Red Bench - Interfaith Action of Central Texas

February 28, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Join us on Tuesday, February 28 for a courageous conversation on the topic of Spirituality & Nature at El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission

Light vegetarian dinner provided.

Each conversation is centered on moderated small group discussions that are genuinely respectful and safe. No one has to be an expert – individual. Participants are invited to share their personal experiences and listen with their hearts. The format is structured and allows each individual to be heard. Each table is “hosted” by one or two table hosts

This event is a collaboration between the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin, which hosts quarterly socials & Interfaith Action of Central Texas's Red Bench series.

We hope you'll join us!

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Forty years ago, Westcave's founders kicked out trespassers in order to restore and protect its unique ecology. Now, we want to invite them (and you!) back for a big ball!

Tickets Available February 20th

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The Natural & Human History of a Hill Country Nature Preserve

In the heart of the Texas Hill Country lies an astonishing place called Westcave Preserve, a 76-acre nature preserve and environmental education facility in western Travis County, near Austin, that provides a sanctuary for the flora and fauna of surprisingly diverse ecosystems.

Westcave has been connecting children and families to nature since 1976, when the Westcave Preserve Corporation was established to restore and protect a popular but rapidly deteriorating picnic spot that encompassed a fern-covered grotto, an ancient rock shelter, and a spectacular forty-foot waterfall.

In Discovering Westcave, Chris Caran and Elaine Davenport take readers on a walk through the beautiful preserve, unveiling the evolutionary past of its stunning natural features and acknowledging the many people who have been a part of Westcave’s long history. The aim of this guidebook is not only to share the natural and human history of this refuge, but also to inspire through environmental learning a continued...

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Spring is here! Wildflowers are blooming, the days are warming up, and a tiny songbird has returned to Texas from its wintering grounds in the tropics. Come out to Westcave Preserve for a chance to see one of North America's rarest breeding birds, the Golden-cheeked Warbler. Learn how to identify the warbler, why it is endangered and what you can do to help. We'll also take a short walk through prime warbler habitat in the hopes of seeing or hearing this iconic bird of the Texas Hill Country. The walk will last no more than 2 hours and website registration is required prior to attending. Cost is $15/person and space is limited to 15 people per walk. We encourage you to bring your own binoculars but have some available for use. These walks are weather permitting.

Warbler Walks will begin at 8 am on the following Saturday and Monday:

  • Monday, March 27th
  • Saturday, April 15th
  • Saturday, April 22nd

Westcave relies on volunteers to preserve and protect its beautiful landscape so present and future generations can enjoy it. Our staff and volunteers have fun and work hard. If you are up for both, Westcave is your place, we welcome all levels of talent.

Workday projects include but are not limited to the following-

Trail Building & Maintenance - Help us with trail building and maintenance as needed. This may include mowing, replacing posts, replacing/building steps, general maintenance on trails. Flood damage clean-up for trails and fences when needed.

Vegetation Management – Work with a staff member to remove non-native and invasive plant species, golden-cheeked warbler habitat management, control over-growth along trails, and conduct vegetation surveys on rare and endemic species.

Group Work Day- Available in the Spring and Fall, weather permitting. We also have random workdays when staff needs some extra helping hands. Projects are based on what conservation projects are currently in need of...

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Westcave Preserve will be open March 14- 17 for special spring break weekday tours.

March 14-17 (Tuesday - Friday)

  • 11:00 am Canyon Guided Tour**
  • 1:00 pm Canyon Guided Tour**

Gates will open at 10am each day.

**Tours limited to the first 30 people (we recommend showing up at least an hour before the tour time)**

Cost: $7/child ages 4-17yrs. and $15/adult.

- Free admission to Upland Trails with purchase of a Canyon Tour -

Dark sky location near Austin, TX for star-gazing

Take a tour of the night skies at Westcave Preserve, a dark sky location convenient to the Austin area. Star Party nights are an ideal opportunity to enjoy an evening gazing at the stars through a high-quality telescope. With local astronomers on hand to answer questions, you'll be delighted and amazed by what you see and learn! **Reservations are required** $5 per child ages 4-17 years and $15 per adult. All events are weather permitting.

2017 Upcoming Star Party Dates:

  • February 18th, 2017; 7:00-9:00 pm (WAITING LIST)
  • March 18th, 2017; 8:30 -10:30 pm
  • April (FULL)
  • May 20th, 2017; 9:00 -11:00 pm
  • June 3rd, 2017; 9:00 -11:00 pm
  • July 1st, 2017; 9:00 -11:00 pm
  • August 12th, 2017; 8:30-10:30 pm
  • September - December 2017 Schedule: Will be posted mid-summer

Prepare yourself – the majestic beauty of our unique Texas Hill Country nature preserve will leave you breathless! Our expert-guided tours take visitors from an arid savannah through a limestone crevice into a sheltered canyon of lush plant life. At the head of the canyon stands Westcave, with a stunning 40-foot waterfall replenishing the emerald pool below.

Access to the canyon and cave is by guided tour only.


10:00 am, 12 noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Fee: $10 adult (13 + years), $5 child (4 - 12 years), or $25 immediate family. Members free!