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 adult programming and classes.
• Center features one of Austin’s premier gift store and the Wildflower Cafe.
4801 La Crosse Avenue (map)
Tuesday-Sunday; 9am-5:00pm, Monday: closed, During Wildflower Days™ (mid-March through May): Monday-Sunday: 9am-5:00pm
$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
May 15, 2016 | 9AM
Friend or Foe Insect Walk
Would you like to learn how to identify insects, hone your observational skills, or discover more about the complex web of life? If yes, join the Wildflower Center's volunteer entomologist on a guided exploration to find and identify insects, spiders, scorpions, and more. Learn the benefits and damages these critters can bring to a garden. Bring a camera and learn tricks to take up close photographs of the animals. Visit the Wildflower Center's Fauna Project
to see photos of insects found on previous explorations since the project began in March 2010. Sunday, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Ages: 16 and older.
May 19, 2016 | 8pm
Moonlight Hike at Wildflower Center
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.
June 6, 2016 | 9am
Camp Wildflower Summer Camps
Join us for Camp Wildflower in Summer 2016!
Camp Wildflower will offer youth ages 6-10 years old the chance to become conservationists, botanists, horticulturists, citizen scientists and ecologists as they explore the world of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Each camp will feature inquiry based activities and hands-on outdoor learning opportunities in a fun camp setting. Camp sites will range from the gardens to the Texas Arboretum, the seed lab, the insectary, creeks and caves. Each week’s theme will highlight a professional career and campers will have the opportunity to interact with Wildflower Center staff.
At the end of each week, campers will leave camp as "junior environmental stewards" with a greater appreciation, respect and knowledge about the natural world.
Children 6-10 years old
$250 per child (non-member), $200 per child (Wildflower Center member)
June 9, 2016 | 6 PM
Nature Nights: Harnessing Fire
Harnessing Fire - June 9
Fire is a valuable tool used in managing wildlands. See up close equipment and tools used for prescribed burns and wildfires by firefighters from the Wildflower Center City of Austin Fire Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Texas A & M Forestry Service. Sponsored by H-E-B.
Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m. Free admission.
June 16, 2016 | 6PM
Nature Nights: Grow!
Grow! - June 16
What do plants and animals need to grow? This Nature Night will focus on the requirements plants and animals need in order to grow. Discover how the life cycles of animals and plants vary. In addition, learn how to grow native plants in your own backyard. Thursday, 6 -9 p.m. Free admission. Sponsored by H-E-B.
June 23, 2016 | 6PM
Nature Nights: Pollinate!
Pollinate - June 23
How many pollinators does it take to make a hot fudge sundae? Come to this Nature Night to find out! Pollinators play an important role in our ecosystems by pollinating not only our native plants but our food crops too. Learn about the common pollinators in our area and the important role they play in our lives. Thursday, 6 -9 p.m. Free admission. Sponsored by H-E-B.
June 30, 2016 | 6PM
Nature Nights: Predators
Predators - June 30
Pollinators survive on nectar they find in the flowers they visit. Predators on the other hand hunt for their food. In this Nature Night see up close predators of Central Texas that fly, stalk, and slither in search of their prey. Enjoy a birds of prey presentation on the play lawn featuring live hawks and owls. Visit the live snake exhibit to see up close the native snakes to Central Texas. Find out what it takes to be a herpetologist from Dr. Travis LaDuc in a special presentation about Texas snakes. Thursday, 6 -9 p.m. Free admission. Sponsored by H-E-B.