Plan a visit

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Get up close and personal with nature!

Your visit with us at the nature center can be customized to meet your interests.  Whether it be interpretative hikes to learn more about native plants and the geology of the hill country, a birding boot-camp to discover beautiful song birds, or a full day of activities for a group of scouts or school children, our naturalists can help you design a meaningful experience with nature.

Because we are staffed by volunteers, you will need to schedule your visit.  Use our contact form to submit your request.

A wide variety of topics and activities to choose from…
  • Nature walks — exploring native plants, geology, birds, wildflowers, scavenger hunts
  • Archaeology — learning about  native people and how they lived
  • Geology — investigating the forces of nature that shaped the hill country
  • Water — protecting a scarce resource in the hill country
  • Animals – learning about bees and butterflies, birds and bats, habitats and ecosystems,  fishing and camouflage
  • Plants — introducing native plants, pollinator gardens, and gardening in harmony with nature
  • Humans and nature — thinking like a scientist and learning how we can help preserve our hill country

Plus, the pavilion at the lake is available for a relaxing lunch in the shade or in case the Texas weather does not cooperate.

Example itineraries:
  • A group of 120 fifth graders, with teachers and parents
    • Students arrived by 9:00 and left at 2:00.
    • The group split into 6 groups of 20 each.
    • Rotated between 5 activities and a nature scavenger hunt.
    • Activities were tied to STAAR and STEM objectives.
    • Students had lunch in the pavilion.
  • Local gardening club, group of 20 adults.
    • Toured the pollinator and keyhole gardens, visited the archaeological dig site and the geology amphitheatre and took an interpretive hike to learn about native plants.
  • A brownie troop of 25, with scout leader and parents
    • Three activities plus a hike, all tied to brownie badge requirements.
Things to remember when visiting mother nature:
  • Wear appropriate shoes and clothing.
  • Bring water, refills are available.
  • Bring sunscreen and bug spray.
  • Bring snacks or trail mix.
  • Be safe, stay on the trails — children must stay with their parents or responsible adults.
  • Help us preserve the beauty of the hill country — take only pictures and memories, leave only footprints.