Urban Landscape Project
Tarrant County is a constantly changing environment shaped by environmental, social, and economic forces. Fort Worth itself is a mosaic of lawns, parks, pavement, and plants. But what kinds of plants thrive here, considering our dry and unpredictable climate? That’s what the botanists at BRIT want to learn and share with you.
Discover Your Own Yard
Many people’s, even our own researchers’, first encounter with nature begins in their own yards, and there are still discoveries to be made! What plants live in your neighborhood? Which ones are surprises? Which ones are thriving? Which ones do best in our climate?
Be a Part of the Science
BRIT is using aerial photographs, computer programs, field botany, and questionnaires to find answers to our questions. The end goal is to understand our urban ecosystem better and ultimately help Fort Worth residents with their landscaping needs while being mindful of our water resources. BRIT was founded by Fort Worth community members, and we want to do our part to give back by providing Fort Worth residents the knowledge and tools to get their hands dirty, reconnect with nature, save some time and money, and live a little bit more sustainably.
And that’s where you come in. You can be part of our research!
· Please, fill out our survey
· Let us survey your property this fall (September 26 and 29, 2012) as BRIT holds its first bioblitz
· Ask a scientist
Involve Your School
BRIT has the unique opportunity to partner with the community and with local schools. We want to provide an opportunity for Fort Worth teachers to engage in outdoor inquiry with their students through citizen science data collection. Teachers will receive training on data collection techniques, botany, and lesson planning, giving them the tools to successfully get kids outside and interested in nature.
Interested in getting your school involved? Contact an educator.
Meet our team or ask a question!