GROWing Together

Family Programs

Welcome!

With both the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas as educational resources, GROW offers hands-on, nature-based educational programming to local families. For this season, Seedlings and Little Sprouts are back in the Garden, and don’t forget about Bella’s Book & Nature Club and Bella’s Saturday Story Time at BRIT. We are also offering Family Exploration Saturdays! Come and GROW with us!

Click here to see our full Spring and Summer family program guide!

Email rlincoln@brit.org to be added to our "GROW Family Events" direct mail list. 

Point of Contact

Rachel Lincoln

Education Operations Specialist

Welcome!

With both the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas as educational resources, GROW offers hands-on, nature-based educational programming to local families. For this season, Seedlings and Little Sprouts are back in the Garden, and don’t forget about Bella’s Book & Nature Club and Bella’s Saturday Story Time at BRIT. We are also offering Family Exploration Saturdays! Come and GROW with us!

Click here to see our full Spring and Summer family program guide!

Email rlincoln@brit.org to be added to our "GROW Family Events" direct mail list. 

Upcoming Events

An Evening with Richard Louv

How Natural Learning Environments Improve the Ability to Learn and Be Creative

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Register here

$45 non-members

$35 GROW members

**Tickets include a signed copy of Vitamin N**

Join GROW Education as we welcome Richard Louv in this fundraiser to create a Nature Play space at BRIT.

Recent research suggests that exposure to nature can improve all children's cognitive abilities and resistance to negative stresses and depression. In 2008, University of Michigan researchers demonstrated that, after just an hour interacting with nature, memory performance and attention spans improved by 20 percent. Not long ago, researchers at the University of Kansas reported a 50 percent boost in creativity for people who were steeped in nature for a few days. as the research suggests, a case can be made that nature time can improve adult cognitive and creative functioning. Useful anytime, especially in the current job market. Businesses, too, can become nature-smart.

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of nine books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Defecit Disorder, The Nature Principle; and Vitamin N. Translated and published in 24 countries, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect families and communities to nature. In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society. Prior recipients included Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson and President Jimmy Carter. Among other awards, Louv is also the recipient of the Cox Award for 2007, Clemson University's highest honor, for "sustained achievement in public service." He speaks frequently around the world, including keynote addresses at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, the first White House Summit on Environmental Education, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Friends of Nature Conference in Beijing, China. He is chairman emeritus of the nonprofit Children & Nature Network.

The lecture will begin at 7:00 in Lecture Hall at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

GROW Members are invited to a wine and cheese reception honoring Richard Louv just prior to the lecture, from 5:30 - 7:00 PM in the BRIT Atrium.

Not a member? Become a member today by visiting fwgrow.org.

Hike with GROW Girl

Every Saturday of the Month

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Come join GROW Girl for a fun, hands-on family hike every Saturday! Each family receives a botanist backpack to use during their hike filled with scientific tools. Work together to complete the activities while GROW Girl guides you through a different part of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden every month. This program lasts for 1 hour and each hike is about a ½ mile long. There will be tons to discover so come and GROW with us! 

***Please enter through the Garden Center (Welcome Center) to check-in. There will be a free tram service to transport you and your family to this program!*** 

*No programs in July, December, January, & February.*

Location: Backyard Veggie Garden

Parking: Botanic Garden Welcome Center (free)

Bella's Saturday Storytime

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Children ages 18 months to 5 years and their families join Bella the Begonia for story time and self-guided activities on BRIT’s First Saturday events. After story time, join Bella in the Tree House for nature explorations!

*No programs in July, December, January, & February.*

Location: BRIT (1700 University Drive Fort Worth, TX 76107)

Parking: BRIT Parking Lot (Free)

Age: Catered to ages 18 months to 5 years, all ages welcome

Free to the public!

Bella's Book & Nature Club

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Join Bella for this recurring Family Nature Club! Families enjoy story time and nature based explorations in our indoor and outdoor classrooms. Be sure to come back every month to check your ongoing projects and for family take-home extensions!

*No programs in July, December, January, & February.*

Location: BRIT (1700 University Dr. Fort Worth, TX 76107)

Parking: BRIT Parking Lot (Free)

Age: Catered to 18 months to 5 years, all ages welcome

$10/Family    Free for GROW members

Click here to register.

Click here to become a member today!

Seedlings

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Explore the Backyard Veggie Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Come spend your morning enjoying story time and activities with Carlos the Cactus!

***Please enter through the Garden Center (Welcome Center) to check-in. There will be a free tram service to transport you and your family to this program!*** 

*No programs in July, December, January, & February.*

Location: Backyard Veggie Garden

Parking: Botanic Garden Welcome Center (free)

Age: Catered to 4-6 year olds, all ages welcome

Free to the public!

Little Sprouts

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Explore the outdoors with your children ages 18 months to 3 years at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Spend your morning in the backyard veggie garden for story time and hands-on activities with Carlos the Cactus! 

***Please enter through the Garden Center (Welcome Center) to check-in. There will be a free tram service to transport you and your family to this program!*** 

*No programs in July, December, January, & February.*

Location: Backyard Veggie Garden

Parking: Botanic Garden Welcome Center (free)

Age: Catered to 18 months to 3 years old, all ages welcome

Free to the public!