Other Informational Resources For School Gardens and Nature Opportunities
In Austin, TX and Surrounding Areas
American Youthworks Environmental Corps
American YouthWorks (AYW) volunteers can visit campuses and
work sites to share skills and talents with our participants
Contact: Parc Smith
Boy Scouts Youth Organizations
Often local troops and children's groups will work to establish
gardens as part of service projects. Eagle Scout candidates frequently
need projects. Austin coordinator: Bob Oatman 944-7726
Capital Area Master Naturalists
CAMN volunteers provide instruction and volunteer opportunities
to adults who wish to learn about and demonstrate the principles of sustainable
use, conservation, and maintenance of our natural resources.
Capitol Area Council Boy Scouts
There are several specialized leadership and skill training
courses offered by the Capitol Area Council. They are all a
combination of traditional classroom and active outdoor learning environments.
These courses can help you get more out of the Scouting program.
(512) 926-6363, email@example.com
Children In Nature Collaborative of Austin
The Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin is a new private/public partnership non-profit organization dedicated to creating social change so that kids throughout Central Texas have easy and frequent connections to our natural world. The mission of the Austin Children in Nature Collaborative is to ignite and fan the flames of the regional movement to reconnect kids to the wonder and joy of the natural world.
Children In Nature Network
The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working worldwide to reconnect children with nature. C&NN provides access to the latest news and research in the field and a peer-to-peer network of researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being.
City of Austin-Parks and Recreation Department
National Wildlife Federation’s certified the City of Austin as a Community Wildlife Habitat. Austin is the largest city in the country
and the first city in Texas to receive this prestigious designation.
Community wildlife habitats provide food, water, cover and places to raise young for
wildlife throughout an entire community – in individual backyards, on school grounds and in
public areas such as parks, community gardens, places of worship and businesses.
Girl Scouts of Central Texas
Girl Scouts is the world's largest organization dedicated to empowering
girls to be leaders. In partnership with adult volunteers, girls develop
leadership skills, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about
their own potential and self-worth.
Green Corn Project
Green Corn is a group of Austin volunteers committed to planting
and supporting organic gardens. Contact them about supporting your school
Keep Austin Beautiful
Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB) inspires and educates individual
and our community towards greater environmental stewardship. Recruit KAB
volunteers for projects through events calendar and weekly email blast.
Contact: Jessica Wilson
(512) 391-0617 x901 Jessica@Keepaustinbeautiful.org
Keep Austin Wild - Habitat Steward Volunteers
Volunteers available to assist with schoolyard habitat projects.
Contact: Alice Nance, City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department-
(512) 327-8181 x29 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center exists to introduce people to the beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native plants. The Center’s education programs for children and adults teach people about their natural surroundings and how to grow native plants in their own backyards.
National Wildlife Federation, Austin (South Central Region Center)
National Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. The focus is on protecting and restoring healthy rivers and estuaries, conserving wetlands, springs and aquifers, safeguarding wildlife and habitats from the effects of global warming, promoting sustainable land and water use, and connecting both children and adults with the natural world.
An Austin resource, Dr. Molly Orgozoly will bring a 'truckload' of
gardening and nature activities to your school.
Sustainable Food Center, Austin
Offers opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment.
Austin phone: 512-236-0074
Texas AgriLife Extension Service - Travis County
http://travis-tx.tamu.edu/ and http://texasextension.tamu.edu
There are a number of newsletters, practical publications and
related links included on this site in the areas of Youth Development,
Agriculture and Natural Resources, Horticulture, Nutrition and Health,
and Family and Consumer Issues.
Austin phone: 512-854-9600
Texas Master Gardeners
A Texas AgriLife resource organization, trained volunteers
will often assist schools with planning gardens.
Travis County Audubon Society
Travis Audubon Society promotes the enjoyment, understanding,
and conservation of native birds and their habitats. TAC leads diverse and interesting field trips and bird walks nearly
every weekend of the year and on weekdays, both at local birding
hotspots and exotic getaways. TAC offers an exciting array of monthly
speakers, workshops, youth birding camp, the annual Birdathon,
and seasonal as well as monthly bird counts and surveys.
Travis County Master Gardeners
As a program of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, we provide
non-biased, sound horticultural information to the community. Master Gardeners
can help with gardening questions and school garden projects.
(512) 854-9600 email@example.com
Texas Master Naturalists
Their mission: to help children and adults learn about Texas's
natural wildlife resources.
Texas Farm Bureau
The Farm bureau may have a speaker and activities for your
Texas Forest Service
TFS provides information on all matters related to forestry. They offer conservation educations, resources for teachers and kid's korner learning opportunities.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Their mission is to conserve fish and wildlife species and habitat as well as cultural and historic sites across Texas. Lots of teacher resources for outdoor learning opportunities.
UpLift Austin offers an innovative environmental education program for at-risk youth. To educate about promising "green" career field, UpLift Austin provides a day program in local high schools that pairs students with professionals from the community. In each program, students design and implement projects to promote an environmentally sustainable campus.
Urban biologists provide wildlife and habitat conservation
information to urban residents, schools, businesses, and local governmental
agencies. Speakers and educational resources are sometimes available.
Urban teams are located in six major urban centers. To speak with an
urban biologist in your area, contact:
Austin: (512) 308-0979
Dallas/Fort Worth: (972) 293-3841
El Paso: (915) 774-9603
Houston: (281) 456-7029
Rio Grande Valley: (956) 571-5359
San Antonio: (210) 688-6444
Urban Roots is an Austin youth development program that uses
sustainable agriculture as means to effect lasting change for youth participants,
and to nourish East Austin residents who currently have limited access
to healthy foods. Check to see if they can help with your program.