There are many ways to get involved at the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve! If you’re interested in hiking, more than 3,500 acres of the preserve is regularly open to the public. Plan a trip to Hamilton Pool, Wild Basin Preserve, the Barton Creek Greenbelt, Emma Long Park, Commons Ford Park, St. Edwards Park, Mount Bonnell Park, or Westcave Preserve.

Visit other areas of the 30,000+ acre preserve by joining a guided hike or by volunteering.

Travis County and its partners offer more than 50 hikes each year.

Want to get out in nature, have a positive impact, and meet some great people? Join our family of caring, active volunteers! Activities range from large group work-days to individual projects, and can be one-day events or ongoing. Volunteers are an integral part of our team – we couldn’t do it without them! They help us with trail maintenance, cleanups, bird surveys, cricket counts (to monitor the health of caves), gardening, building maintenance, deer surveys, cowbird trap monitoring, guided hikes, invasive plant management, office work, research, and outreach. Sign up for an upcoming event below, or email Johanna Arendt to learn more! Also, check out this Google Calendar for events across the BCP from partners including the City of Austin, Wild Basin, Travis Audubon, and Westcave Preserve.

Upcoming Volunteer Activities


For more information on volunteering, check out our Volunteer Handbook.

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PO Box 1748
700 Lavaca street, Suite 540
Austin, Texas 78767
Phone: (512) 854-9437

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