Explore the Texas Ecosystem at the City of Carrollton Elm Fork Nature Fest
The City of Carrollton will host the Elm Fork Nature Fest featuring free fun for the whole family on Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elm Fork Nature Preserve (EFNP) (2335 Sandy Lake Road).
The event begins and ends at the Nature Center with a guided hike along the EFNP trail to create awareness of this scenic woodland environment and illustrate how animals, water, and even humans impact the local ecosystem. Attendees are asked to dress according to the weather in comfortable clothing, and come to help keep Carrollton parks beautiful.
After exploring the nature trail, the Carrollton Public Library will present a story time for the kids with a reading of “The Busy Tree” by Jennifer Ward and “Tidy” by Emily Gravett, and a Critterman safari guide will bring a collection of live, animal friends native to the Lone Star state that have played an integral role in Texas history. These animal ambassadors will include a tarantula; Prince Charming, the giant toad; Rye, the prairie dog; Slinky, the ferret; Izod, the American alligator; and, either a turtle or a tortoise.
Informational booths and displays will be set up and City employees will be available to answer questions from attendees regarding how the City of Carrollton helps protect the Texas ecosystem including water conservation efforts and water-saving tips for residential landscapes and ecologies.
The nature trail is an eight-tenths-of-a-mile-long loop, good for all skill levels, and home to a variety of commonly-seen animals including raccoons, fox squirrels, opossums, nine-banded armadillos, eastern cottontails, and many birds such as the great blue heron, snowy egrets, white-throated sparrows, red-tailed hawks, great horned owls, woodpeckers, and cardinals.
Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required as the trail is not paved and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Water and granola bars for attendees will be provided.
The EFNP’s 40 acres of land were given to the City of Carrollton as a self-contained, virtually undisturbed ecosystem, and, as a nature preserve, the EFNP is a place where flora and fauna are protected. Take only pictures, leave only footprints, and stay on the designated trail.
For more information, call 972-466-4800 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/naturepreserve.