Twelve Hills Nature Center
By: Haley Cottey
Deep in the heart of the Oak Cliff community, you will find a beautiful green space perfect for a short escape into nature. Twelve Hills Nature Center's mission is “Cultivating conservation ethics through our Blackland Prairie restoration and nature education.”
The space once was 5 acres of run-down apartments and thanks to a strong community effort, it has since been restored to its natural habitat. This 5 acre space now holds a beautiful brick wall entrance and a half mile trail around the perimeter that shows off the natural landscape and beautiful butterfly garden that is managed by volunteers and students.
The nature center also hosts guided hikes and other outreach programs. Because of its location, the center is able to provide regular exploration for children. Many schools, outreach programs and groups bring kids of all ages (and adults as well) to the center to teach about land stewardship, conservation and provide nature experiences.
Want to learn more and/or get involved. Check out the Nature Center site here.
Also check out a wonderful in depth video on the history and mission of Twelve Hills Nature Center here.