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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2010
EVENT: Join us for family fun three Friday evenings this fall. Nature Nights are low-cost, monthly explorations of nature in Central Texas. On September 24, help celebrate the wonderful connection people have with plants. From dyes to jellies, medicines to our daily meals, discover how native plants are important to our daily lives. Check out how plant pigments are used to dye fabric, hands-on crafting where kids make their own rope from yucca fibers,and a food sampling station with mesquite jelly and other products made with native plants. At other discovery stations, make your own recycled paper to take home and smell different plant products like vanilla and minty sage. You can also join guided hikes of the gardens to identify plants that produce shampoo, soap, fibers, and so much more. Nature Nights are $1 admission for non-members, with material provided in both English and Spanish.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 24, 6 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue. Directions at: http://www.wildflower.org/visit
SCHEDULE FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER NATURE NIGHTS:
- Spiders – Friday, Oct. 15, 6 to 9 p.m.
What has eight legs, fangs and lived 386 million years ago? Come to the Wildflower Center to find out. The insect scavenger hunt led by insect expert Valerie Bugh allows you to explore nature on a habitat hike. Also search the gardens and grounds for spiders and their favorite dwelling places with "Spider Joe." Make a spider mask, a web to hang at home and more. .
- Hill Country Astronomy– Friday, Nov. 12, 6 to 9 p.m.
Do you know your celestial objects? Come find out with an expert from The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory and listen to an engaging discussion of the cosmos. Take a peek at the stars and planets through field telescopes. Kids can make their own constellation posters, and a flashlight-based projection of a constellation to take home
SPONSOR: Nature Nights are generously sponsored by KVUE. For more event details, go to: http://www.wildfower.org/nature.