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The communications office of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin provides media with timely, accurate information about the Wildflower Center. Below are recent press releases related to Center events and to staff expertise on conservation practices, native plant gardening, nature education, and native plant resources and research findings. For more information or photos beyond those on the newsroom site, please contact:

    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez
512.232.0105
brodriguez@wildflower.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June-July 2004

Children's Summer Family Workshops

Join the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for family-oriented summer activities. In June and July, the Center invites parents to learn alongside their children during its Summer Family Workshops, a series of half-day workshops geared towards children ranging from age four to 12.

This series of Saturday workshops will explore our wetlands, investigate the secrets of soil, discover the world of gourds, learn about cacti, and discover the secrets of the Edwards Aquifer.

Each workshop's topic is age appropriate and designed for hands-on exploration. All workshops are from 8:30 a.m. to noon on specified dates and require advance registration. The cost for each workshop is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Registration fees covers one child and one adult. An adult is required to attend with each child. Workshop size is limited.

Our Awesome Aquifer
Saturday, June 12: for children 7 through 9 years old
Where does the rain go? What happens to it underneath our feet? Hike to a hidden sinkhole and descend into our cave to discover the secrets of the Edwards Aquifer. We'll outfit ourselves with real spelunking gear and explore the Wildflower Cave (on-site), so be prepared to get muddy!

Gourds Galore!
Saturday, June 19: for children 8 through 12 years old
What's a gourd? Is a gourd a fruit or a vegetable? Can you make music with a gourd? What gourds grow in Texas? How are gourds used? Learn and explore the wonderful, versatile world of gourds! Discover through fun activities, games, and stories the many ways humans and animals use these fascinating members of the cucumber family. We'll even create our own birdhouses to take home!

Wetland Wonders
Saturday, June 26: for children 4 through 6 years old
Frogs and lilypads and dragonflies! Oh, my! The ponds and streams at the Wildflower Center are packed with life--some of them so small we'll need a microscope to see them. We'll investigate our own wetlands to discover how these creatures live among their water-loving plant and animal friends. The workshop includes making a model pond to take home and a chance to get wet!

Soil: It's Alive!
Saturday, July 10: for children 5 through 8 years old
Make friends with worms and mushrooms as we take a close-up look at soil--how it came to be, what lives in it, and why it is so valuable. We'll make our own worm composting bins to take home. Be ready to be soiled!

Exploring the Aquifer
Saturday, July 17: for children 10 through 13 years old
Where does the rain go? What happens to it underneath our feet? Hike to a hidden sinkhole and descend into our cave to discover the secrets of the Edwards Aquifer. We'll outfit ourselves with real spelunking gear and explore the Wildflower Cave (on-site), so be prepared to get muddy!

Get to the "Point" with Cacti
Saturday, July 24: for children 8 through 12 years old
Why are cacti so pointy? What parts of cactus can you eat? Which cactus is the state plant of Texas? We'll discover the answer to these and other questions as we "Get to the Point with Cacti." We'll explore the Wildflower Center grounds and discover the many uses, habitats, shapes, and sizes of cacti. The workshop will include hands-on activities and a project for your child to take home.

Location: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 512.232.0104

Registration: The cost for each workshop is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Registration fees covers one child and one adult. An adult is required to attend with each child. Advance registration required. Registration available online at $link(nd=children, www.wildflower.org)

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