It's the October 2015 newsletter from Westcave!
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Ready for adventure? Here comes the bus!

This month, Westcave purchased an 83-passenger 2001 Bluebird school bus, and has begun the process of transforming it into the Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus.
Why the Roadrunner? For low-income families, the greatest barrier to spending time in nature is transportation.  

Special thanks to Impact Austin and many individual donors for making the dream a reality!

Exciting additions to our Natural Leaders program, thanks to TPWD grant

We’re delighted to share that Westcave was recently named one of just 26 recipients for a 2015 Texas Parks and Wildlife CO-OP grant. This $39,000 grant will support a significant expansion of our Natural Leaders Network (NLN) of Austin.  more>>

Westcave partners with U.S. Fish & Wildlife for native prairie restoration

“I can sit on the porch before my door and see miles of the most beautiful prairie interwoven with groves of timber, surpassing, in my mind, the beauties of the sea. Think of seeing a tract of land on a slight incline covered with flowers and rich meadow grass for 12 to 20 miles” - John Brooke, an early settler in the tallgrass prairies of Texas, 1849
Of the millions of acres of beautiful Texas prairie that once existed, less than 1% now remains. Restoring our native prairies is of the utmost importance, as the grasses and flowering plants of our native prairies provide invaluable habitat and food sources for wildlife, birds and insects.

Animals, birds and people will all have reason to be glad about this news: More than eight acres of land at Westcave Preserve are now being prepared for a native prairie restoration.  more>>
Westcave staff and volunteers, with the help of American Youthworks members, have been hard at work clearing out invasive plant species and woody shrubs, in preparation for a prescribed burn.

A Celebration of Children of Nature

Please join us for one of the most enjoyable and meaningful events of the year! The 8th Annual Celebration of Children and Nature will be held on Thursday, November 12 from 6 – 9 pm at the Austin Country Club. We’ll honor individuals and organizations who exemplify the very best in connecting children to nature, and the event will benefit the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CiNCA). A limited number of tickets and sponsorships are still available.  more>>

 Star Parties

Leave the bright lights of the city and head out to Westcave Preserve for a magnificent view of the night skies. At a Westcave Star Party, your stargazing will be further enhanced by a superb telescope and the deep knowledge of our volunteer astronomers, who all love sharing the view. Registration is required for these monthly events, and first-timers are welcome!  more>>

 Weekend Tours of Westcave Preserve

The majestic beauty of our 75-acre Hill Country nature preserve will leave you breathless! Join an expertly guided tour on Saturday or Sunday, and go from arid savanna 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.  more>>
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