Hummingbird
Brazos Bend State Park
Volunteer Organization   
Gator Hatch

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

Rules, suggestions and recommendations for school field trips

Payment - Payment is due upon arrival and will be made at park Headquarters.  Please know the number of participants in your group (adults and students).  Fee is payable in cash, check (payable to TPWD) or credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover).  All fees will be paid at park headquarters unless otherwise notified.

Cancellations and Changes - Please notify us of cancellations or changes in group's sizes as soon as possible.  You can contact Sharon Hanzik at (979) 553-5123 or David Heinicke at (979) 553-5124.

Late Arrivals and No Shows - Please allow plenty of time for travel to the park.  We understand that there are sometimes extenuating circumstances that will force a group to be later then scheduled.  We will normally wait for 30 minutes after the scheduled arrival time before we cancel your guided activity.  If your group arrives later then 45 minutes late you all are welcome to enjoy the park but a park employee or volunteer will not be available.  If your group does not show up and fails to contact us, your school or district will be billed for the cost of the scheduled activity. 

If You're Running Late - If you depart later then the planned time please call the park headquarters, at (979) 553-5101 before you leave so we will know when to expect you.  Inform headquarters staff that you are running late and tell them your estimated time of arrival.  Please do not leave a message for Sharon or David on the morning of the field trip to inform us that you are running late.  In most cases we will be on site waiting for your group, and we will not receive the message.  Volunteer help is enlisted for most groups and their time, as well as ours, is important.

Student / Adult Ratio - We recommend a 10 to 1 ratio.  Disrespectful, disruptive or unsafe behavior will not be tolerated.  Discipline is the responsibility of the teachers and chaperones, not of our staff or volunteers.  If disrespectful, disruptive or unsafe behavior continues the activity will be cancelled at the discretion of the staff or volunteer leader.  No refunds will be given.

When to Schedule - Spring and fall are great months to visit the park but these months fill up fast so schedule your activity as soon as possible.  We recommend scheduling your field trip as early in the day as possible.  Wildlife is typically more active early in the day and cooler temperatures are can make activities more enjoyable.

WHAT TO BRING, WHAT NOT TO BRING

Ø    Picnic Lunches - our staff or volunteers can direct your group to one of three large picnic areas.  Each picnic area has drinking water and restrooms.

Ø    Footballs, Baseballs, Frisbees and other such items can be used during the lunch break and after scheduled activities but will not be allowed on guided hikes and other scheduled activities.

Ø    Cell phones, pagers, portable radios, MP2 players and other such devices should be left behind or turned off during scheduled activities.

Ø    Closed-toe shoes should be worn, Sandals and other opened- toe are strongly discouraged.

Ø    Garbage bags - Bring your own or ask us for one. Please pick up all your trash and deposit it in one of the dumpster's.

Ø    Sunscreen, binoculars, cameras, drinking water and bug repellant are all good ideas

 All state park rules and regulations apply to your group.  Please be aware that it is illegal to feed or harass wildlife, pick or destroy flowers or Spanish moss, litter, cause loud and disruptive noise, enter the water or damage park facilities.  A complete list of rules and regulations are posted at restrooms and a copy can be provided upon request.  Under the Parks and Wildlife Code the adult leaders can be held legally and financially responsible for the actions of a child in their care.

Please treat the park with the respect it deserves.


Updated: Jul 21, 2013