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Special Events and Programs

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January

Stephen F. Austin Funeral Reenactment

Saturday, January 6th, 2018-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 SF Austin-Munson Park at 979-248-5961.

Dunes Day

Saturday, January 20th, 9 a.m. to noon-Starting December 26th, 2018, Brazoria County Parks will begin accepting used Christmas trees. Volunteers will meet on Surfside Beach to rebuild, restore, and strengthen our dunes using the donated trees. For information call Mike Mullenweg at 979-864-1541 ext. 7 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com

Trees (without decorations) may be dropped off at our headquarters office at 313 W. Mulberry in Angleton, or at any Brazoria County precinct office between December 26th, 2017 and January 14th, 2018. See addresses below.

-Brazoria County Parks HQ, 313 W. Mulberry St., Angleton, Texas

-Surfside Beach Main Entrance, across from Sharkies Bar & Grill 

-Manvel Substation, 7313 Corporate Dr., Manvel, Texas
-Precinct 1 HQ, 1432 Highland Park Dr., Clute, Texas
-Precinct 2 HQ, 21017 CR 171. Angleton, Texas
-Precinct 3 HQ, 2508 N. Gordon St., Alvin, Texas
-Precinct 4 HQ, 121 N. 10th St., West Columbia, Texas
-Stella Roberts Recycling Center, 5800 Magnolia, Pearland, Texas

Winter Paddling Event #2

Saturday, January 27th, 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. This month, the Brazoria County Small Watercraft Club will be giving back to the community. After the devastation from Hurricane Harvey our county’s waterways need some TLC.  On this paddle, we will spend the morning removing trash from The San Bernard River. We will meet at the public boat ramp next to Hanson Riverside Park (click here for the map) outside of West Columbia, TX at 9 a.m., and paddle upriver picking up trash in the river and on the bank. Bags will be provided, and we’ll head to a local watering hole afterward for some lunch. Bring your own boat or request to borrow one of ours. Contact Mike Mullenweg at 979-864-1152 or email at mikem@brazoria-county.com for more information, and to register. 

February

Winter Paddling Event #3

Saturday, February 17th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.-Come join the Small Watercraft Club for a little spring cleaning in the bay. We will meet at and launch from the boat ramp at San Luis Pass County Park, and participate in the Annual Abandoned Crab Trap Removal. The plan is to paddle out from San Luis Pass towards Mud Island, and remove old discarded crab traps around the bayous. (click here for route) The trip will be a six mile, relatively easy paddle, and we will be out on the water for about three hours. Please wear clothes and gloves that you feel comfortable getting dirty in. For information on signing up, and reserving a kayak to borrow if you don't have one, call Mike Mullenweg at 979-864-1152, or email at mikem@brazoria-county.com.

Please have a completed release form with you, or already on file with the parks department, before attending.

4th Annual Abandoned Crab Trap Removal

Saturday, February 17th, 8:30 a.m.-Brazoria County Parks will team up with the Christmas Bay Foundation, TPWD, Brazoria County Rescue Squad and others to host its fourth-annual Abandoned Crab Trap Removal for bays located within Brazoria County waters, which include Christmas Bay, Bastrop Bay, West Bay, Drum Bay, the Intracoastal Waterway and other bays and estuaries. Volunteers interested in helping should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Seidler’s Boat Ramp (click here for the map). Participants should bring a life vest, chest waders, and rain jacket, and be prepared to get into the water to remove abandoned traps. For more information, contact Bryan Frazier at 979-864-1114, or at bryanf@brazoria-county.com.

Illuminating the Past: Lighting in Early Texas

Sunday, February 25th, 2 to 5 p.m.- We will explore how early Texan's would have lit up their worlds, from oil lamps, to betty lamps, to candles. At the end of the program, we will hand dip beeswax candles that you can take home to illuminate your own home. For more information, call the park at 979-849-5965.

March

Spring Paddling Event #1

Saturday, March 10th, 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. We will be launching from the public boat ramp at the end of FM 2918. (Click here for the map) We will paddle up river to McNeal Lake, and paddle around the lake and back to the ramp. The trip is approximately 6.5 miles, and will take around 3 to 3.5 hours. There should be some excellent opportunities to view wildlife so a pair of binoculars or a camera would be a great idea! Bring your own boat or borrow one of ours. For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com

Please have a completed release form with you, or already on file with the parks department, before attending.

History Talk: Texas' Revolutionary Women

Sunday, March 11th, 2 to 5 p.m.- Join us as we follow the story of Ann Raney Thomas, 26 year old Bailey’s Prairie resident back in 1836, exploring the mass civilian evacuation that became known as the Runaway Scrape. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965.

