The Austin Parks Foundation (APF) introduces the Little Hummingbird Society!
The program offers kids a great way to learn about giving back to their community and the importance of Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces through seasonal activity kits and special kids events including volunteer projects.
- Seasonal activity kits, mailed directly to you
- Special kids’ events including volunteer projects
- Exclusive Little Hummingbird Society gear
Little Hummingbird Society Membership
$10/month - LHS Membership (1 kit each quarter)
$5/month - LHS Sibling Membership (1 additional quarterly kit)
Have some fun while promoting a healthy lifestyle, volunteerism and advocacy with your youngest park-goers!
Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is a non-profit established in 1992, that fills the city’s funding and resource gap in order to develop, maintain and enhance the area’s 300+ parks, trails and green spaces. APF fosters innovative public/private partnerships and since 2006, has given over $2.5 million in community-initiated grants in service to the greater Austin community.
APF is known for its annual flagship volunteer event, It’s My Park Day, and is a presenting partner and beneficiary of the popular Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Metropolitan Park. For more information, please visit www.austinparks.org.
Additional Ways to Get Involved And Help Out At Your Parks
It’s My Park Day
Every first Saturday in March and November, Austin Parks Foundations hosts the biggest city-wide volunteer event in effort to keep the parks of Austin clean. This year, over 3,000 volunteers helped clean-up at around 100 parks across the city. Additionally, volunteers enjoyed discounts and freebies from restaurants across the city. For more information on how to lead a project, volunteer or be a sponsor on the next Fall edition, visit https://www.austinparks.org/volunteer/impd/
Volunteers are an important factor that keeps Austin parks clean and beautiful, and at Austin Park Foundation we host multiple workdays throughout the year such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Earth Day. For more information on how to volunteer visit https://www.austinparks.org/volunteer/volunteer-workdays/ or to scehdule a private group project visit https://www.austinparks.org/volunteer/private-group-projects/.
Austin Parks Foundation is constantly looking for leaders to promote the meaningful experiences that volunteers have when they help our city parks. For more information on representing Austin Parks Foundation visit https://www.austinparks.org/volunteer/ambassadors/.
Austin Parks Foundations provides the community a chance to make a bigger, more relevant impact on the community. With events like Adopt-A-Park, volunteers are encouraged to attend a full day of sessions and workshops centered around making your vision for your park a reality. If you are interested in adopting a park visit https://www.austinparks.org/programs/adopt-a-park/.
Austin Parks Foundation has granted more than 3.5 million dollars via the ACL Music Festival Grants Program for community-initiated park improvements. As the anchor of the program, Community Grants are intended for large, community-initiated park improvement projects that fall between $5,000 to $50,000. Community grants have been given by APF since 2006 with the goal of supporting projects like signage installations, trail building and planning, physical improvements, and maintenance. The Impact Grant is intended to support large, community-initiated, physical park improvement projects, as well as master plan implementations and place-making. One grant for $100,000 is awarded annually through a highly competitive process with a grant period of 24 months. Neighborhood Grants are awarded for small-scale, community-initiated park improvement projects. Grants from $500 to $5,000 are awarded regularly throughout the year, on a rolling basis, with a grant period of six months. These awards are meant to enable Adopt-A-Park groups to make small but significant improvements to their parks throughout the year.
The Austin Parks Foundation is also heavily involved in partnering with other major local organizations such as The Downtown Alliance, Parks and Recreation, C3, etc. to help fund and maintain the most beloved areas in Austin such as Zilker Park and Republic Square Park downton. Last year, The Austin Parks Foundation aided in the renovation of Republic Square Park. They were responsible for the design and construction of the park, along with raising the $5.9 million needed to build the park and establish a $1 million endowment, including $2.5 million in federal and municipal dollars.
Enjoy 300+ parks and green spaces during APF events!
Find full schedule of annual events HERE.