Coleto Creek

Several specific volunteering opportunities are available at Coleto Creek Park. Contact Wilfred Korth, Chief Ranger and Chapter member, at 361/575-6366 or wkorth@gbra.org if you would like to volunteer for any of these opportunities.

Student group at Coleto Creek

Student Group at Coleto

First Annual Coleto Creek Nature Fest

April 9, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – looking for some volunteers to help out in a variety of ways.

Programs – looking for volunteer presenters to do nature-based presentations to park visitors such as:

  • Invasive Species – What they are and how they impact us
  • Sea Turtle Rescue and Recovery Program
  • Plastics Pollution – how it is impacting our world
  • Hummingbirds
  • Landscaping for Wildlife/Birds/Hummers
  • Texas Snakes
  • Speakers already lined up for Monarch Recovery, Whooping Cranes, and Alligators

Presenters will each have a one-hour time slot. TR: Coleto Creek

Nature Fest Committee – Volunteers needed to work with Wilfred to flesh out all aspects of this First Festival, help secure vendors, exhibitors, and speakers. PO: Coleto Creek

Nature Fest Logistics – Volunteers needed on day of event to help with logistics; including working with presenters to get them set up for their presentations and introductions. PO: Coleto Creek

Hands-On Activities – looking for leader(s) to conduct a guided nature hike along the Park’s Nature Trail the afternoon of the Fest.  Karen and Robert Benson will do a Guided Bird Walk that morning.  PO: Coleto Creek

Wildscape Maintenance

Claire Barnhart is coordinating a group to help maintain the park’s Wildscapes, which are utilized for education programs with the public and school groups.  Duties involve weeding, planting native plants, and improving existing Wildscapes.  Let Wilfred know if you would like to help and your name will be added to the contact list when workdays are scheduled. RM: Coleto Creek

VISD 5th Grade Field Trip Programs

On April 4, 5, 8, 11, and 12 the Park will be providing programs to 5th Graders from 5 different Victoria Elementary Schools. Programs will run from ~9:30 AM to ~ 1:30 PM each of these days; with 4 to 5 class groups each day.  Classes will rotate through 5 different program stations.

Two of the programs will be:

  • Aquatic Ecosystems – Bugs, fish, plants – Program leader will work with each class to have them explore the health of the Coleto Creek Reservoir by determining the diversity of bugs, fish, and plants along the reservoir shoreline through actual hands on exploration.  Basic knowledge of Aquatic Ecosystems is helpful.  Goal – to help classes understand how many components there are to a healthy aquatic ecosystem.
  • Changing Ecosystems – Nature hike along the Park’s 1-mile nature trail during which  the program leader identifies some of the plant life along the trail and discusses how Man has changed the natural ecosystem at Coleto Creek through ranching, creation of a reservoir, etc.  Goal – to help classes understand how we each impact the world around us.

The Park is looking for volunteers to help lead one of these programs during all or part of the field trip dates.  Wilfred is willing to help train those that would like to help do a program but don’t feel comfortable with what they will need to do. TR: Coleto Creek

Summer Programs/Hikes

From May to August, the park would like to offer its users a hike or program every weekend. We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to do a program or guided hike one or more times during these months. This past summer, we had guided nature hikes, hands-on program on Wildscaping and why it is important, and alligator program; but are open to any type of nature-based programs. Park is willing to work with a volunteer to schedule around their schedule. Again, if you would be willing to help but feel like you need some additional training, Wilfred is willing to train and allow anyone to shadow and assist with any of his presentations. PO: Coleto Creek

Ongoing Trail Construction

Larry Henneke has been doing some on-site surveying for layout of some additional trails at Coleto Creek. Once plans are finalized, the park will need help clearing and marking the new trails. If you would like to help with this project, give Wilfred your name, and when development is ready to roll, you will be contacted. Should be sometime in spring, 2016. NPA: Coleto Creek

Again, contact Wilfred Korth if you would like to help with any of these activities. And remember that the Coleto Creek Park is a Partner of the Mid-Coast Chapter TMN, and all volunteer work in the park is approved as volunteer hours.

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