Winter may still be hanging on in fits and starts, but outdoor adventures await whatever the weather at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. In February, you can take a hike by day or night, look for birds, or travel back to the 1870s at our log cabin area. LLELA is even moving night hike fun to the middle of the city, with an owl prowl and family campfire scheduled for Central Park in Lewisville.
The gate entrance is at 201 E. Jones Street. Admission is $5 per vehicle (cash or check). For more information or to register for special events, call 972.219.3550.
Spring Break Eco-Adventure Camp
Registration is now open for Spring Break Eco-Adventure Camp at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. Enroll your 4th-7th grader in three full days of outdoor fun March 14-16. This Spring Break, your child can go back in time to 1869, examine microscopic plant life, hike the Blackjack Trail, use natural materials to inspire a work of art, grow something wild at the Native Plant Nursery, and much more. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $125/child. Registration is required by Monday, March 6. Forms are available at LLELA.org. The camp will fill, so don’t delay. Contact 972-219-3550 or email@example.com
Guided Nature Walk
Saturday, March 4, 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.
Senior Bird Walk
Thursday, March 9, 9-11 a.m.
Join master birder Keith Lockhart as he leads the Discover Lewisville group of active seniors (age 50+) from the Lewisville Senior Activity Center on a walk searching for the many birds at LLELA. The walk will cover a little over a mile on a flat gravel trail. Registration is required at the Senior Activity Center, 1950-A South Valley Parkway, or call 972.219.5050 for more information.
Saturday, March 11, 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.
Saturday at the Cabin
Saturday, March 18, 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).
Family Campfire Program
Saturday, March 18, 7-9 p.m.
Pull up a chair at our cozy campfire and watch a presentation by Sharon Barr, the Snake Lady, as she talks about the importance of snakes in our world. She’ll have snakes on hand you can meet, as well. 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 11 a.m., Friday, March 17 at bit.ly/CoLRegistration; search for activity code 800006.
LLELA was created in the early 1990's when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers founded a consortium to manage nearly 2,000 acres below Lewisville Dam. Today the LLELA consortium includes the Corps, the University of North Texas, the City of Lewisville, and Lewisville Independent School District. Its mission is to preserve and restore native ecosystems and to provide and promote environmental education and scientific research.