Wednesday, March 4

Homeschool

Butterflies in the Garden

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Butterflies in the Garden is back!

Join us for this special event as we explore the Fort Worth Botanic Garden's beautiful conservatory full of live, tropical butterflies! Students will spend half of this program in the conservatory, and the other half at BRIT participating in engaging pollinator activities. All grade levels welcome. We have a limited number of spots open for this event so register quickly!

** Due to the limited capacity of the conservatory, all participating individuals must register. This includes all students, adults, and younger siblings. **

  • Price: $7 Participant (All participating individuals, includes adults and younger siblings)
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Date: March 4, 2020

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Saturday, March 7

Butterflies in Watercolor

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Registration opens December 12

In this imaginative watercolor class, butterflies are the inspiration for unique paintings informed by a variety of styles. Discover your own approach to capturing this beloved pollinator in color. Each student will take home a unique piece of butterfly-inspired art, as well as inspiration to carry them to their next watercolor project. Materials not included, but a supply list is provided.

Instructor: Swetha Kalluri

Saturday, March 7, 2020 (10 am – noon)

Registration Deadline: March 5          

$40/$35 member

Advanced Class: The Complete Guide to Vegetable Gardening in North Central Texas

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Do you have a garden, but want to strengthen your vegetable gardening skills? You’ll learn how to be successful this season in your garden with this mix of presentation and hands on seminar. A wide range of topics will be covered including site selection, irrigation, soil biology, specialty gardens like herb, salad and salsa gardens, and much more!

Instructor: Kim Martin, Barking Cat Farms

Saturday, March 7, 2020 (10 am – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: March 5          

$75/$65 member

Photographing the Promenade of Pollinators: Butterflies, Bees, and Hummingbirds

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Registration opens December 12

Explore the pollination dance of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds in this hands-on photography class on Fort Worth Botanic Garden and BRIT grounds. Pollinators are both a calming and enlivening sight and capturing their dance brings new challenges to many photographers. Join professional photographer and educator Edgar Miller to learn tools to photograph the variety of pollinators visiting our gardens. Starting in the classroom, you will learn the techniques, settings, and equipment needed to capture the vibrant promenade of winged friends. Afterward, venture into the gardens to practice what you’ve learned. You will leave with exceptional photographs and knowledge to use on your solo adventures! Bring your cameras, lenses, and tripods and create lasting memories. This workshop takes place both indoors and out. Comfortable clothes are recommended. Participants are encouraged to share their photos by using #britAdultEducation.

Instructor: Edgar Miller, Edgar Miller Images

Saturday, March 7, 2020 (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: March 5          

$35/$30 member

 

Mindfulness Meditation

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Registration opens December 5

Meeting the first Saturday of each month, our Mindfulness Meditation classes invite you to slow down, release the stresses of everyday life, and tune in to the serenity of the natural world. With plants all around, explore the grounds of BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as you learn mindfulness practices and techniques from meditation instructor Lisa November, M.A. Ed. Lisa leads her students in unique, hour-long mindfulness meditations, always attuned to the surrounding natural world. Classes often take place outdoors, weather permitting.   

Instructor: Lisa November

Saturday, March 7, 2020 (2 pm – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: March 5         

$10/$8 member

Thursday, March 12

Girl Scouts

Butterflies in the Garden

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Butterflies in the Garden is back!

Join us for this special event as we explore the Fort Worth Botanic Garden's beautiful conservatory full of live, tropical butterflies! Students will spend half of this program in the conservatory, and the other half at BRIT participating in engaging pollinator activities. All grade levels welcome. We have a limited number of spots open for this event so register quickly!

** Due to the limited capacity of the conservatory, all participating individuals must register. This includes all students, adults, and younger siblings. **

  • First Date: March 12, 2020
  • Time: 10 AM- 12 PM
  • Second Date: March 21, 2020
  • Time: 3 PM - 5 PM
  • Ages: All levels welcome
  • Price: $7/participant (includes siblings and parents) 
  • Registration Deadline: 9 days prior to event

Register here! 

