Saturday, September 18, 2021

Family Fun Days at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve

Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve is a fantastic place for outdoor enthusiasts and beginners alike! This spring, celebrate the wonders of nature while spending quality time with your family at our Family Fun Days. Learn something new, enjoy family time, and embrace nature!

Are You Interested in Camping?

February 15, 9:00 – 11:00am
Fee: FREE, registration required

Do you dream of becoming an avid camper, but don’t know how to start? This fun and interactive class will jumpstart you and your family’s camping adventures! Learn about great camping opportunities all over Texas (the Bob Jones Nature Center Spring Family Campout, just to mention one!), how to pitch a tent, build a fire, general trail and outdoor safety, and much more!
Register here.


Night Hike

March 28, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Fee: Resident: $3, Non-Resident: $5

Who comes out to play at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve after dark? Bring the entire family for a fun and exciting night hike, star gazing, s’mores, and more!
Register here.


Celebrate Earth Day

April 25, 9:00 – 11:00am
Fee: FREE, registration required

To celebrate Earth Day 2020 we are participating in the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge–a global project to study the plants and animals that live right in your backyard. Participation is easy, all you have to do is take pictures of the plants and animals we see on our hike and share them to the iNaturalist app. We want to know more about the plants and animals who call BJNCP home, and we need your help!
Register here.


Refresh & Reconnect

May 16, 9:00 – 11:00am
Fee: Resident: $3, Non-Resident: $5

Spending time outside is not only refreshing, but it’s actually good for you! Join us for a morning of yoga and hiking to celebrate the wonders of nature.
Register here.

 

Learn more about Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve here.

New this Spring: After-School Club at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve

UPDATE: March 26 Event Cancelled.

Join us this spring for our first ever after-school club at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, BJNCP Explorers! BJNCP Explorers is perfect for young naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts (ages 5-11). We meet once a month from 4:00-6:00pm to explore the Preserve trails, study local wildlife, and learn how we can become stewards of the land.

Each month we will focus on a different topic as we explore. We will start the year by focusing on the animals who live at the Preserve in the winter, how they survive in the cold, and how we can help them thrive. In February, we will become Ornithologists (biologists who study birds) and investigate the birds migrating through Southlake.

As the Preserve awakens from the winter we will spend March discovering new life at BJNCP as migrating animals return, hibernators come out, and new plants and animals arrive. Finally, in April, we will celebrate Earth Day and discuss how we can make every day Earth Day!

Registration is separate for each monthly class, so you don’t have to commit to the entire session (although we hope you will!). Join us for an adventurous semester of hikes, investigations, experiments, friendships, and more!

For more information visit experiencesouthlaketexas.com/bjncp.

Dates: January 30, February 27, March 26, April 30
Time: 4:00-6:00pm
Location: Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve, 355 E Bob Jones Rd.
Resident Fee: $13
Non-Resident Fee: $16

Ready to sign up? Click here.

Get Outside in 2020 with BJNCP Classes!

Southlake Recreation is proud to present a series of FREE adult outdoor education classes at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. This series was created from YOUR feedback–you told us what type of classes you’re interested in, and we listened!

BJNCP is a true hidden treasure of Southlake that we think should be shared and explored by all. Through these outdoor classes (which are designed for ages 13 and up), we hope you’ll be encouraged to explore this beautiful oasis from the city and learn something along the way. We can’t wait to get outside and really hope you’ll join us!


Composting 101January 11
Learn the basics of composting and how you can make a big difference in your life and garden.
Register here.


The Legacy of Bob JonesFebruary 15
The story of Bob Jones defies all odds. Learn more about the namesake of Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve and Bob Jones Park and the incredible role he and his family play in Southlake’s history.
Register here.


How Does Your (Vegetable) Garden Grow?March 21
Would you like to grow your own vegetables? Learn the basics of vegetable gardening and meet local experts who can help you get started.
Register here.


Make Every Day Earth Day!April 25
Celebrate Earth Day with us and learn how you can make every day Earth Day! In this class, we will discuss water conservation and ways you can practice sustainability daily.
Register here.

On the Wild Side: Gardening to Attract Wildlife

Join Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve November 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. for a fun and interactive adult class, “On the Wild Side: Gardening to Attract Wildlife.”

This class is perfect for adults interested in making their landscape a little more “wild” with the goal of attracting wildlife and helping our local ecosystem. Guest speaker and Local Master Gardener, Sher Dunaway, is leading the class. Ms. Dunaway is passionate about teaching people about local plants and simple ways to make big differences.

This is a free class, but space is limited and registration is required. Register here.

When: Saturday, November 16, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve
Cost: FREE!

Summer Programs at the Bob Jones Nature Center

Turn off your screens and head outside for summer adventures at the Bob Jones Nature Center!

Summer programs at the Bob Jones Nature Center offer exciting and educational nature experiences for kids of all ages.

Pollination Station – Preschool

Join our group of explorers as we learn how insects help our planet. We will learn about pollinators and the job they do to help nature create food for humans. After a fun introduction to entomology (the study of insects), we will create models of winged and terrestrial insects. We will also do observations of nature in the grassy areas. We will not capture insects, and we will respect their habitat.

Date: June 10 – 14
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Resident Fee: $146
Non-Resident Fee: $183
Ages: 3 – 5
Click here to learn more and register.

Wilderness Survival Camp

Little Wilderness School teaches medicine, science and the importance of health in an entertaining, exciting and fun way. This camp teaches children about some dangers in the wild and how to safely handle a medical situation. For example, students will learn about snake bites and hypothermia as well as how to tie a tourniquet, splint a broken leg, filter dirty water and treat bug bites. Each session is led by a trained Little Medical School instructor. Each child will receive a diploma, disposable lab coat, LMS bandanna, thermal blanket and so much more.

Date: July 15 – 19
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Resident Fee: $385
Non-Resident Fee: $482
Ages: 6– 11
Click here to learn more and register.

Want to enjoy the beautiful outdoors as a family? Come out for Family Fun at the Bob Jones Nature Center! For more information about our nature programs, please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.

Discover Family Fun at the Bob Jones Nature Center!

Learn about the Cross Timbers ecosystem while spending time with your family in the beautiful outdoors.

Looking for something fun to do that the whole family will enjoy? Join us at the Bob Jones Nature Center for exciting and educational hikes, arts and crafts, special group activities, scavenger hunts, snacks and so much more. All ages are welcome. Online pre-registration is required (one per family).

Family Fun at the Bob Jones Nature Center

Saturday, May 18
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register Online

Saturday, June 15
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register Online

Saturday, July 13
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register Online

Saturday, August 10
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register Online

Location: Bob Jones Nature Center
Instructor: Outdoor Experience Staff
Resident Fee: $20
Non-Resident Fee: $24

For more information, please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.