Oak Cliff Nature Preserve (2875 Pierce St, Dallas) is a 121-acre oasis of green space located right in the middle of urban Dallas. It was protected from impending development in 1999. There are over eight miles of multi-use hike and bike trails coursing through the Preserve. Each year thousands of bird and plant enthusiasts, bicycle riders of all ages, and those just wishing for peace and quiet visit the preserve to connect with nature. The trails are open from dawn until dusk.
Texas Land Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and relies on the support of our donors, volunteers, and supporters to keep OCNP open and accessible. While COVID has restricted our ability to host volunteer workdays at OCNP, you can adopt a section of the preserve and help us keep the trails safe and beautiful for everyone. OCNP Trail Ambassadors who sign up for this program will be given a small section of the preserve to monitor and maintain for the rest of the year. This involves picking up trash and letting us know of any issues on the trails.
This is a great opportunity for a family or a small group of friends to take on. We do recommend social distancing while volunteering at OCNP - wear a mask and maintain 6 feet between yourself and others (outside of your family).
The mission of the Texas Land Conservancy is to create a diverse and expanding network of protected natural areas throughout the state by fostering a community of Texans who share a commitment to enhancing our quality of life through land conservation.
Texas Land Conservancy was founded in 1982 by intrepid Dallas attorney Edward C."Ned" Fritz known by many as the Father of Texas Conservation. In response to the increasing demand on land and water for development, Ned realized there was need for a statewide land trust that would take on the preservation of lands both large and small, public and private especially in Texas, where the majority of land was and is still privately owned. Ned gathered a group of grassroots volunteers to establish a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, and the Natural Area Preservation Society (NAPA), now Texas Land Conservancy (TLC), was born. Today, thanks to the foresight of a few individuals, TLC has grown to be one of the oldest and largest land trusts in the state. TLC focuses on projects that are ecologically representative of each of Texas' ten eco-regions, and places high priority on lands connected to critical water resources and are home to threatened or endangered species.