Kids on the River

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Since its opening in September 1998, the McKinney Roughs Nature Park has hosted about 60,000 visitors, including more than 26,000 school children and teachers who have experienced firsthand the importance of preserving our natural resources through hands-on educational programs.

In 2001, staff at McKinney Roughs Nature Park reached their goal of bringing more than 2,001 youths on river raft trips on the lower Colorado River during the year. The 2002 goal was 3,000 youths.

More than 200 species of birds, animals, amphibians and reptiles make their home in the unique and diverse landscape of McKinney Roughs, which support 135 varieties of plants.

Just 20 miles down the Colorado River from Austin, kids can get a close look at nature, its complexities, its importance to our survival and its recreational benefits.

McKinney Roughs offers visitors nearly 20 miles of trails, a 4,609-square-foot education building, summer camps and year-round educational and environmental programs.

McKinney Roughs is part of a strategy to develop environmental learning centers up and down the Colorado River.

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