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Winter Tree Fest

January 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free With Admission
Maple leaves in fall
Celebrate Texas trees in the Arboretum with family-friendly tree climbing, walks and talks, s’more roasting, fort building, a tree sale and more! Wildflower Center ecologists and arborists will present fun, educational walks and demonstrations under the trees. Young explorers can learn, craft and play all day.

This year’s festivities will be centered around our special Fortlandia exhibition!

The Wildflower Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Winter Tree Fest activities (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) are all free with admission. Admission is always free for members!

Walks & Talks

Meet near the tree and shrub sale in the Texas Arboretum.

  • 11 a.m. – Trees of Central Texas and Their Benefits, with Arborist Brad Hamel
  • 11:30 a.m. – Making of the Flitch Fort, with Andrew from HATCH Workshop (meet at the fort, drop in any time during the hour)
  • 12 p.m. – Winter Birding Walk, with Travis Audubon
  • 1 p.m. – Tree IDs, with Colleen Dieter
  • 1:30 p.m. – Color Trail Fort Talk, with Faye and Walker’s Sean Guess (meet at the fort, drop in any time during the hour)
  • 2 p.m. – Tree Planting Demonstration, with Bartlett Tree Experts’ Steve Kinslow and Nolan Mathis
  • 3 p.m. – Tree Pruning Tips & Techniques, with University of Texas Arborist Jennifer Hrobar


Enjoy all of these activities from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Fortlandia: Meet the Designers
  • Texas Native Tree and Shrub Sale (see list below)
  • Tree Climb (ages 7+)
  • Explore Fortlandia (9 a.m. – 5 p.m., closing weekend)
  • Corn Hole (Bag Toss), Giant Jenga, Lawn Dominoes, and Yardzee
  • S’mores by the Campfire (donation suggested)
  • Tree Q&A and Giveaways with Bartlett Tree Experts
  • Tree Activity with Capital Area Master Naturalists
  • Design a Fort with MathHappens
  • Make Your Own Fortlandia Flag
  • Tree Seed Dispersal Activity

…and many more crafts, activities and games!

20% off walking sticks and tree books in the Gift Store all day! Stop by to vote for your favorite Fortlandia fort and stamp your Passfort too!

Food will be available for purchase from Wildflower Cafe with special pop-ups in the Courtyard (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Arboretum (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

Tree and Shrub Sale Plant List

Plant lists are available! The plant list is updated often leading up to the sale. Some species are available only in limited quantities and sizes. Please check back often for the latest list.

Plant Sale List


Winter Tree Fest Sponsors

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January 25, 2020
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free With Admission
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Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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