Hot Spot

Barton Creek Greenbelt | March 5-10, 2020

Austin, TX

Popular for hiking, swimming, mountain biking, rock climbing and birdwatching, the Barton Creek Greenbelt in a favorite of Austinites! Running through the bustling city of Austin, Texas, “the greenbelt” in an important staple both for locals and visitors alike. Due to the proximity to the city and the variety of access points, Barton Creek sees an enormous amount of visitors daily. This has contributed to numerous impacts including pet management and waste, biking impacts, litter, water resource impacts and more. The Barton Creek Greenbelt is also home to the endangered bracted twistflower which has been further impacted by all of these things.

*The Barton Creek Greenbelt is located on the ancestral lands of the Tonkawa, Nʉmʉnʉʉ (Comanche), and possibly other tribes*

Opportunities to Get Involved

Leave No Trace Climbing

Time: Friday, March 6 @ 9:00a-12:00 p

Where: Barton Creek Greenbelt, Gus Fruh entrance to Guides Wall

Contact: Ranger Adam Jones, 512.978-2600, adam.jones@austintexas.gov

Additional Details:  This is an entry-level rock climbing experience that will focus on the required gear and basic commands of safe wall climbing, while learning ways to protect and preserve natural climbing spaces. Rock climbing is an exciting and fun way to promote LNT principles, instill a sense of stewardship, and connect people to a natural space through physical activity and a sense of accomplishment. Climbing gear will be provided. Please bring water. Registration on GivePulse is required to attend this event.

Registration

Salamander Walk 

Time: Friday, March 6 @ 2:00p-4:00 p

Where: Park Ranger Cottage, 2105b Andrew Zilker Road

Contact:  Ranger Cassidy Stillwell, 512.978-2600, Cassidy.Stillwell@austintexas.gov

Additional Details:  Did you know that hiking, and recreation behaviors on the greenbelt can impact our  Barton Springs Salamander? This animal is a federally protected species that is native to barton springs.  During this walk we will tour the different springs, talk about Leave No Trace and meet with City Biologist Nathan Bendik, and perhaps one of these lovely animals. Registration on GivePulse is required to attend this event.

Registration

It’s My Park Day, Barton Creek Greenbelt Clean up

Time: Saturday, March 7 @ 9:00a- 11:30a

Where: Trailheads across the Barton Creek Greenbelt.

Contact: LeAnn Ishcomer, 512-978-2602, leann.ishcomer@austintexas.gov

Additional Details: Registration on GivePulse is required to attend this event through the Austin Parks Foundation.

Registration – Barton Springs Pool Entrance

Registration – Spyglass Entrance

Registration – Twin Falls Entrance

Registration – 360 Entrance

Registration – Violet Crown Trail Entrance (290 Entrance)

Registration – Hill of Life

Leave No Trace Bird Walk

Time: Sunday, March 8 @ 9:00a-12:00p

Where: Spyglass Trailhead,1601 Spyglass Dr.

Contact: Park Ranger Owen Moorhead, 512.978-2600, owen.moorhead@austintexas.gov

Additional Details: This program is designed to introduce participants to the basics of birdwatching, including how to use binoculars and field guides and basics of bird identification, as well as LNT principles as they related to birding. Registration on GivePulse is required to attend this event.

Registration

Citizen Science, BioBlitz

Time: Sunday, March 8 @ 1:00p-4:00p

Where: Barton Creek Greenbelt,Barton Springs Pool access

Contact: Park Ranger Casey Carter, 512.978-2600, casey.carter@austintexas.gov

Additional Details: A BioBlitz involves making as many observations as possible of species found within a certain amount of time. This BioBlitz will show participants how fun and easy it is to contribute to their scientific community, inspire stewardship, and broaden their understanding of the organisms present in the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Please bring water and sturdy footwear. Registration on GivePulse is required to attend this event. Participants will also need to download the iNaturalist App and create an account before attending. 

Registration

Leave No Trace Rock Climbing

Time: Monday, March 9 @ 1:00p-4:00p

Where: Barton Creek Greenbelt, Gus Fruh entrance, address

Contact: Ranger Osvaldo Martinez, 512.978-2600, osvaldo.martinez@austintexas.gov

Additional Details: This is an entry-level rock climbing experience that will focus on the required gear and basic commands of safe wall climbing, while learning ways to protect and preserve natural climbing spaces. Rock climbing is an exciting and fun way to promote LNT principles, instill a sense of stewardship, and connect people to a natural space through physical activity and a sense of accomplishment. Climbing gear will be provided. Please bring water. Registration on GivePulse is required to attend this event.

Registration

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