Auction Preview - Celebration of Children in Nature

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Southeast of Houston and north of Galveston, the Bolivar Peninsula boasts one of the most scenic coastlines in Texas. Beyond its natural beauty, this stretch of the Upper Coast lies at the heart of what many people consider the nations’ premier birding area. Owing to its geographic location on the Central Flyway, and as a barrier island separating Galveston Bay from the Gulf of Mexico, millions of shorebirds and songbirds utilize the peninsula each spring during the northward bird migration.

Victor Emanuel, founder and president of Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, Inc. of Austin, Texas,...

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Gift card for 5 Play Dates at Taurus Academy

Why Choose Play Days at Taurus?

Taurus is much more than a “doggie treadmill.” While most people choose daycare for their dog for exercise, attention, and stimulation, we provide much more. Our pack is comprised of dedicated dog trainers, who will attend to every moment of your dog’s day in a way that ensures safety and fun, and also promotes polite behavior with dogs and people. We regularly exceed industry standards in many ways, including our cleaning & ventilation procedures, and health and behavior knowledge.


Evan Smith

Have lunch with the CEO and Co-Founder of the Texas Tribune, Evan Smith.

The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization called “one of the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success stories.” The Tribune's deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website,, in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state, and in the print and online editions of the Washington Post. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, thirteen national Edward R....

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Deluxe 512 Brewing Company package includes:

  • 64 ounce growler
  • Two 512 pint glasses
  • 512 t shirt & sunglasses
  • 512 tote bag
  • 4 tickets to brewery tour

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Fatali images span a thirty-year event of hunting for light through the desert southwest, celebrating a world’s top landscape photographer, The Light Hunter, Fatali. He describes his images in this way;

“A language of light, speaking from the heart of land and spirit, was not learned overnight. I have walked, camped, climbed, and hiked for decades, while the entire time I was intimately engaging my relationship with nature, listing, touching, feeling, slowly letter by letter, word by word, I have come to learn a universal language that infuses nature’s physical beauty and spiritual...

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Have you wanted to join the local Beekeeping community? Wanted to help these important pollinators increase in our community? Would you like a constant supply of your own local honey? Interested in the property tax advantages of keeping Bees? Not sure where to start?

This Beginners Beekeeping Package is for you! The package contains all the items and information you will need to start your own Bee colony in your own backyard.

  • Complete Cypress Deep Hive (for initial Brood Box) with 10 frames, bottom board, telescoping metal cover with inner cover.
  • Stainless Steel...

3 bottles of wine from the Boisset Collection plus membership in the Boisset Wine Society with free first shipment.

  • DeLoach Pinot Noir Russian River Valley OFS (“Our Finest Selection”) 2013 — rated 93 points by Wine Enthusiast, April 2017: “Slowly builds intensity and complexity, offering a taut range of spicy wild berry, raspberry, cherry, spice notes. Most impressive on the finish.”
  • Raymond Zinfandel Napa Valley 2014 — This wine is exclusive to the Boisset Ambassador program and not available anywhere else. “This wine is a classic old-vine Zinfandel, with enchanting...

All-inclusive Family Campout at YMCA Camp Cypress.

This is a full service campout where the Y will provide you and your family with everything from the tent, food, activities, and fun. Activities include archery, fishing, hiking, and some quality time with your family. The Y provides dinner by campfire, S’mores, and breakfast on Saturday morning. Campouts start on Saturday at 2:00pm and finish on Sundays by 10:00am.

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Whether you desire a highly technical cut, luminous color, extensions, straightening or an intense hair therapy treatment, Christopher & Leigh has the stylist and product to help you achieve and maintain your desired look.

We are happy to consult with you on special occasion and wedding hairstyles and offer both in-salon and on-site styling for events.

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Have dinner with Austin's very own Marcia Ball, Grammy Award Nominee & winner of the 'Pinetop Perkins Piano Player' award. Dinner date to be set with Marcia, $100 gift certificate to Olamaie.

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Kayak - Glide Sport

Win this beautiful kayak and schedule a paddle with Westcave’s Ryan Spencer!

Paddle like a pro in the Emotion® Glide Sport 9’8” Kayak! The Glide Sport delivers everything you need for a great paddling trip – stability, comfort, speed, tracking and maneuverability. Relax in the CRS ultra-light seat with two bottle holders for your favorite beverages. Handy Ledge Lock paddle keepers will keep you paddles corralled when they’re not in use. The high-performance Emotion® Glide Sport is ready for any adventure!


E. Lee Walker, Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center Member

Have lunch with Lee at one of his favorite neighborhood spots, Dolce Vita in Hyde Park.

About Lee Walker:

Lee Walker is a Senior Research Fellow at Plan II at the University of Texas where he taught for the past 20 years. He fell in love with nature as a boy splashing in a creek nearby, a creek now paved over by a shopping center. Lee visited Westcave in 1978 for the first time and has been active for the past 35 years as a Board Member, serving as Board Chair from 1983 to 2008. Lee helped lead the successful Save Our Springs campaign in 1992 which passed 2-1. Received Lifetime...

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Trimmed in natural leather, our Lovey Tote in multi-colored, woven stripe is embellished with an exquisite, embroidered peacock and floral applique. Lined in our Camo ConsuelaCloth™, this Classic Tote includes an interior slide pocket and newly added zip compartment for extra security. Named for our friend, "Lovey", a classic beauty that helps others heal, while marching to the beat of her own drum. A real life Consuela babe!

Donated by: Consuela


16 x 20 metal print of a Golden-cheeked Warbler

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Win a chance to spend a couple of hours on the Los Madrones Ranch with former photo editor of Texas Highways, Mike Murphy. You'll probably most recognize Mike from the wonderful shots he's taken of our grotto and Preserve!

About Mike:

Michael A. Murphy retired in 2007 after serving as the photography editor for Texas Highways magazine since 1992. He assigned, shot, or located all the photographs illustrating stories in the magazine. He also managed the color reproduction process and served as the magazine’s webmaster. Prior experience includes freelance public relations...

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Cruise for up to six people on scenic Lady Bird Lake

Bat watching cruises are available March through October. Certificate valid Sunday through Thursday,excludes holidays, is subject to availability. Cruises depart from the Hyatt Boat Dock.

Expiration date: June 30, 2018

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Framed and matted Westcave Poster. Artwork by Brian Maebius

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Great all around gear for any hiker! Package includes:

  • REI Flash 22 Print Pack
  • REI Day Hiker First-Aid Kit
  • REI Stainless Steele Vacuum Mug 16 oz.
  • REI Nalgene 32 oz. Water Bottle
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11" 14" print, in 21" x19" frame

Donated by: Michael Weiss


$500 Gift Certificate to Texas Art Portraits

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A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks

By Terry Tempest Williams

Illustrated. 395 pp. Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

+ Annual National Park's Pass: The America the Beautiful National Parks Pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the country.

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11" x 14" print, framed in 21" x 19" frame

Donated by: Michael Weiss

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Wild Child Photo Session - one-hour photo session exploring nature with your child(ren) and photographer Summer Miles. Includes 20 edited high-res images to print and use as you wish.

Donated by Summer Miles

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20" x 16" frame & matted metal print; photographed and donated by Tom Hausler

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