The event commemorates National Public Gardens Day, drawing attention to our nation's public gardens, which include botanical gardens, arboreta, conservatories, educational gardens and historical landscapes. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden offers 110 acres that include the historic Rose Garden, Fuller Garden, Japanese Garden and more.
Starting in the Treetop Lounge at 11 a.m. Sam Kieschnick, an Urban Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife, will fascinate participants with information about the urban habitat at MVC. He'll show attendees how to use iNaturalist, a free app for identitying plants and animals, so that they can be citizen scientists any time! Then we head out to the urban forest where the adventure continues and participants start recording and sharing their observations in iNaturalist to create data for scientists all over the world.
Walk the Flagpole Hill prairie and learn about the rare gilgai soil formations. Get a close look at spring wildflowers. Listen for crepuscular birds. Witness a great sunset. Led by Amy Martin. Meet at the picnic shelter.
This will be a tour of a wonderful native prairie that was discovered a few years ago when a century-plus historic church was undergoing renovation. The prairie forms a third facet of this site with a historic cemetery and chapel that were part of the Frankford settlement in the mid-late 1800s.
Participants will meet at the center and embark on a partially off-trail journey over hills, through a small creek and into the grove of dogwoods where participants may choose to climb a ladder for a closer look at the blooms and enjoy light snacks. Upon returning to the center, share in a champagne toast to the future of Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center and meet our education bird, an American Kestrel, the smallest falcon in North America. Expect the experience to last approximately 3 hours.