Mar
2
to Mar 3

Amplify Austin

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Pines & Prairies Land is participating in AmplifyATX again this year on March 2-3.  In 2017, we have a goal of $2500 to help with our educational programs and getting kids outdoors here in central Texas.  By teaching about your lands, land trusts help ensure that all Texans have access to clean water and the opportunity to be connected to our natural and cultural heritage

Each year I Live Here, I Give Here and AmplifyATX make it possible for local non-profits of all sizes to connect with partners like you. I Live Here, I Give Here has built this campaign for the benefit of the whole community to make a powerful connection between the donor (change makers) and nonprofits (solution providers) that will make this the best place to live, work and play. 

Please visit us at AmplifyATX and help us continue our mission to preserve family lands and wildlife habitat, and to provide educational tools and assistance for the benefit of people and communities in Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Lee and Eastern Travis Counties.

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Feb
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

Texas Land Conservation Conference

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http://texaslandtrustcouncil.org/index.php/what-we-do/texas-land-conservation-conference

The Texas Land Trust Council will host the 21st Annual Texas Land Conservation Conference March 1 - 3, 2017 at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel. Our goal for each conference is to deliver diverse, innovative, and relevant education to land conservation organizations, public agency partners, landowners, and professional colleagues throughout the state.
 

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Naturalist Training to Begin in January 2017
Dec
6
to Dec 15

Naturalist Training to Begin in January 2017

 

The Texas Master Naturalist program is searching for people passionate about nature.  They produce trained volunteers to provide education, outreach and service supporting management of natural resources and natural areas in Texas. The Lost Pines Chapter serves Caldwell and Bastrop counties and is taking applications for its 2017 training class. Interested? Call Bruce (Caldwell) at 210-240-3572, or call Larry (Bastrop) at 512-294-6662 to get your questions answered.  Place is limited…deadline for applications is December 15, 2016.

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Free Conservation Field Tour to Highlight Native Grass Restoration and Prescribed Burning in Bastrop County
Nov
18
8:30am 8:30am

Free Conservation Field Tour to Highlight Native Grass Restoration and Prescribed Burning in Bastrop County

The tour will be held Friday November 18th at Peach Creek Farm, 435 Peach Creek Road, Rosanky, TX. Registration will begin at 8:30 am and the tour will be from 9:00 am to noon.

RSVP by Nov 16th at (512) 321-2489 ext. 3 or Bastropcounty@swcd.texas.gov

Attendance is free of charge and refreshments will be provided by the Bastrop County SWCD. The tour will include short walks over grass and uneven terrain. Please contact two weeks prior to the tour with any special needs for hearing or visually impaired.

This year’s field tour will highlight the native grassland restoration efforts of Dr. Gerald Baugh at his Rosanky property.

Dr. Baugh was an early adopter in the native prairie movement, beginning his first restoration efforts by hand planting and seeding native grasses over 20 years ago. He renewed efforts in 2013 and has since planted nearly 100 acres to native tall grasses like little bluestem, indiangrass, big bluestem and switchgrass that once blanketed the Great Plains of the central United States, including this area of Texas. Now, some of the grass stands over 5’ tall, reminiscent of early pioneers’ claims of stirrup-high grass.

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Go Fish!  A Free Learn to Fish Event at Buescher SP
Oct
8
9:00am 9:00am

Go Fish! A Free Learn to Fish Event at Buescher SP

Join Bill Brooks for his 12th year teaching "kids of all ages" to fish in a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sponsored event.  The event is free but park entrance fees still apply.  This event is held at Buescher State Park.

Learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities.  Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes.  Equipment and bait provided or bring your own.  No license necessary.  Adults must accompany children.  Bring sun protection and water.

Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M.  Raffle at noon!

Volunteers need to be at the park at 8am for set-up and training.  Volunteers do not need to know how to fish to help out with this program.

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Oct
8
7:30am 7:30am

Bastrop Community Clean-Up

 

Love downtown? Want to give back to your community? 

