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Natural Awakenings Dallas -Fort Worth Metroplex Edition


A Wilderness Jewel In Our Backyard

Oct 18, 2013 01:21AM

The Ft. Worth Nature Center and Refuge (FWNCR) is comprised of forests, prairies and wetlands, much like the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex once looked. Complete with native plants and animals, the FWNCR offers a tranquil piece of nature or to take the trek of a lifetime. TheĀ  3,621-acre FWNCR, one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the country, is a division of the city of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department. It was designated a national natural landmark in 1980 by the National Park Service.

With more than 20 miles of hiking trails, there is easy access to the myriad natural wonders to be found there. The FWNCR also offers a variety of education programs and hikes for individuals, schools and families, including programs on land or water. The staff is also heavily involved in land management techniques to ensure that the natural history of North Central Texas is preserved.

One of the most popular programs at the FWNCR is the leisurely nature hike every Saturday morning for up to 15 people, where participants join a naturalist on the trails. Hikes feature current natural history evens such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds and other animals and ongoing projects. Hikers are advised to bring water.Ft. Worth Nature Center and Refuge

Beginning October 1, the FWNCR adopts everyday winter hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults 13 to 64, $3 for seniors and $2 for children 3 to12, with children under 3 free. A special rate of $1 is available to active or retired military personnel with ID. Memberships are also available which offer free admission plus discounts on programs and the gift shop.

Location: 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Ft. Worth. For more information, call 817-392-7410 or visit

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