It's the Spring 2016 newsletter from Westcave!
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Westcave on Fire!

Leap Day 2016 marked an exciting day for Westcave as our Uplands underwent a prescribed fire as a beginning step in restoring 12 acres to its previous prairie ecosystem.

The land management tool of a prescribed fire aims to safely reduce invasive and non-native plant species and to encourage a native and diverse vegetation community. Prescribed fires will help maintain the diverse animal species of Westcave, including the endangered golden-cheeked warbler, whose habitats depend on periodic fires to help sustain a healthy ecosystem.  more>>
A firefighter applies fire to the Westcave Uplands during the Leap Day 2016 controlled burn.

Bountiful and Beautiful!!

The Pedernales River is flowing strong, the Canyon and Uplands are blooming, and the birds, including our endangered golden-cheeked warbler friends, are singing.  Spring has arrived at Westcave and as people want to explore outside we have seen record numbers of visitorsmore>>
Pearl Milkweed Vine
Blue Curl

Leaving a Legacy: A Week Spent Outdoors

Thirty people walked into the woods over Spring Break. It would be five days before they returned home.

They were hoping to leave a legacy… to create something larger than themselves… to make a difference. And they needed the perfect place to do it.

They chose the outdoors.

They called it Legacy Camp.

Summer Friday Tours at Westcave Preserve

The majestic beauty of our 75-acre Hill Country nature preserve is open for public tours on Fridays during the summer! Starting June 10th through August 12th Guided Canyon Tours will be at 11am and 1pm every Friday (weather permitting). Our expertly guided tours will continue to run on Saturdays and Sundays as well at 10am, 12 noon, 2pm, and 4pm.  more>>

Save the Date! A Celebration of Children of Nature

Please join us for one of the most enjoyable and meaningful events of the year! 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).  more>>
The 9th Annual Celebration of Children and Nature will be held on Friday September 16th from 6 – 9 pm at the Four Seasons. 

 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>>
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