Welcome to the Nature Center

This weekend's Programs:
(If you have questions about programs, please call the Hardwicke Interpretive Center at 817.392.7410817.392.7410)

Saturday, January 24 from 8:30 - 11 a.m.
Canoe Tour: Tour a stretch of the West Fork of the Trinity River to view ducks, herons, beaver and other critters. Sunscreen, water and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended. Wear shoes that can get wet. Canoes, paddles, lifejackets are provided. Children must be 5 years or older. Some previous experience is recommended. Minimum - 5 / Maximum - 12 participants. Meet at Big River Parking Lot. Pre-registration required. $20 (includes admission fee)/MEMBERS $15.

Sunday, January 25 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
*Traces of Animals: Join a naturalist for a nature hike along the Riverbottom Trail, through riparian and prairie areas as we search for signs of animal life. We will look for tracks, fur, and other natural ways these creatures let us know where they  have been. Good walking shoes and water are recommended. FREE (with paid admission).

 The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge (FWNC&R) is a hidden jewel-a wilderness comprised of forests, prairies, and wetlands reminiscent of how much of the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex once looked. Replete with native flora and fauna, the FWNC&R beckons to those searching for a tranquil piece of nature.
     At 3,621 acres, the FWNC&R is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States. Over 20 miles of hiking trails provide easy access to a myriad of natural wonders to be found on the refuge. The FWNC&R offers a variety of education programs and hikes for individuals, schools and families. The staff is also heavily involved in Land Management techniques to ensure that the natural history of North Central Texas is preserved.
     The FWNC&R is a division of the City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1980 by the National Park Service (US Department of the Interior). Additional financial support is provided by our non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the goals of the FWNC&R; the Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge.


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!

We currently have a need for additional Animal Care volunteers on specific days during the week and on weekends.

Visit our Volunteer Page for more information, or call the Nature Center main line at 817-392-7410.



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.