The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is hosting another year of free family fun this summer! Their annual Nature Nights are back on Thursdays this June, where you can enjoy free admission from 6-9 p.m. along with hikes, nature crafts for kids of all ages and special presentations. Nature Nights provide a fun way to explore Texas plants & animals in such a beautiful setting.

NN_web_banner–> Nature Nights Schedule & Topics:

— Thursday, June 9: Harnessing Fire
Come see the equipment and tools used for prescribed burns and wildfires with experts from the Wildflower Center, City of Austin Fire Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Travis County Star Flight, UT McDonald Observatory, Austin Water Utility Wildlands Water Conservation Division, UT Fire Prevention Services, Prescribed Burn Alliance of Texas, and Texas A&M Forestry Service. Don’t miss the Travis County Star Flight helicopter landing and taking off from the Play Lawn.

— Thursday, June 16: Grow!
What do plants and animals need to grow? Discover how the life cycles of animals and plants vary and what it takes to sustain life, and learn how to grow native plants in your own backyard. Author Suzanne Larry will sign Bluebonnet Babies in the Store.

— Thursday, June 23: Pollinate
How many pollinators does it take to make a banana split? Come find out! Pollinators play an important role in our ecosystems by pollinating not only our native plants, but our food crops, too. Learn about all the bees, butterflies and other pollinators in the area and their impact on our modern lives. Listen to music by Lucas Miller. Author Laura Logan will sign Little Butterfly in the Store.

— Thursday, June 30: Predators
In this Nature Night, get up close to predators of Central Texas as they fly, stalk and slither. Enjoy a presentation on birds of prey on the Play Lawn featuring live hawks and owls. Visit the live snake exhibit to learn about snakes native to Central Texas. Find out what it takes to be a herpetologist from Dr. Travis LaDuc in his special presentation about Texas snakes. Author Divya Srinivasan will sign Little Owl’s Day in the Store.

13178767_10156872463470576_5226540114989821088_nSome Nature Nights will include an auditorium presentation. In those events, tickets will be given to the first 232 visitors. Tickets can be picked up at check in at the Admissions Kiosk and are first come, first served.

Also on these Thursdays, kids 12 & under receive a free gift in the Store. And if you want to plan on getting dinner or snacks while you’re there, the Cafe will be open until 8 p.m.

Take note that the parking lot fills up quickly. When it is full,  you can park on the street in designated parking spots.

To learn more about Nature Nights and other summer events, please visit the Wildflower Center website and Facebook page.

Have fun!