Let kids engage with nature in a fun and safe way! The ANSC is a free educational and interactive experience for children and parents alike. If you park in Zilker Park you can make a small hike to get here. It is located in the western edge and it is open Monday- Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 9-Noon. Be prepared to stay for at least two hours!
The visitor's center is full of knowledgeable people. During one of our nature hikes we saw some animals and we weren't sure of their names. Two nice ladies helped us figure them out. The kids also had a very interesting session as they could ask about everything in that exhibit room. They saw fur, bones and even snake skin!
There is an exhibit on math in nature where kids learn in a broad sense about Fibonacci sequences, patterns and the golden ratio. The interactive nature of it helps them make sense of such abstract concepts.
The ANSC has an amazing selection of birds of prey. Most of them were rescued after being injured or abandoned which makes them even more amazing. They also have a bobcat, some mallard ducks and other small animals. The reptile section is also a must see!
They also have a dinosaur pit with tons of equipment to become a paleontologist. You can find it just across the pond, which is also a great place to visit. Overall a very fun and educative place!