The feeling you obtain after you make a positive change has no price. This service event was a great opportunity for me to help the Austin community. I had done service events in my hometown, but it was my first time doing it on Austin. This lead me to realize that the need of service and helping hands is always needed everywhere. By helping others one has the opportunity to unify with others and make a commitment to work together to achieve the same goal "to make this world much better". Our actions might seem little, but with that seed of change we planted, we can motivate and influence other to take the same initiative we did. Our community needs us, so let's start making the change now!
I loved being able to help preserve nature. I felt like I made a difference, and assisted the community as well as the environment.
It was really good
I really loved helping everyone fix the trail it was hard work, but it was fun! it was great having everyone thank us for making it easier for them to walk by or ride in their bikes. It was also really nice seeing everyone work together for a good cause, and I especially loved the line we formed and the system we created to shovel the gravel and pass the buckets it really worked out very well. I want to thank the Austin Parks Foundation for letting us be a part of their team and let us help them and I want to thank everyone else who helped make the park better.
very fun and well organized, even got free lunch. definitely going back
Along with fellow ASCE and AEI members, we mulched newly planted trees around the softball fields at Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. Had an enjoyable experience, and made some new friends and connections with wise junior and senior level engineering students. As we mulched I was able to ask them what their first years as a engineering student was like and received some valuable advice, along side the fact of improving growth rate of the newly planted trees. Definitely an event that a student can make as an annual volunteer experience.
On that Saturday morning, I took part in this activity. It is worth to do that and I gain a lot from this experience. Nearly 9 and a half, we were divided to several groups. I was assigned to spread the mulch with people from another UT group. The specific thing I should do was carrying the mulch to a little cart and spreading some of the mulch. After we identified the objective tree, we began to work. The working process should be monotonous but we still found a lot of fun from it. We found a beautiful big spider hanging on the tree and a striated snake too!!! We finished spreading the mulch around three tree in total. All of our group members feel very happy for this activity.
As a student studying in geosciences, I could say that this activity really influences me a lot. It helps me to learn the ecology better: which species of tree are in danger and which types of snake are toxic. Another thing I want to mention here is that there are a lot of wild animals(including the insects) in Texas parks. There are barely any animals in parks in my hometown. So this experience ignites me to think that we should really do something to protect the ecological environment. Besides the above things. It also helps me to learn some skills of planting like one should move the tussock plant around the tree before spreading the mulch and which way are the best for carrying the mulch… Moreover, I enhanced my group spirit from this activity too. The six members in our group were all do our own works seriously and helped others sometimes. It was because our group spirit that made us work more effectively than other groups.
From this activity, Not only we helped to protect the environment, But also I gained a lot of knowledge and fun. I will absolutely participate in this kind of activities later in my life.
I thought it was a great experience to be a part of. We had a limited amount of time to get rid of the mulch piles, so we really buckled down and made a good team effort to work together. The only bad thing were the mosquitoes.
Volunteering for this was so much fun! I got to work with amazing people and help create a better experience for bike riders and people in the park in general.
I had an awesome crew, and a great site coordinator. The community there was extremely grateful for the help that was provided in cleaning up the creek.
Cleaning up this creek was definitely a rewarding experience because I personally tend to forget how much harm we can do to the environment. I used to be in charge of an environmental club in middle school, and I even volunteered at the Houston Arboretum several times to help clear up paths and pick up trash. Whenever I volunteer in an outdoor setting, I learn to appreciate the environment more and more. I am glad I had the chance to do it under the Austin Parks Foundation and Texas Conservation Corporation because they organized the event thoroughly and had everything from water to gloves to help us throughout the shift.
The event was a good experience. I was able to, with the teamwork of other classmates, partake in rebuilding a trail that was worn. Although it was tough labor, the end results were satisfying as we were able to positively ensure that the trial at Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park were safer to travel on.
We were able to improve Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park by raising the land where there was drop-offs, renovating trails, and upgrade the experience of bikers, runners, and dog-walkers who use the trails. Shoveling up gravel and dirt, carrying large buckets that contained 10-15 lbs. back and forth, and compacting everything to stay in one spot was hard work. However, it was worth it after hearing appreciation from the local people who were passing as we were working.