The Colorado River Alliance leads programming for youth at the Wilkerson Center for Colorado River Education at Redbud Center in West Austin. Owned by LCRA, the five-acre riverside grounds feature exhibits that teach the history and importance of the Texas Colorado River. Interactive water features reveal how flooding and water supply is managed by the Highland Lakes and dams system. Rainwater harvesting and storm water management systems demonstrate how water can be conserved and protected. And don’t miss the beautiful river view from the outlook! The grounds are open to the public free of charge. Youth and adult programming provided by the Colorado River Alliance includes grounds exploration and volunteer-led activities in English and Spanish.
YES: Youth Experience Stewardship (field trip for grades 3-5) Now offered in Spanish!
Registration is now open for 2017-2018 field trips! Follow this link to register.
Let the Colorado River Alliance educators make the River come alive for your students! Students spend four hours engaged in hands-on learning stations and leave with a solid understanding of Texas water issues. As they explore, students record important information in our special field journals which can be used in the classroom. Come prepared for a midday picnic lunch on the grounds. PROGRAM PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE! Review a chart of the TEKS covered during this field trip.
Programs are held Wednesday – Friday from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm during the school year. For more information, and to register, please visit our descriptive webpage here.
Students will explore:
▪ Geology and geography of Texas
▪ Sources of drinking water
▪ Attributes of a healthy watershed
▪ Pollution and the water cycle
▪ Physical properties of water
▪ Water conservation methods
Afterschool & Summer Field Trip Programs
Afterschool Registration is now open! Click here to register.
The Colorado River Alliance provides educational programming for all kinds of groups including afterschool care, summer camps, church groups, and scout troops.
Programs are held Tuesday – Friday from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm during the school year, and from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm during the summer months. For more information, and to register, please visit our descriptive webpage here.
Public Group Tours for Adults, College, and High School Students
Schedule your visit today! Visitors will explore interactive water features to learn how LCRA manages Austin’s water supply and prevents floods through the Highland Lakes and Dams system. We also show how rainwater harvesting and storm water management systems can conserve water and protect our watershed. These 1-2 hour tours are great for adult groups, high school or college students. To find out more and to register, please visit our descriptive webpage.
TEKS covered during the YES field trip: