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Native Texas Park

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The 15-acre Native Texas Park features seasonal wildflowers, native plants, and tree-shaded lawns.

This 15-acre urban park on the grounds of the Bush Center reflects the President and Mrs. Bush’s longstanding commitment to environmental conservation and restoration.

The Native Texas Park, featuring a one-mile network of trails, walks visitors through native Texas environments including Blackland Prairie, Post Oak Savannah, and Cross Timbers Forest. The Blackland Prairie used to dominate the Dallas region; however today, only 1% of the prairie remains in the state of Texas. Rediscovery of the lost prairie was the inspiration for this community park.

The park is free and open to the public every day of the year, from sunrise to sunset. Comfortable shoes are recommended for walking the trails. Each season brings beautiful changes to the prairie landscape. Pets are welcome.

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Clearings in the Native Texas Park provide habitats for butterflies, birds, and other wildlife.

Highlights

  • Native Blackland Prairie grasses
  • Seasonal wildflowers among other native plants
  • Clearings providing native habitats for butterflies, birds, and other species
  • Tree-shaded lawns 
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  • Spring - Bluebonnets
  • Fall - Monarch Buttterflies 

Spring & Fall Guided Tours

In the spring, free guided tours are offered on the weekends so visitors may enjoy the blooming bluebonnets, the beautiful state flower of Texas. In the fall, the tours allow visitors to catch the annual Monarch butterfly migration through North Texas. The Native Texas Park is home to the endangered milkweed plant. Monarch butterflies cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants and Monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs.

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Visitors may wander the 1-mile network of trails on the grounds of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum with self-guided tours.

Self-Guided Tour Brochures

Scavenger Hunts

Our Scavenger Hunts are a fun way for the entire family to discover the history of the prairie, identify native Texas plants and the wildlife they attract, and learn about water conservation and efficiency; all while enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors.

Spring:   
 Scavenger Hunt
    
 Parent/Teacher Hunt Guide
 Fall:    Scavenger Hunt
     Parent/Teacher Hunt Guide
 All Year:
   Family Scavenger Hunt

 

PLAN YOUR FIELD TRIP

The Museum offers free admission tickets to school groups if the Field Trip has been scheduled through Visitor Services at least one month in advance. Field Trips are available Monday through Thursday during the academic school year.

CONSERVATION EFFORTS

The George W. Bush Presidential Center earned Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDTM) program in March 2013. The LEED building certification program encourages the use of designs, materials and systems that are sustainable, energy efficient and reduce a facility’s impact on the environment and human health. The Bush Center is the first Presidential Library to achieve LEED Platinum certification under New Construction (v2009). LEARN MORE.

 

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