BRIT® Celebrates the North Texas Native Prairies with its Annual Prairie Day Event
Free event to be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at BRIT
FORT WORTH, Texas – Join Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) scientists and botanists at the BRIT campus, 1700 University Drive, in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District, for Prairie Day, Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and help celebrate the beauty and vibrancy of the North Texas native landscape.
This is BRIT’s free, annual, outdoor celebration with family-oriented, hands-on activities, events, demonstrations, and entertainment that showcase the native grasses, wildflowers, and vegetation that blankets the BRIT campus.
Activities include guided prairie walks, free BRIT tour, composting, children's crafts, solar oven cooking, face painting, and balloon twisters. Children will also get to explore the world of insects during Fossil Rim Wildlife Center’s Prairie Day program. Everyone will learn about the cultural and natural history that defines our region through activities and games for the whole family.
Twenty-four exhibitors are scheduled to set-up around BRIT highlighting native plants, birds, reptiles and animals. Organizations include: 4-H Brigade, Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, Cactus and Succulent Society plant sale, Log Cabin Village, Camp Fire First, Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, River Legacy Living Science Center, Metro Beekeepers Club, Texas Wildlife Association, Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, Van Zandt Cottage, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Discovery Gardens, and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. There will be a variety of food trucks including: Kona Ice, Funky Town, Steel City Pops, and Righteous Ribs for drinks and food.
In addition, the City of Mansfield’s H2Oasis Hydration Station will be on hand providing fresh filtered water for Prairie Day attendees.
This year’s entertainment includes live music by Chris Gonzales and Everybody’s Darlin’, with Jeff Gibbons and Barbara Taylor. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy music throughout the day.
9:00 a.m. - Bella’s Prairie Read
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Chris Gonzales
10:00 a.m. - Birds of Prey Presentation
Blackland Prairie Raptor Center’s birds of prey will take the stage and with years of experience they will be introducing children and adults to the world of raptors. These hawks, owls, and falcons are well trained, and at this show you will learn what makes these birds an important part of our environment.
10:30 a.m. - BRIT Tour
11:00 a.m. - Bat World Presentation
Through discussion, photos, artifacts, and perhaps a surprise guest or two, Kate Rugroden, Director of Special Projects for Bat World Sanctuary, will introduce attendees to the secret world of bats - where they live, what they eat, and why their survival is so important to all of us. Discover how bats have influenced human culture for thousands of years, what we can do to protect them today, and learn some common myths and misconceptions - and the truth - about bats - the most misunderstood animals on Earth.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Everybody’s Darlin’, with Jeff Gibbons and Barbara Taylor
12:30 p.m. - Nature Walk
1: 00 p.m. - Reptiles Presentation
The Texas Discovery Gardens will show how reptiles fill a critical role both as predator and prey species. Reptiles are important components of the food webs in most ecosystems. Herbivorous species can also be important seed dispersers. They are also known to act as pollinators. Reptile species can also have a useful anthropogenic role in ecosystems. In some areas, they help control the numbers of serious agricultural pests by consuming rodent and insect pests.
2:00 p.m. - Raffle and Announcements
BRIT acknowledges the gracious support from its corporate sponsors, Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Frost Bank, and Peloton Land Solutions; its media sponsor, Fort Worth Weekly; and individual sponsors.