The Austin Nature & Science Center’s Forest Trail is permanent self-guided exhibit that is a site wide ½ mile walking trail of 45 trees native to Texas that encourages the selection of appropriate native species based on project, location, site conditions, and potential future changes in climate patterns.
Austin’s urban forest—its tree canopy—is vital to water and air quality and helps mitigate the urban heat island effect. It’s a healthy and sustainable mix of trees, vegetation, and other components that comprise a contiguous and thriving ecosystem valued, protected, and cared for by the City and all of its citizens as an essential environmental, economic, and community asset.
Funding for the trail generously provided by a City of Austin - Urban Forest Grant. The Urban Forest Grant (UFG) has been established to promote conservation and improvement projects that benefit Austin’s urban forest.