Our Desired Future - Traveling Exhibit

March 7, 2018 6pm

“Managing Groundwater in Travis County: How, Why and Where?” is part of the traveling exhibit of Our Desired Future, made possible by the generous support of the Shield-Ayres Foundation. We are planning similar events in other communities in Texas, but we are particularly excited about this one since we have such a fantastic set of experts coming together to educate and inform voters of the newly-created Southwestern Travis County Groundwater...

Painting Bunting

Join us for bird walk this spring led by local avian biologist! Westcave hosts over 170 species of birds and spring migration is one of the best times to experience our avian population. From the endangered golden-cheeked warbler to the colorful painted bunting we have it all! All level of birding is welcome. Walks start at 8am and last 1-2 hours.

$15 per person


Mexican Plum Flower

Westcave Preserve will be open Tuesday, March 13th through Friday, March 16th (Austin Area Spring Break) for weekday guided canyon tours. The tour format is the same as our Guided Weekend Canyon Tours.

Tour times during the week:

  • 10:00 am**
  • 12:00 pm**
  • 2:00 pm**

Gates will open at 9:30 am each day and close by 3 pm.

**Tour is limited to the first 30 people. We operate on a first come first...

Golden cheeked Warbler

May 5, 2018 5:30pm

We are debuting new event called ‘Birds and Brew’ which will be May 5th starting at 530pm. It is a birding and social event. Top avian biologists will be on site to lead on bird hikes and evening will end with a BYOB/snack social hour on the east patio of the visitor’s center listening for the endangered golden-cheeked warbler! This event is weather permitting.

Mexican Hat

Spring is the perfect time to witness the hill country transform into a painted landscape of wildflowers. Come out for an expert-guided walk about wildflowers on the Uplands and find out what is blooming. The walk will wind through 1.5 miles of trails and will last about an hour. These walks are weather permitting.

Wildflower Walks will begin at 10:30 am and last 1-2 hours on the following days:

  • April...
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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...

Dark sky location near Austin, TX for star-gazing

Tour the night skies at Westcave Preserve, a dark sky location convenient to Austin. 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!

$15 adult (18+) | $5 child (4 - 17)

2018 Star Party Dates:

  • Mar. 10, 7:00 - 9:00pm
  • April 14,...
Conservation Workdays

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...