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
Recreation 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
firstname.lastname@example.org and include participant name(s) and programs(s) to be canceled. A confirmation email will be sent when the refund is processed.
Wild by Nature
First Saturday each month, December-February: 10 a.m.-noon, free, adults and children ages 8 and up
Fall and winter are wonderful seasons to explore the outdoors along the beautiful trails of McKinney Roughs Nature Park. Temperatures are cooler and the views stretch further after the trees lose their leaves. 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
Friday, Dec. 11: 9-10:30 p.m., free, all ages
Do not 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 is 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 512–303–5073 to find out the program's status before 5 p.m. the day of the event, or check the McKinney Roughs Nature Park webpage at
www.lcra.org/mckinneyroughs. No registration is required.
Outdoor Adventure Day
Saturday, Dec. 12: 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 will 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.
Sunset River Float Trip
Saturday, Nov. 7: 4-6 p.m., $30 per person, adults and children ages 7 and up
Wind down your day with a sunset float down the Colorado River, where you will be surrounded by wildlife and vibrant vegetation along the river corridor. Take in the beauty of the sun setting on the Colorado River and 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.
Intro to Canoeing
Saturday, Nov. 21: 10 a.m.-noon, $30 per person, adults and children ages 14 and up; children ages 10-13 may participate with an adult sharing a canoe
Learn to canoe, and enjoy a serene and refreshing morning on Lake Bastrop at South Shore Park. Traveling along the quiet cove of the lake gives you ample time to enjoy the scenic views and waterfowl of this Central Texas ecosystem while also learning to canoe. At this promotional price ($10 off the regular price of $40), this trip is a great opportunity for people interested in trying a new sport. Preregistration is required.