Experience and preserve the beauty of the Central Texas Hill Country without leaving Austin. 

Morning hike at Wild Basin

Guided Hiking 

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 wbasin [at] stedwards.edu (contact us )if you would like to schedule a private or group guided hike. 

Guided School Tours

Have an adventure with a purpose! Students travel in small groups with a trained guide on a two-hour hike through Wild Basin's Hill Country habitat. Students get a hands-on outdoor experience that can be correlated to classroom studies in the natural sciences. Programs are appropriate for 1st through 12th grade and can accommodate up to 40 students. School tours are a suggested donation of $3 per student. There is no charge for adult chaperones. To get more information about guided school tours please contact our Environmental Education Coordinator Marissa Faris at mfaris [at] stedwards.edu

Wild Basin Tiny Footprints Preschool and Kindergarten Tours

We help children learn that all living organisms have properties and basic needs. Our Tiny Footprint program offers a choice of four themes: Butterflies and Caterpillars, Spiders and Scorpions, Ant and Rolypolies, and Nutty Squirrels and Acorns. Our goal to stimulate curiosity and increase vocabulary through stories, finger plays and hands-on experiences. Depending on the season, 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, such as Mothers Day Out and homeschoolers. Registration for all hikes is required in advance. Please contact the center for more information or email mfaris [at] stedwards.edu (Marissa Faris. )

Sunrise hike at Wild Basin

Preserve Stewardship

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 contact Natural Resource Manager and Research Coordinator Aaron Haynes, ahaynes1 [at] stedwards.edu

Trail Guide Training

Do you enjoy sharing outdoor experiences with children or adults? Can you spare a few hours per month to volunteer? Then Wild Basin Creative Research Center needs you as a volunteer trail guide! No experience is necessary, and you'll join a dedicated and diverse group of volunteers who enjoy sharing their love of nature. Trail guides must be able to participate in training sessions, and be prepared to hike for two hours on a rugged trail. Guides must be at least 18, possess good communication skills, and must be comfortable as a leader of groups with both children and adults. For more information about becoming a trail guide volunteer please contact Environmental Education Coordinator Marissa Faris, mfaris [at] stedwards.edu

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 Environmental Management Intern
  • Wild Basin Stewardship & Sustainability Intern
  • Wild Basin Outreach & Public Relations Intern
  • Wild Basin Environmental Education Intern
  • Wild Basin Field Guide 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.