June offers plenty of outdoor activities for those in the Brazos basin

June offers plenty of outdoor activities for those in the Brazos basin

Brazos River Roundup for June

Upper Basin

  • June 1: GRANBURY – 4th annual Water Safety Awareness Day – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1 at Rough Creek Park, 2209 South Morgan St. in Granbury. The free event will include kids life jacket giveaway, free hot dogs and bottled water, a blood drive, and water safety activities.
    For more information, go here
  • June 1: ABILENE - Abilene Outdoor Adventures – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 at Nelson Park. For the past four years, the group has partnered with many different organizations, including Texas Parks & Wildlife and Keep Abilene Beautiful, to bring this educational, fun, and family-friendly event to the Big Country. The free event includes information outdoor recreation, conservation/preservation, and wellness. Activities a catfish fishing derby, archery, geocaching, camping simulations, and kayaking demos.
    For more information, go here.
  • June 1: GRANBURY – First Saturday Bird Walk - 7 a.m. June 1 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.
  • June 1: ABILENE – Get outside, get fit! – 9 to 11 a.m. at Abilene State Park. 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. Please 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.
  • June 15: WASHINGTON – Living History Saturday – From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 15 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Rd. 12 in Washington, come and enjoy the games that were playing in the 1800s. The event will feature 1800s clothes and visitors can use ink and quill to sign their very own copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Come and travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836. On the third Saturday of each month, staff and volunteers dress in period clothing to bring to life the people and events of Old Washington for a unique opportunity for the entire family to discover various aspects of life during the Republic of Texas.
    For more information, contact Jordan Anderson at 936-878-2214 or jordan.anderson@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • June 19: GRANBURY – Rain Gardens – At the monthly meeting of the Lake Granbury Master Gardeners the group will discuss rain gardens. The 1 p.m. meeting at Annex 1, 1410 W. Pearl. St. in Granbury is free and open to the public. The presenter will be Tarrant County Master Gardner Laurin McLaurin.
    For more information, call the Texas AgriLife Extension Office at 817-579-3280.
  • June 22: WASHINGTON - Juneteenth Celebration with the Buffalo Soldiers – From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Rd. 12 in Washington, join the Buffalo Soldiers for an event. The soldiers will set up a small camp with stories of the frontier soldiers known as Buffalo Soldiers along with activities giving you an up close and personal experience of life on the frontier. Come out and spend the day with the soldiers and the many other vendors that will be on site to celebrate this joyous day.
    For more information, contact Luis Padilla at 512-389-8569 or luis.padilla@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • June 25: LUBBOCK – Growing Up WILD Workshop – From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25 at Region 17 Educational Service Center; Science Lab, 1111 West Loop 289 in Lubbock, learn to share conservation with children. The event provides professional development for anyone who works with young children. Growing Up WILD invites you to explore and share the fascinating world of wildlife and ecosystems using fun, hands-on educational activities. You will experience engaging TEKS-aligned activities while networking with other educators. Workshop participants receive six hours TEA-approved CPE and TEEAC Credit, Growing Up WILD Early Childhood Guide (for 3-7 year olds), and Texas-specific resources. Anyone who works with children, including teachers, homeschoolers, informal educators, and scout leaders is welcome.
    For more information, contact Tammy Motley at 806-543-7577 or tmotley@esc17.net.
  • June 26: GRANBURY – Landscape Design: It’s All About Design - The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners will hold a community education event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 26 at Annex 1, 1410 W. Pearl. St. in Granbury. For more information, call the Texas AgriLife Extension Office at 817-579-3280. • June 30: WACO - Angler Education Fly Fishing Instructor Training Workshop – From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 30 at Lake Waco Wetlands, 1752 Eichelberger Crossing Road in Waco become a TPWD Certified Angler Education Fly Fishing Instructor. This free workshop is open to anyone 18 or older interested in teaching fly fishing skills in their communities. Bring your fly rod. After certification, the program provides the curriculum, equipment where available, materials and support to help volunteers successfully introduce others to fly fishing. Ideal for fly fishing clubs, teachers, scout or youth group leaders, after school or camp staff and community volunteers. TEA-approved CPE available for teachers. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and footwear for outdoor activities. Bring a sack lunch and a water bottle - preferably reusable.
    Pre-registration is required and can be done here.
    For more information, contact Keira Quam at 469-644-2705 or keira.quam@tpwd.texas.gov.

Central Basin 

  • June 15: MOODY – Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday Part in the Parks – From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15 the Texas A&M Forest Service will host a birthday party for Smokey Bear at Mother Neff State Park, 1921 Park Road 14 in Moody. This event is part of a national campaign celebrating Smokey Bear’s legacy over the past 75 years. Join for games, activities, stories, birthday fun, cupcakes and giveaways, among other things. There will be several opportunities for photos with Smokey Bear and a special Smokey Story Time. Park entry fee will be free for this event so it is the perfect time to come visit the park. Check in at the park headquarters for information when you arrive.
    For more information, contact Melissa Chadwick at 254-853-2389 or melissa.chadwick@tpwd.texas.gov or go here
  • June 23 – WACO – Kayak for a Cause - Kayak For A Cause is open to all levels of paddlers. Go hard and fast or slow and smooth. Either way, we should celebrate the wonderful resource of the Brazos River and have fun. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. June 23 near McLane Stadium in Waco. Spectators are welcome, free of charge, to cheer on the competitors from the South Plaza and enjoy the music, food trucks and ice-cold alcoholic beverages for sale during and after the race.
    For more information on the event or for questions, please call 254-710-8112 or email operations@mclanestadium.com.

Lower Basin

  • June 1: COLLEGE STATION – Family Fish – From 7 to 11 a.m. June 1 at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, 1000 Krenek Tap Road in College Station, join the College Station Police Department, College Station Parks and Recreation, and Voices For Children, CASA of the Brazos Valley for this free event. This is a free day of fishing and entertainment for families of the Brazos Valley! Come fish, grab a snack from a food truck, interact with police officers, SWAT, and firefighters and their equipment and learn about fish from Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists.
    For more information, go here
  • June 1: COLLEGE STATION – Walk with a Doc – Hosted by Baylor Scott & White, locals are invited to join family medicine physician Anne Marie Eschberger, MD, from 9 to 10 a.m. June 1 at Lick Creek Park pavilion, 13600 Rock Prairie Road in College Station. Participants will learn about the healing power of exercise then step off on a healthy one-mile walk where everyone can continue the conversation. The free event is open to all ages.
    For more information, go here.
  • June 8: SUGAR LAND – World Oceans Day – From 10 a.m. to noon June 8 at the Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive in Sugar Land, come celebrate World Oceans Day. Speakers will discuss the latest research and reports on environmental issues facing our oceans. The free event includes crafts, activities, painting and more.
    For more information, contact Justice4oceans@gmail.com.

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.