Sat, Apr 13 | Pease District Park

mystery and history of shoal creek bike ride

learn to make a map field guide and learn about the mysteries and histories of shoal creek
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mystery and history of shoal creek bike ride

Time & Location

Apr 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Pease District Park, 1100 Kingsbury St, Austin, TX 78705, USA

About The Event

map making and field guide adventure!

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FUN For Ages 8 and up..ages younger than 8 are welcome with an adult or guardian

early bird registration ends March 23, 2019. don't wait till the last minute!

Learn how to map and make a field guide of all the interesting things we see and find! We will be exploring Shoal Creek because of its fascinating watershed and cool history. Did you know about the natural springs, Native American territory, and riparian interchanges along the creek? Come learn about all the different environmental interests, mysteries, and history Shoal creek has to offer. This is a special adventure in learning how to map the things we see and place them on paper so others can also find. It can be as creative or meticulous as you want. This is your map and field guide to share with others if you choose. Shoal creek is such an under-rated trail, that people forget how important this creek is and what value it has for today and our future.

We will meet at the park by the big concrete tables. Look for our sign.


The bike ride is all paved and will be riding about 5/6 miles in total. We will be stopping along the way, so an easy bike ride. We will be exploring and using our bikes to get further down the trail faster than walking. We will be stopping and mapping here and there at different specific spots we have particular interest in.

We’ll meet in Pease Park, make introductions, and talk a bit about all the ways we can document our experience of this place. Then we’ll hop on our bikes and head north upstream along the trail. Along the way we’ll stop at a handful of predetermined locations to learn a little history and take down our first-hand observations. We’ll capture these observations and findings via visual and textual notes on our maps. (clipboards and pens will be provided at each stop). Through the course of the ride, this map will become a field guide that documents your personal experience of this place. At the end of the ride, when we’ve landed back in Pease Park, we’ll convene at the picnic tables to chat and compare our findings.

Questions we’ll ponder during and after this adventure:

· How do you like to document places you’ve visited and things you’ve seen?

· What aspects of the Creek area are you most drawn to?

· What about this place would you most want to share with others?

· What did you expect to find? What was a surprise?

· What do you think the creek looked like 100 years ago? What do you think it will look like 100 years from now?

· Can you spot evidence of past floods? What and where?

· Imagine handing your finished field guide off to a friend for them to explore the Creek without you. Would they be able to navigate and discover some of the same things you did?

Our special guest is Ann Armstrong, she is an architect, welder, artist, and cartographer.. She finds most of her creative inspiration outside amidst Austin's urban fabric and surrounding landscape. She funnels this inspiration into maps, field guides, and other exploratory tools. Her current project is mapping odd trees in the city of Austin.

no experience necessary, thats why we are teach you

all necessary mediums will be provided


bike, helmet, water, sun screen

easy trail to ride

if you need a bike, please email me.

snacks provided, let us know of any allergies.


$25- first early bird ticket

$20- sibling, friend, and guardian tickets

save $5 for each ticket after 1.

registration after March 23rd prices are all $30 per person. dont wait till its too late to register.

  • shoal creek first ticket
  • sibling and guardian ticket