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Special Events and Programs

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*2019 Liability Release Form for Brazoria County Paddler's Club events

January

Winter Paddling Event #2

Saturday, Jan. 12th, 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 on a first come, first served basis. We will meet at the Chocolate Bayou boat ramp on Hwy 35, across from Camp Mohawk just south of Alvin, at 9 a.m. We will paddle north for about an hour, and then turn around and return to the ramp. Must complete, or already have on file, a copy of our liability release form for 2019. For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com. 

History Talks: Simon and Greenberry-Blacksmith, Gambler, Gardner, and Slave

Sunday, January 13th, 2 to 5 p.m.: The unlikely heroes of this discussion are notable not for their stations, but for who they became given the situations and resource that came to hand. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965. 

Dunes Day

Saturday, January 19th, 2019, 9 a.m. to noon: Volunteers meet at Surfside Beach to rebuild, restore, and strengthen our dunes. Rain or shine. For information  call  Mike Mullenweg at 979-864-1152, or email him mikem@brazoria-county.com.

 Christmas Tree Donation Locations:

-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
-Resoft County Park, CR 281 and Hwy 35 Alvin, TX
-Precinct 4 HQ, 121 N. 10th St., West Columbia, Texas
-Stella Roberts Recycling Center, 5800 Magnolia, Pearland, Texas

 

February

History Talks: Unrequited Love in Colonial Texas

Sunday, Feb. 10th, 2 to 5 p.m.: Join in as staff discuss amorous conquests, misadventures, and hopeless quagmires in the social realm of early Texas.  Bring a date; this is a novel early Valentine’s Day experience. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965.

Winter Paddling Event #3

Saturday, Feb. 16th, 9 a.m. to noon: 

From February 15th through the 24th, Texas Parks and Wildlife will host their annual Crab Trap Removal Program., and the Brazoria County Parks Department plans to once again do our part in the process.

We will be launching from the public boat ramp at the end of FM 2918, also known as River’s End Boat Ramp at 8: 30 a.m. to be ready to launch at 9 a.m. The plan is to paddle up and down the San Bernard River looking for and removing old, abandoned crab traps. This is fairly dirty work, so volunteers will want to dress appropriately.  Suggestions include a good pair of gloves, long sleeved shirt, and long pants that paddlers won’t mind getting wet and muddy. And, as always, bring plenty of water. Must complete, or already have on file, a copy of our liability release form for 2019. For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com.

Trail Day at Hanson Riverside County Park

Thursday, February 21st, 8 a.m. to noon: For this Trail Day, we'll be out at Hanson Riverside County Park removing roots, stumps, and other foliage to clear the way for the trail. This is a great chance to meet new people and get some exercise. Please arrive in appropriate trail building clothing, shoes, and headgear. We also recommend bringing proper gloves for clearing brush, and any loppers, rakes, or hoes you have on hand. Water will be provided. For more information, and to register, contact Mike Mullenweg at 979-864-1152, or at mikem@brazoria-county.com.

 

March

Spring Paddling Event #1

Saturday, March 9th, 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 on a first come, first served basis. We will meet at the boat ramp at Hanson Riverside County Park at 9 a.m., and head upstream to the low water crossing and then paddle back down. The trip up is 2.4 miles, with an easy float back with the current. You can find a link to the boat ramp here. Must complete, or already have on file, a copy of our liability release form for 2019. For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com. 

History Talks: Ward of the State

Sunday, March 10th, 2 to 5 p.m.: Discover the chain of events leading to Stephen F. Austin taking an involuntary respite as a guest of the government in 1833-34.  We will discuss the implications his sojourn as a ward of the state held for his public aspirations, private life, and for Texas at large. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965.

Birding on the Beach

Monday, March 11th, 8:30 to 11 a.m.: From peeps, to waders, to sparrows, all types of birds can be found on the beach.  Come stroll along the beach and jetty and learn about the birds that call the Texas coast their home. Don’t forget your binoculars!  Location: Quintana Beach County Park (meet in front of Seaburn House). For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com.

Beach Safari at Quintana Beach County Park

Tuesday, March 12th, 1 to 2 p.m.: Join our lead interpretative ranger Mike Mullenweg on a safari adventure without ever leaving the beach. In this program, we will explore the life in, on, and around the beach with nets, shovels, and whatever else we can find! This is a free event, open to the public as well as guests camping at the park. Fun for the whole family. For more information, call 979-864-1152, or email mikem@brazoria-county.com.

Crab Hunting at San Luis Pass County Park

Thursday, March 14th, 7:30 to 9 p.m.: Farther inland they have fireflies. Here on the coast, we have ghost crabs. Join us as we go explore the beach at night and “hunt” for the elusive “sand crab”. We will meet outside the San Luis Pass County Park office. For more information call the Mike Mullenweg at 979-864-1152, or email him at mikem@brazoria-county.com.

