YOUTH PROGRAMS

The Wildflower Center’s youth classes and programs are great for kids that love to learn about nature and the outdoors. Our environmental education programs range from formal classes to summer camps and informal weekly “nature play” programs.
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May 2018

CANCELLED Movies in the Wild: The Lorax

May 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Movies in the Wild, The Lorax

Oct. 6, 2017

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Garden Bug Trackers

May 12, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Child holding a grasshopper

What’s got six (or more) legs and can be found in our gardens? Families will find out together as the class gets up close to the critters of the Center.

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Birds & Blooms – NEW

May 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Birds and Blooms Bill J Boyd

Early birds of all ages can join a nature walk to observe flowers and feathered friends in our gardens.

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Nature Nets (CANCELLED)

May 26, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Critters visit and inhabit the Center by air and by creek! Come explore things with wings, skimmers and swimmers by learning to use nets for collecting specimens. We’ll search, examine, document and learn together.

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June 2018

Camp Wildflower: Bug-ologists

June 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until June 8, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Child holding a grasshopper

Campers will investigate insects and become a junior entomologists during this creepy, crawly week of camp! Camp Wildflower runs in weekly sessions from June 4 - July 27. Activities include hikes, arts and crafts, nature games, science labs, outdoor exploration, and learning sessions with Wildflower Center experts.We know young minds need a lot of room to grow, and the Center is the perfect place for getting in touch with nature and learning through discovery. Read more about Camp Wildflower and other sessions. Summer camp is…

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Camp Wildflower: Nature Create

June 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until June 15, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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This week, campers discover why nature has been the muse of great artists for eons.

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Camp Wildflower: Botanist Bonanza

June 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until June 22, 2018

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.

What makes a plant a plant? Campers find out while playing botanist for a fun-filled week of green discovery.

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Camp Wildflower: Soil, It’s Alive!

June 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until June 29, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Campers get their hands dirty learning what soil is made of and what lives in it! Camp Wildflower runs in weekly sessions from June 4 - July 27. Activities include hikes, arts and crafts, nature games, science labs, outdoor exploration, and learning sessions with Wildflower Center experts.We know young minds need a lot of room to grow, and the Center is the perfect place for getting in touch with nature and learning through discovery. Read more about Camp Wildflower and other sessions.…

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July 2018

Sprouts [Cancelled]

July 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Mom and child at Sprouts

Bring your little wildflowers to the Center for our weekly preschool program (ages 3-5).

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Camp Wildflower: The Aquatic World

July 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 6, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Campers learn about and how to conserve and protect water, a vital resource for all living things!

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Camp Wildflower: Pollinators to the Rescue

July 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 13, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Kids wearing insect masks

From invasive species to beneficial insects, campers learn that some organisms help each other while others can hurt their surrounding environments.

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Camp Wildflower: Nature Trackers

July 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 20, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Camp Wildflower exploring the Woodland Trail PHOTO Joanna Wojtkowiak

Campers become detectives this week as they investigate the natural world using microscopes, nets and all the senses to interpret clues left by plants and animals!

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Camp Wildflower: Have to Have a Habitat

July 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 27, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Children learning about how to construct shelter made of bamboo at Camp Wildflower.

Who lives here? Campers will trek through the gardens to discover firsthand what makes for a successful habitat. Camp Wildflower runs in weekly sessions from June 4 - July 27. Activities include hikes, arts and crafts, nature games, science labs, outdoor exploration, and learning sessions with Wildflower Center experts.We know young minds need a lot of room to grow, and the Center is the perfect place for getting in touch with nature and learning through discovery. Read more about Camp Wildflower and…

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August 2018

Nature Play Hour

August 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until August 25, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Children playing at Discovery Bin

Native plants are important and fascinating at any age! Join a nature-play guide for a fun, plant-themed activity.

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September 2018

Dog Days of Fall

September 16, 2018
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One event on September 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Dog Days 2018, Dog in front of American beautyberry

Grab your canine bestie and head our way for fun, dog-friendly activities in the gardens. Two days only!

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Fortlandia Grand Opening Weekend

September 29, 2018 @ 9:00 am - September 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free With Admission
Kids building fort

Your secret hideouts awaits. Join us for a magical weekend for the first look at our Fortlandia exhibition.

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Nature Creations: Bracelets

September 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Mom and child at Sprouts

Nature is full of treasures and gems - why not wear a wildflower watch or a berry-bead bracelet? Go on a  discovery walk; observe the shapes, colors and textures of the season; and create a fun craft.

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October 2018

Sprouts

October 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Bring your little wildflowers to the Center for our weekly preschool program (ages 3-5).

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Movies in the Wild: Coco (CANCELLED)

October 31, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$8 – $12
COCO movie poster

Our Family Garden is transformed into an outdoor theater for Pixar's "Coco." Come early for Day of the Dead activities.

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November 2018

Fire & Water Walk (NEW)

November 13, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on November 13, 2018 at 11:00 am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Prescribed fire is one way to recreate the patchy, diverse environment that existed before human interference. PHOTO Lee Clippard

On this tour of the gardens and natural areas, discover how fire and water are used in managing plants and landscapes at the Wildflower Center. Learn about our impressive rain catchment system and cisterns and visit the research plots where prescribed burns are conducted. Free with admission to the gardens.

