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. Currently, all programming offered is virtual. In the future, we plan to return to offering programming at the Austin Nature & Science Center. For questions about a camp or community program, please call Visitor Services at 512-974-3888.
Summer Programs 2021
- Summer 2021 Registration Update
We are excited to announce the launch of Summer Camp 2021. In accordance with federal, state and local health authorities, the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) has adopted a series of modified guidelines to ensure COVID19 health and safety measures are met. Such guidelines include the use of masks, daily wellness screenings prior to entry, utilization of the pod model, and other modifications to activities within camp.
Beginning June 7
Virtual “Stay Creative” Summer Camp
Beginning June 21
In-person Summer Camp
Beginning July 6
Summer Playground Program
New this year is the introduction of a lottery system. The lottery system will help us more equitably offer limited spaces to families. To ensure a smooth registration process, please read the important information below regarding the new lottery registration process for 2021. CLICK HERE for lottery enrollment step-by-step procedures.
April 19 - May 16
Registration for all families.
To register, please go to: www.austintexas.gov/parksonline.
Specialty Camps (Nature Based, Inclusion and Museums and Cultural Centers) will begin contacting participants who received a lottery spot in camp.
General Recreation Camps will begin contacting participants who received a lottery spot in camp. Be on the lookout for an email or phone call as parents will have a very short turnaround time to confirm spots.
All individuals selected for camp will be asked to pay a $20 deposit for all selected weeks to ensure enrollment. The Department has made all deposits refundable this year.
Parks and Recreation staff is looking forward to providing a fun and meaningful summer program experience for your family that will prioritize the health and well-being of all campers and staff. Should you have any questions, please contact the recreation center where you registered.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department provides opportunities wherein all individuals are accepted, included and welcomed to participate, play and recreate together. Individuals interested in additional services are encouraged to request modifications to participate in our programs. Should you or a family member have a disability or special need that requires assistance for participation in our programs, please call 512-974-3914 or refer to: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/inclusion-unit
- Summer Camp Waivers
Virtual Trade Counter - All Ages
Register at Eventbrite.
Live Virtual Zoom Trading Sessions
Wednesday - Friday at 1pm and 3pm | Saturday at 2pm.
How it Works
Find or make a cool item from nature! Items accepted include: rocks, minerals, fossils, shells, bones, insects, insect parts, plant parts, nature art, drawings, photos taken, nature journal entries, etc. Items not accepted include: anything from birds, anything collected from a preserve or area where collecting is not allowed, human artifacts such as arrowheads, intentionally killed animals, or whole plants.
Register for a Zoom Virtual Trading Session for your selected time. After you register on Eventbrite, you will receive a link to the Zoom page to log in at your time. Register on Eventbrite.
Share your nature item with our virtual traders at your trade time on Zoom. We will record your name, birthdate, and how many points you receive for your item and keep it for when we re-open the Trade Counter.
Visit the Trade Counter at the Austin Nature & Science Center when we re-open and select items from our cool nature items "to buy" with the points you earned!
- Tiny Tours
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
Visit our Facebook page Mondays-Fridays beginning in November for our Daily Posted 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.
Vaccs Facts is a series of COVID-19 vaccine updates published by Austin Public Health. The final edition was published on May 18.