Coming Up in the ELC:
- Monday – Friday
- March 14 – 18
- No Classes!
- ELC office is open.
Upcoming Social Events:
Spring 2 Welcome Social
- Please join new and returning students at this virtual social. We will do some fun mixing so you can get to know other students before classes restart next week!
- Thursday, March 17
- 1:00 – 2:00 pm
- On Zoom
- Link available in Canvas calendar
Barton Springs Pool
- Temporarily closed for maintenance. The pool will re-open Saturday, March 12th!
- Natural spring-fed water.
- It’s COLD! 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit (20-21 degrees Celsius)
- Federally protected habitat, which is home to the Barton Springs Salamander.
- Hours: Guarded Swim- 8 am to 6 pm, every day except Thursday.
- $5 entry
- Check for prohibited items
The Barton Creek Greenbelt
- We just call it “the Greenbelt”
- 12.68 miles of gorgeous trails
- Located just a few minutes South of downtown!
- Considered one of the top hiking trails in Texas
- Great for hiking, mountain biking, several swimming holes (when there’s water), and even rock climbing on the limestone bluffs!
- Honestly, it can be a little confusing to find the access points. Click this link for a guide.
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
- Austinites often call the river-like water bisecting Austin either Town Lake or Lady Bird Lake, but it’s actually a reservoir of the Colorado River!
- 10 + miles of trail that meanders along the water’s edge.
- You’ll pass by skyscrapers, neighborhoods, ball fields, and cultural attractions.
- There’s even a Boardwalk portion of the Trail!
- Read more and find the interactive link of the trail online here.
Kayaking & Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) on Town Lake
- These are two of the MOST popular activities to do on Town Lake in Austin.
- You sit down to kayak, and it can be fun and fast!
- You stand up to paddleboard; it and can be a fun way to work out your abs!
- There are several places to purchase rentals along the Hike-and-Bike Trail, check out these two popular locations: the Texas Rowing Center and the Rowing Dock.
- Price: $15 – $35 per hour or $35 – $55 for the day.
The Violet Crown Trail
- Take a hike on a tree-lined trail in south Austin!
- The trail is now 13 miles long running from Zilker Park to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
- Download a trailhead map online here.
Great Hills Park
- Great Hills Park is a City of Austin neighborhood park in a beautiful hill country setting, tucked away in northwest Austin. More than 80 acres in size, the park includes a large natural area with hiking trails, a playscape.
- Park Hours: 5:00 am – 10:00 pm
- 10801 Sierra Oaks, Austin, TX 78759
- 85 Acres in the Bull Creek Watershed
- 1.7 miles of maintained trails and many more rough trails – see trail map
Zilker Botanical Garden
- Zilker Botanical Garden is nestled within Zilker Metropolitan Park in the heart of downtown Austin. Their themed gardens (Taniguchi Japanese Garden, Hartman Prehistoric Garden, and Rose Garden) are all interconnected with pathways for all ages and abilities. With heritage live oaks, streams, and Koi-filled ponds, the Garden offers a peaceful respite in the middle of a busy city.
- 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, Texas 78746
- Price: Austin resident adults (ages 18 & 61) $6
- Tickets must be purchased in advance.
- Purchase General Admission tickets HERE.
- View the Garden Map
- ADA access is limited.
- Masks are required.
The Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
- In 1985, Charles and Angie Umlauf gifted their home, his studio, and hundreds of sculptures to the City of Austin. Today, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum’s Collection consists of over 2000 drawings and 273 sculptures by Charles Umlauf, 59 of which are continuously on view in the Umlauf Sculpture Garden.
- Museum & Garden Hours
- Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Monday: Closed
- 605 Azie Morton Road, Austin, Texas 78704
- Price: Students (with valid student ID) $3
- In Texas, there are more Umlauf sculptures in public locations than there are works by any other single sculptor!
- Umlauf became a Life Drawing and Sculpture professor in UT Austin’s art department in 1941. He taught at UT for 40 years, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1981.
- You can spot an Umlauf sculpture on the UT Austin campus in front of the GSB building next to CBA!