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

Grant Ausbury 
Education
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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 (BIPOC) neighbors to the table, and include them in the decision-making process. We understand no one can be held accountable without making commitments, so we’ve put …

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

Grant Ausbury 
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, 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 …

Easter Eggsibition: Bunnies on Parade in Your Neighborhood

Rachel 
Education
, APF News, Blog Page, Children's Programming, COVID-19, Easter 2020, Little Hummingbird Society Page

× Hey, y’all! Though the city’s parks may be closed for Easter weekend, there are still some great ways to have fun right in the comfort of your own home! Be sure to check out our Eggstravaganza at a Distance and Neighborhood Eggsploration blogs for more Easter fun! Everyone loves a Parade! We’ve seen people all over the nation come …

Neighborhood Eggsploration: An Easter Scavenger Hunt

Grant Ausbury 
Education
, APF News, Blog Page, Children's Programming, COVID-19, Easter 2020, Little Hummingbird Society Page

× Hey y’all! Though the city’s parks may be closed for Easter weekend, there are still some great ways to have fun without leaving your neighborhood! Be sure to check out our Eggstravaganza at a Distance and Bunnies On Parade blogs for more Easter fun! So, how can we make the most of Easter weekend while sheltering in place? How …

Eggstravaganza at a Distance: Egg-free Easter Ideas

Rachel 
Education
, APF News, Blog Page, Children's Programming, COVID-19, Easter 2020, Little Hummingbird Society Page

× Hey y’all! Though the city’s parks may be closed for Easter weekend, there are still some great ways to have fun without leaving your neighborhood! Be sure to check out our Neighborhood Eggsploration and Bunnies On Parade blogs for more Easter fun! While we are all being good neighbors and only purchasing what we need, we thought now would …