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Help Restore the Original Source of the San Antonio River

Saturday, July 15th, 2017 from 8:30am to 11:30am

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Age Limit13 and up
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For volunteers' calendar, maps, information, etc. email howard.homan@gmail.com .

What is this place?  The Headwaters Sanctuary is 53-acres of mostly
urban forest, one of the last and largest forests in central San
Antonio.  The Sanctuary contains the historic "source" of the San
Antonio River:  the San Antonio Spring, more widely known as the Blue
Hole.  The Sanctuary is both a federal and state protected archeological
district, with evidence of human occupation going back nearly 12,000
years.  There are many layers of fascinating history here.  The
Headwaters Sanctuary was set aside by the Sisters of Charity of the
Incarnate Word in 2008 to protect the historic land and its famous
waters.  They established an Earth care ministry - Headwaters at
Incarnate Word, Inc.  - to protect, restore, celebrate, and otherwise
take care of the Sanctuary for the benefit of all.  The Sanctuary is
privately owned, but always open to the public for appropriate use and
enjoyment.  Come walk our trails!
What do volunteers do?  As stewards of the land, we and our beloved
volunteers do many things to help heal this land.  We remove invasive
plants to make room for a variety of native ones, which improves
ecological health.  We do this with hands, handsaws, root wrenches and
chainsaws.  We haul the cuttings into piles by the trails.  We run the
cuttings through a wood chipper.  We put the wood chips on our trails -
a form of recycling!  We manage existing trails and make new ones.  We
grow native plants from seed in the greenhouse, and plant them in the
Sanctuary.  Sometimes we just pick up trash.  When you come, we could be
doing any or all of these things depending on who shows up, what their
interests are, and what needs to be done in the Sanctuary that day.  We
also enjoy time together in nature.  You'll learn about ecological
restoration, the natural and cultural heritage of the Sanctuary, and how
we can all be better stewards of the Earth.
How should volunteers prepare?  Dress for the woods -- long sleeves,
long pants, and closed toe shoes or boots.  We supply gloves, equipment,
and water in a 5-gallon cooler; we ask that you bring a reusable
container for water that you can refill from our water cooler.  (We
don't ever supply water in plastic bottles.)
Where do volunteers meet?  There is no street address; GPS coordinates
are 29.4697, -98.4709.  You can park there; we'll give you a permit if
needed.  To drive there, from Hildebrand Ave. take the entrance ramp
onto Rt. 281 North; but do not get on Rt. 281!  From the entrance ramp,
take a right turn into the University of the Incarnate Word.
Next, at the stop sign, turn left and stay left until you pass the
baseball fields on your right.  On the left, you'll find us at the
picnic tables near our tool shed, with its "Welcome to the Headwaters"
banner.
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Requirements
Dress for the woods -- long sleeves,
long pants, and closed toe shoes or boots. We supply gloves, equipment,
and water in a 5-gallon cooler; we ask that you bring a reusable
container for water that you can refill from our water cooler.
Perkssnacks and water
Parking Detailspermits will be provided
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