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Calendar of Events

Austin Events

Events in and around the Austin area.

September 2017

Sep 22 End Date

Hike Thru Time: Geology of GCSNA for Kids, Ages 10-15

Government Canyon State Natural Area
DATE HAS CHANGED!! New Date=Friday September 22.
Sep 22 End Date

Fishing With a Ranger

Inks Lake State Park
Learn the basics of fishing and then try to catch the big one!
Sep 22 End Date

Night Hike

Lockhart State Park
Explore the park after dark!
Sep 22 End Date

Star Party!

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Kristen at Lake Buescher to view the night sky!
Sep 23 End Date

National Hunting and Fishing Day

Inks Lake State Park
Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with friends outside!
Sep 23 End Date

Guided Mt. Bike Ride

Government Canyon State Natural Area
Sep 23 End Date

Bird Walk - 8:30 am

South Llano River State Park
See what birds you can spot!
Sep 23 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.
Sep 23 End Date

Yoga in the Park!

Bastrop State Park
Join us for an exploration into the connection between your breath, body, mind, and the world around you. Beginners course with certified yoga instructor and Park Host, Vanice Medley (eRYT). This class is offered every Saturday morning in August. It is also offered every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning in September EXCEPT 9/9.
Sep 23 End Date

Nat'l Hunting and Fishing Day - Learn to Fish

McKinney Falls State Park
Youth (ages 6 and up) and adults can learn the basics of fishing.
Sep 23 End Date

Junior (Basic) Angler Education Course

Inks Lake State Park
Become a certified junior angler through this TPWD approved Angler Education course.
Sep 23 End Date

Bugs-R-Us

Guadalupe River State Park
Celebrate pollinators and other insects with us!
Sep 23 End Date

Camp Quilting

Inks Lake State Park
Come stitch with us!
Sep 23 End Date

Underwater Discovery!

Inks Lake State Park
Use a seining net to discover what is living in the shallow waters of the lake
Sep 23 End Date

Kids Alive!

Government Canyon State Natural Area
THIS PROGRAM IS FULL
Sep 23 End Date

First Day of Fall - Solar Viewing

Bastrop State Park
Come see the sun through a telescope on the first full day of fall! Learn how seasons happen at the Scenic Overlook
Sep 23 End Date

Skins, Skulls, and More! - 2 pm

South Llano River State Park
Come see and touch animal furs and skulls!
Sep 23 End Date

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves - Read with a Ranger

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Kristen and the Amphitheater for a story hour!
Sep 23 End Date

Bat Hike - 6:00 PM

Colorado Bend State Park
Join a park ranger for a hike to view the emerging bats at Gorman Cave.
Sep 23 End Date

Batty About Bats!

Guadalupe River State Park
We'll explore the world of those fur-covered night flyers.
Sep 23 End Date

Aquatic Chorus

Blanco State Park
Discover the amphibians that call Blanco State Park home!
Sep 23 End Date

Stargazing and Dark Sky Education

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Come join us at Lost Maples for stargazing. Learn about the dark skies of the Hill Country and then see the stars with the astronomers.
Sep 24 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.
Sep 24 End Date

Flowers Are Calling!

Government Canyon State Natural Area
It's Storytime at Government Canyon!
Sep 26 End Date

Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystems Workshop

Lockhart State Park
This FREE workshop is for landowners interested in water quality, stream ecology, and how to maintain healthy riparian zones. Continuing Education Units available. RSVP is required by Sept. 21.
Sep 27 End Date

Camp Quilting

Inks Lake State Park
Come stitch with us!
Sep 27 End Date

Little Naturalists: P is for Pollinator

Guadalupe River State Park
Join us for our pre-K nature program.
Sep 27 End Date

Weeknight Yoga in the Park

Bastrop State Park
Join us for an exploration into the connection between your breath, body, mind, and the world around you. Beginners course with certified yoga instructor and Park Host, Vanice Medley (eRYT). This class is offered every Saturday morning in August. It is also offered every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning in September EXCEPT 9/9.
Sep 29 End Date

Fishing With a Ranger

Inks Lake State Park
Learn the basics of fishing and then try to catch the big one!
Sep 29 End Date

Inks Lake State Park | Two Night Event | Texas Outdoor Family | Central TX Area (FULL - Waitlist Forming)

Inks Lake State Park
Join us for a fun-filled weekend designed to help your family discover the joys of camping and Texas State Parks. All camping gear and equipment required for an overnight stay at the park are included with each reservation! Click for a list of activities offered and specific information for this workshop.
Sep 29 End Date

