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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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:
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.