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Special Events and Programs

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*2020 Liability Release Form for Brazoria County Paddler's Club events

 

December

Fall Paddling Event #4

Saturday, December 7th, 9 a.m. to noon: Come join the Brazoria Paddlers Club as they hold a paddling event on one of the waterways in Brazoria County. For this trip, we will launch from the boat ramp at San Luis Pass County Park at 9 a.m., and paddle up and around Moody Island. The trip is around six miles, and should take less than three hours. Be prepared to wrap up for warmth, or peel off the layers if it heats up. As always, remember to bring plenty of water. 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. 

Dunes Day Drop-Off

Thursday, Dec. 26th, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Beginning December 26th, several Brazoria County offices will begin collecting discarded Christmas trees at their locations to be placed along the beachfront to help gather blowing sands, and build up dunes. Trees (without decorations) may be dropped off at our headquarters office at 313 W. Mulberry in Angleton, or at any Brazoria County precinct office. For information call (979) 864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com.

Christmas Tree drop off locations:

-Precinct 1 Service Center, 1432 Highland Park Dr., Clute
-Precinct 2 Service Center, 21017 CR 171., Angleton
-Precinct 3 Service Center, 2508 N. Gordon St., Alvin
-Precinct 4 Service Center, 121 N. 10th St., West Columbia
-Stella Roberts Recycling Ctr, 5800 Magnolia, Pearland
-Brazoria Co. Parks HQ, 313 W. Mulberry, Angleton
-Surfside Beach Main Entrance, across from Sharkies Bar & Grill
-Manvel Substation, 7313 Corporate Dr., Manvel

 

January

Winter Paddling Event #1-The location has changed. Please read the event description.

Saturday, January 11th, 9 a.m. to noon: Come join the Brazoria Paddlers Club as they hold a paddling event on one of the waterways in Brazoria County. Bring your own boat or borrow one of ours. Due to conditions in Oyster Creek, we will have to adjust our paddle trip this month. The water is very low in the creek this week, and the entrance and exit would be too difficult to manage. Therefore, we will be moving the trip to Chocolate Bay. The trip will meet at the Public Boat Ramp on Chocolate Bayou and FM 2004 at 9 a.m., and paddle a round trip through the bay. The trip will be about five miles, and we should be back by noon. Must complete a copy of our new liability release form for 2020. For information or reservations call (979) 864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com. 

History Talks: The Great Chicken Massacre of 1836 and Other Unlikely Stories

Sunday, January 12th, 2 to 5 p.m.: Is it fact, or is it fiction? Journey with us as we explore a few of the more colorful tales of Texas history. Our History Talks series is a discussion based on primary research with crowd participation encouraged and expected. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at (979) 849-5965.

Dunes Day

Saturday, January 18th, 9 a.m. to noon: Starting December 26th, Brazoria County Parks will start accepting used Christmas trees to help build up the dunes along the beachfront, and you're invited to participate in the process. Volunteers will meet between 8 and 9 a.m. at Stahlman Park (https://goo.gl/maps/RZsipwQExED2) on Surfside Beach to rebuild, restore, and strengthen our dunes using the donated Christmas trees.  Once you arrive, you will be provided some supplies, and you will be given your assigned area of the beach to stake down the trees. Volunteers should wear work appropriate clothing, including close toed shoes, long pants, and long sleeve shirts. Please bring work gloves for yourself, as well as a small hammer. Lunch will be provided back at Stahlman Park at 11:30 a.m. Water will also be provided, but please bring a refillable bottle with you as we will not provided disposable cups or bottles. For more information call Mike Mullenweg at (979) 864-1152, or email mikem@brazoria-county.com.

 

February

Winter Paddling Event #2

Saturday, February 8th, 8:30 a.m. to noon: Come join the Brazoria Paddlers Club as they hold a paddling event on one of the waterways in Brazoria County. Our February trip will take us down the San Bernard River south of the town of Brazoria. We will meet at the McNeil Bridge Boat Ramp (https://goo.gl/maps/PJ2c1zRK6G5fDqEv5) on the San Bernard River at FM 521 at 8:30 a.m. If you head south out of Brazoria on FM 521, the boat ramp is right before you go over the bridge on the San Bernard. We will park there, and get our boats ready to launch. We will paddle about 5.5 miles downstream to the next boat ramp at FM 2611 (https://goo.gl/maps/CmnfgoBCMwZRfriu9), and then carpool back up to our cars. We will be headed downstream the entire way, making this trip a great one for beginners. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water to drink, and to dress for the weather. Bring your own boat or borrow one of ours. Must complete, or already have on file, a copy of our liability release form for 2020. For information or reservations call (979) 864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com. 

History Talks: Francis Adams, the Man Behind the Murder

Sunday, February 9th, 2 to 5 p.m.: Discover an early adventurer, often-wealthy businessman, sometimes-shady dealer, and influential settler of Austin’s Colony. Our History Talks series is a discussion based on primary research with crowd participation encouraged and expected. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at (979) 849-5965.

