organic by the Texas Organic Research Center. Family events are offered throughout the year, children and parents can share the experience of being amazed and inspired by nature's intricate web of life. Gardening workshops and guided tours provide expert advice on using native and adapted plants to create backyard habitats for butterflies, birds and other native wildlife.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 N Field St
Dallas, TX 75201
An amazing facility, the Perot Museum is a fantastic attraction boasting a wide variety of exhibits, programs, events, and activities.
Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary
website 1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069
Located in McKinney, the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary features rotating exhibits and a living lab, where students enjoy a hands-on scientific experience. Outdoors, kids and adults alike enjoy a variety of nature trails where birds, turtles, snakes, squirrels, rabbits, owls, opossum and armadillos are not uncommon.
City of Plano Sustainability & Environmental Services
The City of Plano offers programs and educational classes for both adults and children. Please visit the website for current schedules and events.
Plano Community Garden
4030 West Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75093
The Plano Community Garden is a cooperative partnership between the City of Plano and Junior League of Plano, and the Plano Community Gardeners. The garden's 50 raised beds provide over 5,000 lbs. of fresh produce annually to community food pantries and present hands-on educational opportunities for local schools, children's organizations, and organic gardeners.
Green Educational Opportunities and Activities, City of Irving
Irving offers many opportunities for residents to participate in the learning process of being better environmental stewards through attending classes related to a variety of specific environmental topics.
Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) is a national outdoors equipment retail store that offers wide variety of recreational classes (hiking, camping, kayaking, etc.) and a broad range outings and stewardship opportunities that focus on the local area. In addition, REI is committed to reducing their environmental impact through a number of sustainability programs. Please see the links above for more information.
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
201 E. Jones St.
Lewisville, TX 75057
With its diversity of habitats, LLELA is home to a profusion of wildlife. Bald eagles and peregrine falcons have been seen within the park, and there's even a resident herd of bison. Visitors of all ages can enjoy this unique natural habitat while hiking (no bicycles), kayaking/canoeing, and camping, as well as take part in activities and educational programs offered throughout the year.
If you are interested getting involved with the preservation, restoration & research, and educational missions of LLELA, volunteering is encouraged.
Parks, Preserves, and Recreational Areas
The Dallas Metro area is rich with parks and outdoor recreation areas. Highlighted here is a selection of great outdoor spaces and is not a comprehensive listing of all of the outdoor spaces this area has to offer.
White Rock Lake
8300 East Lawther Drive
White Rock Lake is a unique, 1,015 acre city lake, which offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, including hiking and bike trail (9.33 miles).
Great Trinity Forest
Preserving the wilderness within the city limits of Dallas, with possibly the largest urban bottomland hardwood forest in America, is part of the Trinity River Corridor Project's environmental and recreational charter. The boundaries of the forest extend from the Santa Fe Trestle Trail near Corinth Street and Riverfront Boulevard within view of downtown Dallas, to just past IH-20, an eleven-mile stretch of land that basically follows the Trinity River. The Great Trinity Forest offers a variety of activities including, hiking/biking, kayaking at Dallas Wave, and horseback riding. Please visit the link above for a list of trails and activities.
Cedar Hill State Park
1570 F.M. 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Adjacent to Joe Pool Lake is Cedar Hill State Park, an urban nature preserve offering bird watching, mountain biking, boating, camping and a host of other outdoor activities. Area wildlife includes armadillo, bobcat, coyote, raccoon, squirrel and fox. The park also features picnic areas and three playgrounds for the kids.
Texas Buckeye Trail
7000 Bexar Street
Dallas, Texas 75215
The Texas Buckeye Trail is a natural surface nature trail that meanders into the Trinity River's hardwood bottomland forest. Trail destinations include the River Overlook and the Buckeye Grove.
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve
2875 Pierce St.
Dallas, TX 75233
The 121-acre Oak Cliff Preserve is an oasis of green space located right in the middle of urban Dallas. Today, over eight miles of multi-use hike and bike trails course through the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve. Bird and plant enthusiasts, bicycle riders of all ages, and those just wishing for peace and quiet visit the preserve to connect with nature.
Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve
5901 Los Rios Blvd. (Between Jupiter and Parker Road)
Plano, TX 75086
Hours: 5am - 11pm
Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, Plano's largest park, is an 800-acre park extending from Parker Road on the south to Chaparral Road on the north and from Spring Creek Parkway on the west to Los Rios Boulevard on the east. The park boasts 3.5 miles of concrete trails and 5 miles of soft surface trails located along Rowlett Creek. Nature trails are open from sunrise to sunset daily
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
6701 W Parker Rd
Plano, TX 75093
Hours: 5am - 11pm
Located on the western border of Plano, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park featuring vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, hiking, orienteering, and other outdoor activity.
Arbor Hills Trail System Map
Arbor Hills Guide
Greenbelt - Bluebonnet Trail
Preston Meadow to Alma Road
Plano, TX 75023
The Bluebonnet Trail runs from High Point Park to Carpenter Park, following a Texas Electric powerline easement. It intersects with the Chisholm Trail in the center of Plano and connects with the Preston Ridge Trail at its western end.
