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Our Mission

We inspire and educate all Austinites to volunteer together, beautify green spaces, clean waterways, and reduce waste every day.

You can make Austin a more beautiful place!

Keep Austin Beautiful Celebrates 35 Years

Keep Austin Beautiful inspires and educates all Austinites to volunteer together, beautify green spaces, clean waterways, and reduce waste every day.   We are extremely excited to be celebrating our 35th anniversary this year. Austin has become one of the most amazing and dynamic cities in the nation and Keep Austin Beautiful is proud and…

Clean Lady Bird Lake

In partnership with the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department, Keep Austin Beautiful organizes large-scale cleanups every other month, volunteer trainings, and a Rapid Rain Responder initiative to tackle trash from 25 locations along the shoreline and from watercrafts on and along Lady Bird Lake.

Clean Lady Bird Lake Leader Spotlight: Steven A.

Every month we will highlight a new lake leader from our Clean Lady Bird Lake program. Lake leaders are the heart and soul of the program. They commit to leading volunteers at their sites around Lady Bird Lake 6 times a year and help to remove 2,000 pounds of trash of recyclables from in and…

COVID-19 Update

June 3, 2020 Keep Austin Beautiful values the health and safety of our volunteers, neighbors, and staff. Therefore, in accordance with the recommendations of the City of Austin and the Centers for Disease Control, Keep Austin Beautiful is not coordinating or leading volunteer cleanup events at this time. However, we understand that our fellow Austinites…

POSTPONED: Keep Austin Beautiful Day Volunteer Registration Open

Update March 17, 2020 Due to the announcement by city and county leaders to prohibit public gatherings of more than 10 people until May 1, Keep Austin Beautiful Day will be postponed until the fall of 2020. Read more here.   Volunteer registration is OPEN! Join us on April 18, 2020 for Keep Austin Beautiful Day, an…

Keep Austin Beautiful Clean Creek Campus students throwing seedballs into tall grass

Step by step guide to making your own seed balls!

One of the easiest, and, arguably, most fun ways to keep Austin beautiful is to protect and promote the amazing biodiversity of plant and animal life we have in our city.  Biodiversity is just a word that describes the variety or number of different kinds of living things in a given space. Having lots of…

Biodiversity in Central Texas

Biodiversity is a measure of the living things (plants, animals, bacteria, humans) within a particular region or ecosystem. The measure is also used to determine the amount of variety among living things. We can even measure the biodiversity on the scale of the planet earth!  We evaluate how biologically diverse an area is by counting…

worms and dirt in pair of hands

Composting with worms

Compost is decomposed organic material, made up of materials like leaves, shredded twigs, and plant-based kitchen scraps.* But it takes more than organic material to create quality compost. We need decomposers as well. While many composts rely on decomposers like fungus, bacteria, and various invertebrates, there are many different composting methods. Compositing with worms, also…