Austin Nature & Science Center

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Facility:Austin Nature & Science Center
Description:Hike up a tree-lined path to this "living nature museum." Located in Zilker Park, discover Austin's natural world through scientific exploration. Journey down the Eco-Detective Trail (with the help of our Eco-Detective Kit). Adventure into Small Wonders, home of our tiniest residents. Visit over 50 native mammals and birds in our Wildlife Exhibits. The Center also features the Dino Pit exhibit, an outdoor, hands-on exhibit utilizing six different areas for discovery and exploration.

Homeschool Monthly Programs cover a new topic each month. Each topic is repeated Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday with a morning time of 10:00 am or an afternoon time at 12:30 pm. Monthly Homeschool Programs are 1.5 hours except for the new 3 year olds class which is 1 hour. Dates and topics are listed below with a brief description. Programs meet at ANSC unless noted otherwise.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:301 Nature Center Drive
Address 2:
City:Austin
State/Province:TX
Zip Code:78746
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 noon - 5 pm
Admission:Free
Free Eco-Detective kit rental with $1 donation
Telephone:(512) 327-8180
Website:http://www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-nature-and-science-center
R E V I E W S
Elizabeth D., Co-op Member
This is a great place for hiking and exploring nature. You may want to bring spare footgear as children love to try crossing the creek via the stepping stones. The Dino Excavation is a nice break from hiking while letting the kids explore and dig. The Eco-detective kits are fun for older kids.
K. W., Co-op Member
A great find in the heart of the city! Located right across from Zilker park. There are live animals in cages (some could be larger/more natural habitats...seems like they were built a long time ago) including a coyote, a bobcat, coatis, raccoons, different species of fox, skunks, ducks, and more. These are outside and you view them through their chain link cages. Animals all have their stories on the cages; the coyote was an orphaned pup raised by a cattle rancher who trained her (Martha) to herd cattle! He moved into the city and gave Martha to the nature center because "city folk" were alarmed by a tame coyote. Indoors there are also various birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish to see, but the exhibits are all rather small. Great for preschoolers and young, energetic kids.
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