Field Trip: March 17, 2024, Tree Walk at Old Settlers Park

— by Gary Bowers

What: Tree Walk in the Park, led by Gary Bowers
Where: Old Settlers Park, 3017–3099 Whitlow Way, Round Rock
When: 10:00am-Noon on Sunday, March 17, 2024
Our field trip is free and open to the public.

Join us for the 2nd Tree Walk of 2024 at Old Settlers Park on Sunday, March 17, 2024. We will continue learning about identification of trees during dormancy but, with some luck…


… and good weather, we will hopefully start seeing some trees break dormancy and bud out.

View directions on: Apple Maps or Google Maps

We’ll meet in the parking area at the Virgil Rabb Pavilion off of Whitlow Way, in Old Settlers Park. From there we will walk around the pavilion to the nature trail. The walk is around 2 miles and will take around 2 hours to complete with relatively brisk walks between talking points.

For anyone interested, a few of the NPSOT members will continue on to Cork & Barrel after the walk to celebrate St. Patricks Day (and native plants).

Meeting point and parking. Rabb Pavilion, Old Settlers Park, Round Rock, TX.

Trip Report: Twin Creeks Historic Park

— by Pat Donica

Eighteen people enjoyed a simply beautiful Sunday on Feb 4’s field trip to Twin Creeks Historic Park in Cedar Park.  This little gem sits tucked in the hills between a couple of subdivisions and a golf course just inside northwestern Travis County.  

A paved path runs nearly the length of the park; a dirt path continues farther.  Sunday’s hike was almost a mile from parking lot to pavement’s end and then back the same way. There are benches along the trail if you care to pause and ponder.  About halfway in, the path meets up with and follows the banks of a creek, taking a turn past an 1859 log cabin (not open to visitors) preserved in the hollow.   

Led by Sue Wiseman and Kathy Galloway, we found Texas red oak, twistleaf yucca, sycamore, little bluestem, Lindheimer silktassel, American elm, seep muhly, possumhaw, yaupon holly, box elder, river fern, and more.  Recent rains ensured the creek was bubbling and flowing.  And seeing the old cabin was a real bonus.  You just have to think, oh, the stories it could tell!

Photos by Greg and Pat Donica.

See photos from this field trip and others in our album=>

Plant rescue in Liberty Hill, February 17, 2024

Volunteer with us Saturday, February 17 from 10am-1pm in Liberty Hill as we rescue plants from a meadow site prior to construction. There is adjacent street parking available. The plant list and further details can be found on our sign up page at the button below. Note that there is an opportunity to pick up rescued bare root plants in Round Rock at 4pm for those that cannot make the rescue.

You must be a current NPSOT member (any chapter) and at least 18 to attend. (Join NPSOT or renew here.)

Learn more about the Native Plant Rescue Project at this link.