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Georgetown Parks & Recreation

Garey Park Programs

 

A representative from the Good Water Master Naturalists showing a family a program at Garey Park

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.

COVID-19 Program Protocols

Program Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy

Questions about Garey Park programs? Please contact gareypark@georgetown.org or 512-930-6800.

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Park Activities

Passive Park Activities
Scavenger Hunts

Stay tuned for scavenger hunt events coming soon!

Outdoor Skills

Family Fishing Fun

Man and child posing with fishing gear next to the Upper Pond at Garey Park

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.

All ages
$15 Resident/$20 Nonresident
Saturday, April 23
Saturday, May 21
8-10 a.m.

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Hiking

Interpretive Hikes

Group on an interpretive hike at Garey Park in Georgetown, TX

Join Recreation Program Coordinator, Rowan Prothro, for a series of interpretive hikes. Participants will go on guided adventures and learn about what makes Garey Park special!

Appropriate for all ages. Pre-registration required. Participants 12 years old or under must be accompanied by a registered adult participant. Registration includes park entry for the day.

All ages
$10 Resident/$15 Nonresident
Saturday, March 19: Spring Bird Migration, 3-4 p.m.
Saturday, April 16: Wildflower Walk, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 14: Native Plants, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

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Guided Walks

Group on an interpretive hike at Garey Park in Georgetown, TX

Join a Garey Park staff member for an introduction to the Garey Park trail system and get answers to all of your burning questions about Garey Park. The walk will cover approximately 1 mile to 3 miles. Participants 12 years old or under must be accompanied by a registered adult participant. Registration includes park entry for the day.

All ages
$2 Resident/$4 Nonresident
Wednesdays, March 2-30, 4-5 p.m.
Wednesdays, April 13-27, 6-7 p.m.

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Nature Programs

Bonsai 4 Everyone: Beginner Bonsai Workshop

Ages 18+
$95 Resident/$120 Nonresident
Tuesday, April 19, 8:30-10:30 a.m
Saturday, May 21, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Friday, June 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

This bonsai workshop is intended for the beginner bonsai student. We will focus on styles, shapes, and wiring of bonsai trees. A tree will be provided for each student to personalize in addition to a training pot, potting mix, and wire. Tools will be available for classroom use for each participant, which can be purchased at the end of the program for $30 via Cash App, Venmo or Cash. There are no prerequisites for this workshop. However, if you have a bonsai that you would like to show and tell, please feel free to bring to the workshop.

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Snake Discovery Reptile Program

Ages 4-12
$20 Resident/$30 Nonresident
March 19, April 2, May 14, June 18, July 2, August 6
9-10:30 a.m.

Is your child curious about reptiles? This program provides them with a safe environment to learn about and interact with snakes with the help of an experienced professional. Through education and experience, your child will learn all about snake identification and what to do when a snake is seen. Indigenous snakes will be presented including the four venomous species found in Central Texas.

Tim Cole has been keeping reptiles for over four decades and has professional experience working with zoos and scientific field studies. He has been the Reptile Team Leader with Wildlife Rescue Inc. in Austin, TX, who he has been working with since 1989. He has achieved the level of State Advanced Certified Animal Control Officer, and has held a Texas Parks & Wildlife rehabilitation permit.

Garey Park entry fees are included with your registration.

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Loose Parts Nature Play

All ages
Garey Park entry fees; no pre-registration required
March 5, March 15, April 2 and April 12
3-4 p.m.

May 7, May 17, June 11 and June 21
10:30-11:30 a.m.

“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.

Wildlife 101

Ages 6-12
$10 Resident/$15 Nonresident
March 26, April 30, May 28, June 25, July 30
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Everything is bigger in Texas, including our biodiversity! Texas is home to 651 species of birds, 180 species of mammals, and 210 species of reptiles and amphibians. If your child loves to play outside, they just might meet some of these cool critters! We will provide a fun, educational presentation which includes opportunities for participants to interact with animal pelts, skull replicas and other interesting items. Registration includes park entry for the day.

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Parks for Pollinators Bioblitz

Moth tiger with the word Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz written over in white text

September 1-30, 2021

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?

  1. Download the iNaturalist app on your smartphone.
  2. Create an account and familiarize yourself with the program. Practice looking at the Explore, Activity, and Observe tabs on the app.
  3. While in the app, join the project page, when available.
  4. 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. 

Questions?

Give us a call at 512-930-6800 or email gareypark@georgetown.org. Or, stop by the gatehouse on your way in for a quick tutorial.

Stargazing

Public Stargazing Nights

All ages (3 and under are free)
$2 Resident/$4 Nonresident
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 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. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and last entry into the park will be 7:30 p.m. Registration is limited and pre-registration is required. Walk-ins will not be accepted at the gate.

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