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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:

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Barbra Rodriguez
512.232.0105
brodriguez@wildflower.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2014

Nature Nights Start June 12

Event: For six Thursday evenings beginning June 12, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will offer admission-free nights of family fun for all ages. Each night will include interactive activities, a scavenger hunt, nature hike, story time and demonstrations from experts. The series will break for the week of July 4. Visits to the center the day of Nature Nights will also be free thanks to H-E-B. KVUE is the media sponsor. See event details at: http://www.wildflower.org/nature.

Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, 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 receive a free gift at the store.

Schedule:

  • Plants and Play – Thursday, June 12, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Come play in the new Luci and Ian Family Garden at our first Nature Nights of the summer. Visit the plant petting zoo, or play with a giant chess set and big bubbles on the Play Lawn. Bill Oliver, known as “Mr. Habitat,” will perform with his band, and Commander Ben will return with his Invasive Hunter Academy to teach kids about invasive species. The store will offer a special on Family Garden t-shirts and Annette Lucksinger will sign her guidebook, "Exploring Austin with Kids," from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Fossils – Thursday, June 19, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fossils Nature Night will feature a dinosaur dig in the Luci and Ian Family Garden. The Texas Archeological Research Laboratory will bring a table of archeological artifacts to observe as well. Come test yourself with the dinosaur footprint jump. All fossils, plus fossil and dinosaur kits and t-shirts, will be on sale in the store.

  • Wondrous Water – Thursday, June 26, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Visit Dinosaur Creek and go inside the Grotto to watch the waterfall in the Luci and Ian Family Garden. “Singing zoologist” Lucas Miller will perform science-oriented songs and stories in the auditorium. Organizations such as the County Master Naturalists and the Colorado River Alliance will have interactive activities on the importance of water conservation and the Colorado River. Water exploration kits and watering cans will be on sale in the store, where Sara Barnard will sign her new children’s book, "The ABC’s of Texas Plants.                                                                        

  • Snakes – Thursday, July 10, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

One of our most popular Nature Nights returns with the celebration of snakes. The Austin Reptile Service will display live snakes, while City of Austin Park Ranger David Papke leads a habitat hike in search of snakes and evidence of their presence. The Horned Lizard Society will discuss the now rare Texas Short-Horned Lizard (or “horned toad”), a threatened species in Texas. The store will offer a 10 percent discount on all snake related merchandise, books and toys.

  • Wildlife Tracking – Thursday, July 17, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Enjoy a habitat hike and more at this night focused on tracking wildlife. Earth Native Wilderness School will display wildlife print casts and other animal artifacts, while the Capital Area Master Naturalists instructs kids on how to make take-home animal tracks. Austin Wildlife Rescue will provide information on how to help when coming across injured wild animals. Visit the store where all tracking kits and books will be on sale, and Annette Lucksinger will sign her guidebook, "Exploring Austin with Kids."

  • Birds of Prey – Thursday, July 24, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

During the last summer Nature Night, the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center gives a live bird presentation on the Play Lawn of the Luci and Ian Family Garden. Visitors can experience dissecting and examining owl pellets, and other bird-related activities. Earth Native Wilderness School will present an interactive exploration of feathers and raptor flight. Travis Audubon will lead bird-watching habitat hikes and Tish Corvidae, Horseshoe Bay Resort’s avian director, will bring her Eurasion Eagle Owl and another mystery bird. The store will have raptor gifts and books on sale, Family Garden t-shirts at reduced prices, and signed copies of Divya Srinivasan's "Little Owl’s Night" available.

Sponsor: Presenting sponsor: H-E-B. Media sponsor: KVUE. For more information, visit http:/www.wildflower.org/nature or call 512-232-0100.

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