Reconnecting with Nature


Fall is the perfect time to experience nature in all its glory at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.
A Full Moon Paddle group on the water. Photo by FWNCR Staff.

Fall is always a great time to reconnect with nature. Fall migration is in full swing, the leaves are changing, and the weather is becoming cooler. Getting outdoors has a tremendous healing effect on our minds, bodies, and souls, and, in my opinion, there is no better time or place to do that than in the fall at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.

Hiking is one of my favorite ways to enhance this connection with nature. It is a low-intensity outdoor activity that gives you the total immersion in nature that you want. We offer many different styles of guided hikes for our guests. Our naturalist-led interpretive hikes show how everything in nature is connected — including us. I recommend our hardcore hiking program if you want a more intense cardio-based hike. This hike is more than six miles long and gets the blood flowing.

Another way to get outdoors and enjoy nature is on the water. Canoeing and kayaking can be great ways to see the Refuge from a different perspective. On our canoe tours, you work with another individual to guide the canoe in the direction you want it to go. This team effort can be with a friend you bring — or a new friend you just met that morning. Kayaking can be just as rewarding, albeit less of a team effort. There is nothing like being on the water early in the morning, listening to the sounds of wildlife surrounding you. Our Full Moon Paddle program is a fan favorite. Paddling under the light of a full moon is as majestic an experience as you’d imagine, and spotting wildlife that aren’t active during the day, like a beaver, is the cherry on top.

Whatever it is that satiates your soul, calms your mind, or gets your blood pumping, the Refuge has an abundance of it. We are looking forward to seeing you outside soon!

By Kenneth Nalley, Naturalist, Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

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