Youth Nature Programs

Cross Timber Nature Club and Cross Timbers Nature Camp: Spring Break are the two largest Youth Nature Programs this spring at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. Details on each program are below. 

Cross Timbers Nature Club logo

Cross Timbers Nature Club is an after school group for young naturalist 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!

January 27 - Squirrels

This month we are learning all about mammals, specifically squirrels! Squirrels are not only fun animals to watch, but they can teach us a lot about how animals handle the winter.

February 24 - Coyotes

Our study of mammals continues this month as we learn about coyotes! Although we don't often see coyotes, they leave plenty of clues behind. This month we'll investigate the trails for traces of these mysterious critters.

March 31 - Birds

This month we are becoming Ornithologists (biologists who study birds) and learning about our feathered friends! As birds return from migration BJNCP will be full of birds to spot and hear.

April 28 - Earth Day

This month we are celebrating Earth Day! Join us as we learn about sustainability in our everyday lives and how small changes can make huge differences.

May 26 - Insects

This month we're buggin' out! Join us as we search for insects and take a glance into a bug's life.

Click here to register for Cross Timbers Nature Club online or visit Champions Club at the Marq to register in person. Registration is not available at the camp location.

Nature Club Location:

355 E. Bob Jones Rd, Southlake, TX 76092

CTNC Campers

Cross Timbers Nature Camp Campers at Lake Grapevine

Parent Resources

Cross Timbers Nature Camp Parent Packet

Sick Participant Plan

Required Forms

Please print out and complete the following forms prior to your child's first day of Nature Camp or Nature Club.

Program Release and Registration Form

Fair Play and Behavior Policy Form

Consent to Administer Medication Form

Cross Timbers Spring Break Nature Camp Logo

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!

Cross Timbers Nature Camp is dedicated to connecting campers to the natural world around us and inspiring young explorers and stewards. With over 750 acres, Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve is the perfect place to explore our Cross Timbers Ecosystem. 

Structured activities take place between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Before and after care is provided free of charge from 8:30 am to 9:00 am and from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Please view the Cross Timbers Nature Camp Parent Packet (found in the Parent Resources Section of this page) for additional information.

Click here to register for Cross Timbers Nature Camp online or visit Champions Club at the Marq to register in person. Registration is not available at the camp location.

Camp Location:

355 E. Bob Jones Rd, Southlake, TX 76092

Southlake Community Services Summer Camp COVID-19 Precautions

The health and safety of campers is our number one priority. Here is what WE, the City of Southlake’s Programs team are doing to keep your child and others safe:

•    WE have developed and implemented increased daily sanitization protocols for common surfaces, restrooms, dining areas, recreational equipment, and camp facilities.

•    WE have trained all staff to ensure the health protocols adopted by the camp are being successfully implemented and followed such as, cleaning and disinfecting, hand hygiene, social distancing, and respiratory etiquette.

•    WE have made hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available throughout the camp.

•    WE ask that no parents or guardians visit the program during or between the program, except to drop-off and pick-up participants from their vehicles.

•    WE are getting all the fresh air we can! We will have as many outdoor activities as possible.

Screening Process: Each camper and staff member will be screened upon arrival at camp. Parents/Guardians and Staff will be asked the following questions:

1) Has your child been in close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks?

2) Has you child shown signs of ANY sickness in the last 72 hours? (please see our Sick Participant Plan found under our Parent Resources section on this page).

If a staff member, child, or participant answers, ‘yes’ to any of the above screening questions or is observed to have any signs of sickness, they will not be granted admission to the program. All participants and staff will have their temperature taken upon arrival. If their temperature meets or exceeds 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit they will not be permitted to enter. If a child, guest, or staff member exhibits signs of any sickness at any point in the day, they will be sent home.

Participants and staff waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test will not be allowed entry to the program until they have a confirmed negative test or have completed an isolation period of at least ten days. Participants and staff in quarantine will not be allowed to participate. Any participant or staff who has come in close contact with a COVID-19 confirmed person may not return to the program until they have completed a 14-day quarantine and are symptom-free.

Our staff will be wearing cloth face masks at all times, cleaning regularly, implementing set times for handwashing, and enforcing social distancing when possible. When items must be shared, we will ensure all participants have cleaned their hands before and after handling the item. Once done with the item it will be fully sanitized.

Any participant age 10 and up is required to wear a mask when inactive. 

If a participant or staff member in our program tests positive for COVID-19 during or within seven days of their participation, all parents/guardians will be notified. If you choose to remove your child from the program, you may do so. If you choose to let your child remain in the program, we will continue to take the appropriate safeguards.

A healthy day begins at home! To help us keep your child and others safe, here is what we ask YOU to do:

• Keep your child home if he or she is sick

• Teach your child to sneeze/cough in his/her sleeve.

• Teach your child to wash his/her hands often, especially before eating and after toileting.

• Share the importance of your child keeping their hands away from their face.

There are enhanced risks of participants being in direct contact with anyone age 65 or older for 14 days after participation. We encourage you to make the best possible decisions for yourself and your family by following expert guidance and advice.

Contact Us

  1. 355 E. Bob Jones Rd
    Southlake, Texas 76092
    Phone: (817) 748-8019
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