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The Longhorn Times December 5, 2014

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              Volume II Issue 20
December 5, 2014

Special Edition

Snowball Express Is in Dire Need of Your Help!
Service is one of the cornerstones of Scouting. It is our duty and privilege to serve others. Seldom, though, do we sacrifice our lives doing so. 
Those who serve our country in combat many times end up sacrificing their lives. That's what the Snowball Express is about. The event includes an all-expense paid trip to DFW for deceased veteran's children to meet/socialize with other children that have lost a parent during combat since 9/11.  American Airlines charters them in from all four corners of U.S., and some from abroad.  There is an opening ceremony/party (Thursday, December 11th– 6pmish) at the FTW convention center that is a surprise for attendees.   The event is in dire need of ushers to assist families to their seats, etc.
There is also a big "Walk of Gratitude" from the convention center to Sundance Square (Sat, Dec 13th– 9 am) that any Scouts and families could attend and give praise/love to the families—just bring smiling faces, posters, flags, and loud appreciative voices. 

To volunteer, or to get more information, contact Khoury Farrar at BNSF at

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Upcoming Events

Nature Walk

2 pm, Dec. 13, River Legacy Living Science Center. Explore the trails surrounding the Science Center on a family-friendly Naturalist-led Nature Walk. Free. RSVP to 817.860.6752.

Saturday Story Time

11 am, Dec. 20, River Legacy Living Science Center. Children of all ages are invited to listen to fun, seasonal stories presented by a librarian from Arlington Public Libraries. Stay after for related craft or activity. FREE. RSVP to 817.860.6752.
Living Science Center Closed Dec. 24-25 for the Christmas Holiday and Jan. 1 for New Year's Day.

Animal Exploration
2 pm, Jan. 3, River Legacy Living Science Center. Discover the habits and adaptations of a native animal during a live animal observation with a River Legacy Naturalist. FREE. RSVP to 817.860.6752.

Privet Patrol
9 am, Jan. 17, River Legacy Living Science Center. Join a team of volunteers guided by expert leaders to remove invasive privet from the Science Center and park grounds. Group meets every third Saturday.
Please sign-up online.

Saturday Story Time
11 am, Jan. 17, River Legacy Living Science Center. Children of all ages are invited to listen to fun, seasonal stories presented by a librarian from Arlington Public Libraries. Stay after for related craft or activity. FREE. RSVP to 817.860.6752.

 Nature School & Summer Pre-Registration
9 am, February 9. For students currently enrolled in education programs or enrolled in summer classes last year.

Training Citizen Scientists - Texas Stream Team
Texas Stream Team is a statewide network of citizen scientists and supportive partners working together to gather information about natural resources. River Legacy Living Science Center is offering training in Core and Advanced Water Quality Monitoring for the Texas Stream Team, a cooperative partnership between The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Become a certified Texas Stream Team Citizen Scientist at River Legacy Living Science Center from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, Jan. 31. After this training, volunteers can collect water quality data for local water protection projects.

Become an advanced water quality monitor at River Legacy Living Science Center from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, March 7.  After this training, volunteers will be able to collect additional water quality data such as nutrients and bacteria.

Space is limited, reservations required. To register or to learn more, call 817.860.6752, ext. 105.
Contact Us
River Legacy Foundation
River Legacy
Living Science Center
703 NW Green Oaks Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76006

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December 2014

Our Animals Would LOVE some Holiday Giving!

Animal Wish List

Our educational animals sent us a wish list this year! They have asked for a few of their favorite things, including gift cards to Amazon (where we buy filters and reptibark) & to grocery stores for food and supplies. Our opossum would like to help us raise $500 to expand her enclosure. Stop by the Science Center to help us fill their holiday wishes:
  • Take an ornament tag from the Gifting Tree at the front desk with the animal's wish you would like to fulfill.
  • Detach and fill out the form on the back side of the ornament so that the animals can send you a thank you and we can send you a tax receipt.
  • Place the form in the donation box.
  • Drop off your donated item(s) anytime between 9 am and 5 pm Mondays through Saturdays at River Legacy Living Science Center.
Our Animals THANK YOU! 

Give the Gift of Nature!
Need some gift ideas for the nature lover in your family or for the person who has everything! Consider these unique gift-giving options:
  • Give the Gift of Summer or Nature School: Have a special child in your life who loves learning about and enjoying the great Kids Look at LSC outdoors? Purchase a gift certificate for a Summer at the Science Center program in June and July or for our 2015-2016 Nature School preschool program. To purchase your certificate, stop by the Science Center or call Education Director Debbie Vernon at 817.860.6752.
  • Adopt a Wildlife Ambassador: Adoption packages
    Opossumstart at $25 and include a photograph of your animal, wildlife fact sheet, adoption certificate and more. Download the sponsor application or stop by the Science Center to pick one up.
  • Make an Honorarium Donation: Donate to River Legacy Foundation in honor of a family member or friend! We will send your honoree a special acknowledgement letter and will send you a tax receipt. Donate online and select Tribute Gift as the donation type or stop by the Science Center to make your donation in person.
  • Shop our Gift Store: Find an array of unique nature-themed gifts, toys, jewelry, ornaments and more at Wee Forest Folk Acorns Gift Shop located inside River Legacy Living Science Center. Acorns is also one of only two authorized retailers in Texas of Wee Forest Folk miniatures. Store hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Mondays through Saturdays. All proceeds support the Center's environmental education programs.
  • Give or Keep a Special Ornament: Take home a hand-crafted wood birdhouse ornament to give as a gift with a special message or keep for yourself for a $25 donation to River Legacy Foundation. Donations for these ornaments can be made at Acorns Gift Shop.

