Southlake SWAT: Bob Jones Nature Center

On Saturday, August 28, nearly 120 volunteers descended on Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. Volunteers from the City Council & Staff, Mayor John Terrell and family, a Boy Scout troop, Tarrant County Master Gardeners, Cross Timbers Equestrians, Steele Stump Removal, Cliff’s Tree Trimming, Gateway Church, Grace Community Church, Southlake Baptist Church, and many residents from Southlake turned out to help spruce up the Nature Center.

For about 3 hours, the Nature Center was a hive of activity as volunteers weeded flower beds, put down new mulch, trimmed trees, ground stumps, repaired bird feeders, and cleared brush and leaves from nature trails. The Nature Center provided crafts and activities for small children. Chick-fil-A of Southlake graciously donated lunch to all volunteers.

S.W.A.T. (Southlake Working As A Team) is a community initiative founded by Southlake Baptist Church in an effort to bring together Southlake churches, businesses, organizations and residents to make Southlake a better place.

When asked why S.W.A.T. was formed, Southlake Baptist Pastor, Clayton Reed had this to say:

“Our goal at Southlake Baptist Church was to create an organization like Southlake S.W.A.T. to capitalize on the enormous resources of different constituencies in Southlake that typically don’t work together and create a sense of community and teamwork for the betterment of the City.”

For more information about S.W.A.T. visit or call 817.912.1234.

By Lindsay Polyak