Inspiring people to develop lifelong practices of protecting & enjoying nature.

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Come Bird with Us! All level of birders welcome!

Feb 7, 2020 – May 8, 2020

Join us for a fun and informative bird hike at Westcave Preserve.

These hikes are led by a local expert avian biologist. Westcave Preserve hosts over 170 species of birds throughout the year, including the endangered golden-cheeked warbler, among other beautiful resident and migrant bird species...

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Lone Star Wild | Reception & Panel with Artists

Oct 24, 2019 – Oct 24, 2019

Davis Gallery, in partnership with Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, presents Lone Star Wild, an exhibit focused on the natural world.
Join us for a private gallery viewing, reception and panel discussion with all four artists: Margie Crisp, Billy Hassell, William B. Montgomery and David Everett.

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Testimonials

a week ago
This was an amazing and very beautiful grotto! Reminds me of a smaller but more beautiful Hamilton's pool. Paul lead a very peaceful and educational tour but was also allowed time for moments of quiet reflection. Being in the cave and behind the water fall was a spiritual experience and gave me a better attitude for the rest of the day! What a treasure to have in our backyard. I highly recommend this for anyone.
- Connie C
9 months ago
100% need to go. This was great! They now have an online reservation system and it was easy to operate. Staff was welcoming and friendly. Our 10am tour was on time and waited for others to use restroom/check-in. Our guide, Megan, was exciting and knowledgeable. She was great with all ages. Although hot, it cooled off as you hiked down the trail. Fair warning, there are a ton on steep stairs (which you also have to climb back up to leave). The waterfall area was so pretty. You even get to walk behind it and visit the neighboring entrance cave. Tour was about 2 hours long. Tips: Get the tour- it's worth it. Bring a camera. Wear good walking shoes. Be ready for stairs. Bring water.
- Alli R
a year ago
Westcave preserve is a beautiful discovery for our family & friends, esp because it's so close to a winery. Although a bit too pricey for adults & a bit long winded in the tour, it's just too beautiful to pass up. We had a good hike down to the grotto with our Littles & there was alloy to look at to keep our large span in age ranges busy. Once at the grotto, you will see the amazing mineral formations & cave that has formed. Although much of the fauna was destroyed recently by wild pigs, it was still quite an experience that I highly recommend. Check out Westcave Cellars after the hike for some delicious wine tasting, live music & farm beauty. Don't forget smacks for the kiddos! Not much in the area in the way of eateries.
- Carrie H

Founded in 1976 as Westcave Preserve,

the mission of Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center is to inspire people to develop a lifelong practice of enjoying and protecting nature. We accomplish this through educational programs, collaborative alliances, and conservation of our beautiful 76-acre preserve.

TEACHING
While many places offer opportunities for self-led nature activities, Westcave has dedicated staff who partner with schools to teach 6,000 students annually. Students learn key scientific concepts in the best classroom of all: our 75-acre preserve in Southwest Travis County and our nationally renowned Warren Skaaren Environmental Learning Center. What makes the experience so special? At our preserve, you not only witness a place of extraordinary beauty, you observe a living laboratory. You walk through hundreds of thousands of years of geologic formations as you hike to the bottom of the canyon. And at the head of our canyon is a lush, wet grotto where you can see with your own eyes how the water cycle works.

COLLABORATING
The Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CiNCA) is a mighty force for good, catalyzing 50+ member nonprofits, environmental educators, health professionals and community leaders to work together on common goals. Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center has stepped up to lead CiNCA in its efforts to connect children and families to nature, because we believe forming strategic alliances and sharing ideas and resources increases our collective impact.

CONSERVING
Our preserve is located in Southwest Travis County, one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country. Protecting this beautiful land, which is home to the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and attracts birders from all over the world, has become more important than ever.It began in 1973 with the purchase of 25 acres that had been trespassed and badly abused. The last four decades have seen that land renew and flourish under Westcave's visionary care, and today our original preserve is celebrated as a natural treasure. Recently, Westcave purchased an additional 45 acres of adjacent property, which we call the Canyon Rim. Once again, Westcave is restoring the land so that it can be enjoyed by generations to come.  

learn more at www.westcave.org

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24814 Hamilton Pool Road
Round Mountain, TX 78663
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Mon:Closed
Tue:9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Wed:9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Thu:9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Fri:9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Sat:9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Sun:9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
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