CiNCA's Families and Communities Task Force
CiNCA supports families and communities in outdoor education
Resources and help for Austin families to start nature clubs


The CiNCA's Families and Community Task Force focuses on outreach initiatives with emphasis on families and the at large community. Examples include encouragement of families to organize and launch their own “family nature club," to participate in the “Texas Nature Challenge” and in Texas Parks and Wildlife’s “Texas Outdoor Families” program.


Austin Nature and Science Center (ANSC)

Located on the western edge of Zilker Park, the Austin Nature and Science Center (ANSC) is dedicated to the exploration of the natural world. Since 1960, ANSC has provided nature exhibits, education programs and recreation resources for countless visitors, teachers and children of all ages. The ANSC provides hands-on educational exhibits and recreational activities that increase awareness and appreciation of the natural environment.

Learn more about the ANSC

The Austin Nature and Science Center offers many programs for preschoolers, kids, families and adults. Program topics range from butterflies to caving: Program Information.

Volunteer with ANSC: information and application.


Families in Nature (FiN)

Families in Nature is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect children and their families to nature and to each other through time spent learning, playing, and volunteering outdoors. FiN strives to engage families of all backgrounds with children of all ages, from 0 to 17 years old, with interns and volunteers in college and beyond. Families in Nature activities are aimed at teaching children and their parents about ecology and conservation through hands-on experiences in nature, helping them feel comfortable and confident in the outdoors, and encouraging nature play, all while spending quality family time together.

Visit the Families in Nature website to find out more, volunteer your time, or join us on an adventure.


AFiN received the 2013 John Covert Watson Award for Vision in connecting kids to nature.

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Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is located in Southwest Austin, Texas and is dedicated to increasing the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. The Wildflower Center was founded by Lady Bird Johnson, our former first lady, and actress Helen Hayes in 1982. The center hosts a wealth of native plant information through the Native Plant Information Network and many wonderful educational programs for youth and adults. Coming May 4th the new Luci and Ian Family Garden will provide children of all ages a wonderland of native plants with more than a dozen interactive features that allow families to immerse themselves in nature.

Volunteer with the Wildflower Center: information and application.

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REI Family Adventure Program

REI offers family trips to some of the world's most exciting and exotic destinations—with carefully selected routes, pacing and activities to ensure that kids and parents have an amazing adventure to remember.

Find out more at the REI website.

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Texas Outdoor Families, a project of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

No experience necessary! Learn everything you need to know to have a successful camping experience at a Texas Outdoor Family (TOF) workshop.

TOF Workshops are hosted at state parks where your family receives hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills. Texas Parks & Wildlife provides all the equipment, too! Like them on Facebook!


Texas Nature Challenge

The goal of Texas Nature Challenge is to get families and kids outdoors by visiting as many participating parks and nature areas in Texas as they can. At each site, participants complete activity challenges designed for family fun and nature exploration. Visit their website for more information.