Department of Geography and the Environment

Geography Society Helps the Community at It's My Park Day

Mon, March 3, 2014
Geography Society Helps the Community at It's My Park Day
Geography Society officers and members (L) Preston McLaughlin, Mustafa Monk, Emilee Crowther, Nathan Garza, Rachel Snavely, and Sarah Price Butkay (R)

On March 1st, 2014, officers and members of The UT Geography Society went to Pease Park near West Campus to help out at It's My Park Day and "Pretty Pease 2014." Each year, thousands of volunteers join Austin Parks Foundation in working to improve parks and greenbelts throughout the city. This year, there were 101 park projects registered. Including labor and sponsorships, this one day represents an investment of approximately one quarter of a million dollars for Austin's parks. We commend the efforts of Geography Society members to volunteer their time for this worthy project.

Geography Society volunteers engaged in public lands improvement, environmental stewardship, and invasive species removal. They spent the morning mulching around trees and picnic tables, and moved large rocks off the running trail, making a better trail border to reduce soil erosion when it rains. They also helped the native tree population by removing catclaw vines, an invasive species that can suffocate the trees if left unattended.  


Geography Society Vice President (Social) Nathan Garza says, "We would like to thank the volunteers that came out, and we hope to make an annual appearance while helping Austin Parks in the future!"

The UT Geography Society is an undergraduate student group dedicated to providing a fun social outlet for students interested in geography. They support participation in undergraduate research, professional development through speaker series, k-12 educational outreach, workshops, internships, and engaging in volunteer opportunities. For more information, please visit the Geography Society Facebook page or contact Tim Murray, Director of Communications. 



Figure 1- Geography Society Treasurer Preston McLaughlin gathers a load of mulch, steaming in the cool morning.

Figure 2- Geography Society Secretary Sarah Price Butkay gets caught in a catclaw vine.

Figure 3- Geography Society Vice President Rachel Snavely and President Emilee Crowther spread mulch around trees.


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