What is Go Native U?
Go Native U is an informal education program designed to teach adults about the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes and practical applications of horticulture and botany. Use our colorful gardens as the inspiration for your next work of art when you take our Art in Nature series.
Classes are held at the Wildflower Center's beautiful campus in south Austin.
Discounts On Classes
Wildflower Center members, Texas Exes, Littlefield Society, UT OLLI, Senior Citizens (age 65 and over), and UT Students, Faculty, and Staff receive a 10% discount on all classes.
Become a Wildflower Center Member now to receive your discount
Upcoming Fall 2015 Classes
Native Plant Gardening (NPG) Certificate - Sept. 12 - Oct. 3
Looking for a new approach to gardening? This series is your one stop shop for planning and installing a beautiful landscape that makes native plants work for you. This series of six classes takes you through all the steps needed to create a native and hardy landscape that is easier to maintain and gorgeous at the same time. The Wildflower Center gardens will inspire new ideas and appreciation for native plants.
Sign up for the certificate series or individual classes: Landscape Design, Plants I, Plants II, Installation, Maintenance and Integrated Pest Management.
Electives are classes that are not included in our certificate series and may vary session to session.Landscape Design Studio I & II – Oct. 18 & 25
Building upon the introductory class “Native Plant Gardening: Landscape Design,” this course will allow you to take the principles and skills you acquired and apply them in a studio environment. The majority of class time will be spent working on your designs, while the instructor provides you with individual assistance throughout the day. After the first class, you will be asked to continue working on your concepts and develop them further for the next meeting. The second class will begin with an informal sharing session to respond to and learn from one another’s processes. The rest of the day will again be focused on producing your individual designs. A part of the class time will be spent in showing you ways to communicate your designs simply without prior drafting or drawing skills.
Sustainable Gardening Certificate Series – Oct. 7 – Nov. 18
Sustainable landscapes can help alleviate the pressure being placed on the Earth’s ecosystems by working with nature to provide clean air and water, fertile soils and other essential aspects of our daily life. Significant portions of our urban environments are made up of residential landscapes, which can impact the environmental health and human well-being of an entire region. The Sustainable Gardening educational series instructs gardeners and those interested in landscape sustainability how to transform a traditional landscape into a beautiful and healthy environment that also benefits the surrounding community.??This series of five classes explores the role of soils, water, vegetation and materials in sustainable landscape design is ideal for those interested in having a positive impact on the landscape by working with nature and learning more about sustainability issues.
Native Plants of Central Texas – Nov. 7
Learn how to identify the native plants that grow in and around Austin. This 6-hour class consists of two parts. During Part I of the class you will learn the basics of plant identification, including how to use a plant key to identify plants. Then, we will head outside and apply our knowledge to identify plants in the gardens and on the trails at the Wildflower Center. In Part II, we will learn about conservation of rare plants and how to recognize the most threatening invasive plant species and take action against them.
Art in Nature Series (AN) – Sept. 26 – Nov. 14
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers the perfect backdrop for the Art in Nature series. Colorful wildflower meadows, vibrant water features teeming with fish and turtles, and flitting butterflies and acrobatic hummingbirds in lush gardens make capturing the beauty and wonder of the natural world easy for budding artists. This nature based art series is geared towards those interested in learning the foundations of Wildflower/Nature Photography, Wildflower Watercolors, Floral Silk Painting and Color Pencil Nature Drawing. Try your hand at these exciting classes either as a comprehensive series or as an individual class.
Moonlight Hikes – Sept. 27, 28, Oct. 26, 27, Nov, 24, & 25
What better way to end the day than by spending it in nature soaking up the sights, sounds, and smells of the night. Join staff from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on a 3 mile guided walk through the gardens and the Arboretum. Learn about the history of the Center along with the benefits of healthy landscapes and native plants.
Go Native U Kids' Classes
Art in Nature for Kids
Nature as Inspiration – Sept. 5, 10am-12pm (6-8 years old) or 1pm-3pm (9-11 years old)
Young artists will be introduced to artists Leonardo da Vinci and Frida Kahlo for self-portrait inspiration. After looking closely and sketching plants in the garden, each artist will paint a nature-filled self-portrait.
Complementary Color – Oct. 24, 10am-12pm (6-8 years old) or 1pm-3pm (9-11 years old)
Young artists will be introduced to Vincent Van Gogh as inspiration. Using a complimentary color palette, artists will create an oil pastel and watercolor leaf rubbing using texture found in the garden.
Weaving – Nov. 21, 10am-12pm (6-8 years old) or 1pm-3pm (9-11 years old)
Young artists will be introduced to a variety of weavings found in the Family Garden. After reading Weaving a Rainbow, by George Ella Lyon, each artist will create their own colorful weaving project on a cardboard loom.
Family Yoga in the Garden – Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 17, & 31
Yoga for all ages! Family yoga classes are one hour weekly sessions that are filled with songs, games and stories with yoga postures throughout. In this 6 week series Liz incorporates different lessons into her stories, such as helpfulness, kindness, generosity & friendship using animals and nature to inspire imagination and play with parents and their children. Group, individual and partner poses (asana), breathwork (pranayama) and guided meditations and relaxations encourage families to connect to their own spirit and with each other in a beautiful natural setting. This is an amazing opportunity for parents and children to unite and to let love abound together while practicing yoga! Come to one or all six classes.