The Colorado River is a huge part of life here in Austin. The Colorado River Foundation and the Wilkerson Center for Colorado River Education at Redbud Center has several opportunities available for Austinites to learn how the river influences our lives here, and vice versa. The five acre riverside grounds offer free public tours that feature exhibits teaching the importance of the river, interactive water features that demonstrate flooding and water supply, and water conservation systems. The park grounds are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., free admission. Learn more about the Wilkerson Center at Redbud.
The grounds are open to the public free of charge, but the Colorado River Foundation also offers several programs for youth and educators.
Free field trips for AISD schools — The Colorado River Foundation joined with AISD and LCRA to develop TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills) – aligned student field experiences perfect for 3rd through 5th grade students, with exciting, hands-on activities as they teach about important earth and physical science and social studies concepts. 2012-2013 school year programming runs through May 31. Download the Program Guide to register!
- Colorado River Kits — Colorado River Kits are a free curriculum resource for use in the classroom. Reinforce science TEKS through lesson plans and hands-on activities, with all supplies provided for you. Simply arrange a pick up and drop off time. Download Colorado River Kit Information and Request Form.
- Redbud Programs Curriculum CD — Lessons and activities compiled by AISD teachers and divided into eight units of study including water conservation, ecosystems, weather patterns, catastrophic events, and geological changes over time. TEKS-aligned for 3rd through 8th grade classrooms. Email [email protected] to request a copy.