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Nature Nights: Caves, Mud & Water

June 30, 2022 @ 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.

Join us for the last Nature Night of the season to explore Caves, Mud and Water. This week will showcase what rocks can teach us through layers and fossils, how rainwater moves underground and even includes an on-site cave tour!

Free admission 6 – 9 p.m.
Regular admission is charged during the day until 5 p.m. Admission is always free for members.

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

Wildflower Café will be open with a pop-up tent in the Courtyard with food and drink for purchase.

Reservations to Nature Nights are encouraged but not required and open 7 days in advance. Walk-ups are welcome at our Admissions Kiosk from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Caves, Mud & Water Schedule

Scheduled Events

Cave Tours Presented by City of Austin: Watershed Protection Department, Park Rangers, and Wildland Conservation Division, Family Garden
6:10 – 8:30 p.m.

Sign up to enter a cave will begin promptly at 5:45 p.m. in the Family Garden

Wildflower Cave (Ages 5+)
La Crosse Cave (Ages 9+)

Please note the following for cave tours:

  • Required: sturdy, close-toed shoes are required to enter the caves.
  • clothes will can get dirty/muddy.
  • Cave tours are first-come, first-served. Tours will fill quickly and we can 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 five and up.
  • La Crosse Cave tours are for ages nine and up.
  • Waivers must be signed for both adults and youth to enter a cave.
  • A guardian must be present to sign a waiver for minors.
  • Masks are highly encouraged when entering a cave. Masks are considered safety gear from inhaling dust and fungal spores from animal scat found in caves.
  • Do not enter a cave if you suspect that you may have or have COVID-19

Ongoing Events

Virtual Reality Cave Tours with City of Austin Watershed Protection Department

Mud Painting with Wildflower Center Volunteers

Learn about Surface and Ground Water Interactions with Bureau of Economic Geology

Observe Micro Invertebrates with Capital Area Master Naturalists

Make a Water Cycle Crown with Wildflower Volunteers

Learn about Run-off with Colorado River Alliance

Cave Crickets with Earth Native Wilderness School

Explore Caving Gear with Underground Texas Grotto

Koch Snowflake & Crystals with Math Happens

Arts & Crafts

Scavenger Hunt

H-E-Buddy will be out with treats and smiles!

Free Gift for ages 12 and younger in the Wildflower Center Gift Store who complete the scavenger hunt!

Don’t miss the huge summer clearance sale in our Gift Store.

Helpful Info:

Wildflower Café will 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 La Crosse 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.

Thank You to Our Sponsors:
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June 30, 2022
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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