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Start 2022 On the Right Foot

Start 2022 On the Right Foot

 

Upper Brazos Basin

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  • Jan. 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.
     
  • Jan. 1: CLEBURNE – First Day Hike, 9 a.m. at Cleburne State Park, 5800 Park Road 21, Cleburne
    Start 2022 off with a First Day Hike at Cleburne State Park. Meet at Fossil Ridge Trailhead and join in on the ranger-led hike to the historic CCC Spillway. More information about the hike is available here
     
  • Jan. 1: ABILENE – Lake Hike, 9 – 11 a.m. at Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32, Tuscola 
    Join the Big Country Master Naturalists for a 5-mile hike around Lake Abilene. To attend, you’ll need an entrance permit that you can get at the park headquarters. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring plenty of water. Learn more here
     
  • Jan. 23: GRANBURY – Farmers Market on the Square, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Granbury Square, 201 E Pearl Street, Granbury
    Shop from a variety of vendors and enjoy the views of historic Granbury Square! From jellies to salsas to homemade treats, there’s plenty of choices. Click here for more information. 
     
  • Jan. 25: GRANBURY – Lake Granbury Goosebump Jump, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Granbury City Beach, 623 E Pearl Street, Granbury 
    Get a head start on the swimming season at Lake Granbury at the 2022 Lake Granbury Goosebump Jump! With a $10 registration fee, the friendly competition will donate the funds to the 501C3 organization that signs up the largest number of participants. The winning charitable organization will be determined by how many jumpers register, naming their favorite charity to win the funds. Judges will also award prizes to the winning participants for best costume, best couple costume, best group costume, furthest traveled, and the oldest competitor. The event includes free hot cocoa, coffee, cookies, and more to be enjoyed in the warm comfort of the Hilton Garden Inn immediately after the jump. Register and learn more about the event here!
     
  • Jan. 29: MINERAL WELLS – Penitentiary Hollow Wild Walk, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells
    Go off the beaten path and explore the sandstone formations that are only accessible on this guided hike! Park Interpreter David Owens will lead this walk, which involves crawling, scooting, and walking through the most remote areas of Penitentiary Hollow. Expect to get dirty on this hike. The hike is free with paid park entrance or a State Park pass, but reservations are required. Call 940-328-1171 extension 222 to reserve a spot. Or click here for more information. 


Central Brazos Basin

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  • Jan. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 29, 30: GLEN ROSE – Track Talk, 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose
    Walk where the dinosaurs once roamed and hear the park rangers retell the story of how the dinosaur tracked across 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 about more unique Texan experiences that are happening in January at Dinosaur Valley State Park. 
     
  • Jan. 1: GLEN ROSE – 6th Annual Dino Dive, 2 – 3:30 p.m. at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose
    Make a splash and jump into 2022 at the Dino Dive! Take a dive into the cold Paluxy River. Meet at Rock Beach by the Main Track Site and bring a towel, some water, a change of clothes. Feel free to jump in a costume or fun outfit. Make a reservation for this fun event here
     
  • Jan. 1: MOODY – First Day Hike, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Mother Neff State Park, 1680 Texas 236 Highway, Moody
    Start 2022 off with a First Day Hike at Mother Neff State Park. Since this is a self-guided hike, simply stop by the park anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to participate in this activity. Once you complete your hike, you can share your experience and mileage at the visitor’s center. Park entrance fees do apply. Make your reservation here
     
  • Jan. 2, 9: WHITNEY – Bird Sleuths of the Two Bridges Trail, 9 – 10 a.m. at Lake Whitney State Park, 433 FM 1244, Whitney
    Come enjoy a 1-mile trail adventure at Lake Whitney State Park! Join a master naturalist and try to determine what type of bird that you spot on the trail. The event is free with paid park entry permit, and the adventure begins at the Two Bridges trail. For more information, click here
     
