The Trinity River Audubon Center is only ten miles from downtown Dallas, but you will feel as though you have entered another world. The Trinity Forest is the biggest urban hardwood forest anywhere in the United States and encompasses 6,000-acres. There is a nice diversity in the animal and plant species, and the center is a showcase of wetlands, bottomland hardwood forest, and prairie habitat. Only Dallas could take a former site for illegal dumping and create something magical. Wildlife and birds have reclaimed this area, and it has become a haven for both nature and people. The Center is an important part of the National Audubon Society and a nonprofit organization. Tens of thousand of students from North Texas have learned about their ecosystem, conservation, and science here. The center offers classes, events, and is a sensational place for a hike.
The Kayak Adventure
The Trinity River Audubon Center offers spectacular two-hour kayak trips. The guides supply all the instruction and equipment necessary, and the guests revel in the appeal of the atmosphere. You learn all about the river's history and see the heart of the Great Trinity Forest. The guides will take you to a launch point upstream, and serve as your faithful guide while you paddle down this amazing river. Most people are not even aware this side of Dallas exists, but this kayak expedition enables you to cruise past wildlife including river otters, herons, turtles, beavers, egrets and so much more. These creatures are fascinating, and observing them in their natural habitat is indescribable.
The Trinity River Audubon Center has miles of trails perfect for everything from a leisurely stroll to a brisk hike. The Children’s Discovery Garden teaches about the wildlife and local birds while offering fascinating programs and special events. Visitors can explore five miles of trails while viewing the glory of nature. The nature store has incredible and unique gifts and mementos, and sensational items all related to nature. The programs have been specifically designed for the entertainment and education of children, adults, and families. The academic programs enable students to strengthen and improve their skills in critical thinking and science, and students come face to face with the astounding beauty of nature.
The Trinity River Audubon Center was designed by Antoine Predock, the 2006 AIA Gold Medalist architect. This is the very first building built by the Dallas Recreation Department and Park that is LEED-certified. This building exemplifies the true meaning of green with a vegetated roof, energy efficient systems, a rainwater collection system and recycled materials. Since 2008, the Trinity River Audubon Center has been the flagship of the National Audubon Society. Visitors have always received a warm welcome and received encouragement to become participants in the numerous nature educational programs.
The center uses an innovative approach in the way the open space has been preserved, and the way the wildlife here is protected. The space was designed to capture people's attention, engage them in conservation, teach and reacquaint them with nature, and become a model for conservation. The Trinity River Audubon Center has become the model for nationwide educational centers, influenced the way experimental learning develops, become an effective and efficient and pedagogical practice, and given Dallas TX another incredible monument to show their pride in their community.