Our Mission

Greer Island by B. Webb, Trinity Arts Photo Club

Our Mission Is Clear

To preserve and protect the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge for future generations. The Friends’ mission is simple but profound. By supporting the Nature Center, our goal is to help make this North Texas jewel a successful model for other nature centers across the country.

To preserve and protect the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge for future generations.

Bird in a Rush by Trinity Arts Photo Club

Where We're Going

Closeup of an insect on a yellow Cowpen Daisy at the Fort Worth Nature Center
Cowpen Daisy by FWNC&R Staff
Monarch butterfly on a yellow flower
Monarch Butterfly by George Bristol

What We Do

The Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge was established in 1974 as a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization to help protect, preserve, and provide financial support for the Nature Center. The Friends organize a variety of annual fundraising events and offer Nature Center memberships. Thanks to generous donations and grants, the Friends have provided funding for major capital improvement projects, established research-based education programs, purchased and provided care for the Nature Center’s bison herd and other wildlife ambassadors, and acquired conservation equipment.

Our Immediate Future

Our path over the next few years will include:

  • Providing veterinary care for the bison herd and other education wildlife ambassadors
  • Protecting and conserving the land and habitat within and adjacent to the Refuge
  • Continuing research efforts
  • Providing funding for major capital projects throughout the Refuge

The Years Ahead

Our future trailblazing efforts will include:

  • Raising funds to build a state-of-the-art facility that can meet community needs and provide room for continued growth
  • Restoring the historic Broadview Park Pavilion built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933