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Local Green Guide: Fort Worth, TX

Programs, Events, Parks, Farmers Markets, & More in Fort Worth

Annual Events

Trinity River Trash Bash - Tarrant Regional Water District

Take an active role in the effort to keep the Trinity River beautiful while getting outside and making new friends! After the cleanup, ll volunteers are invited to the after party at the Panther Island Pavilion with free food, door prizes and entertainment!

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City of Arlington Ecofest

Ecofest, a free, family oriented event, helps build a sense of community, stimulates environmental awareness, and promotes stewardship across North Texas. Local businesses are invited to showcase their green products and practical do-it-yourself solutions for home improvement and maintenance. Classes are provided on do-it-yourself projects to reduce consumption of natural resources as well as discussions to enlighten North Texans on different environmental issues and what we can do to help reduce, repair and prevent these problems in the future. There will be fun, games and educational classes for the children to enjoy during this time and food and drinks will be available as well.

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Texas Trails & Active Transportation

Are you interested in helping to shape Trails and Active Transportation in Texas? Coming to Fort Worth in March 2014, the Texas Trails & Active Transportation conference will have something for everyone involved in the planning, construction, funding, economics, operation, management, promotion and use of active transportation. Bring your hiking boots, bicycles, walking shoes, kayaks or canoes and water bottles to get a comprehensive look and see how you can impact Trails and Active Transportation in your area and across the state.

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Farmers Markets

DENTON COUNTY JOHNSON COUNTY TARRANT COUNTY
  • Burleson Farmers Market
  • Green's Produce and Plants, Arlington
  • Colleyville Farmer's Market
  • Cowtown Farmers Market, Fort Worth
  • Elizabeth Anna's Local Farm & Market
  • Gnismer Farms, Arlington
  • Grapevine Farmers Market
  • Keller Farmers Market
  • Mansfield Farmers Market
  • Southside Urban Farmers Market, Fort Worth
  • Downtown Arlington Farmers Market
  • BRIT Farmers Market - The BRIT farmers' market features a variety of fresh, seasonal produce from local gardens based around Fort Worth. Live music and other family-friendly entertainment are also present.
  • Organizations

    Texas Master Naturalists - Cross Timbers Chapter
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    A program of Texas Parks and Wildlife

    Texas Master Naturalists are dedicated to the conservation, preservation, and restoration of our natural resources, and promoting ecological education for all. The Texas Master Naturalist organization encourages and supports trained Master Naturalist volunteers in providing community programs and projects that increase appreciation of our natural environment, promote the maintenance of and sustainable use of public open spaces, and protect and preserve native flora and fauna and their habitats.

    The Cross Timbers Chapter conducts monthly meetings that include engaging speakers. Certification as a Texas Master Naturalist is offered on an annual basis.

    Tarrant County Master Gardeners Association
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    Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and to help others, and able to communicate with diverse groups of people.

    What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, persons who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their Extension office to provide horticultural-related information to their communities.

    North Central Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas
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    Meets: First Thursday of the month except January and July at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

    The purpose of the Native Plant Society of Texas is to promote the conservation, research, and utilization of the native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach, and example.

    The Molly Hollar Wildscape - Veterans Park, Arlington
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    To Educate the community to use native plants to attract wildlife, conserve resources, and connect with nature. The Molly Hollar Wildscape has volunteer opportunities.

    Arlington Conservation Council
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    Arlington Conservation Council is an environmental non-profit organization involved with conservation efforts in Arlington, TX, and the surrounding Dallas-Fort Worth area.

    Their mission is to promote environmental awareness and conservation of Arlington's natural resources. Our focus is narrow, but our needs are great - and growing fast as we recognize the need to live in a sustainable culture.

    Arlington Organic Garden Club
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    Promoting organic gardening in the Arlington area.

    Local Government Programs

    Community Garden of UT Arlington
    406 Summit Ave
    Arlington, TX
    5:00 a.m. - Midnight
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    The cost of a plot is $35 per calendar year

    The Community Garden of UT Arlington is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between UT Arlington and the City of Arlington. The half-acre garden benefits from the UT Arlington compost site and a rainwater harvesting system. A portion of harvest is donated to a local food bank. The garden is a combined effort of the UT Arlington Office of Sustainability and the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department.