Creatures of the Night! (Creature Feature: Chimney Swift Bird Viewing)

Bastrop State Park
Join Ranger Kristen at the Scenic Overlook to see if we can spot any Chimney Swifts!
Sep 29 End Date

Twilight Paddle

Inks Lake State Park
Experience the lake from on the water once the sun goes down and the stars come out.
Sep 30 End Date

Birding 101

Lockhart State Park
Wet your beak with this introductory bird walk!
Sep 30 End Date

iNaturalist Pollinator BioBlitz

Government Canyon State Natural Area
Sep 30 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.
Sep 30 End Date

Yoga in the Park!

Bastrop State Park
Join us for an exploration into the connection between your breath, body, mind, and the world around you. Beginners course with certified yoga instructor and Park Host, Vanice Medley (eRYT). This class is offered every Saturday morning in August. It is also offered every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning in September EXCEPT 9/9.
Sep 30 End Date

Art in the Park - Pretend Binoculars

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Kristen at the Amphitheater and help your little adventurer make their own cardboard binoculars! While supplies last!
Sep 30 End Date

What's All the Buzz About?

Guadalupe River State Park
Join Ranger Meagan to explore the world of bees.
Sep 30 End Date

Camp Quilting

Inks Lake State Park
Come stitch with us!
Sep 30 End Date

Japanese Fish Printing - 10 am

South Llano River State Park
Learn Gyotaku, the art of fish printing!
Sep 30 End Date

Underwater Discovery!

Inks Lake State Park
Use a seining net to discover what is living in the shallow waters of the lake
Sep 30 End Date

Family Canoe Basics

Inks Lake State Park
Learn how to paddle safely and then take a trip to Devil's Waterhole and back.
Sep 30 End Date

Stories in the Stars

Guadalupe River State Park
Join members of the San Antonio Astronomical Association for a night of stargazing.
Sep 30 End Date

Awesome Night Hike

McKinney Falls State Park
Join us in exploring the park and the nocturnal creatures that call it home.

October 2017

Oct 1 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.
Oct 2 End Date

Angler Education Instructor Training Workshop

Garner State Park
Become a TPWD certified Angler Education Instructor (this workshop also offers certification for Fly Fishing from 3:00 to 5:00)
Oct 6 End Date

Fishing With a Ranger

Inks Lake State Park
Learn the basics of fishing and then try to catch the big one!
Oct 6 End Date

Owl Prowl

Lockhart State Park
Whooo lives in Lockhart State Park?
Oct 7 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.
Oct 7 End Date

Gifts from the Trees

Lockhart State Park
Discover the secrets of your backyard trees in this fun walk!
Oct 7 End Date

Hiking & Backpacking: The First Steps

Government Canyon State Natural Area
Oct 7 End Date

Explore the Night Sky

Government Canyon State Natural Area
Join us and the San Antonio Astronomical Association for an evening of stargazing!
Oct 8 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.
Oct 11 End Date

Homeschool: Nature Art

Lockhart State Park
Experience Lockhart State Park as an outdoor classroom in this program for school-age kids!
Oct 12 End Date

Homeschool: Nature Art

Lockhart State Park
Experience Lockhart State Park as an outdoor classroom in this program for school-age kids!
Oct 13 End Date

Fishing With a Ranger

Inks Lake State Park
Learn the basics of fishing and then try to catch the big one!
Oct 14 End Date

Heritage Day

Colorado Bend State Park
Colorado Bend is celebrating 30 years !
Oct 14 End Date

Trail Work Days

Hill Country State Natural Area
SORRY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Join our staff on trail work days. Please come help the rangers maintain our 40 miles of scenic trails in the beautiful Hill Country State Natural. Area.
Oct 14 End Date

Hike the Canyon

Government Canyon State Natural Area
NOTE NEW START TIME!
Oct 14 End Date

Gorman Falls Hike - 9:00 AM

Colorado Bend State Park
This hike will take you on a journey where you will experience the geology, history, and landscape of Colorado Bend and view the famous Gorman Falls.
Oct 14 End Date

Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event

McKinney Falls State Park
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing.
Oct 14 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.
Oct 14 End Date

Outdoor Cooking Demonstration

Colorado Bend State Park
Oct 14 End Date

Gorman Falls Hike - 11:30 AM

Colorado Bend State Park
This hike will take you on a journey where you will experience the geology, history, and landscape of Colorado Bend and view the famous Gorman Falls.
Oct 14 End Date