  • Jan. 11-12: WACO – MidTex Farm & Ranch Show, 9 – 7 p.m. at the BASE at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Boulevard, Waco
    The MidTex Farm & Ranch Show is a free two-day event that offers exhibitors a chance to showcase their products and services to Central Texas farmers and ranchers. Attendees can take part in sessions involving horticulture, beef, grain, cotton, wildlife, and forage, along with specialty sessions addressing land management, agriculture, and health. The Rural Land Management session will cover topics on eminent domain, feral hog control and wildlife. Class registrations are not required. Learn more here
     
  • Jan. 13-14: GEORGETOWN – Texas Conservation Symposium at Williamson County Annex, 100 Wilco Way, Georgetown 
    Join Southwestern University and the Williamson County Conservation Foundation for the Texas Conservation Symposium. The program includes presentations regarding species of direct concern to central Texas, research and related developments affecting conservation generally and in Texas. Notable topics include biology, ecology, statistical analysis, hydrology and more! Learn more about the event here.
     
  • Jan. 15: TEMPLE – Polar Bear Plunge, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Lions Junction Family Water Park, 5000 S 5th Street, Temple
    Grab a friend, put on a costume, and take an icy dive at the Polar Bear Plunge! The event will begin with the costume contest and belly flop splash off, followed by the plunge. Hot chocolate and doughnuts will be provided to attendees. The event cost is $20 per person. Learn more here
     
  • Jan. 29: ROUND ROCK – Family Storytime, 11 – 11:30 a.m. at Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock 
    Enjoy books, songs, and sun rhymes with creative additions like puppets, movement, playful activities, or a short film. This event is meant for parents and their toddlers/preschoolers. Families with children of all ages are welcome, but children ages 18 months – 6 years old will enjoy it best. Pre-registration is required for this event. Click here to learn more. 

Lower Brazos Basin

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  • Jan. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: BRYAN – Brazos Valley Farmers Market, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at 500 N. Main Street, Bryan
    Shop locally and pick up some delicious produce at the Brazos Valley Farmers Market! Some vendors at the market include Aggieland Coffee, Big Dawg BBQ Food Truck, Fowler Farms, Poppy’s Eggs & Produce and much more! The market is pet-friendly. Learn more here.  
     
  • Jan. 1: SOMERVILLE – First Day Hike, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Lake Somerville State Park, 14222 Park Road 57, Somerville
    Start 2022 off with a First Day Hike at Lake Somerville State Park at Nails Creek. Since this is a self-guided hike, you will need to check in at Headquarters and then set off on your hike. Once you complete your hike sometime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., you can share your mileage at the Headquarters and receive a completion sticker. Park entrance fees do apply. Learn more about this event here
     
  • Jan. 2: NEEDVILLE – Birding Hike, 8 – 10 a.m. at Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762 Road, Needville
    Home to more than 300 species of birds, Brazos Bend State Park is the perfect place to go on a hike and enjoy birdwatching. This hike is 1.2 miles long, so be sure to bring comfortable shoes, binoculars, and water. Meet at 8 a.m. in front of the 40-Acre Lake restrooms to start the hike with park volunteer Jerry Carpenter. To learn more, call 979-553-5123 or click here.
     
  • Jan. 2: SAN FELIPE – Knock on Wood, 9 – 10 a.m. at Stephen F. Austin State Park, 220 2nd Street, San Felipe
    Learn about the Pileated Woodpecker, the parks’ largest woodpecker! Stop by the Nature Center and make one to take home with you. This event is free with park admission, and no reservation is necessary. Click here to learn more about the event. 
     
  • Jan. 14: BRENHAM – “Fried pork, coarse cornbread, & miserable coffee”; Cooking for the Convention at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12, Washington
    Get a taste of Lott’s Tavern, the accommodations for the Texas Convention of 1836.  Sample common foods served in Texas during the Revolution and try making your very own corn pone and enjoy a cup of black coffee cooked from freshly roasted and ground coffee beans. For more information, email kevin.malcolm@thc.texas.gov, call 936-878-2214 or click here

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