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Austin, TX 78739 United States

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February 2018

Guided Garden Tour

February 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until June 4, 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

Learn about the plants, history and architecture of the Center.

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Arboretum & Hall of Texas Heroes Tour for Members

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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The Arboretum Trail gets sun-kissed. Photo: Wildflower Center.

Members can take a rare guided tour of the Texas Arboretum, featuring the historic trees in the Hall of Texas Heroes. REGISTER

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Growing Operations Tour for Members

February 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Cacti being grown for our plant sale

On this tour, see the main nursery area with an overview by staff of how plants are grown for the gardens and plant sales. Learn about different projects the Center has worked on in the past and present. REGISTER

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Sprouts

February 28 @ 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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Mom and child at Sprouts

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

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March 2018

Oak Wilt Workshop

March 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Sunrising on the Texas Arboretum Trail, PHOTO Bruce Leander

Oak wilt is a serious threat to Texas oak trees. Learn to identify and combat it with proper tree care.

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Small Lot Landscapes

March 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Home owner inspiration garden, formal

Part of the Native Plant Gardening Series, this class is ideal for participants designing landscapes with one acre of land or less; perfect for designing yards and gardens. 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, March 10 - 24 and Sunday, March 11) . Take the classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save. This is one of…

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Plants I

March 10 @ 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, March 10 - 24 and Sunday, March 11) . Take the classes individually or…

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Large-Scale Design

March 11 @ 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, March 10 - 24 and Sunday, March 11) . Take the classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save. This is one of our most popular offerings and the…

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Spring Break Camp

March 12 @ 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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Native Plants Gardening Series: Plants II

March 17 @ 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, March 10 - 24 and Sunday, March 11) . Take the classes individually…

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Installation

March 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Stephanie, Taste of Place

In this installment of the Native Plant Gardening Series, learn site preparation, irrigation, best planting practices and mulch application for a healthy 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, March 10 - 24 and Sunday, March 11) . Take the classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save. This is one of our most popular offerings and…

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Gardening for Newcomers

March 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Seed Silo Garden

New to Texas or just new to gardening? Come meet some natives and learn where to plant them and how to keep them healthy!

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Maintenance

March 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Karen working in the field, by Bill Boyd

In this continuation of the Native Plant Gardening Series, gain knowledge of plant physiology, gardening tools, watering guidelines and 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, March 10 - 24 and Sunday, March 11) . Take the classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save. This is one of our most popular offerings and the series will…

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Pest Management

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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American beautyberry and inland sea oats

In this final installment of the Native Plant Gardening Series, learn to identify common beneficial and harmful insects in your garden. This class also covers pest management, treatment and safety practices. 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, March 10 - 24 and Sunday, March 11) . Take the classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save. This…

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Plein Air Drawing

March 25 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Become a keen observer of nature and express yourself through art, outdoors.

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Wintering Birds of the Wildflower Center

March 29 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Yellow Rumped Warbler

Come "meet" the feathered residents and visitors of the Wildflower Center with expert birders!

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Afternoon Explorers: Butterflies in the Garden

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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Foraging for Native Edibles

March 31 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on April 28, 2018 at 9:00am

One event on May 19, 2018 at 9:00am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$25
Giant spiderwort, Tradescantia gigantea

Discover edible native plants you can forage and harvest in Central Texas.

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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

Qigong & Yoga

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 10, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$15
Qigong instructor, Dr. Chelsea Xu

Carve out some time for self-care in the gardens with Qigong, an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation.

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Container Gardening Workshop

April 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Container gardening with natives

You don't have to have a lot of land to be a gardener! Our very own ED will lead participants in learning the joy of container gardening.

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Wildflower Walk

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Slender rosinweed, Silphium gracile

Learn about spring blooms on this guided off-site walk through Austin's Onion Creek area with a master naturalist. This program is free, but space is limited and registration is required. REGISTER  

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Spring Native Plant Sale: Member Day

April 13 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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California poppies ready for the plant sale

The Wildflower Center's Spring Native Plant Sale will feature hundreds of species of Texas natives adapted to thrive in our crazy climate. Friday, members only. Saturday, public.