Spring Paddling Event #2

Saturday, March 16th, 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. We will meet at Wilderness Park on Hwy 332 on the west side of Buffalo Camp Bayou at 9 a.m.. We will paddle upstream to the Brazoria Reservoir, and then float back down. The trip up is 3.14 miles. You can find out more about Wilderness Park at the Lake Jackson Parks & Recreation website here. Must complete, or already have on file, a copy of our liability release form for 2019. For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com.

H-GAC Trash Bash

Saturday, March 30th, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Houston-Galveston Area Council's Rivers, Lakes, Bays 'N Bayous Trash Bash, the largest single-day waterway clean-up event in Texas, is held each spring in continuation of its mission to clean up and promote a healthy Galveston Bay Watershed. This year, the H-GAC has included Oyster Creek as one of the clean-up sites. This is a great chance for the Brazoria County Paddlers Club to give a little back to the community. Registration will be from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at Dunbar Park in Lake Jackson, and around 9 a.m. we will launch in the park and paddle up and down the creek cleaning up trash that others can’t reach from the shore. Bags will be provided to collect the trash. It is requested that you bring gloves or a mechanical grabber for your protection. The group will return to the dock around 11 a.m. to pack up, clean up, and make it back to the pavilion for lunch, door prizes, and activities scheduled by the H-GAC. Bring your own boat, or borrow one of ours on a first come, first served basis. Must complete, or already have on file, a copy of our liability release form for 2019. For information or reservations call 979-864-1152, or email mikem@brazoria-county.com.

 

April

Spring Nature Celebration at Quintana Beach County Park

Tuesdays through Sundays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: During the entire month of April, Quintana Beach County Park will host various bird watching opportunities throughout the park, alongside special exhibits by the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory inside of the Discovery Event Center. For more information about upcoming exhibits and discussions, please call the park at 979-233-1461.

Beachcombing and Dune Finds at Quintana Beach County Park

Saturday, April 6th, 2 to 3 p.m.: Peggy and Pete Romfh have spent countless hours on Quintana Beach, photographing, collecting, and cataloging their beach finds along the beach and the dunes. The Gulf of Mexico tosses out some really strange and interesting things to explore, and don't forget all of the cool critters that make up the environment. After the presentation, we encourage visitors to go out and see what they can find! Please be seated in the Discovery Event Center by 2 p.m. For more information about upcoming exhibits and discussions, please call the park at 979-233-1461.

Texas Adopt-A-Beach Spring Clean-Up

Saturday, April 13th, 9 a.m. to noon: 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 979-864-1152 (Surfside Jetty County Park) or Patty at 979-233-1461 (Quintana).

Bird Migration Photography at Quintana Beach County Park

Saturday, April 13th, 2 to 3 p.m.: Looking to to improve your bird photography skills, or just enjoy some beautiful images? Mike Williams, President of Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, will host a presentation on the techniques that make bird photography so special. For more information about upcoming exhibits and discussions, please call the park at 979-233-1461.

History Talks:Tactical Intrigue in the Texas Revolution

Sunday, April 14th, 2 to 5 p.m.: Staff will discuss the tactical missteps of the Texas Revolution and the possible reasons some of them came about. What really happened to Fannin’s abortive attempt at relieving the Alamo defenders? Who was at fault at Refugio? Could Houston’s army have withstood a counter-attack after San Jacinto? For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965.

Bird Migration on the Upper Texas Coast and Beyond at Quintana Beach County Park

Wednesday, April 17th, 1 to 2 p.m.: Martin Hagne, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, presents this informative event discussing the ins and outs of bird migration. For more information about upcoming exhibits and discussions, please call the park at 979-233-1461.

EarthQuest Birds of Prey Presentation at Quintana Beach County Park

Saturday, April 20th, 11 a.m. to noon: Get an up close and personal look at a variety of regal birds thanks to our visitors from the EarthQuest Birds of Prey Educational Program. Due to the nature of the program, featuring free flying birds, please arrive early so that everyone may be seated before the program begins. Meet in the day use area of the park. Please do not bring pets or food to this event. Seating may be limited, so bring a lawn chair if you like. For more information, please call the park at 979-233-1461.

Micro Shelling at Quintana Beach County Park

Saturday, April 20th, 2 to 4 p.m.: Beach-combing in miniature! Join Bill Ahlstrom, Texas Master Naturalist, for a presentation and activity centered around searching for shells along the swash zone that you might otherwise disregard. For more information about upcoming exhibits and discussions, please call the park at 979-233-1461.

Spring Paddling Event #3

Saturday, April 20th, 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 launch from the Drum Bay Kayak Launch, and do a short circuit around Drum Bay. The trip will be  about 4.5 miles, and we should be on the water no more than two hours.  Afterwards, for anyone interested, we will head to Seahorse Bar & Grill for lunch overlooking the beach. Bring your own boat or borrow one of ours. Must complete, or already have on file, a copy of our liability release form for 2019. For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com.

