We recently moved to the Dallas Fort Worth area and I sorely miss the hills of west Austin as well as the extensive system of inner-city nature preserves and multiple other green spaces that Austin has to offer. HOWEVER, having grown up in an area that other people considered devoid of natural beauty, and yet which I’m convinced created a life long love of ecology in me, I’m bound & determined to make the most of this area and to uncover (and share) the nature / science/ and art-related events happening around this area. I have to admit that I really do love the prairie land in this area. And, without having to do too much digging, I found some great green spaces amongst the concrete — the Heard Nature Preserve, the Trinity River Audubon Center, and the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve to name a few. I also found this great list of other nature / hiking trails in the north Texas area. I’ve added a new page for DFW Events & will update as I discover more in this area, and hopefully soon this place will feel like a home away from home…


Register to be a participant in a mini Maker Faire to be held April 28, 2012 in Austin.

Here is a list of possible contribution ideas:

  • Student Projects
  • Robotics
  • Music Performance and Participation
  • 3D Printers and CNC Mill
  • Textile Arts and Crafts
  • Home Energy Monitoring
  • Rockets and RC Toys
  • Sustainability
  • Green Tech
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Electronics
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
  • Food and Beverage Makers
  • Robotics
  • Puppets
  • Kites
  • Bicycles
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

Futuristic Science

Interesting science lecturer and writer, Michio Kaku talks about the future of physics. Here is a short intro on him from Science Friday:
/>Michio Kaku (Futuristic Science)- Science Friday video

Kathy Ceceri is a teacher, writer, homeschooling mom, and artist who blogged about lab activities she and her two sons did during a year of homeschool biology.

While I have always had an interest in science as a hobby, I’ve been more intently following what resources are available to parents interested in providing a quality science education for their children. The end of last school year, I took the idea a little further to encompass all of my son’s education and started considering what it might be like to homeschool. At this point, I’m still thinking about homeschooling–actually I’ve already registered (and paid) for a homeschool AP Biology class with a 12:1 ratio, withdrawn my son from public school, and sent off for curriculum for an online homeschool that UPS says is set to arrive on Monday. I guess I’d have to say that I’m now leaning pretty strongly toward homeschooling. So when I see blogs like Kathy’s and meet homeschooling children (who make me feel like an uneducated underachiever by the way) I think that there has got to be something to this homeschooling. What I’ve found is, the resources are definitely out there to provide your child with a stellar home environment education– Kathy’s blog and list of resources is a good jumping off point. But you don’t have to be a homeschooler, or even a parent of one, to enjoy some of the science activities that Kathy and her sons did at home–just an enthusiast with some time on your hands.

Here are some of Kathy’s other blog sites:

Home Physics


Crafts For Learning

I am completely in love with this little vlog on math in life that someone recently pointed me to: http://vihart.com/doodling/

Also check out the Stop Motion Silly Band Fight (be sure and catch the ending on topology & silly bands) http://vihart.com/

Nature Rocks

Nature Rocks! Let’s Go Explore Austin is a great website that comes from a joint effort of the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin

the city of Austin’s Westcave Nature Preserve, and REI. The website is a go-to place for many of the nature events going around in Austin. Most of the events are free or low-cost. Austin always has an abundance of nature & science events taking place & they’re a great way to encourage a natural curiosity in your children–whether they’re interested in bats, geology, star-gazing, cave ecosystems, ecology, hiking, kayaking, etc. In my own family, I find that I’m usually the one who is initially excited to go exploring, but once my child is immersed in the activity, it’s hard to get him to leave. —Nature definitely rocks.

The 2011 Texas Nature Challenge has officially started. This is a great way to get to know local natural resources and ecosystems with your family.

The Texas Nature Challenge, put together by Texas A&M, is a scavenger hunt that has you traveling to different nature spots around Austin and completing simple challenges. The challenges are set up as a way to “introduce you to wildlife that live in the city” Go online to register your team and then be sure and pick up a “Family Adventure Journal” from an REI store beginning May 14th. There will be a closing ceremony July 16th from 11-1pm at Zilker Hillside Theatre.

Other Texas cities can also participate, see Texas Nature Challenge website for more details.

Beginning May 14th, Nature Challenge teams are invited to come by any Central Texas REI store to pick up their “Family Adventure Journal”

Texas Nature Challenge.