Brazos River roundup for May

Brazos River roundup for May


Upper Basin

  •  May 4: GRANBURY – First Saturday Bird Walk - 7 a.m. May 4 at the Acton Nature Center, 6500 Smoky Hill Court in Granbury. Monthly bird walks are normally led by Dr. Billy Teels. 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 to www.visitgranbury.com.
  • May 4: 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.
  • May 4: MINERAL WELLS – Wildflower Walk – 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells. Along the way park interpreter, David Owens, will stop and identify plants and tell about the plant's nature and folklore. Reservations are required. Call (940) 328-1171 ext 222.The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
    For more information, email david.owens@tpwd.texas.gov. 
  • May 11: WASHINGTON – Foraging for Food – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 11 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12, in Washington. Come forage for food with Dr. Mark "Merriwether" Vorderbruggen, Ph.D., as he teaches us which plants throughout the park, are edible and medicinal. We will meet at the park Visitor Center before beginning our adventure! Class size is limited so call or email to reserve your spot, for ages 13 and up. Free but registration is required!
    For more information or to make a reservation contact Adam Arnold at (936) 878-2214, x228 or Adam.Arnold@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • May 11: MINERAL WELLS – Cross Timbers Folklore, Stores & Tales – 8 to 9:30 p.m. May 11 at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells. Come listen to Native American stories, cowboy poetry, local folklore and just plain fun stories. Learn the importance of storytelling through history. Bring a lawn chair. The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
  • May 18: GRANBURY 4th annual Water Safety Awareness Day – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 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. 
  • May 18: ABILENE – Birding 101 – 9 to 10 a.m. May 18 at Abilene State Park. Join the Big Country Master Naturalists for an introduction to birding. We will 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.
  • May 18: LUBBOCK – Kids to Park Day/Community Neighborhood Alley Cleanup – 8 a.m. to noon May 18 at Maxey Community Center, 4020 30th St. in Lubbock. Help beautify the community and park and get rid of large unwanted items. Make some recycled art and learn about the wildlife that inhabits the park. The event is for all ages. For more information, go to: https://ci.lubbock.tx.us/events/.
  • May 25: MINERAL WELLS – Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories – 8 to 10 p.m. May 25 at the Lone Star Amphitheater in Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71 in Mineral Wells. Join David Owens, park interpreter and Cowboy Poet, at the Lone Star Amphitheater for a fun evening of cowboy poetry and stories.  Experience cowboy lifestyle and local history through the poetry and stories of the Texas cowboy. Accessible for the mobility impaired. The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.



Central Basin

  • May 4-5: WACO – 59th annual Waco Gem and Mineral Show – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd., in Waco. Admission is $5 and $1 for children 10 years old and younger. There will be demonstrations, door prizes, a silent auction, children’s activities, jewelry, precious stones, fossils, rare minerals and more.
    For more information, go to wacogemandminderal.org.
  • May 11: MOODY – Dutch Oven Cooking – Noon May 11 at Mother Neff State Park, 1680 Texas 236 Highway in Moody. Come see a demonstration of cooking in a Dutch oven, which is a cast iron pot with a lid that can be used for cooking outdoors. Samples will be available when the dishes are ready. The program is free, however, park entrance fees do apply: $2 per person 13 and older. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, contact Jamie Harman at (254) 853-2389 or Jamie.harman@tpwd.texas.gov.
    For more information, go to https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mother-neff.
  • May 25: WHITNEY – Star Party in the Park – 8 to 10 p.m. May 25 at Lake Whitney State Park, 433 F.M. 1244 in Whitney. See the moon and stars through a telescope with Larry Smith, a retired astronomy ranger of the National Park Service. This 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! 
    For more information, contact Rita Eisenschenk at (254) 694-3793, x0 or rita.eisenschnek@tpwd.texas.gov.


Lower Basin

  • May 4: COLLEGE STATION – Walk With a Doc at 9 a.m. May 4 at Lick Creek Park Pavilion, 13600 Rock Prairie Road in College Station. Free event presented by Baylor Scott & White. Join family medicine physician Kathryn Greiner and learn about what to expect at your annual wellness exam. Then step off on a healthy one-mile walk where you can continue the conversation.
  • May 4: PORT FREEPORT - 19th annual Take-A-Child Fishing Tournament from 8 a.m. to noon May 4 at Freeport Municipal Park, 421 North Brazosport Blvd. in Freeport. Children ages three to 14 are invited to participate in the fishing tournament. All registration will be done the day of the event. The entry fee is one can good per child to benefit the Dream Center. The festivities will include lots of door prizes and awards for the top winners. Participants should bring their own fishing equipment and bait will be provided on site.
    For more information, go to portfreeport.com/community/take-a-child-fishing or email tacft@portfreeport.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.