Wildcat Bluff Nature Center brings the natural world to open minds with outdoor trails and tours and a science center that hosts educational displays and classes. There are 5.3 miles of trails that wind through the Texas prairie and river-breaks habitats. Follow a naturalist on a guided tour or get shade from the hot sun under the visitor center's wrap-around veranda. Occasionally, Birds feed close by and occasionally deer show up to eat the bird food and and drink from a nearby pond.
Hosted by the Amarillo Zoological Society, the fourth-annual Zoo-la-Palooza benefit event transforms the Amarillo Zoo into an after-hours fete, showering the 15-acre kingdom with live music, tantalizing treats, and a silent auction. Gallivant through Thompson Park and enter the zoo’s premises, where flocks of hobnobbing supporters relish enticing edibles and specialty drinks and hone their telepathic prowess on enigmatic lions. Bid in anonymity on a selection of donated items, services, and gift certificates during a silent auction as a thankful horde of mammals, birds, and reptiles ooh and ahh in support. An included steak dinner is catered by Country Barn Steakhouse and, throughout the night, music escapes the clutches of the euphonious Insufficient Funds and wafts through the open sky, motivating gala-goers to give brazen frill lizards a smackdown during interspecies dance-offs.
At Meslands Community College's Dinosaur Museum, they don't just bring back the bones to put on display?every summer, the public is invited to enroll in a field class and get their hands dusty. Even if time in the field isn't your style, the museum's wealth of bronze castings are finger-friendly, and visitors young and old can take a hands-on approach to more than 150 million years of natural history.