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Goodbye summer, hello fall events

Goodbye summer, hello fall events

Brazos River Roundup for September

Upper Basin

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  • Sept. 6: LUBBOCK – Recycling Department Storytime
    10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at 5520 19th St. in Lubbock. The group will read Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals and then making compost stew using recycled materials. Each family will receive a free book to take home, courtesy of Literacy Lubbock.
    For more information, go here.
  • Sept. 7: GRANBURY – First Saturday Bird Walk
    7 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Acton Nature Center, 6500 Smoky Hill Court in Granbury.
    Dr. Billy Teels normally leads monthly bird walks. Dr. Teels earned a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University in 1975 and is now retired after serving more than 30 years as a biologist with the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service at various levels and in several states. Bring binoculars.
    For more information, call (817) 326-6005 or go here.
  • Sept. 7: ABILENE – Get outside, get fit!
    9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 7 at Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32, Tuscola.
    On the first Saturday of each month, join the Big Country Master Naturalists for a five-mile hike around Lake Abilene. Guests must obtain an entrance permit at the park headquarters and ask for the gate code to gain access to the lake. The group will meet at the first parking lot by the lake entrance. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring plenty of water.
    For more information, contact Candyce Johnson at (325) 264-4871 or candyce.johnson@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • Sept. 21: ABILENE - Nocturnal Critters Program
    6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32, Tuscola.
    Learn about animals that like the dark. Join the Big Country Master Naturalists to learn about nocturnal animals and their adaptations. Meet at the CCC building by the swimming pool. The program will include a short hike. Please dress for the weather/insects and bring a flashlight. This program will occur after the park headquarters has closed. You will need to pay your entrance fees at the self-pay station using cash or a check or a Texas State Parks Pass.
    For more information, contact Candyce Johnson at (325) 267-4871 or candyce.johnson@tpwd.texas.gov.

Central Basin

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  • Sept. 13: GLEN ROSE – Night Hike
    8 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, in Glen Rose.
    Explore the sounds, smells, and sights of the park at night!
    Join a Ranger on this guided night time mile-long hike and discover how our senses help us explore the world around us. Bring a flashlight (preferably red), water, sturdy shoes. Free with park admission. Park admission is free with a Texas Parks Pass.
    For more information, contact Zachary Riggs at (817) 776-3924 or zachary.riggs@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • Sept. 14: MOODY – Dutch Oven Breakfast
    10 a.m. Sept. 14 at Mother Neff State Park, 1921 Park Road 14, in Moody.
    The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will host a Dutch Oven breakfast. See a demonstration of cooking in a Dutch Oven, which is a cast-iron pot with a lid that can be used for cooking outdoors. Samples will be available when the delicious dishes are ready. There is no additional charge for demonstration or samples, but regular park entrance fees do apply: $2 per person, 13-years and older. Children 12 and under get in free.
    For more information, contact Jamie Harman at (254) 853-2389 or jamie.harman@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • Sept. 14: WHITNEY – Star Party in the Park
    8 to 10 p.m. Sept..14 at Lake Whitney State Park, 433 F.M. 1244, in Whitney. Join the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for a relaxing evening at beautiful Lake Whitney State Park. See the moon and stars through a telescope with Larry Smith, a retired astronomy ranger of the National Park Service. The program is free, but applicable park entry fees are required. Entry is free for everyone in the vehicle with a Texas State Park Pass. Meet at the picnic area across from our Recreation Hall. Bring something to sit on, snacks and water or other non-alcoholic beverages if desired. Binoculars and telescopes if you would like. Red light flashlights are perfect for this event. Guests arriving after office hours should use the self-pay station and bring exact change to place in the envelope.
    For more information, contact Rita Eisenchenk at 254-694-3793 x0 or rita.eisenschnek@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • Sept. 21: WACO – Rainwater Harvesting Class
    Keep Waco Beautiful & Urban R.E.A.P. are hosting Rain Water Harvesting classes Sept. 21. The first class is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the second is 1:30 to 3 p.m. Seating is limited. Guests will walk away with a "How To Guide," provided by Keep Waco Beautiful, and a constructed rain barrel with additional materials for your home. Tickets are $50.
    For more information, go here.
  • Sept. 28: GLEN ROSE – Hike With Your Hound
    9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, in Glen Rose. Bring your four-legged friend for a morning stroll through the park! Join Laurie with Happy Holistic Hound for a guided walk through the park with you and your furry best friend. Guests are encouraged to bring a leash with collar, water, bowl, and waste bags. Free with park admission. Park admission is free with a Texas Parks Pass. Children 11 years old and younger must have an adult present.
    For more information, contact Zachary Riggs at (817) 776-3924 or zachary.riggs@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • Sept. 28: WACO – National Public Lands Day
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    10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at Bosque Park, 4200 Airport Road, Waco.
    Volunteers will be building a picnic area for the park. Work will include digging out 10x10 picnic sites, installing railroad ties, adding fill material, and constructing picnic tables. Additionally, volunteers will clean up litter throughout the park. This work is part of a larger project that will construct a small craft boat ramp in the park, expanding the local paddling trail. Volunteers should bring appropriate clothing, footwear, and a reusable bottle for water. All working materials will be supplied by Keep Waco Beautiful and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Every Volunteer will receive a one day pass to any National Park for their volunteer efforts. Food provided.
    For more information, go here.
  • Sept. 29: GLEN ROSE – Track Talk
    3:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, in Glen Rose.
    Gather round and hear the 113-million-year-old story of our dinosaur tracks! Join a ranger as we step back in time and discuss the dinosaur tracks that put us on the map! Free with park admission. Park admission is free with a Texas Parks Pass.
    For more information, contact Zachary Riggs at (817) 776-3924 or zachary.riggs@tpwd.texas.gov.

