Established in 1960, the Austin Nature & Science Center's (ANSC) mission is to provide hands-on educational exhibits and recreational activities that increase awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Centrally located on the western edge of Zilker Park in the Zilker Nature Preserve, the ANSC offers indoor and outdoor exhibits and provides environmental science education programs to schools and the community in and around Austin. The site hosts homeschool groups, family events, environmentally focused camps, and adventure programs.

Closure Notice.  The Austin Nature and Science Center is closed to the public until 4/13/2020.  Click the banner for the City of Austin's full press release.


The ANSC 2020 Summer Camp Brochure is live now and can be located here.   Available now
We want your feedback about the Beverly Sheffield Education Center and the Splash Exhibit.  Please fill out a survey here.  Additional info located here. Available now
"Land Before Us" - TEMPO 2D 2019 temporary outdoor installation. Through September 2020
The Winter-Spring Brochure for Public Programs is available here. Available now
School Programs, Homeschool Programs, and On Your Own Tour Brochures are up and located here.   Available now
Pets are not allowed at the Austin Nature and Science Center.  We love pups and kitties as much as anyone can, but they are not permitted on preserve land or near our enclosed resident wildlife.  Thank you for understanding. Now and always
"Wild Imaginations"- TEMPO 2D 2018 temporary outdoor art installation. Through September 2020

Children Playing in Nature


Research shows that children who learn and play in nature are healthier, happier, and even perform better in school. That’s why Austin’s Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative aims to connect more children to nature by showing parents and caregivers how to find nature near them.

To find a nearby City of Austin park, visit the Parkland Directory. To discover even more nature near you, visit Nature Rocks.

La investigación muestra que los niños que aprenden y juegan en la naturaleza son más saludables, felices, y hasta se desempeñan mejor en la escuela. Por eso la iniciativa de Austin Ciudades que Unen a los Niños con la Naturaleza tiene el objectivo conectar más niños a la naturaleza mostrando a padres y cuidadores cómo encontrar la naturaleza cerca de ellos.

Para encontrar un Ciudad de Austin parque, visite el Parkland Directory. Para descubrir aún más naturaleza cerca de usted, visite Nature Rocks.


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