There are many places to explore the Fort Worth of the past, from the Historic Stockyards to the Log Cabin Village, but to see what the area looked like before the cowboys and settlers rambled into town, take a trip to the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. The center is a hidden jewel, comprised of forests, prairies, and wetlands that are teeming with wildlife.  Check out these family friendly programs that encourage outdoor exploration.

  • Shells and Scales-Learn more about the reptiles and amphibians you might encounter on a hike through the Fort Worth forests. Animal ambassadors will be on hand to introduce some new animal friends in a program that is suitable for all ages. Sunday August 18, 12:30, 2, and 4 pm. Free (with paid admission).
  • Full Moon Paddle-Enjoy the changing sights and sounds of paddling quietly through the marsh as the sun sets.  See deer and raccoon come out to enjoy the cool evening air and listen for beaver to signal the end of the day with a slap of their tail. Children must be 5 years old or older. Wednesday August 21, 2013 from 8-10:30 pm. Pre-registration is required. Tickets are $20 ($15 for members)
  • Evening Stroll with a Naturalist-An evening stroll on the Nature Center’s trails gives families a chance to see the animals that call the center home at the end of another day. Watch as some of the animals prepare for bedtime, while others are just getting up for the night. Thursday, August 22, from 8-9:30. Pre-registration is required. Tickets are $10 ($5 for members)
  • Preschool Discovery Club-Designed for the curious minds of kids ages 3-5 to explore nature through hands-on fun and animal encounters. Dragonflies will be featured during the month of August. Friday, August 23, from 10:30-11:30. Pre-registration is required. Tickets are $10 for one child and adult ($5 for members).
  • Gator Tales-While most of us try to escape the late summer heat, the alligators that live at the center love the warm waters. Learn more about the adaptations that allow alligators to survive before heading out to search the marsh for a glimpse of the reptiles.  August 24, at 1 & 2 pm. Free with paid admission.

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Photo Credit: Chad Etheridge | FWNC&R Summer Natural History Adventure kids built a raft as part of their class.