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On Stage in the Education Zone

11 am BRIT Bella Story Time 
12:00  Bella Story Time
1:00  North Texas Raptors from Blackland Prairie Raptor Center 
3 pm:  Twice Upon a Time 
5:15 pm:  Twice Upon a Time
8:15:  Ghost Stories by Twice Upon a Time

Botanic Research Institute of Texas

Bella is the host of Bella's Book Club and Story Time at the Botanic Research Institute of Texas (BRIT).
These programs are designed for preschool-development levels.  Parents are welcome!

Blackland Prairie Raptor Center

Day and night the raptors are on patrol. Their mission: search for a meal.  How do they do it?  Discover unique raptor hunting adaptations for prairies.  Raptors of different species and sizes will be used to demonstrate their capabilities.  This program by the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center is appropriate for all ages.  Participants gather at the main trail in the education area for a 10-minute hike to a remote stage. 

Twice Upon a Time

On the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artists Roster since 2003 and the Mid-America Arts Alliance since 2006, Gene and Peggy Helmick-Richardson have shared stories at Prairie Fest for years.  They were featured tellers for the 2010 Texas Storytelling Conference.  With 30 years of storytelling experience and a PhD in entomology, Gene is president of the Dallas Storytelling Guild.  Peggy has a master’s degree in journalism and also works as a freelance writer.  She joined Gene on the professional storytelling stage in 1999, and is secretary of the Dallas Storytelling Guild.

Play the Prairie Passengers Passport Game 

Enter to win a week of overnight summer camp donated by YMCA Camp Carter.  Collect 7 clues and 7 ink stamps to solve a haiku puzzle.   A winner of this $600-value grand prize will be drawn at 6 pm

Hike the Hills with Prairie Keepers

Home Sweet Home Hike is a story driven adventure for ages 7 and up (11 am - 4 pm).  Register for this free hike at or sign up at our booth in the Education Zone.