Saturday, April 17, 2021

Texas Rangers Pitcher to Kick-Off Summer Program at Bob Jones Nature Center

Texas Rangers relief pitcher #28 – Darren Oliver – will be pitching more than baseballs this June.  He will be pitching for the environment by teaming up with the Bob Jones Nature Center and the Fort Worth ISD Fort Worth After School Program on a new endeavor.

The pilot program, Ollie’s Greening Up, will provide an outdoor citizen-science and art experience for 30 middle school and high school students from underserved communities.  Oliver and his wife Melissa will co-host the program kick-off on Tuesday, June 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve, located at 355 E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake, TX  76092.

During the program, students will explore conservation issues involving birds, butterflies and their habitats while also creatively recording their observations and reflections.  Program instructors are local artists Sharen Chatterton and Christopher Blay, and photojournalist Vernon Bryant.  The students will visit Marshall Grain Co. in Grapevine to learn about the nursery trade and Master Gardeners will guide the students in sowing seeds to grow bird and butterfly attractant plants.  Two photography students will work with Bryant to document the program with support from Canon.

The Bob Jones Nature Center organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working with the City of Southlake and dedicated to the preservation of the Cross Timbers ecosystem and natural resources.  For more information, call (817) 939-1110 or e-mail The phone number for the facility is (817) 491-6333.