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Nature-friendly places to go in DFW beginning Oct. 15

▪ Early birds can still catch a bird ID workshop and birding walk with master birder Walt Berk, beginning 8 a.m. Oct. 15 at Kennedale City Hall Conference Room, 405 Municipal Drive, Kennedale. The walk follows the presentation and will be at the Southwest Nature Preserve, 5201 Bowman Springs Road, Arlington. You can join up with the group there. www.swnp.org

▪ Check out the fall foliage, migrating butterflies, birds and more on the weekly guided autumn hikes this month at the Bob Jones Nature Center. They begin at 9 a.m. Saturdays and cost $5 per person. There is also a hike planned for Nov. 19. The center is at 355 Bob Jones Road, Southlake. 817-491-6333. bjnc.org

▪ Kids can join a free storytime and related activity at 11 a.m. Oct. 15 at River Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington. At 10 a.m. Oct. 20, preschoolers and caregivers can learn about rabbits during a “Nature Adventurers” class. It’s $15 per child/adult pair, $5 for an additional child. To register, call 817-860-6752, ext. 102.

The center is at 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817-860-6752; www.riverlegacy.org

▪ Take a hike with a naturalist and search for the “Last of the Insects” as fall approaches at 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge.

On Oct. 16, get out on the waters of the West Fork of the Trinity River for the refuge’s monthly Canoe Fest. Everything, including life jackets, is provided. Kids must be at least 5 years old and accompanied by an adult. The event, noon-4 p.m., is $5 per person (plus admission) and first come, first served.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20, learn about local species of bats during a “Nature Center After Hours” hike. It’s $10, $5 for members. Registration required.

Most programs are free with paid admission ($2-$5). You may register online for these activities and more. The refuge is at 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth. 817-392-7410; www.fwnaturecenter.org.

▪ Texas artist Deborah Paris’ exhibit, “The Nature of Things: Daphne Prairie,” which includes 25 oil paintings of one of the state’s largest remaining tallgrass prairies, runs through Oct. 21, at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth. www.brit.org.

▪ The 11th annual “Dinosaurs Live!” life-size animatronic dinosaurs exhibit continues at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney. The exhibit is included in the admission price, $11 for adults, $8 for seniors and ages 3-12, 2 and younger admitted free. www.heardmuseum.org.

▪ Get your gardening questions answered with a call to the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association help desk, 817-884-1944. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

▪ Johnson County Master Gardeners also answer gardening questions and give advice 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays. Call the Johnson County Extension Office at 817-556-6370 and ask to speak to a master gardener.

Mark your calendar

▪ For Bob Jones Nature Center’s Harvest Day, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 22. Activities include a family scavenger hunt, scarecrow building and pumpkin photo opportunities. $5, free for members. 355 Bob Jones Road, Southlake. 817-491-6333. bjnc.org

▪ For a “Wild Edibles” workshop and nature walk with MasterChef Season 2 finalist Ben Starr, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 22, at River Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington. Free. Register by calling 817-860-6752. www.riverlegacy.org

▪ For the 13-state Southern Region Master Gardener Conference, Nov. 1-4 at the Sheraton Arlington. To register, go to http://2016southernregionmg.com.

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