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Youth and Family Services/Youth Initiatives Office


“Austin is committed to being the most family friendly city in the country and will ensure that its policies and decisions support and enhance the quality of life for Austin’s families and children.”  This commitment should then be realized through structures and policies that ensure every major city policy is evaluated for its effect on families with children

Summer Camps at History, Art and Nature Centers

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department offers several Camp opportunities.

Dowser Dan School Assembly Program

Teachers click here to view Dowser Dan's calendar and/or schedule him to come to your school.

Since it first premiered in 1991, The Dowser Dan School Assembly Program has shared the increasingly important message of water conservation with elementary school children in the Austin Water service area. To date, over half a million students have learned valuable lessons about water from Dowser Dan.

Youth Art Classes

The Dougherty Arts School provides several classes as well as camps for children during spring break, summer break and on school conference days.

Dougherty Arts Center Adult and Senior Arts Classes

The Dougherty Arts School's Adult Arts Program is dedicated to enriching the Austin community with hands-on artistic opportunities. Classes and workshops provide the springboard for students wishing to experience creativity and personal growth.

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