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Nature Nights DIY: Stepping Back in Time

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Rain or shine, we’ll still be here tonight from 6 – 9 p.m. Bring your best rain gear and come splash around in the puddles with us!

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.

Stepping Back in Time kicks off the summer fun as we roam through the gardens, experiencing the Wildflower Center and remnants of our prehistoric past. Find out what the Wildflower Center’s site was like beginning in prehistoric times and how it has evolved. Learn about the creatures that roamed the earth during this time and which indigenous peoples once called this land home.

This program will take place in person at the Wildflower Center. Face masks are optional when attending this event. Please review our safety guidelines before your visit.

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.

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What Activities Will Be In Your HEB Nature Nights DIY Kit?

Activities to Enjoy at the Wildflower Center

Stepping Back in Time Scavenger Hunt 

Stepping Back in Time Kahoot Challenge
How to play a Kahoot challenge:

Texas Nature Challenge
Search for our challenge on the map or use the activity sheet in your kit

Determine the Age of a Tree
Let’s see how many trees you can age using the tape measurer provided in your kit

Learn more about the earliest indigenous peoples to inhabit Central Texas
Look for this video near the entrance to our Arboretum Trail

Take a stroll through the Hall of Texas Heroes
Can you find the Indian Marker Tree?

DIY Nature Critter
Use natural materials to create your own prehistoric animal, then post a photo of your creation to social media with our #NatureNights tag!

Determine the Length of Past Dinosaurs
How long do you think the Acrocanthosaurus and the Orithomimid were from head to tail?

See what you can learn from a dinosaur footprint
Look for this activity in your kit and read more about Texas dinosaurs here

Can you find the karst rocks in the Family Garden?
Here’s a hint: follow the dinosaur tracks!

Stop by the Courtyard to watch a short video of Lady Bird and enjoy a prerecorded concert from Bill Oliver and the Otter Space Band

Activities to Enjoy at Home

Make a Fossil or Karst Rock
Using the clay found in your kit, create your very own karst rock or fossil

Make a Toad Home in Your Garden
Use natural materials found at home for your amphibian friends

Use the VR Viewer found in your kit to watch these videos:

Materials and activities are subject to change. Instructions for all activities listed above will be found in your Nature Nights DIY Kit

How Do I Pick Up My 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.

Helpful Info:

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).

Find more helpful info here.

Thank You to Our Sponsor:
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June 3
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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