In light of recent public health concerns, the Austin Nature & Science Center will remain closed.
Please click on the boxes for virtual programs.
- Virtual Programs
Weekend Family Camp At Home
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Welcome to Weekend Family Camp presented by the Austin Nature & Science Center! Here you will find original ANSC content and links to videos other city sites have made. Click on a theme to view more activities! New materials will be added each week.
August 7-9: Nature Journaling
August 14-16: Fun with Flora
August 21-23: Stellar Space!
August 28-30: Silly Summer Science
- Virtual Trade Counter
Register at Eventbrite.
Live Virtual Zoom Trading Sessions
Wednesday - Friday from 1pm to 2pm | Saturday from 2pm to 4pm.
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!
- Teen Summer Virtual Programs
Register at RecTrac.
Live Zoom Sessions | 2-3pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Session 1: July 20-31
Session 2 August 3-14
Nature Ambassador is a virtual teen leadership program from the Austin Nature & Science Center where participants gain community service hours and build leadership skills.
This entirely virtual program will partner teens with an ANSC staff member to help them design and implement a community service project geared towards environmental stewardship. Participants will collaborate with staff over the course of two weeks to fully formulate their project.
Professional development opportunities will also be offered, covering topics such as: effective communications, conflict resolution, innovative thinking.
All projects will follow City of Austin protocols to ensure the health and safety of participants.
Free admission and family friendly. Established in 1960, the Austin Nature & Science Center's (ANSC) mission is to provide hands-on educational exhibits and recreational activities that increase awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Centrally located on the western edge of Zilker Park in the Zilker Nature Preserve, the ANSC offers indoor and outdoor exhibits, including the Naturalists Workshop's Trade Counter, and provides environmental science education programs to schools and the community in and around Austin. The site hosts homeschool groups, school programs, family events, environmentally focused camps, and adventure programs.