Botany, Ecology, and Nature

Explorers by nature.

BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden are pleased to offer this series of classes and workshops that focus on giving participants hands-on, experience-based education in the fields of plant and wildlife science, conservation, sustainability, and ecology. These unique classes and workshops (most featuring field investigations or lab work) enhance participants' prior education, offering the opportunity to assemble a new set of skills. Participants enjoy interaction with professionals in their field of interest. 

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Program Information

PROGRAM POLICIES

GROW Adult Education programs are for adults 18 and older. BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden endeavor to offer a quality educational experience to each program participant, with class sizes supporting this policy. Registered participants may not bring an unregistered participant of any age to class. Onsite registrations, when a class is not sold out, are encouraged.

GROW members may register for courses at the discounted member rate; guests of members do not qualify for the member rate. Program registration fees include complimentary entry into the Botanic Garden the day of the program. Entry to BRIT is always free. 

Many courses are held outdoors and may require moderate walking to and from one or more locations. As such we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. If you have questions about physical requirements, please send an email to ewhite@brit.org. 

CANCELLATION POLICY 

To cancel your registration for a class, please email mschmidlkofer@brit.org at least ten calendar days prior to the start of that class. You will receive an 85% refund. No refunds are granted less than ten calendar days before the class starts.

If you choose, you may gift your seat in the class to a friend or family member; just send us the name and email address of the person who is taking your spot so we can add them to the roster and send them the appropriate information.

Payment for your class reserves your seat and allows us to secure the instructor. If you are late for class, your seat will be reserved; we do not transfer your seat to walk-in participants. Partial refunds or transfers are not available for unattended classes.

In the event that we must cancel a class, you will be notified email and will have several options: we can transfer your ticket to another class right away (or classes, so long as the new value does not exceed the original value), issue a credit to be applied to another class or classes in the same calendar year, or provide a refund. This applies to classes that do not meet the minimum registrant requirement, which sometimes occurs.

By registering online, over the phone, or in person, you are agreeing to GROW's ten-day cancellation policy outlined above. 

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden are pleased to offer this series of classes and workshops that focus on giving participants hands-on, experience-based education in the fields of plant and wildlife science, conservation, sustainability, and ecology. These unique classes and workshops (most featuring field investigations or lab work) enhance participants' prior education, offering the opportunity to assemble a new set of skills. Participants enjoy interaction with professionals in their field of interest. 

Upcoming Events

Behind the Scenes at Butterflies in the Garden

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Find out what it takes to exhibit tropical butterflies in the Conservatory! Following a lecture presentation on butterflies and the exhibit we will visit the Pupae Preparation Lab and explore the Conservatory. This is your chance to learn from the Botanic Garden's own entomologist, Gail Manning, and see Butterflies in the Garden from a special perspective.

Instructor: Gail Manning, Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Saturday, March 14, 2020 (1 – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: March 10     

$38/$28 member

Location: FWBG

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Creating a Monarch Waystation

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Join Gail Manning, Fort Worth Botanic Garden's resident entomologist, to learn about the monarch’s journey north! Learn the elements of a successful waystation and plants that feed caterpillars and butterflies. This is a great opportunity to discover how you can be involved in citizen science.

Instructor: Gail Manning, Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Saturday, March 28, 2020 (1 – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: March 24   

$25/$20 member

Location: BRIT

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Don't Throw Away Your Orchid

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Phalaenopsis are the most popular orchid because the beautiful flowers last for months. Unfortunately, many of these orchids are thrown away after all the flowers drop. Orchids are perennials - they will grow and flower every year for many years! Explore the mystery around the orchid plant family and orchid growing with orchid grower Dr. Dotty Woodson. Since 1973, Dr. Woodson has grown, lectured and demonstrated about orchids. Discover where and how orchids grow in nature and how you can grow orchids on your window sill, in your greenhouse, and even outdoors for the summer.  This course will cover orchid growing, potting, dividing, watering, fertilizing, propagating, collecting, and maintaining orchids for many years. The class will visit a large orchid collection for an applied learning experience.

InstructorDr. Dotty Woodson has grown orchids since 1973. Woodson’s goal is to share her knowledge and enjoyment about growing orchids. She has presented orchid programs to orchid growers and gardeners in many states, at four International Master Gardener Conference, two International Phalaenopsis Alliance Conferences, California Speakers Day, Texas, New England and New York Speakers Circuits and to international audiences on Norwegian Cruise Line.  Woodson is a member of the Fort Worth Orchid Society, Greater North Texas Orchid Society, Southwest Regional Orchid Growers Association and the American Orchid Society. Woodson has also written articles about orchid culture for many newspapers and magazines and appeared on many television and radio shows to discuss growing orchids. In addition, she has produced several orchid videos and contributed orchid material and photographs for several books. Woodson’s DVD “Growing Orchids Made Easy with Dotty” is available through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Bookstore at https://agrilifebookstore.org/.

Woodson has B. S. and M.S. degrees in Horticulture from Tarleton State University and a doctoral degree from Texas A&M and Texas Tech Universities. Before retirement, Woodson taught landscape water conservation by design, plant selection, and irrigation efficiency for 32 years at Tarrant County College, TCU, UTA, and for Texas A&M Extension as a County Extension Agent in Tarrant County and Water Resource Extension State Specialist. For 21 years, Dotty wrote a weekly horticulture column for the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Dotty appeared weekly on NBC News and other television programs for 25 years.

Saturday, March 14, 2020 (10 am – noon)

Registrations Deadline: April 30

$35/$30 member

Location: FWBG

Meet Your Inner-Botanist

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Is the language of botany a mystery to you? Do you wish you knew how plants are named and how to identify them? Join BRIT's Tiana Franklin Rehman in this hands-on and lecture-based class exploring the fundamentals of the fascinating science of plants. We will investigate foundational concepts in botany including naming and classification, morphology, and basic identification skills to be practiced with both plants collected in the field and preserved scientific specimens from the BRIT Herbarium.

Instructor: Tiana Franklin Rehman, BRIT Herbarium Collections Manager

Saturday, May 2, 2020 (1 pm – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 28        

$25/$20 member

Location: BRIT

Fern Propagation

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This hands-on class with Agnes Slociak Knasiak, PhD explores the unusual way in which ferns propagate. As ferns bear no flowers or seed pods, we will probe this very primitive process of plant sexual reproduction. You will take home pots of ferns ready to bring the mystery of spore reproduction into its full glory in your plant collection.

Instructor: Agnieszka Slociak Knasiak, PhD has degrees from two universities in Europe, earning her doctorate in Horticulture. During her doctoral study in Wroclaw, Poland she took special classes for “The Art of Floral Design.” She creates the flower designs each year for the Japanese Garden Festivals. She also designs arrangements for special events at the Botanic Garden and BRIT. She is currently a Greenhouse Curator at the Botanic Garden.

Saturday, June 20, 2020 (1 pm – 3:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 16        

$30/$25 member

Location: FWBG

 

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