Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is seeking volunteers for its next work day this Saturday, June 26, to help fulfill the terms of a grant to renovate its Children's Animal Center.

Fossil Rim received a $177,000 grant from Texas Parks & Wildlife for the project.

“Every dollar they give us, we have to match,” said Kati Shedd, the CAC's supervisor.

The matching funds can come from donations, but volunteer hours also count.

“Every hour a person volunteers goes toward this grant,” Shedd said.

Renovation plans in the project's first phase call for building seven free-flight aviaries that will house the center's cockatoo, Jack, little corellas Hobo and Pearl, macaws and other birds and brick housing shelters. All of the brick shelters for the birds will be equipped with heaters and misting systems.

The new CAC also will include housing for  five or six endangered Attwater's prairie chickens.

The second phase of the project will involve renovating the inside of the barn that previously housed Texas and African-spurred tortoises and the wandering herd of goats that visitors could pet. For now, they've been relocated to other parts of Fossil Rim.

The barn also will be reconfigured and updated to include educational exhibits and web cameras. Plans also call for the CAC to incorporate more Texas animal species.     

The butterfly garden and nature walk also will be expanded. The work is scheduled to be completed in October.

“We want people in the community to know that things are changing up there,” Shedd said. “Come out and see what's going on.”

Volunteers are needed to help paint, clean up the yard and plant native and drought-resistant varieties of plants.

The work day will start at 10 a.m. Volunteers should bring water, gloves and dress in cool clothes and durable shoes. Sunscreen and hats are a good idea, too.

After the work is done, the volunteers will be offered a free guided tour of Fossil Rim.

The TP&W grant application was made by Dr. Roy McClements, who died suddenly in March. Thus, the new CAC will pay tribute to him and continue his work, Shedd noted.

For more information about volunteering, call Fossil Rim at 897-2960 or e-mail cac@fossilrim.org.