Join the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for admission-free family friendly Nature Nights beginning on June 12. For six Thursday evenings, from 5 – 8 p.m., enjoy family fun for all ages, featuring interactive activities and educational presentations. Each night will include a scavenger hunt, nature hike, story time and demonstrations from experts in their fields.
Come play in the brand new Luci & Ian Family Garden, pictured above, during Nature Nights this summer! Visitors can learn about Plants and Play while visiting a plant petting zoo, playing lawn chess on a giant board, blowing bubbles and more. Fossils are the focus June 19, with a dinosaur dig, a jumping game with the tracks near Dinosaur Creeks and more. And on June 26, learn about the importance of the Colorado River, sing songs about water and more with Lucas Miller, and check out a rainfall simulator.
2014 Summer Nature Nights Schedule:
Thursday, June 12 – Plants and Play in the NEW Luci and Ian Family GardenCome play with us and learn about plants at our first Nature Nights program in the new Luci and Ian Family Garden! Bill Oliver and The Otter Space Band perform at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Like chess? Play on a giant chess set in our Play Lawn. Try your luck at our ring toss. See what plant critters we have at the Plant Petting Zoo. Commander Ben is bringing back his Invasive Hunter Academy to teach kids of all ages about invasive plant species. If you missed the Kite Festival, never fear kids can make and fly a kite in the Play Lawn. Habitat hikes, a scavenger hunt, BIG bubbles and more. This will be a night of fun in our nature playland!
Thursday, June 19 – FossilsIf you are a fossil hunter, this Nature Night is for you! Explore the Paleontological Society of Austin’s hands on fossil table. Try your jumping skills at our Dino Footprint Jump. Join the Austin Public Library for storytime in the Little House at 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Dig for dinos with the Capital Area Master Naturalists. Just what is a petroglyph? Come on by and find out while exploring the Hill Country Grotto caves.
Thursday, June 26 – Wondrous WaterDiscover just how wondrous water is at this Nature Night. “Singing Zoologist”, Lucas Miller brings his blend of water and science-oriented songs and stories at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Explore the waterfall at the Hill Country Grotto and splash your feet in Dinosaur Creek in the Luci and Ian Family Garden. See how rainfall works with the Hays County Master Naturalists. Do you know just how important the Colorado River is to us in Austin? Find out from our friends with the Colorado River Alliance. The Thinkery captivates with the science of capillary action.
Thursday, July 10 – SnakesOne of our most popular Nature Nights is back: Snakes! Hear famed University of Texas herpetologist, Travis LaDuc, dispel myths and celebrate snakes. The Austin Reptile Service is the main attraction with a diversity of live snakes. Go on a habitat hike in search of snake evidence with City of Austin Park Ranger David Papke. The Horned Lizard Society touts the praises of the “horny toad”, a threatened species in Texas.
Thursday, July 17 – Wildlife TrackingHave you ever wondered what kind of animals are roaming around at night? Make tracks to the Wildflower Center to find out. Our habitat hikes will take you on a wildlife tracking adventure. Earth Native Wilderness School gets wild with displays of wildlife print casts and other animal artifacts. Capital Area Master Naturalists show you how to make your own animal tracks. Austin Wildlife Rescue will be on hand to tell you what to do if you find an abandoned wild animal. Be on the lookout for all kinds of critters in the Luci and Ian Family Garden!
Thursday, July 24 – Birds of PreyJoin us for the last Nature Night of the summer as we fly high with Birds of Prey. Back by popular demand, the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center gives a live bird presentation on the Play Lawn of the new Luci and Ian Family Garden. Explore feathers and raptor flight with Earth Native Wilderness School. Go big bird birding with Travis Audubon on garden habitat hikes. Tish Corvidae, Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Avian Director, will be here with her Eurasion Eagle Owl and a surprise bird. Dissect and examine owl pellets and other birdy activities.