Techniques for Ecological Research and Management

Welcome to TERM (Techniques for Ecological Research and Management), a joint education outreach program presented by the Fort Worth Nature Center, the Botanical Research Institue of Texas, and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

TERM, which grew out of an identified gap in hands-on, experience-based education in the fields of plant and wildlife science, conservation, sustainability, and ecology, offers carefully designed field investigations, workshops, and classes which will enhance TERM participants' classroom education and offer an opportunity to assemble a unique set of skills. Additionally, TERM will allow participants to interact and network with professionals and students in their field of interest. 

TERM Classes are held on the BRIT Campus the first Saturday of the month from February - July and September - November from 1pm - 3pm. Additional classes and workshops will meet at the Fort Worth Nature Center, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and at other locations around the western metroplex at different times during the month. All TERM classes are $5 for BRIT members and $10 for the public.


June 3, 2017

Rare Plants of North Texas: Identification and Monitoring Techniques
1pm - 3pm in the BRIT Classroom


Learn about the rare plants that grow right here in North Texas. We will focus on local rare plants, learning about their unique habitats and how to distinguish them from their more common relatives. We will explore the types of information needed when reporting and monitoring for rare plants and practice these skills on the BRIT campus. 

Instructor: Kim Taylor

Who should attend: college students and upper level high school students with an interest in careers in field science, early career field scientists, naturalists, formal/informal science educators.

*Please note, this workshop has been cancelled but will be rescheduled for sometime in 2018.*


Past Workshops


February 4, 2017 - Field Observations in the Modern World

Join us in exploring both new and old techniques and tools to enhance your current field observation skills. Whether your field notebook is made of paper or ones and zeros, we’ll help you hone the observation skills crucial to modern field science careers and improve overall natural science literacy.

Instructors: Brooke Best, PhD, Tracy Friday


March 4, 2017 - Plant Identification and Vouchering

Learn what physical and online resources are available to you (including the BRIT herbarium and library) and get some practice in the identification of plants using the techniques that professional botanists use. We’ll also guide you in the process of vouchering plants, that is collecting plant specimens and associated data that are of scientific quality.

Instructors: Tiana Rehman, Barney Lipscomb


April 1, 2017

Tracking Environmental Quality: Monitoring Green Tree Frogs, a Citizen Science Project


We’ve all heard of the “canary in the coal mine” that warned miners of potentially hazardous conditions in the mines.  Green tree frogs, and other members of the family Hylidae, can serve as canaries warning us of hazardous conditions in our aquatic ecosystems.  Stable Hylid populations indicate stable ecosystems while declining populations point to problems within the ecosystem.  Monitoring these populations can be easy and makes for a perfect Citizen Science Project.  This workshop will discuss the ecology of Hylid frogs, where they should be found, and how to monitor their populations through the use of PVC pipe refugia.  Each participant will receive a PVC Hylid monitoring refugia as a model to build their own frog monitoring project. 

Instructor: Rob Denkhaus, FWNC


May 6, 2017

Know your Natives: Spring Wildflowers

1pm - 3pm in the BRIT Classroom



Join us in exploring  the world of native spring wildflowers with experts in the subject! Attendees will learn scientific and common names for local, seasonal wildflowers, learn family recognition traits for those wildflowers, and learn the basic techniques for field identification. Come prepared to walk around outside. Bring a photo or a (legally) picked specimen if you want to talk about a specific plant. No more than 2 per person, please. See you there!

Instructors: Brooke Best, PhD, Heather Bass

Who should attend: college students and upper level high school students with an interest in careers in field science, early career field scientists, naturalists, formal/informal science educators 

*Please note, online registration for this class closed 5/4/2017. On-site registration will be available starting at 8:30am on 5/6/2017*






For more information about TERM, please contact Laura Venhaus at LVenhaus@BRIT.og or 817-546-1844.