OPEN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Williams School Park greenifying!

Hannah Kay

Join your friends, neighbors and fellow park-lovers as we give back at Williams School Park! Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry Division plants trees strategically in parks and schools across Austin. Trees go a long way to improving the experience and health of a park, and we need your help caring for them! They recently planted trees at the park and …

Micaela, Rex and Maliha

People + Parks: Growing the Next Generation

AustinParksFoundation 
People + Parks
, Children's Programming
, Children's Programming, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer

By Elizabeth McGuire For Micaela, Rex and their daughter Maliha, Saturdays are for volunteering. Not just some Saturdays, but every single one. It’s not a matter of if they are volunteering, but where. “I come home Friday night and I ask, what are we doing tomorrow?” said Rex. The answer is usually planting saplings, mulching trees or picking up trash …

LITTLE HUMMINGBIRD SOCIETY: Tree Love at Metz Neighborhood Park!

Hannah Kay

Come out to Metz and serve with Austin Parks and Foundation! Trees contribute greatly to the overall enjoyment of a park but cold winters and hot summers are hard on them. Mulching is a great way to help protect tree’s root system and provide it with rich nutrients! Get outside with your kids and help improve Metz while learning about our city’s most valuable …

People + Parks: The Amplifier

AustinParksFoundation 
People + Parks
, Adopt A Park, Community Grants, Park Advocacy
, Park Advocacy, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer

By Elizabeth McGuire We’ve all heard this before: one person can make a difference. But really, how? One person can make a difference because one voice can amplify others. One person can inspire dozens. One effort can snowball into action and eventually lead to change. This is how our community improves. So goes the philosophy of Sally Baulch, who has …

People + Parks: Future Philanthropists

AustinParksFoundation 
People + Parks
, Adopt A Park, Impact Grants, It's My Park! Day, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer

By Elizabeth McGuire If you ask Anissa Castillo what she remembers about volunteering with her young family at the last It’s My Park Day, she will talk of quality time, life lessons and good citizenship. If you ask her kids what they remember, they will say, “digging in the mulch and jumping on rock piles!” Both answers are perfect. The …

OPEN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Blunn Creek Nature Preserve invasive management!

Hannah Kay

Join us at Blunn Creek Preserve to learn about invasive species management, habitat restoration, all while providing much needed help at this beautiful preserve in the heart of Austin. We will be working with the Parks and Recreation Park Rangers and dedicated stewards at Blunn Creek Nature Preserve for a day of fun, learning, and service. Austin has a long history of …

LITTLE HUMMINGBIRD SOCIETY PROJECT: Tree Planting @ Bartholomew District Park

Hannah Kay

Join in on our December Little Hummingbirds Society project! Little Hummingbird Society offers kids a great way to learn about giving back to their community and the importance of Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces. Parents can have fun with their kids while promoting a healthy lifestyle, volunteerism and advocacy for your youngest park-goers! We will be working with the …

IMPD volunteers at Festival Beach

THANK YOU to our Fall IMPD Volunteers!

Hannah Kay 
It's My Park! Day
, It's My Park! Day, People + Parks

A big thank you to all of our IMPD volunteers for helping make It’s My Park Day such a success! The over 2,000 volunteers helped contribute more than $162,000 worth of labor to our city parks, trails and preserves. We couldn’t have made this event happen without all of them, so from the entire Austin Parks Foundation board and staff – …

People + Parks: Adventurous Ambassador

AustinParksFoundation 
People + Parks
, Parks, People + Parks

By Elizabeth McGuire Jennifer Ramos got hooked on hiking when she realized that it nudged her out of her comfort zone and into places she might not otherwise experience.   This growing passion led to trail clean-ups, park projects, and eventually a role as an APF Ambassador. To her surprise she found that volunteering mirrored hiking in at least one …

People + Parks: Volunteer of the Year

AustinParksFoundation 
People + Parks
, Parks, People + Parks

By Elizabeth McGuire Daniela Nunez was raised in a few different parts of central Austin, but no matter the neighborhood, she always had easy access to parks and loved growing up in these green spaces. So when she bought a home in a north Austin neighborhood that lacked nearby parkland, she was determined to help bring one to the area. …