Exhibition: Native to this Place: The Plants and Prairies of North Central Texas
Location: BRIT Exhibit Hall
Opens: January 12, 2013
Thirty-five plant species from our local prairies will be on display in the exhibit, represented by herbarium specimens, along with illustrations and descriptions of these plant species from our library books. Some of the specimens date back to 1885.
Exhibit specimens were selected in part from the Master Plant List for Texas Range and Pasture Plants, which is used for the 4H and FFA plant identification competition held during the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
Come see the collections and get to know Little Bluestem, Summer gayfeather, and Engelmann's daisy; compare buffalo grass to Bermuda grass; and learn more about the value of fire and the danger of invasive plants.
Above: Researchers in the field
Left: Echinacea purpurea, or Purple Coneflower
Green from the Ground Up!
BRIT's opening exhibition highlights the sustainable features of the building not visible to the public eye. Open to the public, the exhibit interprets and demonstrates the pioneering living (green) roof project for BRIT’s facility and its connection to the native landscape of this region. Through digital technology, the exhibit allows visitors to view the roof and discover the native prairie barrens plants that are thriving on our prairie on the roof! Learn also about the story of the research conducted by Texas Christian University and the process and the learning that has taken place as a result of this unique project.
View the new technology that provides solar energy to the building through Green Mountain Energy Solar at BRIT. Learn strategies for conserving water, one of our most precious resources, from the Tarrant Regional Water District exhibit. Then marvel at the technology responsible for heating and cooling the building through an energy-saving geothermal system.
While you are here, pick up a brochure and take a self-guided tour of the sustainable features of the building, complete with a cell-phone audio tour or website information about the things you can do at home to live sustainably.
Green from the Ground Up! Exhibit Acknowledgements
Special thanks to the individuals and businesses that have made the exhibit project possible
Dr. Tony Burgess and Texas Christian University