9:30am – 12:30pm
Hike the Travis County Balcones Canyonlands

We had such a great time with the NPSOT hike in the spring, we wanted to make sure to get you guys out here again this fall. This time we’ll be meeting at Travis County’s Balcones Canyonlands Preserve field office (aka Nootsie). We’ll go on a 1.6 mile loop hike, which can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours, depending on how often you stop to check out the flora & fauna.

For more info, and to register, visit this link: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1987495/false#/invitation




9:30am – 12noon
Explore Chinquapin Retreat at Hammett’s Crossing

Come and hike with us along the Pedernales River just below West Cave Preserve and down to Cypress Creek, identifying native plants and collecting seeds while traversing different geologic features and ecosystems.  Last time this hike was done, Bill Carr identified the relatively rare Monarda Stanfieldii (Stanfield’s Beebalm) growing on the property.
8619 Hammett’s Crossing
Parking on site.  Limited to first 15 folks who sign up.  NPSOT members and their family/friends only.

To register, email Mark Smolen at smolen0412@gmail.com, detailed directions on sign up.




9:00am – 12noon
Hike and Plant ID at RiverPlace

Come and explore Riverplace and do some plant ID. Some of us will be going to lunch (optional) afterwards at a nearby eatery.

Burn off some of the holiday indulgences while exploring the flora/fauna to be found in a beautiful canyon in West Austin.  We will be exploring the lower end of the Canyon Trail (which has a gentle incline) and then do an out and back on the Little Fern Trail (which has more vertical/steps). We will go as slow/fast as we want to see the flora/fauna.  For more information about the trail system, here’s a great article.

8820 Big View Drive, Austin, TX.  MAP.  Meet at the bottom end of the trail (next to the big pond). Park along the side the road, near the trailhead.

Maximum 10 people.  You need to be physically fit and capable of handling multiple man-made steps.  Wear hiking boots, long pants/sleeves, layers and appropriate outer wear.  Bring water to drink and a snack. Event will be re-scheduled if the weather is bad.

Contact Austin.NPSOT@gmail.com  for more information and/or to register.  Event leader is Carol Whitaker.



If you would like to receive timely announcements regarding future field trips organized by the Austin chapter of NPSOT, please send the following information to Samantha Alcozer at sealcozer@gmail.com.  We will put you on a distribution list that will enable you to sign up early for field trips, many of which have a limited number of attendees. Priority is given to NPSOT members.  Please provide the following information:

  • Name
  • E-mail address
  • Phone #
  • NPSOT chapter name
  • Current member (year)
  • May 14, 2016: Spicewood Ranch tour.
  • Apr 30, 2016: Green Dragon Springs.
  • Mar 26, 2016: Bright Leaf Preserve.
  • Jan. 16, 2016: Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park.
  • June 7, 2014: Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.
  • May 24, 2014: Texas wild rice on the San Marcos River.
  • May 17, 2014: Gardens of Jackie O’Keefe.
  • May 10, 2014: City of Austin Black-capped Vireo Preserve.
  • May 3, 2014: Bright Leaf Preserve.
  • June 9, 2013: Lindheimer House in New Braunfels.
  • April 28, 2013: Pedernales Falls State Park with Mike Powers.
  • February 23, 2013: Spicewood Ranch with David Mahler and Chris Harte.
  • September 22, 2012: Casis Forest tour with Phyllis Schunck.
  • May 5, 2012: Shield Ranch tour with Terri Siegenthaler.
  • April 29, 2012: Gardens of Pat & Dale in Bull Creek Watershed.
  • April 22, 2012:  Gardens of Cathy Nordstrom.
  • April 7, 2012:  Gardens of Georgia Harper.
  • March 31, 2012:  Gardens of Lisa and Jason Spangler.
  • March 25, 2012:  Gardens of Jackie O’Keefe.

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