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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2012
Event: From live snake presentations to the breathtaking release of hundreds of butterflies, families can experience the marvels of nature like never before at Nature Nights. For six Thursday nights starting June 21, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin offers these free-admission evenings full of interactive fun and exploration. Nature Nights are perfect family outings to get the kiddos out to learn about Central Texas nature topics. Visits to the Center the day of Nature Nights will also be free thanks to H-E-B sponsorship, with full details for each night posted at http://www.wildflower.org/nature.
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX 78739 Directions at: http://www.wildflower.org/visit. Families can eat at the café and children 12 and under can pick up a free Nature Nights gift at the store.
Nature Night Butterflies - Thursday, June 21, 6 to 9 p.m.
Let your butterfly knowledge take flight with exciting lessons from Lucas Miller, an award-winning “singing zoologist” who will play guitar and tell stories through song in the auditorium. Release your inner artist by creating butterfly origami with Joan Son, and enjoy the live release of beautiful butterflies in the courtyard by the Austin Butterfly Forum.
Nature Night Hummingbirds - Thursday, June 28, 6 to 9 p.m.
Come hum along with an Austin Public Library storyteller as you learn rhymes and songs in the Little House about one of nature’s fastest creatures. Discover how these bustling birds help pollinate plants during a talk in the auditorium, garden hikes and an educational scavenger hunt.
Future Nature Nights:
The Power of Plants - Thursday, July 5, 6 to 9 p.m.
Nurture your knowledge of plants and their many uses. Find out how to combat invasive species with Commander Ben, and learn to collect and clean seeds as well as how plants are grown by Wildflower Center Experts. Journey through the gardens with Ellen Zimmerman from the Austin School of Herbal Studies and make a craft out of recycled material with the Teenage Eco Warriors.
Birds of Prey - Thursday, July 12, 6 to 9 p.m.
Dive into the life of hawks, kestrels and other birds of prey. Discover the daily diet of owls by scouring through pellets they leave behind and become an expert in feather identification. You can also visit with live raptors during a 7 p.m. demonstration in the courtyard.
Bats - Thursday, July 19, 6 to 9 p.m.
Celebrate the International Year of the Bat with Bat Conservation International. Become a bat scientist through garden walks, listen for bat calls and snag an up-close view of an African flying fox and Mexican free-tailed bats.
Snakes - Thursday, July 26, 6 to 9 p.m.
Contemplate the world of snakes while observing live ones from the Austin Reptile Service. Learn why they’re important for the environment, how their eyes are unique and more during expert talks at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sponsor: Presenting sponsor: H-E-B. Media sponsor: KVUE. For more information, visit http:/www.wildflower.org/nature or call 512-232-0100.