| Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center|
Where the Texas Hill Country Meets Dallas CountyAt Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, the ecosystems of east, west and central Texas converge, making the canyon an ideal location for learning about environmental science and nature. Audubon preserves natural habitat of over 200 acres. There are over 2 miles of hiking trails reaching some of the highest elevations in Dallas County, allowing visitors a view of Joe Pool Lake and, on a clear day, to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington and beyond. The center's Nature Play area with picnic tables, bird blind with a rain catchment system, education animals on site, a resident raptor, indoor bird viewing area, gift shop, special events and programs enable Dogwood Canyon to serve the community by connecting people with nature, especially thousands of school children that visit on environmental science field trips each year.
Set at the mouth of a forested canyon, Dogwood Canyon is one of the few remaining places in Dallas County to observe native trees, grasses, wildflowers, butterflies, birds, insects, reptiles, etc. in a natural setting. Cedar Hill, is a community that prioritizes natural and open space preservation along with economic development. The greenbelt area that includes the center is an important stopover for migrating birds and other species.
Past Events and Spring Events
It’s back! The annual Stars & S’mores event was held January 29 with 125 in person attendees viewing the night sky through telescopes, roasting marshmallows around campfires and listening to live music. After filling bellies with tacos and beer, guests were guided on a night hike, learning about nocturnal animals and our own night senses.
Our first annual kick off, For the Love of Birds, was held on February 10 and treated guests to wine, charcuterie foods, live birds of prey, bird breeding facts and the opportunity for an evening stroll on the Canyon Floor trail.
Beginning March 1 we will have new hours: Public Hours: Wed-Sat,
9a-4p / Closed Sun-Tue., trails too!
We look forward to having you join us for our spring activities. There is something for everyone!
Trout Lily Walks: Fun facts about this winter blooming diminutive plant that carpets the forest floor in limestone-rich soils.
Winter Tree ID: Join Texas Master Naturalist, Dana Wilson, as she shares tips for identifying trees without leaves during winter.
Spring Blooms and Habitat Workday: Join Texas Master Naturalist, Dana Wilson, for a stroll to identify early spring blooming flora before tackling removal of invasive Nandina plants in the forest.
Spring Break Activities: March 15 & 17
Meet some of our live animal ambassadors up close while learning fun facts about snakes and turtles.
10th Anniversary Family Event in April: Fun for the family or individuals…Lawn games, music, crafts, guided walks, online auction, animal ambassadors and more.
Native Plant Sale: One of our most popular annual events!
Native Texas plants can truly change your perspective on gardening. Not only are they easy to grow, low maintenance and use less water, they are great for creating a full food web for birds and other wildlife.
World Migratory Bird Day: Bird viewing, bird ID, take-home crafts, migration education and more.
For full details on the events above, visit the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center events page on our website here!