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
Stargazing at the Roughs (no registration required) – scheduled for Friday, Oct. 24, from 9-10:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 5, 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.
Sunset Float Trip – Scheduled for 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.
TOAD – Texas Outdoor Adventure Day – Scheduled for 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.
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
email@example.com and include participant name(s) and programs(s) to be canceled. A confirmation email will be sent when the refund is processed.