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Your child will need to have a Mora Fixed Blade Knife (Stainless Steel blade) for this program. These are readily available to buy online or you can purchase one from us during registration. 

at McKinney Falls 


Earth Native's Armadillo Adventurers is a monthly nature education program for kids aged 6-12, that is held at McKinney Falls State Park in Southeast Austin on Mondays.

During this program, students and instructors will explore McKinney Falls State Park and develop skills that will lead to authentic nature connection, deeper knowledge of central Texas plants, animals, and their habitats, awaken sensory awareness, and build self-confidence.


At Earth Native, our unique teaching styles center around a method of teaching called the 8 Shields Mentoring Model, which uses inspiration as the spark that drives learning and grand adventures in nature. These adventures are not only the backdrop for some incredible lessons but are a means to help kids establish lifelong bonds with nature and kindle their natural curiosity about the world outside. We call this “invisible school” because from a kid’s perspective it’s just fun and adventure. Children learn at our programs because they are inspired and curious, not because anyone is telling them they must.


Each class children will explore, hear inspiring stories, practice primitive and wilderness survival skills, play games, and practice our core routines of nature awareness to develop strong skills and knowledge in areas such as:


  • Edible and Medicinal Plants

  • Wildlife Tracking

  • Knife Carving & Safety

  • Bird Language

  • Ecology

  • Wilderness Survival and Outdoor Skills

  • Natural Navigation

  • Natural Arts and Crafts

...and much more!

 In order to ensure that our youth programs maintain the high quality that we are committed to, group size is limited to a maximum of 10 students per instructor.

2024-25 Dates: 

September 16

October 28

November 11

December 9

January 13

February 10

March 31

April 14

May 12

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

Cost: $630 (full tuition due at the time of enrollment)

Location: McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, TX 78744

Ages: 6-12 (age by 09/30/2024)

Please note that all youth classes/programs are DROP-OFF classes. Parents do not attend.

Purchase an Earth Native Klean Kanteen Bottle

Available to buy during registration - pick up at class!

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Klean Kanteen

27 oz, Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Sports Top $25

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Klean Kanteen

16 oz, TKWide Insulated Hot/Cold Beverage Bottle with Leak-Proof Cafe Cap $25


Klean Kanteen

32 oz, Insulated Wide Mouth Water Bottle with Chug Cap $45

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