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 Registration

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

 

Virtual Camps and Events

Virtual Camps and EventsMake the most of your time off from school! Join us on Zoom as we explore all things nature and science together with games, hands-on activities, and animal visitors!

Virtual Austin Nature Day

Virtual Austin Nature Day

Register on Eventbrite for Live Presentations.

Register on Eventbrite for the Virtual Trade Counter.

Join Austin Nature & Science Center virtually for our annual Austin Nature Day Event on April 24 2021. In conjunction with Earth Day, the theme is “Restore our Earth.” Get inspirited to participate in activities that can restore our earth by joining our guest speakers from 10am-1pm. Or access our virtual activity kit for ideas on how to explore nature on your own. Rejoin us at 4pm for our Virtual Trade Counter and tell us what you found on your nature adventures! 

Lunch and Learn - Teens and Adults

Lunch and Learn, Join our free adult extended learning webinars on Tuesdays at 12 PM

Register on Eventbrite.

Want to spend your lunch break learning about nature, science, and natural history? Log onto our Lunch & Learn programs geared towards high school and college students, professionals, and citizen scientists. These programs will run throughout the spring season of 2021 on Tuesdays at 12:00 PM and will feature speakers from multiple exciting scientific fields!

Virtual Programs

Virtual ProgramsZoom and Eventbrite interactive programs both during the week and on weekends!

Animal Ambassadors - Ages 7-9

Animal Ambassadors, Live Zoom calls for ages 7 - 9 Fridays from 4 - 4:30pm.

Registration begins Monday, December 14th at 10 am on Eventbrite.

Animal Ambassadors is a Zoom program created for 7-9 year-olds. This program will take place Tuesdays from 4:00 - 4:30 pm. Austin Nature & Science Center Instructors Kat and Caroline will introduce a different ANSC animal each week and then lead a related activity.

Creature Feature: Animal Storytime - Ages 3-6

Creature Feature:  Animal Storytime, Live Zoom calls Fridays from 11 - 11:30am for 3 - 6 year-olds.

Registration begins Monday, December 14th at 10 am on Eventbrite.

Creature Feature: Animal Storytime is a Zoom program designed for children 3-6 years old, which will take place every Friday from 11:00 to 11:30 am. Austin Nature & Science Center Instructors Caroline and Elizabeth we lead an open-ended art activity, read a book, and present an animal ambassador.

 

 

Nature Journaling Club - Ages 7-13

Nature Journaling Club, Live Zoom calls for ages 7 -13 Wednesdays from 4 - 4:45

Registration begins Monday, December 14th at 10 am on Eventbrite.

Nature Journaling is a live Zoom program designed for 7-13 year-olds. This program will take place Wednesdays from 4-4:45 pm. Austin Nature & Science Center Instructors Caroline and Kat will lead creative activities to help participants connect to nature through artistic expression.

Nature Show and Tell - Ages 3-6

Nature Show and Tell for 3 - 6 year olds.

Registration begins Monday, December 14th at 10 am on Eventbrite.

Join us beginning in October for our Nature Show & Tell!

Show and Tell is a Trade Counter experience designed for 3-6 year-olds that take place Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Austin Nature and Science Center Naturalists Kristi, Sharon, and Emily will be available for you to share your interesting nature finds and help you learn more about them.

Items for trading can include rocks, bones, seeds, nature photographs and drawings, and much more! Limit 2 items per trade experience.

In return for sharing your natural objects and knowledge, our Naturalists will reward you with points to spend at our Naturalist Workshop when ANSC reopens.

Suppertime Star Party - All Ages

Suppertime Star Parties, Family Zoom Events, Tuesdays from 5:30 - 6 pm.

Registration begins Tuesday, December 29th at 10 am on Eventbrite.

Suppertime Star Parties is a live Zoom event designed for families. This program takes place two Tuesdays a month from 5:30-6:00 pm. Grab your dinner and sit down with instructors Emily and Mary as we enter our "virtual planetarium" for some stargazing!

Virtual Trade Counter - All Ages

Virtual Trade Counter! Wednesday - Friday 1:00 - 3:30, Saturday 2:00

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!

 

Young Scientists - Ages 3-6

Young Scientists, live Zoom calls every Monday from 11 - 11:30 am.

Registration begins Monday, December 14th at 10 am on Eventbrite.

Young Scientists is a live Zoom program designed for 3-6 year-olds that takes place Mondays from 11:00 to 11:30 am. Instructors Elizabeth and Sharon will lead sensory-based science experiments and explore the scientific method.

Videos

Videos

Tiny Tours

Virtual Tiny Tours of the Austin Nature & Science CenterJoin 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 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.

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