FOCP Trail Walk
Focus: Edible, Medicinal and Useful Plants of the Blackland Prairie
When: Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
Time: 11:00 - 1:00
Where: Kiest Conservation Area
3238 S Hampton, Dallas, TX 75224
Docent: Bob Richie
Join us for a walk through the native prairie meadow and woods at the Kiest Conservation Area
in Oak Cliff. Our guide is Master Naturalist and respected guest speaker on urban foraging Bob
Richie. He is a Dallas native who has been an amateur naturalist since an early age, spending
much of his life outdoors. On this walk Bob will share his passion for urban foraging. We’ll start
with a quick botany lesson on how to positively identify the plants we are looking for and then
we will search out and sample some of the fresh and tasty offerings that grow naturally in our
area. We will discuss useful and medicinal plants that can be found in the area as well. The
conservation area is an 88 acre tract of land with an island of native Texas prairie. Over 150
wildflower species were identified by master naturalist legend Jim Varnum eleven years ago.
We will be meeting in the recently completed outdoor classroom. 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.
What: Outdoor Classroom Dedication
When: Saturday, March 16th, 10:00 am
Where: Kiest Conservation Area - intersection of Kiest and Hampton (southeast corner)
Cost: free, water and light refreshments provided
Join us for the celebration of the new Outdoor Classroom in the picnic area of the Conservation Area. The classroom, designed and built by Greenspace Dallas, with 9 benches and a podium, will serve as the new orientation area for our docent lead trail walks. The parking lot entrance is 68 feet south of the Hampton/Kiest intersection (Southeast quadrant) Follow the bollards back and to the right to the parking area.
This year’s dates for the upcoming trail walks will be posted in January. This year in addition to our regular docent lead walks (bug walk, bird walk, wildflower walk, tree ID walk), we will be adding two new walks.
The first is a Bring-Your-Dog nature walk, which will provide attendees a brief orientation to the Conservation Area and a walk along the Bridle, Creekside and Meadow Loop Trails.
The second is a Foraging Walk lead by Master Naturalist Bob Richie.