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

Since 1993, National Trails Day has inspired thousands of individuals and community groups to take part in activities that promote healthy living and mental well being, protect green spaces, educate the community on the importance of trails and instill excitement for the outdoors.

On Saturday, June 4, the City of Arlington, in conjunction with Keep Arlington Beautiful, will join in the nationwide effort to celebrate National Trails Day by hosting various park cleanup events.

The theme for National Trails Day 2011, Made with All Natural Ingredients, encourages all Americans to get outside and get active. "Dedicated volunteers, outdoor enthusiasts, trail lovers, and those new to the outdoors are truly the key ingredients to National Trails Day.

Park clean-ups will take place on June 4 from 9am to 12pm at the following city parks: Bowman Branch Linear Park Marrow Bone Spring Lynn Creek Linear Park River Legacy Parks Fish Creek Linear Park OS Gray Natural Area Bob Findlay Linear Park OW Fannin Natural Area Sublett Creek Linear Park Julia Burgen Park Parkway Central Park

REI will partner with Groundwork Dallas in building a campsite and trail maintenance at the Trinity River Audubon Center in the Trinity Forest. Bring a hat, water bottle, sunscreen, and work gloves, and lots of enthusiasm! For the younger volunteers they can make seed balls to help with the prairie restoration. A free lunch will be provided for the volunteers and you can stay Texas Turtle-Palooza and enjoy the museum and trails of the Trinity River Audubon Center.

Host Organization: REI Dallas/Plano

Phone: 972-490-5989

June 4

9 a.m. - 4 :00 p.m.

National Trails Day®: The first Saturday of June is always American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day. Celebrate National
Trails Day by beginning your day with Natural Guard working on the trails from 9 a.m. - Noon or a Naturalist-led Nature Hike at 10
a.m. - Noon.

Take a break from work and hiking and join us as we discuss the Conservation Civilian Corps (CCC) contribution to
the Nature Center from 1 - 1:30 p.m; then join us as we hike around Canyon Ridge Trail as we enjoy the scenery and see the very
structures the CCC built during their time at the Nature Center.

$5 (with paid admission)/MEMBERS FREE (Naturalist-led
Nature Hike). Natural Guard (FREE). CCC Talk/Canyon Ridge Hike (Maximum 15) $5 (with paid admission)/MEMBERS &


The Fort Worth Nature Center is proud to offer the 2011 Summer Natural History Adventures.  

We offer exciting and educational day camps for children entering Kindergarten up to those entering the 8th grade
One day a week, each age group will explore a different natural history
theme such as reptiles, insects, butterflies and more!  The camps take
place during June and July. 

$250 members | $300 non-members

Spend two days paddling and one night camping as your guides share about the flora, fauna and geology of this
scenic river. Paddling equipment and meals included. Minimum Age: 12 years *

Program Dates:

May 6-8, 2011

    --  Friday night, May 6: Equipment check and drop off and safety meeting at the Heard SRC building

    --  Saturday, May 7: Depart the Heard at 8am

    --  Sunday, May 8: Return to the Heard at 8pm

Remember those days of kids enjoying the outdoors during summer? Perhaps it was even you!

An amazing season of Heard summer camps awaits! Kids ages 5-14 will enjoy the summer months as they get an in-depth education indoors and outdoors on our 289-acre sanctuary. General information is available below. More details coming soon!

Nature Camps

Explore the wonders of the outdoors! Campers will take daily nature walks on our 289-acre sanctuary, get up close and personal with our education animals, and investigate different nature-themed topics every day. Campers aged 5-9 years have two different themed camps to pick from — experience one or both camps for a variety of age-appropriate lessons and activities.

Eco-Explorers is specially designed for campers aged 10-12 years. Time 9:30am—2:30pm | Tuition $210/members, $235/non-members | Dates sessions vary by camp

For Kids entering K - 5th grade $198/child for members ($220 for non-members)

Experience summer fun and learning at Trinity River Audubon Center. Our summer
camps are like none other nestled in the Great Trinity Forest, we offer a
120-acre outdoor classroom and a state-of-the-art nature center along
the Trinity River just 8 minutes from downtown Dallas.

Audubon Summer Camp, your children will be outside, enjoying hands-on
learning and exploring the wonders of nature.  We’ll hike, study
learn outdoor skills, create nature art, and conduct field
experiments while learning more about our amazing north Texas home. Our experienced and
caring educators will nurture your child’s love of nature, while having lots of fun in the great outdoors.

To register your child for summer camp click here

Hike part of the Oak Motte Trail with Nature Center Director Suzanne Tuttle to discover the late spring wildflowers of the Ft Worth prairie and wildlife that call this prairie remnant home. $5 plus admission, free/members.

Independent canoeing and kayaking on the quiet waters around Greer Island. Canoes/kayaks, paddles and lifejackets provided. Children must be 5 years or older and accompanied by an adult. First come, first served. Meet at Greer Island. $5 plus admission, $3/members plus admission.

Hundreds of butterflies will be released in an 800-square foot mesh tent conservatory, lined with flowering plants and green foliage, water fountains and butterfly feeders. Make 100s of friends instantly by walking through the exhibit with a cotton swab soaked in Gatorade.
Bring a camera. $6/adult, $3/child.