What is the Texas Wild Rice Festival?
Our mission is to create an interactive educational environmental festival for the Central Texas community to connect and protect the sensitive San Marcos River ecosystem and its connected sister springs in Austin, New Braunfels, and San Antonio and the Edwards Aquifer that feeds them. As we celebrate and learn together at the festival, we connect around the river and provide opportunities to contribute to a healthier river and community. Inspiring people of all ages with a cascade of fun interactive workshops, guided river hikes, films, live music, crafts, and creative and performing arts, we provide opportunities for the Central Texas community to learn, work and play together in ways that preserve the beauty, ecological diversity, and integrity of the rivers, springs and aquifers and enhance their environmental conservation knowledge.
Where is the Texas Wild Rice Festival
Venue: Sewell Park Address: 700 Aquarena Springs dr San Marcos, TX 78666 Parking: Free parking at Strahan Colliseum (Please Walk, Bike, or Car Pool) No Dogs Allowed, No Glass Allowed
How the Texas Wild Rice Festival Came to Be
Ashley Wright & Samantha Beasley wanted to bring dynamic and meaningful environmental education to the greater San Marcos Community -- for FREE. Realizing the beauty of Central Texas Springs and the fragility of these ecosystems, they decided to create a workshop based Festival where the community could come together and learn about the intricacies of these systems. Together with Thomas Waymouth, the trio created River Awareness Day in 2013, and then the first Texas Wild Rice Festival in 2014. With continual community support in the form of crowd funding, grants, sponsorships, volunteers, teachers, and passionate citizens, this Festival continues to flourish.
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meet the team
Ashley Wright graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in History & Philosophy in 2010. Inspired by nature, she started teaching outdoor education at the Meadow's Center for Water and the Environment. After several years there, she decided to bring the knowledge of the San Marcos Springs to the greater community and founded the first workshop based eco-festival in Central Texas, River Awareness Day. Propelled by R.A.D.'s success, she has worked with her team on the Texas Wild Rice Festival for the last two years, with great success. When not planning the Festival, Ashley can be found networking with her community, swimming in the River, or traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad teaching holistic gardening systems with her fiancé.