Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is dedicated to conserving Texas native plants and using them to create healthy landscapes. Founded in 1982 by Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes, the Center is nationally-renowned for its programs in native plant conservation, ecosystem design, sustainable landscapes and education. The Center’s beautiful campus and botanic gardens are a mere 10 miles from downtown Austin and demonstrate the ecological heritage of Texas through native plant gardens, the Texas Arboretum and the Luci and Ian Family Garden. A few fast facts:

• More than 100,000 visitors per year
• Campus is 279 acres and features 9 acres of cultivated gardens
• There are more than 650 species of Texas native plants displayed at the Center
• Offers a wealth of kids and adult learning opportunities, from weekly Sprouts programming to Go Native U – an adult education program that focuses on native plants, gardening and art.
• Center features one of Austin’s premier gift store and the Wildflower Cafe.

location

4801 La Crosse Avenue (map)

hours

Tuesday-Sunday; 9am-5:00pm, Monday: closed, During Wildflower Days™ (mid-March through May): Monday-Sunday: 9am-5:00pm

admissions

$10 Adults, $8 Seniors 65 years and older, $7 Students with college ID, $4 Children 5 through 17, Free for Members and Children 4 years and under

phone

(512) 232-0200

website

www.wildflower.org

upcoming events

July 9, 2015 | 6PM

Nature Nights

NNBestbanner, 2015 Thursday, July 9 - Springs, Streams and Ponds Ecology What is the difference between a spring, stream and pond? Find out on July 9 at our Springs, Streams and Ponds Ecology Nature Nights. Does our water ever get to the ocean? To get answers join us. The Austin Public Library will be here and have the puppet show “Tortuga del Mar” at 7:00pm. The puppet show is recommended for ages 5 and up. We will have information about the endangered Houston toad. Texas Parks and Wildlife will be here with information about benthic macro invertebrates. Enjoy a backyard bass activity. Follow the water at the Wildflower Center as you go on a scavenger hunt.

more information

July 16, 2015 | 6 PM

Nature Nights

Thursday, July 16 - Harnessing Fire

Austin, TX fire engine

Ever wondered why we use prescribed burns on our landscapes? Now is your chance to find out. Joining us for this special Nature Nights will be Austin Fire Department-Wildfire DivisionAustin Water UtilityBalcones US Fish and Wildlife Service, theNature Conservancy of TexasTexas Forest ServiceTexas Parks and Wildlife, andUniversity of Texas at Austin Fire Prevention Services. They will bring some of their equipment for all to see. We will also have fire extinguisher training, a fire safety house and radio practice. There will be habitat hikes that discuss prescribed burns, and how we use them at the Wildflower Center to heal the land and promote healthy landscapes. We would love to see kids wear their fire gear!

more information

July 23, 2015 | 6 PM

Nature Nights

Thursday, July 23 - Birds of Prey

Great horned owl with baby

One of our most popular Nature Nights. Come listen to the experts from the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center. They will bring their raptor ambassadors as they discuss the issues concerning the future of birds of prey. Travis Audubon will be here with an activity. The Girl Scouts and Kairos Academy will each have a fun activity. Be a detective and find out what is in an owl pellet.

more information

July 26, 2015 | 9am

Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Day

The Wildflower Center goes all out Sunday, July 26 to honor our founder, Lady Bird Johnson, and all she has done for our nation's treasured environment. Tribute Day recognizes Mrs. Johnson’s environmental legacy and legislation that she inspired. With her influence, President Johnson’s administration enacted more than 200 environmental laws with lasting national and local impact, including the Highway Beautification Act, also known as Lady Bird's Bill. Admission will be FREE for visitors. Enjoy exhibits, children’s activities and more from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday as we pay tribute to the Environmental First Lady. Lunch, drinks, snacks and ice cream are available in the Wildflower Café. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Docent-led garden tours Story time - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Little House Discovery cart - All day. Learn what's in bloom on site, all day in the Visitors Gallery. Take your photo with Lady Bird - Guests can bring a camera to take a photo with a life-size likeness of Mrs. Johnson. Memorabilia display - All day. See gardening gloves that Mrs. Johnson used during the 1965 beautification effort in Washington D.C. while she was First Lady, and the Norman Rockwell painting of her that was used to model what became her White House portrait. In the McDermott Learning Center where images from teh Wildflower Center's Art Collection are also on display. Johnson books for sale - All day. Eight books from the Johnson estate, owned by President and Mrs. Johnson, will be available for purchase in the Store. Prices begin at $50. The Store also offers a large selection of books about Lady Bird Johnson, many signed by the authors.

more information

September 5, 2015

Art in Nature: Nature as Inspiration

10am-12pm (6-8 years old) or 1pm-3pm (9-11years old) Young artists will be introduced to artists Leonardo da Vinci and Frida Kahlo for self-portrait inspiration. After looking closely and sketching plants in the garden, each artist will paint a nature-filled self-portrait. Price:$35.00 per person for each class. Instructor:  Sherri Jones is a professional juried artist, recently exhibiting my “Significant Blooms” watercolor paintings at the LBJ Wildflower Center.  A certified K-12 Art teacher with many years of experience teaching students of all ages, I combine my love of nature, art history and color to inspire ALL to create and BE original!  

