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Plant to planet.®

Ever have a desire to discover? Ever have a desire to teach others what you've learned? We do - every day. By nature, that’s who we are. We’re the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, an international scientific research and learning center focused on conservation and knowledge sharing.

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GROW Membership Programs

Become a member today! Based on a successful GROW education and volunteer collaboration, both BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden joined forces to offer one, joint membership. Membership benefits include Garden admission, reciprocal benefits to more than 300 public gardens, discounts to family programs, classes and events. Find out more information by visiting our Membership page.

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CANCELLED: Members Only Spring Plant Sale


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GROWing Together

Family Programs

ALL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE SUSPENDED THROUGH April 22nd OR UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

To ensure the safety of our volunteers and guests, all educational programming and volunteer opportunities, including Butterflies in the Garden, are suspended through April 22nd or until further notice. If the situation allows, we will reschedule programs for a later date. If you have questions or concerns, please email the following:

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Bella's Saturday Story Time


Story Time Yoga


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Botany, Ecology, and Nature

Explorers by nature.

All onsite educational programming and volunteer opportunities are suspended through April 22 or until further notice. If the situation allows, we will reschedule programs for a later date. If you have questions or concerns, please email tfriday@brit.org.

BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden are pleased to offer this series of classes and workshops that focus on giving participants hands-on, experience-based education in the fields of plant and wildlife science, conservation, sustainability, and ecology.

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What's In a (Plant) Name?


Don't Throw Away Your Orchid


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Botanical Arts and Crafts

Creative by nature.

All onsite educational programming and volunteer opportunities are suspended through April 22 or until further notice. If the situation allows, we will reschedule programs for a later date. If you have questions or concerns, please email tfriday@brit.org.

Nurture your inner artist with a class in botanical drawing, painting, or photography or by attending one of our hands-on, nature-inspired craft workshops. Our classes, taught by accomplished, professional artists, will allow you to increase your skills while enhancing your understanding of the natural world. 

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Sketching in the Japanese Garden


Wildflower Hand Embroidery


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Field Study Trips

Pre-K through 12th Grade

ALL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE SUSPENDED THROUGH April 22nd OR UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

To ensure the safety of our volunteers and guests, all educational programming and volunteer opportunities, including Butterflies in the Garden, are suspended through April 22nd or until further notice. If the situation allows, we will reschedule programs for a later date. If you have questions or concerns, please email the following:

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Butterflies in the Garden


Self-Guided Exploration


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Recent Articles

Librarian Lens: Plant Discovery In the Southern Philippines Expedition Two

In December of 2019, BRIT Librarian participated in expedition two of the Plant Discovery In the Southern Philippines project.
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Encounters with Plants that BITE!

In late 2018, the BRIT Philecology Herbarium received funds from the National Science Foundation Grant: “Endless Forms most beautiful and most wonderful” to digitize collections of species across 15 plant families that have unique adaptations and morphologies. These plants may live in extreme and highly specific environments that face elevated risks of extinction in the rapidly changing climate that we’re seeing today. Dozens of herbaria across the United States are digitizing their collections representing these peculiar families in an effort to aid in research about their evolutionary history, ecology, conservation tactics, and more. Some of the groups of plants that fall under this grant include epiphytes (such as orchids), succulents (cacti and some euphorbs), and carnivores! The carni...
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Eula Whitehouse's Field Camera

Eula Whitehouse's field camera was recently gifted to BRIT Library by her family.
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Ferns & Lycophytes of the BRIT Herbarium

Ferns and lycophyte specimens in the BRIT herbarium. Many herbaria in the world are represented by curators and research communities that are very familiar with the character and content of their collections, but very few of these have access to accurate numbers and specimen inventories. Digitization funding is a game changer that will provide us with the means to better preserve the collections we hold in public trust. A digitized specimen is a tool that allows access to scientific vouchers and observations that span hundreds of years – an essential component to research that deals with past environmental change and future models. The Philecology Herbarium at the Botanical Research Institute is one of 36 herbaria and museums throughout the U.S. representing the Pteridopytes Collections Co...
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Will the real four-leaf clover please stand up?!

There are many plant species bearing the iconic clover look in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The true lucky clover is believed to be the white clover of the legume family - Trifolium repens . Although Trifolium is derived from the Latin words tres (three) and folium (leaf), a unique genetic mutation causes some plants to grow an additional leaflet! A simple Google search will tell you the likelihood of a four-leaf clover is 1 in 10,000. However, it was not until 2017 that a study was conducted by enthusiasts to see if this number was accurate. They found the frequency to really be 1 in 5,076 ! This is not the only surprise this species brings to the table. Some of these plants across the world not only grow one extra leaflet, but sometimes up to 8 leaflets. There is even a Guinness Worl...
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