Our Mission: The mission of the Fort Worth Nature Center And Refuge is "To enhance the quality of life by enrolling and educating our community in the preservation and protection of natural areas while standing as an example of these same principles and values in North Central Texas." This includes our educational and recreational program offerings, location and routes of trails, and choice of habitat restoration methods. After years of studying this beautiful, historical, and ecologically important property, our professional staff of naturalists has developed a great depth of appreciation for and understanding of this dynamic landscape. Educational programming and resource management plans to support our mission are drawn from this growing pool of knowledge. Appreciation for the natural history of North Texas begins with the study of its geology, soils, and vegetation associations. the Fort Worth (Grand) Prairie and the Western Cross Timbers. The West Fork of the Trinity River, with its associated tributaries and wetlands, adds another layer of complexity to this diverse landscape as it dissects a meandering path through the park. The Fort Worth Prairie is a true mid- and tall grassland community found on the eroding Walnut Shell limestone formation. Grasses such as Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Yellow Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans), Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) and Meadow dropseed (Sporobolus asper var. drummondii) form a dense matrix interspersed with a wide variety of forbs (wildflowers).