Wildlife management, issues, support, and rehabilitation

Learn about creatures of the night (moths/owls) at this family-friendly event. We will attract and identify moths, investigate owl pellets and offer nature crafts and games. Our nature store will be open for shopping. Free for members, $5 for non-members, ages 2+.

DFW Urban Wildlife will present on how wildlife survives in the city, what kind of wildlife can you find in DFW, basic wildlife photography, and places on the internet where people can learn more about wildlife and share their observations. Potluck at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dish and a cup.

Family friendly holiday event featuring holiday lights and decor on the half-mile nature trail. Live music, photos with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting. Hot beverages and treats will be available for purchase.

Tickets at the door are $5-$9. (Children 2 and under are free.) Save $2 per ticket by purchasing tickets online from Nov. 3 through Dec. 13. The public is also welcome to purchase event tickets as gifts.

Our prairie is showing off its early autumn beauty and the butterflies are everywhere!

Come join butterfly expert Dale Clark from the Dallas County Lepidopterists’ Society in an educational walk around Twelve Hills.

We’ll proceed from the butterfly garden at the front of the nature center through the flowering prairie. Dale will net butterflies for us to get a closer look and teach us about the many beautiful species we have at Twelve Hills.

This walk is family friendly. No pets, please. 

The Guardians is 56-minute documentary that provides insight into the fight to protect monarch butterflies and their Mexico homeland.

Screenings at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Albatross filmmaker and artist Chris Jordan created a powerfully moving love story about birds on Midway Island in the Pacific whose bodies are filled with ocean plastic. Come experience a meditative look at both the destructive power of our culture of mass consumption and the beauty of the natural world.


Speaker: Chester McConnell, President of the Friends of the Wild Whoopers

The Friends of the Wild Whoopers is a private, non-profit group with a mission to assist in the protection and management of the Aransas-Wood Buffalo population of wild whooping cranes. They prepare management plans for these areas to protect, improve and develop “stopover habitats” for migration.

Celebrate the wonderful monarch butterfly; their life cycle, habitat, food supply, and the amazing journey undertaken every year in search of warm weather. It's a free, family-friendly event with lots of activities for everyone.

Learn about the importance of our endangered Blackland Prairie. How did it help settlers? Why do we need this grassland?

• Tours of the restored prairie, pavilions focused on how the prairie helps us, animals that need it, and cool stuff you can do with plants!

• Meet education raptors up-close and take a guided hike through Blackland Prairie. Raptor program at 10am, guided prairie hike at 11am.

• Touch wings and talons, see how important they are to birds of prey.

• Kids activities!

$5 adults, $3 age 5 - 16 and under 3 free

"A Cradle Of Turtle Diversity And Lair Of Lurking Leviathans" by herpetologist and author Carl Franklin, who will share his extensive knowledge of testudines. 

Free. All welcome.