Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
Just in the northeastern city limits of Fort Worth (yep, the city line!) is a natural escape that will let your kids venture into the Texas wilderness. Within the 3,600 acres of Fort Worth forests, prairie lands and wetlands, visitors will find nine miles of paved roads and trailhead access allowing hiking enthusiasts room to roam the park’s trail system, which winds through undisturbed plant and animal habitats. If your kids aren’t quite ready to tackle the trails (most of which are not jogger-stroller friendly), there’s still plenty for them to do at the Nature Center. At the Hardwicke Interpretive Center, staffers conduct live reptile and mammal programs, in addition to educational seminars on conservation and more. In future years, the center aims to also boast a live owl program for young learners.
|Where: ||9601 Fossil Ridge Rd.|
Fort Worth, TX 76135
|Hours: ||8am-5pm daily Oct-Apr; 8am-7pm Mon-Fri and 7am-7pm Sat-Sun May-Sep. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.|
|Price: ||$5 adults; $2 ages 3–12.|
|Map: ||Click for map|
This venue can accommodate children with special needs.
Some areas wheelchair accessible; wheelchair-accessible sidewalk and trail around visitor center.
Upcoming Events at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
7/20/2018: Early Birds
Join a walk through the wooded areas of the nature center in search of woodpeckers and other birds retreating to the forest.
7/20/2018: Preschool Discovery Club – Turtles
Bring your 3–5-year-olds and learn about turtles, play games, make a craft, and explore outside to learn more about the different turtles you might find at the nature center.
7/27/2018: Preschool Discovery Club – Feathers
Bring your 3–5-year-olds and discover why feathers are a bird's best friend. Play games, make a craft, and discover the different ways that birds use their colorful plumage.
8/4/2018: Wild Colors
The right color can mean the difference between life and death for a plant or animal. Bring the whole family and participate in several hands on activities to demonstrate the role of colors in nature.
8/11/2018: Nature's Cleanup Crew
Join this program to learn about vultures, their adaptations to find food, and how to identify the local species. After an indoor presentation, search the refuge for vultures.
8/12/2018: Canoe Tour
During the summer months, diving osprey and paddling wood ducks can be found over the river. Join a hike to look for these birds and other aquatic wildlife.
8/17/2018: Preschool Discovery Club – Alligators
Make a craft, play games, and meet our education alligator to learn more about their watery lives.
8/18/2018: Let's Make Tracks
Can you tell a bobcat from a coyote track? Get a quick course in track identification and practice making your own plaster cast of a track.
8/19/2018: Canoe Fest
Bring the family and enjoy a day of paddling before school starts. All of the equipment is provided. No registration needed, first-come, first-served.
8/24/2018: Preschool Discovery Club – Animal Teeth
Through games, crafts, and hands-on time kids will learn how to tell what an animal eats based on its teeth.
8/30/2018: Nature Center After Hours
Learn more about the challenges bats face and what species call north Texas home. Wear insect repellent and bring a flashlight.