Eight miles southeast of downtown Dallas is the Great Trinity Forest, the largest urban bottomland hardwood forest in North America. Its 6,000 acres support a widely diverse community of plants and animals that thrive in this unique ecosystem where timberland, wetlands, and prairie converge.
The Great Trinity Forest is nourished by the Trinity River that for decades was written off as irreversibly spoiled by industrial pollution and runoff made toxic by pesticides and herbicides. However, in 1998, Dallas voters approved the first public funds to create the Trinity River Corridor, a complex urban development that will transform a 20-mile stretch of the river just west and south of the downtown.
The Trinity River Audubon Center was the first major project to be completed as part of the Trinity River Corridor. Opened to the public in mid-October of 2008, the Audubon facility was built by the City of Dallas as an interpretive center for visitors to learn about the natural world that teems with innumerable species of wildlife at the city’s edge.