Mark your calendars to join us on October 8th for a community cleanup in historic downtown Bastrop!
We will be cleaning windows, picking up litter, planting and beautifying our downtown district!
Click here to volunteer, donate supplies or for general information:
http://www.bastropdowntown.com/bastrop-community-cleanup

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Oct
7
8:30am 8:30am

Wildlife Habitat Federation: Native Prairie Discovery Tour

Wildlife Habitat Federation

Native Prairie Discovery Tour

Friday, October 7, 2016

Location: St. Johns Lutheran Church of Cat Spring

480 Ross Street, Cat Spring, Texas 78933

 

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m., Program: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration Fee: $25 per person (charged at the door)

Participants will be provided with transportation, refreshments, lunch

 

Please use button below to register by Friday, September 30, 2016

 

 


 

or call Austin Co. Agrilife Extension Office at (979) 865-2072


 

Pre-tour instruction - Morning Bus/Walking Tour - Lunch - Afternoon Bus/Walking Tour


 

Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to explore local native grass prairie sites under the guidance of some of the state's top botanists, entomologists and biologists. Guided tours on sites restored as a part of WHF's Wildlife Corridor Program will include plant and insect identification, viewing results of various prairie restoration practices and a rainfall simulator demonstration. 

 

Three CEU's will be offered to pesticide applicators: two in the general category and one in Integrated Pest Management (IPM). 

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Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing
Aug
12
to Aug 13

Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing

Perseid Meteor Shower will be extra awesome this year! Join us for a special viewing from our private wildlife refuge in central Texas, far from any major cities. Space is limited on our drive-up prairie, so please call to make your reservation and get directions. We’ll open the gate from 9p until sunrise for limited access to the prairie. Bring a flashlight (red light, if you've got it), a blanket or camp chair and your favorite snack! Southside BBQ in Elgin is open until 9pm; leftovers are welcome.

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Go Fish!  A Free Learn to Fish Event at Buescher SP
Jul
16
9:00am 9:00am

Go Fish! A Free Learn to Fish Event at Buescher SP

Join Bill Brooks for his 12th year teaching "kids of all ages" to fish in a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sponsored event.  The event is free but park entrance fees still apply.  This event is held at Buescher State Park.

Learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities.  Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes.  Equipment and bait provided or bring your own.  No license necessary.  Adults must accompany children.  Bring sun protection and water.

Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M.  Raffle at noon!

Volunteers need to be at the park at 8am for set-up and training.  Volunteers do not need to know how to fish to help out with this program.

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Go Fish!  A Free Learn to Fish Event at Buescher SP
Jun
11
9:00am 9:00am

Go Fish! A Free Learn to Fish Event at Buescher SP

Join Bill Brooks for his 12th year teaching "kids of all ages" to fish in a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sponsored event.  The event is free but park entrance fees still apply.  This event is held at Buescher State Park.

Learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities.  Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes.  Equipment and bait provided or bring your own.  No license necessary.  Adults must accompany children.  Bring sun protection and water.

Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M.  Raffle at noon!

Volunteers need to be at the park at 8am for set-up and training.  Volunteers do not need to know how to fish to help out with this program.

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Jun
6
12:00pm12:00pm

For Kids, Teachers, Librarians, and Bird Enthusiasts

For Kids, Teachers, Librarians, and Bird Enthusiasts

The Bastrop County Chapter of Audubon hosts Jake Stush, Educator from the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in San Antonio, on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at Bastrop’s First Natl Bank to show how he teaches programs to Kindergarten - 7th graders.  Fun ways to teach about identifying birds by size, color, and behavior with games like Build a Bird, or What Bird are You?,

Juncos and Jays, and a segment on the Sight and Sounds of Owls.  All welcome!

