National Public Lands Day at Miller Springs Nature Center

The Miller Springs Nature Center is a 260-acre scenic natural area located east of the Lake Belton Dam in Bell County, Texas. The nature center contains notable riparian terrain, including limestone bluffs and estuarial wetlands, as well as mountain cedar hilltops and riverside cottonwood and sycamore stands. The area boasts a diverse and vibrant wildlife population including more than 90 species of birds.

This is the first National Public Lands Day event to ever take place on the Miller Springs Nature Center. Through partnerships with local school districts, students will participate in trails maintenance activities, trailhead cleanup efforts and infrastructure repairs on the nature center for National Public Lands Day. Work on the ground will be performed under the guidance and mentorship of our partnering Central Texas Master Naturalist Chapter volunteers. Trails maintenance and trailhead cleanup efforts will support backpacking and hiking; birding and wildlife viewing; and nature photography. Infrastructure repairs on the nature center will focus on mitigating the damaging effects of vandalism and a concentrated focus on the maintenance of site facilities to accommodate the visiting public.

Following morning work and cleanup efforts, the Miller Springs Alliance will host a community Bar-B-Que after which students will be afforded the opportunity to participate in a guided Walk and Talk on the nature trails and talk facilitated by an ornithology specialist from our partner Twin Lakes Audubon Society.

Date and Time: 
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 09:00 to 15:00
Agency: 
USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers)
Contact Info: 

Rene Berkhoudt, Miller Springs Alliance
rene.berkhoudt@gmail.com
435-899-8173

Mary Ann Everett, Miller Springs Alliance
everett.maryann4@gmail.com
254-721-0931

Site: 
Miller Springs Nature Center
1473 FM-2271 Highway
Belton, TX 76513
United States
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