Migration Haven

Thursday, March 15, 9  to 11 a.m. - Join the 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 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com

Kid’s Fishing Derby at San Luis Pass County Park

Friday, March 16th, 9 a.m. to noon- Spend the afternoon learning the safe and fun way to fish and then head to our brand new “Kid’s Fishing Area” for your own fishing tournament. The fishing area has been stocked with over 4,000 fish for you to catch. For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com

Spring Paddling Event #2

Saturday, March 17th, 9 a.m. to noon-Come join the Brazoria Paddler's Club (formerly known as the Small Watercraft Club) as they hold a paddling event on one of the waterways in Brazoria County. We will be launching out of San Luis Pass County Park (see the boat ramp on Google maps here), and we will paddle up to Bird Island to observe the wildlife. The trip will be about four miles altogether, about two and a half hours, and we'll end the trip back at San Luis Pass County Park. Bring your own boat or borrow one of ours. For information or reservations call Mike Mullenweg at 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com

Please have a completed release form with you, or already on file with the parks department, before attending.

Easter Giveaway at Camp Mohawk County Park

Saturday, March 31st,noon- Celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday with Camp Mohawk County Park. Starting March 1st, visitors can drop by the Camp Mohawk park office and add their name to a drawing for a chance at winning one of four stuffed animal prizes. The contest is open to kids up to 12 years of age. We'll announce the winners at noon on March 31st, so be sure to keep an eye on our page. Or, visit the park that Saturday to see the drawing in person, and say hello to Park Ranger Mary and her bunny buggy-golf cart for an Easter egg, while supplies last. For more information, call the park at 281-581-2319.

EarthQuest Birds of Prey

Saturday, March 31st, 11 a.m.-The closest you will ever get to some beautiful, regal raptors. Steve Hoddy is returning to Quintana Beach County Park with his birds of prey for a thrilling program in the day use area of the park. Please arrive early and be seated by 11 a.m. No pets or food items allowed. Don't forget your camera for some great shots. Seating is limited, so feel free to bring a lawn chair. For more information, contact Quintana Beach County Park at 979-233-1461.

Snakes of Brazoria County

Saturday, March 31st, 12:30 p.m.-After the Birds of Prey program, head over to the Quintana Beach County Park Discovery Event Center for a program by Phil Huxford on the snakes that inhabit our coastal prairies and woods. There will be live snakes on hand that you can touch (or not). You'll have a new appreciation for snakes! For more information, contact Quintana Beach County Park at 979-233-1461.

April

History Talk: San Jacinto Day in Austin's Colony

Sunday, April 8th, 2 to 5 p.m.- What happened on April 21, 1836, in Austin's Colony? Join us as we remember the pivotal role Brazoria County played in the Texas Revolution. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965. 

Spring Paddling Event #3

Saturday, April 14th, 9 a.m. to noon-Come join the Brazoria Paddler's Club (formerly known as the Small Watercraft Club) as they hold a paddling event on one of the waterways in Brazoria County. We will paddle from the River's End boat ramp at the mouth of the San Bernard River (You can find Google Maps direction to it here. Google calls it the Boat Ramp Crew Change Spot.) to the backside of Wolf Island. Once there, we will hop out of our kayaks and spend some time beachcombing, then we will paddle back to the boat ramp. The trip is about 1.5 miles each way.This is an easy paddle and would be great for beginners. Bring your own boat or borrow one of ours. For information, and to register, call Mike Mullenweg at 979-864-1152, or email him mikem@brazoria-county.com.

Please have a completed release form with you, or already on file with the parks department, before attending.

Texas Adopt-A-Beach Spring Clean-Up

Saturday, April 21st 9 a.m. to noon-Volunteers gather at 9 a.m. in Surfside (Stahlman Park) and Quintana (Park front office) for a general beach clean-up.  Dress for the weather and bring along some water.  Supplies provided. For more information, contact the coordinators Mike at 979-864-1152 (Surfside) or Patty at 979-233-1461 (Quintana). Register online here.

Migration Haven

Saturday, April 21st, 1 to 3 p.m. - Join the 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 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com

This Was: Seeking Shelter

Sunday, April 22nd, 2 to 5 p.m. - A colonist's first home usually consisted of canvas. Learn about setting up a tent of the period, lay out a camp area, and find out how challenges were addressed. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965. 

 

May

TPWD Angler Education Instructor Course

Thursday, May 3rd, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.- This free workshop is open to anyone 18 or older interested in teaching fishing skills in their communities. The program provides the curriculum, equipment, materials and support to help volunteers successfully introduce youth and their families to fishing. Ideal for teachers, youth group leaders, after school or camp staff and community volunteers. TEA-Approved CPE credits available for teachers. Participants should wear comfortable clothing for outdoor activities, wear hat, sunglasses and bring a sack lunch or money for lunch and a water bottle. The workshop is free, but preregistration is required. The course will take place at Stephen F. Austin-Munson Historical County Park. For more information, and to register, call Mike Mullenweg at 979-864-1152 or email him mikem@brazoria-county.com.

