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Field Trips and Workshops

Field Trip 1: Tour of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Maximum: 25
Location: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 8 am - 11 pm
Cost: Free

Coordinators: Michelle Bertelsen, Dick Davis, Andrea DeLong-Amaya

Description: The UT-Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a botanical garden dedicated to inspiring the conservation of native plants. Established by Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes in 1982 as the National Wildflower Research Center and later renamed the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Center has been instrumental in educating the public about the importance of native plants and landscapes. Its 284 acres include approximately 80 acres of maintained gardens devoted to native Texas plants, including demonstration gardens, ponds, a family garden designed to engage children in nature play, and an arboretum that showcases native Texas trees and that includes the Hall of Heroes that is dedicated to historical Texas live oaks. The Center promotes its mission to inspire the conservation of native plants through its internationally recognized sustainable gardens, education and outreach programs, research projects, and consulting work. In 2017, the Center was named the official state botanic garden and arboretum.

The tour will take you to the Center's research plots, where for 20 years the Center has been collecting data on the effects of mowing and prescribed burning on the plant community. The staff will discuss the impacts these treatments have on invasive species. Staff will also discuss how the Center manages invasive species on site. Then you will be taken on a tour of the rest of the Center to learn about its history, design, and management.

We will meet in the Central Courtyard of the Wildflower Center.

Field Trip 2: Invasive Species Management in Austin

Maximum: 32
Location: Various locations in Austin
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 9 am - 2 pm
Cost: $25 non-students, $10 students

Coordinator: Hans Landel (

Description: This trip will take you to two locations in Austin where city staff will discuss the invasive species issues they face and how the city manages them. They will also discuss the city's Invasive Species Management Plan. One site will be Peace Point along the shore of Lady Bird Lake, and the other will be at an urban creek in Blunn Creek Nature Preserve. Other sites may also be visited. Unlike the other field trips, this trip will give you the opportunity to learn how invasives are managed by a city in an urban environment.

We will meet at the Wildflower Center at 9:00 am. Box lunch provided.

Field Trip 3: Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Invasives Management and Lake Travis Zebra Mussels

Maximum: 20
Location: Balcones Canyonlands Preserve & Lake Travis
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $25 non-students, $10 students

Coordinator: Patricia Thompson, TPWD

Description: This trip will take you first to the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, which was created to protect eight federally listed threatened or endangered species, including the golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo, and six invertebrates. In addition to protecting these especially vulnerable animals, the Preserve protects habitat for other native plants and animals of the Texas Hill Country and contributes to clean air, clean water and quality of life for all Central Texas residents. The managing partners have acquired a total of over 31,780 acres in western Travis County since 1996, making it one of the nation’s largest urban preserves.

Staff will discuss the Preserve, including how they manage invasive species. We will be hiking in the Preserve for up to two hours on rugged terrain, possibly off-trail at some point to get to invasive plants. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes, and bring water and sunscreen.

From the BCP we will travel to Lake Travis to see for ourselves how large the infestation has become since being discovered in the lake only last year. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department personnel will discuss the zebra mussel's impacts.

We will meet at the Wildflower Center. Bus leaves at 9:15 am sharp. Box lunch provided.

Field Trip 4: LBJ Presidential Library Guided Tour

Maximum: 20
Location: LBJ Presidential Library
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 11 am
Cost: $5 non-students, free for students

Coordinator: Hans Landel (

Description: Take a guided tour of the LBJ Presidential Library, located on a 30-acre site on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Visitors will experience the life and times of Lyndon B. Johnson, one of our nation's most fascinating presidents, and the era of his administration—the turbulent 1960s. Exhibitions incorporate interactive elements with historical and cultural artifacts. Adults typically are not given a guided tour, so this is a special treat!

We will meet at the Library (no transportation provided). Directions and parking information.

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