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Buffalo Boogie 2016

Russell Feed and Supply is a proud sponsor of Buffalo Boogie 2016! This 24th Annual 1 mile/5K & (New for 2016) 10K and Fun Run event is an all day event benefitting the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge.  Mark your calendar for this year’s event scheduled for Saturday, May 7th; running events will begin at 8:30 am. Runners can participate in the new 10K race this year on an attractive flat, shade-covered track within the Nature Center grounds. Proceeds from the 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run, which features live music and family-friendly activities, benefit the Nature Center.

The USATF-certified race courses follow paved city roads within the Nature Center that are closed to traffic for the races. The route is both stroller and dog friendly. The first 750 people to register will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Registration for Buffalo Boogie also includes entry to the Nature Center, breakfast, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon animals, and eligibility for prize drawings valued at $5,000.  Visit the event expo which features a variety of wildlife and conservation entities, preservation organizations, food-and-drink vendors, small businesses, educational exhibits, and a Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge pop-up gift shop.

Early run registration is already closed by late registrations are accepted now through May 6, 2016 for $25 per person. Race-day registration is $30. Chip timing is optional for participants registered in the 5K and 10K. Registration for dogs is $5 and includes a bandana. Only leashed dogs are permitted. No other pets are allowed. Register online, by mail or in person at Luke’s Locker Montgomery Plaza store or at the event. The Nature Center is located at 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, 76135.

Join the fun at the 2016 Buffalo Boogie happening Saturday, May 7th

REGISTRATION:
Runners and walkers may Register Online (through Active.com)
OR download and mail your completed Registration Form.
SPONSORSHIP:
Extend your support as a sponsor of the event, as an individual or business.
Download the Sponsorship information and let us know what level matches your interests.
VOLUNTEER:
This Buffalo Boogie relies on the gift of time and energy from many volunteers.
Preview the Volunteer opportunities available and let us know how you can help.
QUESTIONS?
Contact the Buffalo Boogie Office at info@naturecenterfriends.org or at 817-392-7410.

About the Fort Worth Nature Center and RefugeBuffalo Boogie 2016

The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge (FWNC&R) is a natural area comprised of forests, prairies, and wetlands allowing you to step back in time and experience what the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex was like in the early 20th century. The inception of the FWNC&R was based on protecting our local watershed. In 1914, when Lake Worth was built, land was purchased around the West Fork of the Trinity River by the City of Fort Worth to protect the quality of drinking water for the Fort Worth community. With great persistence from some local citizens, particularly the Fort Worth Audubon Society, the Park Board designated some land in 1964 to create a wildlife sanctuary and nature preserve for our community and the FWNC&R was born.

At its current state, the FWNC&R covers 3,621 acres and includes over 20 miles of hiking trails, making the park one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States. In 1980, it was designated as a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. With the ever growing population of Fort Worth and the surrounding communities, having a place to explore and enjoy the outdoors is important for our residents. The FWNC&R is home to many native habitats to discover on a self-guided or staff-guided hike. Staff members offer many programs throughout the year providing opportunities for our visitors to learn about our natural world.

In addition to education, the FWNC&R is a shining example of land stewardship and was recognized with a Lone Star Land Steward award in 2009 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Resource management staff work hard to preserve our ecosystems by promoting best practices to enhance the fauna and flora. Managing our bison herd and implementing prescribed burns are two of many ways we ensure our wildlife have a sustainable home.

The FWNC&R is a division of the City of Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department. Additional funds to support the FWNC&R come from The Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge (FONC). The FONC is a 501(c)3 organization that provides financial support for projects, professional development for staff and other operational needs.

For additional information and registration visit naturecentercenterfriends.org

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