Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is one of the country’s premier native plant botanic gardens and a research unit of the state’s flagship university. Founded by Lady Bird Johnson in 1982, the Wildflower Center is a signature piece of the former first lady’s legacy and has achieved great success during its 37-year history. It is known for programs that educate the public about native plants, conserve plant diversity, restore landscapes and develop sustainable approaches to landscape design. Through these programs, the Center is making a difference for the health of the state and the planet. A state as diverse, big and bold as Texas needs a botanic garden of the first class at its flagship university to promote and protect the state’s natural diversity.

 

 

 

 

The Center carries out its mission to inspire the conservation of native plants through its public gardens, research, education and outreach programs with the end goal of improving water quality, providing habitat for wildlife, and enhancing human health and happiness. 

 

 

 

 

 

Through its consulting and research program, the Wildflower Center has helped to create 90,887 acres of native landscapes in urban and rural areas, was integral in the planning and planting of the Living Wall at Goldsmith Hall, designed and developed the green roof on the Dell Medical School, and is partnering on a land management and restoration plan for the McDonald Observatory.  

 

The Center welcomes visitors year round to experience and learn about the state's native plants (UT students, faculty and staff get in free).

 

 

 

 

Make a better world with us!

 

 

Without you, we would not be able to welcome nearly 200,000 guests to our gardens, provide plant information to more than 3.3 million people, educate the next generation of conservationists, cultivate and protect rare native plants, and bring Lady Bird Johnson’s vision to millions of people.

 

 

 

The Center’s success is made possible by generous supporters like you.

 

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$500 Match for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
An anonymous donor will match the first $500 in gifts to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on April 3 from 3-7 pm Central.
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The group with the most gifts between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. central will win an extra $3,000!
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Hidden Bevo Contest
We’ve hidden 20 stuffed Bevos in common areas across the Forty Acres. When you find one, let everyone know by posting a picture with #UT40for40! Follow @UTAustin on Twitter for clues! Winners can designate a $500 gift to the UT Austin area of their choosing.
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Geographic Challenge
Keep an eye on the 40 for Forty heat map! The first donor from each U.S. state gets an additional $200 added to your donation.
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Class of 2019 Presidential Match
Gifts made by members of the class of 2019 will be matched dollar for dollar as part of the Senior Class Gift Presidential Match! Match amount is capped at $50,000 for all gifts through #UT40for40 and the Senior Class Gift
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Longhorn Selfie Challenge
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The Great 40 Hour Scavenger Hunt
Participating student groups have just 40 hours to complete as many scavenger hunt challenges as they can! Challenges will be posted to social media between 6 a.m. April 3 and 10 p.m. April 4. Groups will receive additional rules before the hunt kicks off. 1st Place: $5,000 2nd Place: $2,000 3rd Place: $1,000
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Lunch Break Match
Make your gift between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 3 — the first $10,000 in online gifts will be matched!
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Hook 'Em Parents Match
Parents, this match is for you! From 12-3 pm on April 4, the first $5,000 in unique online gifts (up to $250 each) made by parents of current UT students will be matched.
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Faculty/Staff Lunchtime Match
Take a long lunch! The first $10,000 in unique online gifts from 12-3 pm on April 4 made by UT Austin faculty and staff, up to $250 each, will be matched.
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Final Countdown Match
Get your gift in under the wire! The first $10,000 in unique online gifts (up to $250 each) made from 8-10 pm on April 4 during the countdown will be matched.
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Happy Hour Challenge
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All-Nighter Challenge
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Take a break and make a gift! The college, school, unit or organization that receives the greatest number of unique online gifts between 9 – 11 a.m. on April 4 wins an additional $3,000.
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Payroll Deduction Match
The first $10,000 in payroll deduction pledges made by UT Austin faculty and staff between March 13, 2019 and April 2, 2019 will be matched up to $10,000. Matches will count for payroll deduction gifts from the date of enrollment until August 31, 2019. There is no maximum individual donation amount for this opportunity.
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