BRIT® Celebrates the North Texas Native Prairies with its Third Annual Prairie Day Event

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Free event to be held on Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at BRIT; Jetta Operating Company, Inc. joins Prairie Day as title sponsor.

BRIT celebrates Prairie Day Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas will hold its third annual Prairie Day event at BRIT on Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. This is BRIT’s free, annual, outdoor celebration highlighting the beauty and vibrancy of the North Texas native landscape with family-oriented, hands-on activities, events, demonstrations, and entertainment that showcase the native grasses, wildflowers, and vegetation that blankets the BRIT campus.

There will be 33 exhibitors as well as a variety of food trucks for drinks and food. Activities, exhibits, and demonstrations include: guided prairie walks; making seedballs; a solar oven cooking demonstration; paper flower-making, spinning, toys, and games by the Log Cabin Village; face painting by Merry Heart Face Painters; balloon twisters by An Occasion Station; and prairie artifacts from the Fort Worth Zoo.

Booths will be set-up on the BRIT prairie highlighting native plants by the following organizations: Fort Worth Nature Center, River Legacy Foundation, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Bob Jones Nature Center, Great Plains Restoration Council, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, Van Zandt Cottage, Camp Fire First Texas, and FitWorth.

This year’s entertainment includes live music by Everybody's Darlin' and Short Fuse. Music starts at 9 a.m. At 10:45 a.m. the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will present its Birds of Prey presentation.

Back by popular demand is BRIT’s prairie dog mascot naming contest. BRIT is hosting two special guest prairie dogs from Citizens for Prairie Dogs. The naming contest began April 1 on BRIT’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The winner(s) of the naming contest and the prairie dog names that they submitted will be announced at 11:45 a.m. on the main stage.

New for this year, Jetta Operating Company, Inc. lends its corporate support with event sponsorship. The official name of Prairie day is: BRIT Prairie Day Presented by Jetta Operating Company, Inc.

Entertainment Schedule:
BRIT’s Farmers Market, 8 a.m.
Plant Walks, at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Everybody's Darlin', 9 a.m.
Birds of Prey Presentation, 10:45 a.m.
Raffle & Announcements, 11:45 a.m.
Short Fuse, 12 Noon
Bella’s Story Time Read a Louds on Demand

Join Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) scientists and botanists at the BRIT campus, 1700 University Drive in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District, for Prairie Day Presented by Jetta Operating Company, Inc. on Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and help celebrate the beauty and vibrancy of the North Texas native landscape.

About the Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Founded in 1987, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) based in Fort Worth, Texas, is an international, scientific research and learning center focused on conservation, knowledge sharing, and studying the diversity of plant life. BRIT conducts extensive global research, including major projects in Texas, Europe, Peru, and the Pacific Islands. In the last 10 years, BRIT scientists have located and described scores of species previously unknown to science. BRIT's herbarium is among the largest in the United States and is the largest U.S. herbarium not part of a university, botanical garden, or broader natural history museum. In the spring of 2011, BRIT moved into its new, U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum-certified headquarters located in the Fort Worth Cultural District. BRIT is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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