Field Trips and Events

Barton Creek Habitat Preserve Open Day

April 21, 2018
10:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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4/20 Update: The Barton Creek Habitat Preserve Open Day will still be held on 4/21 as planned. We'll see you there!

Get off the beaten path and explore over 4,000 acres of pristine natural landscape that sits right outside your door! This Earth Day weekend, we're teaming up with Texas Highways magazine to celebrate all of the natural beauty Texas has to offer with an open day at the Barton Creek Habitat Preserve.

Lace up your hiking boots, round up the family and pack a picnic - we'll be offering an overview of the preserve, a photo hike led by Conservancy biologist Jacquie Ferrato and Texas Highways photographer Kenny Braun, a guided nature hike led by Conservancy biologist Rich Kostecke and plenty of time to roam and relax on your own.

And don't forget to check out the latest issue of Texas Highways for stunning photos and more information on our preserves all around the state!

This rare open preserve opportunity is only available for the first 75 individuals who RSVP. Please e-mail michelle.lu@tnc.org with the number in your party and to receive directions to the preserve. We love your furry friends, but please note that due to safety reasons we cannot permit them on this nature preserve, which is home to endangered and rare species.

Schedule of Events*

* Events are optional; guests may also explore the preserve on their own if they choose to.

  • 10:45 a.m.  Preserve opens
  • 11:15 a.m.  Brief introduction to The Nature Conservancy to visitors, including a preserve overview, given by Preserve Manager Brandon Crawford
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Guided hike led by TNC Biologist Jacquie Ferrato and photographer Kenny Braun. Learn how and where to take beautiful photos of animals and nature using your camera or smartphone!
  • 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.   Lunch (visitors are free to walk around, eat their picnic lunches on the pavilion, or ask any questions to TNC staff about the surroundings)
  • 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.   Guided nature hike by TNC Biologist Rich Kostecke - learn about the plant and animal species this preserve helps to protect
  • 2:30 p.m.   Preserve closes




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