Hundreds of Austinites Help Parks During It’s My Park Day Spring 2021

Grant Ausbury 
It's My Park! Day
, Blog Page, Uncategorized

We couldn’t be more thankful for the Austinites that helped their local parks during It’s My Park Day Spring 2021, presented by Wheatsville Food Co-op. From Saturday, June 5th to Sunday, June 13th,  815 people volunteered in-person and 158 completed our virtual volunteer activities! It was such a thrill to have in-person projects in parks across Austin for the first …

family social distancing in the park with masks

The Importance of Social Distancing in Parks and Outdoor Spaces

Grant Ausbury Uncategorized

As fellow park enthusiasts, we understand the need to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Not to mention parks, trails and green spaces are excellent for our physical and mental well-being! We want everyone to be able to enjoy Austin’s outdoor spaces with an emphasis on keeping each other safe. Below are some helpful tips to stay healthy and …

hearts for valentines craft

LHS Exclusive: Nature-Inspired Valentine’s Day Crafts

Grant Ausbury Uncategorized

It may seem like the new year has just begun (or that it has been January for 22 weeks already), but Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This year we want to show a little extra love to our parks, our family and our friends, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite nature-inspired Valentine activities. Most of …

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, former 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 …

How To Backyard Ball: A Step-by-Step Guide to Join the Fun

Grant Ausbury Uncategorized

We want to make sure everyone who wants to join in on the fun is able to access the Backyard Ball! Our host, DJ Mel, will be going live on Twitch, one of the most popular streaming platforms. Read on for more info on how to join us! Don’t have a Twitch account? No worries, you don’t need one to …

Let’s Dance! 3 Dance Move Tutorials for Kids Ages 3-7

Grant Ausbury Uncategorized

Featured photo by Gabby Orcutt from Unsplash Are your kids ready to learn some new dance moves? APF is here to help! Check out these dance tutorials for choreography kids, mix-and-matchers and the freestylers out there. These videos are recommended for kids 3-7, but don’t be afraid to join in on the fun. We can’t wait to bust a move …

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 …

Camp LHS: Getting the Summer Camp Experience at Home

Grant Ausbury Little Hummingbird Society Page, Uncategorized

Kids are out of school for the summer and we’ve already seen numerous summer programs and camps announce cancellations due to COVID-19. That means kids will spending more time at home than usual. We know your kids still need some summer fun and education, and that COVID-19 hasn’t stopped their energy and imaginations. So – we’ve compiled a list of …

Austin Ranks #37 in Trust for Public Land ParkScore Report

Rachel Uncategorized

×Ready to speak up for parks? Use the facts below, especially the bolded information, as inspiration for your calls and emails to your city council members. You can find their contact information on our advocacy page. Let’s make sure parks receive the funding they need in the City’s FY 2021 budget! Help APF Make Austin’s Park System #1 The Trust …

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 SocietyWritten 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 smaller …