Destinations and Partners
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin has partnered on the Lady Bird Johnson Centennial Anniversary with the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, The Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, and The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Learn more about these partners and view the map below to consider a Lady Bird legacy tour of these and other sites affiliated with the Environmental First Lady.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin is dedicated to increasing the sustainable use and conservation of native plants and landscapes. Founded in 1982 by the former first lady, the center has 12 acres of botanic gardens and natural areas with 650 native Texas plants and indoor educational and art gallery spaces. An added16 acres focused on trees opens this spring. Garden information in English and Spanish is available via smart phone scans of QR codes on signs. The Wildflower Center also conducts research on landscape restoration and plant conservation at its 279-acre site, promoting the role of native plants in addressing ecological problems. Recent research initiatives focus on native turf grasses, green roof technology in a sub-tropical climate, prairie restoration methods including prescribed fire, the control of invasive species, and ways in which native plants can aid in combating climate change in urban landscapes.
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of thirteen presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The library houses forty five million pages of historical documents which include the papers from the entire public career of Lyndon Baines Johnson and also from those of close associates. The museum features permanent, traveling, and special exhibits centered around the life and times of President Johnson. President Johnson insisted that the library bearing his name be available to all. It is the only presidential library that does not charge admission.
In February 1965, the University of Texas Board of Regents proposed to President Lyndon Johnson and Mrs. Johnson that the university build two different but complementary facilities. One would be a library for Johnson’s presidential papers, the other a school of public affairs that would better prepare young men and women for public service careers. “It was the concept of the School that particularly interested Lyndon,” wrote Mrs. Johnson in a letter published in the LBJ Library and LBJ School dedication program, May 22, 1971. “Time and again I heard him speak of his wish for more schools to train young people for work in government– at elective or appointed levels — especially a school in our part of the country. He said that he wanted to help give young people from this part of the world the opportunity to enter the bloodstream of American political thought and real doing.” After President Johnson’s passing, Mrs. Johnson maintained a regular presence at the School and invited students to informal gatherings at the Johnson Ranch. Today, having graduated over 3,300 students, the LBJ School continues to advance its growing reputation as the most innovative among top tier public policy schools.More information
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park tells the story of our 36th President beginning with his ancestors until his final resting place on his beloved LBJ Ranch. This entire “circle of life” gives the visitor a unique perspective into one of America’s most noteworthy citizens by providing the most complete picture of an American president.
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site is in Gillespie County, between Fredericksburg and Johnson City, and contains 717.9 acres. Nestled along the banks of the Pedernales River, across from the famous LBJ Ranch, the Lyndon B. Johnson State Historical Park honors a native Texan who achieved the nation’s highest office. Visitors to this day-use park can enjoy historical study, picnicking, nature study, fishing, swimming and view Texas longhorn cattle and the spring wildflower display. The abundant wildlife of the Hill Country is highlighted by enclosures containing buffalo, longhorn, and white-tailed deer. These animals have played a part in the park’s history and the local wildlife continues to be an important attraction for visitors.
Founded in 1883, The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest and most respected universities in the nation. UT is a diverse learning community that Lady Bird Johnson received two degrees from: a bachelor of arts degree with honors in 1933, and a bachelor of journalism degree with honors in 1934. The university has students from every state and more than 100 countries. The mission of The University of Texas at Austin is to achieve excellence in the interrelated areas of undergraduate education, graduate education, research and public service. The university provides superior and comprehensive educational opportunities at the baccalaureate through doctoral and special professional educational levels. The university contributes to the advancement of society through research, creative activity, scholarly inquiry and the development of new knowledge. The university preserves and promotes the arts, benefits the state’s economy, serves the citizens through public programs and provides other public service.More information
Texas State University-San Marcos is a public, student-centered, doctoral-granting institution dedicated to excellence in serving the educational needs of the diverse population of Texas and the world beyond. Texas State University–San Marcos is a doctoral-granting university located in San Marcos, Texas. In fall 2011, the university had a record-high enrollment of 34,113 students.It is the largest institution in the Texas State University System, the sixth-largest university in Texas, and one of the fifty-five largest universities in the United States.For the 2009-2010 year, Texas State University was considered a top producer of Fulbright Fellows when two students became beneficiaries of research grants under the Fulbright Program. Texas State University is the only university in the state to have a former President of the United States as an alumnus. President Lyndon B. Johnson graduated from what was then Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1930 with a teaching certificate and a Bachelor of Science in history.More information