Go Native U is an informal education program designed to teach adults about the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes and practical applications of botany. Use our colorful gardens as the inspiration for your next work of art when you take our new Art in Nature series.
Classes are held at the Wildflower Center's beautiful campus in south Austin.
Check out our online, educational video resources on our Interact webpage.
Registration for Go Native U is arranged through the University of Texas at Austin Continuing and Innovative Education Informal Classes. Start the registration process by clicking this link.
Wildflower Center members, Texas Exes, Littlefield Society, UT OLLI, Senior Citizens (age 65 and over), and UT Students, Faculty, and Staff receive a 10% discount on all classes.
Become a Wildflower Center Member now to receive your discount.
Most classes can be taken individually or sign up for all courses in a certificate series and receive an additional 10% discount when you register.
*Certificates given when all classes are taken together during the same session.
Ever wonder what part of a plant you are eating? Did you know that chocolate was once the coin of the realm for the Maya and that garlic is an aphrodisiac? When you slice open a cucumber, do you know what you are seeing inside? Learn the answers to these and other questions in this class specially designed for the botany sleuth in each of us. The series covers the science and sagas of food plants and those plants we utilize for their amazing chemical powers. These include herbs and spices, stimulating beverages, medicinals and even potential aphrodisiacs! This is a hands-on class where you get to play with plants and eat your homework. We guarantee that you will never look at a tomato or ear of corn the same way and will go home with botanical knowledge you can apply (and build on) in your everyday life.
Sign up for the certificate series or individual classes: Food Plants: Edible Botany I & II and Bioactive Plants I & II.
Looking for a new approach to gardening in these times of drought? The Native Plant Gardening certificate series is your one stop shop for planning and installing a beautiful landscape that makes native plants work for you. Learn from the experts how to holistically design your landscape, select native plants for your yard, plan for successful installation of both plant and hardscape materials, properly maintain your landscape, and how to deal with unwanted pests through integrated pest management methods.
Sign up for the certificate series or individual classes: Landscape Design, Plants I, Plants II, Installation, Maintenance, Integrated Pest Management.
Landscape For Life instructs gardeners and those interested in landscape sustainability how to transform a traditional landscape into a beautiful and healthy environment that also benefits the surrounding community. This series of five classes will teach you to work with nature to make your landscape a model of sustainability. Teachings based on the principles of SITES™, the Sustainable Sites Initiative™.
Sign up for the certificate series: Landscape For Life Overview & Soils, Soils & Introduction to Water, Water & Introduction to Vegetation, Vegetation & Introduction to Materials, Materials & Homeowner Design. Homeowner Design Consultation Studio available for those that take the series.
The Wildflower Center is the perfect backdrop for the new Art in Nature series. Brilliant displays of flowering native plants, vibrant water features teeming with fish and turtles, and flitting butterflies and acrobatic hummingbirds make capturing the beauty and wonder of the natural world easy for budding artists. This nature based art series is geared towards those interested in learning the foundations of photography, watercolors, floral silk painting, ink painting, and botanical illustration.
Sign up for the series or individual classes: Wildflower/Nature Photography, Wildflower Watercolors, Floral Silk Painting, Ink Painting on Paper, Botanical Illustration.
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.
Learn how to identify the native plants that grow in and around Austin. Learn the basics of plant identification, including how to use a plant key to identify plants. Apply your knowledge to identify plants in the gardens and on the trails at the Wildflower Center. Also learn about conservation of rare plants and how to recognize the most threatening invasive plant species and take action against them.