Stream Safari

Lockhart State Park
Wear your favorite water shoes, and join us to meet the residents of Clear Fork Creek!
Oct 14 End Date

Gorman Falls Hike - 2:00 PM

Colorado Bend State Park
This hike will take you on a journey where you will experience the geology, history, and landscape of Colorado Bend and view the famous Gorman Falls
Oct 14 End Date

Creatures of the Night

Lockhart State Park
Join us to discover what goes bump in the night during this special Halloween-themed night hike!
Oct 14 End Date

Night Sky Party

Longhorn Cavern State Park
Explore all the wonders of our universe when the sun goes down.
Oct 15 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.
Oct 20 End Date

Fishing With a Ranger

Inks Lake State Park
Learn the basics of fishing and then try to catch the big one!
Oct 21 End Date

Explore the Canyon

Government Canyon State Natural Area
NOTE NEW START TIME!
Oct 21 End Date

Dairy Daze

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Join us at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History farm to explore the many uses of milk on a 1915 German family farm.
Oct 21 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.
Oct 21 End Date

Kids' Discovery Hike

Hill Country State Natural Area
SORRY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Ranger-led eco-scavenger hunt will get kids outdoors with their folks to discover and experience nature through sight, sound, touching and smelling. Magnifying glasses provided!
Oct 21 End Date

Plant Uses: From Caffeine to Poison Arrows

Lockhart State Park
Find out which plants in your backyard can be used as food, medicine, and more. You may be surprised!
Oct 21 End Date

"Not So Creepy Critters"

South Llano River State Park
Find out the truth about those "creepy" animals.
Oct 21 End Date

Night Hike

Government Canyon State Natural Area
Experience the canyon after dark.
Oct 21 End Date

Citizen Science - Frog Watch

Palmetto State Park
Join park staff in an informal frog species survey.
Oct 21 End Date

Stargazing and Dark Sky Education

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Come join us at Lost Maples for stargazing. Learn about the dark skies of the Hill Country and then see the stars with the astronomers.
Oct 22 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.
Oct 28 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.
Oct 28 End Date

Halloweenfest

Lockhart State Park
Join us for witch crafts, a special spooky storytime, and costume contests!
Oct 28 End Date

Halloween Fair

Government Canyon State Natural Area
THIS EVENT IS FULL.
Oct 28 End Date

Creatures of the Night

Lockhart State Park
Join us to discover what goes bump in the night during this special Halloween-themed night hike!
Oct 29 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.

November 2017

Nov 4 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Nov 4 End Date

Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival

Join us at this family friendly event to learn more about traditions, heritage and American Indian Culture.
Nov 5 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Nov 8 End Date

Homeschool: History

Lockhart State Park
Experience Lockhart State Park as an outdoor classroom in this program for school-age kids!
Nov 9 End Date

Homeschool: History

Lockhart State Park
Experience Lockhart State Park as an outdoor classroom in this program for school-age kids!
Nov 11 End Date

Hike the Canyon

Government Canyon State Natural Area
Join us every second Saturday for a guided hike!
Nov 11 End Date

Trail Work Days

Hill Country State Natural Area
SORRY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Join our staff on trail work days. Please come help the rangers maintain our 40 miles of scenic trails in the beautiful Hill Country State Natural. Area.
Nov 11 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Nov 12 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Nov 18 End Date

Explore the Canyon

Government Canyon State Natural Area
Join us on the third Saturday of each month for a new adventure!
Nov 18 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Nov 18 End Date

Kids' Discovery Hike

Hill Country State Natural Area
SORRY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Ranger-led eco-scavenger hunt will get kids outdoors with their folks to discover and experience nature through sight, sound, touching and smelling. Magnifying glasses provided!
Nov 18 End Date

Stargazing and Dark Sky Education

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Come join us at Lost Maples for stargazing. Learn about the dark skies of the Hill Country and then see the stars with the astronomers.
Nov 19 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Nov 25 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Nov 25 End Date

Holiday Cookie Decorating and German Traditions

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Your entire family and friends will have fun decorating cookies as it was done for a German Christmas tree in the early 1900’s.
Nov 26 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!

