McKinney Roughs Nature Park: Outdoor Programs

Summer Nature Camps

Just east of Austin, nestled along the Colorado River and the Lost Pines, is your child's summer home away from home. With 1,100 acres of pine forests, box canyons and post oak meadows to explore, McKinney Roughs Nature Park is the natural place to discover the wonders of the outdoors in a safe, fun and educational day-camp setting.

Campers investigate ponds, meadows, forests and the Colorado River using binoculars, insect nets, dip nets and more. Campers explore new areas each week.

Camps and Sessions

McKinney Roughs Nature Camp offers four camps based on age. Camps are  selected based on a child's age at the time the camp session starts. Each camp's activities are graduated so the campers participate in more adventurous activities as  they move into higher age camps. We also offer eight weekly sessions throughout the summer. Sessions for 2014 will run from the week of June 16 through the week of August 11. No camp session will be offered the week of June 30. Each session's activities will revolve around a different natural science theme. In this way, campers can delve more deeply into natural science topics that are most interesting to them. Read a description of the camp's weekly themes. Below is a summary of each camp's activities that campers will participate in each week.  

Camp Tonkawa: Ages 5 - 6   $195/week

Campers explore the amazing, diverse environment of McKinney Roughs in a safe and stimulating setting. Our well-trained staff leads campers through hands-on learning, live animal presentations, nature hikes, crafts, games and nature studies.

Camp Comanche: Ages 7 - 9   $195/week

Campers discover the world around them as they combine outdoor exploration, science and nature activities. Under the watchful eye of camp staff, kids learn wilderness skills, raft the Colorado River, climb a 40-foot rock wall , race down a zip line and swim at nearby Bastrop State Park.

Camp Caddo: Ages 10 - 12   $195/week

Campers connect with the natural world on adventurous studies of geology, hydrology, botany and more. Campers raft the Colorado, swim at Bastrop State Park and experience team-building and personal challenges on our high ropes challenge course led by our ropes-certified staff.

Teen Adventure Camps: Ages 13 - 15   $195/week  

Teens embark on a journey of self-discovery and adventure while learning the skills of a naturalist and an outdoor leader.  Three weeks of Teen Adventure Camp are available. Each week, campers will swim at Bastrop State Park, experience the thrill of high elements on the challenge course, take a river trip and work with the group to plan and execute an outdoor adventure.

Camp Information and Options

Before and After Care is available on-site only during sessions three and six for $30 for before or after care and $60 for both. Before Care runs 7 -9 a.m. and After Care runs 4 - 6 p.m. Please pick up your child no later than 6 p.m. You will be charged for late pick ups. If you are registering a camper for one of these sessions, you can choose this as a financial option during online registration. Do not sign up for Before or After Care if you are choosing the shuttle service as a financial option. The shuttle is available in the morning and afternoon for each session of camp.


Shuttle Service $75 per week - two convenient Austin locations:

LCRA General Office Complex

3700 Lake Austin Blvd. [map]

Pick up: 7:30 a.m. / Drop off: 5:15 p.m.

LCRA Service Center

3505 Montopolis Drive [map]

Pick up: 8:15 a.m. / Drop-off: 4:30 p.m.

Camp Registration and Cancellation Policy

Registration and Tuition  Registration is online and full payment is required at the time of registration. The cost of camp is $195 per session and the shuttle cost is $75. Payments can be made in the form of Visa, MasterCard or Discover. To register for camp, click on the registration link in the upper right corner of this web page and follow the instructions. Customers registering for four or more weeks of camp have the option to pay in two installments, but must register by phone.


Camp Installment Plan (four or more camps only) – Anyone registering for four or more sessions can choose to place a 50 percent deposit at the time of registration, with the balance due by May 15, 2014. Final payment must be made by May 15, or the registration will be canceled and the deposit forfeited. Registration must be made by phone for this option. Do not register online if you are planning to use this option. The system will only allow you to pay in full.

Camp Cancellation Policy - No refunds will be given for cancellations made after May 15. Cancellations made on or before May 15 will have a $35 processing fee deducted from the refund. Cancellation should be made by sending an email to Please include camper's name and session(s) being canceled. A confirmation email will be sent to you when the refund is processed.

Session Transfers - Once registration is completed, a $10 transfer fee will be assessed to transfer a camper to a different session. Transfer notifications should be made by sending an email to Please include camper's name and session(s) into which you want to transfer. We will do our best to accommodate transfers, if space is available. A confirmation email will be sent to notify you of the status of your transfer request.

For more information, or help with registration call 512- 303-5073 or email

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2014 Camp Session Details


Weekly camp sessions
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tonkawa, ages 5-6
Comanche, ages 7-9
Caddo, ages 10-12
Teen Adventure  Camps , ages 13-15

Child must meet age requirements by the first day of camp.

Shuttle available each week-$75

Extended Care is available for weeks 3 and 6 only. Before Care is from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. ($30). After Care is from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. ($30).

View the McKinney Roughs Nature Camp 2014 Weekly Themes. Daily schedules will be posted by June 12.

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