Emerging Professionals In Conservation

Emerging Professionals In Conservation

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    Emerging Professionals In Conservation (EPIC) is a group of outdoor recreation enthusiasts, ages 21-40s, who connect through outdoor adventures, educational events, volunteerism, and philanthropy. EPIC membership dues directly support the work of Hill Country Conservancy, including the Violet Crown Trail, to ensure that future generations of Texans are able to enjoy the same beautiful landscapes and outdoor recreation opportunities that we do!


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    Membership Levels


    Member Level

    $10/Month or $100/Year


    • Invitation to reserve a FREE spot at all EPIC Member experience activities, such as camping, spelunking, kayaking, and more!*
    • Invitation to all EPIC social and volunteer events, such as happy hours, outreach events, and trail cleanups

    *Equipment rental or supply fees may apply at certain events, but members always receive a discount!


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    Leader Level

    $15/Month or $150/Year


    • All benefits of Member level, PLUS:
    • Bring a friend for FREE to the EPIC campout
    • Invitation to biannual EPIC planning meetings with members of the Leadership Council

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    Trailblazer Level

    $25+/Month or $250+/Year


    • All benefits of Leader level, PLUS: 
    • Early registration for select EPIC events
    • Monthly email updates from HCC about the impact of your support
    • Invitations to HCC member events

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    2022 EPIC Leadership Council

    The EPIC Leadership Council is a group of highly invested EPIC members vital to supporting Hill Country Conservancy’s mission. Each year, the Leadership Council develops the EPIC activities schedule, selects topics for educational happy hours, manages membership recruitment and retention, and works with Hill Country Conservancy staff to select the projects in which to invest net revenue from the EPIC program.


    Melissa Brauks
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    2022 Chair

    I support HCC so outdoor recreation and relaxation can continue for generations to come. Some of my favorite outdoor activities are camping and being on the water!

    Megan Barron
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    I'm a native Austinite and got my bachelors in wildlife, so it's especially important to me that we continue to learn about the natural world around us and work to preserve it for generations to come. (Plus, the EPIC events are always great!)

    Jessica Hutson
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    As a climber, hiker, camper, and overall enjoyer of nature, it's very important to me to help protect our outdoor spaces. I can't think of a better way to do that than by supporting HCC and EPIC!

    Kelly Miller
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    I support HCC to provide community access to the outdoors via the Violet Crown Trail.
    Jody Richards
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    I am a born and raised Austinite but also grew up with a family ranch in the Hill Country. I loved helping my Grandfather take care of the animals and spending time exploring the land. My favorite activities that I like to do outside are hiking or going kayaking on Lady Bird Lake.

    Ryan Tietz
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    I support HCC and its mission to preserve and protect a little slice of the hill country for future generations, and to education others about sustainable development. I enjoy long walks in the woods.

    Meghan Wall
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    I love the Hill Country. I was born in Austin and raised in Marble Falls and my family have been ranchers and farmers in the Austin area since the 1880s. I want to make sure that we preserve some of these views and some of this open land for future generations to enjoy.

    Darcy Wheeler
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    I'm excited for this opportunity to volunteer with an organization focused on helping preserve one of Texas' natural beauties. My favorite outdoor activity is hiking in the mountains, followed by swimming.