The Bob Jones Nature Center (BJNC) is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization that is dedicated to the preservation of the Cross Timbers ecosystem, which includes the Southlake Cove sub-ecosystem, and fostering education about our natural environment.

The 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. BJNC is open for all to enjoy and visitors are welcome to take casual photographs as they please. For photographers coming to use any part of the center as a backdrop for photos, you will need to register with our office at or call 817-491-6333 least 24 hours prior to your session.

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. Photographers register and book a 2-hour time slot for $50 per two hours or register for an annual pass at $300, which will allow unlimited sessions at Nature Center for a period of one year in addition to membership benefits. Those with an annual pass will be given priority in booking and must still make a reservation.

As a courtesy to all registered professional photographers who have booked a session for the grounds, we will book NO more than 2-3 photographers for any given 2-hour time slot.

Photographer Guidelines

  • Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Do not disturb the wildlife or plants. Including their flowers.
  • Children should be supervised at all times.
  • Do not block trails or pathways or obstruct access for other visitors when posing for photographs.
  • For safety reasons, do not pose clients in trees (tree climbing not allowed), on rocks, or on other structures. Exterior shots only.
  • Dressing rooms / changing rooms are not available.
  • Pets are not allowed. This is for the safety of your clients and their pets – there are wild hogs at the Nature Center which do not interact well with domesticated dogs and cats.
  • Stay on marked trails, paths, and mowed areas.
  • No props larger than a chair.
  • Please be considerate of other visitors to the nature center.