All Bob Jones Nature Center members are invited to join us for our Winter Lecture Series. Sip from a mug of cocoa while you learn from local experts about native Texas ecology, conservation, and sustainability. Lectures will be held on the second or fourth Saturday of the month from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM from November to February. Lectures are for youth and adults 16+. Please call (817) 491-6333 to reserve your seat!
Nov. 29: “Toads of Texas: Local Amphibians”
Featuring Michael Smith
Michael Smith has pursued herpetology as an avocation for nearly twenty years, with strong interests in natural history and conservation. In 1999, he co-founded the Dallas-Fort Worth Herpetological Society and served as its Editor for a number of years and as President for a term. He organized Crosstimbers Connection, a nonprofit that provides nature education, in 2012 and serves as its President. Over the years he has written numerous articles and provided talks for herpetological societies, nature centers, and other organizations such as the Sierra Club. With Clint King, he has written for and edited an e-journal, Texas Field Notes, from 2010 to the present.
Dec. 13: “Local Winter Birding”
Featuring Dr. Ray Chancellor
Learn about the little known treasure of wintering birds here in Northeast Tarrant County. We have more birds and more species visiting our backyards during the winter than any other season of the year. Dr. Ray Chancellor will use his own photos to emphasize the beauty and variety of birds that can be seen and how to have a great backyard feeding program.
Jan. 10: “Adventures in Sustainable Housing”
Featuring Dr. Jill DeVito
Dr. DeVito is an ecologist and educator who loves to connect learners of all ages with the natural world. A Professor of UTA, she also shares her enthusiasm for nature as a School Programs Educator at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and as a Naturalist at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. Her talk focuses on off-grid passive solar “Earthships” in the New Mexico desert.
Jan. 24: “Sustainability – Global Population and Energy Constraints”
Featuring Dr. John Wickham
What are the social and economic requirements of the global population? What is the standard of living people should enjoy? How should wealth be distributed? Join Dr. Wickham and discover what global population means for future sustainability. Currently a Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Dr. Wickham draws attention to conservation and sustainability.
Feb. 14: "Honey Bees for Beginners"
Featuring Jeff Bennett
Why are honey bees important? Experience hands-on learning with real bee-keeping tools and materials and sample golden honey!
Feb. 28: “Spring Awakening: Organic Gardening”
Featuring Marshall Grain Co.
Prepare for the spring season with tips on how to cultivate a thriving, sustainable, organic garden.