Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
24814 Hamilton Pool Rd
Round Mountain, TX 78663
Start time: 9:00 AM
End time: 4:00 PM
This venue is about one hour from downtown Austin and parking is extremely limited, so we highly recommend carpooling.
Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center (formerly, Westcave Preserve) will be on your right at 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd. It is located just one mile past Hamilton Pool and two miles past Reimers Ranch.
Follow signs for visitor parking that lead you to the right. Class will be held in the South Classroom, once you park you should follow signs to the front desk. From the front desk, you’ll see us!
Bring your own lunch and drinks.
Bring a sack lunch–no lunch options nearby
Must bring a water bottle for the hike
Optional: bring your own mug for coffee/tea
Outdoor Component Description
This class includes a 2-hour hike down 150 stairs and back up. We’ll be walking slowly and will be in the shade 90% of the time. You’ll see fabulous things, and a camera, hand lens, or loupe will help you get up and personal with its beauty!
Dress for the weather and be prepared for the outdoor hike, including hike-appropriate shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Definitely bring a water bottle.
Things to Bring
- Dress for the weather and be prepared for outdoor hikes appropriate shoes and clothes that can get dirty.
- Bring lunch and your own drinks.
- Definitely bring a water bottle.
- Pen or pencil and paper for taking notes.
- Bring hand lens, loupe, or camera if you have them.
- Wear your name tag.
- A carpool buddy!
Curriculum Chapters to Read
Unit 7: Geology and Soils
Nico Hauwert –
Nico is a Hydrogeologist with the City of Austin, involved in research, assessment, and education of groundwater, particularly the Edwards Aquifer groundwater tracing, geologic mapping, cave assessment and mapping, and recharge measurement.
Kathryn is a District Conservationist USDA-NRCS in San Marcos. As a district conservationist, she works with agricultural producers, whether their operation is pasture/hayland, cropland, or rangeland, from all backgrounds to give advice on best management practices for production and conservation of our valuable soil, water, animals, plants and air.
She implements the conservation cost share and incentive programs as stated in the Farm Bill for agricultural and wildlife producer
Erich was the Westcave Weekend Manager and one of its Natural Science Educators for over 3 years. He has been inspiring the public for 30 years by designing interactive science museum exhibits throughout the country. He is the current President of the Paleontological Society, and frequently shares his love of all things rock in their public outreach programs. Erich’s Westcave hikes are focused on the area geology and whatever else his audience finds fascinating.
- Geology and Soils Agenda 2018 – Sheet1
- Curriculum chapters:
- Geology and Soils of Texas
- Texas Maps Reference
- Reference Handout