Matagorda Bay Nature Park: Outdoor Programs

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Easter Egg Hunt
Bring a basket for an Easter egg hunt. Enjoy snacks and refreshments after the hunt.

  • Sat., April 15​
  • 1-2 p.m.
  • All ages.
  • $5 per person.

 

Paddle the Colorado
Join us on a 3-mile kayaking adventure where the mouth of the Colorado River meets the Gulf of Mexico. See birds, fish and other wildlife from a new perspective!

  • Sat.,​ May 13, June 3, July 8
  • 9 a.m.-noon
  • All ages.
  • ​​$40 per person includes a boat and all the needed equipment. $20 per person if you provide your own boat and equipment.

 

Adventures in Beachcombing
If you've ever visited the beach, picked up interesting shells or items and had no idea what they were, then this program is for you. Let's get together to walk the beach and learn about what we find.

  • Sat., April 8, June 24; Tues., July 4; Sat., August 19
  • 9-10:30 a.m.
  • All ages.
  • $5 per person.

 

Day on the Bay
Enjoy total tranquility and nature at its finest on our guided wetland kayak tour, which accommodates all skill levels. For beginners, we provide instruction to get on the water easily. Advanced reservations are required.

  • Sat., April 15; Sun., May 28; Sat., July 1 and Aug. 5
  • 9 a.m.-noon
  • All ages.
  • $40 per person includes a boat and all the needed equipment. $20 per person if you provide your own boat and equipment.


Crab Crawl
Bring your flashlight for a nighttime guided walk on the beach and see why they call them "ghost crabs." 

  • Sat., Aug. 12
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • All ages.
  • $5 per person.


Rafting the Colorado
Join us for an adventure on the Colorado River as we raft from the Natural Science Center to Rawlings Bait Camp. Advanced reservations are required.

  • Sat., July 22
  • 9 a.m.-noon
  • All ages.
  • $30 per person.


Star Party
Join us for a fun and informative evening learning about man's dependence on the night sky.

  • Sat., July 29
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • All ages.
  • $5 per person.


Fish Prints
Meet us for a fish-themed craft project, while learning about the Japanese art of fish printing called Gyotaku. 

  • Sun., 26; Mon., April 17, May 29, July 3
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • All ages.
  • $10 per person.

 

Paddle and Stroll
Join a park naturalist on a kayak trip across the Colorado River to discover undisturbed shoreline for some amazing beachcombing. Advanced reservations are required.

  • Sat., May 27; Sun., July 2; Sat., Aug. 26
  • 9 a.m.-noon
  • All ages.
  • $40 per person includes a boat and all the needed equipment. $20 per person if you provide your own boat and equipment.

 

Beach Safari
Learn about the hardships of life on the coast as we search for the animals that make the beach their home.

  • Sat., 25, April 15, April 22, May 20; Sun., May 28; Sat., June 17, July 1, 29, Aug. 5, 19
  • 2-3:30 p.m.
  • All ages.
  • $5 per person.

 

Ghost Crab Hunt
Grab a shovel and pail for an afternoon guided crab hunt on the beach. 

  • Sat., April 8, May 13, June 3, Aug. 26
  • 2-3:30 p.m.​
  • All ages.
  • $5 per person.

Recreation Program Registration Policy
Registration is required unless stated otherwise. To register, click on the registration link in the upper right corner of this page and follow the instructions. For programs with a fee, be prepared to pay online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) to complete your registration.

Matagorda Bay Nature Park staff reserve the right to cancel programs due to weather or because the minimum number of participants has not been met. Registered participants will be notified of cancellations by email or phone and rescheduled to another date or program. If that is not possible, a full refund will be given for any program fees paid.

Participants who cancel their reservations at least 24 hours from the program start time will receive a full refund. Participants cancelling within 24 hours of the program start time will not receive a refund of fees paid. Cancellations must be made by email to matagordabay@lcra.org and include participant name(s) and programs(s) to be canceled. A confirmation email will be sent when the refund is processed.

Call 979-863-2603 or email matagordabay@lcra.org for more information.

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