The Wildflower Center offers a number of classes and programs for both adults and children, from native garden design to family yoga and moonlight hikes. Classes are held at the Wildflower Center and many use our colorful native gardens as inspiration.
Wildflower Center members, Texas Exes, Littlefield Society members, UT OLLI participants, senior citizens (age 65 and over), and UT students, faculty and staff receive a 10 percent discount on all classes.
Become a Wildflower Center Member now to receive your discount.
Summer 2016 Classes
Project Learning Tree Workshop – July 26 - FULL
Tired of teaching within the confinement of a classroom? Looking for new activities for your scout troop? Take your students outdoors! Learn how to engage your students using multi-disciplinary activities from Project Learning Tree. Challenge your students with activities that develop critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills. The hands-on activities are easily adaptable to any outdoor environment from an urban to a rural setting. Project Learning Tree activities are correlated to state and national academic standards, including Common Core, and have an emphasis on STEM. The workshop fee includes the Project Learning Tree curriculum guide, workshop instruction, materials, and admission to the Wildflower Center. Tuesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fee: $50.00 adult. Registration required. Discounts not available for this workshop.
Fall 2016 Classes
Native Plant Gardening Certificate Series – September 10-24
Get a fresh take on gardening. This is your one-stop shop for planning and installing a beautiful landscape where native plants work for you. Six classes takes you through all the steps needed to create a native and hardy landscape that is both easier to maintain and gorgeous. The Wildflower Center gardens will inspire new ideas and appreciation for native plants.
Sign up for the certificate series or individual classes: Landscape Design, Plants I, Plants II, Installation, Maintenance, and Integrated Pest Management. Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fee $243.00 (entire series), $45.00 (individual class)
Pollinator Gardening Certificate Series – New for Fall! – October 1-22
Create gardens specifically for pollinators! Participants will learn what types of pollinators to expect in a garden along with their native plant preferences for food sources, shelter and host plants. Learn about conservation efforts underway for various pollinators including the monarch butterfly.
This series is comprised of four classes: Types of Pollinators, Pollinator Garden Design, Conservation Efforts for Pollinators, and Native Plants for Pollinators. Classes include tours of the Wildflower Center’s Pollinator Habitat Garden and the Nectar Gardens. Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon & 1 – 4 p.m. Fee: $162.00 (series discount), $45.00 (individual class)
Nature/Wildflower Photography – October 1
Explore the beauty of the Wildflower Center through the lens of a camera. Nature photographer Brian Loflin demonstrates skills and techniques to capture striking photographic images of natural subjects. The class is designed for a digital SLR camera. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Fee: $95.00
Landscape Design Studio I & II – October 2 & 9
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. After the first class, you will be asked to continue working on your concepts and develop them further for the next meeting. The second class will begin with an informal sharing session to learn from one another’s processes. The rest of the day will again be focused on producing your individual designs. Part of the class time will center around communicating designs simply without prior drafting or drawing skills. Sundays, 12 – 4 p.m. Fee: $125.00
Mindfulness in Nature: Adults’ Aerial Yoga – October 7-28 (Fridays)
Enjoy the benefits of both nature and yoga in this brand new aerial class under the trees! Learn how to perform basic yoga moves with the aid of a hammock hanging from the branches of live oak trees. Listen to the sounds of nature while enjoying the beauty of the Texas Arboretum and finding mindfulness through yogic movements. Friday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Fee: $100.00 per person (ages 16+). Registration required.
Wildflower Watercolors – October 8
Texas wildflowers dance across the fields throughout the year. Learn a new way to spend time in nature and celebrate light, shapes and colors. In this course, learn how to observe, sketch and bring wildflowers to life through watercolors. Cut flowers, photos and demonstration drawings will be provided, but students may also sketch and capture images in the Wildflower Center gardens. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fee: $95.00
Floral Silk Painting – October 22 & 23
Create beautiful floral silk paintings in this two-day class (three hours per day). Use beautiful silk dyes and white silk scarves to render floral patterns inspired by wildflowers and other natural materials. The techniques are simple and the results are stunning! Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fee $95.00
Nature Drawing – Monochromatic to Color (Grisaille) – October 29
The beautiful gardens of the Wildflower Center will inspire the works produced in this class. Discover how to interpret the beauty of nature through personal expression. Develop understanding of observing and creating composition, practice drawing skills and explore forms and textures through monochromatic values. Learn to create proportionally correct forms and believable textures. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Fee: $95.00
Native Plants of Central Texas – November 12
Learn how to identify the native plants growing in and around Austin in This six-hour class (in two parts). During Part I of the class, learn the basics of plant identification, including how to use a plant key. Then, head outside and apply your knowledge to identify plants in the gardens and on the trails at the Wildflower Center. In Part II, learn about conservation of rare plants and how to recognize the most threatening invasive plant species and take action against them. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fee: $95.00