Bird in a park

Austin Parks and Recreation Department

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Closure Update

Reserve Passes

Reserve Passes for 

  • Commons Ford Ranch
  • Emma Long Metropolitan Park
  • Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park
  • Barton Creek Greenbelt


  • Austin Nature and Science Center: Virtual Summer Programs

ANSC Virtual Programs

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Austin Nature and Science Center Virtual Programming Flyer (PDF)

The Austin Nature and Science Center will be providing virtual content Monday through Friday through the month of July on the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s YouTube channel. This daily content will align with our Live Zoom programming each day and will feature amusing animals, creative crafts, exciting experiments, and more! Hop online to visit our Youtube playlist each day for something new, join our professional environmental educators live on Zoom, or participate in both as we explore everything from astronomy to zoology.

Live Zoom Sessions | 10am Monday through Friday | July 6-31

July 6 - 10 | Scales and Slime

Learn all about reptiles and amphibians by meeting virtual animal visitors, experimenting with vision, crafting some slimy skin, and more!

July 13 - 17 | Fizzing, Flying, & Fun

Do you find flight fascinating? Explosions exciting? Then join us for this wacky week of fun!

July 20 - 24 | Incredible Insects

We will explore all things arthropod by building bug hotels, becoming bugs, and dancing like spiders!

July 27-31 | What in the World?

Learn how animals survive in the desert, witness how constellations are constantly changing, and experiment with earth-shattering science.


  • Camacho Activity Center: Virtual Summer Clubs

Camacho Virtual Programming

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Camacho Activity Center Virtual Programming Flyer (PDF)

Virtual content from the Camacho Activity Center will be provided Monday through Friday on the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s YouTube channel. This daily content will focus on a wide variety of engaging themes, such as outdoor adventures, natural science, and filmmaking! For those who want to learn even more about these topics, sign up for our Virtual Summer Clubs to engage in live, interactive programs with our professional outdoor educators and filmmakers.

July 7 - 9 | Science of Water

July 14 - 16 | Natural Art

July 21 - 23 | Zero Waste with Keep Austin Beautiful

July 28-30 | Film Club


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Both vibrant and practical, P A R K S P A C E is an intervention that helps visualize social distancing guidelines in Austin’s parks and green spaces. The site-specific installation series uses eco-friendly turf paint to delineate spaces where people can come together to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities - like picnics, yoga, and relaxing in the sun - while maintaining a safe distance.


People canoeing at Lady Bird Lake