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Nature Nights: Geology, Fossils & Caves

June 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Family Caving, PHOTO Tanya Zastrow

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.

Geology, Fossils & Caves Schedule

Scheduled Events

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

  • Wear sturdy, close-toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty/muddy.
  • Cave tours are first-come, first-served and we do not guarantee everyone will be able to participate. We will do our best to get as many visitors through the caves as possible but we limit tour group size for safety.
  • Wildflower Cave tours are for ages four and up; :La Crosse Cave tours are for ages nine and up.
  • A guardian must be present to sign a waiver for minors.

Ongoing Events

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

Scavenger Hunt

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.

Helpful Info:

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).

Find more helpful info here.

The Courtyard 

The heart of the center, which features a man-made pond designed to look like Jacob’s Well – the swimming hole located outside of Austin. This space is the most utilized space for our weddings being used for both ceremonies and receptions when the weather is nice. Couples can be married in front of the pond with greenery surrounding them or under the arch that you just entered through. For receptions, guests are seated under our dimmable festoon lights that stay up year round. The Courtyard can easily seat up to 200 for a reception with ample room for a bar, dance floor and music (band or dj). No additional lighting or power is needed.


June 13, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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