Solid Waste and Recycling Division
The city of Grand Prairie's Solid Waste and Recycling Division conducts a composting class that teaches citizens how to turn yard trimmings and other organic waste into soil.
Contact: Bharati Maskey, email@example.com or 972-237-8061
Crime Stoppers is a volunteer run, non-profit organization that offers Grand Prairie residents a chance to shred their personal documents twice per year, once in April and once in October.
The service is free, but a donation to Crime Stoppers of $5 is suggested.
A maximum of 3 boxes of personal documents will be accepted per household.
Business and industrial documents will not be accepted.
For more information, please call Gary at 972-890-4130.
Kirby Creek Experiential Gardens
The Kirby Creek Nature Center's Exhibition Garden is a collaborative effort of the city of Grand Prairie and the Grand Prairie ISD. Kids work with an onsite environmental science instructor to learn about nature and how we impact it. Every student in the district comes out to the garden at least one time in a year.
Contact: Bharati Maskey, firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-237-8061.
Luckett Community Garden and Tree Farm
Gardeners throughout the city are invited to participate in the Luckett Community Garden's monthly gardening workshops hosted at the Dalworth Recreation Center, 2012 Spikes St.
The Luckett Community Garden and Tree Farm is located in the Dalworth Neighborhood, 1037 Manning Road, Grand Prairie. This garden is a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) garden that was developed with the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice through its Weed & Seed Program. It is based on Earth Kind principles, stressing the use of organic gardening methods.
Contact: Tammy Chan at 972-237-8152, email@example.com.
Rainwater Harvesting Classes
Public Works and Environmental Services Departments
The "Make It and Take It Rainwater Barrel Class" teaches residents how to collect and recycle rainwater for gardening and lawn care by using a handmade rain barrel using a large plastic drum, a few parts and some basic tools. The cost for the class including supplies is $40 for Grand Prairie residents and $55 for non-residents.
For information on the next class, call 972-237-8377.
ShadeMakers Community Forestry
Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful
Topics at the ShadeMakers classes include Good Native Trees for Grand Prairie Soils, How to Plant, Prune and Care for Your Trees, City of Grand Prairie StreetScaping Program, KGPB Tree Farm Project, and Volunteer Opportunities.
Information on when the next class is scheduled: 972-237-8152, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water Wise Gardening Courses
Parks and Recreation Department
The city of Grand Prairie's horticulturist teaches free gardening courses including:
- Let's Talk Dirt: Preparing Landscape
- Does Your Grass Have a Drinking Problem?
- Are You Throwing Water Up-Hill? Situational Gardening
- Make It and Take It Rain Barrel Class
- Annuals: Crayons in the Landscape
- Get Smart: SmartScape Principals
- Play Smart: SmartScape Maintenance
- Keeping It Contained: Container Gardening
- Butterfly Gardening
- Spring Fever? Spring Clean-up
View the Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Horticulture Web Page for information on upcoming classes.
Water Wise Tours
Public Works Department
The city of Grand Prairie has several water wise demonstration gardens available for tours to civic and educational groups upon request. We have a site at 620 Small Hill that includes a brochure to guide you through the maze of beautiful native and adaptive water wise plants. This includes appropriate signs to identify the plants listed on the brochure map. Several of our water well sites are located in neighborhood situations, and to enhance the community the sites have been landscaped with water wise plants that require less water, fertilizer and pesticides.
These can be toured on request by calling 972-237-8377.
Low water plants and drip irrigation have become the norm in our public plantings. This has reduced maintenance and water use and set a grand example for our citizens. In addition, classes are held to promote this type of landscaping throughout the city.
Contact: Susan Henson, email@example.com.