Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge 9601 Fossil Ridge Road Fort Worth Texas 76135 817-392-7410
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Over 3600 acres, the FWNC&R is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States and offers residents and visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural history of north central Texas . Over 20 miles of hiking trails provide easy access to a myriad of natural wonders to be found on the Refuge. Staff naturalists at the Hardwicke Interpretive Center are available to facilitate your exploration.

Mission: The mission of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge is "To enhance the quality of life by enrolling and educating our community in the preservation and protection of natural areas while standing as an example of these same principles and values in North Central Texas." This statement is the guiding principle that drives all facets of the FWNC&R. This includes our educational and recreational program offerings, location and routes of trails, and choice of habitat restoration methods.

Operating as usual

Hike under the shade of the riverbottom forest. Join a naturalist and learn about the plants and wildlife found here. Yo...
09/15/2020

Hike under the shade of the riverbottom forest. Join a naturalist and learn about the plants and wildlife found here. You will also learn about the river that runs along the forest edge. Hike is scheduled for Thursday September 17, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Pre-registration required. $5 (with paid admission)/MEMBERS FREE.

You must pay for your admission in advance online. Please follow this link:
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/daycare/program/1629?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true&online=true

To register for the Riverbottom Hike, please follow this link:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=29761&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities

The weather is pleasant for a nice paddle on the water. Come learn about the important wetlands found at the Nature Cent...
09/13/2020

The weather is pleasant for a nice paddle on the water. Come learn about the important wetlands found at the Nature Center. Paddle is scheduled for Tuesday September 15, 2020 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. $20 (with paid admission)/MEMBERS $15

In order to participate, you must purchase admission online and prior to the paddle. Follow this link to pre-register:
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/daycare/program/1629?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true&online=true

To register for the Canoe Tour, sign up here:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=29760&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities

Nature Hikes for September continue with a theme of migration. Join a naturalist this coming week (Sept 14 -18) to searc...
09/13/2020
City of Fort Worth | Online Reservations

Nature Hikes for September continue with a theme of migration. Join a naturalist this coming week (Sept 14 -18) to search for birds passing through. Hikes are weekdays from 9:30 - 11 a.m. $5 (with paid admission)/MEMBERS FREE.

You must make a reservation, which is paying admission prior to your visit online. Call (817) 392-7410 if you have any questions regarding making a reservation. Here is a link to make a reservation:

https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/daycare/program/1629?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true&online=true

To register for the hikes this week, click on the day you would like to join us on a hike:
MONDAY (14th)
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=29745&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities
TUESDAY (15th)
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=29746&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities
WEDNESDAY (16th)
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=29747&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities
THURSDAY (17th)
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=29748&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities
FRIDAY (18th)
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=29749&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities

Photo Courtesy of Tom and Lyle George

Admission to the Nature Center is still online and you must purchase admission prior to visiting. Please plan ahead and ...
09/13/2020

Admission to the Nature Center is still online and you must purchase admission prior to visiting. Please plan ahead and do this before you leave the house. Here are some helpful steps to make a reservation:

1. Click on the YELLOW Sign In/Up
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/home?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true
At the top of the page, click on Sign In or Create an Account.
2. After Account is set up or signed in, Select Activities from the top of page.
3. Type Admission in the Search Field in Middle of Page.
4. Click Admission Nature Center-CURRENT MONTH.
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search
5. Click the GREEN Enroll Now button
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/daycare/program/1629?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true&online=true
6. Select your name from the "Select Participant" drop down in middle of page
NOTE: If you do not see other family members among your name, you must add them to your account by clicking the "Add New Family Member" link at the bottom of the Select Participant scroll down.
7. Select Your Date.
8. Scroll down and DE-select the arrival time you WILL NOT be arriving. You should only be left with the time slot you WILL be arriving. If you have more than one, DE-select all but the time you are arriving.
NOTE: This is your scheduled arrival time into the Refuge. You will have access to the Refuge from your arrival time to closing (5 p.m. daily). You must arrive within your scheduled hour. Early or late arrivals will not be admitted.
9. If it is just you, click the FINISH or CHECK OUT button. You are done!
10. if you would like to add someone else from your account to your reservation, click the blue link that reads, "Admission Nature Center-CURRENT MONTH...." and repeat steps 6-8 by selecting their name from the the Select Participant scroll down.
11. Continue the steps until everyone in your party is under your reservation.

