Hey nature lovers, winter is a great time to get outdoors and explore trails, go for hikes, and enjoy the gorgeous Central Texas landscape. There’s several wildlife and nature-focused family events coming up in the Austin area that we wanted to share. So take a look at the list below, and mark your calendars for some fun times in the fresh air with the fam!

Winter Tree Fest @ Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Saturday, Jan. 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Celebrate Texas trees in the Arboretum with tree climbing, walks and talks, s’more roasting, fort building, cornhole, plant sale, an aerial tree yoga demo, and more! Winter Tree Fest activities are all free with admission. ($10 for adults, $4 for ages 5-17, free for ages 4 & under)

Plenty to explore with the kids at the Wildflower Center

Texas Wildlife Day @ Texas Memorial Museum
Saturday, Jan. 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Celebrate everything feathered, furred, smooth, and scaled. Enjoy free admission and free family-friendly activities hosted by UT Austin scientists, TMM science educators, and local chapters of Texas Master Naturalists.

Raiders of the Lost Craft – Art in the Park @ McKinney Falls State Park
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2-3:30 p.m.
Enjoy an adventure back in time to make some of the same crafts that people historically made in the park. You’ll be creating cordage like the Native Americans did that may have lived here over 8,000 years ago. All art supplies provided! Bring a seat or small chair to sit on, if you wish. Meet in the amphitheater. Bring water, close toed shoes *Parents must accompany all minors. Recommended for 8yrs old and up. All programs are FREE with paid park admission, which is $6 per person ages 13 and over.

Create some art in the park! Photo from the McKinney Falls State Park Facebook page.

Austin Dinosaur Day, Saturday, Feb. 3
Several locations are hosting Dino Day events. Visit all 3 sites to complete a prehistoric mini-terrarium!

  • Texas Memorial Museum, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Activities free with paid admission include Fossil Identifications, Make Prehistoric Art, and Meet a Paleontologist
  • Austin Nature & Science Center, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Free activities and admission, including Dig in the Dino Pit and Dino Touch Tables
  • Zilker Botanical Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Activities free with paid admission include Dinosaur Parade (at noon) and Prehistoric Scavenger Hunt

Dino Dig Pit at the Austin Nature & Science Center

Austin Cave Festival @ Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This free, family-friendly event will feature hands-on activities, cave explorations, science and adventure presentations, live music, and more. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit two caves and see how water makes its way to the aquifer and Barton Springs, learn about animals that call Austin’s caves home, try on caving gear, and learn how to protect and conserve Austin’s water resources. Click here for more info.

Tour a cave! Photo from the Wildflower Center website

Valentine’s Family Fun Day at Spring Lake @ The Meadows Center (San Marcos)
Saturday, February 10, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Celebrate your love of nature with the whole family! They will have nature-themed crafts and activities in the Discovery Hall. This event is free and open to the public, sponsored in part by the City of San Marcos. While you’re there, you may also wish to purchase tickets for the glass-bottom boat tour. Read about the tours here.

Enjoy nature activities at The Meadows Center

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