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Join us for our 25th Annual Twilight Gala

Doorway to Discovery

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November 15th at 6:30 PM

The Briar Club - 2603 Timmons 

WELCOME TO OUR ONLINE AUCTION SITE

We are excited to celebrate the Nature Discovery Center's history through our 25th Annual Twilight Gala, Doorway to Discovery!

The Nature Discovery Center began forty years ago with local volunteers and conservationists who had a simple mission to ignite life-long curiosity, understanding, and respect for nature through education. We opened our doors as a full-time nature center thirty years ago in 1989, and we celebrate this in 2019.

The future of the Nature Discovery Center is bright! The need for nature-based education and a deeper understanding of our environment is imperative for this generation.

Thank you for helping our mission continue to grow each year!

Enjoy bidding! Click the categories on the left panel to view all auction items.


Featured Items

"Birthday" A Hand-carved wooden hatching turtle by James Phillips

ITEM# 129
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"Birthday" A Hand-carved wooden hatching turtle by James Phillips -

Enjoy this one of a kind, hand-carved wooden hatchling turtle! The famous local tree trunk carver, James Phillips, sculpted this original piece for our gala. As a friend of the Nature Discovery Center, James is known for his creation of our unique owl seat, carved out of a tree, and located in our side lawn. 

Wear a Nature Discovery Center turtle T-shirt when you win this hand-carved masterpiece!

 

 



Value
$500.00

Leading Bid
$250.00

Time Left
2h, 8m

 


Enjoy a getaway to Belize!

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Enjoy a getaway to Belize! -

3 Night Stay in Ambergris Caye (San Pedro), Belize

2BR/S BA Beachfront Suite Condo, Banyan Bay/ Alaia Resort

Located just a few steps from the Caribbean Sea, this two-bedroom beachfront suite guarantees the best sunrises that Ambergris Caye has to offer! The condo has two queen beds. This suite also comes with a full kitchenette, microwave, hairdryer, and a patio. It is only a step away from the restaurant and dive shop.

 

 

 



Value
$1,600.00

Opening Bid
$750.00

Time Left
2h, 8m

 


Gouache watercolor painting by famed local birder and naturalist, Cin-Ty Lee

ITEM# 142
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Gouache watercolor painting by famed local birder and naturalist, Cin-Ty Lee -

Gouache watercolor painting by famed local birder and naturalist, Cin-Ty Lee
Featuring three plumages of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak - adult male, adult female and juvenile

 

 



Value
$350.00

Leading Bid
$220.00

Time Left
2h, 8m

 



Nothing Better than Summer Camp!

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Nothing Better than Summer Camp! -

Give your child the gift of a natural camp experience with one week of summer camp at John Knox Ranch in Fisher, Texas! 

Added bonus: Henry Owen, the Nature Discovery Center former Executive Director, is the Director of John Knox Ranch and would love to see you and your family! You know your child is in good hands with Henry and his team!

At John Knox Ranch, we foster experiences of Christian community in the beauty of God’s creation. JKR is a place where love, acceptance, grace, and FUN flow freely.

Just 1 hour from Austin and San Antonio, JKR offers resident camp for students entering grades 2 – 12 and day camp for kids ages 4 – 8. Resident campers live in rustic screened cabins with a trained counselor and 5-7 other campers in their age group. Two cabins make up a family unit that participates in activities together: swimming, archery, rappelling, rock climbing, arts and crafts, nature discovery, ropes challenge course, Bible study and spiritual formation, canoeing, sharing homemade family-style meals, and more. The family unit structure (called small group camping) is an important foundation of our summer camp program. Negotiating the selection of the daily activities, asking someone to “please pass the green beans,” and cleaning the cabin with your bunkmates all help teach campers how to live in community together and help them develop confidence, independence, and self-esteem. In the evenings, the whole camp comes together for large group games, hayrides, pool parties, campfires, star gazing, and worship. One night per session, each family unit spends a night under the stars across the creek on the nature preserve section of camp. Campers are nudged into their personal growth zone as they make their own dinner over the fire, cook s’mores, tell stories, giggle, and sleep under the stars.

Attending camp at JKR helps children and youth develop social and interpersonal skills, a sense of self, and an understanding of our place in and responsibility for this pretty planet. JKR is a place where all are welcome; where identity is formed through self-awareness and service, where differences are celebrated; where children grow into counselors, counselors become leaders, and leaders bring patience, inclusion, and excellent servant leadership to their own professions and communities.

 



Value
$520.00

Leading Bid
$300.00

Time Left
2h, 8m

 


Fireman for a Day

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Fireman for a Day -

This is the life of a fireman!  You will have the opportunity to visit the fire station, meet the on-duty shift, work as a fireman, get a ride on the truck, and eat with the on duty shift as well.  Don't miss out on this "dream come true" for your child!



Value
Priceless

Leading Bid
$175.00

Time Left
2h, 8m

 


5 Nights! South African Photo Safari

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Enjoy a couples photo safari on the South Africa bush for five full days and nights.

Located just three hours north of the Johannesburg Airport in Limpopo Province, our camp is arguably the finest that South Africa has to offer. Situated on the banks of three hippo-filled lakes and surrounded by an abundance of African wildlife, the location and experience you will enjoy cannot be overstated. There is simply nothing like waking up immersed in the sounds of the African bush. Live out your own National Geographic adventure on our daily game drives and rest easy in our well-appointed chalets that
offer a perfect blend of rustic charm and luxury complete with en suite bathrooms and breathtaking views of the wild South African landscape.
Combining the freedom and space of a private estate with the personalized attention of a professional concierge, Primus Villas offers a unique blend of opulent seclusion and exceptional service that is second to none. Plan your escape with us today and discover why Primus is truly “first among equals.”
INCLUSIONS
• 5 days/5 nights for two people in luxury safari camp (Sunday check-in, Friday check-out)
• All meals and lodging in the photo camp with limited alcohol at meals
• Daily game drives Transportation



Value
$8,900.00

Opening Bid
$2,500.00

Time Left
2h, 8m

 



8 Person Dream Vacation in Costa Rica!

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8 Person Dream Vacation in Costa Rica! -

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
Enjoy a dream vacation at a private Costa Rican villa for six full days and nights of accommodations for up to eight people

Located on the central west coast, our villas are among the finest that Costa Rica has to offer, each featuring four bedrooms, private pool and breathtaking views of jungle, mountain or ocean. You and your party will enjoy a rich Central American culture with great night life as well as numerous activities both on water and land. Spend the day on a canopy tour over the jungle or strap in and rappel down one of the many beautiful waterfalls just minutes from your house. This part of Costa Rica also offers world-class offshore fishing and with a fleet of custom sport fishing vessels to select from, an amazing day on the water is a near certainty. Don’t forget to bring home your catch so that one of our chefs can prepare a dinner you’ll never forget. Combining the freedom and space of a private estate with the personalized attention of a professional concierge, Primus Villas offers a unique blend of opulent seclusion and exceptional service that is second to none. Plan your escape with us today and discover why Primus is truly “first among equals.”
INCLUSIONS
• 6 days/6 nights for eight people in a private Costa Rican villa
• Full service personal concierge to help plan every detail of your trip
• $250 utilities credit



Value
$12,000.00

Opening Bid
$4,000.00

Time Left
2h, 8m