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Welcome to Zilker Trek! Where technology and nature go hand-in-hand

A trip to a park or a museum is made more meaningful when there is a context for the experience, a guide to point things out. Unfortunately, for many of us, a guide is not always available when we need one. Zilker Trek mobile media scavenger hunt provides that guide to eight specific locations in Zilker Park using your video iPod. Zilker Trek, though, is more than just a guided tour. It is a hands-on experience that encourages participant to observe, get hand-on and record each experience in a field journal. Each location, with its companion playlist, has a different focus. The trek includes: design of a green garden; identification of birds, butterflies fish and fossils; the creation of original art and poetry; and a hunt for historic artifacts.

The introductory playlist on the iPod introduces the trek and the journal. The final stop on the trek is a capstone activity where participants create either individual or group sculptures from natural materials, photographing them so that they may later be placed in journals.

On this site, you can download all of the digital assets for this project. More detailed instructions are available by clicking on the “Let’s Go!” button on the home page. We hope that you enjoy this project and we encourage you to share what you have drawn or photographed, along with a brief explanation and send it to us at info@zilkertrek.org

Happy Trekking!

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Zilker Trek auditioned by Austin Sunshine Camp

Austin American Statesman
AT&T funds Zilker Trek

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Ricky and Stephanie, Zilker Trek guides

Ricky and Stephanie, Zilker Trek guides. Click for 2848px x 2136px version.

Kids at the Austin Sunshine Camp use the Zilker Trek. Click on the image for a 1200px x 800px version.

Kids at the Austin Sunshine Camp use the Zilker Trek. Click on the image for a 1200px x 800px version.

Kids at the Austin Sunshine Camp use the Zilker Trek

Kids at the Austin Sunshine Camp use the Zilker Trek. Click on the image for a 3872px x 2592px version.

Shooting the birding segment

Shooting the birding segment. Click on the image for a 1600px x 1200px version.

The trek kits.  Click on the image for a 1200 x 800 pixel version.

The trek kits. Click on the image for a 1200 x 800 pixel version.

AT&T presents the Zilker Trek award check to the Save Barton Creek Association.  Click on the image for a larger version.

AT&T presents the Zilker Trek award check to the Save Barton Creek Association. Click on the image for a 2500px x 1674px version.

The Zilker Trek crew. Click on the image for a 2500px x 1875px version.

The Zilker Trek crew. Click on the image for a 2500px x 1875px version.

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