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Nature-friendly places to go in DFW beginning Oct. 29

▪ Check out the fall foliage, migrating butterflies, birds and more on 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 Nov. 19. 355 Bob Jones Road, Southlake. 817-491-6333; bjnc.org

▪ Programs at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge this weekend include “Nature Center Raptors,” a study of hawks, vultures and eagles with a short hike, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

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.

▪ Sam Kieschnick, an urban wildlife biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will speak to the Colleyville Garden Club during its general meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Drive. Social time begins at 9:30 a.m.

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

▪ 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 the Southlake Historical Society’s second annual Wildflower Buffalo Stomp, 2 p.m. Nov. 6 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, for a 2017 World War I anniversary event, into the meadow. Crafts and refreshments will be available. The event is free but register at www.eventbrite.com (search “Buffalo Stomp”).

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.