Walking in wonder

The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney, Texas. I am amazed on every visit, but particularly love finding the first trout lilies of the year on the Hoot Owl Trail, and the boardwalk out over the wetlands each spring. A teacher membership is affordable, and should be a mental health medical deduction on our tax return.

Connemara Conservancy, Allen, Texas, has changed a great deal in the twenty-three years I've been visiting. It used to be way on out there in the country, and always open. Hours are limited now, but it's still a fabulous place.

Oak Point Nature Preserve, east Plano, Texas. I'm loath to tell people about Oak Point, as I consider it MY PERSONAL nature preserve. The trails are quite different on the two sides of Rowlett Creek.

Trail map

Spring Creek Trail in Richardson, TX, has a trailhead and parking at the southeast corner of 75 Central Expressway and Renner Road. From there one can head in either of two directions. One way goes under the expressway and northwest to an amazing urban wilderness under the interchange of 75 and the George Bush Tollway.

The other goes into a shady system of trails with surprising butterflies. These trails are paved sidewalks, and connect to other trails in the Richardson system.

Trinity River Audubon Center, south Dallas, Texas.  Good hiking and inspiring LEED certified building.

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, west Plano, Texas.

Arbor Hills trail map


Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area, Lewisville, Texas.

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center

Elm Fork Nature Preserve, City of Carrollton

Close to home, I trace the seasonal changes at Plano's small Rustic Park

‎God make me receptive and aware: 

restore to me my capacity to wonder.

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