Jun 24 2023

Texas Parks and Wildlife: Outdoor Leadership Training - Mineral Wells

Jun 23 2023 - 6:30pm to Jun 25 2023 - 2:00pm
Mineral Wells State Park Mineral Wells , TX

The Texas Outdoor Family Community Partnership Program provides group camping gear and will teach you how to lead successful camping programs for your audience in state parks. Organizations who represent a low-income demographic (50% of participants are eligible for free or reduced lunches), veterans affairs, or are the recipients of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department CO-OP grants are eligible to take part in the community partnership initiative. We partner with many schools, parks, veteran's groups, and non-profits in the DFW area. Check out our Community Partner website for more details. Also see link to event page below.


Fort Worth Nature Center: Sketching Nature - Fort Worth

Jun 24 2023 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
9601 Fossil Ridge Rd
Fort Worth , TX

Sketch the wildlife and plant life at the Nature Center. This is a great way to capture life outside. Please bring a sketch pad and pencils. Pre-registration required.

$5 with paid admission. Members free.

Native Prairies Association of Texas, Blackland Chapter: John Wilt's Prairie Tour - Ennis

Jun 24 2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
John Wilt's Prairie
Ennis , TX

John Wilt acquired 108 acres of land around 2016, consisting of upland prairie and bottomland woods. The plan was to restore the land as it had not been grazed or hayed in years. John partnered with TPWD to employ the use of a forestry mulcher and prescribed burning to open up impassable areas and refresh the upper most prairie. The first burn removed thick thatch and woody invasive plants. That upper prairie "exploded back" with beautiful native grasses and forbs. There was tons of milkweed! 

In March 2023, TPWD assisted with another burn on a smaller prairie. We will visit this smaller prairie to see the effects of the recent burn. Expect to see a wide variety of native grasses including Little Bluestem and Indiangrass. Silphium and other wildflowers are blooming now. We might be able to catch some Spiranthes vernalis on this trip. Other unique plants on this property include marbleseed and Spiranthes orchid species (Ladies' Tresses). Coralroot orchid (Corallorhiza) appears in early spring and Spiranthes cernua appears in the fall. We will also check out John's ongoing project of removing Johnson grass.

Host: John Wilt

Tour Guides: Dana Wilson and Canaan Sutton

Location: Ennis (Exact location will be sent in the registration email.)

Bring: A water bottle to refill and a sack lunch if you would like to stay and visit a while.

Cost: Free. Register on the link below.

Tandy Hills Natural Area: Prairie Sky Star Party - Fort Worth

Jun 24 2023 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Tandy Hills Natural Area
3325 View Street
Fort Worth , TX

Come gaze at night sky above Tandy Hills through big telescopes with experts from the Fort Worth Astronomical Society who will astound you with their knowledge. Arrive early and check out the new trails and restoration efforts. All ages welcome. No dogs allowed. Check website for more details.