Annual Abandoned Crab Trap Clean-Up

Saturday, February 22nd, 8 a.m. to noon: The Brazoria County Parks Department will team up with the Christmas Bay Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and local volunteers to clear out the 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 a.m. at the Seidler’s Boat Ramp (https://goo.gl/maps/DauLynCE5FN2). 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.

 

March

History Talks: Was there a Yellow Rose? 

Sunday, March 8th, 2 to 5 p.m.: Local author Lora-Marie Bernard explores the myth and history of the Yellow Rose – and an unlikely community in Austin’s Colony. Our History Talks series is a discussion based on primary research with crowd participation encouraged and expected. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at (979) 849-5965.

Crab Hunting at the Beach

Tuesday, March 10th, 7:30 to 9 p.m.: Farther inland they have fireflies. Here on the coast, we have ghost crabs. Join us as we explore the beach at night and "hunt" for the elusive sand crab. Location TBD. For more information call Mike Mullenweg at (979) 864-1152, or email him at mikem@brazoria-county.com.

Spring Paddling Event #1

Saturday, March 14th, 9 a.m. to noon: Come join the Brazoria Paddlers 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 2020. For information or reservations call (979) 864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com. 

Discover Archery

Saturday, March 21st, 10 a.m. to noon: Come learn the art of archery with Brazoria County Parks Department staff at Camp Mohawk County Park. You'll learn about the history of the bow and arrow, how to safely handle the equipment, and the basic skills you'll need to begin your archery practice. After the class, practice your skill on our archery range. Bows and arrows will be provided. This free event is open to participants ages seven and above. You must complete and turn in our department's archery waiver to attend. For information or reservations call Mike Mullenweg at (979) 864-1152, or email mikem@brazoria-county.com.

River, Lakes, Bays 'N Bayous Trash Bash™

Saturday, March 28th, 9 a.m. to noon: Every year, thousands of volunteers gather along Texas waterways to do their part in cleaning up the environment by participating in the largest, single-day waterway cleanup in the state of Texas. Join the Brazoria County Paddle Club as we take to Oyster Creek to help remove trash from the environment. For more information or to register to borrow a kayak call the Mike Mullenweg at (979) 864-1152, or email him at mikem@brazoria-county.com.

 

April

Spring Nature Celebration

Through the month of April, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: As a compliment to the Spring Fling held at the Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, and the Migration Celebration held at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Quintana Beach County Park will host bird watching opportunities in the park. In addition, there will be exhibits by Gulf Coast Bird Observatory and other local nature related entities inside the Event Center as well as several speakers throughout the month. For more information, contact the park at (979) 233-1461.

EarthQuest Birds of Prey Presentation

Saturday, April 11th, 11.m. to noon: Quintana Beach County Park welcomes their falconer friend, Steve Hoddy, along with Phil Huxford in presenting the very popular birds of prey event. Experience the thrill of a hawk flying so close that you can feel the wind off its wings. See one of the largest birds in the world, the Andean Condor, and the fastest bird on the earth, the Peregrine Falcon. This is a free event with free entry to the park. Pets and food are not allowed in the presentation area. Feel free to bring your lawn chairs, as seating is limited. For more information, contact the park at (979) 233-1461.

Spring Paddling Event #2

Saturday, April 11th, 9 a.m. to noon: Come join the Brazoria Paddlers 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 2020. For information or reservations call (979) 864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com. 

History Talks: Religion in Austin’s Colony

Sunday, April 12th, 2 to 5 p.m.: Catholicism was the religion of Mexican Texas and Austin’s Colony, but actual faith and practice often varies from official positions.  Join in the discussion about the role and impact of religion – official and unofficial – in Austin’s Colony. Our History Talks series is a discussion based on primary research with crowd participation encouraged and expected. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Stephen F. Austin park at (979) 849-5965.

Texas Adopt-A-Beach Spring Clean-Up

Satuday, April 18th, 9 a.m. to noon: Volunteers will meet at either meetup site at 9 a.m. before heading out onto the beach to rid our beaches of trash. We're hosting meetup sites at both Stahlman Park (https://goo.gl/maps/x8bvcQTv9pk), and Quintana Beach County Park (https://goo.gl/maps/y7hQJFhoZtn) this year, so be sure to select your preferred location when registering. For more information, contact Mike Mullenweg at (979 )864-1152, or Patty Brinkmeyer at (979) 233-1461.

Spring Paddling Event #3

Saturday, April 20th, 9 a.m. to noon: Come join the Brazoria Paddlers 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 2020. For information or reservations call (979) 864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com. 

 

May

Spring Paddling Event #4

Saturday,May 16th, 9 a.m. to noon: Come join the Brazoria Paddlers 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 2020. For information or reservations call (979) 864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com. 

 

June

Nature Camp at Camp Mohawk County Park

Monday through Thursday, June 12th to 15th, 9 a.m. to noon: 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.

Summer Paddling Event #1

Saturday,June 20th, 9 a.m. to noon: Come join the Brazoria Paddlers 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 2020. For information or reservations call (979) 864-1152 or email mikem@brazoria-county.com. 

Nature Camp at Quintana Beach County Park

Monday through Thursday, June 19th through 22nd, 9 a.m. to noon: 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.