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Event Date

June 3, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Botany, Ecology, and Nature

Program Information


GROW Adult Education programs are for adults 18 and older. BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden endeavor to offer a quality educational experience to each program participant, with class sizes supporting this policy. Registered participants may not bring an unregistered participant of any age to class. Onsite registrations, when a class is not sold out, are encouraged.

GROW members may register for courses at the discounted member rate; guests of members do not qualify for the member rate. Program registration fees include complimentary entry into the Botanic Garden the day of the program. Entry to BRIT is always free. 

Many courses are held outdoors and may require moderate walking to and from one or more locations. As such we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. If you have questions about physical requirements, please send an email to 


To cancel your registration for a class, please email at least ten calendar days prior to the start of that class. You will receive an 85% refund. No refunds are granted less than ten calendar days before the class starts.

If you choose, you may gift your seat in the class to a friend or family member; just send us the name and email address of the person who is taking your spot so we can add them to the roster and send them the appropriate information.

Payment for your class reserves your seat and allows us to secure the instructor. If you are late for class, your seat will be reserved; we do not transfer your seat to walk-in participants. Partial refunds or transfers are not available for unattended classes.

In the event that we must cancel a class, you will be notified email and will have several options: we can transfer your ticket to another class right away (or classes, so long as the new value does not exceed the original value), issue a credit to be applied to another class or classes in the same calendar year, or provide a refund. This applies to classes that do not meet the minimum registrant requirement, which sometimes occurs.

By registering online, over the phone, or in person, you are agreeing to GROW's ten-day cancellation policy outlined above. 

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

Flora and fauna of islands fascinate biologists worldwide and throughout time. Native island plants and animals evolve in isolation and develop unique traits that are not shared by their continental family members. And they raise many fascinating questions, such as how did these life forms ever reach remote islands in the first place? And why are there so many finches in the Galapagos and lobeliads in Hawaii? Find out why studying plants and animals from islands have helped develop the fields of ecology, evolution, and conservation biology, and why they’re so much fun to study! This class will include examples from BRIT archive collections and current research from the Research team.

Instructor: Kimberly Shay joined the BRIT staff in October 2019 as the Press Coordinator and Assistant Editor, managing press fulfillment and assisting with publications. Originally from Pennsylvania, Kim completed degrees in Biology and Bioinformatics at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Her MS in Botany (Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology concentration) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa focused on pollination ecology and reproduction of Hawaiian coastal plants, focusing on Jacquemontia sandwicensis

Thursday, June 3, 2021 (noon – 1 pm)

Registration Deadline: May 31      

$20/$15 member

Location: This class will take place online; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password

Can’t attend the live class? If you pre-register, you will be sent a link to the class recording (available for a limited time only) which you can view when convenient.

About Botany, Ecology, and Nature

BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden are pleased to offer this series of classes and workshops that focus on giving participants hands-on, experience-based education in the fields of plant and wildlife science, conservation, sustainability, and ecology. These unique classes and workshops (most featuring field investigations or lab work) enhance participants' prior education, offering the opportunity to assemble a new set of skills. Participants enjoy interaction with professionals in their field of interest.