Dallas County Open Space System
This system contains twenty-one preserves and 3,366 acres located throughout the County. Designed to resemble a national park rather than a neighborhood playground or athletic field, the County's preserves offer a variety of topographical, geological, and environmental experiences. The preserves set aside natural habitats where native plants, reptiles, birds and mammals can continue to thrive. Tip: Click "Location of Preserves” link on the left side to access a page with links to pages specific to each preserve.
City of Garland Parks & Facilities
City of Mesquite Parks & Recreation
City of Richardson Parks & Recreation
City of Plano Parks & Facilities page
City of Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation
Grand Prairie Hiking/Biking facilities page
City of Dallas Parks and Recreation
Happy Trails Dallas
Collin County Trails
Collin County Master Gardeners
825 North McDonald Street, Ste. 150,
McKinney, Texas 75069
Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and to help others, and able to communicate with diverse groups of people.
What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, persons who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their Extension office to provide horticultural-related information to their communities.
Texas Master Naturalists - North Texas Chapter
A program of Texas Parks and Wildlife
Texas Master Naturalists are dedicated to the conservation, preservation, and restoration of our natural resources, and promoting ecological education for all. The Texas Master Naturalist organization encourages and supports trained Master Naturalist volunteers in providing community programs and projects that increase appreciation of our natural environment, promote the maintenance of and sustainable use of public open spaces, and protect and preserve native flora and fauna and their habitats.
The North Texas Chapter conducts monthly meetings that include engaging speakers. Certification as a Texas Master Naturalist is offered on an annual basis.
Dallas Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas
The purpose of the Native Plant Society of Texas is to promote the conservation, research, and utilization of the native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach, and example. See website for meeting information, schedule, and location.
Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club
The purpose of the Dallas Organic Garden Club is to promote organic gardening and related subjects through education and community outreach. For 20 years the GDOGC has been a leader in promoting organic gardening methods. See website for meeting information, schedule, and location.
Keep Dallas Beautiful
Keep Dallas Beautiful features programs that provides beautification and community improvement volunteer opportunities.
Audubon Dallas supports the conservation of birds and other wildlife, the protection of habitat and biodiversity, and the provision of education and opportunities for our entire community to observe and appreciate birds and nature.
Texas Organic Research Center (TORC)
The mission of TORC is to provide research and information to homeowners, farmers, ranchers and other decision makers with the goal of helping stop the broad scale use of toxic chemical pesticides and fertilizers which are currently being sold and used in the futile attempt to grow crops and control insect pests and diseases.
Dallas Sierra Club
The Dallas Group focuses on local conservation issues to promote citizen awareness and participation in improving the health of our planet and local community. Dallas Sierra Club volunteer leaders conduct over 150 outings a year free of charge. These outings include day hikes around Dallas, weekend car camps at various state parks, and backpack trips to national wilderness areas.
You can learn how outings work and then look at the outings list to find a trip that interests you. You can also talk to our Outings leadership about our program and training.
Young Sierrans - Dallas Sierra Club
Our mission is to connect, inform and involve environmentally-minded, DFW young professionals with opportunities that explore, enjoy and protect our planet.
Local Government Programs
City of Plano Sustainability and Environmental Services
The City of Plano's Sustainability & Environmental Education Division is ready to help you learn more about protecting our environment, conserving resources and reducing your impact on the earth through programs, presentations and workshops.
Events and programs page here.
The Environmental Education Center is a place to educate and involve residents, community and environmental leaders, building professionals, and educators in environmental responsibility and demonstrate sustainability concepts and practices.
Recycle Right Plano
City of Garland: Go Green Garland
City of Richardson Environmental Services
Regulations, reporting, and education
City of Richardson Tips To Be Green
City of Irving "Think Green… Be Green”
A large variety of educational resources, as well as news, city programs, and upcoming green events.
Irving Community Gardens Grant Program
The City of Irving recognizes community gardening as a valuable recreational activity that contributes to the health and well-being of the wider community and provides a wide range of environmental, social and educational benefits. The Community Gardens Grant Program provides an opportunity for local nonprofit organizations and neighborhood associations to apply for grant funding to establish a community garden program.
Green Grand Prairie
A variety of resources, news, city programs, volunteer opportunities, and upcoming green events and classes.
This comprehensive site is the green portal for the City of Dallas, offering environmental quality resources, programs, event listing, news, and resources.
The Green Times Newsletter
Environmental News from the City of Dallas and GreenDallas.net
Terracycle has organized recycling brigades to help us keep waste out of the landfill, preserve resources, and earn money. The City of Dallas has joined five Terracycle Brigades to earn money for Friends of the Dallas Public Library. Anyone can help collect items to be recycled. Items can be dropped off at your local Dallas library, Dallas City Hall, or shipped directly from you to Terracycle.