Butterflies in the Garden

More Info >

Butterflies in the Garden is back!

Join us for this special event as we explore the Fort Worth Botanic Garden's beautiful conservatory full of live, tropical butterflies! Students will spend half of this program in the conservatory, and the other half at BRIT participating in engaging pollinator activities. All grade levels welcome. We have a limited number of spots open for this event so register quickly!

** Due to the limited capacity of the conservatory, all participating individuals must register. This includes all students, adults, and younger siblings. **

  • First Date: March 12, 2020
  • Time: 10 AM- 12 PM
  • Second Date: March 21, 2020
  • Time: 3 PM - 5 PM
  • Ages: All scouting levels welcome
  • Price: $7/participant (includes siblings and parents) 
  • Registration Deadline: 9 days prior to event

Register here!

Saturday, March 14

Building Your Butterfly Garden

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If you’ve always wanted to attract these beautiful pollinators to your garden, this is the class for you! Join one of Fort Worth’s favorite Master Gardeners to learn what you need to build a successful and fun Butterfly Garden.

Instructor: Theresa Thomas, Tarrant County Master Gardeners

Saturday, March 14, 2020 (10 am – noon)

Registrations Deadline: March 12      

$25/$20 member

 

Behind the Scenes at Butterflies in the Garden

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Find out what it takes to exhibit tropical butterflies in the Conservatory! Following a lecture presentation on butterflies and the exhibit we will visit the Pupae Preparation Lab and explore the Conservatory. This is your chance to learn from the Botanic Garden's own entomologist, Gail Manning, and see Butterflies in the Garden from a special perspective.

Instructor: Gail Manning, Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Saturday, March 14, 2020 (1 – 3 pm)

Registrations Deadline: March 12      

$38/$28 member

 

Monday, March 16

TCC Sign Language Interpretation Program

Butterflies in the Garden

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Butterflies in the Garden is back!

Join us for this special event as we explore the Fort Worth Botanic Garden's beautiful conservatory full of live, tropical butterflies! Learners will spend half of this program in the conservatory, and the other half at BRIT participating in engaging pollinator activities. All grade levels welcome. We have a limited number of spots open for this event so register quickly! We are partnering with TCC to provide sign language interpretation during this experience. 

** Due to the limited capacity of the conservatory, all participating individuals must register. This includes all students, adults, and younger siblings. **

  • Date: March 16, 2020
  • Time: 10 AM - 12 PM
  • Ages: All ages welcome
  • Price: $8/participant (Includes siblings and adults)
  • Registration Deadline: 9 days prior to event

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Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm

by Isabella Tree

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Longlisted for the 2019 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize for Nature Writing

“This must be the most inspirational nature book of the year . . . a narrative of conservation, courage, vision and miracles…”  Bel Mooney, 'The Year's Best Books on Nature' - Daily Mail

In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.

Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp was economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell made a spectacular leap of faith: they decided to step back and let nature take over. Thanks to the introduction of free-roaming cattle, ponies, pigs and deer – proxies of the large animals that once roamed Britain – the 3,500 acre project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife numbers and diversity in little over a decade.  Wilding is an astonishing account of the beauty and strength of nature, when it is given as much freedom as possible.

Saturday, March 21

Fort Worth Garden Club Show: Youth Level Preparatory Sessions

Girl Scouts Growing Stronger Series with the Fort Worth Garden Club

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  • March 21: 1:30 - 3:30 PM
  • April 11: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Girl Scouts earn badge work at these sessions while preparing for the Fort Worth Garden Show together! Scouts partner with a Garden Club mentor and use their new found skills from the series to create an entry for the Fort Worth Garden Club's show in April.  

**Please note, petals or badges are not available on site; they can be purchased at the GS store or online.** 

Event Details: 

  • Location: BRIT (1700 University Drive Fort Worth, TX 76107)
  • Parking: BRIT (Free)
  • Cost: FREE

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Contact rlincoln@brit.org with any questions or concerns. 

