Keep Bastrop County Beautiful is a nonprofit, 501(c)3, organization dedicated to inspire individuals and businesses to improve their community and the natural environment. All donations are tax deductible. KBCB is a GOLD affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful.
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Last year, KBCB hosted its first ever river clean-up of the El Camino Paddle Trail. Over 80 people volunteered to paddle the six mile trail from Fisherman’s Park to the take out near the Lost Pines Nature Trail to pick trash from the Colorado River. The event generated great interest among the locals and visiting guest volunteers to the Lost Pines Nature Trail, which at the time, appeared as a diamond in the rough.
“Deliver for the River!”
Same party as last year, but with more activities and music along with the free food.
We had Print and TV exposure from last year’s event plus over 300 planned participants and volunteers this year. You can support a great cause and advertise to a wide audience.
The event was such a success, KBCB has decided to expand and rename the event. The event has been renamed The Bastrop River Rally, our mother event, that will be hosted on an annual basis and will include various sub-events that support our community and natural resources. This year’s sub-events will include:
The River Cleanup
The KBCB River Rally will see an increased number of volunteers (80 last year) for a clean-up of the Colorado River’s six mile El Camino Paddle Trail. We are preparing for 100 participants this year. Bring your own canoe, kayak or paddleboard if you have one, otherwise one will be provided to you (with life jacket) by our friends at “Bastrop River Company” and “Rising Phoenix Adventures“? Ages are restricted to 12 to 16 accompanied by a parent/guardian, 16 and up unaccompanied. LCRA will provide a pre-launch safety briefing.
The LPNT Brush Up
Added this year will be an event at the Lost Pines Nature Trail called the LPNT Brush Up. In the past year, the 30 acre LPNT has begun a transformation that gives it great potential in becoming a beautiful multi-use park. Funds have been raised to clear heavy brush and improve access to the park and to the river at the take out area. Lost Pines Master Naturalists have put in many volunteer hours to maintain the trails and provide a presence that is family friendly. The event will consist of a land clean up at specified locations on the LPNT, interpretive hikes, and on-site, kid-friendly activities, all hosted by our own Lost Pines Chapter of Master Naturalists. We plan to attract 100 participants for this new event.
The Environmental Update
Also added this year is an Environmental Update, which will consist of a briefing by County Judge Paul Pape, our keynote speaker. Also, The Colorado River Coalition traveling exhibit will be on hand to provide more information about the importance of the Colorado River, downstream from the Highland Lakes and Austin. Other exhibitors will be invited to provide information that will heighten awareness of future projects and activities to promote the use of the river and the potential of becoming a future riverfront park, extending from Fisherman’s Park all the way to the take out area near Tahitian Village.
Bastrop River Run
To help get more people exposed to the river area, KBCB will host an informal, fun 4.5 mile Bastrop River Run/Walk. It is un-timed and on various terrain including steps, so strollers are prohibited. Ages are restricted to 12 and up. Some of the routes are on back roads requiring no more than 2 abreast. The run begins 8:30 at the Lost Pines Nature Trail and ends at Fisherman’s Park. Runners/Walkers are encouraged to join in on the Fun at Neighbor’s.
Fun at Neighbor’s
After volunteers and run participants complete their clean-up assignments and events, shuttles will run from LPNT to Fisherman’s Park to Neighbors Kitchen and Yard, where they will be invited to enjoy some outdoor fun, food, drinks, and live music to celebrate their efforts.
Music on the Colorado
Our musical accompaniment has also expanded so that all volunteers are motivated and happy! We will offer music at the launch at Fisherman’s Park, at the take out area at Lost Pines Nature Trail, and a live band, celebrating volunteer accomplishments at Neighbor’s.
This Year’s Details
The KBCB River Rally will be held this year on Sunday, July 26, 2015. Launch time for the river cleanup is targeted at 9:00. While the river cleanup is starting, the LPNT brush-up will also commence.
Recognition and awards will be presented to noteworthy volunteers once everyone is back at Neighbor’s, starting at noon. There will be live music, entertainment, and food provided at Neighbor’s in appreciation of the volunteer effort.
Many thanks to our Sponsors
- Keep Bastrop County Beautiful
- Bastrop County, Texas
- Pines and Prairies Land Trust
- National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program
- Lower Colorado River Authority, McKinney Roughs Nature Park
- Fire Fighters from the City of Bastrop
- Bastrop River Company, Lee Harle
- Rising Phoenix Adventures, Linda Dinnean
- Bastrop County Water Control and Improvement District #2
- Lone Star Disposal
- Texas Master Naturalist Program – Lost Pines Chapter
- The American Canoe Association
- Maxine’s Catering and Bakery
- City of Bastrop
- Neighbors Kitchen and Yard
During the past five years, Keep Bastrop County Beautiful (KBCB) has experienced tremendous growth. From the first meeting of a few people trying to increase recycling in 2009, to producing three successful Heart of Texas Green Expo events, the journey has been exciting. As a result, KBCB has become the ‘go- to’ organization on matters and events for recycling and sustainability.
The Heart of Texas Green Expo has been a catalyst for building a network of like-minded organizations working to positively impact the environment in Central Texas. The expo has achieved and even surpassed the goals originally set for this annual event, and we have been in awe of the response. Now we are eager to build on that success and broaden our reach.
As we look to the future, we have chosen not to produce the Heart of Texas Green Expo in 2015, but instead we are expanding our focus and strengthening our efforts to better serve the community through a variety of events and activities. This approach allows us to educate, inspire and unite a greater number of Bastrop County residents, reaching them where they live, work and play throughout the year.
We hope we can count on your continued support of the Keep Bastrop County Beautiful mission to inspire individuals and businesses to improve local communities and the natural environment. Support from our sponsors, members and volunteers will enable us to continue to conduct important projects, including Colorado River Cleanups, the Recycle More Art Contest, Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebrations, Educational Grants and Scholarships, Household Hazardous Waste Cleanups, FestiviTREES and more. These projects exemplify the future of KBCB as we strive to reduce litter, increase recycling and foster sustainability.
As an all-volunteer, non-profit entity, it’s important that we make the most of finite resources, even as we position the organization for additional growth and expansion. We look forward to working with all our supporters to help us maintain forward momentum as we embark on the next step of our evolution.
Keep Bastrop County Beautiful Board
Tara Minor, President
Dorothy Skarnulis, Founding Board Member