Dallas Sierra Club Workshops!
River Legacy Living Science Center has partnered with Dallas Sierra Club to offer an "Outdoor Doubleheader" in January teaching the basics of camping and backpacking!

Hiking and Camping the Great Parks of Texas
Jan. 10 - 1 to 3:30 pm:
Discover the hidden outdoor gems within a few hours of the DFW concrete jungle in this presentation led by Wendel Withrow, author of The Best in Tent Camping - Texas. Learn tent camping basics and discover some great hiking trails and tips for venturing into the great outdoors. Cost is $30. Books available for just $10 that day only. Stay after for autograph.

Backpacking 101
Jan. 17 - 10 am to 2 pm:
Leave the crowds in the campgrounds. Backpacking enables you to move into backcountry serenity, expanding your mobility to trails where your car can't take you. Dallas Sierra Club outing leaders with decades of experience leading multi-day backpacking trips will demonstrate what you need to know to begin or enhance your own backpacking experiences. Bring a sack lunch or a drink and a snack. Cost is $30.

Sign up for the doubleheader of both classes for just $50! Space is limited. Please RSVP to 817.860.6752, ext. 102. Payment is due at time of registration.
Future environmental stewards start here. Make a difference. Support the work of River Legacy Foundation.

The Nanny Report - November 2014

November 2014
In this month's newsletter: Parents and online safety, harmful apps, internet safety tips, and much more. Enjoy!

A little girl goes to a friend's home to play. Instead of playing with dolls, the two girls hide away in the closet and watch hard-core porn on the family's iPad. Is the fact that the iPad was not password-protected the biggest mistake parents make?
Nope. Smart parents understand that the Internet is a dangerous place for kids. To protect their children's developing minds, they install filters on their computers and password protect mobile devices. They may even reach out to other parents to make sure they are doing the same.
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You may be familiar with some of the more common apps that your children use, such as Facebook or Instagram. However, there are a lot of apps that you may not know about that you should be familiar with. Many of these lesser-known apps could pose risks to your children.
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Kids use a lot of different websites and products that can sometimes be hard to keep up with. Many of these websites have good, useful things on them. However, these same websites can have unwanted content such as pornography. Here are a few ways to activate filters on some of the most popular websites, apps and devices.
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With various teaching and learning resources available on the Internet, it's not uncommon for schools to introduce tablets in the classroom. Individual access to tablets allows students to learn independent skills and have a more structured, academic practice.
If your school is going to introduce- or has already introduced- tablets to your students, consider setting some guidelines. The positive aspects of using tablets can be magnified if the negative ones are avoided.
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We have social media to thank for keeping us in touch with old (and new) friends. We can also thank social media for a score of explicit and mindless material added to our daily lives. Fortunately, we don't always have to take the good with the bad.
Apply these tips if you want to block a friend's content, yet still remain friends with them.
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A growing concern that many parents often experience is the concern that their child may be bullied online, or "cyberbullied". Do you know if your child is being cyberbullied? Do you have any idea how you might know? Would you know if your child is bullying others online?
In a current survey, 44% of parents said they were concerned that their child could be a cyberbully. Much of this concern has been raised largely due to the rise of cyberbullying cases in the news.
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Free Resources for Parents

Net Nanny Webinars

Net Nanny webinars feature helpful tips on getting the most out of your Net Nanny software as well as special topics on pornography, protection and recovery, held twice a month and available to watch on our website, free!
Latest webinar: "A Conversation About Pornography Between a Mother and Her Teenager" presented by Amy Parks, a sexual addiction therapist at Addo Recovery.  Click here to watch now!
Watch all of our past webinars online at

Helpful Print Materials

  • Booklet - 20 Tips and Tricks for iPhone and iPad [.PDF]
  • Flyer - Ways Kids Hide Apps on Android and iOS [.PDF]
  • Booklet - Internet Safety for Parents [.PDF]
  • Booklet - Social Networking Challenges Every Parent Should Know [.PDF] 
  • Flyer - 5 Tips to Follow when Talking to Teenagers About Pornography by Fight the New Drug [.PDF]
  • Flyer - Scary Stats about Internet Safety [.PDF]
  • Infographic - Porn Is Growing (.PDF)
  • Infographic - Cyberbullies (.PDF)
  • Infographic - YouTube Safety Mode (.PDF)

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