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Local Green Guide: Waco, TX

Recycling, Parks, Waco City Programs, Events, & More

Annual Events

Beasts 'N Blooms & Earth Day, Too: Earth Day at the Zoo
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1701 North 4th Street
Waco, Texas 76707
254-750-8400

Annual Earth Day Celebration at Cameron Park Zoo

Parks and Activities

Carleen Bright Arboretum
website
1 Pavilion Way
Woodway, TX 76712
254-399-9204

The Carleen Bright Arboretum celebrates and shares the distinct beauty of gardens and natural environments in Central Texas. The Arboretum covers 16 acres, with over 8 acres in the southeast devoted to botanical gardens.

Cameron Park Zoo
website
1701 North 4th Street
Waco, Texas 76707
254-750-8400

Cameron Park Zoo rests on 52 acres adjacent to the Brazos River in Waco, Texas. Lush native vegetation surrounds splashing waterfalls, a picturesque lake and ponds. And in the midst of all this beauty, visitors see that the wild ones not only survive in their natural habitat, they flourish.

With natural habitats and close-up encounters, the animal collection housed at Cameron Park Zoo includes more than 1,731 animals, representing 300 species.

Lake Waco Wetlands Research and Education Center website
1752 Eichelberger Crossing Road
Waco, TX 76702
254-299-2489

The 6,000 sq. ft. Wetlands Research and Education Center has proven to be a valuable resource to many area schools and universities. Take part in educational programs, take advantage of volunteer opportunities, explore the Research and Educational Center, and hike outdoors while exploring the Lake Waco Wetlands.

Cameron Park
website
Emmons Cliff Drive
Waco, TX 76708
254-750-5980

Cameron Park is where Waco celebrates life. Next door to downtown, the 400-acre park is an oasis wish towering trees, two rivers, breathtaking cliffs and a National Recreation Trail system. Hikers and bikers share the park with fishermen, disc golfers and picnickers. With 15 miles of twisting trails, Cameron Park features an amazing, multi-use National Recreation Trail system. Hikers and bikers meander along the River Trail, zigzag up 100-foot bluffs to overlook the rivers, or rip down trails like Root Canal.

Waco Mammoth Site
website
6220 Steinbeck Bend Drive
Waco, Texas 76708
254-750-7946

The Waco Mammoth Site sits on more than 100 acres of wooded parkland along the Bosque River. Surrounded by oak, mesquite and cedar trees, the site offers an escape from the modern world and provides a glimpse into the lives of Columbian mammoths. Tours, programs, and activities are available.

Waco River Paddling Trails
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The still waters of the Brazos River create an ideal spot for kayaking. The City of Waco has 2 paddling trails, Bosque Bluffs Paddling Trail - 2.2-mile loop and Brazos Bridges Paddling Trail - 4.8-mile loop. See website for further details.

Lacy Point Nature Trail
website
1000 McLaughlin Road
Woodway, TX 76712

The Lacy Point Nature Trail is a multi-use trail within an 877-acre Access Area located at 1000 McLaughlin Rd. is a local treasure of the Waco area.

The 19 miles of trail now feature interpretive trail markers, directional maps at junctions, and picnic table access along the shoreline, and through Bottomland hardwoods, scrub, and grassland in central Texas. This is the only public interpretive trail in the region to offer signed access to horse riders, cyclists, bank fishermen and hikers.

Mother Neff State Park
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1680 S.H. 236
Moody, TX 76557-3317
254-853-2389

Popular activities include camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing from the riverbank, and wildlife observation. For interested hikers, a tree guide is available at the park headquarters that provides a self-guided tour along the lost trail.

The park offers a variety of educational opportunities; check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.

The park also provides a junior ranger program that allows children from ages 4-12 to earn a special badge and certificate.

Chalk Ridge Falls Park
website
location
N 31º 00.885' W 097º 30.544'
Belton, TX 76513

Chalk Ridge Falls is a great park with a huge area for trails and recreation. Trails wind through beautiful wooded areas, along a stream with falls, across bridges, and even near a cave! Well worth the drive from downtown Waco, Chalk Ridge Falls Park is a fantastic destination for a day spent enjoying nature!

Take 35 North past Salado. Exit at FM 2484 and turn left following the signs to Chalk Ridge Falls Park / Stillhouse Hollow Lake

City of Waco Park Guide & Map
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Organizations

Central Texas Audubon Society
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The mission of the CTAS is to engage in such pursuits which promote the educational, historical, literary and philanthropic goals of the National Audubon Society; to promote conservation and the enjoyment of nature.

