The man who would become its savior first set eyes on what would become Westcave Preserve in the early 1960s as one of the early trespassers. John Covert Watson, from an old Austin family, had long visited nearby Hamilton Pool. But when he was about thirty years old, he heard rumors of another swimming hole nearby. “So I did what I fought against years later—I trespassed on the land,” said Watson. Along with two adventuresome friends, Watson...more
A true Westcave icon, John is a member of a rarefied group of unsurpassed naturalists in Texas. He has been the sole preserve director and lead educator since Westcave’s beginnings in 1976. John, together with his wife Brenda, raised a wonderful family in the “double wide” mobile home that also served as the visitor’s center. He began his work at the Preserve by hauling more than 100 full-size garbage bags of trash out of the canyon. The...more
A Westcave Preserve long-time friend and mentor on all things related to strategic development. In fact, it’s fair to say that Westcave Preserve may not even exist were it not for Lee’s ongoing generosity and leadership. He served as the chair of the Westcave Board, and has been its primary benefactor, for more than 25 years. Imagine, more than a quarter of a century of dedicated leadership and support to Westcave Preserve!
It was Lee’s...more