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In the heart of the Texas Hill Country lies an astonishing place called the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, a 76-acre nature preserve and environmental education facility in western Travis County, near Austin, that provides a sanctuary for the flora and fauna of surprisingly diverse ecosystems.

Westcave has been connecting children and families to nature since 1976, when the nonprofit Westcave Preserve Corporation was established to restore and protect a popular but rapidly deteriorating picnic spot that encompassed a fern-covered grotto, an ancient rock shelter, and a spectacular forty-foot waterfall.

In Discovering Westcave, Chris Caran and Elaine Davenport take readers on a walk through the beautiful preserve, which includes a 3,000-square-foot learning center, unveiling the evolutionary past of its stunning natural features and acknowledging the many people who have been a part of Westcave’s long history. The aim of this guidebook is not only to share the natural and human history of this refuge, soon to be surrounded by one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the country, but also to inspire through environmental learning a continued respect and appreciation for the natural world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvii
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  1. About the Guidebook
  2. pp. xviii-xix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xx-xxii
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  1. Part 1: Visitor’s Guide
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 1: A Walk Through the Preserve
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. 2: Visitor Center and Indoor Exhibits
  2. pp. 14-29
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  1. 3: Trails and Outdoor Features
  2. pp. 30-37
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  1. 4: Educational Programs and Activities
  2. pp. 38-44
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  1. Part 2: The Place
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. 5: Environmental Setting
  2. pp. 47-50
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  1. 6: Westcave Preserve Through Four Seasons
  2. pp. 51-74
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  1. 7: Geology: Topography and Ancient Bedrock
  2. pp. 75-82
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  1. 8: Evolution of West Cave Preserve: 250,000 Years Ago to the Present
  2. pp. 83-94
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  1. 9: Surface Water and Groundwater
  2. pp. 95-100
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  1. 10: Climate and Weather
  2. pp. 101-106
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  1. Part 3: The People
  2. pp. 107-108
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  1. 11: Archeology and Human History
  2. pp. 109-115
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  1. 12: Westcave, 1850–1974
  2. pp. 116-137
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  1. 13: The John Ahrns Era, 1974–2010
  2. pp. 138-155
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  1. 14: Growing Up at Westcave Preserve
  2. Amber Ahrns Gosselin
  3. pp. 156-160
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  1. Conclusion: Preserving the Future of Westcave
  2. pp. 161-162
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  1. Appendixes: Species Lists
  2. pp. 163-164
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  1. Appendix A: Plant Communities
  2. S. Christopher Caran, Nan Hampton, and Bob Fulginiti
  3. pp. 165-170
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  1. Appendix B: Plants
  2. pp. 171-186
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  1. Appendix C: Common Mosses
  2. Bob Fulginiti
  3. pp. 187-189
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  1. Appendix D: Invertebrates other than Butterflies
  2. pp. 190-194
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  1. Appendix E: Butterflies
  2. pp. 195-197
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  1. Appendix F: Fishes
  2. pp. 198-200
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  1. Appendix G: Amphibians and Reptiles
  2. John Ahrns, David Bennett, and S. Christopher Caran
  3. pp. 201-203
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  1. Appendix H: Birds
  2. pp. 204-211
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  1. Appendix I: Mammals
  2. John Ahrns, David Bennett, Melissa Meierhofer, Leah M. Miller, and S. Christopher Caran
  3. pp. 212-214
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  1. Selected References
  2. pp. 215-218
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 219-231
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781623494605
Related ISBN
9781623494599
MARC Record
OCLC
960976721
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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