Nature Nights are free, family-friendly events filled with exciting explorations of native plants, animals and the ecology of Central Texas. Each evening features interactive presentations, hikes with experts in their fields, and nature crafting for kids of all ages.
The Geology, Fossils & Caves Nature Night showcases what rocks can teach us through layers and fossils, how rainwater moves underground and includes an on-site cave tour.
Free admission 6 – 9 p.m.
Regular admission is charged during the day. Admission is always free for members.
Wildflower Café will be open and also have a tent in the Courtyard with meals, snacks and refreshments available for purchase.
Texas Dinosaurs Presentation with Pamela Owen from Texas Memorial Museum, Auditorium
6:45 (American Sign Language interpretation provided), 7:45 p.m.
Caves & Water Walk & Talk with cave specialist Justin Shaw, Meet in the Courtyard
7:45 p.m. (American Sign Language interpretation provided)
Cave Tours (Ages 4+)
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Presented by City of Austin: Watershed Protection Department, Park Rangers, and Wildland Conservation Division
Virtual Reality Cave Tours with City of Austin Watershed Protection Department
Groundwater Activity with Capital Area Master Naturalists
Archeological Finds with Headwaters at the Comal
Koch Snowflake & Crystals with Math Happens
Earth Paints Face Painting & Coloring with Natureversity
Geology, Rocks & Artifacts with Texas Archeological Research Lab and Austin Geological Society
Arts & Crafts
Water Conservation Activities with Barton Springs Water Conservation District
Dinosaur Fossils with Texas Vertebrate Paleontology Collections
Dino Dig with STEM Scouts
Undeground Gear with Underground Texas Grotto
H-E-Buddy will be out with treats and smiles!
Do512 Family will be out with their summer guide
Free Gift for ages 12 and younger in the Wildflower Center Gift Store. Don’t miss the huge summer clearance sale.
Wildflower Café will be open with their regular menu and host a pop-up in the Courtyard with food and drink for purchase.
Limited parking is available in the Wildflower Center parking lot on a first come, first served basis. Additional parking can be found on LaCrosse Avenue and guests may park in the adjacent neighborhoods. Please be mindful of hydrants, signs, driveways and pedestrians.
Bring a refillable water bottle! We have many fountains and water stations.
We recommend sunscreen, insect spray, comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes for walking.
Visitors may bring picnics. No outside alcoholic beverages. Please be mindful of your trash.
Per Wildflower Center policy, dogs are not permitted (with the exception of service dogs).
What has eight legs and is headed straight for the Wildflower Center? A family of four coming to explore at Nature Nights! Individuals and families of any size are welcome as we kick off the free fun with a safari of all things that crawl, buzz, fly and scuttle.
Rocks are some of the greatest storytellers. They show us what came before with layers and fossils, and they shape the world we live in today. Come witness how water moves through our karst landscape and go all in with a cave tour.
Prairie ecosystems are among the most beautiful, important and threatened in Texas and across the nation. Learn about the wildflowers, tall grasses and deep roots supporting these scenic landscapes and all the critters that call them home.
Feathers, scales, talons and tails. We’re combining two of our most wildly popular Nature Nights into one to bring you creatures of the land and sky; snakes, hawks and owls — oh my!