The Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge (FONC)
The Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, Inc. (Friends) was established June 4, 1974 as a non-profit organization by forty individuals who shared a common goal of preserving and protecting the natural and cultural resources that are the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge (Nature Center). The Friends evolved over the years from hands-on running of Nature Center programs to our present function as chief financial supporter. Tax-deductible memberships and donations through the Friends allow us and the Nature Center to provide critical services and programs.
Here are a few significant benefits brought to the Nature Center in recent years by Friends members and supporters:
Pasture, feed, hay, and veterinary services for the bison herd and all the other ambassador animals.
Friends purchased the herd bull, provided the west pasture well, and built the Birds of Prey Exhibit with special fundraisers.
Funding for Staff and intern positions.
Designing and printing for the Bluestem News, Summer Natural History Adventures and Spring Break brochures, and the trail map.
The initial outlay for the telecommunication equipment used for remote education programs.
Restroom facilities at Lotus Marsh, Greer Island, and the Big River Parking Lot.
Canoes, kayaks, racks, and equipment purchase and maintenance. (Friends volunteers also operate the monthly Canoe Fest.)
Stipends for Staff to attend professional meetings and training courses.
Renovation and design plans for a picnicking area at Broadview Park and docks at Greer Island and the Big River Parking Lot.
Join the Friends! It's convenient and easy. Download and complete the membership form. Send it in. Experience all the benefits of enlisting in a great mission wholesome for you and beneficial for our natural resources.