BRIT: The Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth

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Bella, a Begonia puppet,  has story time each month at BRIT First Saturdays at 10:30am!  BRIT First Saturday is a monthly event offering a unique selection of programs and entertainment focused around a particular theme. After Story Time in the Burk Children’s Library, guest can take a self-guided exploration of stations in and out of the Tree House

Cost: FREE to the public

Bella’s Book Club has storytime the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30am.  Cost is $10.00, and includes a Bella’s Story Time read-aloud in the Burk Children’s Library, guided exploration centers in the Tree House, guided outdoor explorations and a take-home journal.




We then were led to view into a room where BRIT employees were taking plant samples, some from Peru and some from Texas, and attaching them to plates for references.

Everything about BRIT is as green as it can be.  Employees are encouraged to bicycle to work, and showers are offered so that they can freshen up.  Their water is heated via a long pipe that takes the water underground.  The electricity is solar, and even the rooftop is green…..literally!  They have a living rooftop, that has been planted with sun loving native Texas plants!

In the side yard is a geological time table of rock taken from the local area.  This was Cole’s favorite area, as you can see the changes in the rock, and some fossils, from when Fort Worth was a shallow sea!

Cole and Danielle received their Nature Challenge stamp, and were told that they were the first ones to complete the challenge at BRIT!  They posed for pictures, and Leo spotted a pond that they are building in the front.  We went outside to watch as they worked on the pumps for the pond.

BRIT has an interactive table which allows you to move the cameras on the Living Roof!

If you would like to schedule your own visit to BRIT, follow this link:
BRIT’s storytimes are offered on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Free tours are offered Tue-Fri from 1:30-2:30pm.  Or visit during their monthly Family Saturday, with hands on activities for the entire family, focused around a different theme each month, for $5.00/person.

Things To Do in Fort Worth Cultural District


The Fort Worth Botanical Gardens is located next to BRIT, with beautiful gardens, including the Japanese Gardens, plus the Native Texas Boardwalk, considered a living outdoor classroom. Click HERE to read more.

Across the street from BRIT is Trinity Park, Fort Worth’s premier park on the shores of the Trinity River!  Playgrounds, bike rentals, miles of hiking and biking trails on the Trinity Trails, the Fort Worth Miniature Railroad and much more are waiting for you!  It is also home to the annual Mayfest each May!  Click HERE to read more.


We love the Rotisserie Chicken at the Velvet Taco, located at 2700 West 7th St, and we love their Velvet Elvis dessert taco, but the BEST reason to visit is their line of local craft sodas from Oak Cliff Beverage Works!

Botanical Research Institute of Texas   

1700 University Ave, Fort Worth

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