Redbud field trips


On a Redbud Field Trip, students learn about the geology and geography of Texas, drinking water sources, healthy watershed attributes, pollution and the water cycle, physical properties of water, and water conservation methods. All staff and docents are bilingual (fluent or near-fluent) in both English and Spanish.

The Redbud Field-Trip Program teaches elementary-school students and other visitors the importance of protecting our community’s economic and environmental lifeblood, the Texas Colorado River. Launched in 2009 in collaboration with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), the program takes place at LCRA’s Wilkerson Center for Colorado River Education, a five-acre, riverside, outdoor exhibit space that focuses on the history and importance of the Colorado River.

Our calendar is currently at capacity for field trips and guided tours. Please contact to be added to our waitlist and registration kick-off. Registration for the 2018-2019 school year will open in the beginning of August. 

Visit the Redbud Center

The LCRA Wilkerson Center for Colorado River Education is open to the public on Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm. Self guided tours and information about the center are available here.

Guided tours of the LEED certified Redbud Center and the interactive model of the Highland Lakes and Dams can be scheduled for groups of 10 or more by emailing Tours are customizable to address topics of interest upon request. Please note that capacity is limited!

After-school, Summer, and Adult Tours 

After-school and summer field trips are a two hour customizable, game oriented, outdoor field trip experience centered around water resources for third to seventh grade children.

Covered topics include:

  1. Colorado River & Dams: Interactive water features & hydroelectricity
  2. Water Users: Protect the river from natural and human caused obstacles
  3. Water Conservation: Water relay
  4. Wildlife Ecology: Predator/Prey hide and seek & plant invaders tag
  5. Water Cycle: Become a water droplet
  6. Water Footprint: How much water to make/take/create
  7. Litter Lifeline: how long does trash take to decompose and where should it go?


It was one of the best field trips I have ever taken a group of students on in my 15 years of teaching. Not only were the docents knowledgeable about the content, but they also worked well with diverse groups of children.
There is no better way to maintain and improve the health of our river than to teach our young people to respect and protect it and pass that on to generations yet to come.

TEKS Connections

Here’s a chart of the TEKS covered during this field trip:


Download these forms before your trip!