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March 2019

Spring Discovery Carts in the Garden

March 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until March 22, 2019

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Family Garden - kids behindwaterfall

Drop in for fun in our Family Garden with nature themes and self-guided activities. Play every day, outdoors! All ages welcome.

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What A Hoot! (Family Event)

March 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Athena smiling PHOTO Bill J. Boyd

Nocturnal hunters, owls are more often heard than seen. Come learn about these mysterious, magical birds and how they get along in and near our city. All ages welcome.

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April 2019

Bees, Butterflies, Beetles & Blooms – NEW

April 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Monarch butterfly on shrubby boneset, , Nymphalidae danaus plexippus, by Val Bugh

Spring has sprung and the gardens are buzzing with color and activity! Join this drop-in family program to come play and learn why pollinators are attracted to certain plants.

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May 2019

Milkweed Madness (NEW!)

May 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Monarch butterfly

Monarchs! These winged beauties migrate twice a year between Mexico and Canada and are facing great challenges. Drop in and learn what you can do to help.

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June 2019

Nature Nights: Arachnids & Insects

June 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free

Free family fun with a new theme each week!

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Nature Nights: Geology, Fossils & Caves

June 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Family Caving, PHOTO Tanya Zastrow

Free family fun with a new theme each week!

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June Bugs – NEW!

June 15, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Child holding a grasshopper

Come learn some fun insect facts, including where they like to live, and build a mini insect hotel

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Nature Nights: Life on the Prairie

June 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on June 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Wildflowers in the Savanna Meadow

Free family fun with a new theme each week!

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Nature Nights: Birds of Prey & Reptiles

June 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Athena the owl

Free family fun with a new theme each week!

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July 2019

Camp Wildflower

July 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until July 26, 2019

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Landscape design class during Camp Wildflower

At Camp Wildflower, children become conservationists, botanists, horticulturists, citizen scientists and ecologists as they explore native plants and the environment.

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August 2019

Artists in Bloom – NEW!

August 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Katy McCarthy workshop

Drop in and create an ephemeral piece of art with natural items and leave it for others to enjoy. All ages!

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September 2019

Nature Bookmarks

September 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Maple leaves in fall

Families gather treasures from nature to make a take-home craft perfect for bookworms!

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Austin Museum Day

September 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Father and daughter explore the world from atop the Observation Tower.

Join us for activities all over the Center with story time, presentations, demonstrations and tours throughout the day. Free admission.

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October 2019

Monarch Watch: Southern Migration

October 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Monarch butterfly on goldenrod

Drop in any time during this activity to learn more about the amazing monarch butterfly and its journey!

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November 2019

Sprouts

November 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Weekly, Wednesday & Thursday, 10-11 a.m.
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free With Admission

Bring your little wildflowers to the Center for our weekly preschool program (ages 3-5).

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December 2019

Holiday Nature Creations

December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free With Admission
Possomhaw (Ilex decidua)

Gather treasures from nature to make a beautiful holiday ornament keepsake!

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January 2020

Who’s Been Here? Scats & Tracks

January 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free With Admission
Owlets 2018. PHOTO Bill J. Boyd

Learn to scope out a scene, investigate for signs of wildlife, use a field guide, and even get the scoop on poop with a lesson on (synthetic) scat.

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Winter Tree Fest

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

Celebrate trees in the Texas Arboretum with forts, climbing, walks with experts and more!

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February 2020

Children’s Book Fair

February 2 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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One event on February 2, 2020 at 9:00 am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free With Admission

A literary adventure with children's authors and illustrators from Texas featuring story times and activities

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Wild Valentines Crafty Card Workshop

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Rock rose

Nothing says love like flowers and handmade valentines. Make a card for someone(s) special using wildflower seeds and leaves in this drop-in program!

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Austin Cave Festival

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free
Family Caving, PHOTO Tanya Zastrow

A free, family-friendly event offering cave explorations and more

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March 2020

Sprouts

March 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until May 29, 2020

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Mom and child at Sprouts

Bring your little wildflowers to the Center for our weekly preschool program (ages 3-5).

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National Learn About Butterflies Day (POSTPONED)

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Reakirt's blue male butterfly

Drop in to learn about butterfly food, habitat, and how we can help them survive and thrive

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Spring Break Drop-in & Discover (POSTPONED)

March 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until March 20, 2020

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission

Drop by for daily spring plant discovery, Monday - Friday

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World Meteorology Day (POSTPONED)

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Jha Lab researcher Megan O'Connell in the field

Austin, we need to talk about the weather! Activities, special guests, walks and more

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Sprouts (CANCELLED)

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Mom and child at Sprouts

Bring your little wildflowers to the Center for our weekly preschool program (ages 3-5).

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April 2020

Family Birding Tour (CANCELLED)

April 11 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free – $12
Yellow Rumped Warbler

There are many feathered friends to be found at the Wildflower Center if you watch for them winging or listen for their singing.

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Earth Day Birthday (50 years!) – (CANCELLED)

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Stunning firewheel bloom PHOTO Angel Horne

It's the 50th birthday of Earth Day and we're celebrating all month

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June 2020

Parent & Toddler Yoga – VIRTUAL

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$6 – $12
young children doing tree pose on yoga mats with parents

Families find fun and calm practicing yoga poses and breathing exercises together!

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Parent & Toddler Yoga – VIRTUAL

June 16 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$6 – $12
young children doing tree pose on yoga mats with parents

Families find fun and calm practicing yoga poses and breathing exercises together!

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