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Fall in love with these Fall events

Fall in love with these Fall events

Brazos River Roundup for October

 

Upper Basin

  • Oct. 5: GRANBURY – First Saturday Bird Walk
    7 a.m. Oct. 5 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.
  • Oct. 5: ABILENE – Get outside, get fit!
    9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 5 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.
  • Oct. 5: ABILENE – Moon Viewing Program
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    7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32 in Tuscola. Join the Big Country Master Naturalists to learn more about the moon. Please check the weather and the Abilene State Park Facebook page before coming out for the event. Meet at the soccer field across from the swimming pool. Red lights only, please, so as not to interfere with the night vision of other guests. Entrance fees will be waived for this event.
    For more information, contact Candyce Johnson at (325) 264-4871 or candyce.johnson@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • Oct. 19: ABILENE – Birding 101
    9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 19 at Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32 in Tuscola.
    Join the Big Country Master Naturalists for an introduction to birding. Meet at the CCC building to discuss techniques and major identifiers, then take a short hike to the bird blind to practice. Binoculars will be provided. Please wear appropriate shoes for hiking.
    For more information, contact Candyce Johnson at (325) 264-4871 or candyce.johnson@tpwd.texas.gov.

 

Central Basin

  • Oct. 5: GLEN ROSE – Park Clean Up
    9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 5 at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, in Glen Rose.
    Grab a buddy or four, a pair of gloves, and get ready to make a difference! This is your chance to give back to the park, the environment, and your community. With all of us working together, we can make a significant positive impact. All participants picking up trash will receive free park admission all day. Trash bags will be provided. Bring gloves, water and a willingness to help.
    For more information, contact Zachary Riggs at (817) 776-3924 or zachary.riggs@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • Oct. 5: MOODY - Wandering Winged Walk
    9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at Mother Neff State Park, 1921 Park Road 14 in Moody.
    No experience is required. All are welcome to come learn more about birds, butterflies, dragonflies and other winged things we may find. Binoculars will be provided by the park.
    Please arrive at the Visitor Center before 9 a.m. in order to have time to check-in and pay park entrance fees before the program begins.
    For more information, contact Melissa Chadwick at (254) 853-2389 or melissa.chadwick@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • Oct. 5: WHITNEY – Star Party in the Park
    8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5 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.
  • Oct. 12: GLEN ROSE – Hike With Your Hound
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    9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12 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.
  • Oct. 13: WACO - 2nd Annual Brazos River 0.5K
    11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Brazos Park East, 3516 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Waco.
    The local chapter of the Society of Lazy and Carefree Runners presents the second annual Brazos River 0.5K! Join us for a strenuous test of endurance! Okay, that may be a little overkill. Join fellow “athletes” as we conquer the course and celebrate our achievements. All registered participants will receive a custom finisher’s medal, 0.5K sticker and t-shirt. Participants will receive a free beer to help with hydration. Don’t forget the costume contest.  Prizes for the best male, female, group and pet. Custom awards by Sporthooks. During and after the strenuous “race,” enjoy live music and some food from local food trucks. Proceeds will benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
    For more information, go here.
  • Oct. 19: 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.
  • Oct. 26: MOODY – Fall Fest
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at Mother Neff State Park, 1921 Park Road 14 in Moody.
    Join the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for a Fall celebration with the Buffalo Soldiers. Activities include the Leon River Dutch Oven Gang demonstration and samples, scavenger hunts, animal tracking, guided nature walks, children’s crafts and activities and much more. Entrance fees will be waived for this event.
    For more information, contact Melissa Chadwick at (254) 853-2389 or melissa.chadwick@tpwd.texas.gov.

 

Lower Basin

  • Oct. 5: BRYAN – Floating Lantern Festival
    4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Aggieland Safari, 18075 F.M. 974 in Bryan.
    Join us as the sun sets on the Safari lands, to watch as more than 1,000 beautiful, flickering lanterns fill our lake with light during our Floating Lantern Festival! Inspired by the Japanese festival, Toro Nagashi, where families come together to guide departed spirits to the spirit world by releasing candle-lit lanterns to the sea, the Floating Lantern Festival is an enchanting festival evening filled with memories you won’t soon forget. Come together with family, friends, and strangers alike to decorate your own floating lantern. Celebrate the evening with live entertainment and festival treats, as you relax lakeside and watch as brilliant golden candlelight illuminates the water.
    For more information, go here.
  • Oct 12: SOMERVILLE – Guided Nature Hike
    11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 12 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.
  • Oct. 26: SOMERVILLE – Nature Hike
    1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway, Birch Creek Unit, 14222 Park Road 57, in Somerville.
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    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.

 

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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