McKinney Roughs Nature Park: Outdoor Programs

Spring and summer 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.

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.

Sunset River Float Trip

$50 per person, adults and children ages 7 and up

Take in the beauty of the sun setting on the Colorado River in the cool comfort of the evening air as your raft is gently guided down a stretch of tranquil river. Adults and youths ages 7 and up can participate and must be able to swim. Preregistration is required.

Wild by Nature

First Saturday each month, March-June: 10 a.m.-noon, free, adults and children ages 8 and up

Learn what's blooming, buzzing and bounding along the beautiful trails of McKinney Roughs Nature Park. 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 McKinney Roughs' exhibit hall of live native Texas animals and interactive displays. Bring a picnic lunch and make it a family nature day! No registration is required.

Stargazing at the Roughs

Free, all ages

Don't miss this 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 legends of the constellations and marvel at the beauty and mystery of the universe in this spectacular free program for the whole family. Bring your own lawn chairs and refreshments (recommended). The program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Please call 5127–303–5073 the day of the event or check the McKinney Roughs Nature Park webpage. No registration is required.

Be a TOAD – Texas Outdoor Adventure Day

Saturday, June 13: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., $50 per person, adults and children ages 7 and up

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 stewardship. We'll get vertical on the rock-climbing wall, enjoy the thrill of a zip line and work as a team on a raft trip down the Colorado River. Bring a bag lunch and refillable water bottle. Preregistration is required.

Intro to Kayaking

Saturday, May 9: 9 a.m.-noon, $50 per person, adults and children ages 10 and up (participants ages 10–13 must be in tandem kayak with adult)

Learn to kayak and enjoy a serene and refreshing morning on the water. Listen for the salute of waterfowl greeting the day, catch a glimpse of the waking wildlife along the river banks and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Relax and recharge as you kayak the Colorado. This trip is great for all skill levels. Preregistration is required.

Outdoor Challenge Day for Home-schoolers

Monday, May 11: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., $35 per child, ages 7-16

Homeschoolers will enjoy a day of team building and high adventure at McKinney Roughs. Participants will be grouped into teams with their peers and guided through low-impact, high-energy activities designed to encourage communication, cooperation and compromise in a positive and fun environment. In the High Course, participants will use the support of their groups to reach beyond their personal comfort zones and conquer high elements such as a catwalk, rock wall and zip line. This is a drop-off program, but parents may stay and observe if they choose. Preregistration is required.

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Features & Events

​Educational/Recreational Outdoor Programs
Challenge Course
Natural Science Programs
River Trips
Summer Nature Camp
Special Features
​Community Programs
Hiker's Trail Guide
Plants and Wildlife
Riding Your Horse
Hiking & Walking Trails​
Horseback Riding
Outdoor Education & Recreation Programs​

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