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Thankful for Nature Days
November 19-21
Family fun on the week of Thanksgiving!
Need to entertain the kids or out of town guests visiting for the holiday? Take the troop on an outdoor adventure at Westcave Preserve!
  • Guided Canyon Tours: 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM & 1 PM
  • Archery: 10:15 AM & 12:15 PM
  • Uplands self-led hiking
  • Nature Crafts
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Thankful for Nature Reservations
Historic Rain!
A wet fall has led to record numbers across the Hill Country. Westcave's precipitation records are astonishing!
Twelve feet and two weeks the Hammetts Crossing bridge was under water. Fortunately, there was not great damage to the canyon and grotto area itself. The historic rains did, however, leave much trail and fencing repair work to do. Thanks to conservation grants like one from the Davidson Endowment Fund, we are able to restore the preserve back to use. Without their generous donations, swift recovery from the flood’s aftermath would not be possible.
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From Drought to Flood: It’s Deja vu
After a brutal summer that caused life to dry to a crisp, the skies opened up in early autumn and released a torrential downpour throughout central Texas. Westcave received 19 inches of rain in the months of September and October. Many Hill Country rivers flooded. Most notably, Lake Travis on the Colorado river rose so high that it backed up into its surrounding tributaries, including the Pedernales River at Westcave Preserve. 
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Unplug & Connect Mini-Grant Opportunity from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living
The Michael & Susan Dell Community Collaborative for Child Health is offering awards of $150-$500 to support new or ongoing initiatives that connect Central Texas youth and families to efforts aimed at fostering positive social connectedness and healthy development of young people through the use of physical activity, nutrition-related activities, and social-emotional learning approaches.
Your Gifts at Work
Your investment in Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center makes it possible to share the wonders and joy of nature with children in our community. Because of you, 4,977 children experienced outdoor learning at the Preserve or through one of our many place-based programs. Thank you for your dedication to educating kids outdoors. We are so grateful for you. 

To continue your support of connecting kids to nature, click here.
Fall on the Pedernales
by Tom Hausler
Happenings short

Every Sat & Sun
: Guided Canyon Tours

Every Tues - Sun: Uplands access

Thankful for Nature Days
Nov 19th-21st

Fall Bird Hike
Nov 26th, 8 AM

Night Hike
Dec 7th, 5:30 PM

Star Party Nights
Jan 12th
Feb 2nd
Flooded Canyon Trail
by Nicole Miller
Red-Headed Beauty Beetle
by Meagan Whitehouse
Monarch Butterfly
by Meagan Whitehouse
by Meagan Whitehouse
Education Staff in the Grotto post-rainfall
Hammetts Crossing flooded by the Pedernales
by Nicole Miller
by Alessia Bussara
Cottonmouth Snake
by Julia Mechler
photo by Tom Hausler
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