Workshops

The Discovery Center's Fall Workshop Series is here! This series is designed to teach people how to live in greater harmony with nature and equips them with tools to achieve this goal. Follow this link to register for one of twelve workshops described below. (Must email Amy Kirwin - akirwin@sanmarcostx.gov - to register for Master composter) 

Have questions? Email them to: discoverycenter@sanmarcostx.gov

Korean Natural Farming  

Microorganisms are the invisible superheroes of your garden. Learn the many beneficial roles they play, how you can cultivate and nurture them, and watch your garden be transformed!

Age: Any

Date(s): Sept 14

Day(s): Sat

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: Discovery Center

Fee: Free

Veggie/Herb Garden

Join Alex at the Discovery Center to learn the ins and outs of growing vegetables and herbs in the fall. Gain valuable insight, tricks, and tips on protecting your garden from the cold and when to harvest for cold tolerant vegetables and herbs. Also learn the basics of organic pest control.

Age: Any

Date(s): Sept 18

Day(s): Wed

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Discovery Center

Fee: Free

Plant Propagation

Interested in growing your own plants? Come learn the process of plant propagation with methods ranging from starting seeds and cuttings to root division and air layering. Workshop includes lecture and hands on activities.

Age: Any

Date(s): Sept 25

Day(s): Wed

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Discovery Center

Fee: Free

Compost 101

Tired of bagging up leaves every fall? Come learn how to turn leaves and kitchen scraps into valuable compost. Composting is an important tool for any gardener and can even help you save money! Workshop includes lecture and hands-on activities.

Age: Any

Date(s): Sept 28

Day(s): Sat

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Discovery Center

Fee: Free

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Tree Walk & Talk

Join our City Arborist, Kelly Eby, on a walk around the Discovery Arboretum Trail to learn about over 70 native and adapted woody shrubs and trees. Learn about how to care for trees and the many benefits they provide.

Age: Any

Date(s): Oct 2

Day(s): Wed

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Discovery Center

Fee: Free

Ferment, Pickle & Preserve

Have you ever been curious about the fermenting process? Learn how with Alex as she shows you the ropes on how to best ferment, pickle, and preserve your vegetables! Learn how to make kombucha, pickles, kimchi and other fermenting delights!

Age: Any

Date(s): Oct 9

Day(s): Wed

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Discovery Center

Fee: Free

Monarchs & Milkweed

Are you interested in creating your own monarch waystation? Conrad and Eric will teach us about the importance of monarch conservation, including ways you can improve monarch and other pollinator habitat. Participants go home with a free packet of milkweed seeds!

Age: Any

Date(s): Oct 16

Day(s): Wed

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Discovery Center

Fee: Free

Green Roofs/Rain Gardens

Come learn about sustainable landscape design methods, such as green roof systems and rain gardens, that can provide numerous environmental benefits to help mitigate the effects of climate change. These benefits include air purification, the creation of diverse wildlife habitat, the retention and re-use of stormwater and runoff reduction.

Age: Any

Date(s): Oct 23

Day(s): Wed

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Discovery Center

Fee: Free

Master Composter

Come learn the ins and outs of composting as part of Texas’ Master Composter certification. Class includes 20 hours of lecture and field exercises. Walk away with a deeper understanding of the mysteries of compost production. $20 fee gets participants three great compost resources. Must email Amy Kirwin at akirwin@sanmarcostx.gov to register.

Age: Any

Date(s): Oct 28 (L), 30 (L); Nov 2 (F),4 (L),6 (L),9 (F)

Day(s): Mon, Wed, Sat

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Lecture); 9:00 AM – 11.00 AM (Field Day)

Location: Discovery Center

Fee: $20

Recycling 1.0

Where does your trash go? Learn about the environmental impact your trash has on the planet and see what small changes you can make every day to lead a sustainable lifestyle. Amy Kirwin, the City’s Community Enhancement Initiative Manager, and the Resource Recovery Division team will show people how they can minimize landfill waste and enhance their environment. You don’t want to miss your chance to win great prizes at this interactive workshop!

Age: Any

Date(s): Nov 13

Day(s): Wed

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Discovery Center

Fee: Free

Habitat Conservation Plan River Walk Tour

Join HCP staff along a river walk tour to learn about riparian buffer zones, designated access points, and how to get involved with restoration projects along the San Marcos river and watershed. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour is approximately 1-mile round trip.

Age: Any

Date(s): Nov 15

Day(s): Fri

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Rio Vista Park next to Park Ranger Station

Fee: Free

Invasive Species

Join us for a workshop with Eric Weeks as he discusses invasive species and why they are such a nuisance to the native ecology in Central Texas. Learn which plants may be considered invasive and why, and which native plant could be used in the landscape as a substitute. Do you have questions about native vs. invasive species? Now’s your chance to ask a specialist, so save the date!

Age: Any

Date(s): Nov 20

Day(s): Wed

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Discovery Center

Fee: Free