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 

New Full-Time Positions Available!  

The Austin Nature & Science Center is looking for two important members of our team! Come work in a gorgeous setting located in the heart of Zilker Park in a fun, fast paced environment with lots of exciting programs and events focused on nature and the outdoors. The Administrative Specialist and the Administrative Associate positions are full-time regular benefited positions. These positions typically work Monday through Friday between 8:15 am and 5:15 pm during the school year. In the summer, they shift to either an early or late shift (either 7:15 am to 4:15 pm or 9:15 am to 6:15 pm). See below for more details and to apply before close July 11: 



Summer Camp

Summer Camp June 6- August 12

Summer Camp registration available on RecTrac


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Summer Jobs Opportunities

Austin Nature & Science Center Camacho Activity Center Summer Camp 2022 Paid Opportunities Apply Now!

Spend your summer outdoors with us! Spend your summer facilitating daily activities that include swimming, biking, hiking, archery, crafts, and more!

Apply today!

  • Pay rate $15.00/ hour
  • Paid training begins 5/9/2022
  • Certifications you could earn include CPR & First Aid, Lifeguarding, and Driver's Safety
  • Camp is 6/6/2022 - 8/12/2022

Question about applying, contact or call 512-974-3888.

Zilker Metropolitan Park Vision Plan

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, including dates and registration for upcoming community meetings:  Zilker Metropolitan Park Vision Plan.


Nature and science-based events for members of the community, such as seasonal festivals, animal presentations, adult lectures, and more! EVENTS

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