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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."

Volunteers Needed!

We are always in need of volunteers! Visit our Volunteer Page for more information, or call the Nature Center main line at 817-392-7410.

Buffalo Boogie 2015

The Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center host Buffalo Boogie, an annual fun run and walk that benefits the bison herd that we manage at the Nature Center. Join us on Saturday, May 9! For more details, visit the Friends website. If you'd like to volunteer for Buffalo Boogie, please download and fill out this application

The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge will open at Noon on Saturday May 9, 2015 after Buffalo Boogie. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Nature Center Hours

Weekdays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Weekends 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.