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Special Events and Programs for 2017

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January

Stephen F. Austin Funeral Reenactment

Saturday, January 7th-Take part in a unique event recreating the state funeral of the Father of Texas.  The event begins at 9 a.m. at the First Capitol Replica in West Columbia with political speeches and a musket volley, followed by a reception at the Columbia Historical Museum.  The event continues at noon at the Gulf Prairie Cemetery in Jones Creek with memorial speeches by Sam Houston, Anson Jones, and others, punctuated by a musket volley, Masonic funeral service, and a 23-round artillery salute.  For information, call the SF Austin-Munson Park at 979-248-5961.

Dunes Day

Saturday, January 21st, 9 a.m. to noon-Volunteers meet for registration between 8:30 and 9 a.m. at Stahlman Park to rebuild, restore, and strengthen our dunes. Please donate your 2016 Christmas trees at one of the locations listed below before January 18th. If you miss the deadline, feel free to bring your tree along with you to the beach on the 21st. Lunch will be provided to volunteers. For more information, contact the parks department at 979-864-1541 ext. 7. 

Christmas tree drop-off sites:

Added for Lake Jackson Residents: Lake Jackson Mulch Site, 103 Canna Lane

-Brazoria County Parks, 313 W. Mulberry St., Angleton, Texas
-Surfside Beach Main Entrance, 101 Parkview Rd., Surfside, Texas
-Quintana Beach County Park, 330 5th Street, Quintana, Texas
-Manvel Substation, 7313 Corporate Dr., Manvel, Texas
-Pearland Substation, 2436 S. Grand, Ste 106, Pearland, Texas
-Precinct 1 HQ, 1432 Highland Park Dr., Clute, Texas
-Precinct 2 HQ, 21017 CR 171, Angleton, Texas
-Precinct 3 HQ, 2508 N. Gordon Street, Alvin, Texas
-Precinct 4 HQ, 121 N. 10th Street, West Columbia, Texas

March

Texas Independence Day Celebration

Thursday, March 2nd-Join volunteers and students at the Austin Statue at Hwy 288 and Hwy 35 for a celebration with historical characters, activities, exhibits, music, and refreshments.   This program is geared to school groups.  Free event sponsored by local groups.  For information, call the SF Austin-Munson Park at 979-248-5961.

Kids Fishing Tournament at San Luis County Park

Saturday, March 18th-Spend the morning learning the safe and fun way to fish and then head to the water for your own fishing tournament.  Prizes awarded for biggest fish and other categories.  For information or reservations, call San Luis Pass County Park at 979-233-6026.

April

Migration Haven

Saturday, April 15th, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.-Join park interpreter for a walk through the Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary during the spring migration.  Hundreds of birds stop off here and refuel after their long flight across the Gulf.  Learn all about the birds and where to find them.  For more information call 979-864-1541 ext. 7 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com

Texas Adopt-A-Beach Spring Clean-Up

Saturday, April 22nd-Volunteers gather at 9 a.m. in Surfside and Quintana for a general beach clean-up.  Dress for the weather and bring along some water.  Supplies provided; lunch afterward.  For more information, contact the coordinators Mike at 979-864-1541 ext. 7 (Surfside) or Patty at 979-233-1461 (Quintana).

Register online at http://www.glo.texas.gov/adopt-a-beach/index.html.

May

Hanson Riverside County Park Trail Building Day

Saturday, May 13th, 9 a.m. to noon- Join us in transforming 80 acres of San Bernard River bottomlands into some of the best off road bike trails in Brazoria County! Bring some sturdy work clothes, as we are starting from scratch to clear brush from our trail. If you have loppers, rakes, or hoes, please bring them! For information, contact Mike Mullenweg at 979-864-1541 ext. 7.

Pollinator Palooza at Quintana Beach County Park

Saturday, May 13th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Learn just how important pollinators are to our every day life, and find out how you can help save them at Pollinator Palooza. See a real bee hive, and learn about bees from the Brazoria County Beekeepers Association. Fun crafts for the kids. For information, contact Quintana Beach County Park Manager Patty Brinkmeyer at 979-233-1461 for more information.

Seventh Annual Fishing Tournament at San Luis Pass County Park

Thursday, May 18th through 21st-Starts at noon on Thursday and runs through 9 a.m. on Sunday.  Registered campers only; for information or reservations, call San Luis Pass County Park at 979-233-6026.

June

Nature Camp at Camp Mohawk County Park

Monday through Thursday, June 12th through 15th, 9 a.m. to noon-Outdoor nature-related programming with the Brazoria County Master Naturalists.  Ages 7-12.  $30 per camper; limited space available.  Pre-registration required.  For information or to register, call 979-864-1541 ext. 7.

