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Nature-friendly places to go in DFW beginning Nov. 5

Fall Festival in the Japanese Garden is Saturday and Sunday at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
Fall Festival in the Japanese Garden is Saturday and Sunday at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

▪ The Fall Festival in the Japanese Garden of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Activities include Japanese dancers, taiko drummers, koto musicians, bonsai exhibit and sale, martial arts demonstrations, craft vendors, food and more. Admission is $8, $4 ages 4-12 and free for children younger than 3. 3200 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-392-5510; fwbg.org

▪ Bring the kids to a live animal exploration, 2 p.m. Saturday at River Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington. Free. Register by calling 817-860-6752. The center is at 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817-860-6752; www.riverlegacy.org

▪ Programs at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge this weekend include “Skull Science,” a study of local wildlife using their remains, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

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

▪ The Southlake Historical Society’s second annual Wildflower Buffalo Stomp will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Southlake Log House in Bicentennial Park (at the White Chapel Boulevard entrance). Attendees will “stomp” wildflower and native grass seeds, including poppy seeds into the meadow as part of a 2017 World War I anniversary event. Crafts and refreshments will be available. The event is free, but register at www.eventbrite.com (search “Buffalo Stomp”).

▪ Carol Klonowski will speak about growing dendrobium orchids at the meeting of the Fort Worth Orchid Society at 7 p.m. Monday at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center. Visitors are welcome.

▪ Discovery Day: Leaves, for kids ages 4-18, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3400 Botanic Garden Blvd. The activity is free but requires gardening gloves; drop-ins encouraged. Parental supervision is required, as is a limit of two children per caregiver. 3200 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-392-5510; fwbg.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, $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 Nov. 12, Military Appreciation Day, at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. Admission and activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., will be free for members of the military and their families. 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth. 817-392-7410; www.fwnaturecenter.org

▪ For free backyard composting classes, 9-11 a.m. Nov. 12, in the parking lot of the River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817-459-6778; www.arlingtontx.gov

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 scline@star-telegram.com with “Places to Go” in the subject line.

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