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Nature-friendly places to go in DFW starting July 9

Pet owners get free dog baths at Marshall Grain’s 7th annual Pooch Pool Party.
Pet owners get free dog baths at Marshall Grain’s 7th annual Pooch Pool Party. Marshall Grain Co.

▪ Early birders will gather for the Fort Worth Audubon Society’s 12th annual scavenger hunt, 5:45 a.m. July 9. Participants will meet in the parking lot of Al’s Hamburgers, corner of Green Oaks Boulevard and Collins Street, Arlington. $5. Beginners welcome. Bring a team or be assigned to one. Call or text 817-405-8132. www.fwas.org.

▪ Take the family on a free, guided nature walk at 10 a.m. July 9 at the River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. Register by calling 817-860-6752.

From 9 to 11 a.m. July 9, join a backyard composting class offered by the city of Arlington Master Composters. No registration necessary; a free book will be offered. For more information, call 817-459-6778 or visit www.arlingtontx.gov. The activity is in the science center’s parking lot.

The beginner’s adult yoga series continues at 10 a.m. July 9. Bring a water bottle and a mat. It’s $5 per person and for age 16 and older. riverlegacy.org.

▪ Kids can learn about wildlife during two programs this weekend in the Hardwicke Interpretive Center at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge.

The first, at 1 and 3 p.m. July 9, is “Aqua Turtles,” and the second, 1-2 p.m. July 10, will be “Misunderstood Wildlife.”

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

▪ The Fort Worth Bonsai Society will talk about suiseki, the Japanese art of “viewing stone,” at 7 p.m. July 14 in the conservatory of the Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

▪ 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 “Dig Deep 2016,” Tarrant Area Food Bank’s conference for urban farmers, gardeners and community members. It will be 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 16 at UNT Health Science Center’s Medical Education and Training Building, 1000 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. It’s $25. For more information and to register, visit tarrantareafoodbank.eventbrite.com.

▪ For Marshall Grain Co.’s 7th annual Pooch Pool Party, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 16 at the Grapevine store, 3525 William D. Tate Ave. It is a fundraiser for DFW Pug Rescue, the North Texas Pet Food Pantry and Bark to End Alzheimer’s. Free dog baths, wading pools, treats and more. 817-416-6600; www.marshallgrain.com/events.

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