• Weekend activities at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge include a “Prairie Seed Ball Toss” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, and a “Creepy Critters” talk for kids at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. The seed-scattering activity is free with paid admission ($2-$5) and the animal talk, which requires registration, is $10 for one child and one adult, $5 for members. Also, register for an evening stroll with a naturalist on Thursday, Oct. 23. Start time is 6:30 p.m. Meet at the front gate. At 10:30 a.m. Friday, the Preschool Discovery Club conducts a class on nocturnal animals. It’s $10 for one child and one adult, $5 for members. Registration is required. 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth. 817-392-7410;www.fwnaturecenter.org
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• Join a free story time at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817-860-6752;www.riverlegacy.org
• Learn how to add texture and movement to the garden with fall ornamental grasses at a free clinic at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at all area Calloway’s stores.www.calloways.com
• The Botanical Research Institute of Texas continues its exhibit by Texas artist Billy Hassell, “Ephemera: Winged Creatures of Texas,” through Nov. 13. BRIT is at 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth. 817-332-4441;www.brit.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 answer gardening questions and give horticultural advice from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. Simply call the Johnson County Extension Office at 817-556-6370 and ask to speak to a master gardener.
Mark your calendar …
• For the Fall Festival in the Japanese Garden, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 26. $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 4-12 and free for kids younger than 4. Inside the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-392-5510,http://fwbg.org
• For Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Hortipalooza, Oct. 25, at the Resource Connection, Building 2300, 2300 Circle Drive, Fort Worth. Talks at the all-day event include 20 must-have plants, gardens in drought, creating herbal containers and more. Registration is $25 in advance ($35 day of), $15 for kids under 16 and $45 for couples. The price includes lunch and snacks. 817-275-5306,http://tarrantmg.org
• For Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Earth-Kind modular horticulture and Master Gardener classes, held on occasional Saturdays through December. The classes, covering botany, horticulture, plant propagation and more, will be held in various locations in Fort Worth and other North Texas cities. Registration is recommended. For information, call 817-884-1944 and ask for Steve Chaney, or visithttp://tarrantmg.org
for the schedule of classes.
• For free, informal tours at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden by members of the Perennial Garden Master Gardener Project and the Trial Garden Master Gardener Project. The perennial garden tour begins at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month, and a guided tour of the trial garden begins at 9 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Both events are weather permitting. Look for signs at each garden and wait for the tour guide. To check availability, call the Botanic Garden’s main desk at 817-871-7686.