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ADULT PROGRAMS

The Wildflower Center offers abundant opportunities to learn about Texas native plants, gardening, nature art, photography, writing and more — including our very popular Native Plant Gardening Series.

Classes generally happen during spring and fall, with other programs occurring throughout the year.

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July 2018

Tai Chi

July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until July 18, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Qigong instructor, Dr. Chelsea Xu

Learn and practice with the guidance of an expert in the serenity of the gardens.

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Drawing I – Short Form

July 19 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, happening 7 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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In partnership with Contemporary Austin Art School. You can draw! Practice with a new drawing medium in each session of this course. Enjoy drawing success in the very first class. Throughout the course you will refine your technique while focusing on still-life and found objects in a supportive environment for beginners.

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Guided Garden Tour

July 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 2, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Carolyn Long leading a guided tour during National Wildflower Week

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk! Interested in volunteering for our educational programs? Inspired by nature? Come share your passion! In spring we have weekly training and volunteer opportunities with…

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Teacher Workshop: Growing Up WILD

July 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Minette teaching children about botany during Camp Wildflower in 2016.

This workshop will introduce educators to the Growing Up WILD (GUW) curriculum, an early childhood education program encouraging children to be curious about explore the natural world. Through experiences and activities, GUW provides positive impressions of the natural world alongside social and academic skills. This program is open to both formal and informal teachers. The workshop fee includes instruction, materials and the curriculum guide, which: Is written especially for early childhood educators (of children ages 3-7) Features over 400 nature-based experiences…

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Nature and Abstract Drawing

July 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, happening 7 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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In partnership with Contemporary Austin Art School. Learn how to create abstract drawings using natural forms as inspiration. Class will start with perennials, seedpods, trees, rocks, and water studies and learn how to transform these representational objects into abstract formal compositions that reflect your personal interests. Students will use graphite, charcoal, ink, and a variety of paper surfaces.

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Luscious Landscapes (Watercolor Painting)

July 25 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, happening 7 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Presented in partnership with Contemporary Austin Art School. Transparent watercolor is the perfect medium for capturing landscapes. Create beautiful light patterns and establish a mood in your paintings by working in the studio as well as our gardens and natural areas. Demonstrations will emphasize the use of fresh, lively color. Some experience in watercolor painting is recommended.

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Lady Bird Day

July 28 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Lady Bird Johnson in field of sunflowers PHOTO John D. Smithers

In July, we honor our founder and "Environmental First Lady" Lady Bird Johnson. Enjoy free admission, special exhibits and activities for all ages.

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September 2018

Native Plant Gardening Series: Plants I

September 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Freshly showered Eryngo (Eryngium leavenworthii)

Part of the Native Plant Gardening Series, in this class students will identify and learn about a variety of plants native to Central Texas, unique growing characteristics of each, and how to choose the right ones for a garden. The Native Plant Gardening Series prepares students to transform their yards and gardens into efficient and beautiful native plant landscapes over the course of six classes (Saturdays, September 8 - 22 and Sunday, September 9). Take the classes individually or enroll…

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Large-Scale Design

September 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Resoration Research landscape

Part of the Native Plant Gardening Series, this class is ideal for participants designing landscapes with one acre of land or more. The Native Plant Gardening Series prepares students to transform their yards and gardens into efficient and beautiful native plant landscapes over the course of six classes (Saturdays, September 8 - 22 and Sunday, September 9). Take the classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save. This is one of our most popular offerings and the series…

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Native Plants Gardening Series: Plants II

September 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Texas lantana, Lantana urticoides. By Bruce Leander

In this continuation of the Native Plants Gardening Series, dig deeper into the topic of Texas flora. Learn about native plants and where to find them as well as resources to keep growing. Plants I is recommended prior to this class. The Native Plant Gardening Series prepares students to transform their yards and gardens into efficient and beautiful native plant landscapes over the course of six classes (Saturdays, September 8 - 22 and Sunday, September 9). Take the classes individually or…

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Field Trips

The Wildflower Center is perfect for class and youth group field trips

Guided Tours

Guided tours are an ideal way to get the most of a Wildflower Center experience