December 2017

Dec 2 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Dec 2 End Date

Trail of Lights

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Enjoy a beautiful walk through the lighted park to the historic Kreische House decorated for a German-Texas Christmas.
Dec 3 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Dec 6 End Date

Homeschool: Christmas for the Birds

Lockhart State Park
Experience Lockhart State Park as an outdoor classroom in this program for school-age kids!
Dec 7 End Date

Homeschool: Christmas for the Birds

Lockhart State Park
Experience Lockhart State Park as an outdoor classroom in this program for school-age kids!
Dec 8 End Date

Trail of Lights

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Walk through the lighted park and enjoy a traditional German-Texas Christmas.
Dec 9 End Date

Trail Work Days

Hill Country State Natural Area
SORRY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Join our staff on trail work days. Please come help the rangers maintain our 40 miles of scenic trails in the beautiful Hill Country State Natural. Area.
Dec 9 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Dec 9 End Date

Trail of Lights

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Enjoy a beautiful walk through the lighted park to the historic Kreische House decorated for a traditional German-Texas Christmas.
Dec 10 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Dec 15 End Date

Trail of Lights

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Enjoy a beautiful walk through the lighted park to the historic Kreische House decorated for a traditional German-Texas Christmas.
Dec 16 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Dec 16 End Date

Kids' Discovery Hike

Hill Country State Natural Area
SORRY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Ranger-led eco-scavenger hunt will get kids outdoors with their folks to discover and experience nature through sight, sound, touching and smelling. Magnifying glasses provided!
Dec 16 End Date

Trail of Lights

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Enjoy a beautiful walk through the lighted park to the historic Kreische House decorated for a traditional German-Texas Christmas.
Dec 16 End Date

Stargazing and Dark Sky Education

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Come join us at Lost Maples for stargazing. Learn about the dark skies of the Hill Country and then see the stars with the astronomers.
Dec 17 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Dec 17 End Date

48th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Join the Texas Hill Country Community in this special tradition started 48 years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson.
Dec 23 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Dec 24 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Dec 30 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!
Dec 31 End Date

Summit Trail Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Hike the Rock!

January 2018

Jan 1 End Date

Start the New Year With a Lost Maples Hike!

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Your New Year's resolution to get outside and enjoy nature will get a great start on a First Day Hike at Lost Maples SNA. Choose your hike: a more family-oriented, short hike around the Maple Trail, or a more rigorous expedition on the East Trail, with the Scenic Overlooks.
Jan 13 End Date

Trail Work Days

Hill Country State Natural Area
SORRY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Join our staff on trail work days. Please come help the rangers maintain our 40 miles of scenic trails in the beautiful Hill Country State Natural. Area.

March 2018

Mar 3 End Date

Tinajas Ultra

Colorado Bend State Park
24 hour Race
Mar 24 End Date

Trails Day

Colorado Bend State Park
Hikes, bike rides, caving, music, and more
Mar 31 End Date

Easter Egg Hunt

Colorado Bend State Park

January 2019

Jan 1 End Date

Start the New Year With a Lost Maples Hike!

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Your New Year's resolution to get outside and enjoy nature will get a great start on a First Day Hike at Lost Maples SNA. Choose your hike: a more family-oriented, short hike around the Maple Trail, or a more rigorous expedition on the East Trail, with the Scenic Overlooks.

January 2020

Jan 1 End Date

Start the New Year With a Lost Maples Hike!

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Your New Year's resolution to get outside and enjoy nature will get a great start on a First Day Hike at Lost Maples SNA. Choose your hike: a more family-oriented, short hike around the Maple Trail, or a more rigorous expedition on the East Trail, with the Scenic Overlooks.

January 2021

Jan 1 End Date

Start the New Year With a Lost Maples Hike!

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Your New Year's resolution to get outside and enjoy nature will get a great start on a First Day Hike at Lost Maples SNA. Choose your hike: a more family-oriented, short hike around the Maple Trail, or a more rigorous expedition on the East Trail, with the Scenic Overlooks.

January 2022

Jan 1 End Date

Start the New Year With a Lost Maples Hike!

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Your New Year's resolution to get outside and enjoy nature will get a great start on a First Day Hike at Lost Maples SNA. Choose your hike: a more family-oriented, short hike around the Maple Trail, or a more rigorous expedition on the East Trail, with the Scenic Overlooks.

January 2023

Jan 1 End Date

Start the New Year With a Lost Maples Hike!

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Your New Year's resolution to get outside and enjoy nature will get a great start on a First Day Hike at Lost Maples SNA. Choose your hike: a more family-oriented, short hike around the Maple Trail, or a more rigorous expedition on the East Trail, with the Scenic Overlooks.