Lower Basin

  • Sept. 7: BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION – Trash Off
    Join Keep Brazos Beautiful with a team or individually to pick up litter along the roadsides in Bryan and College Station. All teams receive free t-shirts and can win the strangest item prize. Clean up for two hours in the morning and celebrate afterward with pizza, music, and more!
    For more information, go here.
  • Sept. 14: CALDWELL – 35th annual Kolache Festival
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 in downtown Caldwell. Come be Czech for a day during the event highlighting Czech heritage, history, arts and crafts, and kolache bake shows. Come to the Kolache Festival and learn the wonderful Czech philosophy. See the technique of the stenciling, basket weaving, quilting, woodcraft, carving, sculpturing. Dance to the Polka, sing the songs of the musician. Taste the authentic ethnic food and lend your soul to the fulfillment of the Czech cultural heritage. Kolache, the original Czech wedding pastry, is a favorite national dessert throughout Czechoslovakia.
    For more information, go here or call 979-567-0000. 
  • Sept. 14: SOMERVILLE – Guided Nature Hike
    11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway, Birch Creek Unit, 14222 Park Road 57, in Somerville.
    Join us for a guided hike on our trails throughout the park and enjoy the surrounding nature. Join our interpretive park ranger on this guided hike as we explore what nature and wildlife have to offer within Birch Creek State Park. Learn how to identify types of trees and plants. Kids can learn how to look for evidence of animals in the park. The hike is free with paid entry into the park. On the day of the hike, please purchase an entrance permit at the Birch Creek Headquarters. Please bring hiking footwear, weather-appropriate clothing, and water.
    For more information, contact Thomas Milone at (979) 535-7763 or thomas.milone@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • Sept. 28: SOMERVILLE – Nature Hike
    1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway, Birch Creek Unit, 14222 Park Road 57, in Somerville.
    Join a park ranger for a guided nature hike. This is a short hike where you will learn about the various plants and animals you see and hear in the park.
    The hike is free with paid entry into the park. On the day of the hike, please purchase an entrance permit at the Nails Creek Headquarters. Park entry is free with a Texas State Parks Pass. Please bring hiking footwear, weather-appropriate clothing, and water.
    For more information, contact Nails Creek State Park Headquarters at (979) 289-2392 or lauren.kubica@tpwd.texas.gov.
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If your group or organization would like to add a future event to the Brazos Basin Calendar, email the information to cassie.smith@brazos.org.

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