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About Our Partnerships

By partnering with UT-Austin colleges/schools/units, informal science organizations, other museums, and public and private elementary, middle and high schools, TNSC increases the use of its research and collections to promote science education, expands its presence at UT-Austin and in the Central Texas community, and enhances connections with teachers, community leaders, and pacesetters in business and technology.

Within Austin —

  • Austin Nature and Science Center (ANSC)—Texas Natural Science Center is a partner in ANSC’s Dino Pit project and works with ANSC educators on joint projects for K–12.
  • Austin Biodiversity Project—this project supports and publicizes the Museum’s mission to encourage understanding of biodiversity.
  • Austin-area schools—the Center continues to work with Austin Independent School District, Manor ISD and the Central Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching to promote learning about life through time using inquiry-based activities.

Within The University of Texas at Austin —

  • The Center maintains close working relationships within each of the fields of study represented in the collections: paleontology, geology, biology, herpetology, ichthyology and entomology.
  • Section of Integrative Biology—three TNSC curators have either faculty or adjunct appointments in the Section of Integrative Biology.
  • Jackson College of Geosciences—the Center’s paleontological collections benefit from and support graduate research in the paleontological sciences.
  • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)—together with EHS, the Center works to encourage understanding and preservation of biodiversity on Waller Creek. As a partner the Center hosts the Waller Creek Cleanup twice a year, a great opportunity for UT-Austin students in all areas to volunteer in preserving the natural beauty of the campus.
  • Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL)—BFL contains the best long-term documented records of biological diversity in Central Texas, particularly in the area of entomology. BFL also manages the Stengl “Lost Pines” Biological Station. Faculty and lecturers from the School of Biological Sciences using the BFL and the Stengl facility complement the strengths in organismal biology possessed by the Texas Natural Science Center and vice versa.

Within professional groups —

  • Texas Association of Museums (TAM)—Center staff regularly participate in special symposia at TAM meetings.
  • Austin Museum Partnership (AMP)—The Center is an active member of AMP and helps organize the annual Austin Museum Day.