Thank You to All Who Burrowed Out for Prairie Day!
on Saturday, May 18, 2013
See this Year's Photos1
Photo credit: Richard Eaton II
Face Painting Photos
Hundreds of years ago, settlers marveled at the wide-open prairies in North Texas. Today, most of those grasslands have been replaced by cities and towns. The Botanical Research Institute of Texas will recapture the vibrancy and history of the North Texas landscape at the third annual Prairie Day event was held Saturday, May 18, at BRIT’s headquarters, 1700 University Drive.
Prairie Day celebrates the beauty of the North Texas native landscape through a series of family-oriented, hands-on events that showcase the native grasses, wildflowers, and vegetation blanketing the BRIT site. Maintaining and researching native landscapes is part of BRIT’s ongoing conservation effort. BRIT’s 70,000-square-foot, two-story research center received the highest sustainability award possible from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2011, the Platinum LEED certification.
A tradition begun in its first year during Prairie Day is the making of seedballs to help populate the BRIT campus’s side meadow with a variety of native plants. A Native American tradition, seed balls are tiny modules containing all the ingredients to give seeds an extra hand up in getting started – seeds, humus, dried powdered red clay and sand. When mixed with water and rolled into balls, they become little gardens that are tossed into areas that need vegetation. They will lay dormant until the right amount of rain falls. Exhibits, demonstrations, and live entertainment will be provided.
Naming Our Prairie Dogs!
Happy Prairie Day! We'd like to congratulate Catherine Peña, who won our Prairie Dog Naming Contest with her submissions, "Brit" and "Prairie Lily". She got to spend some time with her new furry friends during today's festivities.
2013 Prairie Day Activities included:
10:00 a.m. Bearclaw Singers and Dancers
10:30 a.m. Cowboy Poet Lanny Joe Burnett
11:00 a.m. Prairie Divas & The Outlaw
12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Live Music by 3 Fools on 3 Stools
12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Bar-B-Que Lunch available for $6
Activities included: Making Seedballs ● Historical Marker Tour ● Metro Beekeepers Club ● Face Painting by Merry Heart Face Painters ● Children’s Coloring Contest ● Balloon Twisters by An Occasion Station ● Guided Prairie Walks by Grace Bascopé ● Blackland Prairie Raptor Center ● Fort Worth Zoo ● Citizens for Prairie Dogs ● Soil Discovery ● Paper Flower-Making, Spinning, Toys, and Games courtesy of the Log Cabin Village
Demonstrations included: Making Mesquite Flour ● Acorn Leeching ● Soap Making and Candle Making ● Solar Oven Cooking ● Composting by the Fort Worth Master Composters ● Basket Weaving by the Gifts by Brenda ● Gourd Art from the Texas Gourd Society ● Native Landscaping by the Valle Verde Landscaping Inc.
Discovery booths included: Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge ● Camp BRIT ● River Legacy Foundation ● Bob Jones Nature Center ● Fort Worth Prairie Park ● BRIT's Prairie Project ● Arlington Conservation Council ● The Molly Hollar Wildscape at Veteran's Park ● New York Avenue Blackland Prairie ● Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center ● Van Zandt Cottage ● Camp Fire First Texas ● Texas Bluebird Society ● FitWorth ● Texas Wildlife Assciation ● Native American Seed
THANK YOU to our Sponsors!
We want to personally THANK all our wonderful VOLUNTEERS for participating in this year’s Prairie Day. We had nearly 600 visitors throughout the day. This far exceeded our expectation! Everyone one we spoke to had a great experience. I hope it was just as much fun for you!