April Volunteer Highlight

Taylor WisemanParks, Support Our Parks, APF News, People + Parks, Blog Page

Each month, Austin Parks Foundation hosts multiple volunteer projects, and it can be difficult to keep up with sharing their impact. So, we’re doing a round-up of all our April volunteer events – from corporate volunteer projects to the Bioblitz – and sharing their impact! Take a look:

April 5:

The University of Texas at Austin’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers spent time mulching the young trees along the Boggy Creek Greenbelt! Their hard work will greatly benefit the health of the trees as we head towards another hot summer.

April 6:

During our April Open Workday, volunteers picked up two truck loads of litter at Colorado River Park Wildlife Sanctuary. Their work supports the health of the ecosystem and wildlife in this unique space, as well as our Colorado River and the Edwards Aquifer.

Our Open Workdays are presented by Applied Materials.

April 10:

Q2 spent a corporate volunteer workday mulching and caring for trees at Gracywoods Neighborhood Park as part of their evergreen platform! Their efforts will help to protect the health of these trees as we head into summer.

April 17:

Linea Energy joined us for a corporate volunteer workday at Zilker Metropolitan Park.  

They picked up litter around Zilker and the Barton Springs Pool. Picking up micro-litter like cigarette butts and microplastics in this area is very important to the health of Barton Creek, the springs and salamander habitats, and the Edwards Aquifer.

April 22:

The Wild & Free Homeschool Community picked up litter at Walnut Metropolitan Park. The majority of their clean-up was removing litter from Easter celebrations that involved plastic eggs, candy wrappers and confetti.

April 25:

TCEQ spent a morning at Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. During their time there, they had groups removing invasive species along the paved trail, a group mulching high foot traffic areas around the playground and groups picking up litter from the creek and trails!

TCEQ volunteers were treated to all things nature and came across a water snake🐍

April 26:

Texas Crew spent time at Ron Rigsby Pocket Park removing invasive species.

April 27:

Austin Parks Foundation, Hill Country Conservancy and Siglo Group teamed up for a Bioblitz at Zilker Metropolitan Park! A bioblitz is a biological inventory with the goal being to get a count of the plants, animals, fungi and other organisms that live in a place. All species collected during the event were recorded as part of Austin’s participation in the City Nature Challenge – an international, annual four-day global bioblitz where cities collaborate and compete to identify species!

Magellan International School picked up trash along the Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt. Keeping litter out of our parks and creeks is important to the ecosystem and the aquifer.

April 30:

CDK Global spent the morning clearing root collars at Gus Garcia District Park. Root collar clearing helps to clear excess mulch and dirt from the base of trees. Clearing the area around the base of trees helps it to grow and reduces soil compaction.