Nestled between the western edge of Zilker Park and the beginning of Zilker Nature Preserve, sits the Austin Nature & Science Center (ANSC) where I worked as a Wildlife Keeper from the months of June to September 2021. Since the 1960s, the Nature Center has provided nature education through hands-on activities, exhibits and programs. Their goal has been to foster curiosity and appreciation for the natural world, especially the native flora and fauna that live in our very own backyards. The site accomplishes this by focusing on engagement. Guests are encouraged to touch, examine, and interact with various natural objects, such as fossils, animal bones, plants, and insects, in the Naturalist Workshop beside the front desk. As they move throughout the site, they encounter a human sundial, where they can use their body to work with the sun to determine the time, the Dino pit — where they can practice excavating the bones of dinosaurs that roamed Texas long ago — the on-site pond, public art, and various wildlife exhibits.
Hampton, Finnick, "City of Austin Nature and Science Internship" (2021). College of the Environment Internship Reports. 20.
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