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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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October 2016

Autumn Detectives Day Camp

October 10, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Outdoors, colors are changing and the air feels just a bit crisper... what does it all mean? Come explore!

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Mindfulness in Nature: Kids’ Aerial Yoga Series

October 14, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Friday, happening 1 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Explore and nature and yoga in this brand new aerial class under the trees, with hammocks!

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Sprouts: Who Belongs Here?

October 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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In this program for preschoolers, little ones learn about native plants through play and story time.

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Sprouts: Who Belongs Here?

October 21, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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In this program for preschoolers, little ones learn about native plants through play and story time.

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March 2017

Sprouts

March 1, 2017 @ 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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April 2017

(CANCELLED) Botanical Art Drawing

April 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Young girl drawing in nature

Budding artists will learn drawing skills and color mixing and create botanical art inspired by a tour of the gardens.

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(CANCELLED) Container Gardening

April 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Container gardening with natives

At the Wildflower Center, families grow together! Learn, plant and take home your new greenery.

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CANCELLED – Member Game Night

April 29, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free

Join us for an exclusive after-hours game night for members only. Jenga, cornhole and more in the Family Garden!

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May 2017

Sprouts: Wildflowers Taking Shape

May 3, 2017 @ 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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Sprouts: Wildflowers Taking Shape

May 5, 2017 @ 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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Nature Play Hour: Wildflowers

May 6, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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

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Wild Families: Wildflowers

May 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free

Family-level members, join us for wildflower bingo, a tour and more!

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August 2017

Nature Play Hour (Cancelled)

August 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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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October 2017

Butterbike Tour

October 22, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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What is a butterbike? Sounds slippery? Sounds delicious? Sounds amazing! Cyclist Sara Dykman is biking 10,000 miles to follow the monarch butterfly migration from Central Mexico to Canada and back. She calls it, "butterbiking with the butterflies." And she's making a stop right here amid the butterflies and nectar plants of the Wildflower Center to share in her adventures and monarch mission. Sara's goal is not only to follow the monarch migration, but to connect people living along the migration…

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Afternoon Explorers: Nature Journaling

October 27, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Join in on some way-cool after-school science and art! Young naturalists will create journals for writing, sketching and reflecting in the great outdoors. Take your journal home to document weekend adventures such as hikes, camping or even backyard exploration.  Registration is required and space is limited; register here. $15 per adult, $10 per child Members receive discounts on programs and classes; learn about membership here.

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Botanical Art Drawing (CANCELLED)

October 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on April 14, 2017 at 1:00pm

One event on April 15, 2017 at 1:00pm

One event on July 8, 2017 at 1:00pm

One event on October 28, 2017 at 1:00pm

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Young girl drawing in nature

Budding artists will learn drawing skills and color mixing and create botanical art inspired by a tour of the gardens.

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November 2017

Owl at the Moon

November 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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The second owlet to fledge shows its wings from a new perch on the ground.

For eight years, the Wildflower Center has been home to a nesting pair of great horned owls, and we couldn’t be more smitten. Join us in celebrating our feathered friends with beer tastings from Blue Owl Brewing, a visit with resident owls from Austin Area Wildlife Rehabilitation, and a moonlight hike with Travis Audubon experts to the soundtrack of the music of the night. Purchase tickets here! $20 per adult, $10 per child Travis Audubon members receive 10% off. Wildflower…

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March 2018

Spring Break Camp

March 16 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until March 16, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Camp Wildflower Nature Build

At Camp Wildflower, children become conservationists, scientists and adventurers as they explore native plants and the environment.

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Afternoon Explorers: Butterflies in the Garden (CANCELLED)

March 30 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Monarch butterfly on shrubby boneset, , Nymphalidae danaus plexippus, by Val Bugh

As the weekend begins it’s time to take flight! Flutter over to the Center for some way-cool after-school exploration of butterflies; learn about their life cycles and the plants they visit in gardens.

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Egg-cellent Adventures – NEW

March 31 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Natural egg dying PHOTO Molly Orgozaly

We're so egg-cited to bring you this wild new program, so hop on in and join the fun!

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April 2018

Bee Wild! Pollinator Conservation Talk & Activities

April 8 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free

Join the UT Plant Biology Program at the Wildflower Center for an interesting and exciting science lecture with free reception and activities. All ages welcome!

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May 2018

CANCELLED Movies in the Wild: The Lorax

May 4 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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

Nature Nights: Outdoor Recreation

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free

Nature Nights are free, fun explorations of native plants, animals and Central Texas ecology. From fur to dirt and water to wings, there's something new each week!

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Camp Wildflower: Bug-ologists

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, 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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Nature Nights: Fantastic Creatures & Where to Find Them

June 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free

Nature Nights are free, fun explorations of native plants, animals and Central Texas ecology. From fur to dirt and water to wings, there's something new each week!

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Camp Wildflower: Nature Create

June 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00am, 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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Nature Nights: Bats!

June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Mexican free-tailed bats in flight near Braken Cave. PHOTO Adam Barbe

Nature Nights are free, fun explorations of native plants, animals and Central Texas ecology. Come learn about Austin's winged mammalian mascot and how to help protect them!

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Camp Wildflower: Botanist Bonanza

June 22 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, 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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Nature Nights: Water

June 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Young boy at the Wildflower Center

Nature Nights are free, fun explorations of native plants, animals and Central Texas ecology.

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Camp Wildflower: Soil, It’s Alive!

June 29 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, 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 @ 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 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, 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 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, 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 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, 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 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, 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 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until August 25, 2018

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

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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Austin Museum Day

September 23 @ 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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Fortlandia Grand Opening Weekend

September 29 @ 9:00 am - September 30 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on November 13, 2018 at 11:00am

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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Sprouts

November 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Weekly, Wednesday & Friday, 10-11 a.m.
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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Family Bird Walk

November 17 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Free – $12
Yellow Rumped Warbler

here 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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December 2018

Nature Creations: Festive Winter Treasures

December 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 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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Luminations

December 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, happening 4 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$10 – $15

Our annual tradition returns when the gardens are illuminated by thousands of luminarias and dazzling lights

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