Opportunities

Chapter Projects and Opportunities with our local Partners – these activities are pre-approved.

Date Event & Location Details Contact
Ongoing
(Saturday mornings, Fall and Spring)
10am
Buescher, Bastrop & Lockhart State Park Interpretive Hikes Lead an interpretive hike! The easy trail walks (about 1 mile) are each Saturday at 10am from October through early December and again in the spring from late February through early June. If you haven’t done this before, contact Benjamen Kanten for a brief introduction, and come along on one of the hikes for more training.  Click here for more information. To volunteer, or find out about training hikes, contact Benjamen Kanten.
Ongoing Fall & Spring (1st Saturday of month, mornings @ 10am) Lake Bastrop South Shore Interpretive Hikes A two-person interpretive hike (leader & assistant) through the park using trails of your choice. This hike is open to park participants and periodic hike leader orientations are offered at the beginning of each hiking season. Contact Louise Ridlon.
Ongoing
(every Wednesday)
Bridge Maniacs – various locations The Bridge Maniacs accomplish a variety of trail construction and maintenance projects, including new trail construction, bridge construction, brush clearing, and anything else that needs to be done. To volunteer, contact Audrey Ambrose.
Ongoing Interpretive Programming, Invasive Species Management, Research & More – Miscellaneous Service Opportunities The state parks don’t just need your help on the trails. Contact the parks’ Interpretive Specialist for more volunteer opportunities. Bastrop/Buescher State Parks Interpretive Specialist, Kristen Williams
Lockhart State Park Interpretive Specialist, Lauren Millican
Ongoing McKinney Roughs Volunteer Activities McKinney Roughs has a variety of activities available to volunteers. Currently they are looking for people to help maintain the natural plant areas and beds around the visitor center, classroom building, dining hall, and parking lots. The demonstration trail and herb garden area have been getting spruced up. There is a structured pond in this area, as well as another one in front of the classroom building. There are also a couple of other ponds used for education programs that need to have vegetation restored and bank work. Assistance in any of these areas can be coordinated to work with volunteer schedules during the hours the park is open, 8-5 Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 on Sundays. Mckinney Roughs requires a volunteer form be filled out, and a background check is done on each volunteer before they start. Contact Louise Ridlon.
Spring & Summer All clinics start at 9am and end at noon, although volunteers are asked to work 8am-12:30pm TPWD Free Family Fishing Clinics at Bastrop and Buescher State Parks. Volunteers are needed to assist with this free Go Fish clinic at Buescher State Park. Clinics are designed for children ages 6 to 13, but all ages are welcome. This is a very basic clinic, and you don’t need to be a fisher-person to help out. The kids really have a good time. There will be 5 learning stations with gifts at each station. A Certificate of Achievement and a cool fish pin will be given out after the classes. Participants will then get to fish with borrowed rods, reels, and bait provided by TPWD. At noon there will be a raffle for the kids. Parents must accompany their children. Everyone should bring water, insect repellent, sun block, a hat and wear closed-toe shoes. Regular park entrance fees apply. Park entrance is free for volunteers, and necessary training will be provided on site. At least 7 volunteers are needed for each clinic. Contact Bill Brooks.
Mondays, 9am-noon, year round River Rats/Bag Ladies, Lost Pines Nature Trails/Colorado River Refuge Inspect, clean, administer gate closing, maintain and trim vegetation from trails and public areas of this 95-acre nature preserve. LPMN is the primary caretaker of this pristine wilderness.  All volunteers are welcome. Contact Audrey Ambrose.
Select Fridays, 9am-noon, spring & fall Lockhart ISD 5th Grade Outdoor Laboratory All Lockhart ISD elementary schools spend a half day at Lockhart State Park, learning about nature and the outdoors. LPMNs are needed to assist park interpreter teaching, monitoring and providing support for this twice annual event. Contact Lauren Millican, Lockhart State Park Interpretive Specialist.

Other pre-approved Volunteer Opportunities

Various dates Wildfire Recovery Projects, Bastrop State Park Erosion Control
Erosion remains an issue in the park following the 2011 wildfire. Some of the effects of erosion can be mitigated by installing straw logs, or wattles, on steep and eroding hillsides. This work is difficult and involves walking up and down steep, rocky hills, carrying straw bulky logs, bending and using hand tools. It is appropriate for ages 14 and up only.
Contact Kristen Williams for more information.
Various dates Trail work at Bastrop and Buescher State Parks Trail work is a regular activity at Bastrop and Buescher state parks. This work is moderately difficult and involves hiking long distances, bending, and carrying and using hand tools.The Friends of the Lost Pines holds Bastrop State Park trail workdays in the spring and fall.  Contact the Friends at volunteer.flpsp@gmail.com to sign up and get more details. Contact Kristen Williams to be notified of work dates.
Ongoing Colorado River Watch Network Colorado River Watch Network monitors must complete an eight-hour training process provided by LCRA (Eligible for LPMN Advanced Training Credit). Instructors show volunteers how to use testing equipment, then help volunteers practice their new skills at a designated testing site on the Colorado River to test for several water quality indicators. A field kit is loaned to a volunteer individual or group for the duration of their active participation. As long as the group continues to regularly provide data, monitoring supplies are provided. Visit the LCRA volunteer web page
Ongoing Hornsby Bend Monthly Bird Count The Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory Monthly Bird Survey is usually held the 2nd Saturday of each month. Meet at Hornsby Bend, Center for Environmental Research at 7am for the morning survey [Coffee and treats at 6:30am] or 4pm for the afternoon survey. All levels of birders are welcome, although this is not a field trip – the survey is a great way to improve your skills since teams are formed that match experienced and novice birders. In the morning, teams cover different areas of the Hornsby Bend facility and count numbers of all birds seen. It is 4 hours of hard hiking and counting, but lots of fun along the way. The teams meet again around 11am to tally up the species. The afternoon involves looking around for species missed that morning, and goes until sundown. Location and Site map

Other Volunteer Opportunities – make sure to get prior approval for credit!

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