Experience the beauty of the Texas Hill Country without leaving Austin. 

We would like to thank our 2018-2019 funding partners:                                                                         

                                                                   

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School Tours

Bring your students to Wild Basin for an adventure with a purpose! Guided school tours for grades 2-12 at Wild Basin allow your students to explore the Texas Hill Country—right in the heart of Austin. School tours include a 1-2 hour guided hike where students learn about plants, wildlife, geology, and more, at the 227-acre wilderness preserve. Groups may also explore the Visitor Center with its hands-on natural science exhibits. For more information or to request a guided school tour please email: wbedu [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Guided%20school%20tour%20request)

Tiny Footprints PreK-1 Programs

Tiny Footprints programs are hands-on, nature-based hikes for young explorers. Choose a nature theme for your class: Butterflies and Caterpillars, Spiders and Scorpions, Ant and Roly-polies, or Squirrels and Acorns. Stimulate curiosity and increase vocabulary through stories, finger plays, and hands-on experiences. Children may be introduced to insect metamorphosis, ant lions, dragonflies, lichen, walking sticks, earth stars, daddy longlegs, and animal tracks. Tiny Footprints also serves multi-age groups, including Mother’s Day Out and homeschoolers. For more information or to request a Tiny Footprints program please email: wbedu [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Tiny%20Footprints%20program%20request) .

School Lessons

Supplement your school visit to Wild Basin with these natural science lessons for the classroom. Each lesson includes: lesson objectives, TEKS correlations, materials, procedures, and extension suggestions. 

Elementary School
Middle School
High School

Guided Public Hikes 

Wild Basin's public guided hike is a great way to learn about the native Texas Hill Country. Join us the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.-noon. Guided hikes begin on the deck of the Wild Basin Creative Research Center. Register now. Please wbedu [at] stedwards.edu (contact us )if you would like to schedule a private or group guided hike.

Public Events 

In addition to guided hikes Wild Basin offers engaging public events throughout the year. View our Events Calendar here.

Volunteer Trail Stewards

Join Wild Basin volunteers for trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, wildlife surveys, restoration, and other stewardship projects!  Please wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes and long pants, and bring a water bottle, gloves (if you have them), and a day pack to keep your hands free. Dress for the weather, with hat and sunscreen for sun protection and a raincoat/light jacket if it's cool or raining lightly. We don't go out in thunderstorm conditions. We have volunteer opportunities during the week as well as quarterly land management workdays (usually the third Saturday). For more information on volunteer stewardship opportunities please email wsteward [at] stedwards.edu

Sunrise hike at Wild Basin

Volunteer Trail Guides

Do you enjoy sharing outdoor experiences with children and adults? Can you spare a few hours per month to volunteer? Then Wild Basin needs you as a volunteer trail guide! Our volunteer trail guides provide unique, meaningful outdoor education experiences for Austin-area youth. As a Trail Guide you will: increase your knowledge of Central Texas flora, fauna, geology, and ecology; develop interpretive guide skills and gain experience leading groups; make connections with new people in the community; and make a meaningful impact! Trail guides must be available on weekday mornings and must be able to hike for two hours on a rugged trail in varying weather. For additional details, download the Trail Guide Application here. Or for questions or more information please email wbedu [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Trail%20Guide%20Training) .

Student Internships

Wild Basin Creative Research Center is located 11 miles west of campus in Westlake Hills. Reliable transportation to Wild Basin is required. Other requirements include: consistent attendance and punctuality to scheduled shifts, independent and collaborative work ethic, the ability to communicate effectively and positively with the public and co-workers, and be a certified university van driver (or be willing to become certified). Positions offered include:

  • Wild Basin Outreach & Public Relations Intern
  • Wild Basin Environmental Education Intern
  • Wild Basin Natural Resource and Land Management Intern
  • Wild Basin Stewardship and Sustainability Coordinator Intern

See the full internship descriptions

Work Study Positions

Wild Basin currently has several positions open for work-study students. Job responsibilities vary depending on student interests and abilities. The positions are posted on Hilltop Careers, or you can contact wbasin [at] stedwards.edu for more information.