Earth Day with TLC!

March 24, 2016

Experts think spending time outside makes you live longer.

We think spending time outside makes you an awesome person.

Come be awesome and volunteer with us on Earth Day at Oak Cliff Nature Preserve (OCNP) on April 23rd, 2015. Spend the day learning about wildlife habitat and picking up litter. At 12pm, after our work is done, we will lead a 2-mile nature walk through the preserve. Volunteers will be treated to KIND Bars during the morning and delicious Pop Star Popsicles in the afternoon - thanks to these businesses for donating to a great cause!

Want to sign up? Visit the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Facebook Page or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Los Rincones Preserve Hike - March 19th, 2016

 

March 2, 2016

Hoping to hear some Golden-cheeked Warbler this spring? Join us Saturday, March 19th at Los Rincones Preserve for a free guided naturalist hike - and keep your eyes and ears open for this magnificent bird!

A few key details:

The hike will be moderate to strenuous exercise (2.5 - 3.5 miles) and we will be hiking off-trail most of the morning. Please make sure to wear close-toed hiking shoes and long pants. If you want, please also bring a warmer layer, a full water bottle (1 for each hiker), your cameras, and any snacks you’d like to have in addition to the KIND Bars we will be providing. We will be out in nature and you may encounter prickly plants, wily wild animals, and wonderfully wily weather patterns.

Daniel, our amazing Stewardship Director, will be leading the hike along with Jerry Morrisey and Linda Higby, naturalists from the Sierra Club. This will be a guided hike and we will discuss the geology, plants and animals found in the area with particular emphasis on the golden-cheeked warbler as Los Rincones is an excellent example of Warbler habitat.

For directions to the HEB parking lot in Kerrville where we will be meeting before the hike, please CLICK HERE. It takes approximately 2 hours to drive from Austin to the site of the property.

Space will be limited - Please RSVP! Email our Director of Partnerships and Outreach, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Volunteer Stewardship Day: Prescribed Burn at Marysee Prairie

February 2, 2016

When: Saturday February 6, 9am til we finish

Where: Marysee Prairie, Liberty County.  From the intersection of Hwy 105 Hwy 146 in Moss Hill, go east on Hwy 105.  Take a left on CR 2077.  Marysee Prairie is the last property on the right.  Parking area is at GPS coordinates 30.254934, -94.68009. 

Degree of Difficulty:  Moderate.  Relatively flat area, but will need to walk through dense grasses.

Activity Goal:  To burn native tall grass prairie to control brush recruitment and prevent thatch accumulation. 

Activity Details: There are two main tasks.  The first will be to improve the fireline by raking cut grass around three sides of the a 9 acre burn unit.  We will then break for a snack/lunch.  After a brief safety orientation we will split into two holding crews and burn the prairie.  This is a low complexity burn.  No prior experience necessary.  Crew members will be asked to either carry a flapper, rake, back-pack sprayer, or ignition torch depending on their abilities and comfort levels.

Participants Need to Bring:  Volunteers must wear long pants and closed toed shoes, preferably hiking or work boots.  Must bring a long sleeved shirt to wear during the burn itself.  Participants should also bring a bottle of water, lunch, and dress for the weather.  Some snacks and water will be provided. 

Essential Project Needs and Safety Considerations:
•    Activity will not occur in rainy conditions.  
•    Those with allergies to bee stings or fire ants should be prepared as necessary. 
•    Nearest medical facility is approximately 25 minutes away.  A first aid kit will be available on site.
•    Volunteers will be working with heavy and/or sharp tools.
•    There is the possibility participants may encounter snakes, spiders, scorpions and other wildlife.

Contact:  Daniel Dietz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  512.731.2517.  If trying to contact day of work call or text, do not email.

Sandylands Ranch Hike - February 20th, 2016

January 30, 2016

Ready to enjoy some wildflowers and bird songs? Join us Saturday, February 20th at Sandylands Ranch for a free, family-friendly guided naturalist hike!

A few key details:

The hike will be moderate to strenuous exercise (3-4 miles) and we will be hiking off-trail most of the morning. The wildflowers will be out in bloom this time of year, please feel free to bring your cameras!

Please make sure to wear close-toed hiking shoes and long pants. If you want, please also bring a warmer layer, a full water bottle (1 for each hiker), your cameras, and any snacks you’d like to have in addition to the KIND Bars we will be providing. We will be out in nature and you may encounter prickly plants, wily wild animals, and wonderfully wily weather patterns.

This will be a guided hike and we will discuss the geology, plants and animals found in the area with particular emphasis on cedar clearing, wildflower identification, and bird identification.

To RSVP and for directions to the property and any other questions, please email our Director of Partnerships and Outreach, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..