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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.

Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz

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

Help us chronicle pollinator species at Garey Park this September!

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 throughout September.

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, navigate to the project page: Parks for Pollinators 2020: Garey Park (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/parks-for-pollinators-2020-garey-park) Once on the page, click “Join.”
  4. Visit Garey Park anytime in September, 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.

Scavenger Hunts

Trail Fishing – A Texas Freshwater Fish Scavenger Hunt
June 20
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Entry fees required

Take a walk on the River Trail at Garey Park and see how many Texas freshwater fish you can find and identify! We’ll have the scavenger hunt set up from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sat., June 20.

Please be sure to keep a distance of at least 6 feet from other participants and trail walkers at all times.

Park Activities
Outdoor Skills

Family Fishing Fun!

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.

$15/person Resident | $20/person Nonresident
Fee includes entry into Garey Park.

Dates
Sat., Sept. 12: 8-10 a.m.
Sat., Oct. 10: 8-10 a.m.

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Yoga

Bring your own mat, water and towel and come get your yoga on at Garey Park!

Yoga has been canceled for June. Stay tuned for more classes!

Hiking

Garey Park has more than seven miles of trails spanning the entire park, giving hikers and horseback riders an opportunity to explore the park’s beautiful natural areas.


Nature Hikes

Entry fees are required.

Hikes are first-come, first-served and limited to 20 people. The meeting point will change each week. Please check-in at the Gate House upon arrival and staff will direct you to the meeting point.

The hikes will range from 1-3 miles long. The trails are uneven, crushed limestone and crushed granite along the way. Bring water, hat, and camera for pictures.

All hikes take place from 9-10 a.m.

Upcoming Hikes
Check back soon for upcoming dates!

Nature Programs

Wildlife 101

Ages 4-12
$5 Resident | $10 Nonresident
Registration only required for youth participants. Fee includes entry into Garey Park for participant and guardian.

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! Wildlife 101 will teach you about some of the interesting and unique animals you might meet out at Garey Park.

All sessions take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Wildlife 101 Dates
Check back soon for upcoming dates!

Loose Parts Nature Play

Entry fees are required. 

This fun outdoor activity is the perfect opportunity to fuel your child’s curiosity and appetite for learning. Join us for some playtime with natural elements found right here in the park! Located inside the Play Ranch.

All sessions take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Loose Parts Nature Play Dates
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Special Events

Stargazing

Come enjoy the stars at Garey Park! In partnership with Southwestern University and the Williamson County Astronomy Club, Garey Park will be host public viewing nights under the stars. Registration is limited and pre-registration is required. Fees are $2 for Georgetown residents and $3 for nonresidents. Walk-ins will not be accepted at the gate.

Stargazing Dates
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