There are many ways you can help protect and preserve the river. Volunteers are needed throughout the year for a variety of projects including the removal of invasives and replanting of native plants, water quality monitoring, participating in Wild Rice surveys and other technical studies, educational events, year-round clean-ups and other conservation projects. To find out more about these and other opportunities, sign up for our weekly newsletter.
Every Wednesday, volunteers plants natives, prepare monarch rest-stops, and collect seeds at the San Marcos Aquatic Resource Center
Once a month Keep San Marcos Beautiful sponsors a HOT SPOT clean-up focusing on one small area for a few hours on a Saturday morning.
Once a month, volunteers meet at the Meadows Center to remove invasive species in the sloughs and gardens and plant low maintenance and low water natives around the lake. Projects for large and small groups
Regular work days at the SMRF Ranch in fall and winter, cleaning out recharge caves, removing trash piles of farm equipment and clearing walking trails. Projects for large and small groups
Annual city-wide, multi-county annual river clean up in March
Become a water quality monitor
Become a member of the San Marcos River Foundation
Other ways you can help the River Foundation is by supporting Earthshare in your workplace, joining Amazon Smiles and listing the San Marcos River Foundation as your charity of choice or becoming a Reliant customer.
Many other local groups help protect our watershed and open up new green spaces to public.
Volunteers at the Aquatic Resource Center are always needed for a variety of tasks depending on the season. Tasks can include grounds and building maintenance, cleaning, basic fish culture (feeding and cleaning), inventorying, gardening Texas wild rice and other aquatic plants, running errands, taking photos and videos, feeding fish and salamanders, handling collecting water quality data, participating in outreach activities, assisting staff with various scientific studies. Contact them to find out what’s going on. Phone: (512) 353-0011 or email: San_Marcos@fws.gov