Easter Egg Hunt at Camp Mohawk County Park

Sunday, April 21st, 2 to 3 p.m.:The staff at Camp Mohawk County Park will host an Easter Egg Hunt for visitors to enjoy with their families. Eggs will be scattered around the park, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled! Please call the park at 281-581-2319 for more information.

Beach Nesting Birds of the Texas Coast at Quintana Beach County Park

Thursday, April 25th, 10 to 11 a.m.:  Learn how our local shorebirds are recognized, monitored, and protected. Presented by Taylor Bennett, Coastal Technician for Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. For more information about upcoming exhibits and discussions, please call the park at 979-233-1461.

 

May

History Talks: Newfangled Contraptions

Sunday, May 12th, 2 to 5 p.m.: The industrial revolution was huge in New England. In early Texas, it was surprisingly relevant! Bring your thinking cap and add to the dialog as we explore the impact, and failure, of new technology in Austin’s Colony. Our History Talks series is a discussion based on primary research - crowd participation is expected. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965. 

Spring Paddling Event #4

Saturday, May 18th, 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 meet at the boat ramp at San Luis Pass County Park at 9 a.m., and paddle around Moody Island for just over six miles, an estimated two and a half hour trip. Bring your own boat or borrow one of ours. Must complete, or already have on file, a copy of our liability release form for 2019. For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com.

 

June

Summer Paddling Event #1

Saturday, June 8th, 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. Location to be announced at a later date. Must complete, or already have on file, a copy of our liability release form for 2019. For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com.

History Talks: The Smuggler's Road

Sunday, June 9th, 2 to 5 p.m.: Join us in welcoming Gary Pinkerton, historian, researcher, and author of "Trammel's Trace". Trammel's Trace was an important trail into Spanish and Mexican Texas used by smugglers and immigrants alike. The Trace led travelers from the Arkansas Territory down to Nacogdoches and the San Antonio Road, serving as the entry path for many in the western United States and her territories. Our History Talks series is a discussion based on primary research - crowd participation is expected. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965.

Camp Mohawk Nature Camp 2019

June 17th to June 20th, 9 a.m. to noon each day.: Campers will participate in entertaining and educational activities including lessons on our local environment and the critters that inhabit it, archery instruction, and a hike through the park itself. Nature Camp registration is $30 per child, and is open to registrants ages 7 to 12 years of age. For registration and information call 979-864-1152, or email Mike at mikem@brazoria-county.com. Find the registration packets here

 

July

History Talks: Hair, Glorious Hair

Sunday, July 14th, 2 to 5 p.m.: In the 1830s, women's hair reached dizzying new heights. The bejeweled, beribboned, and bedecked Apollo's Knot was all the rage. But how were they able to sculpt their hair to such towering extremes? 
Join Fashion Historian Melanie Garvey as she explains the hairstyles of the early 1830s and how you can reproduce these hairstyles at home. Our History Talks series is a discussion based on primary research - crowd participation is expected. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965.  

Quintana Beach Nature Camp 2019

July 15th to July 18th, 9 a.m. to noon each day.: Kids will learn about fish, turtles, and marine mammals, while having fun and exploring the animals' habitat. Nature Camp registration is $30 per child, and is open to registrants ages 7 to 12 years of age. For registration and information call 979-864-1152, or email Mike at mikem@brazoria-county.com. Find the registration packets here

Summer Paddling Event #2

Saturday, July 20th, 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. Location to be announced at a later date. Must complete, or already have on file, a copy of our liability release form for 2019. For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com.

 

 

August

History Talks: Cholera Morbus, the Great Leveler of 1832-33

Sunday, August 11th, 2 to 5 p.m.: As coastal Texas prepares for another glorious hurricane season, take part in an exploratory discussion of the critical impact of storm and disease on almost everything in 1832 and 33. And it wasn’t limited to Texas. Our History Talks series is a discussion based on primary research - crowd participation is expected. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965. 

Summer Paddling Event #3

Saturday, August 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. Location to be announced at a later date. Must complete, or already have on file, a copy of our liability release form for 2019. For information or reservations call 979-864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com.

 

September

History Talks: Death and Honor

Sunday, September 8th, 2 to 5 p.m.: Join staff discussion of extra-legal conflict resolution between the colonists and citizens of Texas in the early years. Insults, whether real or imagined, could be lethal. Our History Talks series is a discussion based on primary research - crowd participation is expected. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at 979-849-5965.

 

November

3rd Annual Pollinator Palooza

Saturday, November 2nd, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Spend the day at Quintana Beach County Park learning the ins and outs of local butterflies, bees, and other local creatures. Including a walk-in butterfly enclosure, kids crafts and activities, caterpillar and chrysalis exhibits, and a visit from the Brazoria County Beekeepers with a live hive display and local honey for sale. For any questions, please call the park at 979-233-1461.