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November 23, 2019


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Margaret & Eugene McDermott Learning Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739

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Lat/Long Coordinates: 30.336796, -98.140585

Date: 11/23/2019

Start time: 8:30 AM
End time: 3:30  PM

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s 284 acres are a mix of cultivated gardens, an arboretum, managed natural areas and wildlands that straddle the Edwards Plateau and Texas Blackland Prairies ecoregions. Our landscapes and buildings reflect our purpose to conserve native plants, create sustainable landscapes and conserve resources.

Class Coordinators:

KImberly Horndeski
Jacob Eickstead
Craig Smith

Class Agenda

8:30 – 8:45 Arrive at Wildflower Center; Check-in, Snacks, Social time 

8:50-9:00 Welcome and overview of the day’s activities – Jacob Eickstead, CAMN 

9:00 – 10:15 Geology Intro – Powerpoint & discussion – Nico Hauwert, Austin Water, Balcones Canyonland Preserve 

10:15 – 10:30 BREAK 

10:30 – 11:45 Soils Intro – Powerpoint & discussion – Jacob Eickstead, Vegetation Specialist, TxDOT 

11:45 -12:45 LUNCH 

12:45- 2:30 Hands-on exercises – geology specimens / soil samples Outdoors: Geology / Soils walk about – look at Geology; visit cave; discuss soils & vegetation, etc. – Nico Hauwert, Jacob Eickstead, 

2:30 –2:45 BREAK 

2:45 – 3:00 Outdoors: discussion, wrap-up 

3:20 – 3:30 Reminders and Closing

Lunch Set-up
Bring a sack lunch–no lunch options nearby

Outdoor Component Description
We will be spending close to 3 hours outside. There will be the opportunity to see a cave at the Wildflower Center – wear clothes that can get dirty. Contact Information

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.
  • Mug for coffee/tea
  • 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!
  • If you have a soil you’d like to examine or mineral/rock sample you’d like identified, please bring it to class (around 1-2 cups of soil would be sufficient)

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.

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Jacob Eickstead

Jacob Eickstead is a soil scientist currently working as a Vegetation Specialist for Texas Department of Transportation. He has mapped soils in vineyard and orchards in California and was a Natural Resource Specialist for the Railroad Commission of Texas inspecting coal mines for reclamation prior to moving to TXDOT.

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