Get Involved Spotlight: Austin Parks Foundation

Sep 1, 2015

From Austin Parks Foundation, this month's Get Involved spotlight organization:

Austin Parks Foundation is devoted to connecting people to parks. Since its establishment in 1992, Austin Parks Foundation has focused on developing partnerships that foster on development and maintenance of Austin’s treasured parks, trails and public green spaces. Austin Parks Foundation focuses on volunteerism, park activation, community resources, sustainability projects, and public-private partnerships.

From city wide days like National Public Lands Day (September 26, 2015) to individual park project days initiated by community members, service organizations and corporate groups, Austin Parks Foundation moves thousands of volunteers through Austin’s parks each year. Projects include park clean up and beautification, trail maintenance, tree care and more.

Additionally, Austin Parks Foundation hosts park activation events like Yoga in the Park  and Movies in the Park, as well as educational programming, like the Park Improvement Education Series workshops, and offers community resources through the ACL Music Festival Grants program which allows park adopters to apply for much-needed funding to improve their parks.

Volunteer Opportunities:

National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is September 26, 2015, and is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands including parks, trails, and green spaces. Austin's annual NPLD event is hosted by Austin Parks Foundation and Texas Conservation Corps.

There are many choices for NPLD projects, including mulching, habitat restoration, building and maintaining trails, park maintenance, clean-ups, and more. No matter how you choose to lend a hand for NPLD, you’ll be making a difference.

Register at austinparks.org/npld

Year-round Volunteer Days

Austin Parks Foundation provides volunteer opportunities year-round for businesses, organizations, and service groups to get involved with our parks!

Business groups: We specialize in creating unique and educational teambuilding opportunities through outdoor workdays. Get out of the office and into the sunshine!

Youth and Service Groups: Put in a hard day's work while learning how your efforts support a healthy environment. 

Individuals: Plug into one of our hands-on PIES trainings or check our events calendar for an upcoming workday. 

To organize your next volunteer workday with us, contact Bill at volunteer@austinparks.org.