Brackenridge Field Laboratory
In the heart of Central Austin along the Colorado River, this 90-acre site provides easy access to natural experimental space for college biologists and ecologists and their students. The lab includes several ecosystems representative of Central Texas and state-of-the-art greenhouses.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Located in south Austin, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center was founded by Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes in 1982 to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. Today, more than 900 volunteers contribute over 27,000 hours to assist the center’s staff with native plant horticulture, plant conservation, landscape restoration, research and education activities. The center has more than 13,000 members and welcomes approximately 100,000 visitors each year. The center also maintains the largest native plant information database in North America, the Native Plant Information Network.
Marine Science Institute
This campus perched on the shores of a Gulf Coast barrier island in Port Aransas, Texas hosts the Department of Marine Biology. The department has full access to many unique marine ecosystems around the Gulf of Mexico and manages the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, which encompasses 185,000 acres of coastal ecosystem.
The McDonald Observatory is one of the world's leading centers for astronomical research, teaching, and public education and outreach. Observatory facilities are located atop Mount Locke and Mount Fowlkes in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, which offer some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States. Home to the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, Star Parties and StarDate radio.
Stengl "Lost Pines" Biology Station
Only 40 minutes east of Austin, this 208-acre biology station sits within the unique "lost pines" ecosystem near Smithville, Texas. The "Lost Pines" are a geographic outlier of Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) more than 120 miles west of the current limits of the species.