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. These unique classes and workshops (most featuring field investigations or lab work) enhance participants' prior education, offering the opportunity to assemble a new set of skills. Participants enjoy interaction with professionals in their field of interest. 

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Program Information

PROGRAM POLICIES

GROW Adult Education programs are for adults 18 and older. BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden endeavor to offer a quality educational experience to each program participant, with class sizes supporting this policy. Registered participants may not bring an unregistered participant of any age to class. Onsite registrations, when a class is not sold out, are encouraged.

GROW members may register for courses at the discounted member rate; guests of members do not qualify for the member rate. Program registration fees include complimentary entry into the Botanic Garden the day of the program. Entry to BRIT is always free. 

Many courses are held outdoors and may require moderate walking to and from one or more locations. As such we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. If you have questions about physical requirements, please send an email to ewhite@brit.org. 

CANCELLATION POLICY 

To cancel your registration for a class, please email mschmidlkofer@brit.org at least ten calendar days prior to the start of that class. You will receive an 85% refund. No refunds are granted less than ten calendar days before the class starts.

If you choose, you may gift your seat in the class to a friend or family member; just send us the name and email address of the person who is taking your spot so we can add them to the roster and send them the appropriate information.

Payment for your class reserves your seat and allows us to secure the instructor. If you are late for class, your seat will be reserved; we do not transfer your seat to walk-in participants. Partial refunds or transfers are not available for unattended classes.

In the event that we must cancel a class, you will be notified email and will have several options: we can transfer your ticket to another class right away (or classes, so long as the new value does not exceed the original value), issue a credit to be applied to another class or classes in the same calendar year, or provide a refund. This applies to classes that do not meet the minimum registrant requirement, which sometimes occurs.

By registering online, over the phone, or in person, you are agreeing to GROW's ten-day cancellation policy outlined above. 

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

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. These unique classes and workshops (most featuring field investigations or lab work) enhance participants' prior education, offering the opportunity to assemble a new set of skills. Participants enjoy interaction with professionals in their field of interest. 

Current Events

What's In a (Plant) Name?

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

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100 participant maximum

All modern biologists still use a form of Latin, if for no other reason than to name living things, from bacteria to plants to humans. However, until just a few years ago, botanists were probably the only people for whom Latin remained a working, technical language. This presentation will cover the story of how we progressed from Classical Latin to modern Botanical Latin, the people (mostly botanists) behind that story, and where Botanical Latin is today. Dr. Best says, "If you're a word nerd like me, I think you'll enjoy it!" 

Q&A session to follow the lecture (using chat function in Zoom).

Instructor: Brooke Best, PhD, Dir. of Research Programs, BRIT

Saturday, April 4, 2020 (11 am - noon)

Registration Deadline: No deadline & NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED - First logged into Zoom, first served. Simply click on the URL below to join the Zoom meeting, then enter the password below. DO NOT click the "Click Here to Register Now" tab at the top left of this page. We recommend joining the Zoom meeting 15 minutes prior to the start of the class in case you need extra time to download and navigate Zoom. 

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Upcoming Events

Don't Throw Away Your Orchid

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Phalaenopsis are the most popular orchid because the beautiful flowers last for months. Unfortunately, many of these orchids are thrown away after all the flowers drop. Orchids are perennials - they will grow and flower every year for many years! Explore the mystery around the orchid plant family and orchid growing with orchid grower Dr. Dotty Woodson. Since 1973, Dr. Woodson has grown, lectured and demonstrated about orchids. Discover where and how orchids grow in nature and how you can grow orchids on your window sill, in your greenhouse, and even outdoors for the summer.  This course will cover orchid growing, potting, dividing, watering, fertilizing, propagating, collecting, and maintaining orchids for many years. The class will visit a large orchid collection for an applied learning experience.

InstructorDr. Dotty Woodson has grown orchids since 1973. Woodson’s goal is to share her knowledge and enjoyment about growing orchids. She has presented orchid programs to orchid growers and gardeners in many states, at four International Master Gardener Conference, two International Phalaenopsis Alliance Conferences, California Speakers Day, Texas, New England and New York Speakers Circuits and to international audiences on Norwegian Cruise Line.  Woodson is a member of the Fort Worth Orchid Society, Greater North Texas Orchid Society, Southwest Regional Orchid Growers Association and the American Orchid Society. Woodson has also written articles about orchid culture for many newspapers and magazines and appeared on many television and radio shows to discuss growing orchids. In addition, she has produced several orchid videos and contributed orchid material and photographs for several books. Woodson’s DVD “Growing Orchids Made Easy with Dotty” is available through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Bookstore at https://agrilifebookstore.org/.

