Garey Park Programs
Garey Park offers a range of programs that will enrich your experience while in the park. With hiking, nature programs, yoga classes and more, our programs showcase the natural beauty of the park and provide opportunities to learn new skills.
Questions about Garey Park programs? Please contact email@example.com or 512-930-6800.
- Alphabet Challenge – Find plants, wildlife and more for each letter of the alphabet.
- Color Challenge – Find plants, wildlife and more for each color.
- Garey Park Bingo (easy + answers)
- Garey Park Bingo (hard + answers)
- Play Ranch Bingo
- Garey Park Wildflower Bingo – Did you know there are 24 varieties of wildflowers at Garey Park?
- Nature Scavenger Hunt – How many can you find?
- 10 Things to Do at Garey Park while practicing physical distancing.
- BioBlitz – Help us chronicle the biodiversity of the park by using your smartphone!
$15 Resident/$20 Nonresident
Saturday, Sept. 9
Saturday, Oct. 14
Join us for a morning of fishing fun at the Garey Park ponds. We will provide fishing equipment, instruction, and bait. Children under the age of 12 must have an enrolled parent to participate in the program. Ages 17+ must have a valid fishing license. Fee includes entry into Garey Park.
$40 Resident/$50 Nonresident
Saturday, Oct. 21
In this photography class, we’ll explore at a comfortable pace and look for a variety of subjects that pique your interest. But more importantly, we’ll tell a story. We’ll cover basic photography tips like composition, light, and creativity to make images that are interesting and captivating. This class is designed for anyone who enjoys time in nature and the variety of subjects it has to offer. All levels of photographers are welcome, just wear comfortable shoes and bring an extra camera battery!
Linda Nickell is a Texas-based nature photographer and the host of a weekly photography webinar series, the “Happiness Hour.” Linda’s work has been recognized by texashighways.com as one of the “Top 25 Travel Photographers to Follow on Instagram.” She is the co-author of “Composition: 15 Photography Tips to Creating Captivating Images,” and as an active user of Instagram, she curates multiple feature accounts to inspire and promote the work of other photographers. Many of Linda’s images have been published and licensed for commercial use.
$15 resident/$20 nonresident
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (classroom)
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 8-11:30 a.m. (bird walk)
Are you interested in learning about birding? Taught by Texas Master Naturalist Jim Hailey, the classroom portion of this course will focus on terminology & field marks used in bird identification. It will also focus on use of field guides, both in print & apps, and other considerations such as habitat, season, & location in making an identification. The field portion of this course will be a birding adventure at Garey Park utilizing the wildlife viewing blind and the park’s trail system. Please Note: This course will occur over two consecutive days.
$15 resident/$20 nonresident
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (classroom)
Thursday, Feb. 22, 8-11:30 a.m. (bird walk)
Are you interested in learning about birding? Taught by Texas Master Naturalist Jim Hailey, the classroom portion of this course will offer information on identifying characteristics of each sparrow, habitat preference, and wintering range. The field portion of this course will be a birding adventure at Garey Park utilizing the wildlife viewing blind and the park’s trail system. Please Note: This course will occur over two consecutive days.
$50 resident/$60 nonresident
Saturday, Sept. 16
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Participants will be introduced to the history and science behind cyanotypes. They will learn about the process and be able to make their own cyanotype prints on both paper and cotton fabric. We will also make one larger / group cyanotype at the end of the workshop!
World Cyanotype Day is the last Saturday of September, every year. The theme for World Cyanotype Day this year is “Inheritance.” Please bring along interestingly shaped objects that say something about “inheritance” to you; you can use these in your printmaking. More information about this event, including how you can participate, will be given at the workshop.
Garey Park entry fees; no pre-registration required
Saturday, Oct. 7
Tuesday, Oct. 17
“The Theory of Loose Parts” proposes that items which can be moved around, built, tinkered with, and arranged in a variety of ways foster creative thinking and engagement in people better than other learning methods. LPNP takes that same theory and applies it to nature-based learning! Staff will provide baskets full of items pulled from nature (think leaves, pinecones, sticks, bamboo, tree cookies, etc.) and let kids imaginations run wild! This is supervised, but unguided, free play time.
Help us chronicle pollinator species at Garey Park!
From experts to novices, all curious naturalists are welcome. The goal of this BioBlitz is to document as many different pollinators as possible in Garey Park.
Participation is as easy as taking a photo and recording a date, time and location (your phone does this automatically via geotagging) and uploading to iNaturalist.org via the phone app or website. You can explore and make observations on your own time and pace, and as often as you’d like!
What is a pollinator?
A pollinator is an animal that moves pollen from a male plant to a female plant. This allows the plant to grow and produce. Examples include: bees, flies, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths, sawflies, bats, hummingbirds, dragonflies and damselflies.
What is a BioBlitz?
A BioBlitz is an event where participants take/upload photo of wildlife to learn about the pollinators in our area. Participation is of the utmost importance! The more observations made, the greater the positive impact had on the scientific community. You might find something nobody has ever documented at Garey Park before!
How do I participate?
- Download the iNaturalist app on your smartphone.
- Create an account and familiarize yourself with the program. Practice looking at the Explore, Activity, and Observe tabs on the app.
- While in the app, join the project page, when available.
- Visit Garey Park and make an observation – or make many! You can submit findings in real time using the iNaturalist app on your smartphone or save the photos and upload them later.
Why should I participate?
- Parks are essential to the health of pollinators and help make a difference in saving these critical species. Parks help pollinators in several ways – including documenting the species present within their boundaries.
- Pollinators are a vital component of our ecosystem, and an essential link to the world’s food supply.
- The United States has seen a steady decline of pollinators – a rate of about a 30% decrease annually. These projects help scientist (and citizen scientists, like you!) better understand where there is a greater need for preservation efforts.
Give us a call at 512-930-6800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, stop by the gatehouse on your way in for a quick tutorial.
$2 Resident/$4 Nonresident
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 8-10 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 8-10 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7-9 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 7-9 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7-9 p.m.
Come enjoy an evening under the stars at Garey Park! Talented volunteers from the Williamson County Astronomy Club will be on hand with telescopes and/or cameras to help visitors view various celestial objects. Participants are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets as well. Registration is limited and pre-registration is required. Walk-ins will not be accepted at the gate.