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This Thanksgiving season, we are extremely grateful for the dedicated community of
Conservancy supporters who share our vision of a safer, cleaner and more beautiful
Shoal Creek. A whole-hearted thank you to all of you who have donated your time,
talent and treasure this year!

Giving Thanks

Working together to improve Shoal Creek for all Austinites - present and future.

News + Events

  • Shop With Purpose This Holiday Season
    Shop With Purpose This Holiday Season
    With the holidays on their way, Shoal Creek Conservancy is partnering with GiveBuy and AmazonSmile. This is a great opportunity to give back to the Conservancy while holiday shopping. Both AmazonSmile and GiveBuy donate a percentage of shoppers’ purchases to…
  • Rescheduled Shoal Creek Downtown Projects Tour
    Rescheduled Shoal Creek Downtown Projects Tour
    The Shoal Creek trail is now closed between 5th Street and Lady Bird Lake. Curious about what's happening behind those barricades? Join us on a tour of the projects currently underway on lower Shoal Creek ranging from the new central…
  • Ghosts of Shoal Creek Halloween Tour
    Ghosts of Shoal Creek Halloween Tour
    Our popular Halloween walking tour, Ghosts of Shoal Creek, returns this upcoming Saturday! Get your tickets now for this spooky tour that's sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. Join tour guide Ted Eubanks as he leads you along…
  • Fifth and West Development Unveiling
    Fifth and West Development Unveiling
    The exciting new developments continue in downtown Austin! Riverside Resources will unveil its Fifth & West project on November 4 at The Grove on West 6th Street from 6 to 8p.m. RSVP to attend the exciting event. The Fifth & West…

Field Notes

  • You Eat What You Are
    You Eat What You Are
    Your yard is replete with toxic plants. Oleander, castor bean, wisteria, chinaberry, and mistletoe are but a few examples of garden plants that pack a punch. Texas mountain laurel (Sophora secundiflora) contains cytisine, an alkaloid. Both the leaves and seeds…
  • Where Goes The Water?
    Where Goes The Water?
      The year 2014 has choked to a close. As the cloud of dust settles, let’s see how we fared in this historic drought that still has us in its grasp. Austin averages 32.15 inches of rain per year. In…
  • Ducks in the Desert
    Ducks in the Desert
    If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands...Douglas Adams Shoal Creek is a waterfowl wasteland.…
  • Cabomba!
    The city traps trash at the mouth of Shoal Creek. The garbage is most noticeable after a heavy rain, when tons of waste are swept down the creek to Lady Bird Lake. The trap at the mouth of Shoal Creek, at least in theory, keeps trash out of Lady Bird Lake and in a spot where it is easier to collect.