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Refuge Guidelines

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 November 2013 15:33

Below are some general guidelines that will ensure all of our visitors have an enjoyable experience, while still protecting our natural habitats: 

  • Adhere to posted speed limits
  • All plants, animals and natural objects are protected
  • Do not collect any natural objects, pick plants or feed animals
  • Walk only on marked trails
  • No bicycles, jogging, vehicles or horses on trails
  • Dogs must be on leash (max. 6 feet) and not allowed in Visitors' Center
  • Remove solid animal waste
  • No entry beyond closed gates or cables
  • No roadside parking
  • Fishing from the shore is not permitted
  • Picnicking only in designated areas
  • No grills or fires
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages prohibited
  • Firearms are prohibited
  • No audible radios or loud music
  • Dispose of trash properly
  • Refuge is open for daytime use only, camping is not allowed
  • No visiting before or after posted hours
  • Visitors on grounds after hours will be locked in

If you happen to see anyone not following these guidelines, please call (817) 392-7410.


Our Mission

"To enhance the quality of life by enrolling and educating our community in the preservation and protection of natural areas while standing as an example of these same principles and values in North Central Texas."

Buffalo Boogie 2014

Join us for our 22nd annual Buffalo Boogie featuring a 5K & 1 mile fun run/walk. The 5K run is chip-timed on a USATF certified course. Dogs are welcome and we will have fun activities for the family. Click here if you would like to donate your time and talents. Visit the Buffalo Boogie link from the Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge website for more details.

Nature Center Hours

Refuge (Daily)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Hardwicke Interpretive Center (Daily)
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



$5 Adults (13-64)
$2 Children (3-12;under 3 FREE)
$3 Seniors (65+)
$1 Discount per person (with Military ID-Active/Retired)

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Wild Ambassadors

Wild Ambassadors is a new program to help fund the cost of caring for our education animals. If you are interested, print out our application and make a difference.