McKinney Roughs Nature Park: Recreational Programs

Fall and winter recreation programs


Learning is an adventure at McKinney Roughs

All programs take place at McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Pollinator Power

Participate in Texas Parks and Wildlife's Texas Pollinator BioBlitz by observing, identifying and tracking insect pollinators such as butterflies, moths and beetles. Before contributing to this informal statewide biological survey, participants learn the fascinating biology of common Central Texas pollinators and how they benefit our ecosystems. A smart phone and advanced registration is required.

  • Saturday, Oct. 8.
  • 10 a.m.-noon
  • Ages 8 and older.
  • $10 per person.


High Ropes Challenge

Test yourself on high ropes activities such as the catwalk, rock climbing wall, multivine and zip line – just some of the thrills offered as participants rely on group support and individual determination to reach new heights. No prior experience is necessary. Advanced registration is required.

  • Saturday, Oct. 8.
  • 9-11 a.m.
  • Ages 7 and older.
  • $35 per person.


Stargazing at the Roughs

Explore the galaxy as our astronomer takes you on a tour of the Milky Way! Behold the wonder of the cosmos through our Dobsonian telescopes and learn about the legends of the constellations. Bring your own lawn chairs and refreshments (recommended). The program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather; call 512-303-5073 to confirm the program's status before 5 p.m. the day of the event.

  • Saturday, Oct. 22
  • 9-10:30 p.m.
  • All ages.
  • Free.


Homeschool Day – Junior Birding Basics

Discover bird migration through a hands-on adventure using a map and compass. Students chart a course to arrive at learning stations that simulate the Gulf Coast bird migration route. These learning stations demonstrate how birds adapt to survive. Students then participate in a Bird BioBlast – a fun group scavenger hunt to find and identify a variety of birds. Children should dress for the outdoors and bring a packed lunch, refillable water bottle and sunscreen. Parents may observe programs at the park but must find an alternative activity for siblings younger than the minimum age. Advanced registration is required.

  • Monday, Oct. 24.
  • 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Ages 8 and older.
  • $25 per person.


Fear Factor Five

Use innovative equipment designed to simulate a free fall and experience a 20-foot drop before being safely lowered to the ground. Participants get to warm up by rappelling and zip lining. Weight limit is 250 pounds. Advanced registration is required.

  • Saturday, Oct. 29
  • 9:30 a.m.-noon.
  • Ages 10 and older.
  • $35 per person.


Sunset River Float Trip

Unwind with a sunset raft float down the Colorado River, where you will be surrounded by wildlife and vibrant vegetation along the river corridor. Participants must be able to swim. Advanced registration is required.

  • Friday, Nov. 11
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Ages 7 and older.
  • $30 per person.


Outdoor Adventure Day

Travel down the Colorado River, navigate through the woods and climb to great heights just like the first explorers of Texas. Team up on a raft trip, enjoy the thrill of a zip line and get vertical on the rock-climbing wall. Participants should bring a packed lunch and refillable water bottle. Advanced registration is required.

  • Saturday, Dec. 10
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Ages 7 and older.
  • $50 per person.

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