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Camp Fire USA Balcones Council

Camp Fire USA Balcones Council, The Griffin School, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center partnered in a year-long project to eradicate or control invasive species and restore natural habitat along Waller Creek, which flows through urban Austin into the Colorado River. Students cleared the area of invasive plants and replaced them with natives, and recorded their progress to be compiled into a documentary and photo show that was displayed at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and on social media sites.

Coordinator Contact:
Lavert Rodgers
(361) 442-5291

Lake Travis High School (Lake Travis ISD)

Students took baseline data on the water quality at Balcones Canyonlands Preserve to be used for future reference as the land was developed. Along with students and staff from Concordia University, students cleared the primary trail of brush, learned how to use Pasco digital probes and successfully gathered water quality data from the preserve. Project partners included Travis County and Professors Larry Meissner and Bonnie Brown from Concordia University.

Coordinator Contact:
Peter Brunet and Bruce Hall
(512) 350-5122

Therapeutic Family Life

This East Austin-based nonprofit places troubled children in healing settings. Their project focused on grassland habitat deterioration causing the decline of bobwhite quail and other prairie birds. The students educated the public about the benefits of native grass prairies by restoring a demo site and documenting the progress. In March 2010, volunteers came out to help the students plot a field using Geographic Information Systems and recorded the wildlife species found there. They also provided community education about the project at their Orange site. Project partners were quail expert Robert Perez and wildlife biologist Bobby Eichler of TPWD, Shangri La Botanical Gardens, King Seed and Roy Stanford of Texas Agrilife Extension.

Coordinator Contact:
Leon Smith
(512) 695-4229