Spring 2018 Lecture Series

Come on out to the Bob Jones Nature Center to experience the season of buds and blooms and learn more about the natural world at one of our spring lectures. Led by local naturalists, environmental educators, and historians, our Spring 2018 Lecture Series is focused on topics that will increase your knowledge of our local environment and history here in Southlake.

Cost: FREE for members; $7 for non-members

Members call 817-491-6333 or email admin@bjnc.org to reserve your seat

Dates/times: Saturdays from 1-2:30 p.m. (see specific dates and topics below)

Audience: Teens and adults (children able to sit through 90 minute lectures welcome to tag along if they wish)

Minimum of 4 guests, maximum of 30 per lecture


Who Was Bob Jones? with Claire Johnson, March 3rd

Bob Jones Road, Bob Jones Park, Bob Jones Nature Center. Who was this man Bob Jones that we name so many places after? The largely untold story of Bob Jones is one of defiance in the face of racism and success against all odds. Claire Johnson, who has been studying the history of Bob Jones for many years, will deliver a presentation to introduce to this incredible historical figure. A board member at the Southlake Historical Society and friend of several Jones family members, Claire possesses a wealth of knowledge on the ins and outs of the Jones story and has used the nature center grounds to locate artifacts and remnants of the Jones family past. Her lecture will guide you through the main pillars of this fascinating story.

Register HERE.


Ecology of North Central Texas, with Susan Pohlen, March 17th

Have you struggled to make your yard grow what you want it to grow? Or perhaps you have wondered from time to time why you no longer see the critters you played with as a kid, like horned lizards, fireflies, box turtles, or tarantulas? Did you know that North Central Texas is one of the richest places in North America when it comes to species diversity, and that it is now more threatened than ever? If you are interested in the answers to these and other questions, then stop by for Master Naturalist Susan Pohlen’s lecture and learn about some of the most interesting elements of our local environment.

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Texas Native Cats, with Monica Morrison, March 24th

Learn all about the five cat species that call or have called Texas their home: Bobcats, Mountain Lions, Jaguars, Ocelots, and Jaguarundis. Texas Native Cat Society founder Monica Morrison will use her more than fifteen years of experience working with both wild and domesticated cat species to discuss the demographics, history, status, and future outlook of our native cats.

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Texas Mammals, with Jan Hodson, April 7th

Jan Hodson’s lifelong work in the wildlife field includes work as a Park Interpreter for Ray Roberts State Park, beekeeping experience with the Denton County Beekeepers Association, and more than 6,000 hours of service to the Elm Fork Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists. Her interactive lecture on Texas mammals will utilize animal skins and plaster track casts to help us learn how to recognize some of the local wildlife by the signs they leave behind.

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Spring Pollinators, with Sher Dunaway, April 21st

Thanks to the wonderful work of pollinators, much of the food we eat and flowers and plants we enjoy are possible. Learn about how you can make a positive difference in your home environment with Master Gardener Sher Dunaway. Sher’s lecture will focus on how you can provide a diverse assortment of flowering plants and encourage native species in your landscape. Weather permitting, we will take a walk through the Bob Jones Nature Center Pollinator Garden to illustrate how to bring color and friendly wildlife to your yard.

Register HERE.