Community Outreach

Continuing with Wild Basin’s original mission the St. Edward’s University Wild Basin Creative Research Center promotes the importance of environmental education, research, conservation and preservation. Wild Basin remains a resource to the community and St. Edward's University by offering educational events, guided hikes, volunteer workdays, classroom space, hiking trails and an interpretive welcome center.

For more information or to get involved please contact: wbasin@stedwards.edu or call us at (512) 327-7622

Guided School Tours

Have an adventure with a purpose! Students travel in small groups with a trained guide on a two-hour hike through Wild Basin's Hill Country habitat. Guided hikes for schools give students a hands-on outdoor experience and can be correlated to classroom studies in the natural sciences. Programs are appropriate for 1st through 12th grade, and can accommodate up to 40 students. School tours are a suggested donation of $3 per student. There is no charge for adult chaperons.

Tiny Footprints Preschool Tours

Get the little ones off to a good start appreciating nature with a guided hike and enjoying science with these programs for parents and preschoolers, preschool groups, and classes. The Basin's Tiny Footprints program offers four themes: Butterflies and Caterpillars; Spiders and Scorpions; Ants and Rolypolies; and Nutty Squirrels.

Public Guided Hikes

Wild Basin's public guided hike is a great way to learn about the native Texas Hill Country. Join us every second Saturday of the month from 10am-Noon. Guided hikes begin on the deck of the Wild Basin Creative Research Center. Registration is through meet-up. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a private or group guided hike. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Preserve Stewardship

Join Wild Basin volunteers for trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, wildlife surveys, restoration, and other stewardship projects!  Please wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes and long pants, and bring a water bottle, gloves (if you have them), and a day pack to keep your hands free.  Dress for the weather, with hat and sunscreen for sun protection and a raincoat/light jacket if it's cool or raining lightly. We don't go out in thunderstorm conditions. We have volunteer opportunities during the week as well as monthly land management workdays (usually the third Saturday of every month). For more information on volunteer stewardship opportunities, please contact kimj@stedwards.edu or 512-327-7622.

Trail Guide Training

Do you enjoy sharing outdoor experiences with children or adults? Can you spare a few hours per month to volunteer? Then Wild Basin Creative Research Center needs you as a volunteer Trail Guide! No experience is necessary, and you'll join a dedicated and diverse group of volunteers who enjoy sharing their love of nature. Trail guides must be able to participate in training sessions, and be prepared to hike for two hours on a rugged trail. Guides must be at least 18, possess good communication skills, and must be comfortable as a leader of groups with both children and adults.

Student Interns

Are you interested in environmental conservation, sustainability and being a steward for endangered species? Wild Basin Creative Research Center is looking for student interns to assist with the daily operation and protection of a 227 acre preserve. Duties include but are not limited to: greeting hikers in our visitor center, designing interpretive displays, social media marketing and blogging, assist with special events and help design and implement a monitoring system for trail use and visitation numbers. Minimum of three hours per week.