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 The popular Prairie Day event is free for the whole family. The new Prairie Night is a ticketed event and caters to the young at heart.

FORT WORTH  – Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) will offer fun for all ages when the free, family-friendly Prairie Day on Saturday, May 13, is joined by a ticketed event for the first time. Prairie Night will cater to the young at heart, and it's set for 6-11 p.m. Friday, May 12.

Highlights of the inaugural evening event will include:

It's the seventh year for the popular and annual Prairie Day. Activities will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 13.

Highlights will include:

  • Learning about hardy, Texas-native plants as well as the culture and natural history that define our region through activities and games for the whole family
  • 40-plus discovery booths and exhibitors from All Saints Episcopal School Solar car team, Barking Cat Farm, Log Cabin Village, Resurrected Rejects with Bird Feeders, SunPro Solar, Texas Bluebird Society, Texan by Nature and more
  • Live music from Matt Snook (www.mattsnookmusic.com), Hartley Hall, (http://hartleyhallmusic.com) and Amber Leigh White (www.amberleighwhite.com)
  • Petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, balloon twisters, and children’s crafts by Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
  • Birds of Prey presented by the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
  • World of Reptiles presented by the Texas Discovery Gardens
  • Composting and solar cooking demonstrations and more
  • Animals from Animal Hope Pet Adoptions
  • Bella’s Story Time read for preschoolers
  • Guided prairie walks and BRIT tours
  • Giveaways from Bartlett Tree Experts and Seville Farms, along with raffle prizes
  • Food trucks available for food and beverage purchases

In celebration of BRIT’s 30th anniversary, the nonprofit organization will discount all new memberships by 30 percent during Prairie Day.

Based in Fort Worth, BRIT is an international research and education center that conserves and protects plant specimens, studies living plants and teaches about the important of plants to the world. BRIT is at 1700 University Drive.