Join Us For Nature Fest!

You’re invited to the 4th Annual Nature Fest. This week-long event is dedicated to learning about and celebrating the unique natural setting of Concordia University Texas.

There will be tours of our nature preserve, guided bird watching, presentations, and more!

This year we have extended Nature Fest to include a Saturday, so bring your family out to enjoy our beautiful campus and preserve. Get to know the members of our Texas Master Naturalist chapter, who will serve as guides on tours of the preserve and Tornado Trail.

Most importantly, we encourage everyone to get outside for classes, meetings, prayer, leisure, etc.!

For more information, contact Zach Stark or Sam Whitehead.

Nature Fest Schedule

Further information about each event can be found below the table. 

 

Monday, 
April 8

Tuesday,
April 9

Wednesday,
April 10

Thursday,
April 11

Friday,
April 12

Saturday,
April 13

9:00

Short Loop Preserve
Tour (50 min)

Birding (1 hr)

Wildflower Seed Bombs (2 hrs)

Birding (1 hr)

Short Loop Preserve
Tour (50 min)

Birding (1 hr)

Wildflower Seed Bombs (2 hrs)

Birding (1 hr)

Short Loop Preserve
Tour (50 min)

Birding (1 hr)

Long Loop Preserve
Tour (2 hrs)

9:30

   Short Loop Preserve
Tour (50 min) 
   Short Loop Preserve
Tour (50 min)  
   

10:00

 

         

10:30

“Turquoise Table” Dedication

 

OES Coffee & Community
(30 min)

     

11:00

 Short Loop Preserve
Tour (50 min)

 

 Short Loop Preserve
Tour (50 min)

Campus Cleanup with
Service Learning (1 hr)

 

 Short Loop Preserve
Tour (50 min)

Short Loop and Tornado Trail

11:30

       Outdoor Chapel @ Luther Oak    

12:00

Tornado Trail Picnic (1 hr)

   

 

   

12:30

 

Sky Kings Falconry (1.5 hrs)

 

Austin Reptile Service
Snake Viewing (1 hr) 

 

 

1:00

Long Loop Preserve
Tour (2 hrs)

 

Long Loop Preserve
Tour (2 hrs)

 

Mega Loop
(3 hrs)

 

1:30

Sustainability Club
Gardening Activity (2 hours) 

 

Sustainability Club
Gardening Activity
 (2 hours)

 

Sustainability Club
Gardening Activity (2 hours)  

 

2:00

 

Long Loop Preserve
Tour (2 hrs)

 

Long Loop Preserve
Tour (2 hrs)

 

Long Loop Preserve
Tour (2 hrs)

2:30

 

 

       

3:00

 

 

Biology Speaker Series:
La Brea / Friesenhahn Cave
(1 hr)

First Aid/CPR Workshop by
The Student Nursing Association
(2 hrs)

 

 

 

3:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

Professor Picnic (6pm)

Texas Master
Naturalist Presentation
(7pm-9pm)

       

*ALL DAY, ALL WEEK:  Geocaching on Campus / Tornado Trail, Tornado Trail Recreation, Outdoor Classes, Outdoor Meetings, Wildflower Seed Bombs, Hammock Stations.

Information and Locations

  1. Long Loop Preserve Tours: 2-hour guided tour of the Concordia Preserve via the Long Loop. Online sign-up. Meet in the Building B Student Center.

  2. Short Loop Preserve Tours: 50-minute guided tour of the Concordia Preserve via the Short Loop. Online sign-up. Meet in the Building B Student Center.

  3. New "Mega Loop" Tour: a 3-hour hike on the preserve, Tornado Trail, and “Lot 1” to see all the natural areas Concordia has to offer.

  4. Birding Outings: 50-minute bird watching tours of campus and Tornado Trail with Carl and Carol Trovall and the Texas Master Naturalists. Online sign-up. Meet at the Pier.

