Nature Nights DIY are free, family-friendly evenings filled with self-guided exciting explorations of native plants, animals and the ecology of Central Texas. Nature Nights will be a bit different this year, each evening will feature themed activity kits with engagement for the entire family to participate in. Activity kits will come complete with everything you need for an exciting self-guided evening including information, activities, scavenger hunts and nature crafting for the entire family to enjoy.
Pick up your activity kit each evening from 6 – 9 p.m. while supplies last. Nature Nights DIY activity kits include materials and instructions for crafts, scavenger hunts and activities that can be enjoyed both at the Wildflower Center and at home. Supplies are limited and activity kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who have reserved a ticket online in advance. No organization-led activities or presentations will take place this year.
Join the fun for Into the Night, and find out what the Wildflower Center is really like at night! Explore as the sun goes down and learn about the critters that wander and what flowers bloom in the light of the moon. Take a moment to look up and see if those stars at night actually are big and bright.
Free admission 6 – 9 p.m.
Regular admission is charged during the day. Admission is always free for members.
Wildflower Café will provide a tent in the Courtyard with meals, snacks and refreshments available for purchase.
This program will take place in person at the Wildflower Center. Face masks are optional when attending this class. Please review our safety guidelines before your visit.Reserve Your Spot
Into the Night Scavenger Hunt
Texas Nature Challenge
Search for Austin on the map to find our Nature Challenge
Into the Night Kahoot Challenge
How to play a Kahoot challenge:
Observe Moth Attracting Flowers and Bats in the Sky
Log your findings on the observation sheets in your kit
Learn All About Light Pollution
Look for the chalkboard in the Family Garden
Search for Nocturnal Animals
Keep a tally of the different creatures you encounter as the sun goes down at the Wildflower Center
Observe the Sky at Dusk
Take note of what do you see as the sun goes down
Spend Time Listening to the Unique Sounds of Nature
Use your sense of hearing to make observations of the creature hiding in the shadows
Get to Know the Moths That Come Out at Night
Most nocturnal insects are often attracted to lights. Let’s see what comes out tonight!
Make a Canister Constellation
Using the film canister found in your kit, create your very own constellation viewer
Make a Star Clock
Tell time using the stars with your very own Star Clock
Create Your Own Adventures with Flat Bat
Take your Flat Bat on different adventures with you. Don’t forget to post images of where your Flat Bats’ flown to using our #NatureNights tag!
Count the Stars in Your Own Backyard
Get to Know the Moths That Come Out at Night in Your Backyard
Continue your observations of nocturnal insects from your own light sources at home
Connect the Stars to Make Your Own Constellation
Materials and activities are subject to change. Instructions for all activities listed above will be found in your Nature Nights DIY Kit
Nature Night DIY Kits will be available to the first 400 youth guests with pre-reserved online tickets. To receive your Nature Night DIY Kit families must check in at our Admissions Kiosk. Here you will be given a ticket for each youth, this ticket allows the youth to pick up their kit in the courtyard beginning at 6 p.m. while supplies last.
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.
H-E-Buddy will be out with treats and smiles located in the Family Garden Pavillion!
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).