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|Close Date||Any time before the event ends or when space runs out.|
|Shared With||Keep Walnut Creek Wild|
|Age Limit||All Ages|
In the Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park there are several natural-surface trails that run parallel to Tar Branch. Unfortunately, park users are tempted to cut through the woods and across the streambed from one trail to the next. These cut-throughs cause erosion and disturb the natural habitat that draws so many visitors to the park. Our project is to restore these areas that have suffered the impacts of heavy use.
Working together, the Austin Ridge Riders and Keep Walnut Creek Wild will lead volunteers in these activities:
Whatever you feel up to, join us!
Wear sturdy shoes, clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and will protect you from brush and poison ivy, and appropriate protection from the sun. We will need about 25 volunteers who can do physical labor, but we can use about the same number for the less difficult tasks of loosening soil, planting new plants, and spreading mulch in the new beds.
|Perks||The opportunity to create something you will be able to take pride in each time you return to the park.|
|Parking Details||Some parking is available in the lot nearest the trailhead. More parking is available in the adjacent lot for the pool. Still more parking is available across the park road.|
|Causes||Community Environment Sports & Recreation|
|Skills||Construction Event Planning Landscaping Mulching Planting and Gardening Remove Debris|
63 Positions Filled | 39 Impacts | 188 Hours
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Location: Meet at the start of the paved trail, about halfway along the park road. We will sign in at the trailhead, form work parties, and hike to our respective worksites., Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park, 12138 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78753
|Name & Time||Description||Positions|
|Austin Ridge Riders project leads only. In charge of crews redirecting trails away from the area undergoing restoration.||2/2||Over|
|Led by volunteers from Keep Walnut Creek Wild, scatter seedballs and plant new plants in areas being restored to a more nearly natural condition. Activities are suitable for all ages.||36/41||Over|
|Lead the distribution of seedballs and the planting of native plants in areas being restored to a more nearly natural condition.||2/2||Over|
|Various activities that help keep the project running smoothly: monitor the sign-in area; distribute T-shirts; take photos of volunteers at work; answer general questions about the project; keep track of tools as they are checked out and back in; other deeply appreciated tasks that require little effort but are hugely helpful.||2/2||Over|
|Led by the Austin Ridge Riders' expert trail stewards, move rocks, build barriers, and reshape the surfaces of dirt and gravel trails to direct traffic away from sensitive areas. This activity is best for ages 16 and up.||21/30||Over|