City Nature Challenge 2020 BioBlitz

City Nature Challenge 2020
Photo courtesy Christina Childress @christinachildressphoto

Join us from your home April 24-27 for the annual iNaturalist CNC.

Every year we invite the neighborhood out to Twelve Hills for a local BioBlitz. What’s a BioBlitz, you ask? It’s an annual competition held by iNaturalist for cities to get outside and document all their flora and fauna. This year, they’re holding no competition and encourage everyone to explore their own homes and backyards. Twelve Hills is encouraging the same!

How to Participate

1. Download the iNaturalist app to your smart phone.


2. Create an account

3. Start snapping photos of insects or other creatures using the cultivated plants in your backyard as habitat or a food source.

4. Share them on iNaturalist to help researches and officials track biodiversity in your area!

5. Log into the website to help other identify their findings!

englemann daisy
Photo courtesy Christina Childress @christinachildressphoto

For more information on this year’s CNC visit iNaturalist.org and learn how to participate safely from home! They’ve got tons of tips on how to attract moths, where you’ll find neat insects and more! Remember, every observation helps track species migrating, emerging, and can help us identify what invasives might be making their way into DFW. 

Hopefully we’ll have our team set up for the next City Nature Challenge! Until then, keep enjoying Twelve Hills responsibly!

Twelve Hills Volunteer Day

You are invited to join volunteers this Sunday, Nov. 8, from 9 A.M.-11 A.M. at a Twelve Hills’ workday! We’ll spruce up the entrance and butterfly garden and remove invasive plants from the Nature Center.

Bring tools you like to use for weeding such as clippers, trowels, shovels, etc.

Bring work gloves, water bottles and sun protection.

 Cancelled if raining.
Questions: marcieh@gmail.com

Let’s Show our Thanks for Mother Nature!

Join us on Black Friday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m.-noon for habitat restoration at Twelve Hills.

We’ll harvest and sow native grass seed, make seed balls, remove invasive species, groom the butterfly garden and more.

Bring clippers, trowels, other tools you like to use for weeding, work gloves, sun protection, and a water bottle.

Twelve Hills is located at 817 Mary Cliff Rd., Dallas, 75208.  It’s about 10 minutes west of the Bishop Art District.

Please RSVP or contact me with questions: marcieh@gmail.com or 214-535-9373.

North Texas Giving Day

Show your support for Twelve Hills on September 17!

northtexasgivingday-1426083434.923-square-logo2015-(mobile) 2Thursday, September 17, is North Texas Giving Day!  This online North Texas fundraising campaign takes place from 6 am to midnight September 17.  Each donation of $25 or more receives a bonus donation as well as a chance to win a cash prize, both provided by the Communities Foundation of Texas through their generous donors.

Help us make our match! Grand Bank of Texas Grand Bank of Texasis providing a 1:1 match on the first $1000 in donations to Twelve Hills.  Please thank our friends at Grand Bank for their generous support.

Unlike public parks, the all-volunteer-operated Twelve Hills Nature Center raises funds through donations to pay for landscaping and watering needs, educational programs and the administrative requirements of running a 501(c)3 nonprofit.   Please help take care of this unique neighborhood amenity by making a donation on North Texas Giving Day!

You can learn more about North Texas Giving Day as well as donate at northtexasgivingday.org.  There will be a donation link at  www.twelvehills.org and on our Facebook  page.