The Austin Nature & Science Center (ANSC) was established in 1960 and is part of the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Our mission is to provide hands-on educational exhibits and recreational activities that increase awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. We are centrally located on the western edge of Zilker Park, in the Zilker Nature Preserve. ANSC offers indoor and outdoor exhibits and provides environmental science education programs to schools and the community in and around Austin. The site hosts homeschool groups, scout troops, family events, environmentally focused camps, and adventure programs. Admission to the site is free.