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One of the biggest challenges schools and other organizations face when taking kids on environmental education field trips is reasonably priced transportation. Many field trip destinations, including Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center offer Title 1 Schools reduced admission prices, but there are few options available for lowering transportation costs. Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center is launching the Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus Program to eliminate that roadblock so more under-served children can experience the outdoors in Central Texas.

The Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus is a full-size repurposed school bus used exclusively for nature-based school field trips. The bus will be used to not only bring students to Westcave, but is also available for rental at a significantly reduced price for schools and other organizations to bring youth to any number of nature locations in the greater Austin area. Examples of future uses of the Roadrunner include the following:

  • Transporting students from Title 1 schools for a field trip to Westcave
  • Partnering with area organizations (i.e. Sustainable Food Center, Explore Austin) to get more kids outside more often.
  • Allowing Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CiNCA) members, such as Camp Fire, to take 15 families on a camping trip to Enchanted Rock
  • Taking a group of teenagers out to Westcave for a Saturday night Star Party
  • Pulling up at events like the Earth Day Celebration, the Zilker Kite Festival or Blues on the Green to share the importance of getting kids out in nature
  • Serving as the lead bus when an area school sends out a large group on a nature field trip.

Westcave Wins Impact Austin!

Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus Secures Funding

Over the past year the Westcave Staff and Board have been working on a project that will help thousands of low-income children connect with Westcave. The Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus in the first two years is estimated to help directly connect 7,500 children with the outdoors. "With $126,000 raised over the past year it has finally set in. We're getting a bus. Thousands of children across our community who otherwise would never get the chance to connect with the outdoors now will."

- Ryan Spencer - CiNCA Manager

This project is a part of Westcave's CiNCA program and will help children connect with dozens of nature centers and places that lend themselves to nature based activities. "All of us at Westcave are thrilled to see the community embrace this project in such a collaborative and enthusiastic way." - Molly Stevens - Executive Director.

For more information about the Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus feel free to contact Ryan Spencer at ryan@westcave.org.

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Westcave Wades into Crowdfunding

Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus Reaches Goal!

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center made its first attempt at crowdfunding with its newest program the Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus. Over the course of 3 months and with the support of over 83 individual donors Westcave reached its very lofty goal of $20,000 by the conclusion of the campaign on March 20, 2015.

“We just want our community to feel a sense of ownership over this project. This project will not only help thousands of children get outside it represents our community’s commitment to connecting children with nature.” – Ryan Spencer – Project Manager