To promote the conservation and restoration of Tandy Hills Natural Area (THNA) as a rare remaining example of native prairie that was indigenous to most of the Fort Worth area.

To facilitate use of THNA as an education and recreation resource for experiencing and understanding the natural environment of predevelopment Fort Worth.

To increase awareness of the importance of protecting and preserving natural areas through the annual Fort Worth Prairie Fest and other activities.

About Tandy Hills Natural Area:

Tandy Hills Natural Area (THNA) is a 160-acre indigenous remnant of Fort Worth prairie located in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas. The land was obtained by the City of Fort Worth Parks Department in the 1960s and designated a “natural area” in 1987. Since 1990, the park has been managed by the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge.

Noted for its unusually complete collection of prairie flora, THNA contains more than 500 native plant species. The show of spring wildflowers is unsurpassed in the Metroplex. The land is a living demonstration of how most of Fort Worth and the Great Plains appeared in predevelopment times.

River Legacy Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, began in 1988 as a unique public/private partnership with the City of Arlington. Our mission is to preserve and enhance the parkland along the Trinity River as an extraordinary educational, recreational and natural resource.

River Legacy Parks opened as a public park in 1990 with just 376 acres. Thanks to the Foundation’s donors and partnerships, the park has grown to become a 1,300-acre oasis along the Trinity River.

The Foundation founders knew from the start that an educational facility was necessary to ensure future stewards of the parkland. Thus, in 1996,River Legacy Living Science Center opened to the public.  The nature center features interactive exhibits, aquariums, terrariums, environmental education programs, a gift shop and nature trails.

The Texas Buckeye Trail is a natural surface nature trail 
that meanders into the Trinity River's hardwood bottomland
forest. Trail destinations include the River Overlook and
the Buckeye Grove. Both paths will lead you to the river's edge
deep into the forest surrounded by mature Bur Oak, Cedar Elm
and Pecan trees. This trail provides the hiker a true wild
outdoor experience less than four miles from downtown Dallas!
The trail to the River Overlook is now paved for wheelchair access.

Eisenhower State Park, with 463.1 acres, is located in Grayson County, northwest of Denison on the shores of Lake Texoma.

Activities: Some of the activities include picnicking, hiking, biking, nature study, fishing, boating andboat rentals, water skiing, swimming, wildlife observation, ATV and mini bike use (OHV permit required), and a variety of camping.

Tours/Programs: Nature/environmental programs are frequently scheduled throughout the year and upon special request with enough lead time. There is a small amphitheater available for group use.

Contact Email: espc@texoma.net 

Situated along the shores of a 30,000-acre reservoir Ray Roberts Lake State Park Complex consists of two state park units (Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch), six satellite parks (Jordan Unit, Pond Creek, Pecan Creek, Buck Creek, Sanger, and Elm Fork), Wildlife Management Areas, wetlands, waterfowl sanctuaries and the 20 mile Ray Roberts Lake/Lake Lewisville Greenbelt Corridor. Birdwatching, water sports, riding horses or backpacking along a scenic trail, Ray Roberts has something for everyone.

Johnson Branch Unit:

100 PW 4153

Valley View, TX 76272


Activities: Activities include camping; lake swimming (unsupervised); fishing; boating (no skiing/tubing, or jet skis permitted); rock climbing (climbers and rappelers must check in at headquarters); mountain biking; equestrian camping, horseback riding (visitors must provide their own horses); and hiking. Note: Trails may be closed during wet weather. Climbing is prohibited when the rock formations are wet (Call the park to verify climbing area is open, if it has rained in the last 48 hours of your planed arrival.) More information on the Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway.

Windmill Hill Nature Preserve is 75
acres of land, set aside by the City of DeSoto and Dallas County as a
nature preserve. Nestled in woods providing shade in the summer, there
is a great hiking trail with gentle slopes and some very steep hills,
which can provide a challenge at times. There is a bridge that crosses
Ten Mile Creek, named in memory of the late Steven Ray Vaughan.

Website intended to act as a clearinghouse for sightings, pictures, area review species, and checklist information for North-Central Texas birds. As the area's sightings are updated, our checklist will reflect those changes. Birds that are being reviewed by the Texas Bird Records Committee will be added to checklist only at the author's discretion and with the caveat that the bird(s) in question are under review.

Mission Statement
Enriching people’s lives through environmental stewardship and education.

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in Texas, is
a lush 109-acre tapestry of dappled shade and vibrant splashes of
color. A peaceful haven nestled in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural
District, the Garden is home to over 2,500 species of native and exotic
plants that flourish in its 23 specialty gardens.

The Park's proximity to major metropolitan cities makes it an ideal
destination for families who want to enjoy the great outdoors without spending
precious time driving. The ruggedness and scenic beauty of the area combined
with over 100 miles of shoreline and the water based recreation on Joe Pool
is a major attraction.

Penn Farm Agricultural History Center
pays tribute to the disappearing Texas' family farm and affords a glimpse
into agrarian history as farm machinery took the place of the horse and mule
almost a century ago. The Farm is open 7 days a week to self-guided tours.
There are reconstructed and historic buildings from the mid 1800s through
the mid 1900s. The Penn Farm has a very relaxing atmosphere and is perfect
for family walks.

Activities include mountain biking, camping, birdwatching, hiking, picnicking, fishing, and more!