Understand that the reservation screen will be configured differently from your desktop to your phone. Please scroll down when using your phone.

Reservations are required for all visitors, including Friends' members.

If you have any questions, please call us at (817) 392-7410.

Admission to the Nature Center is still online and you must purchase admission prior to visiting. Please plan ahead and ...
09/12/2020

Admission to the Nature Center is still online and you must purchase admission prior to visiting. Please plan ahead and do this before you leave the house. Here are some helpful steps to make a reservation:

1. Click on the YELLOW Sign In/Up
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/home?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true
At the top of the page, click on Sign In or Create an Account.
2. After Account is set up or signed in, Select Activities from the top of page.
3. Type Admission in the Search Field in Middle of Page.
4. Click Admission Nature Center-CURRENT MONTH.
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search
5. Click the GREEN Enroll Now button
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/daycare/program/1629?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true&online=true
6. Select your name from the "Select Participant" drop down in middle of page
NOTE: If you do not see other family members among your name, you must add them to your account by clicking the "Add New Family Member" link at the bottom of the Select Participant scroll down.
7. Select Your Date.
8. Scroll down and DE-select the arrival time you WILL NOT be arriving. You should only be left with the time slot you WILL be arriving. If you have more than one, DE-select all but the time you are arriving.
NOTE: This is your scheduled arrival time into the Refuge. You will have access to the Refuge from your arrival time to closing (5 p.m. daily). You must arrive within your scheduled hour. Early or late arrivals will not be admitted.
9. If it is just you, click the FINISH or CHECK OUT button. You are done!
10. if you would like to add someone else from your account to your reservation, click the blue link that reads, "Admission Nature Center-CURRENT MONTH...." and repeat steps 6-8 by selecting their name from the the Select Participant scroll down.
11. Continue the steps until everyone in your party is under your reservation.

Understand that the reservation screen will be configured differently from your desktop to your phone. Please scroll down when using your phone.

Reservations are required for all visitors, including Friends' members.

If you have any questions, please call us at (817) 392-7410.

Join us for this walk as we look for migrants passing through that we may not often see. We will look for ruby-crowned k...
09/12/2020

Join us for this walk as we look for migrants passing through that we may not often see. We will look for ruby-crowned kinglets, harris' sparrows, and more. Program is scheduled for Monday September 14, 2020 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration Required. $5 (with paid admission)/MEMBERS FREE.

You must purchase an advance admission ticket. Follow this link:
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/daycare/program/1629?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true&online=true

To register for Early Birds, Click here:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=29741&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities

Admission to the Nature Center is still online and you must purchase admission prior to visiting. Please plan ahead and ...
09/12/2020

Admission to the Nature Center is still online and you must purchase admission prior to visiting. Please plan ahead and do this before you leave the house. Here are some helpful steps to make a reservation:

1. Click on the YELLOW Sign In/Up
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/home?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true
At the top of the page, click on Sign In or Create an Account.
2. After Account is set up or signed in, Select Activities from the top of page.
3. Type Admission in the Search Field in Middle of Page.
4. Click Admission Nature Center-CURRENT MONTH.
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search
5. Click the GREEN Enroll Now button
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/daycare/program/1629?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true&online=true
6. Select your name from the "Select Participant" drop down in middle of page
NOTE: If you do not see other family members among your name, you must add them to your account by clicking the "Add New Family Member" link at the bottom of the Select Participant scroll down.
7. Select Your Date.
8. Scroll down and DE-select the arrival time you WILL NOT be arriving. You should only be left with the time slot you WILL be arriving. If you have more than one, DE-select all but the time you are arriving.
NOTE: This is your scheduled arrival time into the Refuge. You will have access to the Refuge from your arrival time to closing (5 p.m. daily). You must arrive within your scheduled hour. Early or late arrivals will not be admitted.
9. If it is just you, click the FINISH or CHECK OUT button. You are done!
10. if you would like to add someone else from your account to your reservation, click the blue link that reads, "Admission Nature Center-CURRENT MONTH...." and repeat steps 6-8 by selecting their name from the the Select Participant scroll down.
11. Continue the steps until everyone in your party is under your reservation.

