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Sustainable Projects

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is working to become the “greenest” TPWD park. We are pursuing this goal on many fronts.

Dark skies

In 2014, Enchanted Rock earned a Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Park designation.

To qualify for the dark sky park desig­nation, we had to improve our lighting. We added shields to outdoor lights so that light spreads down­ward rather than out or up. We also replaced standard light bulbs with lower wattage bulbs and removed some fixtures. These steps helped us lower light pollu­tion and reduce energy usage.

Solar savings

Enchanted Rock's headquarters building with solar panels on the roof.Sun Club logo - says "Green Mountain Energy Sun Club"Green Mountain Energy Sun Club chose Enchanted Rock State Natural Area as a grant recipient in 2015. The Sun Club grant will pay for an 11kW solar photo­voltaic system instal­la­tion on the roof of the park head­quarters. This pro­ject is slated for com­ple­tion in spring 2016.

Energy from the sun will help cut the headquarters' utility bill in half. Savings will help fund future sustainable building up­grades in the park.

Water wise

Person filling water bottle We switched all of the park’s water fixtures to lower flow options in 2012. Since then, visita­tion has increased by 20.2 percent, but our water usage has decreased by 34.6 percent. Look for signs with tips for con­serving water during your visit. 

The Friends of Enchanted Rock also purchased and installed a large rain­water collection system. We plan to use this water to help fight wildfires in the park and nearby.

Recycling rangers

new recycling binWe installed five large recycling containers for plastic and alumi­num around the park in February 2015. Grants from Whole Earth Pro­vision, Co. and Chaco, as well as donations from the Friends of Enchanted Rock, paid for these containers.

As of March 2016, the park has recycled more than 3,000 pounds of plastic.

Water bottle filling stations will come online in spring 2016, thanks to Whole Earth, Chaco and Friends of Enchanted Rock. Refill your water bottle, rather than throwing it away. Save money and keep plastic out of the landfill! The filling stations will track the number of water bottles saved.