Bird and nature walks, tree and plant identification, and more

A new season of monthly star parties in association with Fort Worth Astronomical Society. Stargazers, skywatchers, astronomers, kids, grownups, singles, couples, groups, all ages welcome. No dogs, please. Free.

Guided kayak tour of birds and other wildlife at Joe Pool Lake. No kayaking experience necessary. Ages 8+. Each minor must be accompanied by an adult. Limited space. Register online by March 21. $40.

Join GNSI Texas for a Spring Outdoor Sketch Trip. The Tandy Hills Natural Area is a 160-acre native prairie in the heart of Fort Worth. We'll meet up to paint what *hopefully* will be a spectacular wildflower display – all ages and abilities are welcome!

Meet at the park on View Street, and the group will hike out together from there. Remember to bring plenty of water and snacks.

Details TBA

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.

Walt Berk has been birding in this area for the past 23 years and has taught birding classes at TCC and at SWNP. He will guide us as we look for birds at SWNP, hoping to catch some of the spring migration as well as some of the year-round residents. 

Rob Denkhaus is currently the manager of the Fort Worth Nature Center, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science at TCU, and Chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee.  Rob will discuss the increasing role of environmental ethics in Fort Worth City departments and the increasing citizen need for exposure to the natural values of North Texas. 

Info: Scott Hollinger,

Spend the day or the week at this high-energy nature-themed camp March 12-16. Geared to ages 12-16.

$25/day or $100/week.

Info: Lisa Cole,

Chris Jackson, founder of, leads this meetup. The plan will be to walk into the Village Creek Drying Beds as a group and then hike along the top of the berm that surrounds the property. We will cover most of the perimeter from the elevated vantage point the berm provides. There should be lots of great wildlife to see, and we will stop whenever we come across something interesting.

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

Participate for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 16-19, 2018. Simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. Count from any location.