This group creates and maintains trails, removes invasives, cleans up storm damage and trash dumps, installs signs, benches, and kiosks, and more.
RIVER RECHARGE KIOSK
RIVER RECHARGE TRAIL BUILDING
WELCOMING THE PIONEER
WORKING AT THE BARN
REMOVAL OF LIGUSTRUM AT PROSPECT PARK
CELEBRATION OF SESSOM CREEK IMPROVEMENTS PHASE 1
WORKING ON THE PARAISO EXTENSION IN UPPER PURGATORY
MORE PHOTOS FROM THE TRAIL
TRAIL CREW AT CITY HALL TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE NEW LAND USE PLAN
COFFEE AT WAKE THE DEAD
This group focuses on the removal of invasives and the planting and watering of natives. Many SMGA members serve on both Trail Crew and Team Flora.
RESTORATION AT PROSPECT MEADOW
INSTALLING POLLINATOR PLANTS IN RIVER RECHARGE NATURAL AREA
CLEANING SEEDS FOR PLANTING IN THE NATURAL AREAS
The Outreach team participates in a variety of community events throughout the year, all geared to spreading SMGA’s message about conservation, as well as recruiting new volunteers and members.
EARTH DAY AT THE MEADOWS CENTER
SNAKEFEST AT THE DISCOVERY CENTER
Twice each month, SMGA helped host “Wonderful World,” a local radio program devoted to environmental issues.
Kermit was all decked out for this special occasion. Our entry also included cyclists and walkers.
Local photographer Winifred Simon won SMGA’s Naturescapes award for 2023.
Throughout the year, SMGA works with a number of elementary school classes as well as classes at Texas State. It also provides opportunities for interns and students in need of projects.
For his Eagle project, Rowan Cockrell organized the Boy Scouts of Troop 18 (in San Marcos) to install a bat box and interpretive signs at the pond in the Spring Lake Natural area.
Engineering students at Texas State designed three projects—two bridges and a revamped trail to alleviate flooding—for SMGA.
(left) Former Outreach chair Susan Hanson receiving an award from the Geography Department for her work with classes in Environmental Interpretation (right) SMGA intern and Geography major Lauren Thompson
SMGA offers monthly bird walks with Stephen Ramirez and Colton Robbins. Members also participate in the Christmas Bird Count. Thanks to Jennifer Bauerkemper and Julie Crum for the excellent bird photos.
Many SMGA members document the seasons in the natural areas, and their work is often featured in The Loop.
Photography by Susan McGee, Kendall Bell Enders, and Mary Seaborne:
Photography by Mary Seaborne and Megan Brown: