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Plant to planet.®

Ever have a desire to discover? Ever have a desire to teach others what you've learned? We do - every day. By nature, that’s who we are. We’re the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, an international scientific research and learning center focused on conservation and knowledge sharing.

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BRIT Reads Book Club

If you love to read and you're passionate about botany, natural history, sustainability, and other similar topics, then join us the third Monday of each month for the BRIT Reads Book Club. This informal group meets from noon - 1 pm in the Oak Conference Room at BRIT. Bring your lunch and bring a friend and come tell us what you thought about our book of the month. No time to read but still want to hear what people have to say about a particular book? No problem! We'd love to have you!

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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories


Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm


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GROW Membership Programs

Become a member today! Based on a successful GROW education and volunteer collaboration, both BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden joined forces this year to offer one, joint membership. Membership benefits include Garden admission, reciprocal benefits to more than 300 public gardens, discounts to family programs, classes and events. Find out more information by visiting our Membership page.

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Members Only: Conservatory Grand Re-Opening


Members Only: Butterflies in the Garden


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Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts GROWing Stronger

Join us at BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden for Girl Scout Saturdays!

Girl Scout Saturdays provide scouts the opportunity to complete badge requirements through experiential, nature based workshops. Please note: petals or badges are not available on site; they can be purchased at the GS store or online. 

Click here to see our spring Girl Scout Saturday guide. 

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Ecosystem and You!


Butterflies in the Garden


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Field Study Trips

Pre-K through 12th Grade

Registration is currently open for the following Field Study Trips:

Butterflies in the Garden Field Study Trips are two-hour, immersive experiences that visit both BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Conservatory, led by our amazing GROW educators. Unfortunately, registration for these field trips is now closed as we have reached full capacity for our allotted time slots. 

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Butterflies in the Garden


GROW-Guided Field Study Trips at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden


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Butterflies in the Garden

Special Communities Programs

GROW is partnering with local organizations to provide educational opportunities with Butterflies in the Garden to special groups in our community. Explore the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s beautiful conservatory filled with thousands of exotic butterflies during this special exhibit and enjoy pollinator themed educational activities at BRIT. Limited spaces available for each event.

 

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Homeschool


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Recent Articles

(En)TADA! The herbarium holds specimens of the LONGEST legumes in the world

The BRIT Philecology Herbarium is composed of a melting pot of several orphaned collections across the south and southeast. In addition to those large collections, we also receive specimens through active exchange programs with hundreds of herbaria across the world. Each of our large collections - BRIT/SMU (Southern Methodist University), VDB (Vanderbilt), and NLU (University of Louisiana at Monroe) - complete one another by filling in geographical and taxonomic gaps of their holdings. Sea hearts ( Entada) These heart-shaped seeds were found in a wood collection acquired from Houston Public Museum. The seeds come from plants in the genus Entada in the legume family (Fabaceae). These plants are typically woody vines, or lianas, that establish themselves along beaches and rivers. The seeds p...
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NSF Funded Plant Discovery in the Southern Philippines Project December 2019 Expedition

Expedition 2, led by Peter Fritsch of BRIT, will include 20 Filipino and international participants (botanists and lichenologists) who will survey Negros Island and the Marilog Forest on the island of Mindanao over the month of December 2019.
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Library Exhibition: Among the Birds and Flora of Texas

The second rotation of the BRIT LIbrary's exhibition Among the Birds and Flora of Texas is ready for viewing.
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Dr. Eula Whitehouse’s Family Visits BRIT Library

The BRIT Library had the pleasure of welcoming members of the Eula Whitehouse family this week.
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Micromorphology of DFW Metroplex Fern and Lycophyte Spores

This article was written by Ivan Rosales, 2019 BRIT Summer Intern and student at University of Texas at Arlington. Ivan interned with Dr. Alejandra Vasco , working on fern diversity and anatomy. Who Would Have Thought to Look? The Micromorphology of DFW Metroplex Fern and Lycophyte Spores Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was a scientist from the Netherlands who discovered and described for the first-time bacteria, microscopic protists, sperm cells, blood cells, microscopic nematodes, rotifers, and much more. Even centuries after Leeuwenhoek first looked at a drop of pond water through his early microscope invention and saw microscopic creatures, people still asked, “Who would have thought to look?” I asked myself the same question after seeing my first mounted fern spore using BRIT’s Scanning Elect...
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