Minutes from the heart of downtown Fort Worth, just off of of I-30 between Beach and Oakland, sits 160-acres of unspoiled, undeveloped prairie land. The Tandy Hills Natural Area is rich with over 500 native plant species, and is a good example of how Fort Worth and the surrounding area looked pre-development. The land was obtained by the City of Fort Worth in the 1960’s, designated a natural area in 1987 and is currently managed by the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge.
Don Young, founder of the Friends of Tandy Hills, lives across the street from THNA, and is a major advocate for maintaining the integrity of the land and preserving it in its natural state.
In order to generate awareness of this gorgeous untouched land, Young created Prairie Fest, an annual event that features local artists, music, children’s activities, food and much more.
Art&Seek attended this year’s Prairie Fest and had a wonderful time perusing the artists booths, enjoying the music of Katsuk and Brave Combo and sipping a lovely chardonney while gazing at acres of Texas wildflowers.
We caught up with Young and asked him to explain further about Prairie Fest and the thought behind it. Please enjoy the video.