Get back to Nature in August

Get back to Nature in August

Have a fun community event that you would like to be featured in next month's roundup? Send event details to ivette.chapa@brazos.org. Events must take place within the Brazos River basin to be included. 

Upper Brazos Basin

  • August 6: 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 from the park headquarters. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring plenty of water. Learn more about the hike here
  • August 6: 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.
  • August 6: LUBBOCK – 14th Annual "Vamos a Pescar, Let's Go Fishing" Event, 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Buddy Holly Lake 2525 Cesar E. Chavez Dr, Lubbock
    Let's go fishing! Organized by Los Hermanos Familia and member associations, host this FREE non-competitive family event. As a reminder, no fishing license is necessary. There is a limited number of loaner fishing poles, and the lake will be stocked with catfish. Pre-register here. Bring your chairs, sunscreen, water, and anything for a relaxing day! For more information, click here
  • August 11: ABILENE – ArtWalk, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Center for Contemporary Arts, 220 Cypress Street, Abilene
    Join the fun and creativity at the ArtWalk! Abilene's cultural and arts communities celebrate the second Thursday of every month with live art performances, handcrafted art vendors, food & drink, and more! This month's schedule will be posted on the Center for Contemporary Art's social media accounts, so stay tuned! For more information, click here. If you have any questions, contact Andreelynn Stephens at andreelynn@center-arts.com or 325-677-8389. 
  • August 25: CLEBURNE – Movie Night: The Railway Children, 6 – 8 p.m. at Cleburne Railroad Museum, 206 N. Main Street, Cleburne
    Come and have a great time with a movie, popcorn, and drinks sponsored by Trovato Street. The Railway Children go on their adventure as they hunt for their dad. Come early and tour the museum. Click here to learn more about this event or call the Layland Museum at 817-645-0940. 

Central Brazos Basin

  • August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: WACO – Storytime, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Fabled Book Shop and Cafe, 215 South 4th Street, Waco
    Join Fabled Storytime every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m., where your family will sing songs, use their creativity, and enjoy some truly lovely stories. These books are perfect for your children, inspiring them with unique illustrations, lyrical language, and joy-filled stories. For more information, click here.
  • August 6: WHITNEY – Star Talks in the Park, 8 – 10 p.m. at Lake Whitney State Park, 433 FM 1244, Whitney
    Take a trip across the galaxy using star maps, a laser pointer, and a telescope. Retired National Park Ranger Larry Smith will guide you through the planets, moon, and stars on this two-hour program at the beautiful Lake Whitney State Park. Please register your group by calling the park office during business hours at 254-694-3973 or email Rita.eisenschenk@tpwd.texas.gov,  providing the number of people attending and a phone number to contact if needed. Learn more here
  • August 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28: GLEN ROSE – Track Talk, 10:00 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 see all the Track Talks and other events that are taking place at Dinosaur Valley State Park in August. 
  • August 14, 21, 28: WHITNEY – Bird Sleuths of the Two Bridges Trail, 9 – 10 a.m. at Lake Whitney State Park, 433 FM 1244, Whitney
    Enjoy a 1-mile trail adventure at Lake Whitney State Park! Join a master naturalist and try to determine what type of bird you spot on the trail. The event is free with paid park entry permit, and the adventure begins at the Two Bridges trail. To sign up for the hike, email Rita Eisenschenk at rita.eisenschenk@tpwd.texas.gov or call at 254-694-3793. Or for more information, click here
  • August 20: TEMPLE – Touch a Truck, 9 – 11 a.m. at Reuben D. Talasek Bend of the River, 7915 S. General Bruce Dr, Temple
    Who wouldn't love to climb aboard a fire truck or big rig? Touch a Truck provides a unique opportunity for children of all ages to explore and climb on vehicles of all types, all in one. Free event. Register here, or for more information, call the City of Temple at 254-298-5900.

