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Experience the wild around Austin

Monday, January 6, 2020 by Tai Moses

Could there be a better way to start the new year than getting outdoors and into the wild? Austinites have the rare opportunity to experience the wild through the auspices of the Wildlands Conservation Division of Austin Water, which manages and protects 40,000 acres of pristine city-owned wildlands. These properties, which are some of the last truly wild places around Austin, are closed to the public except for guided hikes and special volunteer events. Take a full-day guided hike along rugged Onion Creek, where you’ll see meticulously restored native grasslands. Catch a glimpse of an endangered species like the golden-cheeked warbler at Bull Creek Nature Preserve or go on a nighttime hike in the Barton Springs watershed, by the light of the moon and the stars. Help biologists with forest preservation at Vireo Preserve or pull out invasive privet plants at Long Canyon, part of Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. See the full list of upcoming guided hikes and volunteer trainings here.

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