The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum are open to the public. The Research Room is open by appointment only, which must be scheduled by 3:00pm if wishing to visit the next business day. Schedule a virtual orientation prior to booking travel. We respond to written requests for records at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check our website or archives.gov/coronavirus for COVID updates.
This 15-acre urban park on the grounds of the Bush Center reflects the President and Mrs. Bush’s longstanding commitment to environmental conservation and restoration.
The Native Texas Park, featuring a one-mile network of trails, walks visitors through native Texas environments including Blackland Prairie, Post Oak Savannah, and Cross Timbers Forest. The Blackland Prairie used to dominate the Dallas region; however today, only 1% of the prairie remains in the state of Texas. Rediscovery of the lost prairie was the inspiration for this community park.
The park is free and open to the public every day of the year, from sunrise to sunset. Comfortable shoes are recommended for walking the trails. Each season brings beautiful changes to the prairie landscape. Pets are welcome.
- Native Blackland Prairie grasses
- Seasonal wildflowers among other native plants
- Clearings providing native habitats for butterflies, birds, and other species
- Tree-shaded lawns
- Spring - Bluebonnets
- Fall - Monarch Butterflies
Fall & Spring Guided Tours
Currently, the Bush Center is offering free guided tours of the Native Texas Park every Saturday at 10:00am from October 1st to November 12th. Lead by a Texas Master Naturalist, these tours cover the one mile network of paths and take you through the three examples of native Texas ecoregions. Check out the Bush Center's information page to schedule your park tour.
In the Fall, the tours allow visitors to catch the annual Monarch butterfly migration through North Texas. The Native Texas Park is home to the endangered milkweed plant. Monarch butterflies cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants and Monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. In the Spring, free guided tours are offered as well so visitors may enjoy the blooming bluebonnets, the beautiful state flower of Texas.
Self-Guided Tour Brochures
- Native Texas Park Plant & Flower Guide
- Native Texas Park Tree Guide
- Spring Education Guide
- Fall Education Guide
- Landscape Education Map & Guide
Our Scavenger Hunts are a fun way for the entire family to discover the history of the prairie, identify native Texas plants and the wildlife they attract, and learn about water conservation and efficiency; all while enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors.
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Plan a Field Trip
The Museum offers free admission tickets to school groups if the Field Trip has been scheduled through Visitor Services at least one month in advance. Field Trips are available Monday through Thursday during the academic school year.
The George W. Bush Presidential Center earned Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDTM) program in March 2013. The LEED building certification program encourages the use of designs, materials and systems that are sustainable, energy efficient and reduce a facility’s impact on the environment and human health. The Bush Center is the first Presidential Library to achieve LEED Platinum certification under New Construction. See conservation efforts to learn more.