Trinity River Corridor Project
Trinity River Corridor Project including wildlife and habitat, trails, parks, lakes, the Great Trinity Forest, the Trinity Audubon Center, an equestrian center, as well as "signature" bridges. Please visit the website for information regarding environmental restoration projects and recreational activities.
Dallas Area Farmers Markets
- Collin County Farmers Market: website
- Fairview Farms Marketplace: website
- Frisco Farmers Market: website
- Georgia's Farmers Market: website
- McKinney Farmers Market at the Adriatica: website
- Carrollton Square Community Farmers Market: website
- Celebration Farmers Market: website
- Coppell Farmers Market: website
- Cox Farms Market: website
- Dallas Farmers Market: website
- Eden's Organic Garden Center: website
- Four Seasons Market: website
- Grand Prairie Farmers Market: website
- Ruibal's Rosemeade Market: website
- Saint Michael's Farmers Market: website
- White Rock Local Market: website
- Ham Orchards: website
- Rockwall Farmers Market: website
Dining and Food Shopping
All of the restaurants featured here featured here utilize locally sourced ingredients, organic ingredients, or use green practices in their establishments. Please see their websites for details.
Spiral Diner & Bakery
1101 N Beckley Ave
Dallas, TX 75203?
Dallas Farmers Market - Shed 2
1010 South Pearl Expy
Dallas, TX 75201
2 Locations in Dallas:
2104 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75206
3136 Routh St.
Dallas, Texas 75201
Sundown at Granada
3520 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
A Gluten-Free Organic Bakery
718 North Buckner Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75218
Good 2 Go Taco
Uses locally sourced ingredients (Green Source DFW)
1146 Peavy Road
Dallas, TX 75218
Southpaw's Organic Grill
3227 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75204
Southpaw's Organic Caf?©
6009 Berkshire Lane
Dallas, Texas 75225
Six locations around the Dallas Metro Area.
4615 W Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209
Kozy 2 Day
Primarily Gluten-Free & Organic
4433 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205
4514 Travis St.
Dallas, TX 75205
Dive Coastal Cuisine
3404 Rankin St.
Dallas, TX 75205
Patina Green Home & Market
website 116 N. Tennessee
McKinney, TX 75069
Pure Delight Cupcakery
Gluten-Free, Vegan, & Organic
3432 E. Hebron Parkway
Carrollton, Texas 75010
Gina's Organic Kitchen
10870 Plano Rd.
Dallas, TX 75238
The Life House
Coffee, Tea, Bakery, & Disc Golf
506 N. Goliad St.
Rockwall, TX 75087
5680 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
State & Allen Restaurant and Lounge
"Certified Green Restaurant” by the Green Restaurant Association
2400 Allen Street
Dallas, Texas 75204
Villa Nikolini by Organicity
2714 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
3 Dallas locations, please see website for details.
Good Karma Kitchen
Locally Sourced, Vegetarian, & Gluten-Free
Food Truck - Check website for current locations
Texas Spice at the Omni Dallas Hotel
555 S. Lamar St.
Dallas, Texas 75202
Mass Transit Options for the Dallas Area:
Trinity Railway Express
TRE offers premier commuter rail service between Fort Worth and Dallas. Jump aboard the Trinity Railway Express as we connect these two great cities and all points in between. Each city has its own unique attractions and events - all easily accessible.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
DART provides a wide variety of mass transit options servicing the Dallas Metro area, including bus, rail, trolley, and vanpool services.
DART Travel Agent
The DART Travel Agent shows how visitors, shoppers, fun seekers and sports fans can get around by bus, train or a combination of both.
Bike Irving has been developed to coordinate increased use of safe bicycling and to encourage continued ways to reduce carbon emissions.
Happy Trails Dallas: Biking Resources Page
A very useful collection of Dallas area biking resource links, including maps and DART information.
Resources & Links
GREEN SOURCE DFW
A Dallas/Ft. Worth Environmental News & Community Resource
Texas Parks & Wildlife
Green Restaurant Association
The Green Restaurant Association dining search page
A resource for cycling education, advocacy, and roads & trails.
Using native plants or well adapted plants can help to reduce water, fertilizer, and pesticide use. Here are three educational websites that can help you to "go native” with your landscaping.
Texas Trails Network
Texas Trails Network (TTN) is a nonprofit statewide organization dedicated to quality development and management of all types of trails. Explore TTN's unique Trail Finder data base packed with nearly a thousand trails of all types throughout Texas - a vast inventory of outdoor experiences just waiting for your arrival.
Dallas Trinity Trails Blog
This practical guide takes readers to the best trails found in the Great Trinity Forest, all within easy reach of Downtown Dallas.
Resources to help you buy local Texas products! GO TEXAN promotes the products, culture, and communities that call Texas home.
Air North Texas
Air North Texas is a regional clean air partnership and campaign. This site provides information on current air conditions, as well as providing information on reducing your impact.
Audubon Texas is dedicated to protecting birds, other wildlife, and their habitats.