Brazos Bend State Park
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Gator Hatch

Brazos Bend State Park

Great Outdoors Day!

December 2nd, 2017


9:00 a. m. Alligator Watch Hike - Meet at 40 Acre Lake restrooms for a 1 mile guided hike to learn more about some of Brazos Bend’s most popular residents. Bring binoculars!
9:00 a. m. Yoga on the Lawn - Join us for a slow flow practice. Slow flow yoga is a meditative flow that practices slowing down by using a steady breath, holding postures, transitioning smoothly, and opening gently and mindfully.
10:00 a. m. CREEKFIELD NATURE HIKE - Meet at the Nature Center for a 1/2 mile hike around the paved Creekfield Lake Trail. Discover the sights and sounds of the park. Wheelchair accessible.
10:30 a.m. Children’s Storytime and Craft - “Never Kiss an Alligator” Meet at the Nature Center.
11:00 a.m. Orienteering for Beginners - An introduction to orienteering. Learn how to navigate using the tools of the trade. Meet at the Nature Center
11:00 a. m. Butterfly Gardening 101 - Learn how to plant and cultivate native host plants and nectar-producing flowers likely to be home to butterflies and other pollinators. Meet behind the Nature Center at the Butterfly Garden under the windmill.
1:00 p.m. Backcountry Bike Ride - Join the Park Naturalist for an 8 mile bike ride along the Brazos River to the Yellowstone landing trail and back while you learn about the wildlife and ecosystems of Brazos Bend. Meet at the Hale Lake Restrooms. Bring your bicycle and drinking water!
1:30 p.m. Elm Lake Trail Dog Walk - Learn to enjoy walking your dog on the trails of state parks responsibly and safely. Meet at the Elm Lake restrooms.
1:30 p.m. Geocaching 101 - Learn to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache. This is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using a free downloadable app. Join us afterwards for a CITO (Cash in Trash out) event with other avid geocache members in the park following the program.
2:00 p.m. Atlatl Launch - How did ancient peoples hunt as they moved through Brazos Bend SP. Come and learn about the atlatl and give it a try.
3:00 p.m. The Wonderful Lives of Snakes - Meet at the nature center and learn more about the animal that people love to hate. Live demonstration at the Nature Center.
3:00 p.m. “Through the Lens” - Advanced landscape photography for adults and teens. Bring your camera and tripod. Meet at the Nature Center.
3:00 p.m. Prairie Hike - Meet at 40 Acre Lake Restrooms for a 1 mile guided hike to explore the most endangered ecosystems of the park.

Ongoing Activities:
10:00 - 12:00 p.m. Be a Micromoster Hunter! - Search through the murky waters collected from Brazos Bend SP and discover what little critters live just below the surface. Collect specimens and peer through the microscopes to get a closer look. Come to the right side of the Nature Center to see what you can find!
10:30 - 12:30 p.m. Lessons with the Game Warden! - Come learn what it takes to be a Game Warden and what it takes to protect you and our wild spaces.
10:00 - 2:00 p.m. Busy Bees at Brazos Bend - Honeybee populations are declining in the United States which jeopardizes fruit and vegetable crops which require pollination.Local beekeeper with a Plexiglas hive of honeybees will be stationed near the Nature Center.
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Wildlife Viewing at the Elm Lake Wildlife Viewing Platform - Come and view through a high-power spotting scope at some of the park’s wildlife and learn more about them.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Backyard Bass - Kids and parents alike can practice casting and reeling on dry land without fear of hooks or getting their shoes wet! Learn to tie fishing knots, too!
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Campsite Setup and Campfire Cooking Demonstration - Join Troop 30 Boy Scouts for a campsite setup and join them for a campfire cooking demonstration.
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. FREE S’mores Master Class - Become an expert s’mores maker with our volunteers beside the Nature Center.
3:00 - 10:00 p.m. George Observatory Open to Public - NOW OPEN. Gaze up at the full moon and stars through high-powered research telescopes as sunset fades into night. Tickets sales start at 3:00 pm.
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. BRAZOS RIVER PICKERS - Present their CHRISTAMS CONCERT at the amphitheater.

BBSPVO Logo Programs are free of charge with regular park admission and are subject to change. For additional park information please check our website or call 979 553 5101 TPWD

Updated: Nov 28, 2017