EVENT SCHEDULE - POSTPONED - New Date Will Be Announced Soon
Self-Guided Hypothesis Hike
Nature is full of activity, and sometimes it is hard to figure out what exactly is going on. For example, why do birds sing? When do birds sing the most? Transform your hike at Wild Basin this week by trying to answer a particular question (or hypothesis) while you are on the trail. Be sure to pick up a ‘Hypothesis Hike' flyer near the trailhead and return your completed form at the end of the hike for a chance to win a prize. Every hike is different, even if you are on the same trail. You could take multiple hikes over the week, looking at a different hypothesis on each one.
This is a self-guided event and prize winners will be notified on our Facebook page. This activity is ideal for kids ages 5-15, but is accessible to anyone. Wonder is good for all ages!
TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH
9:00am - 10:00am
Start the week of spring break with a rejuvenating yoga session in nature. Join certified Pilates instructor, Erin Ray, for a 1-hour class at the outdoor classroom and bring a yoga mat. Whether you practice yoga regularly or are a beginner, Wild Basin is a cool place to try it! Come join us.
Limited to 10 individuals (Adults and minors, if accompanied by an adult). Register here.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18th
10:00am – 12:00pm
Explore the beginnings of Spring at Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve with Preserve Manager Niki Lake! Hike with your family to the waterfall and look at signs of spring along the way on this guided journey through the woodlands, grasslands, and streamside habitats that make up Wild Basin. The hike will cover approximately 2 to 2.5 miles. Terrain is rocky and steep in places, but we will be moving at a slow pace.
Be prepared to hike for the length of the trip, bring a water bottle, wear closed-toe shoes appropriate for hiking, and dress for the weather, including sun or rain protection. Consider wearing insect repellent or sunscreen as appropriate. Bring a pack or use pockets to carry personal items to keep your hands free.
Limited to 20 individuals (ages 8 & up only). Register here.
THURSDAY, MARCH 19TH
Binoculars and Birds for Kids
10:00am - 11:00am and 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ever see a small bird in a tree and wish you could get a better look? It turns out many of our local birds are very colorful! Binoculars are a great way to see these small birds - or really anything that is far away. Take a little time with your kids to learn how to use binoculars so that you don’t miss the next opportunity to see that bird a little better. It’s not rocket science, but a few tips will get you a long way. This 1-hour activity will also include some time on the trail finding objects. Don’t worry, we’ve got some hidden objects for you to find, even if no actual animals wander into our view. This activity is designed for kids ages 5-15 and an accompanying adult.
7:00 – 8:30pm
Enjoy Wild Basin as day turns to night during this guided interpretive hike by Arborist April Rose. Engage your senses as we observe the sound of wind moving through trees, feel the cool night air, see the night sky, and smell the earth on a slow-paced exploration of Wild Basin.
Hiking boots are required. Participants should bring water to stay hydrated and will need to wear long pants, a lightweight long-sleeve shirt, and sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes. You may bring a flashlight but prepare to leave it turned off during the hike. More specific information will be provided on event confirmation.
Limited to 15 individuals (ages 13 and up). Register here.
FRIDAY, MARCH 20th
PACK It! Family Hiking
10:00am and 1:00pm
Want to go hiking with your family but not sure where to begin? Let Wild Basin get you started with the activities in our NEW PACK It! family backpacks. We'll show you how to prepare for a hike, get active and outside together, and connect with each other and nature. Take a PACK It! family backpack with you on your hike and check it back in the visitor center when you return. Registration is required; recommended for ages 4+. Many thanks to REI Austin for making the Wild Basin family backpack program possible.
SATURDAY, MARCH 21st
FAMILY FUN DAY
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Art Activities for All Ages on Visitor Center Deck
10:00am – 2:00pm
Migration Challenge Game
10:00am-2:00pm Path to Outdoor Classroom
Wonder what it's like to be a migratory bird, flying thousands of miles twice per year? Play our Migration Challenge Game and find out what can help or hurt birds along the way. This interactive game is fun for all ages, but does require someone in the group to be able to read the scenarios.
11:00am - 1:00pm
Kids and adults are invited to document their Wild Basin visit at our photo booth. Silliness encouraged!
Hey Lolly Band - Live Music
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Join Hey Lolly Music, created by Laura Freeman, for an afternoon of interactive, educational children’s music that is fun for the whole family! Past performances include numerous Austin area schools and libraries as well as the Thinkery.
REI - Hill Country Hiking Series
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Join REI for a hike at Wild Basin as part of it's Hill Country hiking series exploring this region's hidden springs, wildlife sanctuaries, and oak-juniper woodlands. Sign up with REI for a fee. REI is a supporter of Wild Basin.