Nature Programs

Our nature programs provide the perfect opportunity for the entire family to enjoy the beauty of Southlake in the outdoors!  

Community Programs

Community Hikes

Come hike with us! Community Hikes are led by Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve (BJNCP) staff. Hikes are designed to teach participants about local wildlife and BJNCP trails. Community Hikes are suitable for guests of all ages and hiking experience. Please note, we will be walking on uneven terrain and hikes will range from 1-2 miles. Registration is required for all hikers. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. Make sure to wear closed-toe shoes, bring a water bottle, and wear clothes you are willing to get dirty.

Earth Day Lake Hike

April 16th | 10:00am - 12:00pm
On this hike, we will celebrate Earth Day by learning about and the plants and animals of BJNCP along with the Jones story. This hike is 2 miles.
Register here.

Night Hike

May 14th | 8:00pm - 9:30pm
On this hike, we will be in search of the nocturnal critters who roam the Preserve at night! This hike is just shy of 1 mile. Make sure to bring a flashlight!
Register here.

Spring Family Campout

Get your tents, sleeping bags, and sense-of-adventure ready for the Spring Family Campout at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve! Whether you and your family are new to camping or simply need another reason to sleep under the stars, the Spring Family Campout is a great way to get outdoors and reconnect with nature. Campout activities include a group night hike to help you learn more about our local wildlife, a scavenger hunt, storytime, games, and much more! Dinner, breakfast, and snacks are provided.

May 7th-8th
Registration is for one 20ftx20ft campsite. 6 participants are allowed per campsite. If your family/group needs more than this, please reserve an additional campsite. Rainout dates are May 14-15 (4pm-9am).

Register here.


Youth Nature Programs

kids looking at nature signCross Timbers Nature Club

Cross Timbers Nature Club is an after-school group for young naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts. We meet once a month from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve (BJNCP) to explore the trails, study local wildlife, and learn how we can become stewards of the land. Join us for an afternoon of hiking, investigating, friendships, and more!

Class Schedule

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Cross Timbers Nature Club and Spring Break Camp

Cross Timbers Nature Camp is perfect for young naturalists and explorers. Throughout the week we will practice outdoor skills, hike, create arts and crafts, conduct experiments, and learn about our local ecosystem and how we can help!

May 14th-18th | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Ages: 5-11. All 5-year-old's must have completed or be currently attending Kindergarten in a public or private school equivalent. Parents will receive a parent packet the Thursday before camp begins to answer any questions about Cross Timbers Nature Camp.

Register here.

Nature Club Sick Participant Plan

Required forms.

Cross Timbers Preschool LogoCross Timbers Forest Preschool

Click here to visit the forest preschool page.


Adult Outdoor Education

Healing Gardens

2/19/22 10am-11am 

Gardens are good for our health! Research shows they can calm, heal, and strengthen us. Given the need for healing in our world right now, how can we shape our gardens to increase this healing power? During this class with Betsy Marsh, Conservation Education Coordinator for Tarrant Regional Water District, you’ll have an opportunity to walk through the beautiful gardens at BJNCP, learn about specific plants and garden features that can promote health and well-being, and discuss new pathways to health in your own home garden. This class will be entirely or almost entirely outside so please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. In case of rain we will be meeting inside. 

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Photography Basics

3/26/22 10:30am-11:30am

Join local photography expert, Bruce Rosenstiel, to learn about wildlife photography! This class will touch on the basics of photographing nature while focusing on pollinators in the garden. Topics will include equipment, the basics of shooting, general tips and tricks, and more! Feel free to bring your own camera with you.

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BJNCP Garden Tour 

5/14/22 9am-10am

Tarrant and Denton County Master Gardeners work incredibly hard to make the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve (BJNCP) gardens beautiful and beneficial to wildlife. Join head BJNCP Master Gardener, Carol Dowd, for a tour of the Nature Center gardens. Carol is an expert in all things gardening and can teach you about our plants along with giving you tips for your own garden. This class will be entirely outside so please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. 

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Previous Classes

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Front of Bob Jones Nature CenterBob Jones Nature Center & Preserve

Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve (BJNCP) is proud to offer programs for participants of all ages! All BJNCP programs are intended to connect participants to the local ecosystem through hands-on, interactive experiences. 

The Nature Center building is open during scheduled public program hours. Trails are open every day from 7:00am - 8:00pm and 7:00am - 5:00pm (winter hours). When visiting please pack water and wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather. We proudly practice Leave No Trace Principals and ask that all guests are respectful to the plants and animals who call BJNCP home. Happy hiking!

If you have any questions about upcoming BJNCP programs, please give us a call at (817) 748-8658 or Sign-up to receive the latest information.