Less than 10 miles from the well-groomed campus green at St. Edward’s sits Wild Basin Creative Research Center. 

Wild Basin serves as an extension of main campus and includes 227 acres of Central Texas Hill Country habitat. In addition to serving the university community, the center is open to the public for trail hiking and educational events. 

The center hosts student researchers, classes, K-12 groups and a public welcome center. Although undergraduate research historically evokes the sciences, Wild Basin encourages research in all disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary and cross-curriculum projects. Students from all programs utilize the center to study art, science, policy and local government, education, business, and other disciplines.

Examples of student research include:

  • Internships in the Wild Basin Environmental Education and Land Management programs
  • Acoustic monitoring of wildlife
  • Biological research with K-12 teachers collaborating with undergraduate students
  • An oral history and photography book about this history of the preserve

In addition to these types of projects, St. Edward’s University works in partnership with the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and its many affiliates including Travis County, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, City of Austin, Nature Conservancy, and Travis Audubon Society on conservation and education efforts.