Join a Fort Worth Nature Center guide on a virtual walk every Wednesday on Facebook live. Photo by Julie Thibodeaux.
May 7, 2020
Getting cabin fever? You can now get outside with the Internet. Many of our local DFW nature reserves have started posting online lessons for kids of all ages, as well as meet ups and trail tours - some live.
It’s the 21st century and Facebook and Zoom enable viewers to not only hear and watch but also, ask questions, post a comment and have a chat during the online presentation and even get a response.
You Tube videos are another way that nature lovers can learn about nature and “experience” natural spaces vicariously while being trapped inside.
Rob Denkhaus, Fort Worth Nature Center manager, says they started at the beginning of April taking their regular guided hike event online. Instead of the usual half-dozen folks attending on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., they had 1,200 viewers going on the walk. The next week there were 2,400 views on their Facebook page.
Learn how birds build their nests and make a craft based on your knowledge. Posted by Trinity River Audubon Center.
Maybe everyone didn’t stick around for the entire live presentation that lasted for over an hour, but it is recorded and visitors can return and pick up where they left off.
Denkhaus was amazed with viewers asking naturalist Mike Perez to point his smartphone at a wildflower spotted along the trail or to identify something they saw in the background.
It’s been such a success that Fort Worth Nature Center hopes to have all their programs go live. And they hope to broadcast one of the bison giving birth to a calf.
River Legacy Science Center is offering online programming Monday through Friday. Everyday during the week, starting at 2 p.m. they present a half-hour program.
“We spent years and years building up a great curriculum, so we really just adapted that online,” says Christine Bartkowski, marketing coordinator for River Legacy.
Here are some of the online nature education offerings we found in North Texas:
LOCAL ONLINE NATURE EDUCATION
River Legacy Science Center, Arlington
Closed until further notice.
River Legacy Live is broadcast live on Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. on Facebook.
Monday Story Time, Wild Wednesday and Fun Fact Friday are posted on Facebook at 2 p.m.
River Legacy Art Contest May-May31
Draw or paint a Texas native plant or animal. No photos. Artwork must be on 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper. Contest ends May 31 with awards in four age groups, from preschool to 12th grade. Email artwork and completed entry form to [email protected]. Riverlegacy.org/art.
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center, Lewisville
Open daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Science Friday live 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Facebook.
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, Fort Worth
Closed until May 18.
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