It's the Fall 2016 newsletter from Westcave!
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Event: Discovering Westcave Book Release & Fall Fest!

We are thrilled to announce the release of the new book, Discovering Westcave: The Natural and Human History of a Hill Country Nature Preserve by S. Christopher Caran and Elaine Davenport. We will officially launch the book at our annual Fall Fest taking place on Saturday, November 5th from 11 AM - 4 PM.  Please join us for book signings, hiking, family fun crafts, bird feeder building, and more. The book signing will feature Discovering Westcave and other books in the Kathie and Ed Cox Jr. Books on Conservation Leadership series, sponsored by the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.  more>>
Westcave Book Release & Fall Fest

The Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus Gets a Facelift from AISD Artists

The Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus has a new look!  The bus that has connected 1,500 children and their families with nature has just received a new bus wrap courtesy of the 3M Corporation.  Working in partnership with the AISD Fine Arts Department, our staff hosted an art competition that received hundreds of submissions from young artists in our community.  Eleven artists were selected and, with the help of a talented local graphic designer, their work was incorporated into a beautiful art wrap that reflects the purpose of our program.  On September 30, 2016, the young artists, AISD art teachers and faculty celebrated the Roadrunner’s unveiling at the AISD Performing Arts Center.  Kudos to the emerging AISD artists and big thanks to our partners at 3M Corporation for helping this come to fruition! more>>
Designer's Rendering
ROAB Artists
Our Artists! 

Bird Blind Benefactors: The Casarez Family

On October 1st, father Jose and son Sebastian Casarez came to Westcave Preserve to completely remodel our Murphy Bird Blind.  The project was months in the making.  Sebastian (age 13), an avid local birder who had visited the bird blind in the past, was inspired to beautify it and make it more accessible for visitors.  Then he did something few young men would: he offered to use his saved birthday money to revamp the bird blind!... more>>
Casarez Murphy Bird Blind

Weekday World of Educational Adventures

We are often asked, “What happens at the Preserve on weekdays if Westcave only offers guided public tours on the weekend?”  The answer is: We are fulfilling the educational component of our mission to “inspire people to develop a lifelong practice of enjoying and protecting nature through educational programs…”  At our Preserve, visitors not only witness a place of extraordinary beauty, they observe a living laboratory.  Here is a peek into a typical week of education programs...more>>

Discovering Westcave: The Natural and Human History of a Hill Country Nature Preserve
Book Events

As mentioned above, the newly released book Discovering Westcave by S. Christopher Caran and Elaine Davenport will make its debut at the Westcave Book Release & Fall Fest.  Can't make the Fall Fest on November 6th? We have a myriad of scheduled book signings and author speaking events posted on our website.  Get your copy of Discovering Westcave now! more>>

Spotlight on Beau Wadley, Conservation Intern

Recent Conservation Intern, Beau Wadley, began his internship at Westcave Preserve in Fall 2015.  In his last semester as a Geography student at Texas State University, Beau dove into many Westcave conservation projects.  He played a pivotal role in overseeing and implementing two major projects on the Preserve... more>>
Beau Wadley

Westcave Fun Fact

As we celebrate 40 years of being a nature preserve and revel in the release of Discovering Westcave, we want to commemorate the years by releasing fun facts about our jewel in the Hill Country.

Westcave’s location—on the Central Flyway for bird migration and at the convergence of several plant communities in central Texas—contributes to the Preserve’s remarkable biodiversity.
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