Kid's Fishing Derby at Resoft County Park

Saturday, May 5th, 9 a.m. to noon- Spend the morning learning the fun and safe way to fish in the lakes and ponds of Texas. Join us at Resoft County Park to discover the skills needed to "catch the big one". For information and registration, call Mike Mullenweg at 979-864-1152, or email mikem@brazoria-county.com

Spring Paddling Event #4

Saturday, May 12th, 9 a.m. to noon-Come join the Brazoria Paddler's Club (formerly known as the Small Watercraft Club) as they hold a paddling event on one of the waterways in Brazoria County. We will launch from the public boat ramp across the street from Camp Mohawk (https://goo.gl/maps/6cqRmACM3W82) on Highway 35, and then paddle downstream to our exit at Albert Finkle Memorial County Park. We will carpool back to our vehicles. It is a roughly 5 mile trip that's all downstream. For those who didn’t go on our last trip, there is some beautiful scenery along the way, so don't forget your camera! Bring your own boat or borrow one of ours. For information, and to register, call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com

Please have a completed release form with you, or already on file with the parks department, before attending.

History Talks: Home Life

Sunday, May 13th, 2 to 5 p.m.- The home in early Texas was a microcosm of industry. Each task was carefully planned to support the health and wealth of the family. Join us as we explore how women ruled their household. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965.

This Was: Iron and Flame

Sunday, May 27th, 2 to 5 p.m.-Join in this hands-on program about campfire cooking. If you haven't used iron over open flame, you're missing out - it's the way our ancestors did it before their kitchens moved indoors. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965. 

June

Summer Paddling Event #1

Saturday, June 9th, 9 a.m. to noon-Come join the Brazoria Paddler's Club (formerly known as 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. Location TBD.  For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com

Please have a completed release form with you, or already on file with the parks department, before attending.

History Talks: The Battle of Velasco

Sunday, June 10th, 2 to 5 p.m.- We will discuss events and conditions leading to the 1832 encounter, as well as details of the battle, aftermath, and implications. History Talks is an interactive history presentation based on primary sources and focusing on people, events, and conditions of Brazoria County, 1811-1846.  For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965. 

Nature Camp at Camp Mohawk County Park

June 18th - June 21st - 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 reservations call 979-864-1152, or email mikem@brazoria-county.com.

Summer Paddling Event #2

Saturday, June 23rd 9 a.m. to noon-Come join the Brazoria Paddler's Club (formerly known as 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. Location TBD.  For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com

Please have a completed release form with you, or already on file before attending.

This Was: Tactile Textiles

Sunday, June 24th, 2 to 5 p.m.- Cloth production from boll to yard-good - a hands-on exploration of a home industry. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965.  

July

History Talks: King Cotton

Sunday, July 8th, 2 to 5 p.m.- In Austin's Colony, cotton was king. Colonist's lives were centered on the cycle of planting, growing, and selling this fluffy fiber. But what is cotton? Why was growing it so important to the colonists in Austin's Colony? Join us as we explore the economy created by cotton, from the fields of Brazoria County to the fabric mills of Liverpool England. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965.  

Summer Paddling Event #3

Saturday, July 14th, 9 a.m. to noon-Come join the Brazoria Paddler's Club (formerly known as 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. Location TBD.  For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com

Please have a completed release form with you, or already on file with the parks department, before attending.

Nature Camp at Quintana Beach County Park

July 16th - 19th - 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 reservations call 979-864-1152, or email mikem@brazoria-county.com.

Summer Paddling Event #4

Saturday, July 21st, 9 a.m. to noon-Come join the Brazoria Paddler's Club (formerly known as 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. Location TBD.  For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com

Please have a completed release form with you, or already on file with the parks department, before attending.

This Was: Scribners' Scrawlings

Sunday, July 22nd, 2 to 5 p.m.- Try your hand at old-school writing with period pen and ink on proper laid paper. Can you match the hand of the old timers? More information is coming - registration and minimal expense required to defray materials costs. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965.  

August

Summer Paddling Event #5

Saturday, August 11th, 9 a.m. to noon-Come join the Brazoria Paddler's Club (formerly known as 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. Location TBD.  For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com

Please have a completed release form with you, or already on file with the parks department, before attending.

History Talks: The Peddlers Trade

Sunday, August 12th, 2 to 5 p.m.- Buying and selling was an important aspect of life in Austin’s Colony, but just what was available, how did it reach the market, and what were the costs? Was Texas a backwater, or a thriving business environment? For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965.  

Summer Paddling Event #6

Saturday, August 18th, 9 a.m. to noon-Come join the Brazoria Paddler's Club (formerly known as 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. Location TBD.  For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com

Please have a completed release form with you, or already on file with the parks department, before attending.

This Was: School of the Piece

Sunday, August 26th, 2 to 5 p.m.- Learn to safely serve and fire historical cannon. Also covering maintenance, etc. NOTE - Reservations and payment will be required in advance; liability waivers also required. More information coming in the near future. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965.