Is the Tag Team Program right for you? It is if you enjoy:
- Having an excuse to get outside and enjoy the park
- Public art (and its associated care and maintenance)
- Making the park a more enjoyable place
- Being involved in the management of local trails
Is an application required?
While we do not have an application process, we have a short informational form that we require all Tag Team volunteers to fill out. This form helps us understand how you will participate in this program.
Are there any age restrictions?
Yes, you must be 16 years or older to participate in this program. If you are 16 or 17, parental consent must be provided to the Conservancy prior to starting your volunteer work.
Do I need to check in at the Visitor’s Center to start my Tag Team Patrols?
You do not need to start your patrols at the Visitor’s Center, please feel free to start anywhere in the park that you would like. Please be sure to notate your starting location and time on your patrol report form.
What is a Graffiti Removal Kit and what does it contain?
Graffiti removal kits are the tools of the trade for Tag Team members. They contain all necessary tools for helping to mitigate graffiti on park features and public art. You will be able to take you graffiti kit home with you after you complete your training so that you have access to your supplies whenever you are ready to patrol. Kits include:
- Reusable nitrile gloves
- Safety glasses
- The Stuff Works Graffiti Remover
- Rags and sponges
- Spray bottle for water
- Paint can
Can I complete patrols with friends and family?
Yes, you are welcome to patrol with friends and family. We hope that you will encourage them to sign up for the program with you!
Do I need any tools or materials of my own to participate?
We will provide all tools for the mitigation of graffiti within the park. If you have a smart phone and are willing to use it, great! Smart phones make the reporting process of your patrols significantly easier.
Are there public restrooms in the park?
Yes, there are some public restrooms in the park, however they are sporadically placed. We recommend using the restrooms before your patrol.
Will I see wildlife in the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens while on Patrol?
The park is home to a diverse suite of urban wildlife, although wildlife spotting’s may vary by time of day. Be sure to check the river for turtles, fish, and waterfowl, as well as the trails for squirrels, skunks, and jackrabbits.
What are my basic responsibilities as a Tag Team Member?
- Inspect the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens, especially in the area of Guadalupe River Art Walk from Grant Street to Coleman Avenue, to check on the status of the murals, sculptures, other art, signage, benches, etc.
- Clean any graffiti found on murals, sculptures, other art, signage, benches, etc.
- Report any significant vandalism that you cannot mitigate yourself to Conservancy staff for mitigation
- When possible, please take photos of graffiti before and after cleaning for significant (large or concerning) removals and send to Conservancy staff
Will you schedule my patrols or can I work on my own time?
You can patrol entirely on your own schedule! Occasionally, we may put out a call for extra help should there be a substantial graffiti problem that we need additional capacity to remedy.
How often must I patrol to stay active?
We ask that you patrol at least once a week for 45 minutes minimum.
How do I report my hours and the outcomes of my patrol?
We will teach you how to fill out our online patrol report form, which can be filled out anywhere you have internet access.