    Tarrant Regional Water District
    800 East Northside Drive
    Fort Worth, TX 76102
    (817) 335-2491
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    Although water supply and flood control remain the Water District's top priorities, lakes and floodway levees provide excellent recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to the area. The floodway's Trinity River Trails offer users a safe and scenic venue to walk, run, cycle and ride horses. This website is an excellent resource for information and current conditions for the Trinity Trails system, Lakes/Reservoirs, and recreational areas under their purview, as well as water quality updates, forms & permits, and watering schedules.

    Save Tarrant Water Initiative
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    Home of the “Lawn Whisperer”, this website is the source for information regarding Tarrant County's water savings efforts. Get tips on conserving water, lawn watering schedules (enforced), landscaping ideas, news & events, and more! This is a must visit site for anyone wanting to make a positive impact through water conservation!

    Trinity River Vision Authority
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    The Trinity River Vision Authority (TRVA) is the organization responsible for the implementation of the Trinity River Vision (TRV) - a master plan for the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas. It is underway now - connecting every neighborhood in the city to the Trinity River corridor. The primary purpose of the project is to provide needed flood protection but it also adds new recreational amenities, improves infrastructure, provides environmental enhancements and programs events. The TRV will create a vibrant, pedestrian oriented urban waterfront neighborhood adjacent to Downtown Fort Worth, expand Gateway Park into one of the largest urban-programmed parks in the nation and enhance the river corridor with over 90 user-requested projects along the Trinity Trails.

    Get more information on current projects here

    Tarrant County Living Green Resources
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    Tips and resources for living green in healthy environments, provided by the Office of Environment/Consumer Protection.

    My Green Arlington - City of Arlington
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    This is the online portal for the City of Arlington green initiatives. Here you can find information on topics including green policies and initiatives, energy efficiency, preservation/conservation, and sustainable landscaping.

    City of Arlington Green Team - Commercial Sustainability Program
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    This program is a performance based recognition program for commercial properties that make sustainable, green choices. Joining the Green Team program is open to all commercial properties in Arlington including but not limited to: Restaurants, Schools, Churches, Warehouses, Retail, Manufacturing, Health Services. You can join the Team if your organization is located in Arlington, achieve a minimum 30-point sustainability score, and agree to report your recycling & energy use on an annual basis.

    City of Fort Worth Rain Barrel Program
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    This program offers rain harvesting information, and periodic rain barrel and compost bin sponsorship.

    City of Denton GreenSense Rebates
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    The GreenSense Rebate Program offers rebates to Denton Municipal Electric (DME) customers who perform authorized energy efficiency improvements in their homes or businesses. The program is a great way for residential, retail, and commercial customers to use energy more efficiently.

    City of Denton GreenSense Renewable Rate
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    The GreenSense Renewable Rate is Denton Municipal Electric's green energy program that lets you support cleaner renewable energy sources. By signing up for the GreenSense Renewable Rate, you are receiving 100 percent of your energy from renewable sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, and water.

    Texas SmartScape - North Central Texas Council of Governments
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    The purpose of SmartScape® is to educate our citizens on the ecological, economic and aesthetic benefits of using landscaping plants, shrubs, grasses and trees that are native or adapted to our regional climate and local conditions. The ultimate goal is to conserve local water supplies and improve storm water runoff quality by reducing the amount of water needed to maintain landscapes while decreasing the amounts of pesticide, fertilizer and herbicides used in landscaping practices.

    Dining

    All of the restaurants featured here featured here either utilize locally sourced ingredients, organic ingredients, or use green practices in their establishments. Please see their websites for details.

    Spiral Diner & Bakery
    1314 W Magnolia Ave
    Fort Worth, Texas 76104
    (817) 332-8834
    websiteEllerbe Fine Foods and Market
    1501 W Magnolia Avenue
    Ft Worth, Texas 76104
    817-926-3663
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    The Woodshed
    3201 Riverfront Dr
    Fort Worth, TX 76107
    (817) 877-4545
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    Café Modern
    Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
    3200 Darnell Street
    Fort Worth, Texas 76107
    (817) 738-9215
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    Potager Cafe
    315 S Mesquite St
    Arlington, TX 76010
    (817) 861-2292
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    Brewed
    801 W. Magnolia Ave.
    Fort Worth, TX
    817-945-1545
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    Rodeo Goat
    2836 Bledsoe St
    Fort Worth, TX 76107
    (817) 877-4628
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    Classic Cafe at Roanoke
    504 N Oak St
    Roanoke, TX 76262
    (817) 430-8185
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    Bread Haus
    700 W Dallas Rd
    Grapevine, TX 76051
    (817) 488-5223
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    Tumbleweed Tea Room
    100 West 3rd St
    Justin, TX 76247
    (940) 648-1545
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    Avoca Coffee
    1311 W. Magnolia Ave.
    Fort Worth, TX 76104
    (682) 233-0957
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Activities

Botanic Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
1700 University Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
817-332-4441
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Public Hours: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the First Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Botanical Research Institute of Texas, an international scientific research and learning center focused on conservation and knowledge sharing. BRIT offers a world-class collection of plants and books; lectures, workshops, programs and publications; and is distinguished by an educated staff committed to conserving earth's natural heritage through research, discoveries and education.

