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The Meadows Center Homeschool Academy

until Nov. 13
Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas
Cost:
Tickets are $8/person; children 2 and under are free.
Contact:
Meagan Lobban
(512) 245-7560
ml1233@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
This series of classes is designed for students K-12th to get outside and experience nature firsthand.  Classes take place once a month September-June.  Register for 1 or all in the series.  Each class includes a boat ride, other activities are non-repeating.  Registration required: Homeschool.MeadowsWater.org  Click here for more information
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Seasons at Selah Book Signing Event at the State Capitol

Location:
Texas Capitol Visitors Center 112 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Anna Huff
AnnaHuff@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Andrew Sansom, executive director of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, will hold a book signing event and exhibit for the publication entitled Seasons at Selah: The Legacy of Bamberger Ranch Preserve with photographers David K. Langford and Rusty Yates, at the Capitol Visitors Center (112 E. 11th Street, Austin, Texas 78701) on Friday, Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin with a welcome from the authors and a chance to purchase signed copies of the book at 1:30 p.m., followed by a walk-through of the exhibit at 2:30 p.m. The exhibit features photographs from the publication and will be on view at the ground floor rotunda of the state capitol from Oct. 2-25.

In 1969, J. David Bamberger bought what he described as “the sorriest piece of land” in the Texas Hill Country for the specific purpose of restoring the degraded landscape. Today, Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve is one of the largest habitat restoration projects in the state and serves as a model for land conservation and environmental education. Seasons at Selah: The Legacy of Bamberger Ranch Preserve chronicles Bamberger’s dedication to ethical land stewardship and conservation education through stunning photographs of the land, plants, and wildlife he has devoted his time and resources to protect. Photographers Rusty Yates and David K. Langford capture each season at Selah and offer an intimate glimpse into the day-to-day management and operations of the ranch as well as some of the challenges it faces. In the accompanying text, Andrew Sansom shares his own stories from his decades-long friendship with Bamberger.

Seasons at Selah: The Legacy of Bamberger Ranch Preserve is published by Texas A&M University Press and sponsored by The Meadows Center. 
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Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course

until Dec. 08
Cost:
$230 (Texas State students, faculty and staff receive a 50% discount)
Contact:
Taylor Heard
divecoordinator@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
As the steward of Spring Lake, The Meadows Center is responsible for the management of this unique body of water and its natural and cultural resources. Given that this effort is crucial, our Diving Program depends on the help of its AquaCorps, a team of trained volunteer divers that realize the goals of conserving the springs for future generations. By successfully completing the Spring Lake Dive Authorization course (DAC), qualified Open Water SCUBA divers can become members of our AquaCorps and assist us in managing and monitoring the lake, while at the same time enjoying dives in crystal clear water with constant temperature in one of the best freshwater dive sites in the state.

More and more divers are recognizing a desire to give back to the underwater world that has given them so much. Join us by using your skills as a SCUBA diver to help protect and preserve one of the true treasures of Texas: Spring Lake.

Requirements:
Show proof of a Full Open Water SCUBA Certification through a major Dive Training Agency (at this time Junior Open Water/Advanced Certifications are not being accepted);
Show proof of a minimum of 20 logged dives beyond their training dives;
Students must provide all of their own equipment, including tanks and weights.
Pay the Course fee of $230 per student*,**
Students must complete and turn in all required paperwork.
Course Description:
Course Duration: One day beginning at 9 a.m., plus the time necessary to complete take home modules and assessments (approx. four hours).

The Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course is divided into four take-home academic modules and assessment quizzes that are to be completed by each student prior to the beginning of the class.

Students will meet for one full day at Spring Lake where the assessment quizzes will be reviewed, diving skills will be assessed, a tour of the springs will be given and common volunteer tasks will be demonstrated.

This course is PASS/FAIL. Students must score at least 70% on each of the assessment quizzes and demonstrate that they are competent divers (good buoyancy control and situational awareness) in order to pass.

*If fees for the course are to be paid through an organization, the Department, the Lead Supervisor, or the Responsible Organization should make Requests.

