Since 1960, the Austin Nature & Science Center has provided hands-on nature exhibits, education programs, and recreation activities for countless visitors, teachers, and children of all ages that increase awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Located on the western edge of Zilker Park, ANSC is dedicated to the exploration of the natural world.

The Austin Nature & Science Center offers many programs for preschoolers, kids, families, and adults with topics ranging from butterflies to caving and much more.


Normal business hours are Monday - Saturday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.; Sunday 12:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Please keep these tips in mind for your visit: 

  • Masks are currently not required on the property
  • Parking is available underneath the Mopac Bridge
  • The entrance is located on Stratford Drive
  • Pets are not allowed on site
  • If you have any questions please contact us at 
  • Trade Counter is staffed and open for trades Wednesday-Friday 10:00am-1:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm

Zilker Metropolitan Park Vision Plan - Entering New Phase!

Zilker Metropolitan Park Vision Plan words over picture of park and trees

The Zilker Metropolitan Park Vision Plan is a community-driven planning process to establish a guiding framework for the restoration and future development of Zilker Metropolitan Park. It is the first comprehensive planning initiative to encompass the park’s 350 acres and associated facilities. See the whole plan and more information here, dates and registration for upcoming community meetings.

Zilker Park Vision Plan Next Steps:

  • Draft Zilker Park Vision Plan Release: November 15: Community members can comment on the plan directly through January 8.

  • Two Community Meetings: Virtual on December 7; In-person on December 10
    • December 7: 6 p.m.:Zoom Registration
    • December 10: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: McBeth Recreation Center
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