October 7 Moonlight Bat Float Cancelled

Due to the huge influx of people and cars coming in for ACL fest on October 7, parking will be a nightmare for our Moonlight Bat Float guests; therefore, we are cancelling the Moonlight Bat Float. We hope to see you all next May for our 2018 kick off float. Take care, friends!

Moonlight Bat Float – Saturday, September 9th

We’re expecting a lovely evening for the next Moonlight Bat Float on Saturday, September 9th. Same time: sign-in at 6pm, push-off at 7pm. Same place: on the docks of Texas Rowing Center. This month you’ll be paddling to the sounds of The Flyin’ A’s…you won’t want to miss this show. Tell your friends and family to join you at Texas River School’s Moonlight Bat Float for another spectacular evening of music, fun, and bats.

Seeking sharecropper/renter

Seeking sharecropper/renter to garden on a compost-rich, sandy soil, no-till, ¼-acre permaculture lot adjoining Texas River School’s River Camp. The plot has contoured beds with distribution lines for easy watering and access to water. The previous sharecropper produced garlic, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, okra, cukes, and small watermelons. This plot has been part of demonstrations for Texas River School’s sustainable living organic garden.

This is a unique opportunity for someone who would like to sharecrop or rent garden space down river on the Colorado, twenty minutes from downtown…three miles east of 183 off of MLK (Hwy 969)…9909 Lorado Drive, 78726…Please spread the word.

Interested in learning more? Contact Joe Kendall at joe@texasriverschool.org or phone 512-289-0750.

Volunteers Needed for Eeyore’s 2017

Hi Friends!

Volunteers are still needed for the Chicken Fajita booth at Eeyore’s 54th Birthday Party on Saturday, April 29th (rain date, Saturday, May 6th), one of Texas River School’s biggest FUNdraising events of the year.

Currently, we have 45 shifts that have not been covered. Click (here) to view the schedule. Our 2-4pm shift is the busiest when things get really crazy in a fun kind of way, and a great way to see our production in full-scale action.

If you’re new to our organization and/or have never volunteered with us before, this is your opportunity to come see our FUNny side. We have a blast!

Sign up today and bring a friend!

For those of you already signed up, we thank you and look forward to another successful event!

Eeyore’s Birthday Party website: http://eeyores.com



Texas River School would like to thank all of our Friends of the River for helping us make our 2016 Moonlight Bat Floats a huge success. We look forward to kicking off the 2017 season next May. Have a wonderful fall and winter…and keep on paddling.


Join us for our final Moonlight Bat Float of the 2016 season on Saturday, October 15. Check-in time will start at 6pm and push-off will be closer to 6:30pm, since the days are getting shorter. We are excited to bring back Him & Her – Michael D’Eath and Brenda Freed – as our guest musicians. As always, we will keep a close eye on the weather because October can be iffy. We will e-blast and post updates on FaceBook and our website Blog…or you can call Anna Castillo at 512-865-1450 or Joe Kendall at 512-289-0750.


This was to be our make-up float for the August 13 float that got postponed, but, alas, Mother Nature has other plans. We will keep a close eye on the weather and make a decision by Friday at 2pm. We will e-blast and post on FaceBook and our website Blog…or you can call Joe Kendall at 512-289-0750. We have great appreciation for this lovely, refreshing rain, but we’ll hope for a bit of a break so we can all float on Saturday, August 20.


We have good reason to be excited! Several wonderful things took place at our July 19 Board Meeting that we want to share.

Executive Director and Founder, Joe Kendall, announced that he plans to semi-retire in the next three years. The process of turning over operations of the foundation to the next generation of river lovers has begun. Anna Castillo, Office/River School Manager who has been with TRS for the last three years, was promoted to Assistant Executive Director of The Chautauqua Foundation, Inc., and Amber Davis, TRS Trip Leader for the past two years, was promoted to Director of the River School. Congratulations Anna and Amber, the A-Team!

We are also VERY excited to announce the addition of two new members to our Board of Directors, Brandon Cox and Kathleen Davies.

Brandon Cox first discovered Texas River School through his participation in Amplify Austin (he’s the one who won the kayak auctioned off at our Amplify Austin Party this past spring). Brandon spent quite a bit of time on Texas Rivers as a child and quickly connected with the TRS mission. Brandon moved to Austin in 1998 after graduating from Texas Tech University with a degree in Family Financial Planning, and has worked in the financial services industry ever since. He is co-founder of Cox & Kor Wealth Management, independent financial advisors, and has been an active participant in Austin’s non-profit community through contributions, volunteer work and board membership. Brandon also enjoys collecting antique and rare books, the performing arts, and participating in cooking competitions (he’s done chili cook-offs and a couple of goat cook-offs). Welcome Brandon!

Kathleen Davies has been a long-time friend of the River School, even back when it was in its incubation stages, but was unable to get more involved at the time. She did, however, manage to get TRS a $2,000 donation from the Elks a few years back then surprised us again at the July 19 meeting with another check from The High Road on Dawson Charity (story below). Kathleen is currently employed with Texas Education Agency in their Educator Investigations Division, part of a career that has spanned over 25 years with enforcement in Texas, protecting children and citizens. Welcome Kathleen!

Referred to above, Kathleen Davies presented Executive Director Joe Kendall and Board President Linda Overton-Kendall with a $3,500 check from The High Road on Dawson Charity. This gift was totally unexpected, and we are so very grateful to High Road Charity for their generous contribution!!!

Kathleen Davies presenting check from High Road Charities.

Kathleen Davies presenting check from High Road Charities.

Reminder – August 13 Moonlight Bat Float

What a great way to spend a warm summer evening…on the river with good friends and good music. Join us this Saturday, August 13, for our next Moonlight Bat Float and musical guest Out of the Blue! Arrive early for a 6:30pm check-in at the docks of Texas Rowing Center (1541 W. Cesar Chavez St., 78703). Music and paddling – what a great combination! Purchase your tickets NOW!