Botany, Ecology, and Nature

Botany, Ecology, and Nature

Workshops and classes for the botanically inclined.

BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden are pleased to offer this series of classes and workshops that will focus on giving participants hands-on, experience-based education in the fields of plant and wildlife science, conservation, sustainability, and ecology. These carefully designed classes and workshops (most of which will will feature field investigations or lab work) will enhance  participants' prior education, offer participants the opportunity to assemble a unique set of skills, and allow participants to interact and network with professionals in their field of interest. 

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Program Information

Location: Most classes will take place at BRIT or at the FW Botanic Garden. Some classes and workshops will be taught off campus and/or may include field trips to other locations around North Central Texas.

Cost: Class tuition varies depending on the length of the class and materials needed. Please see the individual class listings for exact prices.

Who should attend: BRIT's Adult Education workshops are open to and suitable for all interested members of the general public. College students and upper level high school students with an interest in careers in field science, early career field scientists, naturalists, and formal/informal science educators may be especially interested in attending these classes.

Point of Contact

Laura Northern Venhaus

Director of the Libraries and Research Public Engagement

BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden are pleased to offer this series of classes and workshops that will focus on giving participants hands-on, experience-based education in the fields of plant and wildlife science, conservation, sustainability, and ecology. These carefully designed classes and workshops (most of which will will feature field investigations or lab work) will enhance  participants' prior education, offer participants the opportunity to assemble a unique set of skills, and allow participants to interact and network with professionals in their field of interest. 

Upcoming Events

Bees! Part I

Where would we be without them?

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Join us for Part I of this two part class and delve into the fascinating world of bees and bee keeping. The morning session will introduce class participants to the many facets of bee keeping including the history of bee keeping, a look at why we need bees, and an overview of the current challenges facing bees. Participants will also learn about bee colonies, bee hives, and other associated issues.

Instructor Trip Smith is a Horticulturist with a BS (1971) and MA (1977) degree in horticulture from Texas A@M University. He has been a bee keeper since the early 80s. He is working to establish an apiary at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and has been with the Garden as the Conservation Curator since 2008.

Please note: This class will be held in the Conservation Greenhouse Classroom at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Bees! Part II

Supporting bees in your garden.

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Join us for Part II of this two part class and delve deeper into the fascinating world of bees and bee keeping. The afternoon session will focus on setting up and managing a hive including where to get bees, establishing the colony/hive, harvesting honey, and the applicable rules and regulations concerning bees in general.

Instructor Trip Smith is a Horticulturist with a BS (1971) and MA (1977) degree in horticulture from Texas A@M University. He has been a bee keeper since the early 80s. He is working to establish an apiary at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and has been with the Garden as the Conservation Curator since 2008.

Please note: This class will be held in the Conservation Greenhouse Classroom at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Exploring Texas Wildflowers

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Join us in exploring the world of native Texas wildflowers with experts in the subject! Attendees will learn basic techniques for field identification, scientific and common names for local wildflowers, and where and when to look for them. Come prepared to walk around outside. Bring a photo or a (legally) picked specimen if you want to talk about a specific plant. No more than 2 per person, please. 

Instructor Heather Bass is an ecologist specializing in plants and insects. Her most recent research has been at BRIT looking at sustainable landscaping with native plants and its impact on pollinator populations, water use, and carbon footprint. Heather also researches strategies for native prairie restoration in local Texas prairies and has spent time in Alaska researching tundra plant community responses to climate change. Heather has a BS in Biology and an MS in Environmental and Earth Sciences.

This class will take place at BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Fire Ants

How they got here and what to do about them.

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If you’re a gardener and you live in Texas you know that fire ants are frequently uninvited, unwelcome guests in your beds and lawns. Their mounds are large and unsightly and their bites can be extremely painful. But how did they get here? Where did they come from? What exactly are they good for (if anything!) and is there a safe and effective way to get rid of them? Join us for this class and learn the ins and outs of fire ants. 

Instructor Joyce Fethke-Block, a native Minnesotan, was raised on a family farm in the southern part of the state where she learned to love all aspects of gardening. After deciding that a career in the restaurant business wasn’t for her, she returned to school at the University of Minnesota and majored in Horticulture. She moved to Texas several years ago, married a native Texan, and along the way became a Master Gardener, a member of Texas Nursery and Landscape Professionals, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in, what else, Horticulture. Joyce has worked at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as the curator for the Rainforest Conservatory & Christmas Coordinator for almost 4 years. She and her husband live in Alvarado, TX. According to Joyce, Texas is a whole other country when it comes to gardening!

Please note: This class will be held at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.

$20 members/$25 non-members