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May
13
10:00am10:00am

Conservation Easement Workshop Presented by Hill Country Alliance

  • Upper Guadalupe River Authority Lecture Hall (map)
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Workshop Topics
What is a conservation easement?
Why donate a conservation easement?
Income and estate tax benefits of donating a conservation easement
Donor/donee relationship and financial considerations
A discussion with conservation easement donors

Registration:
$20 per person - Lunch Provided

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Location:
Upper Guadalupe River Authority Lecture Hall
125 Lehmann Drive
Kerrville, Texas 78028

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Field Day at Yegua Knobbs Preserve
May
7
1:00pm 1:00pm

Field Day at Yegua Knobbs Preserve

Spring Field Day at Yegua Knobbs Preserve

Saturday, May 7th , the Yegua Knobbs Preserve (YKP) will be open to the public for the 2016 Spring Field Day.  Representatives of Pines and Prairies Land Trust (PPLT) and the Lost Pines Master Naturalists will be on site.  We will be hosting a free nature class for all children ages 5-12 and their adult guardians from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Please contact Diane Causey (diane.causey@gmail.com) to reserve a spot no later than May 5.  Reservations for this portion of our Field Day will be taken on a first-come basis.

The preserve will then be open to the general public for hiking from 1 – 5 p.m.   Plan to bring a hat, sturdy shoes, binoculars, camera, sack lunch, water and a camp chair if you so desire. The property is undeveloped but we will have a restroom available. Pets are not allowed because a bird census will be conducted on the same day.

The YKP is a wildlife refuge and educational site owned by Pines and Prairies Land Trust.  The property features pine tree covered knobbs - two of the seven unique sandstone-capped mesas for which the area is known.  The preserve contains post oak savannah, piney woods and riparian ecosystems and even includes a spring-fed bog as well as a pasture of improved grasses.  The area boasts Houston Toad habitat and a variety of birds including Pileated Woodpecker and the Pine Warbler as well as many others.  In addition to the bog, there is a lovely beaver pond, two smaller frog ponds, miles of hiking trails and more. Come see how many of the dozens of bird species you can spot, or look for some of the 49 species of mammals, 16 species of lizards, 39 species of snakes and 18 species of frogs and toads found in the area –many enjoy the protection of Yegua Knobbs Preserve!

Pines and Prairies Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit land conservation organization. Our mission is to protect natural and cultural resources and promote sustainable agriculture through education and preservation of open space in Central Texas.  We are proudly celebrating our 15th Anniversary this year.   For more information about PPLT projects and programs please visit our web site at www.pplt.org and please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

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Apr
30
9:00am 9:00am

Master Gardener Plant Sale and Raffle

Texas Sage Master Gardeners of Bastrop and Caldwell Counties are having their plant sale and raffle on April 30 at the BastropFest in Fisherman’s Park.   The sale and raffle will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Raffle items include a handmade lap quilt, three bluebird houses and a two-piece, wheeled, lockable tool chest with 12+ drawers.  There will be over 900 plants to select from, children’s corner for hands-on activities and an education and information booth.  For more information on the Texas Sage Master Gardener program, go to http://txmg.org/tsmg or contact the Bastrop County Extension office at (512) 581-7186.

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Earth Day!
Apr
22
12:00am12:00am

Earth Day!

April 22, 2016 is the 46th anniversary of Earth Day in the United States. 

Texas' diverse landscapes have shaped our cultural identity.  Our state wouldn't be the same without iconic lands to explore and clean water to replenish the land and people.  Help Pines & Prairies Land Trust protect these precious resources and celebrate Earth Day locally by making a donation here

Image Credit: By TheOriginalSoni - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25644002

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Apr
16
9:00am 9:00am

BIOBLITZ!! Take Part in Citizen Science

  • 614 Commons Ford Road Austin, TX, 78733 United States (map)
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Commons Ford Park Bioblitz
When: Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park,
614 Commons Ford Rd., Austin 78733
Join the biodiversity survey of Commons Ford Prairie restoration and report your observations. Experts from local nature groups will be leading walks. For more information click here.

 

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