Our Park Improvement Education Series, or PIES, is a series of eight free workshops covering four park project topics, with each topic repeated. PIES workshops are open to the public and cover topics like tree care, water conservation and invasive plant species in Austin.
Current Adopt-A-Park leaders as well as future park adopters are encouraged to register for the full series to better understand how to care for their parks.
Below are some brief descriptions of our PIES workshop topics. Have an idea for new topics, or topics you’d like to see covered more in-depth? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what workshops you’d like to see added to the schedule!
Urban creeks are under significant pressure from development and current stormwater management practices. How vegetation is managed in these areas can offset negative impacts to some degree and provide water quality, streambank stability, and flood control benefits. City of Austin Watershed Protection Department staff will address how we can develop restoration plans for riparian areas. These plans can then be used to guide future Adopt-A-Park leaders and volunteer efforts in city parks. The class includes a brief creek walk, evaluation of the area for potential restoration, and plan development based on a restoration template developed by WPD staff.
Learn more about riparian restoration here.