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Native Plants of Central Texas

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Texas lantana, Lantana urticoides. By Bruce Leander

Get to know your natives! Learn how to ID plants using a key and other observational techniques.

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Spring Native Plant Sale: Public Day

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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California poppies ready for the plant sale

Featuring hundreds of species of Texas natives, including seeds, annual wildflowers, grasses, perennials, wetland plants, shrubs and trees.

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Landscape Photography

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Maximilian sunflower against meadow and clouds. PHOTO Bruce Leander

Learn to see landscapes with the eye of a trained photographer and capture crisp, composed shots by practicing amidst the Wildflowers with a pro instructor.

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Afternoon Explorers: Wild About Wildflowers – NEW

April 20 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Maximilian sunflower, Helianthus maximiliani

Take time after the school (and work) week to stop and smell the wildflowers! See what's blooming, learn about plant structures and adaptations, go on a flower hunt, and create a spring-themed item to take home.

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A Walk on Grass

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Eastern gama grass

Wildflowers may be the stars of spring, but grasses are unsung native plant heroes year round. They can be quite charismatic and are inarguably the botanical backbone of prairie landscapes. Learn more about them -- including identification tips -- on this off-site walk around Onion Creek with a master naturalist. This program is free, but space is limited and registration is required. REGISTER

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The Lazy Gardener – NEW

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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This home in Austin limited its lawn space in favor of native plants such as silver ponyfoot (Dichondra argentea) and Salvia sp. PHOTO and design Native Edge Landscape

Come learn how to garden smarter, not harder, with native plants!

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Botanical Art Workshop

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Shumard red oak leaf on white

There’s a reason works of art are often called “studies” — putting a specimen on paper is a fantastic way to spend time getting to know, observe and learn about it. Through demonstration and instruction, learn to use colored pencils to document and create native plant specimens in the botanical art style. Class will cover lighting, layering, color, proportion and line work; students will leave with a new way to celebrate and create in the natural world. Space is limited…

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May 2018

Aerial Yoga

May 4 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Friday and Saturday, repeating until May 20, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$25
Aerial yoga, by John Clark

Enjoy the benefits of both nature and movement in aerial yoga under the trees with the aid of "silk" hammocks.

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Gardening for Wildlife – NEW

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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A male American goldfinch feeding atop a coneflower in the genus Echinacea. Foraging wild birds benefit the most from access to native plants. Photo by: Chad Horwedel

Ready to make your yard, garden or land a paradise for native wildlife? Learn how to use native plants to support robust ecosystems and provide habitat for birds, butterflies, bees and more. Discover how groundcover, water features and lighting affect livability. Space is limited and registration is required. Members receive a discount on registration. Learn more about membership here. $95 per person REGISTER  

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Migratory Birds in the Landscape – NEW

May 10 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$10
Humming bird, salvia. By Bill Boyd

Join birders from Travis Audubon and horticulturists from the Wildflower Center on a walk focused on plants that migratory birds rely on for food and shelter. Bring binoculars to see what feathered friends are passing through. Space is limited and registration is required. This program is free for members. Learn more about membership here. $10 per person (non-members) REGISTER

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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 Drawing

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$95
Sage bloom drawing by Samantha N Peters

Develop skills in composition, drawing technique and color blending. Learn to create proportionally correct forms and believable textures.

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Nature Nets

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. Space is limited and registration is required. Members receive discounts on programs and classes; learn about membership here. $15 per child, includes one adult REGISTER

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Moonlight Hike

May 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Moon rising through fall trees

Join us on an after-hours, moonlit hike throughout the gardens and the Texas Arboretum.

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June 2018

Camp Wildflower: Bug-ologists

June 4 @ 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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Camp Wildflower: Nature Create

June 11 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, 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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Camp Wildflower: Botanist Bonanza

June 18 @ 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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Camp Wildflower: Soil, It’s Alive!

June 25 @ 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

Camp Wildflower: The Aquatic World

July 2 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 6, 2018

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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 9 @ 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 16 @ 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 heading out for a walk.

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 23 @ 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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