Photography Program

Bob Jones Nature Center offers many opportunities for photographers, young and old, regardless of skill level.  Not only are we famous for the beautiful flora and fauna on the trail and in our butterfly garden, but we are the home of the large rustic red barn that so many families have used as a backdrop for children’s portraits, holiday photos, and more.

Bob Jones Nature Center is open for all to enjoy and visitors are welcome to take casual photographs as they please.  For professional photographers coming to use any part of the center as a backdrop for photos, you will need to register with our office at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled session.  It is recommended that you contact us as early as possible however so that you can more easily get the session time of your choice. You can do this by emailing or calling.

Professional photographers can register and book a time slot for their session for $30 per hour for a day pass or register for an annual pass for $200, which will allow unlimited sessions at Bob Jones Nature Center for a period of one year.  Those with an annual pass must still call ahead to book their sessions and session length is limited to one hour blocks.

Amateur Photography vs. Professional Photography: Amateur photography includes visitors taking snapshots or shooting video for private, non-commercial use. 

Professional photography includes individuals taking photos for a paying client, photos to be marketed at some time to a paying client, or to be published or distributed in any way as a means to make money now or anytime in the future.

As a courtesy to all registered professional photographers who have booked a session, as a matter of respect for your profession we work very hard to ensure no more than three (3) photographers with clients are on property at a time. There will be instances during days the Nature Center is closes that this rule has the potential to be violated.

Please Note: If you are an annual pass holder you will be issues a Bob Jones Nature Center lanyard, vehicle tag, t-shirt, etc. identifying you as an annual pass holder. All day pass individuals are issued a pass provided by the Nature Center staff. If you find during your visit a fellow photographer is not visibly wearing something that indicates they are registered to be on property, kindly make the Nature Center aware by coming into the building. If it is after hours you are welcome to kindly explain you are an annual/day pass holder and have reserved your space hence priority during the time you’ve indicated.   

General Rules for photographers:

  • No pets
  • Stay on marked trails, paths, and mowed areas
  • No props larger than a chair
  • Park only in designated parking spots
  • Please be considerate of other visitors to the nature center
  • Please collect all your belongings

If you are interested in sharing your Bob Jones Nature Center photos follow us on twitter or facebook. Please contact BJNC at 817-491-6333 or at to register and/or book a session.