BRIT is open to the public and regularly offers classes, lectures, and a variety of events for children, adults, students, and educators.

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 871-7686
Hours: Varies by season
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The Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in Texas, is a lush 110-acre tapestry of 23 specialty gardens that are home to over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants. The gardens are an amazing destination for an hour or an entire day. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden grounds are open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year. Admission to the gardens is free, with the exception of the Japanese Garden and the Conservatory, which charge a small fee and have separate operating hours. Fort Worth Botanic Gardens offers many events, activities, and educational opportunities, some of which are listed above. If you are planning a family outing, it is worth taking a look at the family activities page, as well as their calendar, in order to make the most of your visit!

Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Pkwy
Fort Worth, TX 76109
(817) 759-7555
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Open 365 days)
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Fort Worth Zoo is ranked in the top 5 zoos in the nation! Its 64 acres facility includes more than 4,600 specimens, representing 521 species. In addition to the conservation and research activities, the Fort Worth Zoo is proactive in using green practices throughout the facility.

The Fort Worth Zoo offers many educational opportunities, activities, and events for various age groups and the entire family. Please visit their calendar page for more information and current listing.

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge (FWNC&R)
9601 Fossil Ridge Road
Fort Worth, TX 76135
(817) 392-7410
Refuge (Daily): Hours vary by season
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Hardwicke Interpretive Center (Daily): 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge is a beautiful natural sanctuary that allows amazing immersion into Texas habitat. 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.

Trinity Trails
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There are over 40 miles of trails along the Trinity River and its tributaries for walking, running, cycling or on horseback. The trail networks connects with 21 parks, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Japanese Garden, Log Cabin Village, Fort Worth Zoo, the historic Stockyards and downtown Fort Worth.

Here are some useful resources for Trinity Trails:

Adopt-A-River - Tarrant Regional Water District and Streams and Valley's, Inc.
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Take an ongoing role in keeping the Trinity River clean and beautiful. The Trinity River Adopt-A-River program is designed not only to help keep the river clean and healthy, but to educate the public on the dangers of nonpoint source pollution. Individuals, neighborhoods and organizations are encouraged to participate in the program by volunteering to adopt a section of the Trinity, thus becoming responsible for periodic river cleanups.

River Legacy Living Science Center
703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76006
817.860.6752
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Hours: Mondays - Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

River Legacy Living Science Center serves as the gateway to River Legacy Parks.

Nestled into a clearing of existing land contours and oak groves, the 12,000-square-foot nature center has a sustainable design that has a minimal impact on the environment. The Center offers interactive environmental exhibits, aquariums and terrariums with native wildlife, nature trails, and a pond. Additionally, The Center offers environmental education programs, including Nature School, as well as a full calendar of public programs and events.

Program and events calendar page here

Environmental education page here

Monnig Meteorite Gallery - Texas Christian University
2950 West Bowie Street
Fort Worth, TX 76109
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Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; The gallery is closed for all University holidays.

Would you like to hold a piece of the solar system in your hand? Would you like to touch a piece of Mars? The Monnig Meteorite Gallery can provide you with this experience. By visiting the gallery, you will have the opportunity to explore the mysteries of meteorites! The collection holds the one of the largest university based meteorite collections in the world and a large collection of Texas meteorites on display!

Keep Grapevine Beautiful
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Keep Grapevine Beautiful is organized to preserve and enhance the local natural environment by strengthening citizen's levels of commitment through educational programs and engaging volunteer- based projects.

Parks and Recreational Areas

The Tarrant County area is rich with parks and outdoor recreation areas. Highlighted here is a selection of great outdoor spaces and is not a comprehensive listing of all of the outdoor spaces this area has to offer.

Trinity Park
2401 University Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 392-5700

Trinity Park is a beautiful location for running, cycling, or for a picnic or gathering. Stretched along the banks of the Trinity River and nestled next to the Fort Worth Zoo, Trinity Park is home to a duck pond, a miniature train, several playgrounds and Trinity Trails, the best hiking and biking trails around town.

