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 us this week for Sunflowers & More and help us celebrate the Wildflower of the Year: the sunflower! A flower so beautiful that it’s been the inspiration for artists around the world, much like Van Gogh. Stand tall among the sunflowers as your family explores the Wildflower Center and learn just about everything there is to know about our native wildflowers.
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
Sunflowers & More Scavenger Hunt
Sunflowers & More Kahoot Challenge
How to play a Kahoot challenge:
Make A Plant Critter
With a little imagination and natural objects create your own Plant Critter. Post your Plant Critter on social media with our #NatureNights tag!
Take Count Of The Different Blooms in the Hill Country Meadow Garden
Use the journal found in your kit to record your observations
Search for the Flowers on Your Plant Cards
Can you find the plants on your Plant Cards in our gardens?
Learn About the Fibonacci Sequence in the Garden
Head over to the Luci and Ian Family Garden to search for plants with the Fibonacci sequence
Identify the Parts of a Plant
Not every plant is made the same, can you spot the differences?
Sketch a Sunflower
Get inspired by the structure and beauty of the sunflowers at the Wildflower Center and sketch a scene on the mini canvas in your kit
Make a Sunflower Mask
Color, paint or use natural materials to decorate your own sunflower mask
Paint A Sunflower
Add some color to your sunflower sketch on your mini canvas with the paint found in your kit
Complete a Transpiration Experiment
Learn about transpiration with this hands-on at-home experiment
Make Your Own Plant Press
Press your own botanical specimens for long-lasting enjoyment
Make a Nature Bracelet
Decorate your bracelet with natural materials and flowers
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).