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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.

  • Sun., April 16
  • 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.

  • Fri., March 24; 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., March 25, 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., May 20, 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, 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. 

  • Fri., March 24; Sat., April 8, May 13, June 3, Aug. 26
  • 2-3:30 p.m.​
  • All ages.
  • $5 per person.

Sandcastle Fun
Learn how to build sandcastles on our beach. Buckets and shovels are provided. 

  • Sat., April 1; Sun., April 16; Sat., April 29, May 27, June 10; Mon., July 3; Sat., July 8, Aug. 12
  • 2-3:30 p.m.
  • All ages.
  • $5 per person.

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