more information

September 12, 2015 | 10:30am

Family Yoga in the Family Garden

Family Yoga in the Garden - Yoga for all ages!  Family yoga classes are one hour weekly sessions that are filled with songs, games and stories with yoga postures throughout.  In this 6 week series Liz incorporates different lessons into her stories, such as helpfulness, kindness, generosity & friendship using animals and nature to inspire imagination and play with parents and their children.  Group, individual and partner poses (asana), breathwork (pranayama) and guided meditations and relaxations encourage families to connect to their own spirit and with each other in a beautiful natural setting.  This is an amazing opportunity for parents and children to unite and to let love abound together while practicing yoga!  Sign up for 1 or more sessions. Requirements:  Please wear loose or stretchy, comfortable clothing that you can move around, stretch and relax in!  Bring with you a water bottle and yoga mat or towel for each member of the family.  Optional: bug spray and/or sunscreen as classes will be held outdoors if weather permits. Dates:  Sept. 12, 19, & 26.  Oct. 3, 17, & 31 Price:$15.00 per adult/$8.00 per child for each class. Enrollment: 7 minimum--30 maximum Location: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX, 78739, Map- http://www.wildflower.org/visit/ Location: Play Lawn in the Family Garden Rain plan: Move indoors or cancel Materials:  Yoga mat or towel  Liz is a native Austinite, a creative soul with many projects and interests.  She is infinitely curious, a life-long student and lover of observing the world.  When she found yoga, she discovered a home with and has been in love with yoga ever since!  Liz has been practicing and teaching Kids & Teen, Family, Hatha, Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga for more than 12 years.  She strives to empower her students to create their own practice and to take away tools to use in everyday life.  Currently Liz teaches at Say Om Yoga, Little Yoga House, Ladybird Wildflower Center and in various schools around Austin.

more information

September 19, 2015 | 10:30am

Family Yoga in the Family Garden

Family Yoga in the Garden - Yoga for all ages!  Family yoga classes are one hour weekly sessions that are filled with songs, games and stories with yoga postures throughout.  In this 6 week series Liz incorporates different lessons into her stories, such as helpfulness, kindness, generosity & friendship using animals and nature to inspire imagination and play with parents and their children.  Group, individual and partner poses (asana), breathwork (pranayama) and guided meditations and relaxations encourage families to connect to their own spirit and with each other in a beautiful natural setting.  This is an amazing opportunity for parents and children to unite and to let love abound together while practicing yoga!  Sign up for 1 or more sessions. Requirements:  Please wear loose or stretchy, comfortable clothing that you can move around, stretch and relax in!  Bring with you a water bottle and yoga mat or towel for each member of the family.  Optional: bug spray and/or sunscreen as classes will be held outdoors if weather permits. Dates:  Sept. 12, 19, & 26.  Oct. 3, 17, & 31 Price:$15.00 per adult/$8.00 per child for each class. Enrollment: 7 minimum--30 maximum Location: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX, 78739, Map- http://www.wildflower.org/visit/ Location: Play Lawn in the Family Garden Rain plan: Move indoors or cancel Materials:  Yoga mat or towel  Liz is a native Austinite, a creative soul with many projects and interests.  She is infinitely curious, a life-long student and lover of observing the world.  When she found yoga, she discovered a home with and has been in love with yoga ever since!  Liz has been practicing and teaching Kids & Teen, Family, Hatha, Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga for more than 12 years.  She strives to empower her students to create their own practice and to take away tools to use in everyday life.  Currently Liz teaches at Say Om Yoga, Little Yoga House, Ladybird Wildflower Center and in various schools around Austin.

more information

September 26, 2015 | 10:30am

Family Yoga in the Family Garden

Family Yoga in the Garden - Yoga for all ages!  Family yoga classes are one hour weekly sessions that are filled with songs, games and stories with yoga postures throughout.  In this 6 week series Liz incorporates different lessons into her stories, such as helpfulness, kindness, generosity & friendship using animals and nature to inspire imagination and play with parents and their children.  Group, individual and partner poses (asana), breathwork (pranayama) and guided meditations and relaxations encourage families to connect to their own spirit and with each other in a beautiful natural setting.  This is an amazing opportunity for parents and children to unite and to let love abound together while practicing yoga!  Sign up for 1 or more sessions. Requirements:  Please wear loose or stretchy, comfortable clothing that you can move around, stretch and relax in!  Bring with you a water bottle and yoga mat or towel for each member of the family.  Optional: bug spray and/or sunscreen as classes will be held outdoors if weather permits. Dates:  Sept. 12, 19, & 26.  Oct. 3, 17, & 31 Price:$15.00 per adult/$8.00 per child for each class. Enrollment: 7 minimum--30 maximum Location: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX, 78739, Map- http://www.wildflower.org/visit/ Location: Play Lawn in the Family Garden Rain plan: Move indoors or cancel Materials:  Yoga mat or towel  Liz is a native Austinite, a creative soul with many projects and interests.  She is infinitely curious, a life-long student and lover of observing the world.  When she found yoga, she discovered a home with and has been in love with yoga ever since!  Liz has been practicing and teaching Kids & Teen, Family, Hatha, Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga for more than 12 years.  She strives to empower her students to create their own practice and to take away tools to use in everyday life.  Currently Liz teaches at Say Om Yoga, Little Yoga House, Ladybird Wildflower Center and in various schools around Austin.

more information

September 27, 2015 | 8pm

Moonlight Hike at Wildflower Center

Bloominarias2000-Moon(24) September 27th Explore the grounds of the Wildflower Center on this 3 mile guided walk under the light of the moon.  The guide will highlight the history of the Wildflower Center, chosen points of interest, and seasonal highlights.  Ages: 16 years and older. Event contact: 512-232-0100. https://www.wildflower.org/

more information

September 28, 2015 | 8pm

Moonlight Hike at the Wildflower Center

September 28th Explore the grounds of the Wildflower Center on this 3 mile guided walk under the light of the moon.  The guide will highlight the history of the Wildflower Center, chosen points of interest, and seasonal highlights.  Ages: 16 years and older. Event contact: 512-232-0100. https://www.wildflower.org/

more information