Conservation & Recreation
Are you a birder or love wildlife? Would you like to lead a monthly survey walk? Current bird counts are over-flowing with participants. If you are interested in a bird or wildllife walk, email
The parks are greening up and filled with flowers and wildlife.
Rainy days are great days to have the park all to yourself. Put your rain jacket on and take a walk, sit in the blinds, get some peacefulness, and relax in the wonder of nature.
The protection, preservation, management, or restoration of wildlife and of natural resources such as forests, soil, and water.
KCPP champions conservation. We establish and maintain successful conservation projects in our parks.
Wildlife Brush Piles
We create and maintain wildlife habitat brush piles to provide cover, nesting sites, and food for birds, insects, small mammals, and herps. Brush piles present opportunities to observe many species of wildlife, especially birds and lizards. Our "critter condos" are especially helpful at James Kiehl River Bend Park (JKRB) where shrubby understory cover is lacking. Bring a camera - critter condos are great places for photography, too. Learn how to build Wildlife Habitat Brush Piles ››
Chimney Swift Towers
We constructed chimney swift towers at James Kiehl River Bend Park, Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area (KCNA), and Joshua Springs Park and Preserve (JSPP) with help from the parks department. KCPP's bluebird nesting trails are successful, and we belive similar success can be achieved for chimney swifts. Towers are relatively easy to construct, so providing nesting sites for swifts is not difficult. Our towers are 14 inches in diameter and 12 feet high. Chimney swifts arrive in the Texas Hill Country from Peru during mid March. We monitor the towers during spring breeding season.
KCPP monitors 42 bluebird nest boxes. We have one trail of six boxes at JKRB, three trails of six each at KCNA, and another 18 boxes at JSPP. Eastern bluebirds have nested every year since we placed the boxes in 2007. We report nesting data to Cornell's NestWatch. Plenty of native species, including Bewick's wrens, also make the boxes their homes.
- See our Bluebird Habitat signs. Habitat signs are placed at each
of our four bluebird trails. These fun educational signs were funded by the Master
Naturalist, Hill Country Chapter.
- Bluebird boxes with poles may be purchased from Cibolo Nature
Center (CNC). CNC's boxes are expertly crafted by Texas Master Naturalist Lars Nielsen.
Monthly Bird Census
Our monthly bird censuses are conducted at JKRB, KCNA, and JSPP. The censuses provide valuable data on bird species in the parks. More than 250 bird species have been recorded since September 2011. Census data is posted to eBird.
Join friendly birders to increase your skills, contribute observations, make friends, and have fun!
2nd Tuesday: Joshua Springs Park and Preserve
3rd Tuesday: Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area
4th Tuesday: James Kiehl River Bend Park
Counts usually begin at 8a in the parking area of each park. All levels of birders and anyone interested in birding are welcome.
Park Ecosystems and Habitats
The parks are ecosystems! Within each park you will find diverse and dynamic ecosystems and their habitats.
An ecosystem is the type of place where an organism lives, like a river, grassland, or woodland. Habitats occur within each ecosystem. Habitats are the specific part of the ecosystem that meets the organism's needs. A river ecosystem has three habitats: riparian zone (the bank), in-stream (plants, rock, and dirt of the bed),and the stream (water).
Visit again to learn about our Wild Bird Feeding Habitats and Education Initiatives ››
Click here for suet recipes from some of the area's best birders ››
Refreshment of one's mind and/or body after work through activity that renews one's health and spirits by enjoyment and relaxation; play.
The goals of the original Parks and Open Space Master Plan were specific: Provide river and stream recreation, including hiking, biking, fishing, and paddling, while preserving and enhancing the unique environmental attributes and historical character of the county. Today, recreation opportunities abound in the parks. JKRB and KCNA each offer approximately 1.700 feet of access to the Guadalupe River and more than five miles of trails. Little Joshua and Allen Creeks flow through the heart of JSPP and a range of multiuse trails loop through the park.
The parks are perfect places to experience nature,exercise,relax,observe,learn,and play. KCPP helps develop recreational opportunities in our parks - it's our mission. You can help! ››
KCPP members and friends are always out and about, and always have a story to tell about their adventures. Take a look at these articles to learn about ways to be active and fun things to do in and around the parks.
Birding - The #1 Sport in the Country. Our parks are birding hot spots!
Paddlers may put-in or take-out on the Guadalupe River from James Kiehl River Bend Park and Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area. Public access down stream from the parks is limited. Be aware of mileage and paddle time to the next public access. KCPP has compiled a chart of Guadalupe Paddling Distances. Please read it, and check river conditons and crossing closures before planning a trip.