Southlake’s Natural Treasure

If you are concerned about the environment, Mother Nature, the history of our planet, endangered bird and wildlife species, join me….I am a participant in the Leadership Southlake 2013 class and our project is to enhance a rare treasure in our area, Bob Jones Nature Center. Located in far north Southlake off White Chapel and Bob Jones, the fully functional education center is situated on a 76 acre preserve with access to almost 400 acres of Cross Timbers habitat on Corps of Engineer land.

Originally the farm of a freed slave named Bob Jones, the land eventually was acquired by the City of Southlake. The preserve and Southlake Cove ecosystem are home to approximately 250 types of birds, white-tailed deer, gray and red fox, wild turkeys, raccoons, bobcats and the Texas Spiney Lizard. The butterfly garden and native Texas plants provide natural inhabitants a wildlife sanctuary in which to dwell.

Already a major destination site for environmentalists, tourists from around the world and local Scout troups, the trails still need signs describing what the visitor is witnessing. Our Leadership class has determined that we will raise funds to provide these educational tools, as well as leave an account for future signage.

And check out “Green Fest” at Southlake Town Square on April 6th. This is Southlake’s point-of-connection to learn about being a better steward of the earth’s resources.Visit Texas-GreenFest.com for more information.

Please contact me at cheryl@cherylfairbanks.com or call the Chamber of Commerce at 817/481-8200 if you would like to be donate to our project. We need to collect all funds as soon as possible.

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