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General Information

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 19:44

Current Hours (through April 30)

Monday - Sunday : 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Hardwicke Interpretive Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. In addition, a few selected programs and activities take place before or after hours offering additional opportunities to visit.

The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge grounds are open every day (except Thanksgiving and Christmas ).

Current Admission fees:

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


If you are a frequent visitor, or would like to support the Fort Worth Nature Center, please consider purchasing a membership to the Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center.  Your membership includes FREE admission plus discounts on programs and gift shop.


From Loop I-820, exit Hwy 199 (Jacksboro Highway) and go west 4 miles. Exit Confederate Park Rd.to the right and stay on service road. At the stop sign, turn right into the Nature Center entrance. Stop by the gate house to pay entrance fee and obtain a day pass and a trail map.

For detailed directions, use Google Maps and type in our address:

9601 Fossil Ridge Road
Fort Worth, TX 76135

Be cautious using your Smart Phone's mapping service such as Apple Maps. Many visitors have used this App and it has taken them to Ten Mile Bridge Road. Please use Google or Yahoo maps and/or plan ahead before coming.


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)

FWNC Social

  • Facebook Page: 150092448363071
  • Flickr: FWNC
  • Twitter: fwnaturecenter
  • YouTube: FWNatureCenter

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.