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, the 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.

ANSC Ready to Open to the Public!

The Austin Nature and Science Center is excited to welcome visitors back to the facility in July.  We will begin accepting reservations for visitation on Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00am-1:00pm, from July 10-August 15. If Austin Public Health staging continues to move in a good direction the site will return to its regular schedule and allow drop-in visitation after August 15. 

Click this link to make a reservation. Please keep these tips in mind for your visit: 

  • Each group member will need a ticket assigned to them
  • Please have tickets available for sign-in
  • Parking is available underneath the Mopac Bridge
  • Entrance is located on Stratford Drive
  • Pets are not allowed on site
  • If you have any questions please contact us at anscprograms@austintexas.gov

 

Zilker Metropolitan Park Vision Plan and NEW Survey

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.

We would love community input to ensure the Vision Plan addresses the needs and wishes of our visitors to Zilker Park! The second survey in this series is now available: Zilker Vision Plan Community Survey #2. We'd love your feedback! 

Summer Programs 2021

Summer Camp 2021, Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM, Ages 5 to 12, One week sessions, June 21 - August 13

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.

IMPORTANT DATES

April 19 - May 16
Registration for all families. 
To register, please go to: www.austintexas.gov/parksonline

May 19 
Specialty Camps (Nature Based, Inclusion and Museums and Cultural Centers) will begin contacting participants who received a lottery spot in camp.

May 26
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.

Financial aid applications are being accepted.

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

Household Waiver (English)

Household Waiver (Spanish)

Permission Form

Admission Form (required for ages 5-6)

 

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