The park hosts large annual events such as Mayfest. Picnic pavilions, restrooms and water fountains are scattered throughout the park.

Tillery Park
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Tillery Park is located off Forest Park Boulevard and Rockridge Terrace,

behind the “Helen Painter Realtors” office. Note: the official address listed does not direct you to the location of the park.

Tillery Park is an extraordinary and beautiful family park and playground. Placed in a picturesque tree filled setting and thoughtfully designed, it is a wonderful place to allow children to play, to host a picnic or get together, or to pass a football or Frisbee.

Eagle Mountain Park
11601 Morris Dido Newark Road
Fort Worth, TX 76179
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Hours: Open seven days a week from dawn until 30 minutes after sunset.

Eagle Mountain Park is a 400-acre park located in northwest Tarrant County on Eagle Mountain Lake. The majority of the property has been left untouched, which allows those who visit access to the area in its natural form. The park has a 5 mile hiking and running trail that has a few steep hills and some rocky terrain.

Clear Fork Park/Oakmont Park
Benbrook, TX 76126

Located near Benbrook Lake, these two adjacent parks, connected by a section of the Trinity Trail System, offer an excellent escape from urban life. Enjoyed by cyclists, hikers, and walkers, Clear Fork Park offers a beautiful walk through a Texas forest. In addition to the walking/cycling trail, Oakmont park offers a nicely maintained playground and large scenic fields for relaxing or sport.

Blackland Prairie Park
4907 New York Ave.
Arlington, TX 76018
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5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

A pure natural preserve, Blackland Prairie Park doesn't have playgrounds or baseball fields or a pool or even a pavilion, and that's perfect for those who visit it. It was acquired by the city to preserve an undisturbed part of the Blackland Prairie, a tall-grass prairie land that once dominated the region.

Crystal Canyon Natural Area
1000 Brown Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76011
5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

One of Arlington's newest parks, Crystal Canyon Natural Area is a geology lover's paradise in the heart of North Arlington. It contains a very diverse geologic profile with evidence that suggests a near-shore marine environment might have existed at one time. Preservation of these natural resources and leaving this 40-acre area in a natural state were the driving forces behind the development of this park.

Southwest Nature Preserve
5201 Bowman Springs Road
Arlington, TX 76017
5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

This 58-acre preserve of undeveloped land located just south of Interstate 20 and adjacent to Bowman Springs Drive has three ponds, one of which is complete with a fishing pier and a terraced outdoor seating and education area. It is also host to several significant native plant communities, and has a high bluff located on sandstone outcroppings with dramatic views, including one as far away as downtown Fort Worth. From a parking lot, visitors can access the preserve via a concrete walkway and a boardwalk, which leads to the fishing pier.

River Legacy Parks
703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76006
817-860-6752
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5:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.

River Legacy Parks is a 1,300-acre urban oasis that follows the curves of the Trinity River in north Arlington. The Parks' ecological diversity of bottomland forest, wetlands and prairie provides abundant habitat for countless birds, fish, mammals, and native plants. River Legacy Parks is one of the few known habitats of the Devil's Cigar, discovered here in 1991. This unusual, three-inch fungus has an incredible life history. It's also highly unique because of its ability to make hissing sounds.

Park amenities include eight miles of paved hike and bike trails winding through thick forest and expansive greenbelts, Mountain bike trail maintained by DORBA, picnic areas, pavilions, river overlooks, restrooms, playground, and canoe launch.

Gateway Park
750 Beach St.
Fort Worth, TX 76111

Gateway Park is on the east side of Fort Worth just north of the I-30 and Beach St. intersection. There is a sports complex complete with a snack bar, a pro shop, restrooms and picnic areas. Softball and soccer leagues throughout Tarrant County use this facility for regular play and for regional and state tournaments. The park also has numerous bike and hike trails, picnic areas, a dog park with separate small and large dog areas, and waterfront areas alongside the river.

O.S. Fannin Natural Area
Hardisty Dr. & Fox Hunt Dr.
Arlington, TX
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This recreational lake offers miles of trails surrounding the lake which are great for running, walking, hiking or biking. There are also numerous parks cared for by the City of Grapevine located right on the lake.

Benbrook Lake Parks
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The USACE operate several parks at Benbrook Lake that offer hiking, camping, picnicking, and fishing.

Fort Worth: Community Park Trails
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The City of Fort Worth has several parks with trails for the entire family to enjoy. This is a listing with addresses for parking.