The Austin Nature & Science Center offers nature-based programs for members of the community, such as school break camps, seasonal festivals, animal programs, and more. For questions about a camp or community program, please call Visitor Services at 512-974-3888.

Camps

 

Fall Break Camp

Registration available on RecTrac on October 3, 2022 at 10:00 am for ages 5-10. Camp runs 7:30am-6:00pm. 

November 21-23, 2022: Autumn’s in the Air 

  • Description: What’s happening in nature this season? We’ll go for a hike in our nature preserve to admire the falling leaves and search for autumn colors. When we visit a local farm, we’ll find out what’s being harvested this month and learn all about where our food comes from! 
  • Fees: $150 Austin Residents/ $180 non- Residents 

See General Information about City of Austin Camps. 

Winter Break Camp

Registration available on RecTrac on November 14, 2022 at 10:00 am for ages 5-10. Camp runs 7:30am-6:00pm. 

December 22, 2022: Space Cadets 

  • Description: Calling all junior astronauts! Join us as we journey through space thanks to our Observing with NASA exhibit right here at ANSC. See if you can identify any constellations during a Stellarium presentation with our resident Science Specialist! 
  • Fees: $45 Austin Residents, $60 non-Resident 

December 27-30, 2022: Winter Wonderland 

  • Description: It doesn’t have to be snowing to enjoy a winter wonderland hike in our nature preserve! We’ll meet the animals of ANSC up close and learn how they stay warm in cold weather. Crafting some snowy creations will keep our hands busy, no winter gloves required. 
  • Fees: $180 Austin Residents, $240 non-Resident 

January 3-6, 2023 Super Scientists 

  • Description: Come celebrate the wonderful world of science! Throughout the week, we’ll dive into botany, zoology, paleontology, and chemistry. We’ll explore the plant and animal life at ANSC, excavate prehistoric bones in the dino pit, and conduct some cool chemical reactions. So much science, so little time! 
  • Fees: $180 Austin Residents, $240 non-Resident 

January 9, 2023: Nature in Motion

  • Description: There are so many cycles that keep nature in motion all around us! Seeds sprout, tadpoles transform, the moon moves – nature is always at work!  Fees:
  • Fees: $45 Austin Residents, $60 non-Residents 

See General Information about City of Austin Camps

Spring Break Camp

Registration available on RecTrac on January 9, 2023, for ages 5-10. Camp runs 7:30am-6:00pm. 

March 13-17, 2023: Under the Sea 

  • Description: Let’s dive into the wonderful world of ocean life! The sea is home to so many unique creatures; how can we help protect them? In the dino pit we’ll work together to uncover signs of a prehistoric giant that once lived in a sea right here in Texas! 
  • Fees: Coming soon

See General Information about City of Austin Camps.

Summer Camp

Check back in January for information on Summer 2023! See General Information about City of Austin Camps.

 

Events

Fall Fest

Fall Fest 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm November 12, 2022

Join us on November 12, 2022 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm for our annual Fall Fest event! This year, learn all about nocturnal nature and explore nature at night. Among our other activities and events, we will also be sharing the names of our new resident porcupines!Looking to discard your Halloween pumpkin? Bring it to help us decorate our site and to be shared with our animal ambassadors (whole, non-carved pumpkins only please!)  

Free event for all ages. 

Videos

Tiny Tours

Virtual Tiny Tours of the Austin Nature & Science Center

Join us on Facebook and YouTube for ANSC Tiny Tours!  Catch a glimpse of our beautiful site and learn all about the animals, exhibits, and natural spaces that surround us.  Videos will be posted daily Fridays-Sundays this fall.

Weekday Wake Up Daily Videos

Austin Nature & Science Center Daily Videos posted on our Facebook page.

Visit our YouTube channel for videos!

Join Caroline for Mindfulness Mondays as she teaches you a variety of ways to slow down and engage your body and mind.

Learn with Mary and Emily on TEKS Tuesdays as they investigate TEKS objectives for grades K-3.

Watch Ms. Kat on Wild Wednesdays as she shows you some of nature’s most interesting creatures!

Follow Ms. Elizabeth as she takes you into the Zilker Nature Preserve to read some of her favorite stories for Tales from the Trails Thursdays.

Explore your sense of sight, taste, touch, smell and hearing with Ms. Elizabeth on Five Senses Friday.