North Texas Urban Nature Assets
Located on the western border of Plano, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park featuring vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, hiking, orienteering and other outdoor activity.
Bob Jones Nature Preserve consists of 758 acres of Cross Timbers natural habitat and exists to restore and preserve the Eastern Cross Timbers Ecosystem through environmental leadership, education and compatible outdoor activities. This eco-region is a sanctuary for wildlife and more than 300 species of birds.
The Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve is a scenic, rich in wildlife, slice of hill country. Formerly the Dallas Nature Center, the preserve spans 600 acres between Mountain Creek Parkway and FM 1382, 20 minutes from downtown Dallas.
The largest urban bottomland hardwood forest in the United States, the Great Trinity Forest consists of 6,000 acres located minutes from downtown Dallas. Boundaries of the forest extend from the Santa Fe Trestle Trail, near Corinth Street and Riverfront Boulevard within view of downtown Dallas, to just past IH-20, along an 11-mile stretch of land that follows the Trinity River.
Encircled by the West Meadowbrook neighborhood and I-30 in the heart of Fort Worth, Tandy Hills comprises 160 acres of indigenous prairie remnant. Noted for its unusually complete collection of prairie flora, Tandy Hills contains more than 500 native plant species.
Twelve Hills Nature Center is a five-acre urban preserve located near the Bishop Arts District, operated as a nonprofit center by volunteers. Created on a site where rundown apartments once stood, Twelve Hills is a place where people can easily walk though a prairie area, local schools can visit an outdoor classroom, and the community can learn about nature and environmental stewardship through volunteering and through public nature walks.