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August Adventures Await at GRSP

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Adults and children can reconnect with nature this August at Guadalupe River State Park. In this file photo, children learn about bats.

Mother Nature is waiting for you this August at Guadalupe River State Park, 3350 Park Rd 31, Spring Branch, and so are rangers.

Check in for engaging, hands-on programs and Texas Park and Wildlife (TPWD) rangers will check you out with free backpacks full of binoculars, magnifiers, field guides and all of the things you need to reconnect with nature.

TPWD describes it’s fall offerings as a “positive learning in the outdoors … we believe you and your family will find the drive worthwhile.”

All programs are free with park admission of $7 for ages 13 and above (12 and under free) or a current TPWD park pass. Unless otherwise indicated, programs do not require pre-registration.

Tackle loaners also are available for fishing. Other “amenities” include the river and Discovery Center, which features hands-on exhibits and skins, skulls, artifacts and more.

Hours are 10 am – 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and open weekdays as staffing allows.

On busy weekends, the park often reaches day use capacity and will close, not reopening until 4 pm. Weekend visitors and annual passholders can “save the date” online ahead of time — this can be done up to 30 days in advance with a credit card, or annual park pass. To learn more, click here.

August Adventures

Every Saturday, 9:00 – 11:30 am: Honey Creek Nature Hike – Honey Creek State Natural Area (inside the park) Meet at the Rust House
Join trained volunteer guides each Saturday morning for a walk to and along Honey Creek. You’ll be immersed in both the natural and cultural history of the area as well as come to understand the importance of Honey Creek and efforts to conserve this important area. These hikes, sponsored by the Friends of Guadalupe River & Honey Creek, request a $2 donation per person to support ongoing Friends Group support for the park and natural area, in addition to park admission. No dogs, please.

Saturday, August 3rd, 9:00 – 10:00 am: Birding 101- meet at the amphitheater behind the Discovery Center
Join Ranger Holly and some of Guadalupe River State Park’s most colorful residents for a birding bonanza, and learn how to identify our flying friends. Review binocular tips and tricks and then head over to the bird blind to see what birds you can spot. Binoculars provided or bring your own. All ages and skill levels welcome!

Sunday, August 4th, 9:00 – 10:30 am: Honey Creek Hike – Honey Creek State Natural Area (inside the park) Meet at the Rust House
Join Ranger Patti for a nature hike into Honey Creek State Natural Area! Find out more about the nature of this area, as well as come to understand the importance of Honey Creek and efforts to conserve this important area. This hike is approximately 2 miles long, and easy to moderate in difficulty. Please bring water and dress for the weather. All ages welcome! No dogs, please.

Saturday, August 10th, Drop in between 10 am and 12 noon: Meet the Neighbors – Held at the grassy area in the middle of the Day Use parking lot
Join Master Naturalist Charles to find out more about the animals that make their homes at the park. Check out a variety of antlers, furs, and other cool specimens, and also find out about the animals that lived in the park millions of years ago.

Saturday, August 10th, 8:00 – 10:00 pm: Star Party with San Antonio Astronomical Association
Held at the large Overflow parking lot (just up the road from the Day Use area)
The San Antonio Astronomical Association will have a variety of telescopes for viewing and will be glad to explain their operation and more. Cloud coverage could cancel this program – check the park’s Facebook page by 4 pm or call the park the day of the event for updates.

Wednesday, August 14th, 9:30 – 11:00 am: Geocaching 101- meet at the amphitheater behind the Discovery Center
Find out about Geocaching, a high-tech treasure hunt you can do anywhere in the world using GPS units! All supplies, including loaner GPS units, will be provided for this program. Wear close-toed shoes, bring water, and dress for the weather. All ages welcome.

Saturday, August 17th, 10:00 am – 12 noon: Archery in the Park at Honey Creek State Natural Area Meet at the Rust House (inside the Park)
Try out the safe and fun sport of archery. This program is for ages 10 and up only, for safety reasons. Join up at any time during the morning. Bring water and dress for the weather. All equipment provided.

Sunday, August 18th, 9:00 – 10:30 am: Honey Creek Hike – Honey Creek State Natural Area (inside the park) Meet at the Rust House
Join Ranger Patti for a nature hike into Honey Creek State Natural Area. Learn more about the nature of this area, as well as come to understand the importance of Honey Creek and efforts to conserve this important area. This hike is approximately two-miles-long, and easy to moderate in difficulty. Please bring water and dress for the weather. All ages welcome! No dogs, please.

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