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Poetry In Motion

Carolyn and Otis When I first rode horses on a trip to Bandera’s Dixie Dude Ranch in fourth grade, I didn’t know that I had just changed my life forever. I instantly fell in love with these majestic, loving creatures, and I was hooked on horses from that point on. Soon after returning home, I found a riding stable in …

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Why are Trails so Important?

Why Are Trails Important? As a member of the Hill Country Conservancy family, you, like many of us, may occasionally find yourself on the Violet Crown Trail. Surveys in the Austin area show that trails are the most desired recreational activity. Why the popularity? You can use a trail at a time that works in your schedule. You don’t have …

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Virtual Walk-and-Talk Slaughter Lane 4/21/20

Your health and well-being have always been in the core of our mission’s work at Hill Country Conservancy. Our efforts to preserve open spaces across the Hill Country and provide access to nature via the Violet Crown Trail result in clean water, fresh air, and places to commune with nature to ensure the health and well-being of our community now …

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These Unprecedented Times

In these unprecedented times, it can be especially hard to peel away from the 24-hour news cycle to focus on your health and well-being.  But, right now it is more important than ever to practice a bit of self-care to reduce your stress or anxiety and to stay healthy. The current Stay-at-Home Order does not exclude us from enjoying the outdoors, …

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A message from our CEO

Spending time outside, in nature, is more important now than ever Friends, Your health and well-being have always been in the core of our mission’s work at Hill Country Conservancy. Our efforts to preserve open spaces across the Hill Country and provide access to nature via the Violet Crown Trail result in clean water, fresh air, and places to commune …

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Giving Tuesday

Thank you so much to the 100 people who donated to our campaign this #GivingTuesday! Between 100 general donations and Violet Crown Trail memberships – as well as a $15,000 challenge match from DPR Construction – we were able to raise $54,195.

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Virtual Walk-and-Talk 290 Trailhead 4/10/2020

Your health and well-being have always been in the core of our mission’s work at Hill Country Conservancy. Our efforts to preserve open spaces across the Hill Country and provide access to nature via the Violet Crown Trail result in clean water, fresh air, and places to commune with nature to ensure the health and well-being of our community now …

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The Art of Purposeless Purpose

From the comfort of my dining room table in this discomfiting time, I took a few minutes away from my computer screen and our new home office reality to consider the eloquent musings in the article “For the full life experience, put down all devices and walk” by John Kaag and Susan Froderberg. What a pleasure it was to read. …

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Virtual Walk-and-Talk 3/24/2020

Your health and well-being have always been in the core of our mission’s work at Hill Country Conservancy. Our efforts to preserve open spaces across the Hill Country and provide access to nature via the Violet Crown Trail result in clean water, fresh air, and places to commune with nature to ensure the health and well-being of our community now …

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A Heartfelt Thanks and a Fond Farewell

AUSTIN, TEXAS – November 21, 2019 — ​Hill Country Conservancy​ (HCC) today announced that Founder and Chief Executive Officer George Cofer will retire from the organization in April 2020. A lifelong conservationist and sixth-generation Austinite, Cofer’s tenure with HCC includes founding the nonprofit in 1999 and leading its dramatic growth and success over the past 20 years. With the goal …