Science and Nature Center

A Ten-Acre Sanctuary

It doesn't take long to fall in love with this place as you meander down the "Wildflower/Birdhouse" path, cross over the "Blessing" Bridge only to be greeted by the "Bullfrog and Butterfly" Pond. Then, as you wait only for a second, the sights and sounds of children exploring God's beauty make a final stamp on your heart. 

The Regents Science and Nature Center, a ten-acre sanctuary, provides a living forum for students and families to learn about God's creation through interactive, hands-on experience. As one third grade student exclaimed, "I love this place!  It feels like I'm at camp"!

Students exploring the RSNC learn to identify the rocks, trees, plants, insects, animals, and fish and keep a sketchbook of their discoveries. The care of goats and chickens proves a tangible education in life cycles, while connecting students to our agricultural heritage.

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  • Plant Life

    One often finds a Regents student carrying home a bag full of vegetables and herbs from their class garden.  But that is only part of the experience at the nature center. 
    The Plant life center includes a Training Room, the Nature Exchange, Greenhouse and Butterfly Pond along with the following areas tended by each Grammar School class:
    • Student gardens for Grades K-6
    • SAT gardens for upper school Students, Administration and Teachers
    • Butterfly Gardens
    • Compost Bins
    • Herb Gardens
    • Grapevine Arbor
    The Training Room houses a variety of tools and supplies for gardening and study.  The Nature Exchange is a trading post for exchanging and exhibiting student nature treasures.
  • Animal Life

    Visitors to the Regents animal barn are greeted by words from Proverbs 12:10, "A righteous man regardeth the life of his animal", posted on the entryway. The surrounding pastures and corrals are home to a herd of Nubian dairy goats raised and cared for by Regents families. Milking is part of the daily morning routine at the barn, and interested families have the opportunity to learn all aspects of goat care, from feeding and nutrition to birthing and raising newborn goat kids. Grammar students especially enjoy visiting the barn in the early spring, when newborn goat kids have arrived and are just beginning to frolick in the pastures. 
    Each winter the barn becomes home to baby rabbits raised by 4-H members. Students are responsible for the rabbits' daily care and preparation for the Travis County Youth Show. Just outside the stone barn is a large walk-in chicken coop housing the many assorted hens who provide fresh and delicious eggs for the families who care for them.  

    Ownership of other animals is always a possibility for interested families. 
  • Pond Life

    Pond life at the science and nature center demonstrates all aspects of life through various rates of water flow.

    The pond life area spans a 40,000 gallon pond scape which includes a waterfall, stream, koi pond, bog and Texas native pond. In addition, the area is landscaped with wildlife and grass gardens, wildflower and desert gardens and a native woods area with hopes of becoming a wildlife habitat.

    With green fishing net in hand, everyone loves to visit the Nature Center pond!  And specifically, all the intricate wonders of pond life are woven throughout our fourth grade curriculum.
  • Amphitheater

    A little imagination and a lot of parent hands created an outdoor theater situated around an old farm house fireplace. We often have a feeling of being on the campground.

    Chimney Rock Amphitheater and Presentation Center is an active spot for school chapel, drama presentations, mini concerts and ho downs! It also includes a Reading Tree, Picnic Area and Fireplace for those marshmallow roasts after a chilly Regents Knight football game!  Keep walking past the round pen and you will discover Chimney Rock Path, an adventure over the river and through the eventually connects with the Wild flower and Birdhouse Path which gives way to sights and sounds of hundreds of wildflowers and purple martins every spring.
  • 4-H Program

    Students are excited to experience life on a farm, in the middle of the city.  4-H students care for various animals, create homegoods and artwork, cook, and develop skills in the creative arts.

    It's More Than Just A Club!

    Regents 4-H is a community of young people learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.  4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring and discovering.  In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders, and help shape their communities.

    4-H gives students a chance to pursue their own interest - from building rockets to raising animals to photography.  They go places - to camp, to state and national conferences.  They learn to be leaders and active citizens.
    • Bridge Over Working Pond

      Bridge Over Working Pond