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Spend an Afternoon at the Austin Nature and Science Center

April 29th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

Austin is just an hour and 40 minute drive from the Murski Homestead in Brenham and is a city full of fun things to do, making it a great day trip from the close-by Texas countryside. Located on the edge of Zilker Park in downtown Austin, Texas you’ll find the Austin Nature and Science Center. With nature exhibits, education programs, and recreational fun to be had, the Austin Nature and Science Center is a great place to enjoy the outdoors and get a feel for what it might be like to live in a city with numerous metropolitan parks. Austin is well known for its outdoorsy culture, foodie establishments, and art installments throughout the city, making it a great place to visit on your stay here in Southern Texas.

Here are some of the great exhibits and activities to look forward to at the Austin Nature and Science Center:

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Photo Credit: Heather Cowper via Flickr

  1. The Dino Pit
    Designed to be an outdoor paleontology exhibit in Zilker Park, the Dino Pit is a great place to explore the prehistoric world in a hands-on way. Covered in plants of the times, as well as dinosaur trails, a dig site for finding fossil casts, a mammoth rib cage and an observation deck for peering into the land of dinosaurs, the Dino Pit is sure to be a hit with the little ones.
  2. Barton Springs Salamander
    The Barton Springs have long been central to the Austin, Texas way of life, providing not only rich resources, but a unique natural environment. The Barton Springs Salamander is a species that exists in this region alone, hence the exhibit opening soon to acknowledge its natural history, as well as the history of the Springs themselves.
  3. Family Programs
    Offering a variety of educational programs, the Austin Nature and Science Center is the perfect place to come do some exploring with the whole family. Whether you do that on a moonlit canoe ride, under the stars at a Star Party hearing Greek myths or on a caving adventure, you’ll love these outdoorsy adventures no matter the time of year.
  4. Wildlife Exhibits
    The Center has a number of animals ranging from invertebrates, and fish to reptiles and birds, all of which are local to the area. Visitors can learn about these animals, many of whom are in rehabilitation, and how they sustain themselves once they are released back into the wild.
  5. Naturalist Workshops
    If you want to delve deeper into the environmental education aspect of the trip there are plenty of chances to do so on your trip to the Center. Get a close look at the natural world through microscopes and magnifying glasses, while learning of a specimen’s characteristics. Collectors will love the Trade Counter where you can add to your natural stockpiles with sparkling minerals, animal bones, and polished rocks.

Whoever you’re traveling with and whatever your interests are in visiting the Austin Nature and Science Center, you’ll find something you can’t resist here, even if it’s just enjoying the fresh, city air and Austin’s unique culture.

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