Protecting Our Hill Country

Spring 2020 Learning Series

Saving Water. Preserving Open Spaces. Building Land Stewardship. Working Together.

Friends of Blue Hole is canceling all of its upcoming spring series events. The City of Wimberley has declared an emergency and has closed the Wimberley Community Center, and all events in Blue Hole Regional Park are cancelled until May 9.

March 27, Preserving Open Spaces NOW
April 18, The Nature in Humanity – The Humanity in Nature
April 25, EarthFest

We are fortunate to live in a place where time outdoors is possible. Spend some time in nature during the weeks ahead. In these trying times, it’s a natural, comforting and safe place to be.

As always we appreciate your donations supporting Friends and the work we do on behalf of your park.

Susan Nenney
Executive Director

The Friends of Blue Hole Spring 2020 Learning Series brings it all together with four special events. Learn how communities can protect future water supplies and foster successful land stewardship from residential living to our personal interactions with nature.

Across the Hill Country, communities are losing water and open space resources. They’re also losing their connection to the Hill Country unique beauty and wildlife. As challenges mount, collaboration and creativity can help protect water resources and the iconic landscape we love and want families to actively protect. This series offers the latest updates on resources to protect water and open spaces NOW, reminds us of why we love the land, and boosts our ability to teach others to become passionate stewards.

The first EarthFest! at Blue Hole Regional Park brings it all together!
Created for county and local community leaders, advocacy groups, volunteers, and health professionals, we hope you will join us for one — or all — of our Hill Country collaborations.

The Friends of Blue Hole Spring 2020 Learning Series is made possible by a grant from the Jacob & Terese Hershey Foundation.
Artwork by Saida Jacobsen.

One Water: Cutting Costs and Protecting Our Aquifers

Language. Strategies. Practices.

The least expensive water is the water we already have. In the time between the next crisis and actual policy change, communities can build water resilience through creative and thoughtful use of groundwater, surface water, rainwater, storm water, and wastewater. Gather tips from the latest success stories, hear from Texas water experts, and identify new collaborators. There’s not a minute to lose. Please join us.

Friday, February 14, 2020
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Wimberley Community Center

Preserving Hill Country Open Spaces NOW!

Resources. Networking. Action!

Smaller Hill Country communities are rapidly losing open spaces that help protect water resources, wildlife and Hill Country beauty. Advocates, local officials, and developers will understand the future impacts of development and learn about the latest tools and resources for opens space and park creation. A special panel led by Hays County Commissioner Lon Shell, Hays County Precinct 3, will explore trailblazing county opportunities and strategies for economically successful residential developments that preserve natural resources and appeal to families seeking the best of the Hill Country experience. Will Hays County be the first in Texas to have a one water residential development?

Friday, March 27, 2020
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Event Cancelled

Based on the latest news on the COVID-19 virus, plus the governor’s declaration of a statewide disaster have finalized our decision. Protecting our community is paramount and we have a narrowing window to help “flatten the curve” of infection.

The Nature in Humanity – The Humanity in Nature

What We Do For Each Other

“Go play outside” is not just for kids. Time in nature is an economic, health, academic and productivity engine. Teachers, physicians, counselors, health workers, and parents will explore how the natural world impacts all aspects of child and adult life.  Learn policies and best practices for creating closer engagement between people and wildlife. This event kicks off with a brief park tour led Master Naturalist Jamie Kinscherff and guaranteed encounters with wildlife.

This event is in the outdoor Pavilion at Blue Hole Regional Park. Please dress comfortably, including comfortable shoes.

Saturday, April 18, 2020
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Event Cancelled

EARTHFEST!

Hands on fun with skins, skulls, stars, animals, kayaks, fossils, things under a microscope, science and more. The Raptors of Last Chance Forever open the festivities at 10:00 a.m. Then learn from Texas Parks and Wildlife staff and Hays County Master Naturalist volunteers. Special appearance by the TPWD Texas Buffalo Soldiers.

Saturday, April 25, 2020
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Blue Hole Regional Park

Event Cancelled

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