Admission to Barton Springs is free on Wednesday. Photo by Pam LeBlanc


Want to take a free dip in Barton Springs and learn something from science experts about the city’s glittering gem of a spring-fed swimming pool while you’re there?

The public is invited to participate in Barton Springs University, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the pool, 2201 Barton Springs Road. The event will include snorkel tours and live music.

The Barton Springs University event includes classes, music and snorkel tours. Photo by Pam LeBlanc


Admission is free and the public is invited. Experts on the science, use and management of Central Texas waters will lead informational classes.

About 800 high school students from Austin and Dripping Springs will also attend.

Here’s the schedule:

9-9:45 a.m. – Student buses arrive. 10 a.m. – Welcome for students and public. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Learning sessions, speakers and snorkel tours. noon – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch Keynote: “Get Eel Austin! The Whole Truth About the Weirdest Fish in Town,” by Dean Henrickson, PhD., Curator, Ichthyology, University of Texas Department of Integrative Biology. 3 – 6 p.m. – Break and swimming. 6-9 p.m. – Live music and evening keynote: “How Do We Do It? Protecting Our Home Waters as Population Doubles,” by Andy Sansom, executive director of Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.

For more information about Barton Springs, go here.