Friday, April 12, 2024

Get Outside in 2020 with BJNCP Classes!

Southlake Recreation is proud to present a series of FREE adult outdoor education classes at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. This series was created from YOUR feedback–you told us what type of classes you’re interested in, and we listened!

BJNCP is a true hidden treasure of Southlake that we think should be shared and explored by all. Through these outdoor classes (which are designed for ages 13 and up), we hope you’ll be encouraged to explore this beautiful oasis from the city and learn something along the way. We can’t wait to get outside and really hope you’ll join us!

Composting 101January 11
Learn the basics of composting and how you can make a big difference in your life and garden.
Register here.

The Legacy of Bob JonesFebruary 15
The story of Bob Jones defies all odds. Learn more about the namesake of Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve and Bob Jones Park and the incredible role he and his family play in Southlake’s history.
Register here.

How Does Your (Vegetable) Garden Grow?March 21
Would you like to grow your own vegetables? Learn the basics of vegetable gardening and meet local experts who can help you get started.
Register here.

Make Every Day Earth Day!April 25
Celebrate Earth Day with us and learn how you can make every day Earth Day! In this class, we will discuss water conservation and ways you can practice sustainability daily.
Register here.

Registration is now open for new Outdoor Survival Series!

With the threat of an apocalypse always possible, will your kids be prepared to survive in a world without TVs and computer screens? The City of Southlake’s new Outdoor Survival Series will prepare your kids for the best and worst conditions. There are three camps available for kids ages 10 – 14 .

The first camp is Kayaking & Water Safety which will take place on September 19. Students will kayak on the Trinity River in Ft. Worth and learn the basics of water safety such as proper paddling, water navigation and the importance of personal flotation devices (PFDs). All kayak instructors are certified and participants will be required to wear a PFD at all times. Be aware this trip is not recommended for individuals with limited swimming experience.

Photo from Hunger Games Program

Photo from previous Hunger Games Survival Program

The second camp is Shelter & Fire Building which will be held on October 10. Students will learn many survival skills such as constructing shelters, building safe fires, and most importantly how to eat in the wilderness! Participants will build their own fire and learn how to cook lunch on an open flame.

The final camp is Archery & Target Shooting on November 14, where students will travel to a local archery range to discovery how to properly use a bow and arrow. All archery instructors have been background screened by USA Archery, and successfully completed the Safe Sport training program; a United States Olympic Committee requirement for all USA Archery coaches.

All programs require students to bring water, a snack, and wear closed-toed shoes.

You can register your child online or at the Community Services office located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210.

Please contact 817.748.8019 if you would like more information.

Free Masterworks Concert in Family Park- April 12, 2014

Bone DoggieSouthlake, Texas – Arts Council Northeast and the City of Southlake are pleased to welcome Bone Doggie for a free concert on April 12, 2014. The concert will take place in Family Park, located in Southlake Town Square, from 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

A whiskey voice, lightning fingers and a strong love of the nostalgic are the best ways to sum up a Bone Doggie from South Kansas City that plays the Delta Blues on an Irish Bouzouki. A 25-year veteran of countless classic rock, jazz and progressive bands, Bone Doggie has finally settled comfortably into the world of hard core Delta Blues and American Roots Music. “The Delta Blues can ONLY be considered the absolute roots of Rock and Roll, (which is where my roots truly are) and the wealth of material is at the same time humbling and staggering,” he says, “Not to mention the fact that it’s just a hoot to play.” As for the Irish Bouzouki, “Roots again,” says Doggie, “Lots of Irish in this bloodline. Besides, after so many years I wanted to play an instrument that was a bit . . . different than the beaten track. And the bouzouki sounds so old-timey! The thing just rocks.”

Through the MasterWorks Series, Arts Council Northeast and the City of Southlake present free performances on selected evenings throughout the year. The MasterWorks Series is designed to offer a variety of quality family entertainment to the community by utilizing the talent of local, regional, and national artists.

View the 2014 Masterworks Concert Series Schedule to see all the variety of bands coming to Southlake this year. For more information, please contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

Mother Nature Inspires Creative Writing

Even though the weather in Texas is unpredictable, students in Donna Clarrissimeaux’s class at Walnut Grove Elementary can count on an outdoor lesson. The veteran teacher knows Mother Nature delivers when it comes to inspiration. Clarrissimeaux has been a teacher for 40 years and spent the last 20 years focusing on reading and writing in her elementary students.

“It’s good to take kids out and have them see, feel and hear,” Clarissimeaux said.

For the past few years, Clarrissimeaux has made a regular lesson out of irregular weather events. Several years ago in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, she took her students to a safe place outside to experience the remnants of the storm as they passed over Southlake.

“I had one student write how she could hear the cries for help in the wind…” Clarrissimeaux added. “Weather provides a great opportunity because its always changing.”

On the morning of Thursday, February 21 a storm moved through the North Texas area. Students in Clarrissimeaux’s fourth grade class were quick to notice and asked to go outside. The class quickly grabbed their notebooks and pencils and found a sheltered area to sit and write. She said each student spent 8-10 minutes writing about what they heard and saw.

“All you could hear was the sound of the rain and wind. The sensory description students experience is great for personal narrative,” Clarrissimeaux said.

Here are some samples of what two students wrote:

Fourth graders in Donna Clarrissimeaux's class get sensory description lesson

        Imaad Virani, student: “The clouds turn darker and darker as the pitter-patter of rain hitting cement reaches my ears.  The gutter is shooting out water like it’s a water slide for ants.  The hammer-like rain looks like it’s dimming all the lights around the playground. Right in front of me is a small river made by the rain.  It deposits itself into a gutter, and the rain has still created more.  I’m sure the plants are getting the perfect amount of water because they aren’t bending over, nor are they missing out on water.  Now the clouds are starting to part and behind them peeks the light we all love.  The clouds are moving faster and farther apart, and that tells me just maybe we will have our regular 2:00 recess today!”

     Emily Backoo, student: “The rain is coming down hard now.  It’s coming in sheets of pure white. Roaring sounds fill my ears and a faint chill crawls up my spine. Gushing water is streaming out of the gutters and the sun is just coming out from behind the grove of trees that are far, far, far away. The plants next to the science lab are swaying back and forth with smiles on their faces, or so it seems.  They play structure has dribbles of freezing cold water dripping off of it.  The ground of soil is soaking wet, and it looks like candy, with sugar on top.”

Clarrissimeaux says the outdoor lessons are just one way to get students to organize their thoughts and become strong writers. She says its important- no matter what career a student may choose- that they are able to accurately communicate and stay focused on the point. The outdoor writing exercises will also help students prepare for the STAAR writing test later this spring.

“It is amazing what kids can do when you open up that door to creativity,” Clarrissimeaux said, “allowing them to use their imagination.”