Texas River School

Save Barton Creek Association has partnered with Texas River School for many years, and supports their efforts to bring groundwater appreciation and education to traditionally underserved students in Central Texas. Texas River School helps provide kayaks, gear, and resources for SBCA kayak creek cleanups.




Texas River School promotes and provide awareness and education about surface and ground water resources, and their preservation, conservation, and protection. TRS achieves these goals by:

  • Establishing, developing programming for and operation classes, camps and similar educational programs for youth which focus on rivers, aquifers, conservation, and water activities.
  • Establishing, developing programming for and operating programs for education, recreation, outreach and related activities for the general public related to water resources.
  • Establishing, financing and operating facilities, both free and for fee, for members, youth and the general public in support of this programming.


The Chautauqua Foundation, Inc., serves as the parent organization to Texas River School and was formed in 1992 by Joe Kendall with the intention of combining outdoor education, swimming, canoeing skills together with healthy nutritional reinforcement. TRS continually pursues partnerships with organizations and schools to promote our vision, and by doing so have taken more than 4,000 area youth on the river – canoeing, snorkeling, swimming, camping, and much more. Most students are under-served youth who have never been canoeing on the river before. They are often the best campers and gain the most from their experience. Many young campers  exclaim that their day on the river with us was their favorite field trip ever.

Texas River School helped to create 12 River Sensibles that will help you safely navigate waterways.

Join TRS for an Austin experience to remember. Register for a Moonlight Bat Float on Lady Bird Lake (complete with live music!) and support the cause.