A few local volunteer organizations that have been trained by WPD to self-lead some restoration techniques in Grow Zones follow this maintenance schedule.
If you would like to propose a volunteer project in a Grow Zone please use this form to make the request.
Help keep the riparian zone clean
Pick up trash and remove pet waste to enhance both the environment and our enjoyment of natural areas. Every time someone puts garbage in the appropriate waste receptacle, it is silently appreciated by those who never see the trash on the streets and in our creeks. www.LetsCanItAustin.org
Give positive feedback to Park officials
Positive feedback is always appreciated and helps provide encouragement for programs that seek to protect and restore natural areas.
Restore the area you control
Evaluate the area that surrounds your home and help your personal environment become a functioning part of the greater environment. The City of Austin’s Grow Green program is a great place to start learning about plant selection to promote native Texas plants that provide benefits to wildlife such as butterflies and birds. You can even create a “Backyard Habitat” that can be certified by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Spread the word and shift the paradigm
In this increasingly urbanized area, our connection to nature is growing further and further apart. Communication will play a key role in turning our collective thoughts back to understanding the importance of nature. Tell a friend what you know and you’ve already doubled the effort.
Observe, learn and enjoy
Inspire the naturalist in you to learn the names, habits and functions of the plants and wildlife in our area. A fantastic way to appreciate nature is to take the time to observe it and learn about the extraordinary web of interactions that make natural riparian systems function.