Wildlife management, issues, support, and rehabilitation

Our prairie is showing off its early autumn beauty and the butterflies are everywhere!

Come join butterfly expert Dale Clark from the Dallas County Lepidopterists’ Society in an educational walk around Twelve Hills.

We’ll proceed from the butterfly garden at the front of the nature center through the flowering prairie. Dale will net butterflies for us to get a closer look and teach us about the many beautiful species we have at Twelve Hills.

This walk is family friendly. No pets, please. 

The Guardians is 56-minute documentary that provides insight into the fight to protect monarch butterflies and their Mexico homeland.

Screenings at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Albatross filmmaker and artist Chris Jordan created a powerfully moving love story about birds on Midway Island in the Pacific whose bodies are filled with ocean plastic. Come experience a meditative look at both the destructive power of our culture of mass consumption and the beauty of the natural world.


Speaker: Chester McConnell, President of the Friends of the Wild Whoopers

The Friends of the Wild Whoopers is a private, non-profit group with a mission to assist in the protection and management of the Aransas-Wood Buffalo population of wild whooping cranes. They prepare management plans for these areas to protect, improve and develop “stopover habitats” for migration.

Celebrate the wonderful monarch butterfly; their life cycle, habitat, food supply, and the amazing journey undertaken every year in search of warm weather. It's a free, family-friendly event with lots of activities for everyone.

Learn about the importance of our endangered Blackland Prairie. How did it help settlers? Why do we need this grassland?

• Tours of the restored prairie, pavilions focused on how the prairie helps us, animals that need it, and cool stuff you can do with plants!

• Meet education raptors up-close and take a guided hike through Blackland Prairie. Raptor program at 10am, guided prairie hike at 11am.

• Touch wings and talons, see how important they are to birds of prey.

• Kids activities!

$5 adults, $3 age 5 - 16 and under 3 free

"A Cradle Of Turtle Diversity And Lair Of Lurking Leviathans" by herpetologist and author Carl Franklin, who will share his extensive knowledge of testudines. 

Free. All welcome.

Join a naturalist for a family friendly exploration of one of nature’s most important mammals. Build a model dam like a beaver and discover the critical role beavers play in keeping our rivers and streams healthy. Pre-registration recommended.

$5 (with paid admission)

Subject:  Hybridization between Golden-winged Warblers & Blue-Winged Warblers

Featured speaker:  Dr. Laurel Moulton, City of Austin Biologist

Dr. Amol is a trained wildlife veterinary surgeon and herpetologist who has devoted an entire lifetime to wildlife conservation. He started his career in wildlife animal rescue and rehabilitation by rescuing and rehabilitating countless wild animals and successfully reintroducing many of them back into the wild. An expert in handling snakes, crocodiles and other wild animals, he has established number of wild animal rescue centers all over the world after teaching his students to lead these centers on their own.