Join River Watch for Volunteer Events
Saturday, March 4th – St. John Buttermilk Creek Restoration Project – More info and signup
The Service Learning Program is a supplemental program that responds to two converging needs in our community. First, there are many urban riparian areas in the Austin area where, for decades, management techniques along the banks has resulted in decreased biological diversity, increased erosion, and a general decline in stream health. Second, the River Watchers have witnessed firsthand the impacts of poor stream management for years and have asked to do hands-on projects to improve our region’s water quality.
Since 2014, the program aims to engage and empower the River Watchers by developing community service projects, in and around Austin, to enhance the ecological and hydrological functioning of land near streams to improve water quality and water quantity. We do this by providing an opportunity for all 120 of the River Watch students to participate in one of ten weeklong service projects, in addition to their weekly water quality testing, throughout the school year.
We encourage you to join us for our weekend volunteer events. As part of the Service Learning Program, River Watch students, staff, and community groups participate in events throughout the year. These events usually require a sign-up, last 2-3 hours, and are appropriate for ages 5 and up to participate (unless stated otherwise). Check out our events to sign-up, discover more details, and inquire. Updates are made throughout the year.