Gardening 101: How to Start Your Own Garden at Home!

Grant Ausbury 
Education
, Blog Page, Children's Programming, COVID-19, Featured Projects (Home Page), Uncategorized

Written by Ladye Anne Wofford, Chief Mission Officer at Austin Parks Foundation With so many of us spending more time at home, this is a great opportunity to get your very own garden started! If you’re a new gardener, you’re in luck! Austin has ample resources to get you started off on the right foot. Fall in Central Texas is …

Victory at City Hall: Essential Funds for Parks Added to the City Budget

Rachel 
Education
, All Parks, APF News, Blog Page, COVID-19, Featured Projects (Home Page), Park Advocacy, Park Development, Park History

It’s been a tough year for Austin’s parks. Already perennially underfunded, Austin’s parks and trails systems have been inundated, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Tens of thousands of new users, overwhelming some of Austin’s most beloved parks, have taken their toll. Whether it be habitat degradation, increased littering and pollution, or just the daily wear and tear from thousands of visitors, …

Putting Programs to Work: Our Commitment to Inclusivity & Equity in our Programs

Grant Ausbury 
Education
, All Parks, APF News, Blog Page, Featured Projects (Home Page), Featured Top LPs, Parks, Uncategorized

Our commitment to inclusivity & equity in our programs Here at Austin Parks Foundation (APF), we’re committed to creating thoughtful and inclusive programming. And we strive to infuse equity into every project, in order to intentionally bring Black, Indigenous and People of Color neighbors to the table, and include them in the decision-making process. We understand no one can be …

10 Awesome Nature Books for Kids Ages 3 to 12

Grant Ausbury 
Education


Austin Parks Foundation recognizes that park champions come in all ages, shapes and sizes. That’s why we want to promote continued engagement and learning wherever you are – in your homes, neighborhood green spaces and in the community! Below are some of our literary recommendations for young park super stars. Many of these books can be accessed through the Austin …

Investing in Parks: Austin’s Parks + Trails as Economic Drivers

Grant Ausbury 
Education
, All Parks, APF News, Blog Page, COVID-19, Featured Projects (Home Page), Park Advocacy, Park Development, Park History

On April 7th, the civic world in Austin seemed to halt for a few brief moments. John Hockenyos, an Austin based economist, delivered a less-than-rosy economic impact update to Austin’s City Council in the wake of COVID-19. “I’m hoping that is a slightly pessimistic scenario, but I think it is a realistic scenario,” Hockenyos said.  The scenario predicted Great Depression …

The Great Indoors: Nature Films for Adventuring in Place

Grant Ausbury 
Education
, Blog Page, COVID-19, Parks, Visits to / From Other City Parks

We’re all dreaming of a world where we can flock to the world’s most beautiful natural spaces. But since we’re unable to travel, your friends at Austin Parks Foundation gathered these films and docuseries so you can have an adventure from your couch, kitchen table or desk chair! Your journey will take you from the Texas Hill Country to destinations …

Nature Play Activity: Create Your Very Own Fairy Park!

Grant Ausbury 
Education
, APF News, Blog Page, Children's Programming, COVID-19, Little Hummingbird Society Page, Nature Play

Presented by Little Hummingbird Society Written by Ladye Anne Wofford, Chief Mission Officer at Austin Parks Foundation Fairy Gardens are miniature gardens complete with structures and living plants that have been gaining huge popularity as home and garden decorations. In fact, the Zilker Botanical Garden even hosts a Woodland Faerie Trail Exhibit every year! Tiny houses, chairs, lawns and ponds …

Nature Play as Development with the Rivera Family

Grant Ausbury 
Education
, Blog Page, Children's Programming, COVID-19, Education, Little Hummingbird Society Page, Nature Play, Uncategorized

Presented by Little Hummingbird Society Written by Barry Rivera, Volunteer Manager at Austin Parks Foundation In addition to just getting kids outdoors, nature play offers some cognitive and behavioral benefits to kids of all ages. The good news is – nature play is the perfect way to combine sensory, imaginary and motor skill development all in one! Sensory Experiences For …

6 Fun Nature Play Activities with the Rivera Family

Grant Ausbury 
Education
, Blog Page, Children's Programming, Little Hummingbird Society Page, Nature Play

× Hey there! COVID-19 has changed how we do things, and your safety is our priority. Please keep social distancing best practices in mind if you choose to visit parks, trails and green spaces. Thanks, y’all! Presented by Little Hummingbird Society Written by Barry Rivera, Volunteer Manager at Austin Parks Foundation It’s a common misconception that in order to entertain …

Nature Play 101: The Basics and Benefits of Nature Play

Grant Ausbury 
Education
, Blog Page, COVID-19, Little Hummingbird Society Page, Nature Play

Presented by Little Hummingbird Society By Kathleen Barron, Senior Programs Manager at Austin Parks Foundation Nature Play is any open-ended, unstructured play opportunity using objects from – you guessed it – nature! Children are naturally drawn toward natural phenomena, and exploring objects in their natural environment, where they can independently observe, make connections, problem-solve and interpret these items. Numerous studies …