For many years, veteran volunteer Carolyn Long gave standard tours of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
“It struck me that we’re always saying to children: ‘Don’t get off the path, don’t walk on the grass, don’t climb the trees, don’t pick the flowers, don’t put your hands in the water, don’t throw a rock in the pond,” the Austinite says. “They leave thinking: ‘Nature is no,’ or ‘I’m in trouble,’ or ‘This is not much fun.’”
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Michael Barnes writes about Austin’s people, places, culture and history.