American Coot by K.P. Wilska
As commercial and residential development continues to thrive and as technology plays an ever-growing role in the lives of our citizens and children, it’s critical to have serene surroundings where we can unwind. For the citizens of North Texas, that place is the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. Over the years, special people have entered the picture, helping to ensure the continuation of this special place. The videos on this page capture some of those people — and the moments that have inspired us.
Honoring Bill Meadows
The Friends were excited to honor community leader and longtime Friends and Nature Center supporter Bill Meadows at Fort Worth Wild 2023. Bill is well known in Texas and Tarrant County for his enduring dedication to conservation across North Texas. Learn more about Bill and his conservation efforts in this special video.
Honoring George Bristol
Fort Worth Wild 2022 honored a true conservation hero: George Bristol. From the peaks of Glacier National Park to Texas State Parks to the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, George has spent much of his life advocating for and advancing conservation. Watch to learn about his many accomplishments.
Honoring Marty Leonard
In May 2021, the Friends gathered at Fort Worth Wild to honor Marty Leonard. Marty has been an unwavering voice for conservation, and her ongoing advocacy and philanthropic support has brought about real change to the Nature Center and beyond. Learn more in this special tribute video.
Renewing Greer Island
In 2020, the Friends completed improvements for Greer Island. The Friends provided more than $150,000 in funding to support the project, and a Texas Parks and Wildlife grant provided an additional $200,000. Take a look at the fantastic changes that were made.
A Sweetheart Sunset
The temps may have been chilly, but there was plenty of warmth from the hearts and smiles of Friends members attending Sweetheart Sunset on the Boardwalk on February 16, 2019, at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. Watch the video for highlights of this fun evening.
The Joys of Nature
Partnering with the city’s community centers, the Nature Center introduces urban kids from Fort Worth’s neighborhoods to the joys of nature during the Camp Paddle & Cast summer program. Watch to learn how this popular program helps inspire the next generation of conservationists.
A Semi-Centennial Celebration
Under the stars at Broadview Park on April 26, 2014, nearly 400 people celebrated the Nature Center’s 50th anniversary. The magical evening included environmentally inspired art showcased throughout the event. Watch the commemorative video prepared in honor of the occasion.