Discover the great outdoors at McKinney Roughs Nature Park
Campers ages 5 to 15 can discover the great outdoors at scenic McKinney Roughs Nature Park. Thirteen miles east of Austin, nestled along the Colorado River and the Lost Pines, this park has 1,100 acres of pine forests, box canyons and post oak meadows to explore.
McKinney Roughs Nature Park summer camps are based on a child’s age at the time camp starts. Each week’s camp activities revolve around a different outdoor theme and are led by experienced camp counselors. Activities include river rafting and zip lining, as well as natural science education uncovering the native plant and animal species in the area.
“We’ve provided outdoor experiences for campers at McKinney Roughs Nature Park for over 20 years,” said LCRA Parks Program Coordinator Erin Holley. “Our day camp is a great option for parents who want their children to have fun and educational outdoor experiences but still have them close to home.”
Outdoor Camp: $225 per week
Tonkawa campers (Ages 5-6) can swim at Bastrop State Park, climb the rock wall and participate in a camp-wide field day. In addition, there will be guided hikes, guest presentations, field studies, games and activities tied to various outdoor themes.
Comanche (Ages 7-8) and Caddo (Ages 9-12) campers will experience select high elements on the challenge course and raft the Colorado River or Lake Bastrop. In addition, there will be guided hikes, guest presentations, field studies, games and activities tied to various outdoor themes.
Teen Adventure Camp: $225 per week
Teen campers (Ages 13-15) will experience the thrill of high elements on the challenge course, including riding an exciting zip line, taking a kayaking trip down the Colorado River and working within a group to plan and execute various outdoor adventures.
McKinney Roughs Nature Park provides eight week-long sessions of day camp — from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday — beginning June 17. Each one-week session is $225; Week 2 for Caddo campers and teens is $240. A daily shuttle service from two convenient Austin locations (3700 Lake Austin Blvd. and 3505 Montopolis Drive) is available for an additional fee. Before and after care is available onsite during sessions three (July 8-12) and six (July 29-Aug. 2). The cost is $30 for either before or after care, or $60 for both. Before care is from 7:30-9 a.m., and after care is from 4-5:30 p.m.
For more information and to register, visit lcra.org/camps or call 512–303–5073.