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Nature & Science Hikes

Three Free Prairie Keepers Hikes

Guided hikes for children begin on the hour from 11 am until 4 pm.

The Time Travel Passport Game

Travel through Time at Prairie Fest # 9! Beautiful rolling hills and prairie wildflowers are rare in North Texas. Yet, they define Tandy Hills Natural Area. Have you ever wondered how these features evolved? Travel back in time to find out!

Heather Foote, science educator and founder of Prairie Keepers, has designed a new hike for Prairie Fest 2014: The Time Travel Passport Game ©. This self-paced interpretive hike starts with the Gait Keeper at the Time Travel Passport Office. Train with math educator Jonathan Mills to pace your steps through a scale model of geologic time, but beware the Time Vortex! Passport books are free, and required to play the game. Hike the length of the Tandy Hills ridge, and be amazed. The Time Trail is open from 11 am until sunset.

Play to Win the Time Travel Passport Game grand prize!
Win a week of overnight summer camp fun when you play the Time Travel Passport Game! Free passport game books are available from 11 am - 5pm in the Free Play Zone. This $600 value grand prize was generously donated by YMCA Camp Carter. Highly trained Time Travel Guides will help you learn to play the game. One lucky winner will be announced just before Brave Combo plays the closing set at sundown. Be there to win!

Chronos: The Keeper of Time © by Prairie Keepers

For ages 7 through adult, this 45-minute hike explores challenging terrain to reveal the treasures of geologic time hidden in time capsules. Participants keep their time travel passport book and a wooden cookie nametag. Proper footwear required.

Earthwalks ® by The Institute for Earth Education

For ages 3 – 6, Earthwalks are refreshing strolls with a naturalist guide along a gentle trail. Special needs hikers and parents will find this 30-minute hike can awaken the senses. Participants keep their wooden cookie nametag and a piece of the rainbow!

Art on the Prairie

Works by Fort Worth native Karen Carr and UK artist Richard Bizley are featured in Prairie Keepers Time Travel Game.