Nature Programs

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

Youth Nature Programs

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Cross 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! 

Click each date below for details and registration:

Cross Timbers Spring Break Nature Camp

If you're looking for adventure this spring break, you don't have to go far! Cross Timbers Nature Camp is perfect for young naturalists and explorers. Throughout the week we will practice outdoors skills, hike, create arts and crafts, conduct experiments, and learn about our local ecosystem and how we can help! Camp activities begin at 9am everyday. Pick up begins at 4pm. See the schedule below for more details.

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.

7:30am - 9am: Drop-off/Before Care

9am - 4pm: Structured activities

4pm - 4:30pm: Pick-up

4:30pm-5:30pm: After Care (free of charge)

Refund request forms must be received at the Community Services office seven (7) business days prior to the start of camp. No refunds will be issued after the request deadline has passed. There is a $35 administration fee per refund request. Refund and transfer requests delivered at the camp location will not be honored

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Sick Participant Plan

Required forms

Cross Timbers Preschool LogoCross Timbers Forest Preschool

Click here to visit the Forest Preschool page.


Community Programs

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Spring Family Campout

May 13th, 4:00pm - May 14th, 9:00am

Get your tents, sleeping bags, and sense of adventure ready, because it's time 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, a live animal show, games, and much more!

Dinner, breakfast, and snacks are provided.

Registration is for 1 campsite (20x20) space. 6 participants are allowed per campsite. If your family/group needs more than this, please reserve an additional campsite.


Adult Outdoor Education

Urban Wildlife

May 20, 11am-12pm

Join Texas Parks and Wildlife Urban Biologist, Rachel Richter, to learn more about urban wildlife in DFW! Rachel will focus on our local wildlife who can be found throughout the BJNCP trails (and probably around your yard), how to identify them, and their role in our ecosystem. This class will be inside (since mammals can be an unpredictable find), but bring shoes that are good for the trail in case we have time to search for tracks!

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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.