The Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, Inc. (FONC) was established June 1, 1974 as a non-profit organization by 40 individuals who shared a common goal of preserving and protecting the Nature Center’s natural and cultural resources. The FONC evolved over the years from hands-on running of Nature Center programs to our present function as chief financial supporter.
Tax-deductible memberships and donations through the FONC allow us and the Nature Center to provide critical services and programs, including:
Pasture, feed, hay, and veterinary services for the bison herd and all the other ambassador animals.
Funding for Staff and intern positions.
Creation and distribution of the Bluestem News, Summer Natural History Adventures and Spring Break brochures, and maps.
Restroom facilities at Marsh Boardwalk, Greer Island, and Big River Parking Lot.
Canoes, kayaks, racks, and equipment purchase and maintenance. (FONC volunteers also operate the monthly Canoe Fest.)
Buffalo Boogie: An annual 1-mile walk/5K fun-run fundraiser.