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...more
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...more
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! **Registration required** $5 per child ages 4-12 years; $10 per person; $25 per immediate family.
2017 Upcoming Star Party Dates:
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.
TOURS OFFERED EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (WEATHER PERMITTING)
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!more