Autumn at our parks and nature preserves means plenty of outdoor adventures for Plano residents. Our Outdoor Recreation Division has many activities lined up to celebrate fall, from a family camp out to night hikes and numerous other social and educational opportunities!
Below are just a few of the fun and affordable programs perfect for escaping into nature and experiencing Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve (5901 Los Rios Blvd.). Check out Leisure Online for a comprehensive list of scheduled activities.
For additional information about our outdoor adventures, call us at 972-941-5403.
Come experience a full moon like never before out on the water! We’ll paddle around the lake at Oak Point until the moon starts to rise and then sit back to enjoy the view. Registration includes kayak rental, along with general and safety instructions. 7-8:30 p.m. $15. Course code: 195764
Family Camp Out
Join Parks and Recreation staff for an evening of outdoor games, nature walks, story-telling near the fire with s’mores, and all-around family fun! A minimum number of tents and sleeping bags are available to rent. Cost is $25 per tent site. Add on breakfast and dinner options for $5 per person per meal. The fun starts at 2 p.m. Course code: 194917
Oct. 7 & 28
Intro to Kayaking
Inspired by the National Park Service, we opened the lake at Oak Point to kayakers, canoers and paddle-boarders to expand the ways citizens interact and experience Plano’s parks. Come learn the basics and benefits of kayaking in this class, provided by an American Canoe Association certified instructor. All gear and equipment provided; the only requirement is an ability to swim. 1-3 p.m. (Oct. 7), 10 a.m.-noon (Oct. 28). $45. Course codes: 195526, 195525
Oct. 21 & Nov. 18
Family Night Hike
Take an free guided evening walk through the woods led by a Texas Mater Naturalist. Come identify native plants and wildlife habitats while learning about why it is important to protect our environment. 6:30-8 p.m. (Oct. 21), 5-6:30 p.m. (Nov. 18). Course codes: 194939, 194940
Crime Scene Bugs
Just in time for Halloween, kids ages 6-12 will love this one! Want to learn which bugs can be found at a crime scene? By studying the types of bugs present, forensic entomologists can sometimes learn the unexpected truth of what really happened. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $9. Course code: 194923
Oct. 28 & Nov. 11
Learn the basics of archery equipment, proper form and shooting techniques under the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is supplied and space is limited. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $19. Course codes: 195573, 195763