Botany, Ecology, and Nature

Botany, Ecology, and Nature

Workshops and classes for the botanically inclined.

BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden are pleased to offer this series of classes and workshops that will focus on giving participants hands-on, experience-based education in the fields of plant and wildlife science, conservation, sustainability, and ecology. These carefully designed classes and workshops (most of which will will feature field investigations or lab work) will enhance  participants' prior education, offer participants the opportunity to assemble a unique set of skills, and allow participants to interact and network with professionals in their field of interest. 

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Program Information

Location: Most classes will take place at BRIT or at the FW Botanic Garden. Some classes and workshops will be taught off campus and/or may include field trips to other locations around North Central Texas.

Cost: Class tuition varies depending on the length of the class and materials needed. Please see the individual class listings for exact prices.

Who should attend: GROW Adult Education workshops are open to and suitable for all interested members of the general public. College students and upper level high school students with an interest in careers in field science, early career field scientists, naturalists, and formal/informal science educators may be especially interested in attending these classes.

Nice to Know: Since you never know where GROW Adult Ed might take you, we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. A sweater or light jacket is a good idea in case the A/C is working too well and closed toe shoes are always a good idea. Please check individual class listings for any specific requirements and, as always, don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at a GROW Adult Ed class soon! 

Point of Contact

Laura Northern Venhaus

Director of the Libraries and Research Public Engagement

BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden are pleased to offer this series of classes and workshops that will focus on giving participants hands-on, experience-based education in the fields of plant and wildlife science, conservation, sustainability, and ecology. These carefully designed classes and workshops (most of which will will feature field investigations or lab work) will enhance  participants' prior education, offer participants the opportunity to assemble a unique set of skills, and allow participants to interact and network with professionals in their field of interest. 

Upcoming Events

Native American Plant Use

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Take a walk around the BRIT campus with Dr. Grace Bascopé, BRIT Resident Research Associate and Medical and Environmental Anthropologist, to learn about which and how plants were used by the First Peoples of the North Central Texas area. She will also discuss archaeological research carried out right around BRIT. Dr. Bascopé will  show you the First Peoples Demonstration Garden and discuss how Native Americans and others optimize water conservation in their gardens in this dry region.

Instructor Grace is a Medical and Environmental Anthropologist who has spent most of her professional career working in the Maya regions of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. However, because she comes from North Central Texas, and because she wants the story of the Prairie to begin with the coming of Native Americans rather than the cowboy, she has also spent some time studying plant uses here before European contact.

Please note: This class will take place at BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Orchids

You, too, can grow them in your own home!

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Join Trip Smith for a tour of the Orchid Collection in the Conservation Greenhouse at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Explore the distribution and nomenclature of orchids including the significant adaptations, pollination, reproductive methods, cultivation and germination requirements.Trip will guide you through choosing and successfully growing orchids in your home.

Instructor Trip Smith is a graduate of Texas A&M with Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Horticulture. As the Curator of the Botanic Garden Orchid Collection he has increased the collection tremendously. Trip has been with the Botanic Garden in charge of the Conservation Greenhouse for 10 years.

Please note: This class will be held at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

$20 members/$25 non-members

 

Bees!

All you need to know about having bees in your garden.

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Bring a sack lunch and join Trip Smith to learn all about bees and how to set up your own hives. He will give you an introduction to bee keeping including the history of bee keeping, why we need bees, and challenges to bees keeping in general. He will also demonstrate how to set up and managing a hive including where to get bees, establishing the colony/hive, harvesting honey and rules and regulations concerning bees in general.  You will leave with a jar of honey from the bees in the Botanic Garden!

Instructor Trip Smith is a Horticulturist with a BS (1971) and MA (1977) degrees in horticulture from Texas A&M University. He has been a bee keeper since the early 80s. He is working to establish an apiary at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and has been with the Garden as the Conservation Curator since 2008.

Please note: This class will be held at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

$30 members/$35 non-members

Native Grasses of North Central Texas

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This workshop will provide an introduction to the world of grasses that are found in the prairies, savannas, and woodlands of North Texas. The focus will be on field identification of grasses by their distinguishing physical characteristics. It will include an overview of basic terminology related to the parts of the grass plant, a brief discussion of taxonomic classification, discussion of the significance of various grass species, their potential values, and the ecosystem services they provide. 

Instructor Dan Caudle is a native West Texan with a special interest in the native grasslands of the plains and prairies and the ecological drivers, natural disturbances, and plant community dynamics that are essential to their existence. He retired in 2006 after a 40-year career as a Rangeland Management Specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service with extensive work experience throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

Caudle serves as an instructor for two natural resource management training courses conducted annually by the Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Oklahoma as well as serving as a director and instructor for the week-long Youth Range Workshop sponsored annually by the Society for Range Management in Junction, Texas. He is currently working with landowners and organizations in Texas and Louisiana on landscape scale projects related to restoration, remediation, and long-term management of native grasslands.

Please note: This class will take place at BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Poinsettias

A behind the scenes look at this holiday favorite.

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Join Trip Smith in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Conservation Greenhouse as he shares the history of poinsettias including their introduction into commercial production and how they have become the default Christmas flower. He will take you through a typical production cycle using the crop that is currently in production for the Garden as his visual aid. He will look at culture in the greenhouse and also in the home or hobby greenhouse. He will also discuss best practices to maintain them through the Holiday season and into the New Year!

Instructor Trip Smith is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Horticulture. He has extensive experience in a number or Horticultural areas including wholesale floral production of Chrysanthemums and Poinsettias and leads the Poinsettia program at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

Please note: This class will be held at the FWBG.

$20 members/$25 non-members