BRIT Classes and Workshops


As a community leader in plant based knowledge and education, BRIT is pleased to partner with experts in the fields of botany, biodiversity, conservation, sustainability and education to provide the public with opportunities to deepen their knowledge of the plant world through a variety of classes and workshops. 
These half and full day classes and workshops, some of which will offer CEUs and CECs, will take place both on the BRIT campus, 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX  76107, and in the field. Please check the individual event announcements for further details.


Upcoming Classes:

Permaculture 101

Join BRIT in 2017 for this new series of hands-on workshops taught by Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic of Barking Cat Farm, a small acreage specialty farm that focuses on growing high quality crops in an organic and sustainable manner. Martin and Bostic have their Permaculture Design Certificate from Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Design Course and offer permaculture design and consulting services to other growers and gardeners. 


  • Introduction to Permaculture for Home Gardeners

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10am – Noon
$25 ($20 for members)

What is Permaculture and how can using the principles of permaculture allow you to work smarter not harder when it comes to your garden and landscape.

*Please note, this class is SOLD OUT. If you would like to be notified when we offer this class again please email*


  • Introduction to Vegetable Gardening

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10am – Noon
$25 ($20 for members) 

Ready to grow your own food but wish you knew more? This is the class for you! The class will cover a range of topics to help the beginning vegetable gardener be successful growing their own food organically.

*Please note, this class is SOLD OUT. If you would like to be notified when we offer this class again please email*


  • Raised Beds and Irrigation

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9am – Noon
$35 ($30 for members) 

Raised beds are quick way to begin growing. Learn what your options are when it comes to building beds and how to provide irrigation for your beds.

*Please note, online registration for this class closed on Thursday, 3/30/2017. Walk-up registration will be available at BRIT on Saturday, 4/1/2017 starting at 8am.*


  • Building a Herb Spiral

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9am – Noon
$35 ($30 for members)

Herb spirals are one tool used in permaculture systems. Learn the principles behind an herb spiral garden, select a potential site on your property and learn how to build one.

*Please note, online registration for this class closes on Thursday, 5/4/2017.*


Registration open now open! Questions, comments, need more information? Please email Laura Venhaus.


Previous Classes:

mushroom, Denis Benjamin, class

Underground World of Mushrooms

Saturday, May 7, 2016  8:30 a.m. - noon

This half-day workshop taught by BRIT Resident Research Associate, Dr. Denis Benjamin, will introduce participants to the wide variety of mushrooms that exist in our own backyard, the Cross Timbers ecosystem of North Central Texas. Join Denis and become acquainted with the Kingdom of Fungi and learn proper methods for collecting and photographing samples.