Austin Nature & Science Center

Explore the Outdoors!  Located in west Zilker Park, the Austin Nature and Science Center is an outdoor oasis in the middle of the city.  Discover resident wildlife, dig for fossils in the Dino Pit, trade natural treasures in the Naturalist Workshop, hike the Zilker Nature Preserve or sign up for a program.  Indoor and outdoor exhibits teach about the outdoors in Central Texas; participatory programs engage the senses while exploring  the natural world.  Programs for school groups, Nature’s Way Preschool, family adventures, camps and more.


301 Nature Center Dr. (map)


Monday - Saturday 9:00-5:00pm Sunday 12:00-5:00pm






upcoming events

August 9, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Texas Nature Challenge – Central Texas Region Closing Ceremonies

On Saturday, August 9th, from 10:00 a.m. until noon, the Austin Nature & Science Center will host an awards ceremony and a celebration of the Central Texas Region of the Texas Nature Challenge. There will be a display of the journals, scrapbooks, and photos submitted by the winning teams.  There will also be kids’ activities, including the opportunity to make some nature-oriented art. And of course, it wouldn’t be ANSC without some animal visitors. Each team that has submitted a journal or scrapbook, blog entries, an online journal or scrapbook, or photos will have a goody bag waiting.  At 11:30 a.m. we will announce the award winners in various categories, who will receive additional prizes. This event is open to the public, so please drop by even if you haven’t submitted anything; we would love to see you!  

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