Nature Scavenger Hunts and Hiking

hiking boots
These boots are made for walking!
(Courtesy of Paula Richards)

Hiking can be much more than just taking a walk through the woods.  It’s an opportunity to get up close and personal with nature, to see, feel and gain a better understanding of  the natural world around us, and our place in it.

Hiking is an important ingredient in the study of nature.  How many things have you not seen while walking, how can you know?  How many things have you seen and not known anything about?  What animal made that track, what animal left that scat, is that a poisonous plant to avoid or was it used by the Native Americans for food, or clothing, or medicine?  What plants are native, naturalized or non native?  Which ones are invasive and should not be propagated in your area?

A tasty snack. (Courtesy of Paula Richards)
A tasty snack.
(Courtesy of Paula Richards)

We offer the opportunity to take a guided hike with a nature center naturalist, usually a certified Texas Master Naturalist.  You will learn what you’ve been missing for so long.  We have over 40 miles of trails available at the nature center.  For children, it may open their eyes to a better understanding of their part in our living world and to a future full of possibilities beyond just  television and/or video games.  For adults, it’s an opportunity to increase your knowledge and appreciation of nature, and this special part of Texas called the hill country.

From the interesting migratory birds that travel through the hill country each spring and fall, to a gentle stroll checking out the spring wildflowers, or perhaps the adventure of a nature-oriented scavenger hunt, the outdoors is ready when you are!

 In addition to the topics listed above, we can create and customize activities to meet select scout badge, core competency, TEKS and STEM requirements.   We welcome ISD classes, home school classes, scouts, hiking organizations, and families.  Organize a group of 20 or more and give us a call.  512-468-1273, or use the contact form to send us an email with your request.