In this 70-acre area, Center researchers study how prescribed fire and periodic mowing affect the growth of native grasses and wildflowers. Visitors can walk the John Barr and Restoration Research Trails to observe how the land responds to these management techniques, which have applied for more than 15 years to 54 large experimental plots.


Fire Makes Flowers

An antelope horns milkweed (Asclepias asperula) – critical for
monarch butterflies – emerges after a prescribed fire.

Central Complex

Central Complex

Iconic buildings welcome visitors and evoke a sense of place.

Theme Gardens at sunrise

Central Gardens

Sustainable gardens displaying 650 species of Texas native plants.

Family garden watering hole

Family Garden

Connecting families with nature through interactive features.

Texas Arboretum trees

Texas Arboretum

A classic arboretum featuring a diversity of Texas trees.

Restoration Trail


Explore natural areas on more than 2 miles of trails.

Restoration Research

Seventy acres devoted to land management research.