Volunteer Opportunities – Lakes & Parks

1. Lakes: Lake Travis Underwater & Shoreline Cleanup

The Lake Travis Underwater Cleanup is the BIGGEST scuba diving and shoreline cleanup in Texas. The event invites several hundred certified scuba divers and shoreline volunteers to help round-up trash from the bottom of Lake Travis and ten Travis County Parks around the lake. The event is great for all ages and will occur rain or shine!

WHEN?  This year’s event will be held on Sunday, September 15thRegister today!!

  • Supply Pickup: 7AM – 9AM
  • Cleanup: 9AM – 11AM
  • Volunteer Thank You Party: 11:30AM – 1PM

WHERE?

Supply Distribution Volunteers – Make the event happen! Help us give out free t-shirts, supplies, snacks, and the chance to win some great door prizes by volunteering at the supply distribution location the morning of the cleanup.
Shoreline Volunteers – Help clean one of the following parks:
Click on a site to take a virtual tour, get driving directions, and learn more about each park.
Dive Volunteers Sites - Certified divers are invited to clean underwater sites but must provide their own dive gear and tanks:
  • Little Devil’s Cove
  • Bob Wentz at Windy Point
  • Cypress Creek Wall
  • Gun Hollow
  • Starnes Island (North, South, East)
  • Oasis Bluff (Tom Hughes)
  • Mansfield Dam
  • Hippie Hollow (East, West) (18 and older only)
Volunteer Thank You Party: at Oasis, 6550 Comanche Trail, 78732. Volunteer to receive a free t-shirt, lunch, and the chance to win some great door prizes. 
MAP - View Lake Travis Underwater in a larger map.
  • Register as a shoreline, distribution, or dive volunteer! All divers must be certified to participate.
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  • Dive captain/leader information

QUESTIONS?  Contact Cora via email or call 512.391.0622.

2. Parks: National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands including parks, trails, and green spaces. NPLD began nationally in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. It proved to be a huge success and became a yearly tradition, typically held on the last Saturday in September. Since the first NPLD, the event has grown by leaps and bounds. Last year in Austin we had 14 park events with more than 435 volunteers!

NPLD projects can include mulching, removing invasive plants, building and maintaining trails, planting trees and shrubs, or picking up trash. No matter how you lend a hand for NPLD, you’ll be making a difference.

Volunteers are invited to a NPLD after party for lunch in Zilker Park and will be entered to win one of 25 pairs of 3-Day Passes to the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The raffle drawing will be held at the after party.

Save the Date for NPLD 2013

Save the Date: September 28. This year marks the 20th anniversary of NPLD. Join, APF and the Texas Conservation Corp for a day of service.

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