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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.

Discounts

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

Registration for Spring 2016 classes is open.

They're Everywhere! Addressing the Invasive Species Threat – March 23

Hello invasive species, goodbye Texas! Learn about the threat that invasive species pose to our natural areas, and how you can help address this threat. You will learn about various methods and programs for dealing with invasive species, including the Invaders of Texas citizen scientist program and its associated www.Texasinvasives.org website. You will also learn to identify several species important for Texas. Wednesday, 6 –9 p.m Fee: $45.00

Native Plant Gardening (NPG) Certificate Series - March 26-April 16

Looking for a new approach to gardening? This series is your one stop shop for planning and installing a beautiful landscape that makes native plants work for you. This series of six classes takes you through all the steps needed to create a native and hardy landscape that is easier to maintain and gorgeous at the same time. The Wildflower Center gardens will inspire new ideas and appreciation for native plants.

Sign up for the certificate series or individual classes: Landscape DesignPlants IPlants IIInstallation, Maintenance and Integrated Pest Management.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fee: $243.00 (entire series), $45.00 (individual class)

Electives

Electives are classes that are not included in our certificate series and may vary session to session.

Landscape Design Studio I & II – April 24 and May 1

Building upon the introductory class “Native Plant Gardening: Landscape Design,” this course will allow you to take the principles and skills you acquired and apply them in a studio environment. The majority of class time will be spent working on your designs, while the instructor provides you with individual assistance throughout the day. After the first class, you will be asked to continue working on your concepts and develop them further for the next meeting. The second class will begin with an informal sharing session to respond to and learn from one another’s processes. The rest of the day will again be focused on producing your individual designs. A part of the class time will be spent in showing you ways to communicate your designs simply without prior drafting or drawing skills.

Friend or Foe Insect Walk – March 20

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 a.m. – 11 a.m. Ages: 16 and older. Fee: $15.00

Moonlight Hikes – March 22 & 23

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. Wednesday & Thursday from 8-10 p.m. Ages: 16 and older. Fee: $15.00.

Increasing Native Abundance Through Permaculture – April 6

Would you like to save water, but keep a beautiful lawn or garden space? Native plants combined with simple earthworks can help! While covering this technique, we'll discuss Permaculture, a system of design based on specific ethics and principles, which is aimed at increasing the fertility and productivity of any piece of land from lawns to multi-acre properties.

Friend or Foe Insect Walk – April 10

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 a.m. – 11 a.m. Ages: 16 and older. Fee: $15.00

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

Moonlight Hikes – April 20 & 21

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. Wednesday & Thursday from 8-10 p.m. Ages: 16 and older. Fee: $15.00.

Native Plants of Central Texas – April 23

Learn how to identify the native plants that grow in and around Austin. This 6-hour class consists of two parts. During Part I of the class you will learn the basics of plant identification, including how to use a plant key to identify plants. Then, we will head outside and apply our knowledge to identify plants in the gardens and on the trails at the Wildflower Center. In Part II, we will learn about conservation of rare plants and how to recognize the most threatening invasive plant species and take action against them. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fee: $95.00

NEW - Wildflower Road Show – April 24

It’s spring which means hundreds of people are driving to the Texas Hill Country to view wildflowers. Hop on the Wildflower Road Show bus and enjoy the beauty of the wildflowers without the hassle of driving. Not only can you enjoy the wildflowers, learn about them with the Wildflower Center’s Director of Horticulture Andrea DeLong-Amaya. Discover the variety of wildflowers native to Central Texas and learn about their role within the landscape. Find out how you can bring these native beauties into your own home garden. After lunch enjoy a wine tasting at Becker Vineyards while enjoying yet another view of wildflowers along with fields of lavender. Join us in celebrating the views along our Texas highways preserved in part by the work of Mrs. Johnson and The Beautification Act of 1965. Tour is held rain or shine. Sunday, 9a.m. – 5 p.m. Fee: $125.00 per person includes breakfast tacos, coffee, a boxed lunch, snacks, and wine tasting with a souvenir glass. $112.50 for members. Special thanks to Whole Foods Arbor Trails for their support of this new program.

Landscape Design Studio I & II – April 24 & May 1

Building upon the introductory class "Native Plant Gardening: Landscape Design," this course will allow you to take the principles and skills you acquired and apply them in a studio environment. The majority of class time will be spent working on your designs, while the instructor provides you with individual assistance throughout the day. After the first class, you will be asked to continue working on your concepts and develop them further for the next meeting. The second class will begin with an informal sharing session to respond to and learn from one another's processes. The rest of the day will again be focused on producing your individual designs. A part of the class time will be spent in showing you ways to communicate your designs simply without prior drafting or drawing skills. Sundays, 12 – 4 p.m. Fee: $125.00

Floral Design with Natives – April 29

Bring the beauty of native wildflowers into your home. Learn how to make a simple yet beautiful arrangement using native blooms and other plant materials. Discover the best native plants for arrangements along with techniques on how and when to cut them. Develop skills in preparing stems and arranging them in an eye catching bouquet. Class is taught by the Wildflower Center volunteer team that creates native plant arrangements on a weekly basis. Participants should bring their own vase. A vase with an opening of X” is recommended. Plant material will be provided. Friday, 9:30a.m.-11:30a.m. Fee: $35.00

Nature/Wildflower Photography – April 30

Explore the beauty of the Wildflower Center through the lens of a camera. Nature photographer Brian Loflin demonstrates skills and techniques to capture striking photographic images of natural subjects. The class is designed for a digital SLR camera. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Fee: $95.00

Wildflower Watercolors – May 7

Texas wildflowers dance across the fields throughout the year. In this course, learn how to observe, sketch, and bring to life wildflower through watercolors. Flowers, photos and drawings will be provided, but students may also sketch and capture images in the Wildflower Center gardens. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p .m. Fee: $95.00

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 a.m. – 11 a.m. Ages: 16 and older. Fee: $15.00

Moonlight Hikes – May 19

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.

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.

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