HCC hosts several events throughout the year to promote its mission of conserving and preserving open spaces, scenic vistas, and natural habitats. EPIC events are generally for members only. If you are interested in volunteering beyond the opportunities listed, please contact us.
 

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July 2018

EPIC Sunset Bat Paddle

July 26, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Texas Rowing Center / Texas River School, 1541 West Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78703 United States
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Everyone's favorite, most picturesque, and "quintessentially Austin" summer EPIC outing is back! On warm summer nights in Austin, hundreds of people gather to see the world's largest urban bat colony emerge from under the Congress Ave. bridge, but the best seats in the house are in small watercraft on the lake. Join Hill Country Conservancy's Emerging Professionals in Conservation for a relaxing sunset paddling tour along Lady Bird Lake by kayak or canoe to see the bats.

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December 2018

Giving Tuesday Celebration at The Castle

December 1, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Castle, 1111 W 11th St
Austin, TX 78703 United States
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Join us Saturday, December 1st for an exclusive celebration at The Castle! This party celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Emerging Professionals in Conservation (EPIC) program and honors our Giving Tuesday supporters. Become an EPIC Member or donate $100 or more on #GivingTuesday (November 27th) to receive your invitation to this exclusive event!

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EPIC VCT Cleanup

December 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Violet Crown Trail, Zilker Park Trailhead, 2131 William Barton Dr
Austin, TX 78746 US
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Free

Help us clean up the Violet Crown Trail in some of the spots where folks leave behind their trash - this is a great opportunity to get involved on the VCT. We will spend 1.5-2 hours cleaning up and enjoying a hike. Location: ZILKER TRAILHEAD | 2131 WILLIAM BARTON DR WEATHER: If this event needs to be cancelled or rescheduled due to rain, we will send an email 12 hours before the event.

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February 2019

EPIC Happy Hour at REI

February 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
REI – Austin Downtown Store, 601 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703 United States
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Free

Do you like outdoor adventures, making new friends, and environmental conservation? Join us for a Happy Hour to learn more about EPIC - Emerging Professionals In Conservation! We're taking over REI for an evening of fun, so stop by after work for delicious bites, beer, and great company. Come learn about EPIC, find out what we have in store for 2019, get educated about Hill Country Conservancy & the Violet Crown Trail, and meet other young outdoor enthusiasts! Members and non-members…

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EPIC VCT Cleanup – CANCELLED

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Violet Crown 290 Trailhead, 4934 W US Highway 290 Service Rd
Sunset Valley, TX 78745 United States
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Free

The VCT cleanup on Sunday, February 10 has been cancelled due to inclement weather.   Join members of Emerging Professionals In Conservation (EPIC) as we clean up the Violet Crown Trail (VCT) in some of the spots where folks leave behind their trash. This volunteer opportunity is open to anyone, and is a great way to get involved on the VCT! We will spend 1.5-2 hours cleaning up and enjoying a hike. Location: 290 Trailhead, 4934 W US Hwy 290…

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April 2019

EPIC VCT Cleanup at Spyglass Trailhead – CANCELLED due to weather

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Violet Crown Trail – Spyglass Trailhead, 1599 Spyglass Dr.
Austin, TX 78746 United States
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Due to forecasted thunderstorms, this trail cleanup has been cancelled. Check back for other opportunities to get involved on the trail! Join members of Emerging Professionals In Conservation (EPIC) as we clean up the Violet Crown Trail (VCT) in some of the spots where folks leave behind their trash. This volunteer opportunity is open to anyone, and is a great way to get involved on the VCT!    

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EPIC Hill Country Campout

April 13 @ 11:00 am - April 14 @ 12:00 pm
Puryear Ranch, Fitzhugh Rd & Crumley Ranch Rd
Austin, TX 78738 United States
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It's time to get out in the Hill Country, eat great food, drink beer, play games, make new friends, and stay up late with Emerging Professionals in Conservation (EPIC)! This members-only event provides access to Puryear Ranch, a beautiful, conserved property in the Texas Hill Country. Not an EPIC member? Join now and come camping with us!

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May 2019

EPIC VCT Cleanup at Slaughter — CANCELLED

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Violet Crown Trail at Slaughter Lane Trailhead, 5011 W Slaughter Ln
Austin, TX 78749 United States
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NOTE: This trail cleanup has been cancelled due to trail damage after recent rains. The VCT at Slaughter Lane is currently closed. Please check violetcrowntrail.com for the most up-to-date trail status.

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June 2019

Rock Climbing with Austin Ascents

June 2 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Violet Crown Trail – Gus Fruh, 2642 Barton Hills Dr.
Austin, TX 78704 United States
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Join EPIC and Austin Ascents for a morning of rock climbing on the Barton Creek Greenbelt! Enjoy the Barton Creek Greenbelt as you learn basic climbing technique, including belaying, climbing movement and safety skills. All gear is provided, including climbing harness, helmet, climbing shoes and ropes. Plus you'll receive 5 hours of instruction from trained guides from Austin Ascents and members of the American Alpine Club - Austin Chapter (1 guide for every 6 climbers). No previous climbing experience required!…

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Nature Day at Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve

June 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve, Bunny Run
Austin, TX 78746 United States

Join Emerging Professionals in Conservation (EPIC) for a "choose-your-own-adventure"-style day in nature on one of Hill Country Conservancy's beautiful, conserved properties. This event is FREE for EPIC Members. Not a member? Visit EPICAustin.com for information or to join today!

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