Prairie Notes are monthly photo/journal observations from Tandy Hills Natural Area by Founder/Director, Don Young. They include field reports, flora and fauna sightings, and more, mixed with a scoop of dry humor and a bit of philosophy. They are available free to all who get on the FOTHNA email list.
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September 21, 2016
One day a year Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area (FOTHNA) participates in North Texas Giving Day for nonprofit organizations.
On September 22, 2016, from 6 a.m. - Midnight, we are asking you to make a financial donation to support our volunteer efforts. Your support on this day is vital to our outdoor education and restoration efforts.
This LINK takes you directly to the EZ donation page:
> Trails construction, realignment and maintenance
(Immediate funds are needed to implement Master Plan making trail system more user-friendly and sustainable.)
> Kids on the Prairie
(Our outdoor education program in partnership with FWISD needs supplies for biannual field trips.)
> Prairie Posse & Brush Bash
(All-volunteer effort to control invasive species across the park needs tools & supplies.)
> PrairieSky / StarParty & other Special Events
(Our monthly star parties and other special events need supplies, equipment and promo funds.)
SInce 2004, Friends of Tandy Hills have kept a watchful eye on this irreplaceable and unique natural resource. Tens of thousands of volunteer hours have helped protect, restore and promote this once, unknown and neglected public park for all to freely enjoy.
From 2006 to 2015, Prairie Fest helped increase public awareness of Tandy HIlls and the importance of all area prairies. It is now a much-utilized, outdoor recreation and education resource.
The Tandy HIlls BioBlitz, hosted by FOTHNA in April 2016, raised the profile and demonstrated the extraordinary biological diversity of Tandy Hills in an intensive study by dozens of scientific experts from across Texas.
At the BioBlitz, we even got Mayor Betsy Price to publicly sign the Mayor's Monarch Pledge.
PrairieSky / StarParty, our new monthly event is bringing a whole new audience to experience Tandy HIlls.
One measure of success that makes us deserving of your donations is the partners we have attracted over the years. Here's a partial list:
- City of Fort Worth
- Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department
- Fort Worth ISD
- Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
- Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
- Texas Wesleyan University
- Teaming with Wildlife
- American Institute of Architects - Fort Worth
- Native Prairies Association of Texas
- Native Plant Society of Texas
- Fort Worth Astronomical Society
- Cross Timbers Master Naturalists
Our growing trophy case reflects the hard work of volunteers who care passionately about Tandy Hills. We are proud of these recognitions:
- Best Place to Stand in North Texas (Tandy Hills), FW Star-Telegram, 2009
- Best Outdoor Cultural Event, FW Weekly, 2010
- Tandy Hills Prairie Fest Day, Fort Worth Mayor's Proclamation: 2010 & 2014
- Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Award, 2013
- Best Green Space, FW Weekly, 2013
- Native Star Award, Native Plant Society of Texas, 2014
- Excellence in Sustainable Development Award, AIA-FW, 2016
We are grateful for your support.