Understand that the reservation screen will be configured differently from your desktop to your phone. Please scroll down when using your phone.

Reservations are required for all visitors, including Friends' members.

If you have any questions, please call us at (817) 392-7410.

Admission to the Nature Center is still online and you must purchase admission prior to visiting. Please plan ahead and ...
09/11/2020

Admission to the Nature Center is still online and you must purchase admission prior to visiting. Please plan ahead and do this before you leave the house. Here are some helpful steps to make a reservation:

1. Click on the YELLOW Sign In/Up
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/home?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true
At the top of the page, click on Sign In or Create an Account.
2. After Account is set up or signed in, Select Activities from the top of page.
3. Type Admission in the Search Field in Middle of Page.
4. Click Admission Nature Center-CURRENT MONTH.
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search
5. Click the GREEN Enroll Now button
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/daycare/program/1629?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true&online=true
6. Select your name from the "Select Participant" drop down in middle of page
NOTE: If you do not see other family members among your name, you must add them to your account by clicking the "Add New Family Member" link at the bottom of the Select Participant scroll down.
7. Select Your Date.
8. Scroll down and DE-select the arrival time you WILL NOT be arriving. You should only be left with the time slot you WILL be arriving. If you have more than one, DE-select all but the time you are arriving.
NOTE: This is your scheduled arrival time into the Refuge. You will have access to the Refuge from your arrival time to closing (5 p.m. daily). You must arrive within your scheduled hour. Early or late arrivals will not be admitted.
9. If it is just you, click the FINISH or CHECK OUT button. You are done!
10. if you would like to add someone else from your account to your reservation, click the blue link that reads, "Admission Nature Center-CURRENT MONTH...." and repeat steps 6-8 by selecting their name from the the Select Participant scroll down.
11. Continue the steps until everyone in your party is under your reservation.

Understand that the reservation screen will be configured differently from your desktop to your phone. Please scroll down when using your phone.

Reservations are required for all visitors, including Friends' members.

If you have any questions, please call us at (817) 392-7410.

I would like to congratulate one of our volunteer photographers with the Nature Center. A photo by Mr. Brandon Marling w...
09/11/2020

I would like to congratulate one of our volunteer photographers with the Nature Center. A photo by Mr. Brandon Marling was selected for the 2021 Native Prairies Association of Texas calendar. Here is the photo that will be used for the month of November 2021.

Photo Courtesy of....none other than...Brandon Marling (brandonmarling.com)

Have you heard the phrase, “It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it?” This sums up the life of decomposers. Join a ...
09/11/2020

Have you heard the phrase, “It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it?” This sums up the life of decomposers. Join a naturalist and learn about the important roles of earthworms and other decomposers. Program is scheduled for Friday September 11, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. $5 (with paid admission)/MEMBERS FREE.

To purchase your advance admission, please visit the following link:
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/daycare/program/1629?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true&online=true

To register for "Breaking It Down," click on the following link:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=29759&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities

Photo Courtesy of Judy Keown

09/11/2020

Join us for another edition of Discovery Club. We will be talking about Herons....and Egrets too. Ms. Angela will share with us a story time and we will talk about how these birds can survive in the wetlands.

