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 Arachnids & Insects Nature Night kicks off the fun with a safari of all things that crawl, buzz, fly and scuttle.
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.
Spider Search with Spider Joe, Meet at Courtyard Spring (bring a flashlight!)
6:15, 7:15, 8:15 p.m.
Small Wonders Puppet Theater, Auditorium
6:15 p.m. (American Sign Language interpretation provided), 7:45 p.m.
Walk and Talk on Butterflies and Moths, Meet at Courtyard Spring
7:45 p.m. (American Sign Language interpretation provided)
Bees! with UT Department of Integrative Biology
Kid-Size Web with Earth Native Wilderness School
Fibonacci + Bees Family Tree with Math Happens
Insects in Amber with Boy Scouts of America
Insect Olympics, Bug Sweeping & Crafts with the Wildflower Center
Insect Camouflage with Capital Area Master Naturalists
Insect Investigation with City of Austin Park Rangers
Meet the Emerald Ash Borer with Texas Forest Service
Edible Insects with Little Herds
Caterpillars at the Insectary!
H-E-Buddy will be out with treats and smiles!
Free Gift for ages 12 and younger in the Wildflower Center Gift Store. Don’t miss the huge summer clearance sale.
Wildflower Café will have 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. 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!