McKinney Roughs Nature Park: Outdoor Programs

2014 Community Programs


Learning is an adventure at McKinney Roughs

All programs take place at McKinney Roughs Nature Park. 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.

Need more information? Call 512–303–5073 or email outdoorprograms@lcra.org.

Recreation Programs
Education Programs
Community Program Registration Policy


Recreation Programs

Sunset Float Trip – Friday, Nov. 7, from 4-6:30 p.m.
(This program has replaced the Light of the Moon trip due to lower water levels caused by the drought.)​​​
Wind down your day with a sunset float down the Colorado River, where you'll be surrounded by wildlife and vibrant vegetation along the river corridor. Take in the beauty of the sun setting on the Colorado and the cool comfort of the evening air as your raft is gently guided down a stretch of tranquil river. Participants must be able to swim. Preregistration is required.

Native Days, Native Ways – Homeschool Day at the Roughs – Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Do you ever try to imagine what life was like for early Texas inhabitants? Hear stories of Native American tribes as you learn about the early culture of the original Texans. Participate in a pow-wow and learn Native American dance steps. Practice essential survival skills like water collection and starting fire without matches. Go on a hike along the trails of McKinney Roughs, and discover edible, medicinal, useful and dangerous plants. Practice primitive hunting skills with an atlatl spear thrower and rabbit sticks. The program is available to children ages 7-16. Participants should dress for the outdoors and bring a packed lunch, refillable water bottle and sunscreen. This is a drop-off program, but parents may stay and observe programs at the park if they choose. Please find an alternative activity for siblings younger than the minimum age. Preregistration is required.

TOAD – Texas Outdoor Adventure Day – Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m-2 p.m.
Like the first explorers of Texas, we will travel down the Colorado River, navigate through the woods and climb to great heights. Meet at McKinney Roughs for a day of excitement and adventure with a focus on land and water stewardship. The day begins at the challenge course, where we will get vertical on the rock-climbing wall and zip line. We will top it off with a splash –​ a raft trip down the Colorado River where getting wet is guaranteed. Bring a bag lunch. Preregistration is required.

Stargazing at the Roughs – Friday, Dec. 12, from 9-10:30 p.m.
Don't miss an opportunity for the whole family to explore the galaxy together as our astronomer takes you on a tour of the Milky Way that's truly out of this world! Behold the wonder of the cosmos through our Dobsonian telescopes and venture beyond the boundaries of our planet. Learn about the constellations and marvel at the beauty and mystery of the universe in this spectacular free program for the whole family. Bring lawn chairs, refreshments and blankets for comfort and enjoy this family event. Program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Please call 512–303–5073 to find out program's status the day of the event. An alternate activity will be provided if program cancels. No registration is required and this free activity welcomes all ages.

Walk on the Wild Side! – Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, from 10 a.m.-noon
Enjoy an interpretive hike as a park naturalist brings together a unique blend of human and natural history to tell the story of the Colorado River. Discover how the river influences animal, plant and human life along its banks. After your hike, visit the McKinney Roughs Visitors Center gift shop to see live native Texas animals and interactive exhibits. Hikers should meet their guide at the McKinney Roughs Visitors Center. This program is suitable for children ages 8 and up. The cost is $5 for participants who are 13 years old or older and free for participants ages 8 to 12. The hike will leave from the Visitors Center promptly at 10 a.m. No registration is required.

Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count – Sunday, Dec. 21, from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Calling all birders! LCRA's McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, Bastrop County Audubon Society, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Lost Pines Master Naturalists are partnering with National Audubon Society to invite birding enthusiasts for the Fourth Annual Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count. This is a free event.

Community Program Registration Policy

McKinney Roughs reserves 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 outdoorprograms@lcra.org and include participant name(s) and programs(s) to be canceled. A confirmation email will be sent when the refund is processed.

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