Open House at Discovery Hill Learning Center

Blog Update: Due to what looks like the chances of a grand soaking over the next 24 hours or so, we are cancelling the Discovery Hill Open House tomorrow in Austin.

Save the Date - Discovery Hill Open House, September 21

Join us on September 21st at the new demonstration schoolyard habitat in Central Texas! National Wildlife Federation and Austin ISD invites the community to attend the free Open House at Discovery Hill Learning Center.

Tour this beautiful habitat and:

  • Learn about AISD’s curriculum and instructional goals for the habitat.
  • Learn first-hand how the habitat was built from conception to installation.
  • Learn about the ecological value of the habitat.
  • Experience the vast array of native plants and the wildlife that is already visiting the habitat.


WHAT: Discovery Hill Learning Center (aka Rocks to Roots) Open House

WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9:00am – noon

WHERE: AISD Science and Health Resource Center (SHRC)
305 North Bluff Drive
Austin, TX 78745 [map]

RSVP Online

The morning will start with a short presentation from Austin ISD Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Pauline Dow, followed by an opportunity to tour the garden with designer, Judy Walther, from Environmental Survey Consulting. We hope you can join us!

Pleasant Hill Students Preparing to Name New Habitat

bluebonnetsStudents at Pleasant Hill Elementary in Austin, Texas are hard at work preparing for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Rocks to Roots demonstration habitat on May 16th.

Their assignment is to create a poster that will be on permanent display at the habitat and come up with an official name for the habitat. There are 32 class entries in the poster and naming contest.

All 32 posters will be on display at the ribbon cutting ceremony and the winning class entry will be announced!

A sneak preview of a few of the possible names:

  • The Curious Garden
  • The Living Earth Classroom
  • Pleasant Hill Discovery Garden
  • Bugs, Brains and Blooms

If you haven’t already, RSVP now to join the Pleasant Hill students for a tour of the habitat, view the posters, and learn the official name for the habitat!

Let’s Celebrate!

r2r flowers

Join us to celebrate the new Rocks to Roots demonstration wildlife habitat and outdoor classroom in Austin!

The free event is on Thursday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Austin Independent School District Science and Health Resource Center (map) and will feature tours, artwork by Pleasant Hill Elementary students, and volunteer recognition. The event will also feature remarks by Dr. Pauline Dow, AISD Chief Academic Officer, and project leaders.

RSVP for an evening at the new demonstration wildlife habitat!

The Austin Independent School District demonstration wildlife habitat is nearing completion thanks to hard work from committed volunteers and NWF supporters like you.

The new wildlife habitat will be a place for Central Texas schools to learn how to effectively create a wildlife oasis on their campus that can also serve as an outdoor classroom. A fox and other wildlife have already been spotted roaming the new habitat!

Come for food, fun and wildlife sightings as you stroll the grounds of the demonstration habitat and outdoor classroom.

What: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our newest demonstration wildlife habitat and outdoor classroom at the Austin Independent School District

When: May 16, 2013, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Where: Austin Independent School District’s Science and Health Resource Center 305 North Bluff Drive, Austin, TX 78745. (MAP)

Please RSVP to let us know you can attend!

We hope you can make it!

Photo Gallery: Recent Planting Days


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We have terrific volunteers hard at work installing the NWF-AISD Demonstration Wildlife Habitat. Our February 23rd crew did a great job finishing the infrastructure of the habitat. We had 25 volunteers including toddlers at our March 23rd National Wildlife Week … Continue reading