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Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center

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Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center
2201 Barton Springs Rd.
AustinTX 78746
(512) 481-1466

Ages: 0 and up

Cost: Free

Parking: Yes

Features: Restrooms, Playground, Handicap Accessible

The Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center is home to the SPLASH! into the Edwards Aquifer exhibit. The exhibit offers a fun and exciting learning experience deep inside a simulated limestone cave. Visitors can enjoy:


  • multimedia displays
  • interactive exhibits
  • Barton Springs salamander exhibits that illustrate the importance of the water quality of the springs, creeks & rivers 
  • learn how routine activites impact water quality & learn about water testing


The Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center is housed in the old Barton Springs Pool bathouse in the heart of Zilker Park. The center was named after Mr. Beverly S. Sheffield as a commemoration of his outstanding contributions to the City of Austin. Mr. Sheffield began as a lifeguard at Barton Springs Pool and became the director of the Parks and Recreation Department. After his retirement, he remained active in issues relating to the springs.

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