Environmental Groups – Parks



Austin Parks Foundation

507 Calles Street, Suite 116

Austin, TX 78702

Bill Stout (512) 387-3021

FAX: (512) 477-1586

E-mail: volunteer@austinparks.org

Net: austinparks.org

Facebook: facebook.com/austinparksfoundation

Purpose: Austin Parks Foundation improves the quality of life for people in Austin and Travis County by filling the city’s funding and resource gap needed to develop, maintain and enhance the area’s parks, trails, and green spaces.

Projects/Activities: Austin Parks Foundation supports and empowers individuals, volunteer groups and park adopters across the city to maintain and improve their parks and trails through our Austin City Limits Music Festival Grants program, tool warehouse, financial services and through volunteer projects on “It’s My Park Day” and throughout the year. APF also engages people in their parks through their “Movies in the Park” and “Fitness in the Park” programs.

It’s My Park Day – 1st Saturday of March and November; city-wide.

Party for the Parks – Wednesday before the 1st weekend of Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Volunteer Opportunities: Please see austinparks.givepulse.com to learn about upcoming opportunities.

Newsletters/Publications: Monthly e-newsletter; regular blog posts.

Dues: To donate, see Web site.


Hill Country Conservancy

5524 Bee Caves Road, Suite G4

Austin, TX 78746

Kylie Rush (512) 328-2481

E-Mail: info@hillcountryconservancy.org

Net: hillcountryconservancy.org

Facebook: facebook.com/hillcountryconservancy

Purpose: Hill Country Conservancy (HCC) is a non-profit land trust that works to ensure a healthy environment and economy in the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer and the Central Texas Hill Country by permanently preserving natural areas and rural Texas heritage.  The Board of Directors is composed of members of the area’s business, real estate, and conservation communities.

Projects/Activities: The Conservancy’s goal is to permanently conserve open space in a six-county region.  Since incorporation in 2000, HCC has worked with the City of Austin and other partners to conserve over 44,000 acres.

In addition, HCC created a vision in 1999 for the first regional trail system in Central Texas, now called the “Violet Crown Trail” (VCT). The first six-mile segment is now open.  Users will be able to experience wildlife, clean streams, and the breathtaking views of land preserved by HCC and its partners.

Volunteer Opportunities: National Public Lands Day, National Trails Day, plus regular cleanups on the Violet Crown Trail. Visit our Web site to sign up and to find out about upcoming opportunities.

Newsletters/Publications: See our Blog under “About Us” section of Web site.

Dues: $25 – $1,000 for memberships.


Trust for Public Land

2579 Western Trails Boulevard, Suite 130

Austin, TX 78745

Scott Parker (415) 269-4231

E-mail: scott.parker@tpl.org

Net: tpl.org

Purpose: The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a private, nonprofit land conservation organization working nationwide to conserve land for people.  Founded in 1972, The Trust for Public Land specializes in conservation real estate, applying its expertise in negotiation, public finance, and land conservation techniques to protect land for public use and enjoyment.  Working with private landowners, community groups, and government agencies, The Trust for Public Land has helped protect thousands of special places nationwide for people to enjoy as parks, playgrounds, community gardens, historic landmarks, and wilderness lands.  TPL has helped protect 32,000 acres in Texas since 1979.

Projects/Activities: TPL’s Central Texas office is currently working on water conservation and habitat protection projects in San Marcos and the Balcones National Wildlife Refuge.  TPL’s Coastal Texas office is currently working on the Columbia Bottomlands and barrier island protection.  TPL’s North Texas office is working on green infrastructure, climate smart implementation, and social benefits of parks with the City of Dallas.

Volunteer Opportunities: Contact nearest TPL office.

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