The Wildflower Center offers a number of classes and programs for both adults and children, from native garden design to family yoga and moonlight hikes. Classes are held at the Wildflower Center and many use our colorful native gardens as inspiration.
Wildflower Center members, Texas Exes, Littlefield Society members, UT OLLI participants, senior citizens (age 65 and over), and UT students, faculty and staff receive a 10 percent discount on all classes.
Become a Wildflower Center Member now to receive your discount.
Upcoming Spring 2016 Classes
Floral Silk Painting – May 14 & 15
Learn the basic skills required to create beautiful floral silk paintings in this two-day class (3 hours each day). This class uses beautiful silk dyes and white silk scarves to create floral patterns that are inspired by wildflower and other natural materials. The techniques are much simpler than you might think and the results are amazing!
Friend or Foe Insect Walk! – May 15
Would you like to learn how to identify insects, hone your observational skills, or discover more about the complex web of life? If yes, join the Wildflower Center's volunteer entomologist on a guided exploration to find and identify insects, spiders, scorpions, and more. Learn the benefits and damages these critters can bring to a garden. Bring a camera and learn tricks to take up close photographs of the animals. Visit the Wildflower Center's Fauna Project to see photos of insects found on previous explorations since the project began in March 2010. Sunday, 9-11 a.m. Ages: 16 and older. Fee: $15.00
Moonlight Hikes – May 19 - CANCELED
Put on your walking shoes and join the Wildflower Center for an evening hike through the gardens and arboretum. See the beauty of the gardens by moonlight, listen to the coyotes howl, and catch a glimpse of an owl in flight. In addition, learn about the history of the Wildflower Center, its mission, and current programs. Participants are welcome to bring red light flashlights. Thursday from 8-10 p.m. Ages: 16 and older. Fee: $15.00/person.
Wildflower Keepsakes – April 16 & May 21 CANCELED
In this 2-part class, learn how to cut, dry, and press wildflowers. Venture into the natural areas with Wildflower Center staff to select and identify various native wildflowers. Learn the techniques used to dry plant specimens using professional plant presses. In the second part of the class, make either dried plant specimens or decorative arrangements using the dried wildflowers. Wildflowers are provided for this course however participants are welcome to bring in wildflowers from their own gardens if they wish. Course is limited to 5 participants. Saturday, 10a.m.-noon. Ages: 16 and older. Fee: $50.00
Color Pencil Nature Drawing – May 22
Nature stirs the emotion and stimulates our need to interpret its beauty. Develop an understanding of the colored pencil medium, learning a variety of techniques from basic to refine. Drawing skills will be stressed with a focus on exploring colors as a means for personal expression using nature as inspiration. Sunday, Fee: $95.00
Learning Native Plants of Central Texas – July 20
Learn how to identify the native plants that grow in and around Austin. This six hour class consists of two parts:
Part I: Learn the basics of plant identification, including how to use a plant key to identify plants. We will head outside and apply our knowledge to identify plants in the gardens and on the trails at the Wildflower Center.
Part II: Learn about conservation of rare plants and how to recognize the most threatening invasive plant species and take action against them. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fee: $95.00, Lab fee $10.00.
Classroom teachers enrolled in this class may receive Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours for this course.
Project Learning Tree Workshop – July 26
Tired of teaching within the confinement of a classroom? Looking for new activities for your scout troop? Take your students outdoors! Learn how to engage your students using multi-disciplinary activities from Project Learning Tree. Challenge your students with activities that develop critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills. The hands-on activities are easily adaptable to any outdoor environment from an urban to a rural setting. Project Learning Tree activities are correlated to state and national academic standards, including Common Core, and have an emphasis on STEM. The workshop fee includes the Project Learning Tree curriculum guide, workshop instruction, materials, and admission to the Wildflower Center. Tuesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fee: $50.00 adult. Registration required.