Woodson has B. S. and M.S. degrees in Horticulture from Tarleton State University and a doctoral degree from Texas A&M and Texas Tech Universities. Before retirement, Woodson taught landscape water conservation by design, plant selection, and irrigation efficiency for 32 years at Tarrant County College, TCU, UTA, and for Texas A&M Extension as a County Extension Agent in Tarrant County and Water Resource Extension State Specialist. For 21 years, Dotty wrote a weekly horticulture column for the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Dotty appeared weekly on NBC News and other television programs for 25 years.

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

Registrations Deadline: April 30

$35/$30 member

Location: FWBG

Meet Your Inner-Botanist

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Is the language of botany a mystery to you? Do you wish you knew how plants are named and how to identify them? Join BRIT's Herbarium Collections Manager in this hands-on and lecture-based class exploring the fundamentals of the fascinating science of plants. We will investigate foundational concepts in botany including naming and classification, morphology, and basic identification skills to be practiced with both plants collected in the field and preserved scientific specimens from the BRIT Herbarium.

Instructor: Tiana Franklin Rehman, BRIT Herbarium Collections Manager

Saturday, May 2, 2020 (1 pm – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 28        

$25/$20 member

Location: BRIT

Knowing the Sunflower Family in Texas: Lecture & Workshop

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Join Richard Spellenberg and Naida Zucker, authors of the newly published The Sunflower Family: A Guide to the Family Asteraceae in the Contiguous United States (BRIT Press) for a lecture titled "Knowing the Sunflower Family in Texas." This presentation is based on the newly published book, which details all the approximately 430 genera of sunflowers and relatives in the contiguous United States. The Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) is the largest of plant families, with about 30,000 species. It is found in all habitats, is showy, many species are used for ornamentals and some for food. They provide large swatches of color on the landscape in the warm months and contribute to the misery of pollen allergies in many areas of the country. Though it is a family with many beautiful species, it is to most people baffling because of its compound head of flowers and complex terminology. The presentation covers the mysteries of the sunflower head, genera found only in Texas, a review of some of the widespread, common genera in Texas, and how one goes about identifying these interesting plants. 

A workshop with the authors will follow the lecture and will look at examples detailed in the book. Refreshments will be served, and copies of The Sunflower Family: A Guide to the Family Asteraceae in the Contiguous United States will be available for purchase at a discounted rate of 10% off for lecture attendees (this discount can only be applied in person the day of the lecture). The authors will be available to sign books, whether your copy has been brought from home or newly purchased at the lecture. 

Speakers / Instructors: Richard Spellenberg and Naida Zucker

Saturday, June 6, 2020 (9 – 11:30 am)

Registration Deadline: June 5     

$15/$10 member

Location: BRIT

SuppliesFor the workshop and walk, participants might find it useful to bring a 10x-20x folding hand lens or loupe to facilitate viewing small parts, understanding that the species selected to view will not make this mandatory.

Summer Date Nights

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Learn and connect, with the plant world and each other, at this 3-month adult summer class series! In June, create plant-based sushi and enjoy it with your special someone; learn the art of mounting plant specimens side-by-side in BRIT's world-renowned Herbarium in July; and make pinch pot planters together, led by a local ceramicist, in August. With refreshments at the start of each class, this fun, light summer series will engage your mind, enliven your creativity, and give you quality time with your sweetheart this summer. Each hands-on class is from 6 - 8 pm. All three classes are included in the class fee; an à la carte option is not available. 

Classes & Instructors:

  • June 11 – Making (and Eating!) Plant-Based Sushi with Dixya Bhattarai, Registered Dietitian & Food and Nutrition Expert
  • July 9 – Exploring BRIT's Herbarium with Tiana Franklin Rehman, Herbarium Collections Manager
  • August 13 – Creating Pinch Pot Planters with Kendall Davis, Kendall Davis Clay

Fern Propagation

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This hands-on class with Agnes Slociak Knasiak, PhD explores the unusual way in which ferns propagate. As ferns bear no flowers or seed pods, we will probe this very primitive process of plant sexual reproduction. You will take home pots of ferns ready to bring the mystery of spore reproduction into its full glory in your plant collection.

Instructor: Agnieszka Slociak Knasiak, PhD has degrees from two universities in Europe, earning her doctorate in Horticulture. During her doctoral study in Wroclaw, Poland she took special classes for “The Art of Floral Design.” She creates the flower designs each year for the Japanese Garden Festivals. She also designs arrangements for special events at the Botanic Garden and BRIT. She is currently a Conservation Curator at the Botanic Garden.

Saturday, June 20, 2020 (1 pm – 3:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 16        

$30/$25 member

Location: FWBG

 

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