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Refuge Guidelines

Last Updated on Friday, 31 July 2015 15:14

Below are some general guidelines to ensure all of our visitors an enjoyable experience while 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
  • Discharge of firearms is 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.

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.