LLELA Events for May

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Hikers enjoy a guided tour of the Blackjack Trail at LLELA. (File photo)

April showers bring May flowers, and at LLELA Nature Preserve, that is certainly true. In May, you can enjoy wildflower tours on the restored prairie areas led by restoration experts. You can also celebrate our feathered friends with a day of birding activities for beginners and experts, alike. Add in nature walks, log cabin tours, star watching on the prairie, and a campfire program about bats, and it will be a very active May at LLELA.

  • Celebrate Birds!: May 6, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy a full day of birding activities, including fun family activities in the Pavilion area, a bird walk, migration bird banding, Basic Birding class, and birding by boat. Some activities require pre-registration and payment of a fee. Full details are available at LLELA.org.
  • Guided Nature Walk: May 6, 10 a.m.-Noon. Animal tracks, deer trails, singing birds, trees with personality – who knows what you will find on the monthly nature walk! This family-friendly hike will last about two hours. All ages are welcome. Free with $5/vehicle entry to LLELA. Registration is not required.
  • Family Campfire Program: May 12, 7:45-9:45 p.m. Pull up a camp chair and listen as Master Naturalist Scott Kiester tells us about one of our native insect controls – bats! Then watch the sun set and the stars appear as you enjoy traditional campfire fun: stories, songs, and of course, s’mores! $10/person. Call 972-219-3550 to ask about special pricing for families of four or more. Registration is required by 5 p.m., Thursday, May 11 at bit.ly/CoLRegistration; search for activity code 800006.
  • Bird Walk: May 13, 7:30 a.m. Birders of all skill levels are welcome to join an expert birder as you explore prime birding locations along LLELA’s nature trails. Ages 10 and up. Free with $5/vehicle entry to LLELA. Registration is not required.
  • Wildflower Walk in the Prairie: May 13, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Join LLELA’s director, Dr. Ken Steigman, or restoration manager, Richard Freiheit, on a guided wildflower walk through LLELA’s restored prairie areas. Perfect weather is making for an excellent wildflower show this year. Imagine what it was like to be an early settler who came upon the vast prairie when it was covered with spring blooms. This hike is on a non-public portion of LLELA and is a chance to get a glimpse of efforts to preserve this highly endangered ecosystem. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by 11 a.m. Friday, May 12, at ly/CoLRegistration, activity code 810008. $5/person (plus gate entrance fee of $5/vehicle, payable in cash or check only)
  • Wildflower Walk in the Prairie: May 20, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Join LLELA’s director, Dr. Ken Steigman, or restoration manager, Richard Freiheit, on a guided wildflower walk through LLELA’s restored prairie areas. Perfect weather is making for an excellent wildflower show this year. Imagine what it was like to be an early settler who came upon the vast prairie when it was covered with spring blooms. This hike is on a non-public portion of LLELA and is a chance to get a glimpse of efforts to preserve this highly endangered ecosystem. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, at ly/CoLRegistration, activity code 810008. $5/person (plus gate entrance fee of $5/vehicle, payable in cash or check only)
  • Saturday at the Cabin: May 20, Noon-3 p.m. Step back in time when you visit the historic Minor-Porter log house. Visitors of all ages are welcome to arrive at any time during the open house. You’ll get a feel for pioneer life as you tour the log home, smoke house, barn, dugout, and homestead grounds. Knowledgeable docents will add to your experience. You can even try your hand at a craft from the 1870s. Free with $5/vehicle entrance fee to LLELA (cash or check only).
  • Kayak Tour: May 21, 10 a.m.-Noon. Drift under willows, float past reeds and cattails, and see what wildlife we encounter on the Beaver Pond at LLELA. The pond is a haven 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. $20 per person. Registration is required by m. Friday, May 20, at bit.ly/CoLRegistration. Search for activity code 800002. In addition to the class fee, there is a $5 per vehicle entry fee payable upon arrival by cash or check only.
  • Stars on the Prairie: May 27, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Join LLELA’s guides for a fascinating evening as you trek to LLELA’s prairie platform 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 substitute a night hike. Ages 5 and up. $10 per person. Registration is required by m. Friday, May 26, at bit.ly/CoLRegistration. Search for activity code 800001.

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is more than 2,000 acres of prairies, forests, and wetlands managed as a wildlife preserve by a group of agencies including the City of Lewisville, the University of North Texas, Lewisville ISD, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Its mission is to preserve and restore native Texas ecosystems and biodiversity while providing opportunities for environmental education, research, and recreation. LLELA’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St, Lewisville, TX. Learn more at LLELA.org, and follow LLELA on Facebook at facebook.com/LLELALewisvilleLake.