May 3 2018

George W. Bush Presidential Center: Bluebonnet Tours - Dallas (Thru June 2)

Mar 17 2018 - 10:00am to Jun 2 2018 - 12:00pm
George W. Bush Presidential Center
2943 SMU Boulevard
Dallas , TX

Enjoy docent-guided bluebonnet tours in the Native Texas Park on the grounds of the Bush Center. The park features other seasonal wildflowers, native Texas grasses, tree-shaded lawns, and clearings providing habitats for butterflies, birds, and other wildlife. Visitors can explore native Texas environments such as Blackland Prairie, Post Oak Savannah, and Cross Timbers Forest.

The free tours of the Native Texas Park are offered every Saturday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., weather permitting. Usually lasting between 30 and 40 minutes, visitors are guided through the winding network of walking trails. Space is limited and tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To book a large group, call 214-346-1650 or email

Dallas Arboretum: Wind Sculptures in Motion - Dallas (Extended thru Aug. 31)

Apr 15 2018 - 9:00am to Jul 31 2018 - 5:00pm
Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Rd
Dallas , TX

122 copper wind sculptures by Utah-based sculptor Lyman Whitaker. The exhibit has been extended through the end of August.


Native Plant Society of Texas, North Central Chapter: Native Grasses of North Texas - Fort Worth

May 3 2018 - 6:30pm
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd
Ft Worth , TX

Presented by Dan Caudle, Botanic Research Institute of Texas

The native grassland communities of North Central Texas were historically dominated by tallgrasses along with a diverse community of subdominant midgrasses, shortgrasses and wildflowers in a complex mosaic of vegetation. In recent decades, an alarming amount of native plant communities in our region have been replaced by development, cropland, intensively managed monocultures of introduced grass species, and/or invasive grasses.  

Even though native grasses are vitally important to our everyday lives, they are often overlooked or ignored. The ecosystem services they provide are rarely recognized. Many of the lesser known tallgrasses, midgrasses and shortgrasses are just as interesting, attractive, and vital to a properly functioning ecosystem as the higher profile “Big Four” grasses.

Dan Caudle is a native West Texan with a special interest in the native grasslands of the plains and prairies, and the ecological drivers, natural disturbances and plant community dynamics that are essential to their existence. He retired in 2006 after a 40-year career as a Rangeland Management Specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service with extensive work experience throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

He is currently a Resident Research Associate at BRIT where he assists the research staff, herbarium staff, and education specialists with research projects, workshops, and other activities associated with grasses and grasslands. 

Info: Vicki Gleason,