Matagorda Bay Nature Park: Outdoor Programs


​Adventures in Beachcombing

Have you ever visited the beach, picked up interesting shells or items and had no idea what they were? Let's get together to walk the beach and learn more! There is definitely more to the beach than meets the eye.

  • Saturday, Nov. 19, Dec. 10, Jan. 7, Feb. 18.
  • 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.

  • Saturday, Nov. 12, Dec. 3, Jan. 28 and Feb. 11
  • 9 a.m.-noon
  • All ages.
  • $40 per person includes a boat and all the needed equipment. The cost is $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.” 

  • Saturday, Nov. 12, Dec. 17 and Jan. 7 (5:30 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 down to Rawlings Bait Camp. Advanced reservations are required.

  • Saturday, Dec. 31
  • 9-noon
  • All ages.
  • $25 per person.​​

Bird Walk

Every winter, millions of birds fly south to escape the cold weather. Learn from a park naturalist about the marsh and the bay system that sustains such an inviting habitat for these animals.

  • Saturday, Nov. 26; Wednesday, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18; Saturday, Jan. 21; Wednesday, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1; Saturday, Feb. 4; Wednesday, Feb. 8, 15 and 22
  • 9-11 a.m.
  • All ages.
  • $5 per person.

Star Party

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

  • Saturday, Nov. 26, Dec. 10 (5:30 p.m.), Jan. 21 and Feb. 18 (6:00 p.m.)
  • All ages.
  • $5 per person.​​

Sunset Beachcombing

Experience a spectacular Texas sunset and learn the names of seashells, sea beans and other beach treasures on this evening guided beach walk.

  • Saturday, Dec. 3 (4:30 p.m.); Friday, Jan. 6 and 20; Saturday, Jan. 28 (5:00 p.m.) and Feb. 11 (5:30 p.m.)
  • All ages.
  • $5 per person.​​

Sunset on the Bay

Join us as we paddle out into our beautiful wetland preserve and experience a Texas sunset in a unique and relaxing environment. This kayak tour is great for both beginner and experienced paddlers. Advanced reservations are required.

  • Friday, Dec. 23 (4:00 p.m.); Saturday, Jan. 14 (4:30 p.m.) and Feb. 25 (5:30 p.m.)
  • All ages.
  • $30 per person.​​

 The Natural Resource

Subscribe to the guide to outdoor programs along the Colorado River.

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