Lower Brazos Basin

  • August 6: SAN FELIPE – Nature Walk, 10 – 11 a.m. at Stephen F. Austin State Park Nature Center, 220 2nd Street, San Felipe
    Join the fun as volunteer Jack Philley takes you on a short hike to learn about the native plants that inhabit the three ecozones at Stephen F. Austin State Park. It's an easy hike that is appropriate for people of all ages. No reservation is necessary. Bring your water bottle, and bug repellent, and wear closed-toe shoes. No pets are allowed at the event unless they are trained service animals. This event may be canceled for weather-related or other reasons. For more information, click here or call Delia Metcalf at 979-885-3613 or via email delia.metcalf@tpwd.texas.gov.  
  • August 6: CENTERVILLE – Model Raft Race, 9 – 11 a.m. at Fort Boggy State Park 4994 Highway 75 South, Centerville
    Have fun building a model raft provided by the Friends of Fort Boggy. Meet at the Pavillion dressed in swimwear or clothing you don't mind getting wet, sunscreen, and bottled water. At 10 a.m., there will be races by age group, followed by a trophy ceremony. Adult supervision is required during the event. The program is free with paid park entrance. Space is limited so call to reserve your spot (20 available). For more information, click here or call Heather Mott at 903-344-1116.
  • August 6: SUGAR LAND – Back to School Splash Bash, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Sugar Land Town Square, located at Highway 6 and U.S. 59, Sugar Land
    Come join in the excitement and end the summer with a bang! Have fun with free waterslides, DJ, a hula hoop contest, toddler town for ages 5 and under, and other fun summer activities. The event benefits the Fort Bend Rainbow Room, and visitors are encouraged to bring a backpack and school supplies donations. Click here for more information.
  • August 6: NEEDVILLE – Storytime and Crafts: Frogs! 11 a.m. – noon at Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762, Needville
    Join the fun at the Nature Center for a story about our amphibian friends! You will also make your very own frog puppet to take home. For more information, click here or call Jessica Bullard at 979-553-5122 and via email jessica.bullard@tpwd.texas.gov
  • August 12: BRYAN – Back to School Skate Jam, 6:30 – 9 p.m. at Williamson Skate Park, 411 Williamson Dr, Bryan
    Come join the fun! This back-to-school one-day event will feature raffle prizes, music, and free pizza/drinks! This is a free event for the public, with no registration required. Just come on by and show off your skateboard and BMX biking skills! All ages welcome! For more information, please call the Athletics Supervisor at 979-209-5515 or click here.
  • August 13: CENTERVILLE – Star Party, 8:30 – 10 p.m. at Fort Boggy State Park 4994 Highway 75 South, Centerville
    It's a party! Stars and planets and meteors, oh my! The Swift-Tuttle comet passing will generate the Perseids meteor shower. Bring a chair or blanket to comfortably enjoy the night sky. Feel free to bring binoculars or your telescope. Meet at Lake Sullivan near the fishing pier. There will be a couple of telescopes set up to view Saturn. Call Heather Mott at 903-344-1116 to reserve your spot. The event is free with paid park entrance. This program is weather dependent. Check the Facebook page here for any changes, or click here for more information.
  • August 13: SUGAR LAND – Movies Under the Moon, 8:30 – 10 p.m. at the Sugar Land Town Square, located at Highway 6 and U.S. 59, Sugar Land 
    Bring your family, friends, and lawn chairs to the Plaza to enjoy a free Movie Under the Moon! This month's showing is Disney's Luca! For more information, click here.
  • August 13: MEXIA – Kayaking with a Ranger, 8 – 10 a.m. at Fort Parker State Park, 194 Park Road 28, Mexia
    Join a ranger to tour the relaxing waters of Fort Parker Lake or the Navasota River. Prepare to be on the water for two hours. Bring your own kayak or ask to borrow one when you signup. The park will provide life vests. Make sure you come prepared with sunscreen and water. Reserve your spot by calling park headquarters at 254-562-5751, or for more information, click here.
  • August 20: CENTERVILLE – Basic Geocache 10 – 11 a.m. at Fort Boggy State Park, 
    There is hidden treasure out there just waiting for you to find! Discover how to join in on the modern-day treasure hunt known as Geocaching. Meet at the Pavilion. Bring a water bottle, bug spray, weather-appropriate clothing, and closed-toe shoes. The program is free with paid park entrance. Reserve your spot. Click here for more information or call Heather Mott at 903-344-1116.
  • August 27: NEEDVILLE – Early Morning Wildlife Hike, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762 Road, Needville
    Explore the park early in the morning and see how much wildlife you can spot. Plus, beat some of the heat! The event is free, but there is a $7 per person entrance fee unless you have a State Park Pass. If you have a State Park pass, everyone in your car gets in for free. Bring water, sun and bug protection, sturdy shoes, and a snack. To learn more, call Amy Hope at 210-504-8333 or click here.
  • August 27: CENTERVILLE – Nature Hike, 10 – 11 a.m. at Fort Boggy State Park 4994 Highway 75 South, Centerville 
    Learn about the natural resources the early settlers used to help them in their day-to-day lives. This will be about a mile hike around Lake Sullivan. The meeting takes place at the Gazebo. Make sure you wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. The program is free with paid entrance or Texas State Park Pass. To reserve your spot, call Heather Mott at 903-344-116. For more information, click here or check out their Facebook page here.