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My Getaway: A Conversation with Eric Weeks

Eric Weeks

Born and raised in Austin, Eric Weeks developed a passion for nature while spending time outdoors as a Boy Scout. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Resource and Environmental Studies from Texas State University in the spring of 2014. As an intern with the City of San Marcos, Eric gained experience in conservation and restoration while working to implement the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan. In his position as Discovery Center Manger, Eric leads river conservation programs and a native plant propagation program and also hosts monthly volunteer invasive species removal workdays in the natural areas. Eric is passionate about environmental stewardship, particularly invasive plant management and native restoration. In his free time, Eric enjoys hiking, cycling, gardening, and spending time with his wife and two dogs.

Why do you value the natural areas?

Natural areas provide an escape to nature. It’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle and slow down to take in the tranquility our natural world can provide. Natural areas offer stress release and opportunities for healthy exercise.

Who or what most influenced your view of the natural world?

I spent much of my childhood playing in neighborhood creeks, riding my bike, camping, backpacking, and canoeing. Through these experiences, I developed a passion for conservation and love for the outdoors. This led me to getting a degree in Resource & Environmental studies and ultimately working for the City of San Marcos.

What is your favorite trail? What do you like about it?

My favorite trail is Malacoda in Purgatory Natural Area. I enjoy the longer hike, and how I can quickly feel like I’m far away from the noise of the city. It’s always a treat to relax under the shade of the grotto and listen to the sounds of nature. I can’t help but enjoy identifying the many native plants along the hike and appreciate the relatively pristine environment that is so hard to find these days.

What do you most enjoy doing when you visit the Greenbelt?

I most enjoy getting lost in nature and slowing down. Modern life can be fast paced and stressful at times, so spending time in nature helps me decompress and feel healthy. It’s so convenient having several natural areas available in town. As occupancy at local state parks fills up, I find myself visiting our city natural areas more and more.

What recommendations would you give new users of the trail?  

Check out trail maps ahead of time to plan to bring enough water, snacks, etc. Take your time and appreciate how special our natural areas are. Do your part to keep our natural areas natural – pick up after your dogs, pack out trash, and stay on trail.

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