Sunday, June 13, 2021

Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve Offers Virtual Adult Outdoor Education Programs This Summer

The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve is not just a hub for children to learn about the great outdoors. Did you know that there are multiple opportunities for adults to learn more about nature as well?

The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve Adult Education classes will teach you easy ways to make a big difference in your life and our ecosystem. Thanks to our partnership with Tarrant Regional Water District and local Master Gardeners, all classes will be virtual this summer. Not only that, but all courses are 100% FREE!

There are multiple fantastic opportunities to learn more about improving your garden while helping our ecosystem this summer.

June is all about Tough Texas Plants. With an often unpredictable climate, it’s crucial to choose the right type of plants to thrive in Texas. This three-part series will teach you about low-maintenance landscape design, tough Texas perennials and annuals, and tough Texas trees, bushes, and vines. Registration for June classes is now open! Learn how to register here.

Things will get prickly in July with cacti and succulents taking center stage. Learn the hottest tips and tricks to maintaining these increasingly popular plants. Registration will be available soon.

Finish out the summer with a month of shade gardening knowledge in August. These classes will teach you what plants grow best in the shadier areas of your yard. Be on the lookout when registration for these classes becomes available.

When it comes to having the sturdiest yard in Texas, knowledge is power. Take advantage of our free Adult Outdoor Education program and become the envy of the neighborhood!

Create Life-Long Memories With Us: Champions Club Now Hiring

Calling all recreation lovers: Champions Club is now hiring!

If you’ve dreamed about working with a world-class team creating life-long memories for your community, then now is your chance to apply for a job with us! Champions Club is hiring for a variety of part-time positions. No matter what your passion is, Champions Club has a job for you.

You can make a difference this summer by joining our team. We are looking for innovative team players who always put customer service and commitment to excellence first. If you love kids, then become a Child Watch Attendant or a Camp Counselor. If you are passionate about Aquatics, then a Lifeguard position or a Learn to Swim Instructor role could be the job for you. Working as a Fitness or Athletic Attendant would be the perfect fit for those that enjoy sports and fitness. If getting to know people and making them feel welcome is your talent, you would be a great Front Desk Attendant.

At Champions Club, we are in the business of having fun and providing world-class recreational opportunities to the Southlake community. Our team consists of enthusiastic and hard-working individuals who strive to make positive memories for our members. If you want the chance to work with friends, connect with new people, and make a difference in your community, then you should join our team!

Here’s what some of our staff had to say about working at Champions Club:

“Apply for our part-time positions this summer!! No matter what department you are working with, we are all one BIG TEAM! Our team is here to succeed. The ultimate goal is to provide the best experience to our community. This can include indoor and outdoor programs and athletics for kids and young adults, fitness and guest services attendants, childcare, and lifeguards. These positions can help provide guidance, direction, and experience for you to take to the next level!” Gretchen Morgan, Programs Coordinator.

“The managers are awesome, and the schedules are flexible. My coworkers are great. We get to provide world-class customer service.” Crew Borgeson, Guest Services Attendant.

“Working Part-Time is amazing. In my opinion, you never get the same type of day twice. Every day is a new adventure with new people and new experiences to walk through with amazing coworkers.” Mitchell Ouille-Programs and Athletics Recreation Attendant.

“Being a part-time employee for the City of Southlake Parks and Recreation department allows me to develop my passion and make great connections.” Lauren Batts, Athletics Specialist.

Make this a summer to remember! Apply today!


Summer Camp Registrations Open April 1

If you had a blast at one of our Spring Break camps, then mark your calendars because summer camp registration opens on April 1 at 8:00 am!

They are back and more popular than ever! Claim your spot for Summer Camp Mania and Cross Timbers Nature Camp for a summer filled with world-class experiences and forming lifelong memories.

Camp Mania

Summer Camp Mania is bringing entertainment to campers this summer with plenty of fun surprises for the kiddos! Instead of field trips, guest artists and contractors will visit the camp to guarantee exciting and educational experiences every day. Learn about becoming a DJ, jump up and down in a wild bounce house, and express your personality with an airbrush tattoo from a guest artist. Camp favorite activities such as visiting Bicentennial Park, swimming in the Aquatics Center, and playing games with counselors will be back as well!

Cross Timbers Nature Camp

Cross Timbers Nature Camp will also open for registration for all nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts! Campers will have the opportunity to explore the trails, learn about the species that inhabit them, and become good stewards of our Cross Timbers Ecosystem.

