Christie Eckler, LMSW, CFRE

Vice President for Advancement

Sara Richardson, CFRE

Director of Philanthropy

Chris Smith, MBA

Director of Marketing and Communications

Katherine Campbell

Director of Membership

Christy Brammer

Membership Coordinator

Recent Articles

BRIT Receives $1.3 Million Dollar Grant from the National Science Foundation to Study Biodiversity in the Philippines

by Chris Chilton
Texas botanists will collaborate with other U.S. institutions and international personnel to conduct research in threatened forests of Southeast Asia. FORT WORTH, Texas (August 28, 2018) – Researchers at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) have received a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct a project titled “Plant Discovery in the Southern Philippines.” Dr. Peter Fritsch, BRIT’s Vice President of Research, will head the team as Principal Investigator with co-Principal Investigators Dr. Taylor Quedensley (BRIT), Dr. Darin Penneys (University of North Carolina at Wilmington), and Dr. Daniel Nickrent (Southern Illinois University Carbondale). The project begins this month and field expeditions will begin in the spring of 2019. The Philippines...
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Fall Japanese Festival Celebrates the Season and the Beauty of the Japanese Garden

FORT WORTH, Texas (October 21, 2020) — The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT ® ) and Fort Worth Botanic Garden invite visitors to celebrate fall in the Japanese Garden while exploring the arts and culture of Japan during the Nov. 7-8 Fall Japanese Festival . Hosted in cooperation with the Fort Worth Japanese Society , the festival includes cultural demonstrations, performances, unique shopping opportunities and fantastic foods. Special care and planning have gone into ensuring that the event meets all of the safety requirements of the Tarrant County Health Department. “We want everyone to enjoy this annual fall tradition, but we want to do it in a way that is safe for everyone involved,” said Vice President for Horticulture and Assistant Director Bob Byers. The main attraction wi...
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One Seed at a Time: NTX Giving Day Early Giving Opens

Help Bella Change the World, One Seed at a Time Dear Friends, While 2020 has been full of unexpected challenges, the unfortunate reality is that the threat to endangered plants and ecosystems still exists and they still need our protection. BRIT offers a solution – one seed at a time. [Click on image above to find out more.] Help us plant the seeds of hope through outstanding outdoor education programs, world-renowned research, and valuable art and book collections. Early giving opens today for the Sept. 17 North Texas Giving Day campaign, one of the largest community giving events in the nation. We hope we can count on your support. Your gift also strengthens our partnership with the Fort Worth Botanic Garden so we can continue to reward our greatest champions (you!) with complimentary pe...
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BRIT® Celebrates Sara A. Richardson, Awarded the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Designation

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 31, 2020) — The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is excited to announce the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) award designation to Director of Philanthropy Sara A. Richardson. The CFRE credential is awarded to those who have met a series of standards set by CFRE International, including a tenured profession, education, and high achievements in fundraising. They must also pass a rigorous written examination that tests the knowledge, skills and abilities required in a fundraising executive. The certification identifies those who can best perform fundraising duties with corresponding ethical commitment, and who agree to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights. "Sara is an exceptional fundraiser who cultivates and maintains excell...
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Cristina Mittermeier and Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier to receive BRIT’s 2020 International Award of Excellence in Conservation

Conservation standouts in their respective fields, both Mittermeier’s have made significant impacts on preserving the variety of plant and animal life on Earth and protecting its ecosystems The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is proud to announce that Cristina Mittermeier and Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier are recipients of its 2020 International Award of Excellence in Conservation for their conservation achievements and their ongoing work in biodiversity and communicating the trials and successes of species and ecosystem survival. Lauren-Ashton and John Moncrief will serve as event chairs for the award gala to be held on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at Palmwood Event & Conference , Frost Tower, Fort Worth, Texas. Both Mittermeiers have devoted their lives to protecting Earth’s na...
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BRIT Statement on Racism and Violence

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas condemns all forms of racism and intolerance. We strive to uphold the values of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and speak out against acts of violence and racism. We stand with our community members, partners and colleagues across our city and our nation, including: American Public Gardens Association American Institute of Biological Sciences American Alliance of Museums Botanical Society of America City of Fort Worth htt...
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Fort Worth Botanic Garden and BRIT® Announce June 1 Reopening

Both organizations adhering to recommended health and safety guidelines Starting June 1, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden will reopen from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays only, with the first and last hour of the day reserved for GROW members only (8–9 a.m. and 5–6 p.m.). Starting June 13, the Garden will reopen also on weekends. “We know that people are excited to get back outdoors and enjoy some fresh air surrounded by the beauty of the Garden,” said Bob Byers. “We’re delighted to reopen our gates.” ​Tickets must be purchased in advance and online at to allow for contactless payment and specific entry times. To protect the health of all, guests, staff and volunteers will be screened before entry to ensure they do not have a high temperature or other COVID-19 symptoms. The Garden Center w...
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City of Fort Worth Approves Agreement for BRIT to Manage the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

In a historic vote today, the Fort Worth City Council approved a 20-year agreement for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) to manage the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, ensuring the Garden’s long-term sustainability and building upon a successful collaborative partnership built over the past several years. “ We are excited by the potential of working together with the staff, patrons and supporters of the Botanic Garden to make it an even greater resource and attraction for our City and the North Texas region," said Ed Schneider, president of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. After years of study, public involvement and task force recommendations, the BRIT Board of Directors saw the opportunity for significant growth and improvement through both organizations working toget...
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