Upper Brazos Basin
- May 1: GRANBURY – First Saturday Bird Walk, 7 – 9 a.m. at Acton Nature Center, 6500 Smoky Hill Court, Granbury
This monthly tour is directed by Dr. Billy Teels, who earned a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University and worked as a biologist for 30 years. Now retired, Dr. Teels leads a monthly bird walk through the town of Granbury. Bring your binoculars and plenty of water! For more information, click here.
- May 1, 29: MINERAL WELLS – Cross Timbers Folklore, Stories & Tale, 8 – 9:30 p.m. at Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells
Make the trek to Lake Mineral Wells State Park for stories, poetry and folklore told by Park Interpreter David Owens at the Lone Star Amphitheater. Remember to bring a lawn chair. This event is accessible for the mobility impaired. The event is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass—click here for additional information.
- May 1, 2: GLEN ROSE – Track Talk, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose
Hear rangers retell the story of the dinosaur tracks that lay at Dinosaur Valley State Park! Meet at the roped-off area at the Main Track Site and bring your questions about the park, dinosaurs and more! The event is free with park admission. Click here to learn more.
- May 15: MINERAL WELLS – Wildflower Walk, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells
Walk amongst the wildflowers at the Cross Timbers of Texas during a hike in the park. Park interpreter David Owens will stop and identify plants. Reservations are required for this walk—call 940-328-1171 to make your reservation today. The event is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass. To learn more, click here.
- May 15: GRAFORD – Brazos River Cleanup, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Highway 16 Bridge, Graford
After a successful first cleanup, the Brazos Cleanup Project and Lone Star Dry Goods are meeting up for a second cleanup event at the John Graces Scenic Bridge on Highway 16. Bags will be provided to volunteers, and cleanup efforts will focus on public access points on the river. There will be fellowship and fishing after the cleanup. To learn more, click here.
- May 22: MINERAL WELLS – Night Sounds, 8:30 – 10 p.m. at Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells
The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas! Come out to Lake Mineral Wells State Park and listen to the night’s sounds while learning about what you hear. Bring a lawn chair and be at the Lone Star Amphitheater right at 8:30 p.m. The event is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass. Click here
for more information or call 940-328-1171.
Central Brazos Basin
- May 1, 8, 15, 29: WHITNEY – Yoga at Lake Whitney State Park, 10 – 11 a.m. at Lake Whitney State Park, 433 FM 1244, Whitney
Relax while enjoying beautiful Lake Whitney at the four separate “Yoga at Lake Whitney State Park” events. Suitable for all ages and experience levels, the free yoga classes will last for 45 minutes and is lead by an instructor. Bring your mat and water!
For more information, click here.
- May 1: MOODY – iNaturalist app training, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Mother Neff State Park, 1921 Park Road 14, Moody
Master Naturalist Jean Solana will be at the park’s headquarters to train you to use the popular nature app iNaturalist for the Bio-Blitz event. iNaturalist helps you identify plants and animals, connects you to scientists and naturalists and allows you to enter your observations and contribute to biodiversity science. The goal of the Bio-Blitz event is to have participants function as citizen-scientists by collecting species observations at Mother Neff State Park.
The iNaturalist training takes place on Saturday, May 1st, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., and the Bio-Blitz is from April 24th through May 2nd. You can come and go as you have time to participate during park hours, which are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., At the end of the 9 days, the Central Texas Master Naturalist program will give away prizes.
To learn more about the iNaturalist training and the Bio-Blitz event, click here.
- May 8: GEORGETOWN – Chucks & Pearls Trail Event for Girls Who Run the World, 8 – 10 a.m. at Berry Springs Park & Preserve, 1801 Co Road 152, Georgetown
Help raise awareness for Mental Health Awareness Month and Mother’s Day at the Chucks & Pearls Trail Event! It’s a 5K/10K trail run or walk with a beginner super sprint Duathlon race. Get some exercise in and enjoy the beautiful nature at the Berry Springs Park & Preserve. To register for the races, click here.
- May 8: GEORGETOWN – “Mardi Gras in May” Market Day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 103 W. 7th Street, Georgetown
Come enjoy beautiful downtown Georgetown at the “Mardi Gras in May” Market Days on the Square! Sponsored by the Downtown Georgetown Association, the market features local goods, crawfish and sounds from the bayou. Market Days are the Second Saturday of each month, March through November, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Learn more about the market here.
Lower Brazos Basin
- May 1: WACO – Fly Fishing Class, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Interested in learning how to fly fish? Waco Fly Fishing 102 is teaching fly fishing to anglers of all levels. With hands-on techniques and group activities, this class is perfect for beginners. Registration is limited, and attendance costs $10 to cover location costs. Location is provided after you sign up. Click here to learn more.
- May 1: SAN FELIPE– Nature Trail Walk, 10 – 10:50 a.m. at Stephen F. Austin State Park, Park Rd. 38, San Felipe
Come out to Stephen F. Austin State Park for a short walk led by park volunteer Jack Philley. The walk starts at the Nature Center and will focus on the native plants along the trail. Learn more here.
- May 1, 2: NEEDVILLE – Birding Hike, 8 – 10 a.m. at Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762, Needville
Home to more than 300 species of birds, Brazos Bend State Park is the perfect place to go on a hike and bird watch. The trail is 1.2 miles long, so be sure to bring comfortable shoes, a pair of binoculars and water. Masks are required for this event, and there is a 10-person limit. Meet right at 8 a.m. in front of the 40-Acre Lake restrooms to start the hike with park volunteer Janey Woodley. To learn more, call 979-553-5123 or click here.
- May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: SOMERVILLE – Nature Hike, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway, 14222 Park Road 57, Somerville
Spend some time in the great outdoors with multiple nature hikes at Lake Somerville State Park! Join a park ranger on a short hike and learn about different plants and animals you might see at the park. With paid entry into the park, the hike is free and begins at the Nails Creek Headquarters. Call 979-289-2392 to learn more about these hikes or click here.