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Welcome to Barton Springs Conservancy!

Barton Springs is a natural treasure that is the heart and soul of Austin. The four underground springs supply cool, refreshing waters providing the community a beautiful space for year-round swimming. The three-acre pool offers locals and visitors a unique experience where they can be deeply immersed in nature and human community. Individuals from all different backgrounds develop a deep love for the Springs’ overwhelming beauty and its educational, recreational, historical, and cultural riches. Barton Springs Conservancy honors, preserves, and enhances the experience of Barton Springs through education and facility improvements.


Over the past year, we celebrated a most generous donation of $2.1 million from the Moody Foundation that has allowed us to move forward with our facility improvement goals of rehabilitating and restoring of  the Barton Springs Bathhouse.  We also launched an aquatic planting project to restore native aquatic plants in Barton Springs Pool which will improve the water quality, aquatic habitat, and ecosystem health.  In support of our education improvement goals, we launched our “Family Day at the Springs” program. Through our partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA), this has furthered the Conservancy’s mission by expanding educational and recreational programs for families and youth for whom transportation and affordability are hurdles to accessing Barton Springs. The Conservancy is also providing eight weeks of environmental education related to Barton Springs and issues affecting the Springs to an estimated 700 campers at Austin Sunshine Camp. Austin Sunshine Camp serves low income, disadvantaged youth from the greater Austin area.

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