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
5/25/2018: Preschool Discovery Club – Nature Sounds
Birds sing, frogs croak, and insects buzz. On May 25, play games, make a craft, and practice using their sense of hearing outside to enjoy nature.
5/26/2018 - 5/28/2018: Snakes of Tarrant County
Come and see the many varieties of snakes and amphibians found across the area. Experts from the Dallas-Fort Worth Herpetological Society will be on hand to answer questions and allow you to view their education animals.
5/26/2018: Nature Hike
Wildflowers are beginning to bloom. Come see the variety blanketing the nature center. Preregistration required. Hikes not designed for organized groups.
5/29/2018: Full Mood Paddle
Join a peaceful paddle under the stars and light of the moon. Please arrive by 7:45pm. Meet at Back Gate, 8700 Shoreline Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76135. Pre-registration required.
6/2/2018: Dashing Dragonflies
They dash, dart, and maneuver across prairies and bodies of water. Join this program to find these skilled flyers of the insect world. Register online with code 14072.
6/10/2018: Eat a Bug
Are you brave enough to eat a bug? Join this program to investigate why bugs serve as an important protein source in various places around the world. Register online with code 14075.
6/15/2018: Preschool Discovery Club – Tracks
On June 15, play games, make a craft, and go for a hike to look for the signs that animals leave behind.
6/17/2018: Canoe Fest
On Father's Day take your dad canoeing along the West Fork of the Trinity River. All the equipment is provided and available first-come, first-served. Meet at the canoe launch. No registration needed.
6/22/2018: Preschool Discovery Club – Grasshoppers
Grasshoppers are the long jumpers of the prairie. On June 22, play games, make a craft, and go looking for these high flying hoppers.
6/24/2018: Super Snakes
Bring the whole family and learn to love your slithering snake neighbors. Join this program to discover the amazing feats snakes accomplish without arms or legs and make a snake craft to take home.
6/30/2018: Terrific Turtles
Join this program to learn about turtles and their interesting traits and adaptations.