Texas Master Naturalists - Heart of Texas Chapter
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A program of Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas Master Naturalists are dedicated to the conservation, preservation, and restoration of our natural resources, and promoting ecological education for all. The Texas Master Naturalist organization encourages and supports trained Master Naturalist volunteers in providing community programs and projects that increase appreciation of our natural environment, promote the maintenance of and sustainable use of public open spaces, and protect and preserve native flora and fauna and their habitats.

Waco Paddle Club
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Contact: Diane Massey 254-715-6173 or wacopaddleclub@gmail.com

The Waco Paddle Club is an informally organized group that enjoys spending time on the water in kayaks or canoes. The Waco Paddle Club sponsors weekly paddles and other trips in the area. A calendar of upcoming activities is available on their Shutterfly page.

Keep Waco Beautiful
website
300 Austin Avenue
Waco, TX 76703
254-750-5728

Our mission is to help make Waco a cleaner, healthier, safer and more beautiful place to live, work and play. We believe that concentrated cleanup, beautification and anti-litter programs develop a feeling of community pride among our citizens. We are dedicated to teaching people to take responsibility for enhancing their community environment through action, education, and involvement. Keep Waco Beautiful currently has over 400 members and over 13,000 volunteers.

Waco Green - Greater Waco Chamber
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101 S. Third St.
Waco, TX 76701
254-757-5600

The Greater Waco Chamber is an advocate for green business practices and outstanding efforts to promote environmental standards for living, working and playing. The Greater Waco Chamber building is the first green chamber building in America, complete with a living roof!

McLennan County Master Gardeners
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420 N. 6th Street
Waco, Texas 76701
254-757-5180

Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and to help others, and able to communicate with diverse groups of people.

What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, persons who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their Extension office to provide horticultural-related information to their communities.

Waco Area Farmers Markets

Waco Downtown Farmers Market
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Heart of Texas Farmers Market
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4601 Bosque Boulevard
Waco, TX 76701
254-863-5165

Adelea's Farmers' Market
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302 North Main Street
Salado, TX 76571
254-947-0018

Bell County Farmers Market I
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212 South Main Street
Temple, TX 76501
254-778-2104

Bell County Farmers Market II
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Corner of Central and Penelope Street
Belton, TX 76513
254-778-2104

Brick Street Farmers Market
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200 East Collins at Commerce
Purdon, TX 76679
903-229-7505

Green Avenue Farmers Market
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717 North 2nd Street
Killeen, TX 76540
254-291-8796

Killeen Park Street Farmers Market
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Corner Park Street and Avenue G
Killeen, TX 76541
512-756-8380

Dining and Food Shopping

All of the restaurants featured here featured here utilize locally sourced ingredients, organic ingredients, or use green practices in their establishments. Please see their websites for details.

Cafe Homestead
website
608 Dry Creek Road
Waco, Texas 76705
254-754-9604

Fresh, Organic, & Locally Sourced Ingredients

King Chaga's Kitchen at Enchanted Cedar website
100 N. Oak Street
Lorena, TX 76655
254-857-3463

Only the finest Raw cold pressed Oils, Vegan, Gluten Free and NON-GMO ingredients are used. After enjoying some treats at King Chaga's Kitchen, stay and explore the warm relaxing environment, magical activities for both children and adults, and variety of vendors at Enchanted Cedar.

Resources & Links

Texas Parks & Wildlife
website

Green Restaurant Association
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The Green Restaurant Association dining search page

BikeTexas
website
A resource for cycling education, advocacy, and roads & trails.

Landscaping in Texas
Native Plants
Native Shrubs
Texas Superstar

Using native plants or well adapted plants can help to reduce water, fertilizer, and pesticide use. Here are three educational websites that can help you to “go native” with your landscaping.

Texas Trails Network
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Texas Trails Network (TTN) is a nonprofit statewide organization dedicated to quality development and management of all types of trails. Explore TTN's unique Trail Finder data base packed with nearly a thousand trails of all types throughout Texas - a vast inventory of outdoor experiences just waiting for your arrival.

GO TEXAN
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Resources to help you buy local Texas products! GO TEXAN promotes the products, culture, and communities that call Texas home.

Audubon Texas
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Audubon Texas is dedicated to protecting birds, other wildlife, and their habitats.