Photo and Video Policy for Twelve Hills

Mission and Definition of Photography Terms

Twelve Hills Nature Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit operated by volunteers and supported by the community. It is not a public park. Our mission is “cultivating conservation ethics through our Blackland Prairie restoration and nature education”. Follow our guidelines to protect and preserve Twelve Hills and ensure that all guests can enjoy the wildflowers, birds and the peaceful experience offered at the Nature Center.

At the end of the guidelines, please take a moment to read about the ongoing prairie restoration at Twelve Hills and why it’s important to stay on the trails.

Casual Photography
Visitors are welcome to take photos of friends and family members, as well as photos of the nature center. Please follow our photography rules to protect and preserve our prairie and to stay safe.

Professional Portrait Photography and Videography
Each year, fill out, sign and return the Twelve Hills Photography and Video Use Policy Agreement, found at…, a donation of $100 is suggested.

Commercial Photography (advertisement promotions, merchandise promotions, stock photos) is generally not allowed. You may inquire about exceptions at

News or Educational Photography or Videography
Please contact us at to discuss your project.

General Guidelines

  • Please be courteous to other guests and volunteers.
  • Stay on the trail.
  • Because of covid-19, visitors must pass at safe distances of six feet or more.
  • There are many areas where one party may step aside. Examples are in the tree caves, near the creek, under the Founder’s Tree, the cross trail at the top of the hill, in the front meadow near the picnic table, etc. Look for these areas.
  • Otherwise, please do not leave the trail. Do not run through the prairie meadows. Watch out for fire ants, poison ivy, thistles with thorns, snakes, dog poop, etc. that can occur along the trail.
  • Bare areas in the meadows have been dug up, weeded and planted. It is important to avoid walking over them.
  • Dogs must be leashed, kept on the trail and out of the meadows, and picked up after. Dogs in the Nature Center for family portraits are required to be leashed.
  • Please use care and caution around all plants and wildlife. Do not disturb plants, pick flowers, cut, dig or damage any plant material or remove plants.
  • Do not move or remove signs.
  • Do not bring props, light stands or any large equipment.
  • Charges for damage to plants, property, or necessary clean-up will be billed.
  • Guests must be properly attired at all times. Nudity is prohibited.
  • Smoking, alcohol and drug use are prohibited.

Watch WhereYou Walk- Prairie Restoration at Twelve Hills Nature Center!

Do you know that Twelve Hills stands on disturbed land where apartments sat from the 1950s through 1990?. That’s why you can see debris from the demolition of the apartments, like bricks, rebar, and metal, in the trail. The natural plant communities were scraped away when the apartments were built. When the apartments were removed, the land was disrupted again.

Volunteers are re-creating the plant community of the Blackland Prairie, present on the site from long before the Caddo Indians lived in the area until the land was developed during the 1900s. On most days of the year, planting and grooming take place at Twelve Hills because this is a very young developing prairie. There are tiny plants and seeds over much of the land at any time of the year. Bare looking areas have been cleared, planted and seeded.

Plants indigenous to the limestone soil of the Blackland Prairie are not readily available. Most are either dug from prairie sites about to be developed or grown by volunteers. Few can be purchased. Seeds of indigenous plants are collected. They are not easily replaceable. It is incredibly important to protect the plants being installed at Twelve Hills. The beauty and interest offered by the prairie plant restoration is why Twelve Hills is an appealing place!

Think of Twelve Hills like you think of a natural history museum or an arboretum and conduct yourself accordingly, with respect for the flora and fauna, its origin, its support for native pollinators and the educational potential it offers.

Sunlit Path at Twelve Hills

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