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Hatching Hands-on Education at Eastside Memorial High School

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 10:32am

By Bernard Smalls, Environmental Educator

By Bernard Smalls, Environmental Educator

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Students at Eastside aren’t sure, but last year they decided to start with the egg. Back in the fall, the Green Teens wanted to do something different, something special. After some serious brainstorming, they decided to introduce students at Eastside to a new school mascot. Since a live panther was out of the question, students considered domestic animals they might raise on campus instead. Chickens made the final cut, both for their feasibility and their familiarity to teenagers.

Creek Seeks Dedicated Adopter

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 4:24pm

By Erin Cord, Community Programs Coordinator

By Crysta Hernandez, Communications Intern and Erin Cord, Community Programs Coordinator

Make an investment to volunteer and care for this featured creek! Williamson Creek, a valued hub in the Dove Springs area, is now available for adoption. Dedicated volunteers needed who are ready to steward the area. This lovely hidden gem is abundant with precious frogs and fluttering dragonflies that can be found under a tall canopy of trees along with a winding trail. Adjacent to the creek, you can find Dove Springs Park, which has a newly renovated playground and has continued improvement projects on the horizon.  

Looking Back: 10 Years of Clean Creek Campus

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 4:52pm

By Alecia Casper, Education Programs Manager

By Alecia Casper, Education Coordinator and Adrianne Kartachak, Environmental Educator

It is hard to believe the school year is about to begin (again). It seems like yesterday we were visiting schools daily to lead hands-on, experiential activities in the classroom. As it turns out, it wasn’t only yesterday but for the last ten years!

Clean Lady Bird Lake: New Members Explore Our Newest Site

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:54pm

By Myrriah Gossett, Event and Marketing Manager

Story and Photos By: Crysta Hernandez, Communications Intern

From interesting MVP’s to #oddtrash you never know what you will find on a cleanup. On Saturday, June 13th, I headed out on my first Keep Austin Beautiful cleanup. The site: Joe’s Crab Shack on East Riverside, the newest of 21 locations being cleaned as part of Clean Lady Bird Lake initiatives.This was the second time Joe’s Crab Shack had hosted a cleanup. Keep Austin Beautiful initiated the partnership after increased complaints about trash build up underneath the boardwalk. Coupled with recent floods, the site was...

Green Teens and Food are Grounded (and Garden Ready!)

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 10:02am

By Adrianne Kartachak, Community Beautification Coordinator

By Adrianne Kartachak, Environmental Educator

Keep Austin Beautiful Green Teens at Paredes Middle School believe food is at the heart of all important matters. Food not only fuels our bodies but has the ability to transform our moods, keep us strong, and keep our gardens vibrant! That is, if we use it correctly.

30th Clean Sweep Highlights

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 11:45am

By Myrriah Gossett, Event and Marketing Manager

By Myrriah Gossett, Event and Marketing Coordinator

Over 4,200 volunteers headed out on Saturday, April 11th to help remove litter, beautify green spaces, and share in a day of service.

BioBlitz Dance at Clean Sweep

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:27pm

By Myrriah Gossett, Event and Marketing Manager

By Myrriah Gossett, Event and Marketing Coordinator

At this year's 30th Clean Sweep, we shook things up with the BioBlitz dance. The dance is taking on the nation and now Clean Sweep. The dance, started by the California Conservation Corps, was created as a means to advocate for green space in cities, access to those spaces, and experiences that make nature both educational and entertaining.

Green Teens Ignite

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 9:16am

By Monica Lopez Magee

By Monica Lopez Magee, Director of Development and Communications

Fire. It is elemental and has fascinated humans for millennia. We have learned to harness it; to cook with it, to warm up by it, and to gather around it to share stories. For the past few weeks, our Keep Austin Beautiful Green Teens have been learning about “primitive” survival skills. They have built shelters using natural materials, practiced orienteering using the landscape and hand-held compasses, and learned about wild edibles growing in Austin’s parks and preserves. However, nothing in the unit has created as much anticipation as fire building.
 

Celebrating Austin's Environmental Stewards

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 11:35am

By Myrriah Gossett, Event and Marketing Manager

By Myrriah Gossett, Event and Marketing Coordinator

For 29 years, Keep Austin Beautiful has been recognizing the outstanding achievements of businesses, individuals, and communities who clean, beautify, and protect the Austin environment by awarding Keep Austin Beautiful Awards in multiple categories! The Keep Austin Beautiful Awards serve to distinguish those who demonstrate continued commitment to Austin’s vibrancy and serve as an inspiration for others. For these reasons and many more, Keep Austin Beautiful celebrated the Award Winners at the29th Annual Awards Brunch on Wednesday, February 4th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.

Green Teens Serve Locally, Represent Nationally

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 6:40am

By Monica Lopez Magee

By Monica Lopez Magee, Director of Development and Communications

Two Green Teens, Lucero and Wendy will be packing their bags and headed to New York City this December to attend the Keep America Beautiful Vision Award Luncheon. Due to their amazing leadership, dedication to service, and extensive participation in the Green Teens program these youth have been selected to be Keep Austin Beautiful Green Teens Ambassadors on the national stage.

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