To learn more about herons, click on the Library's e-catalog at https://fwpl.overdrive.com/library/kids/collection/1073340

Admission to the Nature Center is still online and you must purchase admission prior to visiting. Please plan ahead and ...
09/10/2020

Admission to the Nature Center is still online and you must purchase admission prior to visiting. Please plan ahead and do this before you leave the house. Here are some helpful steps to make a reservation:

1. Click on the YELLOW Sign In/Up
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/home?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true
At the top of the page, click on Sign In or Create an Account.
2. After Account is set up or signed in, Select Activities from the top of page.
3. Type Admission in the Search Field in Middle of Page.
4. Click Admission Nature Center-CURRENT MONTH.
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search
5. Click the GREEN Enroll Now button
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/daycare/program/1629?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true&online=true
6. Select your name from the "Select Participant" drop down in middle of page
NOTE: If you do not see other family members among your name, you must add them to your account by clicking the "Add New Family Member" link at the bottom of the Select Participant scroll down.
7. Select Your Date.
8. Scroll down and DE-select the arrival time you WILL NOT be arriving. You should only be left with the time slot you WILL be arriving. If you have more than one, DE-select all but the time you are arriving.
NOTE: This is your scheduled arrival time into the Refuge. You will have access to the Refuge from your arrival time to closing (5 p.m. daily). You must arrive within your scheduled hour. Early or late arrivals will not be admitted.
9. If it is just you, click the FINISH or CHECK OUT button. You are done!
10. if you would like to add someone else from your account to your reservation, click the blue link that reads, "Admission Nature Center-CURRENT MONTH...." and repeat steps 6-8 by selecting their name from the the Select Participant scroll down.
11. Continue the steps until everyone in your party is under your reservation.

Understand that the reservation screen will be configured differently from your desktop to your phone. Please scroll down when using your phone.

Reservations are required for all visitors, including Friends' members.

If you have any questions, please call us at (817) 392-7410.

Have you heard the phrase, “It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it?” This sums up the life of decomposers. Join a ...
09/09/2020
City of Fort Worth | Online Reservations

Have you heard the phrase, “It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it?” This sums up the life of decomposers. Join a naturalist and learn about the important roles of earthworms and other decomposers. Pre-registration required. $5 (with paid admission)/MEMBERS FREE.

To purchase your advance admission, please visit the following link:
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/daycare/program/1629?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true&online=true

To register for the program, click on the following link:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=29759&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities

Photo Courtesy of Dave Morgan

09/09/2020
These land turtles can only think inside the box. Come learn more about ornate and three-toed box turtles and all of the...
09/08/2020
City of Fort Worth | Online Reservations

These land turtles can only think inside the box. Come learn more about ornate and three-toed box turtles and all of their adaptations. Pre-registration required. $5 (with paid admission)/MEMBERS FREE.

To purchase your advance admission, please visit the following link:
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/daycare/program/1629?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true&online=true

To register for the program, click on the following link:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityoffortworth/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=29220&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities

Photo Courtesy of Dave Morgan

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Address

9601 Fossil Ridge Rd
Fort Worth, TX
76135

General information

The Nature Center is currently CLOSED until further notice. Please visit our website at www.fwnaturecenter.org and our Facebook feeds for more information.

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 17:00
Thursday 07:00 - 17:00
Friday 07:00 - 17:00
Saturday 07:00 - 17:00
Sunday 07:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(817) 392-7410

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From the City of Ft Worth Website: Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Beginning June 16, the Nature Center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays only. Online ticketing will be in place, allowing contactless payments. The Hardwicke Interpretive Center will remain closed. Online reservations will be required for available daily outdoor programming. This is very upsetting for those of us that work full time:((. I can only hope it will change soon.
Can the trails be reopened and not the Nature Center?
Ready to "walk" with you virtually.
I took a screen shot with my computer of the Alligator as seen from the Boardwalk on this morning's virtual walk with you guys. Enjoyed today!
OK, so I'm trying to find a link to today's Wednesday Walk and failing... Can anyone help?
Any news on when the Nature Center will reopen? Does the City of Fort Worth decide? Mayor Price?
Does anyone know when the trails will be open again?
Hello, I have a few of these weeds growing in my back yard. Does anyone by chance know what type of plant this is?
Taken on 03/21/2020.