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Austin Cave Festival

Austin Cave Festival has been postponed.

We will post more details as they come available!  An alert to the Friends of the Aquifers group will be sent when we have set the new date.  To sign up as a Friend of the Aquifers, email and put 'subscribe' in the subject line.

See a presentation of some of the past year's events at Austin Cave Festival 2010 (pdf slidshow)!

 Download the 2011 flyer:

Click here to download a pdf version of the Austin Cave Festival flyer.

Each year, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) and the Texas Cave Management Association (TCMA) hold the Austin Cave Festival at the Village of Western Oaks Karst Preserve to educate local residents about the importance and sensitivity of the aquifer and its recharge features.  Last year's festival attracted over 1000 visitors  from all over Austin and included short cave trips in Get Down and Live Oak  Caves, vertical ropes courses, flintknapping demonstrations, hands-on  activities for children, prizes, and two cave-themed storytimes.  Booth presenters from the following organizations provided the public with valuable conservation information and resources:

Entrance sign for Cave FestA family gears up for an adventure into Live Oak Cave
  • Austin Science and Nature Center
  • The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District 
  • The Boy Scouts of America, Troop 395
  • The Bureau of Economic Geology – University of Texas at Austin
  • City of Austin Water Conservation Department
  • City of Austin Water Utility Department’s Wildlands Conservation Division
  • City of Austin Watershed Protection Department
  • City of Sunset Valley
  • Flintknapping with J.C. Pollard 
  • Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Lower Colorado River Authority
  • Splash! Into the Edwards Aquifer Exhibit 
  • Texas AgriLife Extension Service
  • Texas Cave Management Association
  • Texas Master Naturalist, Capital Area Chapter
  • Texas Water Development Board
  • Travis County Balcones Canyonlands Preserve
  • Travis County Master Gardeners Association
  • Tree Information from Guy LeBlanc, Arbor Vitae Tree Care
  • The Underground Texas Grotto

The Village of Western Oaks Karst Preserve is located in South Austin just west of Mopac at Davis Lane (click here for a map to the preserve).  It encompasses approximately nine acres in the recharge zone of the Barton Springs aquifer.  Despite its small size, the preserve contains six karst features including one that is habitat for cave-dwelling species of concern and one that recharges, or contributes water to, the Aquifer.  The preserve is open year round and is handicap accessible.