**Current Texas State students, faculty and staff receive a 50% discount on the course fee
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Boy Scout Badge Day: Environmental Science

Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos TX
Cost:
Tickets are $12/person; children 2 and under are free.
Contact:
Meagan Lobban
(512) 245-7560
ml1233@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Scouts will discover the unique ecosystem created by the San Marcos Springs on this guided tour! Admission includes the tour, a glass-bottom boat ride, and a Meadows Center Patch. Registration is required: scoutday.meadowswater.org Click here for more information
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Boy Scout Badge Day: Webelos Into the Wild

Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos TX
Cost:
Tickets are $10/person; children 2 and under are free.
Contact:
Meagan Lobban
(512) 245-7560
ml1233@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Scouts will discover the unique ecosystem created by the San Marcos Springs on this guided tour! Admission includes the tour, a glass-bottom boat ride, and a Meadows Center Patch. Registration is required: scoutday.meadowswater.org Click here for more information
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Spooky Family Fun Day

Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos TX
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Meagan Lobban
(512) 245-7560
ml1233@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Celebrate Halloween with games and crafts. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more at familyfun.meadowswater.org. Click here for more information
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$1 off a Glass-Bottom Boat Ticket with 1 Non-perishable Food Item Donation

until Dec. 01
Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos TX
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Sonja Mlenar
512.245.7540
sm56@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
In partnership with the Texas State Staff Council and the Hays County Food Bank, bring in a non-perishable food item to receive $1.00 off your glass-bottom boat tour! All donated food will be delivered to the Hays County Food Bank during the first week of December. Our goal is to make sure no person goes hungry during the holiday season. Click here for more information
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Bigfoot Trail Run benefiting Back on My Feet Austin

Cost:
see pricing in description
Contact:
Melissa Nicewarner Daly
melissa@backonmyfeet.org
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
The race will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3. The course winds through the beautiful, undeveloped parkland of Spring Lake Preserve, taking runners through meadows and woodlands. Prepare for an exhilarating challenge and select from our three distance options: 5K, 10K and 30K. This race is great for both beginners and experienced trail runners.

Start time for the 30K is 7:00am.
Start time for the 10K and 5K is 8:00am.

Check-in will open at 6:15am, though we strongly suggest getting your bib at one of our convenient bib pick-up events during the week before the event. You will even be entered to win a prize!!

100% of the proceeds directly support Back on My Feet Austin and its mission to combat homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.

Early Bird Registration:
5K Distance  -   $25
10K Distance  -  $35
30K Distance -  $50

Registration Fees after October 3, 2017:
5K Distance  -  $40
10K Distance  -  $50
30K Distance  -  $65

Registration includes entry into the race, a commemorative race t-shirt, finisher prize, snacks and a good time! Registration is non-transferable and non-refundable.
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Thanksgiving Family Fun Day

Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos TX
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Meagan Lobban
(512) 245-7560
ml1233@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Celebrate Thanksgiving with games and crafts. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more at familyfun.meadowswater.org. Click here for more information
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Sacred Springs Powwow

until Nov. 18
Cost:
$28 per ticket
Contact:
Indigenous Cultures Institute
iciinfo@indigenouscultures.org
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Join over 5,000 other attendees for a beautiful Native American festival culturally rich in music, art, dancing, and food.

There will be an array of over 100 dancers, traditional drums and singers, spectacular Indian market with arts and craft booths, Native foods, a family art tent, and our all-new Native Culture tent with storytelling and presentations on the White Shaman Panel.
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Girl Scout Badge Day: Wonder of Water

Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos TX
Cost:
Tickets are $10/person; children 2 and under are free.
Contact:
Meagan Lobban
(512) 245-7560
ml1233@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Join us for Girl Scout Badge Day to discover the unique ecosystem created by the San Marcos Springs on this guided tour! Admission includes the tour, a glass-bottom boat ride, and a Meadows Center Patch. Registration is required: scoutday.meadowswater.org Click here for more information
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