Wild by Wild Basin Events Schedule

 

Saturday, March 11th

PUBLIC GUIDED HIKE
1:00 – 2:30pm

Wild Basin's public guided hike is a great way to learn about the native Texas Hill Country and learn about the species and habitats found in Wild Basin. The guided hike is led by seasoned trail guide and naturalist, John Barr and begins on the deck of the Wild Basin Creative Research Center.

Limited to 15 individuals. Register here.

 

Sunday, March 12th

FULL MOON YOGA AND MUSIC      
7:00 – 8:00pm

Enjoy a 1-hour yoga class with music while the full moon rises. Classes will be led by teachers Kate Gibbs and Lauren Rosprim and music will be provided by Jenn Hitt. Please arrive early to secure a spot on the deck and sign-in.

BYOM (bring you own mat!) Other items to consider are a cushion for pranayama (meditation breath work) and towel for asanas (poses). Suggested donation $5-$10. Cash Only. Register here.

 

Monday, March 13th

NATIVE PLANT HIKE
10:00am – 12:00pm

Explore Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve's native plants, geology, and wildlife on this guided hike to a waterfall through the mature oak and juniper woodlands, grasslands, and streamside habitats of Central Texas. The hike will cover approximately 2 to 2.5 miles with seasoned trail guide and naturalist, Paul Montgomery.

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. Ages 12 & up only.

Limited to 15 individuals. Register here.

 

Tuesday, March 14th

MINDFULNESS HIKE
10:00 – 11:15am

Start the week of SXSW with a rejuvenating hike in nature. Join Martha Marshall, Licensed Professional Counselor, for a 30 minute mindfulness hike. There will be discussion before and after the hike about the benefits of mindful awareness, including a 10 minute mediation. Whether you meditate regularly or are a beginner, Wild Basin is a cool place to try it! Come join us.

Limited to 15 individuals. Register here.

NIGHT HIKE
7:30 – 8:30pm

Enjoy Wild Basin as day turns to night during this guided interpretive hike by Consulting Arborist April Rose. Engage your senses as we observe the sound of wind moving through trees, feel the cool night air, see the full moon, 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-sleeved 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.

 

Wednesday, March 15th

REI TEXAS HILL COUNTRY PHOTO TOUR WORKSHOP
9:00am – 12:00pm

Cameras don't take pictures, people do. But cameras are not always easy to understand. Join REI Outdoor Program's photography instructor at Wild Basin as we teach techniques enabling you to turn everyday snapshots into beautiful compositions. You'll learn to see beyond your primary subject so that everything in the frame improves the image. We'll analyze numerous photographs as we discuss composition techniques, including eliminating distractions, utilizing human subjects, and using leading lines and the Rule of Thirds to create more dynamic images. Begin to shoot with an eye that draws the viewer's attention into a vibrant and stimulating photograph. Photographers of all levels using film, digital cameras or smartphones are encouraged to attend.

Group size limited to 10. REI Member price: $35; Non-member: $40. Register here. Please see registration website for information about required and optional materials for workshop.

SKINS & SKULLS INTERACTIVE LECTURE
10:00 – 11:00am

This fun and interactive lecture about wild animals is open to all ages 1 to 101 and will be conducted by Dr. John Tomeček, an assistant professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Tomeček specializes in research and education on a variety of issues, especially nuisance animals, the management of game animals, and wildlife disease concerns.

Group size limited to 25. Register here.

 

Thursday, March 16th

USEFUL PLANTS OF ANCIENT TEXAS – LECTURE & OPTIONAL HIKE
10:30am – 12:00pm

The Central Texas plants we enjoy today have been used for food, medicine, and crafts for millennia by the Native people of Texas. Written accounts by Spanish missionaries and European explorers, Native oral traditions, and archaeological investigations provide windows into the many fascinating uses of our Texas native plants. In this lecture, you will learn about uses of some of the common plants at Wild Basin -- sumac, juniper, switchgrass, prickly pear -- as well as some very important, but lesser-known plants such as little barley and camas.

