Nature-friendly activities in DFW starting March 12

▪ Bring your mat and join “Yoga in the Meadow,” 9 a.m. Saturday at the Bob Jones Nature Center, 355 E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake. It’s $10 per person. 817-491-6333;

▪ Master naturalist Leigh Langford’s family-friendly walk through the Cross Timbers will be at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake. It’s $5 per person. 355 E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake. 817-491-6333;

▪ Learn about the wide, wide world of ground covers, including flowering varieties, during a class at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at all area Calloway’s stores.

▪ There’s a week’s worth of spring break activities for kids and their families beginning Monday at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. Activities include CanoeFest (10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday); bison-feeding hayrides; animal meet-and-greets; and hikes. For details, visit

Also, play “Plant Detective” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday or take “A Walk in the Woods” with a naturalist, 1 p.m. Sunday. Both activities are free with paid admission ($2-$5).

The refuge is at 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth. 817-392-7410;

▪ Spring break week begins with family nature hikes at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Monday at the River Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington. The week continues with more activities 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday; most cost $2-$3 per child. They include reptile, bug and opossum adventures and an Art in Nature craft class. Find daily program updates on Twitter: @rlsciencecenter.

703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817-860-6752;

▪ Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve in Arlington will host Sam Kieschnick, local urban wildlife biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife, who will explain the iNaturalist online tool. This program begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the West Arlington Police Station Community Room, 2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington.

▪ The popular Butterflies in the Garden, an exhibit of live, exotic butterflies, returns to the conservatory of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and runs through April 3. It is open daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission is $10 ages 13-64, $8 seniors, $6 ages 3-12 and free for kids younger than 3. To purchase timed-entry tickets online, visit For more information, call 817-392-5510 or visit

The conservatory is at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth.

▪ 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 a tea ceremony in the Japanese Garden of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 11:30 a.m. March 19. $30 to participate, or admission to the garden — $7, $5 seniors and $4 for ages 4-12 — to observe. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 817-392-5548.

▪ For the Fort Worth Audubon Society’s 75th anniversary meeting, 10 a.m. March 19. Guest speakers will be Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, authors of The Warbler Guide. Lunch will be served. UNT Health Science Center, Everett Hall, Room 100.

▪ For April 4, the deadline to order 50-gallon rain barrels, $72.50, and 65-gallon compost bins, $67.50, from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and the city of Fort Worth’s sale. Order at Pick them up 9 a.m.-noon April 9 at BRIT, 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth.

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