St. Edward’s Wild Basin Creative Research Center is an innovative field research station located just 10 miles from campus, within Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. This preserve protects 227 acres of beautiful Texas Hill Country and is valuable habitat for multiple rare and vulnerable species, including the endangered Golden-cheeked warbler.
Whether you’re a hiker looking for trails to explore, a family vacationing in Austin, or a teacher planning a field trip, Wild Basin has much to offer.
Here students (from any university) and community members can do robust research at a dedicated field station that is a living laboratory, supported by St. Edward’s faculty and staff.
Our environmental education programs support area schools and offer opportunities for all to connect with the natural world.
Wild Basin became Austin’s first nature preserve in 1974. Today, Wild Basin is co-owned and co-managed by Travis County and St. Edward’s University, and is a treasured resource for our community.
We offer special thanks to our individual donors, corporate sponsors, and foundation supporters. Without you, our environmental stewardship, education and outreach, and innovative research would not be possible.