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The University of Texas at Austin Texas Natural Science Center Texas Natural Science Center


Press Room

Press Release





TODAY’S DATE: March 2, 2006

CONTACT: Susan Romberg
Texas Memorial Museum (a part of the Texas Natural Science Center)

The public is invited to participate in Waller Creek Cleanup, Saturday, April 8, from 9am to 11 am. (Must be 18 years or older to participate!) Sign up online at http://www.wallercreek.org/

Participants are asked to meet at the 24th Street bridge at San Jacinto Street at 8:30am, sign a standard liability release, listen to safety guidelines, grab the gloves and bags provided and head to their assigned location along the creek to pick up trash.

Waller Creek Cleanup is sponsored by UT’s Environmental Health and Safety, Campus Environmental Center, and Texas Natural Science Center.

About Waller Creek:
Waller Creek is an urban watershed that runs from North Austin through the city and campus into Town Lake. Though it's in the middle of the city, the creek is home to a great diversity of wildlife. From the Great Blue Heron to the Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly, many types of animals rely on the creek habitat for survival.
Being an urban watershed, Waller Creek suffers pollution problems. Trash from the streets washes down storm drains and into the creek. Sometimes people even dump large items into the creek so they don't have to pay for disposal. This pollution can adversely affect the wildlife, water quality, and beauty of Waller Creek.

About UT’s Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) office:
It is responsible for planning, implementing and administering The University's health and safety program, and for providing supportive technical consultation, training, investigation, and inspection to ensure compliance with guidelines set forth by federal, state and local laws and regulations. Its primary functions are to assist The University community in meeting health and safety responsibilities, to prevent or reduce accidents and to identify and eliminate environmental hazards and dangerous conditions.

About UT’s Campus Environmental Center:
It is the main organization for UT students interested in the environment, and an agency of Student Government. It’s mission: to reduce the University's environmental impact and promote environmental stewardship within the student body.

About UT’s Texas Natural Science Center:
The Center encourages awareness of biological diversity through research, exhibits, and education/outreach and is made up of the Texas Memorial Museum, the Vertebrate Paleontology Lab, the Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab, and the Texas Natural History Collections. Our leading-edge research in the disciplines of paleontology, geology, biology, herpetology, ichthyology and entomology has amassed a $4-billion collection of 5.7 million specimens. All exhibits and education/outreach programs are based on these specimens, most of which are from Texas and many of which are unique and irreplaceable. Programming spotlights dinosaurs and fossils, Texas wildlife, and gems and minerals. We welcome more than 75,000 visitors to our exhibit hall, the Texas Memorial Museum, annually. We are the leader in science education enrichment for Central Texas, with community outreach including school presentations reaching 700+ K-12 students each semester, public events that draw more than 8,000 visitors annually, partnerships with other science organizations, and a website featuring virtual exhibits with educational materials for teachers and leading-edge research data.

About the Texas Memorial Museum:
Texas Memorial Museum is part of the Texas Natural Science Center at The University of Texas at Austin. The Museum’s mission: to encourage awareness and appreciation of the interplay of biological, geological and environmental forces as they have shaped, are shaping and will shape our world.
Regular museum hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Museum is located at 2400 Trinity Street (2 blocks north of the UT stadium).


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