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Texas Natural Science Center

Insecta Fiesta…celebrating the value of insects in our lives!

Saturday, April 21, 2012 – 11:00am to 5:00pm

Lake Austin Center - Brackenridge Field Lab
3001 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703

Limited parking available at event location.  Additional parking with free shuttle available at the LCRA Building – 3700 Lake Austin Blvd.

Activities include:  Insect Petting Zoo; Insect Cooking/Eating Tent; Cricket Spitting Contest; Cockroach Races; Live Insect-Themed Music; Austin Bike Zoo; Butterfly Garden/House; Insect Tracking; Insect Safari; Insect Workshops; Pond Dipping; Forensic Entomology; Arts/Crafts & more

K-12 Teacher Workshop  - sign-up on for 6 hours CPE/GT credit

Primary event sponsor:  ABC Home and Commercial Services


About UT’s Texas Natural Science Center:  
The Center encourages awareness of biological diversity through research, exhibits, and educational programs and is made up of the Texas Memorial Museum, the Vertebrate Paleontology Lab, the Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab, and the Texas Natural History Collections.  Our leading-edge research in the disciplines of paleontology, geology, biology, herpetology, ichthyology and entomology has amassed a collection of more than 6 million specimens.  All exhibits and educational programs are based on these specimens, most of which are from Texas and many of which are unique and irreplaceable. Educational programs spotlight evolution, dinosaurs and fossils, Texas wildlife, and gems and minerals.  The Texas Natural Science Center welcomes more than 85,000 visitors to its exhibit hall, the Texas Memorial Museum, annually and is the leader in science education enrichment for Central Texas.  Educational programs include teacher training workshops reaching 350+ K-12 teachers in Texas, in-school presentations reaching 4,000+ K-12 students each semester, public events that draw more than 9,000 visitors annually, partnerships with other science organizations, and a website featuring virtual exhibits with educational materials for teachers and leading-edge research data.

Texas Memorial Museum is the exhibit hall of UT’s Texas Natural Science Center.
The Museum is located at 2400 Trinity Street (2 blocks north of the UT stadium). 
Regular museum hours are:

Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Sunday, 1–4:45 p.m.


For more information about the Texas Natural Science Center and the Texas Memorial Museum, visit