Saturday, March 28

Catching Butterflies Without a Net: Photographing Butterflies in the Garden

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Registration opens December 12

Meet professional photographer and educator Edgar Miller in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Conservatory to photograph Butterflies in the Garden!  We begin in the classroom, where you will learn the techniques and settings that will allow you to capture these ephemeral beauties in both the controlled environment of the conservatory and in open local flowerbeds.  Afterward, you’ll enjoy a full hour of private time in the exhibit, allowing you to practice what you have learned without worrying about the crowds. You will leave with amazing photos and knowledge to use on future butterfly “catching” expeditions! Bring your cameras, lenses, and tripods to create lasting memories. This workshop takes place both indoors and out. Comfortable clothes are recommended. Participants are encouraged to share their photos by using #britAdultEducation.

Instructor: Edgar Miller, Edgar Miller Images

Wednesday, March 28, 2020 (8:30 – 10 am)

Registration Deadline: March 26        

$38/$28 member

Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas

Butterflies in the Garden

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Butterflies in the Garden is back!

Join us for this special event as we explore the Fort Worth Botanic Garden's beautiful conservatory full of live, tropical butterflies! Learners will spend half of this program in the conservatory, and the other half at BRIT participating in engaging pollinator activities. All grade levels welcome. We have a limited number of spots open for this event so register quickly!

** Due to the limited capacity of the conservatory, all participating individuals must register. This includes all students, adults, and younger siblings. **

  • Date: March 28th
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Ages: All ages welcome
  • Price: $8/participant (Includes siblings and adults)
  • Registration Deadline: 9 days prior

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Creating a Monarch Waystation

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Join Gail Manning, Fort Worth Botanic Garden's resident entomologist, to learn about the monarch’s journey north! Learn the elements of a successful waystation and plants that feed caterpillars and butterflies. This is a great opportunity to discover how you can be involved in citizen science.

Instructor: Gail Manning, Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Saturday, March 28, 2020 (1 – 3 pm)

Registrations Deadline: March 26     

$25/$20 member

Monday, April 20

Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food

by Wendell Berry

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Drawn from over thirty years of work, this collection joins bestsellers The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Pollan, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, as essential reading for anyone who cares about what they eat. The essays address such concerns as: How does organic measure up against locally grown? What are the differences between small and large farms, and how does that affect what you put on your dinner table? What can you do to support sustainable agriculture?

 

Only a farmer could delve so deeply into the origins of food, and only a writer of Wendell Berry’s caliber could convey it with such conviction and eloquence. A progenitor of the slow food movement, Wendell Berry reminds us all to take the time to understand the basics of what we ingest. “Eating is an agriculture act,” he writes. Indeed, we are all players in the food economy. For the last five decades, Berry has embodied mindful eating through his land practices and his writing. In recognition of that influence, Michael Pollan here offers an introduction to this wonderful collection that is essential reading for anyone who cares about what they eat.

Monday, May 18

Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution

by Menno Schilthusizen

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“Not only is evolution a real thing… but some of the fastest, most interesting evolving occurs right under our noses, in our cities. In Darwin Comes to Town, Menno Schilthuizen explores the ways in which animals and plants have rapidly evolved to adapt to the opportunities and exigencies of urban niches. This is a fun, witty, thoroughly informative read.”
―Robert M. Sapolsky, New York Times bestselling author of Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Darwin Comes to Town draws on eye-popping examples of adaptation to share a stunning vision of urban evolution in which humans and wildlife co-exist in a unique harmony. It reveals that evolution can happen far more rapidly than Darwin dreamed, while providing a glimmer of hope that our race toward over population might not take the rest of nature down with us.

