Upcoming Events (click on date on the calendar for more details):
Monday, October 14, 2019 from 6:30pm – 8pm
Fire…Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going
Daniel Price, Natural Resource Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Tarrant County College – Northwest Campus
Room WACB 1123
TCC-NW Meeting Location 2018 – 2019
Fire has been an important tool for managing prairie at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge (FWNC&R). Now the FWNC&R is taking its Fire Program to the next level by integrating ecological health, vegetation & photo monitoring, training, interdepartmental & regional partnerships, & public education. Daniel will cover the history, hurdles & future plans of the FWNC&R Fire Program.
NPAT Annual Members Meeting
Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 1pm – 9pm
(1pm field trip, 5pm dinner & social)
Leo Ranch north of Decatur, Texas
Register & buy your tickets here!
Join us on Saturday, September 21 for:
This is our annual member meeting and includes a prairie tour and dinner at the Dixon Water Foundation’s Leo Ranch. Register & buy your tickets here!
Spend an afternoon (1 to 5 p.m.) with NPAT exploring the Leo Ranch, which encompasses several hundred acres of native tallgrass prairie. Botanical experts Bill Carr and Lisa Bellows will lead the tour. The bottomlands were previously farmed and provide an excellent demonstration site for the restoration of farmland to prairie.
This working ranch is a Dixon Water Foundation property located in Cooke County about a half hour northeast of Decatur. More details and directions here…
Later (5 to 9 p.m.), we’ll gather at the ranch’s Clint Josey Pavilion, the first Living Building designated in Texas. It was designed to creates its own energy from the sun, collect water from its immediate environment, and create habitat for other species. It’s an integral part of the surrounding ecosystem.
Dinner will feature Babe’s Chicken with vegetarian options, plus beverages and desserts. As the sun sets on this remarkable place, enjoy updates on NPAT’s accomplishments from the year and our plans for the future. Join us for a rare and fun chance to mingle with other prairie enthusiasts.
Tickets are $45 per person. Register & buy your tickets here!
Skip Barnett Ranch Field Trip (Denton County)
Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 9am – 1pm
Register here! https://barnettranch.eventbrite.com
Join us on a field trip to the historic Barnett Ranch. The Barnett family has run a cattle ranching operation on 1,200 acres in Denton County for generations. It has lush native grass pastures, Fort Worth Prairie seeps, wonderful exposed Cretaceous geology, & prairie barrens.History is plenty on this ranch as you can still see wagon ruts from where the Chisholm Trail once crossed this land. The ranch has a conservation easement managed by Connemara Conservancy. Learn more about the ranch here: http://connemaraconservancy.org/wordpress/profile-barnett-ranch/ (Photo from Connemara Conservancy)
*Attendees will receive additional details concerning field trip specifics, lunch, meeting location, & carpool options upon registration.
- We will meet just inside the ranch entrance a little before 9:00 am.
- Bring a sack lunch, snacks and plenty of water or other drinks.
- A hat, sunscreen, sturdy closed-toed shoes and insect repellent are recommended.
- The ranch has a good gravel roadway system. Some walking will be involved but we should be able to drive to within 0.5 mile of points of interest.
We schedule hikes periodically throughout the year so you can visit prairies in each season. We’ll post upcoming hikes here as they are scheduled.