Come Burrow Out for Prairie Day on Saturday, May 3, 2014


    Presented by

    BRIT’s Farmers Market, 8 a.m. 
    Plant Walks, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
    BRIT Free Tour, 10:30 a.m.
    Everybody's Darlin' 9 a.m.
    Birds of Prey Presentation, 10:45 a.m.
    Raffle & Announcements, 11:45 a.m.
    Short Fuse, 12 Noon
    Bella’s Story Time Read A Louds


    Join Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) scientists and botanists at the BRIT campus, 1700 University Drive in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District, for Prairie Day Presented by Jetta Operating Company, Inc. on Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is BRIT’s free, annual, outdoor celebration highlighting the beauty and vibrancy of the North Texas native landscape with family-oriented, hands-on activities, events, demonstrations, and entertainment that showcase the native grasses, wildflowers, and vegetation that blankets the BRIT campus.


    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.


    Back by popular demand is BRIT’s prairie dog mascot naming contest. BRIT is hosting two special guest prairie dogs from Citizens for Prairie Dogs. The naming contest began April 1 on BRIT’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Submit your entry by April 10! Voting will begin on April 12. The winner(s) of the naming contest and the prairie dog names that they submitted will be announced at 11:45 a.m. on the main stage.


    Discovery Booths & Demonstrations
    Acorn Leeching
    All Texas Natives Landscaping
    Balloon Twisting
    Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
    BRIT Camp
    BRIT Prairie Project
    Camp Fire First Texas
    Canning Demo
    Citizens for Prairie Dogs
    Cooking with Mesquite Flour
    Cowboy blue-indigo and blue jeans
    Dogwood Canyon Audubon Centers
    Face Painting
    Fort Worth Bike Sharing
    Fort Worth Master Composters
    Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
    Fort Worth Prairie Park
    Fort Worth Zoo
    Great Plains Restoration Council
    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
    Log Cabin Village
    Metro Beekeepers Club
    North Central Chapter, Native Plant Society of Texas
    BRIT's Plant ID
    River Legacy Foundation
    Seed Ball Making
    Soap Making
    Solar Oven Cooking
    Tandy Hills
    Tarrant County Water District
    Texas Bluebird Society
    Texas Gourd Society
    Texas Wildlife Association
    Van Zandt Cottage
    Waste Management

    Texas Prairie Sponsors
    Louise B. Carvey
    Felice and Marvin Girouard
    Helen K. Groves
    Rachel J. Ledbetter
    Gail Rawl
    Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa
    Beth Rivers   




    Raffle Drawing Sponsors
    Blue Mesa Grill
    Log Cabin Village
    Los Vaqueros Restaurant
    Rahr & Sons Brewing Company                                                 





    See more of last Year's Photos
    Photo credit: Richard Eaton II
    Face Painting Photos