Summer Paddling Event

Saturday, June 17th, 9 a.m. to noon-Come join the Small Watercraft Club as they hold a paddling event on one of the waterways in Brazoria County. Bring your own boat or borrow one of ours. Great for families and first time paddlers. Meet at the boatramp at Hanson Riverside County Park. For information and reservations call 979-864-1541.

Nature Camp at Quintana Beach County Park

Monday through Thursday, June 19th through 22nd, 9 a.m. to noon-Outdoor nature-related programming with the Brazoria County Master Naturalists.  Ages 7-12.  $30 per camper; limited space available.  Pre-registration required.  For information or to register, call 979-864-1541 ext. 7.

July

(CANCELED)Searching for Sea Life at Quintana Beach County Park(CANCELED)

Kids Fishing Tournament at Quintana Beach County Park

Saturday, July 8th, 9 a.m. to noon-Spend the morning learning the safe and fun way to fish and then head to the water for your own fishing tournament.  Prizes awarded for biggest fish and other categories.  For information or reservations, call Mike  at 979-864-1541 ext. 7.

Summer Paddling Event

Saturday, July 15th, 9 a.m. to noon-Come join the Small Watercraft Club as they hold a paddling event on one of the waterways in Brazoria County. Bring your own boat or request to borrow one of ours. Great for families and first time paddlers. Meet at the public boat ramp across from Camp Mohawk County Park. For information or reservations call Mike at 979-864-1541 ext. 7, or at mikem@brazoria-county.com

August

Kids Fishing Derby at Resoft County Park

Saturday, August 5th, 9 a.m. to noon-Spend the morning learning the safe and fun way to fish, and then head to the water for your own fishing mini-tournament. Open for children 17 and younger, accompanied by an adult. Please bring your own equipment if you own it, but there will be some equipment available to borrow. Registration preferred. To register, or for more information, contact Mike Mullenweg at 979-864-1541 ext. 7, or email him at mikem@brazoria-county.com

Summer Paddling Event: Paddle and Stroll

Saturday, August 12th, 9 a.m. to noon-Meet at the public boat ramp at the end of FM 2918 (see it on the map here:https://goo.gl/maps/3noooLyF4162) at 9 a.m. with your boat. We will paddle two miles out to the mouth of the San Bernard River, where we will get out of our kayaks and spend about an hour beachcombing before heading back. To register, and/or to inquire about borrowing a boat from the Parks Department, contact Mike Mullenweg at 979-864-1541 ext. 7, or at mikem@brazoria-county.com.

Searching for Sea Life at Quintana Beach County Park

Saturdays, August 19th, 10-11:30 a.m.-Help park rangers drag the seine (net) through the surf and discover sea life native to the Gulf of Mexico.  Open to Quintana visitors.  Program dates subject to weather and surf conditions.  For information, contact the Mike Mullenweg at 979-864-1541 ext. 7.

September

Kids Fishing Workshop at San Luis Pass County Park

Saturday, Sepember 2nd- Kids Fishing Workshop. Participants, 5 to 16 years of age, begin the day at 9 a.m. learning the ins and outs of fishing, and will then utilize the San Luis Pass Kids Fishing Area for a fishing derby. Prizes will be awarded for several categories. For more information, please contact Mike Mullenweg at (979)864-1541 ext. 7, or at mikem@brazoria-county.com

Texas Navy Day Celebration

Saturday, September 16th-Celebrate the Republic of Texas Navy and Constitution Day at the Stephen F. Austin statue.  Interact with costumed interpreters, observe a dignified Flag Retirement Ceremony, and enjoy on-site refreshments.   For information, call the SF Austin-Munson Park at 979-248-5961.

Texas Adopt-A-Beach Fall Clean-Up

Saturday, September 23rd-Volunteers gather at 9 a.m. in Surfside and Quintana for a general beach clean-up.  Dress for the weather and bring along some water. Supplies provided; lunch afterward.  For more information, contact the coordinators 979-864-1541 ext. 7 (Surfside) or Patty at 979-233-1461 (Quintana).

November

Stephen F. Austin Birthday Celebration

Thursday, November 2nd-Join volunteers and students at the Austin Statue at Hwy 288 and Hwy 35 for a celebration with historical characters, activities, exhibits, music, and refreshments (including a birthday cake!).This program is geared to school groups.  Free event sponsored by local groups.  For information, call the SF Austin-Munson Park at 979-248-5961.

December

Stephen F. Austin Festival

Saturday, Date TBA, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.-Enjoy a fun-filled evening set in antebellum times as the park celebrates the Father of Texas. Clothing of the 1850s is encouraged. Features include children’s games, period music and dance, best-dressed ladies and couples, Stephen. F. Austin impersonator contest, sample period food, hay ride (small fee), adult games, story-telling, and more. Event is still under construction - for information, call the Department Office at 979-864-1541 ext. 7.