Who We Are
Just down the road from the 40 acres, you’ll find the university’s world-renowned botanic garden, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. As part of the Longhorn Nation, we are committed to changing the world, one native plant at a time. Last year, we welcomed 226,856 guests to our gardens and connected with more than 2.4 million people online through our popular native plant database — all of whom were drawn to the beauty and sustainability of native plants. Among our gardens and landscapes, you’ll discover nearly 900 species of Texas native plants, from well-known bluebonnets to rare oak trees from West Texas. We are committed to environmental education, cultivating appreciation for Texas landscapes, and fostering research across disciplines such as ecology, geology, biology and horticulture.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center was recently designated a field station by The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Natural Sciences. As part of the Biodiversity Center’s growing field station network, the Wildflower Center offers scientists and students enhanced opportunities for research and learning about a mixed oak-juniper savanna along the Balcones Escarpment with intermittent drainages and a network of cave and karst features.
What We’re Fundraising For
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
We are building a world-class research program focused on land restoration and biodiversity that will serve as a model for other botanic gardens and make a lasting impact in Texas. One of the most important goals of our research program at the Wildflower Center is to provide mentorship and research experiences for undergraduate students who otherwise may not have access to such opportunities. Collaborating with the College of Natural Sciences, we will create extended mentorship experiences for first-generation college students and underrepresented student populations. To overcome financial barriers in pursuing summer research, we will offer a competitive stipend of $5,000 per student.
Please help us raise $20,000 to support four undergraduate student internships this summer in the following areas of research and conservation:
Effects of Prescribed Burns on Biodiversity
Herbaceous Vegetation Species Surveys
Supporting the Wildflower Center today cultivates a better, brighter future for us all.
With your gift, the Wildflower Center will:
- Provide real-world research experience to undergraduates via paid summer internships, which expands this opportunity to students needing paid employment.
- Build a deeper connection with UT students, faculty and staff.
- Introduce undergraduates to research and careers in the natural sciences.
- Immerse students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) engagements by taking them outside of the classroom and into the gardens and natural areas that serve as our laboratory.
- Provide a community that nurtures experiential education, resulting in increased self-efficacy and leadership skills.
“Thank you for all your help this summer and for securing the scholarships for us. You always made me feel my presence and my work was valued and I appreciate that more than I can express.” Zane Ortega, 2021 Wildflower Center Summer Intern
“I just wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity to intern at the Wildflower Center this summer. I am leaving not only with more experience and knowledge, but a better person... You truly showed how much you cared about my experience here with regards to my education, but also my well-being.” Faith Golz, 2021 Wildflower Center Summer Intern
"The Wildflower Center gave me a new appreciation of everything that Lady Bird Johnson did for the environment in both conservation and preservation. Thank goodness we've had such influential people in this country with the forethought to protect our natural resources." Rick M. (via Tripadvisor)
Thank you for your support!