Places to go

Posted Friday, Jul. 04, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

• Attend BRIT’s First Saturdays program on water conservation, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth. Activities include a plant ID station, First People’s Garden Walk and Talk with Grace Bascope, water talk with Karen Hall, family-friendly activities and tours of the plant preservation studio. Also, a farmers market will open at 8 a.m. 817-332-4441;

• Learn about the habits of a native animal during a free naturalist-led observation at 2 p.m. Saturday at the River Legacy Living Science Center. RSVP by calling 817-860-6752. 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington.

• Start dreaming of a fall tomato harvest during a free clinic at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at all Calloway’s stores.

• Kids can learn about venomous snakes of North Texas, including rattlesnakes and copperheads, during a one-hour class beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. It’s free with paid admission ($2-$5). On Sunday, learn to identify birds by their markings, colors and song at 1 p.m. Kids are welcome, and the program is approved for Texas Master Naturalist advanced training hours. Maximum 15 participants. Also, call to register for a full-moon paddle on the West Fork of the Trinity River, 8 p.m. Friday, July 11. It’s $20 (including admission), $15 for members. 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth. 817-392-7410;

• Members of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Perennial Garden Master Gardener Project and the Trial Garden Master Gardener Project will conduct free, informal tours of the perennial garden at 10 a.m. Wednesday and a guided tour of the trial garden at 9 a.m. Thursday, weather permitting. Look for signs at each garden and wait for the tour guide. To check availability, call the botanic garden’s main desk at 817-871-7686.

• Bring the kids for an educational scavenger hunt at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 10, in the Backyard Vegetable Garden of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The free program is for age 4 and older. Limit two children per caregiver. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. 817-871-7686;

• Get your gardening questions answered any weekday with a call to the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association help desk, 817-884-1944. Call 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with your horticultural questions.

• Johnson County Master Gardeners answer gardening questions and give horticultural advice 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays. Simply call the Johnson County Extension Office at 817-556-6370 and ask to speak to a master gardener. If a solution can’t be provided immediately, your question will be researched.

Mark your calendar …

• For the Fort Worth Audubon Society’s 10th annual bird-watching scavenger hunt, 6 a.m.-noon July 19. Registration will be 5:30-5:45 a.m. in the parking lot of Al’s Hamburgers in Arlington. Birders will work in teams; bring your own or join one at registration. All ages welcome. $3 per participant. RSVP by July 17 by calling/texting 817-798-6888 or emailing Details:

• Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Earth-Kind modular horticulture and master gardener classes will be held on occasional Saturdays through December. The classes, which cover botany, horticulture, plant propagation and more, will be in Fort Worth and other North Texas cities. Space is limited, so registration is recommended. For more information, call 817-884-1944 and ask for Steve Chaney, or visit for the schedule of classes.

Send announcements of local home and garden happenings (including retail news) at least two weeks in advance to Places to Go, Features Department, Star-Telegram, Box 1870, Fort Worth, TX 76101, or send an email to with “Places to Go” in the subject line.

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?