Make a Difference

Bluetail Narrow-Winged Damselfly by K.P. Wilska

Show Your Support

Like most everything else in life, the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge is not a static entity. As time passes, its demands change — new facilities need to be constructed, improvements need to be designed, the bison herd and wildlife ambassadors need ongoing care, and important ecological research needs to be conducted. As part of its mission, the Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge helps fund these critical projects. Without your help, we would not be able to do all that we do to support this treasure.


Closeup of a Yellow Coneflower at the Fort Worth Nature Center
Yellow Coneflower by Daryl Marling

Join Us

Becoming a Friends member offers many benefits. Free admission to the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge for the duration of your membership and free or discounted access to Nature Center programs are just two of them.

However, membership is more than just benefits. A membership to the Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge allows you to financially show your commitment and support for a truly special place where you can experience all that nature offers — without having to drive hours to get there.

There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature.


Painted Lady Butterfly by Mallory L. Fontenot

White-tailed deer looking toward the camera at the Fort Worth Nature Center
White-Tailed Deer by Brandon Marling
Yellow and gray prothonotary warbler at the Fort Worth Nature Center
Prothonotary Warbler by Randall Patterson


The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge continues to be a place for people to explore and connect, and the Friends’ mission is even more important today than when the Nature Center began. Our donors have played a critical role in helping us on our journey. Please consider supporting this unspoiled natural area by making a special gift today. The Nature Center is so important, not just right now, but for generations to come.

Tribute Giving

Life’s special moments and people — holidays, birthdays, marriages, and friends and family — are worth remembering and celebrating. Honor a special person or memory or commemorate a loved one by making a donation to the Friends in their name. Your support will show your continued commitment to the love and protection of nature. 

Cactus by George Bristol

Legacy Giving

The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge has shared the beauty of nature with our community throughout its history. To help ensure the future of this essential place, include the Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge in your long-term estate planning. Several avenues of planned giving are available. Leave a legacy that will touch people’s lives for years to come.

Mist on the Lotus Marsh during sunrise at the Fort Worth Nature Center
Lotus Marsh Sunrise by Trinity Arts Photo Club

We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations.

David Brower

Friends Gift Shop

When you’re at the Nature Center, be sure to stop by the Friends Gift Shop located in the Hardwicke Interpretive Center. The store contains fun and educational items for all ages. All proceeds benefit the Friends.

As a bonus, Friends members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.