Right now, everyone’s looking for a reason to spend time outside. That’s why outside volunteering is so popular in April… and why these spots go quickly!
While park cleanups are always popular, we encourage you to get creative when you consider how you want to volunteer this month. Appreciating the outdoors might mean investing time restoring or preserving the environment. We especially like activities where groups and families can volunteer together. There’s even an opportunity for a trip to the beach.
Take a look at this list for April but also, follow all the nonprofits listed to find out about other upcoming opportunities.
APRIL 2: Groups and families with children are invited to help sort, package, and prep materials for the Austin Creative Reuse, which receives donations of recyclable and up-cyclable materials. Volunteers are welcome to stay for as long or as short of a time as they can offer. More info here.
APRIL 12: Help pull invasive plants with Travis County Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, which was created to protect eight federally listed endangered species, including two songbirds and six invertebrates. In addition to protecting these especially vulnerable animals, the Preserve protects habitat for other native plants and animals of the Texas Hill Country and contributes to clean air, clean water and quality of life for all Central Texas residents. More info here.
APRIL 14: Keep Austin Beautiful Day offers clean-ups, garden planting, habitat restoration, and more at more than 130 sites across Austin and Travis County. This has become an Austin favorite simply because it’s well organized and great for groups and families – and there’s a fun volunteer party at the end of the day with music, prizes, free food, drinks, T-shirts, and more! Sign up soon to make sure you get the spot you want. More info here.
APRIL 21: Join the Texas Adopt-a-Beach 2018 Coastwide Spring Cleanup. Choose from almost 30 beaches along the Texas coast, from McFadden Beach near Port Arthur to Galveston, Port Aransas, South Padre Island, and a couple dozed beaches in between. Most cleanups are held from 9am – Noon and are followed by a free lunch. Area hotels offer discounts to travelers, and it’s great for groups. More info here.
Now through APRIL 21: Earth Day ATX partners with Bicycle Sport Shop, Austin’s Yellow Bike Project, and the Ghisallo Cycling Initiative to collect, repair and redistribute bikes for young people at the Earth Day ATX event Saturday, April 21. Bikes have been donated but they need volunteers to help repair and refurbish the bikes. No previous experience repairing bikes is necessary! More info here.
APRIL 22: Earth Day is less for volunteers and more for prospective volunteers to learn about opportunities and organizations. With hundreds of exhibitors, interactive displays, vendors, and informational booths, Earth Day offers a full day of environmentalism immersion. More info here.
MAY 12: We had to add this one to the list because the Colorado River Alliance offers creek cleanups and restorations that are as educational as they are good for the creeks. Learn about our local ecosystem and spend a fun morning in nature. Great for groups and families. More info here.
Also check out regular and ongoing volunteer opportunities with the following environmental- and ecology-focused nonprofits.
Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Austin Youth River Watch
Barton Springs Conservancy
The Trail Foundation
Sustainable Food Center
Hill Country Conservancy