Summer Camp Mania and Cross Timbers Nature Camp are each offered for nine weeks during the summer. Campers can register for one week or all nine; however, they must enroll and pay for each week they want to attend. Specialty camps will also be offered this summer for those interested in athletics, science, or STEAM. Learn all about our various camp offerings on our website.

If you know you want to register for camp, but aren’t sure which one is right for you, then make sure to attend our Camp Fair at Champions Club on April 17! Explore each summer camp’s booth where you can learn more about the activities planned for each one.

Registration for summer camps opens on April 1 for City of Southlake residents and April 15 for nonresidents. Visit our website for more information such as COVID-19 Precautions and parent packets.

We’ll see you at camp!

Cross Timbers Forest Preschool Registration Opens Monday!

The Cross Timbers Forest Preschool is an explorative, hands-on preschool experience focusing on nature and our local ecosystem. Children will be inspired to learn through discovery, play and nature-focused curriculum inclusive of hikes, storytime, arts and crafts, and imaginative interaction. The 750+ acres of Cross Timbers Preserve will be their classroom at a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio. The minimum number of students per class is 4 and the maximum is 12.

Watch as every child builds their knowledge of the world around them, connects with their environment and develops confidence and self-esteem while interacting directly with nature.

Join us for our Meet and Greet at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve on August 16 from 9 – 11 a.m. to meet the teachers and tour the facility!  Non-residents who attend will get the opportunity to register early for preschool if they sign up at the event!

Register for the Meet and Greet here

Cross Timbers Forest Preschool Schedule

Tuesday, Aug 27 – Dec 10 Res: $540 | Non-Res: $675

Wednesday, Aug 28 – Dec 11 Res: $540 | Non-Res: $675

Thursday, Aug 29 – Dec 12 Res: $540 | Non-Res: $675

Friday, Aug 30 – Dec 13 Res: $540 | Non-Res: $675

Thanksgiving Week Drop-In

Monday, Nov 25 Res: $36 | Non-Res: $45

Tuesday, Nov 26 Res: $36 | Non-Res: $45

Wednesday, Nov 7 Res: $36 | Non-Res: $45

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve

Outdoor Experience Staff

3 – 5

Min 8 | Max 12

Registration will open on Monday, August 5, 2019.

Adult Ballet Classes Coming to Southlake Parks and Recreation This June

Have you always wanted to learn ballet? This class is perfect for you! Students will sculpt a dancer’s physique while learning ballet fundamentals from former professional dancer Kristina Mitchell Simmons.

This class is also a great fit for former dancers and athletes of other disciplines.

Instructor Kristina Mitchell Simmons is a Southlake mom who is a former professional ballet dancer with a Master of Fine Arts in dance teaching and choreography. Each 75-minute class will take you through barre, stretching and center work. Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Adult Ballet Session 1

Date: June 4–20  |  Tues & Thurs  |  9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Location: Champions Club Fitness Studio
Champions Club Member Fee: $100
Non-Member Fee: $125
Register Online

Adult Ballet Session 2

Dates: Aug 6 – 27  |  Tues  |  9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Location: Champions Club Fitness Studio
Champions Club Member Fee: $66
Non-Member Fee: $83
Register Online

Adult Ballet Session 3

Dates: Aug 8 – 29  |  Thurs  |  9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Location: Champions Club Fitness Studio
Champions Club Member Fee: $66
Non-Member Fee: $83
Register Online

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

How the City can Help You Get Your Yard Ready

The first day of spring is just days away, is your yard ready? If not, it’s perfectly fine, the good news is the City of Southlake offers a variety of programs to assist residents with their yard necessities, from irrigation systems, to mosquito traps, to landscaping, we’ve got you covered.

If you need help with your irrigation system, sign up for our W.I.S.E. Guys program. W.I.S.E. Guys is a voluntary water conservation program designed to help you understand how to run your irrigation system more efficiently. First, make sure you have an EyeOnWater account. Then, all you need to do is fill out the signup form and you will receive an automatic email from the program confirming you have signed up for an evaluation. A licensed irrigator will set up an appointment with you and perform an evaluation on your sprinkler system with you.  You can even apply for a rebate of up to $200 if you make any of the recommended repairs!

The City also helps with mosquito control efforts to reduce the risk of mosquito-transmitted disease. Our Office of Emergency Management can check your yard for mosquito-prone areas, all you have to do is call 817-748-8903 or email

If you need to know what to plant and where to plant, our Environmental Coordinator can provide you with resources to help you select native and adaptive North Texas plants for your landscaping. You can reach her at, or you can check out our region’s Texas SmartScape website. After you’re done with planting, Republic Services offers bulk trash pickup so you can haul away your spring trimmings.