Monday, June 15

The Cast Iron Forest: A Natural and Cultural History of the North American Cross Timbers

by Richard V. Francaviglia

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Winner, Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award, Texas Institute of Letters, 2001

A complex mosaic of post oak and blackjack oak forests interspersed with prairies, the Cross Timbers covers a north-south belt of southern Kansas, eastern Oklahoma, and North Central Texas. Home to Native Americans over several thousand years, the Cross Timbers became a barrier to westward expansion in the nineteenth century, until roads and railroads opened it up to farmers and ranchers, coal miners, and modern city developers, all of whom changed its character in far-reaching ways.

This landmark book fully describes the natural environment of the Cross Timbers and the role that people have played in transforming the region. Richard Francaviglia opens with a natural history that discusses the region's geography and geology, vegetation, and climate. He then traces the interaction of people and the landscape, from the earliest Native American inhabitants and European explorers to the developers and residents of today's ever-expanding cities and suburbs. Many historical and contemporary maps and photographs illustrate the text.

Monday, July 20

The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72

by Molly Peacock

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"Like collage itself, The Paper Garden is carefully layered--part fascinating biography . . . part gripping memoir, . . . accompanied by dozens of vivid photo reproductions. Beautifully written and rendered." – “Maclean’s”


Artist Mary Granville Delany (1700-1788) bloomed in her 70’s, when she embarked on her life’s work- -creating 985 life-size botanical prints now held by the British Museum.  Some consider her the first mixed media collage artist because she employed paint, paper, and flower parts.  Nothing like it had been seen before. As she tracks the extraordinary life of Mary Delany, internationally acclaimed poet Molly Peacock weaves in delicate parallels in her own life and, in doing so, creates a profound and beautiful examination of the nature of creativity and art. This gorgeously designed book, featuring thirty-five full-color illustrations, is to be devoured as voraciously as one of the court dinners it describes.  

Monday, September 21

Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers

by Amy Stewart

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“Engaging and scrupulously reported”  Constance Casey for The New York Times

Award-winning author Amy Stewart takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes look at the flower industry and how it has sought—for better or worse—to achieve perfection.  Stewart traveled the world for a year to research the $40 billion dollar cut-flower industry. She tracks down the hybridizers, geneticists, farmers, and florists working to invent, manufacture, and sell flowers that are bigger, brighter, and sturdier than anything nature can provide.  At every turn she discovers the startling intersection of nature and technology, of sentiment and commerce. The author also raises environmental issues related to the trade, as well as the concerns of florists. 

Monday, October 19

Remarkable Creatures

by Tracy Chevalier

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“Chevalier admirably weaves historical figures and actual events into a compelling narrative.”
—San Francisco Chronicle 

Remarkable Creatures is a beautifully written book about two remarkable women, Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot. A fictional account based on real-life characters and events, Remarkable Creatures is set in the early 1800's in the coastal town of Lyme Regis, England.  Mary Anning, born in a poor family, was from an early age fascinated by the fossils that could then be picked up on the beaches.  Her discoveries of fossils leads to conflict with the religious authorities in town and friendship with Elizabeth Philpot, a woman of higher social class who is also fascinated by the fossils. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy. Ultimately, in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.

Monday, November 16

The Lochsa Story: Land Ethics in the Bitterroot Mountains

By Bud Moore

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"Bud Moore's The Lochsa Story is epic. It's an autobiography, a history, and a manifesto; a massive work of nonfiction incorporating folklore and ecology." --Zach Dundas, Missoula Independent

This story chronicles the history of the Bitterroot Mountains, the preservation of forest landscapes, early Native Americans, the Lewis and Clark Trail, and Bud Moore's life as the last of the mountain men to live there and join the U.S. Forest Service. He became Head Ranger of Powell Ranger District, Chief of the Forest Service Region in Missoula, Montana, the leading authority on fire management and smoke-jumpers of the northwestern forests and the system of fire lookouts and fire suppression.   Moore is profoundly dedicated to the forest and all of the natural elements, including people, that make it whole. He believes anyone who works with the land must have a feel for it. "When in doubt, go slow," he advises. "Be humble. Learn from your mistakes."