Botany, Ecology, and Nature

Explorers by nature.

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

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Program Information

PROGRAM POLICIES

GROW Adult Education programs are for adults 18 and older. BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden endeavor to offer a quality educational experience to each program participant, with class sizes supporting this policy. Registered participants may not bring an unregistered participant of any age to class. Onsite registrations, when a class is not sold out, are encouraged.

GROW members may register for courses at the discounted member rate; guests of members do not qualify for the member rate. Program registration fees include complimentary entry into the Botanic Garden the day of the program. Entry to BRIT is always free. 

Many courses are held outdoors and may require moderate walking to and from one or more locations. As such we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. If you have questions about physical requirements, please send an email to ewhite@brit.org. 

CANCELLATION POLICY 

To cancel your registration for a class, please email mschmidlkofer@brit.org at least ten calendar days prior to the start of that class. You will receive an 85% refund. No refunds are granted less than ten calendar days before the class starts.

If you choose, you may gift your seat in the class to a friend or family member; just send us the name and email address of the person who is taking your spot so we can add them to the roster and send them the appropriate information.

Payment for your class reserves your seat and allows us to secure the instructor. If you are late for class, your seat will be reserved; we do not transfer your seat to walk-in participants. Partial refunds or transfers are not available for unattended classes.

In the event that we must cancel a class, you will be notified email and will have several options: we can transfer your ticket to another class right away (or classes, so long as the new value does not exceed the original value), issue a credit to be applied to another class or classes in the same calendar year, or provide a refund. This applies to classes that do not meet the minimum registrant requirement, which sometimes occurs.

By registering online, over the phone, or in person, you are agreeing to GROW's ten-day cancellation policy outlined above. 

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

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

Upcoming Events

Walking Class: Tinsley Garden

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Join Head Gardener Zach Gomez for our inaugural Walking Class, a special experience of a specific garden with a Garden expert. You'll learn about the long history of the Tinsley/Rock Springs Garden and its beautiful and water-wise native Texas plants.

Instructor: Zach Gomez is the gardener of the Tinsley/Rock Springs Garden at FWBG. Rock Springs is designed as a North Central Texas Native Plant Garden using primarily plants native to the Western Cross Timbers. Zach has 20 years of experience working in virtually all aspects of landscape horticulture, from retail nursery, golf operations, organic vegetable production, and landscape design and installation. He was instrumental in the final design, installation, and maintenance of Rock Springs. His favorite hobby is to spend time with his two daughters hiking and hunting for plants around the area to propagate and introduce the Garden.

Saturday, April 24, 2021 (10 – 11 am)

Registration Deadline: April 21    

$25/$20 member

Location: Tinsley Garden*

*This class will take place outdoors with space for 6' between participants. Class size will be capped at 15. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Mask use is encouraged. 

In the case of inclement weather, the rain date for this class is April 25 (10 - 11 am).

Walking Class: Native American Plant Uses in North Central Texas

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

Instructor: Dr. Bascope left the classroom after years of teaching Anthropology and conducting field schools in Yucatán, México with both Texas Christian University and University of North Texas. Though specializing in Medical Anthropology, her dissertation work (The Household Ecology of Disease Transmission: Childhood Illness in a Yucatán Maya Community) pulled her toward exploring the environment through the eyes of collaborating community members. This led to facilitating place-based learning programs and gathering ethno-environmental data. Current qualitative research focuses on how diminishing corn cultivation, craft production from local forest resources and worldwide economic realities articulate to impact construction of Yucatec Maya cultural identity. Commitment to local Sense of Place learning has also led her to explore how indigenous peoples of North Texas utilized the land prior to European contact.

Saturday, April 24, 2021 (1 – 2 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 21              

$25/$20 member

Location: BRIT Grounds*

*This class will take place outdoors with space for 6' between participants. Class size will be capped at 15. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. The use of masks is encouraged. 

In the case of inclement weather, the rain date for this class is April 25 (1 - 2 pm).

Botany Spotlight: Island Biology

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Flora and fauna of islands fascinate biologists worldwide and throughout time. Native island plants and animals evolve in isolation and develop unique traits that are not shared by their continental family members. And they raise many fascinating questions, such as how did these life forms ever reach remote islands in the first place? And why are there so many finches in the Galapagos and lobeliads in Hawaii? Find out why studying plants and animals from islands have helped develop the fields of ecology, evolution, and conservation biology, and why they’re so much fun to study! This class will include examples from BRIT archive collections and current research from the Research team.

Instructor: Kimberly Shay joined the BRIT staff in October 2019 as the Press Coordinator and Assistant Editor, managing press fulfillment and assisting with publications. Originally from Pennsylvania, Kim completed degrees in Biology and Bioinformatics at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Her MS in Botany (Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology concentration) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa focused on pollination ecology and reproduction of Hawaiian coastal plants, focusing on Jacquemontia sandwicensis

Thursday, June 3, 2021 (noon – 1 pm)

Registration Deadline: May 31      

$20/$15 member

Location: This class will take place online; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password

Can’t attend the live class? If you pre-register, you will be sent a link to the class recording (available for a limited time only) which you can view when convenient.

Past Events