10 minutes south of downtown Dallas you will find an outdoorsman’s gem in the rough—Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC)—only 7 years old and little known. Last year it was visited mainly by 25,000 school children on field trips. But it’s a great wedding destination and birder’s paradise, too. That explains the Audubon moniker. But there’s a lot more to it. Audubon is a national organization dedicated to learning about birds and their environment.
The Audubon Society runs this preserve but the City of Dallas owns it and built a great sustainable building on the property. The building itself is something to see, with insulation from recycled blue jeans and other materials from what are normally by-products and waste materials.
Insulated with old blue jeans (right) the visitor center is itself very interesting.
Exhibits in the visitor center include a movie and other displays that explain this unique property devoted to retaining several different types of landscapes from wetlands (including ponds and river) to prairie.