FOCP Bug Walk


When: Sunday, June 9th

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Where: Kiest Conservation Area 

2179 W Kiest Blvd

Dallas, TX 75224

Guide: John Watts

Join us for a walk through the native prairie meadow at the Kiest Conservation Area in Oak Cliff. Our guide is John Watts, respected guest speaker on insects, and the man who keeps the Texas Discovery Garden’s Butterfly House stocked with beautiful butterflies. John was  born and raised in Jacksonville Florida where, at the age of six, he developed an early interest in insects. He got his Masters Degree from the University of Florida  in entomology where he specialized in insect husbandry. He has worked at the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Nature and Science and Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center in Westminster Colorado. With over 20 years of experience and an inordinate fondness for nature in general he will be sharing his wealth of knowledge on our walk through the Kiest Conservation Area.

The conservation area is an 88 acre tract of land with an island of native Texas prairie. Over 150 wildflower and grass species were identified by master naturalist legend Jim Varnum eight years ago.  While  you’re there, visit the newly opened mile long Meadow Loop Trail. Everyone is invited to attend, and there is no charge. Closed toed shoes are recommended. Water and insect repellant will be provided. The parking area is in the field at the southeast corner of the intersection of Hampton Rd. and Keist Blvd. Park next to the kiosk. 

Note: The above address for the Conservation Area is the address for the tennis center within the Conservation Area. Do not park there. Instead you will need to go another quarter mile  to the intersection of  Hampton Rd and Kiest Blvd and enter the parking area (off Hampton) at the southeast corner of that intersection. Park by the kiosk. Sponsored by the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks.

FOCP Summer Quarterly Meeting


When: Tuesday, June 25th 

Time: 6:30 - 7:30pm

Where: Lake Cliff Park ( Pineapple Fountain)

1200N. Zang Blvd. 

Dallas, TX 75203

Join us for a program in the beautiful new obelia demonstration garden which surrounds the pineapple fountain at Lake Cliff Park. FOCP board member and Master Gardener John Ellis will be providing a program and a tour of the demonstration Crepe Myrtle garden, the Obelia Demonstration Garden and the revitalized butterfly nectar garden. Light refreshments and water provided and some great raffle give aways. There is no charge for the event.

Annual Membership