  5. Sustainability Club Gardening Activity: The Sustainability Club will provide soil, seeds, and compost containers so patrons can make their own take-home garden plant. Meet near the garden boxes at the corner of Building C.

  6. Biology Speaker Series – La Brea / Friesenhahn Cave: Do you want to know more about the creatures of the last Ice Age and how their fossils have been preserved for thousands of years? If so, come to the Chapel and hear about Dr. Jen Hofmann’s summer fossil school experience at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Hofmann will also be talking about the fossils and future research ideas for Concordia’s own world-famous Friesenhahn Cave near San Antonio. A select display of Friesenhahn Cave fossils will be on display. Meet in the Chapel.

  7. First Aid/CPR Workshop: Student Nursing Association will be hosting a first aid/CPR workshop table. Come learn about summer safety and more about the SNA club. Meet at the covered walkway between Buildings C and D.

  8. Geocaching around Campus & Tornado Trail: Student Activities and Environmental Stewardship are hosting a weeklong geocache scavenger hunt. Find all the geocaches around campus and the Tornado Trail, reveal the secret phrase and enter to win a gift card to REI. Details about this event can be found at Student Activities Office in Building B.

  9. Hammocking: SGLA, Student Activities & Environmental Stewardship will be launching new hammock stations! Look for the gold or purple hammocks up and hanging around campus and Tornado Trail, during Nature Fest. A map showing the hammock stations and more information on hammock rentals will be at the Student Activities Desk. Get outside! Go hang!

  10. Office of Environmental Stewardship (OES) Coffee & Community: Join Zach Stark, Director of Environmental Stewardship, for Coffee and Community after chapel to discuss environmental stewardship on campus.

  11. Campus Cleanup with Service Learning: Come out and keep Concordia beautiful by helping with campus cleanup. Meet in the lobby of Building A. 

  12. Outdoor Chapel: Enjoy a short, nature-themed devotional outdoors with Drs. Carl Trovall, Larry Meissner, and Paul Puffe. Meet outside Building A. We will be setup near the Luther Oak.

  13. Raptor Demonstration by Sky Kings Falconry: See a hawk and other birds of prey in action. Meet at the Pier.

  14. Professor Picnic: Students, come get to know your professors and CTX staff...potluck style! Tables will be set up between Building A and C, by the Turquoise Table that will be dedicated Monday, 4/8, after Chapel. 

  15. Reptile / Snake Demonstration by Austin Reptile Service: Come learn about our native reptiles, primarily snakes! Meet downstairs in the atrium of Building D. 

  16. Photos in the Wildflowers: Have your Polaroid picture taken in a lovely wildflower meadow. Meet at the Martin Luther statue.

  17. Tornado Trail Open Access: Tornado Trail is officially open for use by students, faculty, staff and community. Certain rules and regulations apply. Visit the trailhead for a map and more information. Get outside and hike!

  18. Outdoor Classes and Meetings: Have your classes and meetings outside all week. Contact Zach Stark or Sam Whitehead for a map of the best spots, or simply find a spot on your own.

  19. Wildflower Seed Bombs: Visit the CTX Library to create or pick up native wildflower seed bombs. Please plant seed bombs in open, grassy spaces all over campus.

  20. Turquoise Table Dedication: As we kick off Nature Fest Week we do so with a dedication of our first Turquoise Table! A Turquoise Table is a symbol of hospitality, a safe place to sit down and connect, inviting neighbors, friends, and even strangers, to hang out and do life together! Today, there are Turquoise Tables all across America from California to Maine, in all fifty states and in eleven countries. Let’s use our outdoor spaces to build community and make connections at CTX! Whoosh!

  21. Tornado Trail Campout: We have teamed up with Student Activities & Ascend Outdoors to host the first ever CTX campout. The event will start on Friday, April 12th in the afternoon and end on Saturday morning, April 13th. Please connect with Student Activities to reserve your space. Camping spaces are limited.