Leslie Bush is an archeologist who specializes in identifying bits of plants preserved on archaeological sites, usually in the form of charcoal. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2001, and her dissertation was published by the University of Alabama Press. She has worked on sites in twelve states including Maryland, Florida, Iowa, and of course Texas. She once found a prickly pear seed on a 600-year-old site near Indianapolis.

Lecture includes an optional hiking component. Please bring a water bottle and wear supportive shoes.

Hike is limited to 15 individuals ages 10 and up. Register here.

 

Friday, March 17th

TINY FOOTPRINTS PRE-K HIKE & CRAFT ACTIVITIES
10:00 – 11:30am

Bring your young children to join the Tiny Footprints fun on March 17th! We will have songs and stories about butterflies as part of a 1-hour interpretive hike. Following the hike there will be craft activities on the porch. And as always, our art table and observation stations will be open in the visitor center. No registration required to join in the fun with Sally Scott and friends.

Limited to 25 children. Register here.

 

Saturday, March 18th

FAMILY FRIENDLY GUIDED HIKE
10:00 – 11:30am

Wild Basin's public guided hike is a great way to learn about the native Texas Hill Country and learn about the species and habitats found in Wild Basin. This family-oriented hike will be led by a seasoned trail guide and naturalist and begins on the deck of the Wild Basin Creative Research Center.

Please 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 15 individuals. Register here.

ART ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES ON WILD BASIN DECK
11:00am – 2:00pm

Wild Basin’s new “Artist in Residence”, Andrea Wolf, will lead art activities with children (ages 3 – 12) on the deck of Wild Basin. A variety of art mediums and projects will be available. Come be creative with us! 

 

CHAIR MASSAGES
10:00am - 3:00pm

Enjoy a 15-minute relaxing chair massage in the Wild Basin Visitors Center! Massages provided by therapist Dave Guzman, Licensed Massage/Lymphedema Therapist and Principal owner of Strategic Wellness Services, Corporate provider for massage therapy and ergonomic services throughout Austin Metropolitan area. No registration required.

BILL OLIVER & THE OTTER SPACE BAND - LIVE ENVIRONMENTAL MUSIC
11:00am – 2:00pm

Join Austin’s own “Environmental Troubadour”, Bill Oliver, and his fun-filled “Otter Space Band” on the Visitors Center deck for 2 hours of fun environmental music. With over twenty years of concerts, campfires, and cafetoriums, Bill’s programs are educational and entertaining, engaging and motivating. In schools, National Parks, and river-side celebrations, his songs bring to life the vital issues of Habitat conservation.

In Austin Bill produces two festivals for youngsters and families: “Mother Earth Day at the Springs” a concert and eco-fair in May at Barton Springs, and “Lady Bird Lake Fest,” both sponsored by the City of Austin and others.

Travis Audubon Society Events

These events are sponsored by the Travis Audubon Society and will be held in different locations around Austin

Sunday, March 12th

Young Birders Club: Exploring Blair Woods
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Explore Travis Audubon’s East Austin sanctuary and visit with animals from Wildlife Rescue
For information and to register visit: Young Birders - Blair Woods

Monday, March 13th

Wells Branch Bird Walk

This relatively unknown gem makes a great walk for birders of all levels. No registration required.
For more info visit: Wells Branch Bird Walk

Tuesday, March 14th

Super Tuesday at Inks Lake State Park, led by Terry Banks

Woodlands, wildflowers, and pink granite await you in this beautiful park on the Colorado River
Registration required. For info visit: Super Tuesday at Inks Lake

Wednesday, March 15th

Birds & Brews

Meet other bird and wildlife enthusiasts at the Butterfly Bar
No registration required. For info visit: Birds & Brews

Thursday, March 16th

Travis Audubon Monthly Program: Birds of South Texas

Learn about the vibrant birds of the Lower Rio Grande Valley
No registration required. For info visit: Birds of South Texas - Monthly Program

Saturday, March 18th

Hornsby Bend Monthly Bird Walk

Explore one of Austin’s premier birding sites!
No registration required. For info visit: Hornsby Bend Monthly Bird Walk