BOTANICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS INC

aka BRIT   |   Fort Worth, TX   |  www.brit.org

Mission

THE BOTANICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS INC's (BRIT's) mission is to explore, explain, and display the plant world to enrich lives and conserve life on Earth

Notes from the nonprofit

BRIT is based on core values that result when people understand and appreciate the value plants bring to life, and that this understanding leads to a conservation ethic that benefits society. These core values are:

 Respect for ecological balance, biological diversity and the interconnectedness of all living things.

 Scientific and intellectual integrity.

 A desire to discover the unknown and expand humankind's knowledge and understanding through botany.

 A conservation ethic resulting in a beneficial role for humankind in the natural world.

 Accessibility of services to all.

 Excellence in all we do.

Life on our planet is changing at a rapid pace. BRIT researchers are addressing important questions that face society in order to develop fact-based solutions that will help humans become better managers of the earth. Addressing research questions that are driven by public need makes the results relevant to the public that BRIT serves. Evidence of this ongoing research is found in the Collections of plants that document the diversity of life and provide the critical basis for scientific publications and future research efforts. BRIT’s research projects, as well as BRIT’s unique and world-class educational outreach efforts, are the ways in which BRIT contributes to the preservation of plant diversity.

Ruling year info

1988

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Patrick Newman

Main address

1700 University Dr

Fort Worth, TX 76107 USA

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EIN

75-2198196

NTEE code info

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

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Our programs

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SEED School

The SEED (Science-based Experiential Education Design) School inspires and supports educators in connecting learners to nature through the use of outdoor classrooms, nature, and urban environments.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through the lens of Environmental STEM or ESTEM, Green Revolution immerses youth in formative experiences to advance their personal development, civic engagement, and environmental stewardship. Participants of its programs explore the effects of human activities on plant to planet health; engage in hands-on environmental lessons that underscore the importance of literacy, learning, and leadership in solving current environmental issues and explore the Green Revolution value system (GROWTH) for community stewardship as Agents of Change.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Camp BRIT for Pre-K through 8th grade students is the summer experience that takes your child's brain outdoors for fun and stimulating learning. Camp BRIT is designed with strategies and research-based best practices to create experiences for children and adolescents that engage young minds in discovery and real world learning. Children spend a week working alongside botanists to investigate the natural world in our unique habitat.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The BRIT Press furthers the Institute’s conservation mission through innovation and excellence in preparation, manufacture, and distribution of scholarly botanical research and scientific discoveries for the twenty-first century. BRIT Press… bringing out the best in botanical science for plant conservation and education.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Adults

Bella is the host of BRIT's preschool programs. She helps those around her understand the value that plants bring to life. Bella leads the First Saturday Story Time and Bella's Book Club to promote the connection between science and literacy.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden was established in 1934 and is the oldest major botanic garden in Texas. This 120-acre campus is located in the heart of an urban area, and provides a natural resource for the entire community. For all who yearn to learn and grow, join us for innovative and engaging learning and volunteer service opportunities in a uniquely natural, but nearby location in the heart of the city. You, too, will be inspired to appreciate plants and sustain our planet. Members receive a monthly newsletter, event discounts and reciprocal admissions to more than 300 gardens throughout the United States.

Mission Statement: To provide meaningful experiences founded in education and community that engage and inspire people to appreciate plants and sustain our planet.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

The BRIT herbarium contains approximately 1,445,000 plant specimens from around the world, making it one of the largest herbaria in the United States. More can be found about the collections by visiting the About the BRIT Herbarium page.

The BRIT herbarium is open for public use by appointment, from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact us beforehand to make sure someone will be available to orient you and assist you if necessary. BRIT is closed on most national holidays.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

The BRIT Library supports botanical research and education in Texas and around the world. Our collection has been carefully curated and is a valuable research tool for those studying systematic botany, horticulture, natural history and ethnobotany. The BRIT Library houses one of the largest and finest collections of botanical works in the southwestern United States.

Our collection is non-circulating but we are open to the public for use as a reference library Monday - Friday, 10am to 4pm. To ensure that someone is available to assist you, please make an appointment before stopping by.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

BRIT research teams conduct critical botanical research both locally and internationally. BRIT scientists travel to Mexico, Madagascar, Colombia and the Philippines documenting biodiversity hotspots. The data collected records the history of plant diversity and informs decisions made about conservation. A critical tool in conservation efforts is our Seed Bank. Our Seed Bank is a specialized storage and laboratory used to collect endangered native seed populations. Through these collections, BRIT ensures that the genetic diversity of these seed populations is not lost. In 2020 alone, BRIT staff deposited a total of 4,814 seeds to the Seed Bank and logged over 500 hours collecting and processing these seed populations. Four of the five Texas species collected in 2020 are listed as vulnerable on both a state and global level.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

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BOTANICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS INC

Board of directors
as of 9/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Greg Bird

Jetta Operating

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No