While tasty treats and flora and fauna may not seemingly go together, they combine perfectly for the annual Naturally Sweet event hosted by the Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve. With a mission of protecting local natural resources and fostering education about our natural environment, this year’s theme is aptly titled, “Savoring the Past and Preserving the Future.” It will be held Saturday, November 3, 7:00pm-10:00pm, at Bob Jones Nature Center. Tickets are $50 per person.
According to Tamara McMillan, co-chair for the fourth annual fundraiser, proceeds from this year’s event will be used for two educational purposes.
“We want to raise enough funds to install interactive and informational signage for the Preserve’s Bluebird Trail so that while people are taking a hike they can also learn something,” McMillan explains. “In addition, we want to expand our outreach program with Fort Worth ISD’s after-school program to bring kids out here and teach them about water issues.”
The 4th Annual Naturally Sweet fundraiser will feature live music, silent auction, and art exhibit by local artists in an indoor and outdoor setting. An impressive line-up of local restaurants will be offering appetizers and desserts:
• Aleda’s Pizza
• Blue Mesa
• Classic Cafe
• Feedstore Barbeque
• La Sara Cupcakes
• Nothing Bundt Cakes
• Tastefully Yours
• Tommy’s Tamales
In addition to offering nature classes, guest speakers, exhibits, guided hikes, youth camps, outdoor concerts, and a gift shop, a top priority for Bob Jones Nature Center is to preserve and conserve a prime remnant of the Cross Timbers ecosystem – a vast mixture of grasslands and woodlands stretching from Canada to South America and encompassing most of the park’s 500 acres.
Bob Jones Nature Center is funded in part by the City of Southlake, but relies primarily on private donations and volunteers for daily operations, programs and events.
For more information about Naturally Sweet or Bob Jones Nature Center, call 817-939-1110 or go to www.bjnc.org.