Twelve Hills Nature Center
817 Mary Cliff Road
United States
-96° -96' 1.2384000000002" N 32° 32' 13.3848" W

Ever changing throughout the year, visitors will find a range of native plants in bloom, butterflies in all stages of development, and a variety of birds, insects, and spiders. Look for other wildlife including rabbits, squirrels, toads, lizards, and coyotes, too.

Walk the 0.5 mile loop trail to explore Twelve Hills and enjoy the peace, quiet, and natural beauty.

Twelve Hills Nature Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit operated by volunteers and supported by the community. Our mission is “cultivating conservation ethics through our Blackland Prairie restoration and nature education.” We welcome visitors to walk through and enjoy and learn from the prairie landscape.

Named for the dark, rich soil of much of North Texas, the Blackland Prairie once covered over 14 million acres of grassland. Native Americans lived here for thousands of years before Europeans arrived, and the fertile soil served as a foundational element to the settlement of Texas. After generations of farming and development, less than 0.1 percent remains intact, making restoration projects like ours all the more crucial to maintaining native biodiversity and North Texas’ ecological and cultural heritage.

Visitors to Twelve Hills are able to experience the power and joy of nature thanks to the tireless year-round efforts by volunteers working to restore the plant community of the Blackland Prairie — present for eons prior to the building of apartments that stood on our site from the 1950s to 1990.

Our education programs further cultivate that joy, while reinforcing a conservation message. Please join us at the nature center. Our neighborhood gem celebrates our flora and fauna, their origins, and their support for native pollinators.

We are open daily from sunrise to sunset. The natue center is free to the public. Protect plants and seeds by keeping adults, children, strollers, and leashed pets on the path at all times.

Trails- Hiking
Things To Do: 
Educational Programs
Guided Tours
Hiking/ walking
Texas Nature Challenge
Volunteer Opportunity
Wildlife Watching