Club Fort Davis – After School Program is a non-profit organization that provides a supervised after school setting for K-5 students at the Dirks-Anderson Elementary School.
Supplemental food distributed to those in need. Also provides emergency food and school supplies.
Food Distributions are twice a month to Fort Davis and Valentine. Please see website for hours.
Fort Davis was an active military post from 1854 to 1891. It is one of the best surviving examples of a frontier military post in the Southwest. An entrance fee is charged at the Visitors’ Center.
The Fort Davis National Historic Site has four miles of hiking trails, including the section of trail that links to the Davis Mountains State Park. A map is available at the visitor’s center. The trails mostly climb through the striking rock formations of Sleeping Lion Mountain, with splendid vistas as the trail climbs. Interpretive signs along some trails identify vegetation and other natural features.
Hours: 8am to 5pm
Closed on the following days:
Christmas Day – December 25
New Years Day – January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observed – Third Monday in January
Thanksgiving Day – Last Thursday in November
Fort Davis Recycles
Free and Easy
Recycling today is much easier than you think at the Jeff Davis County Receiving Station and it is free. Single stream recycling means you do not have to separate different types of items. Plastics 1-7 (does not include plastic bags) can be mixed with aluminum cans and paper. Glass items cannot be put in the bin. It is important that items should be cleaned beforehand to keep the compactor free of contaminants. Where does the recycling go when the compactor is full? It is transported to Texas Disposal Systems www.texasdisposal.com/recycling/ in Austin, Texas. This is a large recycling plant where items are separated by people and machines. Materials can either be recycled into the same product or repurposed by the Resident Artist program. Corrugated cardboard is also recyclable. There is a separate bin for it at the receiving station and the cardboard must flattened to fit in the bin.
There are many cost saving reasons to recycle. Listed among the top10 reasons to recycle on the Fort Davis Recycles website www.fortdavisrecycles.org, “Solid waste disposal is the third largest municipal government expense after police protection & education. Our landfills in Alpine and Presidio are filling up much faster than expected. In the near future taxpayers will have to pay for the building of a new one requiring millions of tax dollars.” According to Rosemary Dennis, a member of the Tierra Grande Master Naturalists, “cans, paper, pasteboard, and plastic make up 50% of household garbage. That means for households that currently pay by the bag to dump their trash, the cost can be cut in half by simply recycling. By taking advantage of our free recycling of these items alone, households not only do the right thing to extend the life of the landfill, but put a little money in their own pockets each week.”
Recycling center hours are Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 12:00 noon and Saturday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
A volunteer organization that endeavors to make Jeff Davis County Library an increasingly important asset by encouraging greater public awareness, use, and support of the library and by assisting the librarian and staff in improving services and facilities.
FJDCL presents fun events open to the community including the “Midsummer Night’s Dream Garden Party,” poetry readings, book signings, educational programs, and an annual holiday chamber music concert. FJDCL collaborates with the Sul Ross Theatre Program to offer the delightful Shakespearean themed event. Local and visiting poets and authors contribute to other programs.
FJDCL is dedicated to promoting lifelong learning through annual scholarship awards to graduating seniors in Jeff Davis County. Graduates may apply their scholarship to their chosen educational path.
Jeanine Bishop, President
The Friends of Fort Davis National Historic Site is a group of citizens whose goal is to work in partnership with the National Park Service. We strive to improve the facilities, fund furnishings and displays, support living history events that tell the story of the role that the Fort Davis Army Post played in the settling of the American western frontier.
M – F, 9 am – 5 pm
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Year round leadership development program for girls ages 5-17.
Education & camping for youth, Group facility rentals.
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9am-6pm
Grand Companions helps people save and connect with homeless pets through our rescue shelter and adoption programs.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
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Located in Memorial Square, Fort Davis, TX
Monday – Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am to 2:00pm
The observatory’s three largest instruments are the 362″ Hobby-Eberly telescope on 6,600-foot Mount Fowlkes, the 107″ Harlan J. Smith and 82″ Otto Struve telescopes located on 6,800-foot Mt. Locke. The observatory is located just 17 miles from Fort Davis on Texas Highway 118 and under one of the darkest night skies of any major observatory in the continental United States.
Operated by the University of Texas at Austin, the observatory has several large research telescopes and hosts astronomers from around the world. Self-guided tours are possible from 10am to 5:30pm. Solar Viewing sessions are conducted twice daily at 11am and 2pm. (reservations are strongly encouraged) Daily tours follow Solar Viewing.
The observatory has evening Star Parties on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays which are led by knowledgeable staffers. (reservations are required) A star party showcases interesting stars, planets and other astronomical objects including live views through telescopes from 8 to 24 inches in size. The observatory is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Bring a jacket, since the mountain air cools quickly.
A gift shop featuring astronomy related merchandise and the StarDate Cafe are located in the visitor’s center. Accurate information for opening hours and tours can be found at mcdonaldobservatory.org/visitors
Click here for the Astronomy picture of the day!
The museum is located on the historic San Antonio-El Paso Road/Southern Overland Trail. It contains many unique and varied displays depicting early life in the West including the original Valentine Post Office and telephone switchboard, early medical paraphernalia, a restored pioneer settlers kitchen, an original curling machine, and numerous early photographs of pioneer settlers and buildings. The Museum is owned and operated by The Fort Davis Historical Society. Donations Accepted.
Hours: Closing for the Season starting Sat. 11/23 & Reopening 1st week of March due to cold weather.
Educational programs and guided tours available. Special tours may be arranged by contacting Pat Draheim
Gathering of amateur astronomers and their families and friends to observe celestial objects in the dark skies of Fort Davis and participate in other astronomical events and activities.
About 10 miles north of the McDonald Observatory on Hwy 118 North (Davis Mountains Preserve). A non-profit wildlife conservation organization, using science-based research and a non-confrontational approach to protect the unique diversity of animals and plants native to our state. The Madera Canyon Trail adjacent to the Lawrence E. Wood Picnic Area is open from dawn to dusk year-round.
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