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Modern Dinosaur

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Common Dinosaurs

Observe a common modern dinosaur at the Wildflower Center– Birds! Did you know that all of the species of birds that we have today can be linked back to one specific type of dinosaur? While watching a bird, record some observations like: How does the bird move? What does the bird eat? Is the bird alone or in a group? How does the bird behave around others? What do these observations make you wonder about dinosaur behavior?
Cathy's copy of Wildflower Center PEEP - 35
Cathy's copy of Wildflower Center PEEP - 36

Science Seed

As mentioned above, all birds today can be traced back to the Theropod dinosaurs, meaning “beast-footed.” These dinosaurs were bipedal (stood on two feet), ate mostly meat, and first appeared around 231 million years ago. The Theropod Acrocanthosaurus roamed Texas!
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earn Badges

Badges can be earned through hands-on experiences within each of the 16 branches of science, or “Science Slices.” You can earn a badge in each branch of science by doing four activities in these categories. We also encourage participants to keep a Nature Journal to record their memories, and to express themselves creatively through writing or drawing after each activity. We recommend that each child (and parent if they’d like) write or draw in a journal after each activity, with expectations of your children that match their age (the goal is self-expression, not perfection).

Explore the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Use this map to help you guide your way through the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center as you complete activities.

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The Ecologist School Web Guide: Wildflower Center Edition

This is a collaborative project between Families in Nature and The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to help our community learn more about the ecosystem and history of the Wildflower Center, while getting outside into nature together! This collection has 64 lessons across 16 different branches of science to help you play, learn and volunteer in the park!

Each branch of science corresponds with a matching badge featured in the top right corner of every activity. Complete all 4 activities in a science slice and you are eligible to earn that badge. Click above to order your own Ecologist School badges!

Circle of Sciences

Our hands-on activities span across 16 different branches of science! Each Science Slice is broken into 8 learning categories: S.T.E.A.M., Volunteerism, Outdoor Skills and Leadership Development. Our activities are designed to be enjoyed by all ages.

join Families in Nature

It is our vision to inspire all families to fall in love with nature and foster the next generation of conservationists. Becoming a member of Families in Nature will give your family the opportunity to have adventures in nature, experience field science, develop as youth conservation leaders, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Memberships are free for everyone.

Who are we?

Families in Nature works to create opportunities for nature connection with the purpose of sparking a deep love and desire to protect, conserve and restore the environment. Our mission is to connect children and their families to nature and to each other through time spent learning, playing, and volunteering outdoors. It is our vision to inspire ALL families to fall in love with nature and foster the next generation of conservationists.

The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center uses native plants to restore and create sustainable, beautiful landscapes. We carry out our mission to inspire the conservation of native plants through our gardens, research, education, and outreach programs. In doing so, we improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife, and enhance human health and happiness. In 2017, we were officially designated the Botanic Garden of Texas.

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