With these services available at your fingertips, your yard will be the envy of all yards.

Don’t lose money on your water bill. Download “Eye on Water” and take charge of your water consumption.

Summer is officially here and in Texas, that means lots of hot, dry days.  We’re spending more and more time at the pool, playing in the sprinkler and running our irrigation systems to keep the yards in top shape. This also means higher water bills are on their way.  If you want to get ahead of the higher bills, the City of Southlake’s “Eye on Water” tool is just what you need to manage your household’s water consumption by offering you instant access to your real-time water usage.

Not sure how “Eye on Water” can help?  Think about it as a leak detection tool that you can use to monitor your water consumption for anomalies or spikes in usage when there should be none, identifying potential leaks both inside and outside of your home.

Irrigation systems get a big work out during the hot summer months.  Using “Eye on Water” can help you be sure the irrigation system is working correctly.  If you’ve noticed your consumption has gone up a lot more you expected, that could mean a leak in the irrigation. Just a tiny leak can waste a lot of water.

“Eye on Water” can also help you spot leaks inside your home. Just like a leak in the irrigation system, a leak inside can have a large impact on your water consumption. If you notice the numbers look off, contact us to get a free leak detection kit.

Understanding and taking control of your water usage is just a finger touch away.  Start by registering online at and activating your account. Then download the app and you’re on your way!

Eye on Water Sign Up Fan

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about “Eye on Water” and managing your water usage, check out our website, give us a call at (817) 748-8051, or come and see us in person, at the Southlake Water Utilities Customer Service office in suite 200 on the second floor of Town Hall.

Five Free Fitness Events in July for National Park and Rec Month

Southlake LiveFit is a community initiative wellness program that encourages healthy lifestyles for both the mind and body! The City of Southlake hosts classes and seminars every month for the community to participate in but, coming this July ALL LiveFit Fitness classes will be FREE. We’re also adding more fun activities throughout the month that will encourage the National Park and Recreation Associations campaign of “Get your Play on”

1.Get fit at the Southlake Activity Center with FREE Yoga, Zumba, Pilates, Total Body Workout, and more! Classes are normally $20/month.

Check out the calendar here for all the FREE Class Offerings! Register Here to sign our liability waiver or show up a few minutes before class to have one of our staff register you!

2.July 7 is National Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day!  Bring your child(ren) to one of our local parks and take a walk! 

Royal and Annie Smith Park (3045 Johnson Rd.) Chesapeake Park (3150 Union Church Rd.)

3.  The LiveWell Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, July 11 at The Marq Southlake (285 Shady Oaks Drive) from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. This ongoing lecture series is presented by Executive Medicine of Texas, come listen to Dr. Judy Gaman as she teaches “10 Tips to Improve Health and Increase Longevity!” Seminars include complimentary child care (must be potty trained) and light snacks will be provided.

4. On Saturday, July 22 come out and walk with the Mayor at North Park (200 E Dove Rd) at 9:00 a.m.

5. To wrap up the entire month of Free Live Fit Classes, we are offering a FREE fun morning of outdoor fitness classes on Saturday, July 29 from 7 AM – 10:30 AM at Rustin Pavilion in Southlake Town Square (1400 Main Street)
Gentle Yoga with Tyler at 7:00 AM
Zumba with Rosy at 8:00 AM
Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga with Suzy at 9:30 AM

This summer, don’t just sit, LiveFit!
For more information on everything LiveFit has to offer visit or to see all the FREE family fun we are offering for National Park and Rec Month in July, contact the Southlake Community Services office at 817-748-8019.

Southlake Parks and Recreation Now Offering Private Music Lessons

Ever wanted to learn how to play the piano or strum the guitar? Well, now you can through Southlake Parks and Recreation’s exciting new one-on-one private lessons.

The Beginner Piano Private Lessons and Beginner Guitar Private Lessons are stimulating and informative introductions to basic music skills for beginning to intermediate level music students. Lessons are offered for ages 5 & up to adult.
30-minute Beginner Piano Private Lessons are offered every Saturday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. throughout the months of July and August.
30-minute Beginner Guitar Private Lessons are also offered every Saturday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. or Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. throughout the months of July and August. Participants must provide their own guitar to practice.
The goals of these courses are not only to develop a solid musical foundation in that instrument but most importantly to instill in the student a genuine love and appreciation for music.
Click HERE to register for Beginner Private Lessons!
For more information please visit or call (817) 748-8019.