What we're about

Do you care about the environment in North Austin and wish you could do something about it? Then Keep Walnut Creek Wild might be the meetup group for you! We will get out in the greenbelts and parks, replace plants that don't belong here with plants that do, and restore habitats to more nearly natural conditions. Our work will make the water in our creeks cleaner, help our streams flow longer into a drought, and let us enjoy nature when we hike, bike, or play along the creek. Putting our heads together, we will find the resources we need to make this happen. And we will work with any nonprofit, neighborhood association, or meetup group that wants to play a part. Then we'll export what we've learned to other watersheds, so wherever we go we can enjoy Austin as a natural part of Central Texas, not a prefabricated chunk of suburbia.

Upcoming events (5)

Eradicate Ligustrums wherever We Find Them

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park

We are making great progress girdling ligustrums in areas that drain into Tar Branch—so great that it’s hard to know more than a week in advance what we’ll be able to do any given day. We might be girdling. We might be felling dead trees. Or we might even be uprooting smaller invasives. Come on out and see what we’re doing. Dress for the weather, but wear long pants in case we get into brush. Also wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring water to stay hydrated.

Restoration Roulette!

Kiosk, Pool Lot Trailhead of Mountain Bike Trail, Walnut Creek Metro Park

We have been making so much progress lately that it's hard to know more than a week ahead what we will be doing any given week—girdling big invasive trees; uprooting smaller ones; cutting dead trees; blocking bandit trails (those places where so many people have followed a game trail that it is hardly distinguishable from the main trail); or, more likely, some combination of those. Not your bag? There is always less strenuous work to do: scatter seeds; pull up seedlings (or hoe them in); or cut back Nandina. And we even have a project or two that involve a lot of digging, rock work, or both. Sign up now! If you have any preferences for what we do, leave a comment and I'll figure out a way to accommodate you. I will update this description closer to the date of the event if the specific activities become clear. Otherwise, dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and bring plenty of water to drink.

Eradicate Ligustrums wherever We Find Them

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park

We are making great progress girdling ligustrums in areas that drain into Tar Branch—so great that it’s hard to know more than a week in advance what we’ll be able to do any given day. We might be girdling. We might be felling dead trees. Or we might even be uprooting smaller invasives. Come on out and see what we’re doing. Dress for the weather, but wear long pants in case we get into brush. Also wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring water to stay hydrated.

Restoration Roulette!

Kiosk, Pool Lot Trailhead of Mountain Bike Trail, Walnut Creek Metro Park

We have been making so much progress lately that it's hard to know more than a week ahead what we will be doing any given week—girdling big invasive trees; uprooting smaller ones; cutting dead trees; blocking bandit trails (those places where so many people have followed a game trail that it is hardly distinguishable from the main trail); or, more likely, some combination of those. Not your bag? There is always less strenuous work to do: scatter seeds; pull up seedlings (or hoe them in); or cut back Nandina. And we even have a project or two that involve a lot of digging, rock work, or both. Sign up now! If you have any preferences for what we do, leave a comment and I'll figure out a way to accommodate you. I will update this description closer to the date of the event if the specific activities become clear. Otherwise, dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and bring plenty of water to drink.

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Restoration Roulette!

Kiosk, Pool Lot Trailhead of Mountain Bike Trail, Walnut Creek Metro Park

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