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BRIT - New “First Saturday” Public Program - AT
Saturday, July 06 2013, 10:00am - 2:00pm

BRIT Announces New “First Saturday” Public Programs Continue August 3, 2013


The first Saturday of each month, BRIT will offer expanded, free programs designed to interest and entertain visitors of all ages


FORT WORTH, Texas – BRIT is adding to its First Saturday lineup! Now, in addition to our Saturday plant ID sessions with BRIT scientists, our popular Farmer's Market featuring organic and locally grown produce, artisan cheeses, breads, pickles, and other foods; and Bella’s Story Time children’s reading hour; we are adding a free, themed public event the first Saturday of each month.  The new program titled, “Saturday Science Presents” is a staff-constructed series of classes, workshops, presentations, and interactive activities that focus on various aspects of plants in our lives. First Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Saturday Science Presents is designed to entertain and inspire visitors to take a more active role in being good stewards of the North Texas native landscapes, and will highlight sound conservation techniques that can be implemented at home. Program themes will range from historical, environmental, and seasonal to aesthetical aspects of the area’s native plants.


“Market research shows the public likes to attend fun, well-prepared events here at BRIT,” says Anne Baldwin, BRIT's public engagement director. ”“Being open the first Saturday of each month allows our staff to develop more robust programs that present conservation and biodiversity in an entertaining and interactive way.”


Because BRIT will focus on the First Saturday programs, it will be closed the remaining three Saturdays of each month beginning in July, 2013.

Upcoming Saturday Science Presents themed events include:


July 6, 2013 – Celebrate the Independence of Our Urban Landscapes. Appreciate the nature behind the beauty of Texas. The program explores the history of our area’s urban landscape through a scientific lens with an artistic eye. Through a combination of classes and family-friendly activities including photography, painting, and scavenger hunts, participants discover the hidden treasures of our local woodlands, prairies, and rivers.


August 3, 2013 – Garden Like a Native (plant): BRIT Research and Ecoscapes Point the Way – Shows how local homeowners can best deal with the ongoing drought conditions in North Texas in terms of plants and underlying geology that make up residential landscapes.


September 7, 2013 – Free Exhibit: Kochi Makino: An Amazing Garden in Japan

Opening day. Exhibit will document the growth of one of Japan’s premier botanical gardens. The exhibit will include plant specimens, plant photos, rare books, and other memorabilia from the garden, plus the evening of Thursday, September 19, Dr. Tetsuo Koyama, Kochi Makino’s director will present a seminar on the garden’s growth during the last decade.


October 5, 2013 – Fall Harvest Celebration, BRIT’s celebration of this bountiful and fruitful time of the year with many fun, engaging and educational indoor/outdoor activities.


November 2, 2013 – Holiday Botany celebrating the significant role that plants play in our holidays.


BRIT’s First Saturday visitor attendance has steadily risen upward since the Institute’s grand opening on University Drive in May, 2011. For more information on BRIT’s First Saturday programs and schedules, call (817) 332-4441 or visit www.brit.org.


Chris Chilton  |  Director of Marketing + PR  |  BRIT  |  817.546.8691 |  817.332.4112 fax  | 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76107-3400 USA  |  BRIT.org  | Think Before You Print


JEV 6/25/13 

Location: 1700 University Drive Fort Worth, Texas 76107-3400