Spring and Fall are such wonderful times to get outside! There are lots of fun events happening this month to help you enjoy the weather.

Spend Time in Nature

Nature Walk
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center
Saturday, March 4, 10am-noon
Animal tracks, deer trails, singing trees, trees with personality – we never know what we’ll find on our monthly nature walk! This family-friendly hike will last about two hours. All ages are welcome. Free with $5 per vehicle entry fee, payable at the gate by cash or check only. No registration is required.

Raptor Program
Saturday, March 4, 10am-3pm
Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
Brockdale Park at Lake Lavon, Lucas
Raptor programs at 11am and 1pm, take a short bird walk at 10:15 to identify some winter birds at BPRC, learn what makes raptors so unique and cool, guided prairie hikes following each raptor program, activities for kids. $5 adult/$3 kids age 3-12/ kids under 3 free

Dallas Blooms
Dallas Arboretum
through April 9
Enjoy the beautiful flowers, kid activites, special programs and music and more. BOGO Wednesdays, Young Senior Thursdays and $1 off admission via Tom Thumb.

2nd Saturday Bird Walk
Saturday, March 11, 8am
Heard Museum, McKinney
If you’ve ever had an interest in birding but haven’t known where to start, this is a great opportunity to learn some basics. This is also a great program for those who have been birding for a while and would like some pointers. Second Saturday Bird Walks are designed to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and ID techniques. No reservations are required, included with general admission.

Coyote Creek Park Cleanup
Saturday, March 11, 1-3pm
All ages clean up event organized by the City of Plano.

Bird Walk
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center
Saturday, March 11, 7:30-10:30am
Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to join an expert birder to explore birding locations along LLELA’s nature trails. Ages 10 and up. There’s no additional fee for this hike, just LLELA’s regular gate fee ($5/vehicle, cash or check only). Reservations are not required.

Owl Prowl Night Hike
Saturday, March 11, 6:30-9pm
Heard Museum, McKinney
Bring your family to see a live owl presentation and then stay for a guided night hike on our sanctuary trails. Spots are limited and usually fill quickly. Preregistration required. $19/non-member; $16/Heard Museum Members* (Age 3 years through adult)

Stars on the Prairie
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center
Saturday, March 25, 7:45-9:45pm
Join us for a fascinating evening as we trek to LLELA’s prairie restoration area to view the wonders of the night sky. Constellations both familiar and unusual, satellites, and sometimes planets and the moon are features of the ever-changing night sky. If the sky is cloudy, we will have a Night Hike. Ages 5 and up. Registration is required by 11:00 am on Friday, March 24.

Try Something New

Zip Line Day
Heard Museum, McKinney
Saturday, March 11, 1-3pm
During our Zip Line Days, guests climb a 23 foot tree to our zip platform then proceed to a 487 ft. Zip line. Purchase one ticket ($12 each) for each time you would like to travel down the zip line.

Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival
March 11 & 12
Plano Event Center
The Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival is a family friendly event which strives to introduce fly fishing to the general public. Attendees will be exposed to various aspects of the sport from fly tying to beginner and advanced fly casting classes. Free instructional sessions for women and children will be offered throughout the weekend. Guides and lodges from both domestic and international locations will also be on hand. If all the excitement is a bit much, take a break and sample a variety of offerings from microbreweries created right here in the Lone Star State.

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch
Pilot Point, TX
126 acre educational park offers field trips, private tours, open to the public Saturdays and Sundays. Also open March 7, 9, 13-17 for Spring Break. Get half-price admission with this Groupon deal.

Texas Tulips
Pilot Point, TX
Drive north and enjoy six-acres of tulips for photos and fresh air, and you can buy some to take home, too.

FC Dallas vs. New England
Saturday, March 18, 7pm

Get on The Water

Kayak Power River Trip
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center
Saturday, March 18, 9am-2pm
Whether you’ve got lots of river time under your belt or have never set foot in a kayak, you’re welcome here! Kayak Power will provide equipment and instruction followed by a six-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle. Contact [email protected] or 214-669-1663 for information. Reservation required through Kayak Power.

3 Hour Wetland Canoe Trail
Heard Museum, McKinney
Saturday, March 18
Experience the amazing diversity in wetland vegetation and wildlife while learning about the history and basics of wetland ecology. After a safety and canoeing introduction, spend about 40 minutes on a guided trail around the Heard wetlands, followed by free paddle time to explore on your own. Pre-registration required. Minimum age: 7 years

Guided Kayak Tour
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center
Saturday, March 25, 2-4pm
Drift under willows, float past reeds and cattails, and see what wildlife we encounter on either McWhorter Creek or the Beaver Pond at LLELA. Both are havens for wildlife, including turtles, frogs, fish, beavers, and many other species. All skill levels are welcome and all equipment is provided. LLELA instructors will give an intro to kayaking and water safety basics. Ages 7 and up. Registration is required by 11:00 am on March 24th.

St. Patrick’s Day & Easter Fun

Races on Saturday, March 11:

Adult Easter Egg Hunt
March 31, 8pm
Heritage Farmstead Museum
Eager adults will show up with their flashlights and Easter baskets to experience the fierce competition of finding the 4000+ eggs hidden on the museum’s 4 acre complex. 21 and up, $20/person.

Kids & Families

Heritage Farmstead Staycation
March 7, 10am-2pm
This Spring Break, experience what life was like as a pioneer kid on the farm. $5/person, 2 and under free. Preregister online or purchase tickets at the door.

In-Sych Exotics
Wylie, TX
A sanctuary, providing a permanent, loving home to over 60 rescued exotic cats. Open weekdays over Spring Break (March 6 – 17). Weekdays from 11am-5pm, weekends 11am-6pm. Adult (13-64) – $12, children (4-12) – $8, senior (65+) – $8, under 3 free.

Obstacle Warrior Kids Competitions
McKinney, Friday, March 3, 5pm
Dallas, Friday, March 31, 5pm
These are a 2-stage competitions based on points and time. All competitors will have two chances to complete each obstacle in stage 1. The top ten who complete the most obstacles with the best times will move on to stage 2. There is a maximum of 40 competitors. $40/participant.

USA Climbing Youth Rope Competition
Canyons Climbing Gym
Saturday, March 18
Registration required, free to watch.

Family Campfire
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center
March 18, 7-9p,m
Pull up a chair at our cozy campfire. Watch the sun set and the stars appear as you enjoy traditional campfire fun: songs, stories, and of course, s’mores! Each campfire will feature a special program. Check our website at llela.unt.edu for program descriptions. Call 972-219-3550 to ask about special pricing for families of four or more. Registration is required by 11:00 am on March 17th.

Try Skating for Free Program
March 25 – April 1, 11:15-11:45am
Dr. Pepper Star Center, Plano
The Dallas Stars Try Skating for Free Program is a free four-week program for participants of all ages who are interested in learning how to ice skate. Each Saturday during the program, participants will receive 30 minutes of instruction with trained coaches to begin learning the basics of skating.