At Barton Springs U, polish your knowledge of Austin’s favorite pool

Learn all about Barton Springs at the free, all-day Barton Springs University next Tuesday.
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If you live in Austin, you’re pretty much required to love and appreciate Barton Springs.

Not up to snuff on your springs knowledge? Head to Barton Springs Pool next Tuesday to get schooled. And bring your swimsuit, because pool admission will be free all day.

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The event is designed for high school and college students – and the general public. Hydrologists, biologists and a host of other experts will lead informative sessions about everything from salamanders, cave life, meeting Austin’s water needs, drought impacts on the Edward’s Aquifer, Zilker Park history and more.

The sun rises over Barton Springs Pool on May 13, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Tanya Streeter, free diver and spokesperson for the Plastic Oceans Foundation, will kick things off with a keynote presentation titled “Water and Plastic from the Heart to the High Seas” at 9:30 a.m. on the south hill.

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Hands-on activities are part of the lineup. You can take a guided snorkel tour (gear provided), test the quality of water drawn from the springs, or use a dip net to collect organisms from the water.

Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea and Bill Bunch, executive director of Save Our Springs Alliance, will wrap up the event with their afternoon keynote discussion at 4 p.m., titled “Twenty-five More Years of Protecting Barton Springs.”

The event is presented by the Save Our Springs Alliance , in partnership with the Austin Parks Department, the University of Texas Environmental Science Institute, Texas State University, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Texas Parks and Wildilfe Department, the Sierra Club and more.

Check the full schedule of activities here.

The event takes place at the pool, 2131 William Barton Drive. Rain date is Sept. 29.

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