Outdoor Adventures

Our Outdoor Adventure Programs take place March - October.

Archery Alliance (6Y+)

Shooting an arrowLocation: McClendon Park West

Become a skilled archer with this series of classes with a USA Archery certified instructor. The more practice you get, the more you can learn! All equipment provided. This class meets at McClendon Park West. Pre-registration required. Class meets on Saturdays: 10/19, 11/16, & 12/14.  Register Now

Ages 6-12Y

  • 2-3 PM

Ages 13-15Y

  • 3:15-4:15 PM

Ages 16Y+

  • 4:30-5:30 PM

$45/$47 per participant. Save $2 with MAC membership.

Family Camping Trip (All Ages)

Family camping with a tentLocation: Cedar Hill State Park

Spending time outdoors is easier than you think! This is a one-night workshop (9:30 am Saturday - 11 am Sunday) where each family (up to 4 people) gets a campsite with nearby restrooms, use of a tent, s’more supplies, and a campfire. Enjoy activities such as hiking and fishing during the camping trip. Registration required by Oct 12 at 9 am. Have the supplies but want to participate in the group activities? Register for BYO session and save.  Register Now

  • Saturday, November 2nd 9:30 AM – Sunday, November 3rd 11 AM

Borrow Camping Materials: $185/$187 per family

Bring Your Own Camping Materials: $163/$165 per family

Save $2 with MAC membership.

Intro to Archery (6-14Y)

Take aim at a new hobby! This class is designed for beginning archers to learn the basics and good techniques with a USA Archery certified instructor. Archery teaches respect for nature and builds confidence through practice. Bows and arrows are provided. This class meets at McClendon Park West. Pre-registration required.  Register Now

Location: McClendon Park West

Ages 6-10Y

  • Friday, September 27th, 2:45-3:45 PM
  • Friday, October 11th, 2:45-3:45 PM

Ages 11-14Y

  • Friday, September 27th, 4-5 PM 
  • Friday, October 11th, 4-5 PM 

Location: Mansfield Activities Center

Ages 6-10Y

  • Saturday, November 23rd, 2-3 PM 
  • Thursday, December 19th, 5:30-6:30 PM 
  • Saturday, December 28th, 2-3 PM

Ages 11-14Y

  • Saturday, November 23rd, 3:15-4:15 PM 
  • Thursday, December 19th, 6:45-7:45 PM
  • Saturday, December 28th, 3:15-4:15 PM  

Ages 15Y+

  • Saturday, November 23rd,  4:30-5:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 19th, 8-9 PM
  • Saturday, December 28th, 4:30-5:30 PM

$15/$17 per participant.  Save $2 with MAC membership. 

Intro to Fishing (3-16Y)

Little girl fishingLocation: Oliver Nature Park

Ready to cast your bait and reel in the big fish, but not sure how or where to start? Join us for beginning fishing classes. We supply the equipment and bait! This class is for junior anglers ages 3-16. (16Y+ must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.) Pre-registration required.  Register Now

  • Sunday, September 15th, 6-7 PM
  • Sunday, October 6th,5:30-6:30 PM
  • Sunday, November 10th,  4-5 PM

$7/$9 per child. Save $2 with MAC membership.  Anglers over 16 years of age must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield parks.

Intro to Trout Fishing (5-16Y)

Location: Oliver Nature Park

Catch a Rainbow Trout with us! Learn about bait and lures specific to trout, and what makes a good trout habitat. We supply equipment and bait! (16Y+ must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.) Pre-registration required.  Register Now

  • Friday, December 27th, 3:30-4:30 PM 

$7/$9 per child. Save $2 with MAC membership.

Junior Angler (6-16Y)

Junior Angler classes provide activities that introduce kids to the life-long sport of fishing.  Classes follow a hands-on format to teach basic fishing knowledge and skills, to promote ethical behavior regarding fishing and aquatic habitats, and to encourage junior anglers to get outdoors and go fishing! Pre-registration required.  Register Now

  • Sunday, October 13th, 4:30-6:30 PM

$20/$22 per child. Save $2 with MAC membership.

Kayaking 101 (7Y+)

Take a break from the hiking trails and get on the water! We will go out in dual-seated kayaks to explore our local lakes. Participants will enjoy a scenic paddle looking for wildlife and plants with a naturalist. We will also instruct on safety, proper techniques, and a ecofriendly approach to paddle sports. New this year: we offer kayaking tours at two locations! Each child ages 7-17 years must be accompanied by an adult on the tour. Preregistration required.  Register Now

Location: Britton Park

  • Saturday, September 21st, 8-10 AM
  • Sunday, September 29th, 2-4 PM

Location: Bowman Springs Park

  • Saturday, October 5th, 9 -11 AM
  • Monday, October 14th, 9 -11 AM

Borrow materials: $22/$24 per person. 

Bring your own materials(kayak, PFD, & paddle): $18/$20 per person.

Puppies and Paddles (18Y+)

Dog on a kayakYou love spending time with your dog and you love spending time on the water. Let’s do both! At Britton Park we’ll be launching you and your pup in sit on top kayaks for a 1 hour paddle. All size dogs (and their people) are welcome, but dogs must have their own lifejacket. We’ll provide lifejackets for dog moms and dads. Please be sure your dog can remain obedient and is comfortable in the water. Boats accommodate 1 adult and 1 dog.  Register Now

  • Saturday, September 28th, 11 AM-12 PM
  • Saturday, September 28th, 12-1 PM
  • Saturday, September 28th, 1-2 PM

$22/$24 per person. Save $2 with MAC membership.

All Nature Education programs require pre-registration, unless listed otherwise. Click here for more information and to register.  Don’t forget: if you are a MAC member, you get an additional $2 off per participant.  Spots are limited!  For any questions, please contact us at olivernaturepark@mansfieldtexas.gov or call the MAC at 817-728-3680.

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