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Austin, TX 78739 United States

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April 2018

Guided Garden Tour

April 26 @ 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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Sprouts

April 27 @ 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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Foraging for Native Edibles

April 28 @ 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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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

Qigong & Yoga

May 2 @ 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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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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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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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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Presentation: Wildflowers of Texas by Michael Eason

May 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Come hear from Michael Eason, author of the newly released "Wildflowers of Texas" as he talks about the wonders of Texas' favorite flora. The presentation will be followed by a book signing at the Wildflower Center Gift Store. This event is free with admission. Admission is always free for members! Once again, spring has returned to Texas--and so have the wildflowers! With their arrival comes a new addition to the bestselling Timber Press Field Guide series. This compact guide will…

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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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Drawing I – Short Form

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until July 10, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Presented in partnership with the 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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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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Watercolor: Basics and Beyond

May 30 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, happening 6 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is excited to announce a partnership with The Contemporary Austin Art School! Drawing and watercolor classes will be taught in our McDermott Learning Center, a beautifully restored 19th-century carriage house nestled in the gardens. All levels are welcome. Beginners will be introduced to the watercolor medium using traditional approaches and color theory. Intermediate-level students will advance technique through practice and critiques while also improving composition skills. Demos will include wet-into-wet washes, wet-on-dry washes, and ways…

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Botanical Illustration

May 31 @ 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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mallow

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is excited to announce a partnership with The Contemporary Austin Art School! Drawing and watercolor classes will be taught in our McDermott Learning Center, a beautifully restored 19th-century carriage house nestled in the gardens. Enhance your drafting skills through drawing plant forms. Create detailed illustrations using a variety of papers with graphite, colored pencils, and ink. Enjoy and experience the native plants at the Wildflower Center by sketching flora in and out of the studio.…

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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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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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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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Thorns & Blooms: Growing Cacti

June 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Ladyfinger cactus

Many spiny species also have beautiful blooms! Discover them on a behind-the-scenes tour of our greenhouse and learn how to grow cacti at home.

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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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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
reptile_iguanidae_Sceloporus_olivaceus_TX_spiny_lizard

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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Summer Care for Native Plants

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Texas lantana, Lantana urticoides. By Bruce Leander

Interested in converting your yard into drought-resistant native plant habitat? Learn tips and tricks for keeping Texas plants healthy.

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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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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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Native Host Plants for Butterflies & Moths – NEW

June 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Learn to create a host-plant haven for the larvae of Texas butterflies and moths with native plants in your garden.

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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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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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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

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 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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Nature and Abstract Drawing

July 17 @ 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 18 @ 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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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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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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