Summer Nature Camps at BVMNH @ Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – Aug 19 @ 3:00 pm

Register for Summer Nature Camp at The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History! Camp runs from June 6 – August 19, Monday– Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  Open Registration begins May 5th and is on a first-come, first-served basis. A 50% deposit will save and confirm your place in the camp session. Parents can register their children (ages 4-12) for one week or for the whole summer.

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is the only natural history museum in a  hundred mile radius. This outstanding summer nature camp program spans over 50 years. Utilizing non-traditional teaching techniques, museum artifacts & art, and fun-filled interactive activities, experienced teachers create customized plans for each day, corresponding to weekly themes.  This year’s themes include: Microscopic Mayhem, Wild, Wild West, Buggin’ Out, If Rocks Could Talk, Young Naturalist, All About Anatomy, Fabulous Flyers, Dinosaur Detectives, Budding Gardeners, Forces of Nature.

 Online registration is available; check the Museum’s Facebook page!  Join as a member today for discounted and early registration! Spots fill up quickly and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sponsor level members may register on April 12th.  Family level members may register on April 19th, and Student Senior Citizen, Individuals, and dual level members may register on April 26th.

 Studying science and history helps children know and understand the world around them. The Museum offers children this opportunity in a safe, fun, and interdisciplinary educational setting.     Facilities include classroom areas, a Discovery Room, Museum galleries, and a 40-acre park, all used to enhance children’s learning experience. To ensure personalized instruction, classes are grouped by age and kept small, with a teacher to student ratio of 1:10.

 Weekly themes allow campers to explore the world in a variety of ways.  Campers can choose great adventures from  insects, rocks, anatomy, dinosaurs, plants, and more!

                                                            DATE                                      TOPIC

                        Week 1                      June 6-June 10                     Microscopic Mayhem

                        Week 2                      June 13-June 17                   The Wild, Wild West

                        Week 3                      June 20-June 24                   Buggin’ Out

                        Week 4                      June 27-July 1                       If Rocks Could Talk

                        Week 5                      July 4-July 8                          Young Naturalist

                        Week 6                      July 11-July 15                      All About Anatomy

                        ———–                       July 18-July 22                      NO CAMP THIS WEEK

                        WEEK 7                       July 25-July 29                      Fabulous Flyers

                        WEEK 8                       Aug. 1-Aug. 5                        Dinosaur Detectives

                        WEEK 9                       Aug. 8-Aug. 12                      Budding Gardeners

                        WEEK 10                     Aug. 15-Aug. 19                    Forces of Nature


 The Museum also hosts a  Summer Extension Day Camp, from August 15—19, allowing campers to register for a single day. Each day this week focuses on a different topic:  Hurricanes and Tornadoes, Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Droughts and Floods, Wildfires, and Sever Storms.

 Camp fees are $155/ week for members and $175/ week for non-members. Summer Extension Day Camp fees are $45/ day for members and $50/ day for non-members. Before-camp care runs from8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at $25/week. After-camp care runs from 3:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at $50/week. (Days can be prorated at $5/day or $10/day). A 50% deposit will save and confirm a place in the camp session and there is a 5% processing fee for all registrants. Call 979-776-2195 for more information!

 Regular admission to the Museum and the Museum’s permanent galleries and traveling exhibits is $5 for adults; $4 for children, students, and seniors.  Members and children 3 and under are free. The Museum, located in the Brazos Center on Briarcrest Drive, is open to the public Tuesday through  Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional information about this and other Museum events and exhibits, call  (979) 776.2195, visit their website at or follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Blue Star Museums thru Labor Day
Jul 26 all-day

More than 2,000 museum across the nation, including museums in the Brazos Valley, are participating in Blue Star Museums offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, September 5th.

First Baptist Church (College Station) Food Pantry @ First Baptist Church (College Station)
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Once a week on Tuesday FBC volunteers provide each family represented with two sacks of groceries. There are no requirements except a photo ID and proof of current address. Recipients must live in the six county area: Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Madison, Robertson, and Washington.

Summer Fun Day at Living Hope Church @ Living Hope Church
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wild games and great teaching are the order of the day. We will be having a blast at the church building from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is for completed kindergarten through completed sixth grade. Tuesday, July 5th will be a wet/messy day. Tuesday, July 26th we will have the A&M Chemistry Road Show.

Moving Forward – Class for Single Mom Parolees, Ex-Offenders & those who have criminal records @ Lincoln House of Hope
Jul 26 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Hosted by SingleMoms Created4Change Advocacy and Empowerment Center. This class/program is founded in prayer and on the word of God. It is designed to help moms who have a criminal history and are ready to reenter their families, community and the workforce. The program includes parenting classes, devotional, job skills training and an opportunity to complete community service hours.
Ongoing – Tuesdays at 9:30am

Join US in Prayer! @ Veterans Park
Jul 26 @ 12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

We are a local non-denominational, non-political group that meets every Tuesday at the American Pavilion Flag Pole at Veterans Park to pray for our country.  Come out and join US in prayer!

Celebrate Recovery at Grace Bible – Southwood Campus @ Grace Bible Church- Southwood Campus
Jul 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Christ centered 12 step with Jesus Christ as the Higher Power. This discipleship program covers all hurts, habits, and hang-ups.  Come be a part of a community of believers who start with a great time of Praise and Worship followed by same gender, small (process) groups.  Newcomers are welcomed each week. No worries about where you are in the process, you can begin to participate at any time.  * Teen program beginning January, 2016 at same time.


Mending Hearts @ Mending Hearts Grief Center
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mending Hearts: A place where hurting hearts are mended

Our Mission

To cultivate healing for grieving youth, their families, and the community through peer support group programs, training, education, and outreach.

Children and Grief

Grief is a term often used to describe the wide range of emotional and physical reactions that arise when someone has experienced the death of a loved one, or is living in anticipation of a death. Grief feelings may include shock, sadness, anger, denial, and loss of control. An array of physical reactions may also be present, such as loss of appetite, memory, sleeplessness, and lack of concentration. At the Center we believe that each person’s journey through grief is unique and therefore deserving of a distinctive approach to healing. We help children and their caregivers understand the depth of their grief, stabilize and preserve family relationships, and cope with the loss of their loved one.

Support Programs

Our peer support group programs bring together children, teens, and their caregivers with similar loss experiences to help normalize feelings, share experiences, and grieve the death of a loved one. Peer support group programs are open-ended and are offered at no cost to families. Each group meets twice a month in a safe, nurturing environment conducive to healing. Children who attend groups engage in therapeutic activities such as: play therapy, narrative therapy, art, poetry, journaling, music, meditation, dance/movement, and recreational activities, all of which help process their feelings of grief.



Get Connected

Prior to enrolling in a peer support group program, families attend an individual intake interview, at no cost to the family. To schedule an individual intake interview, please call 979-690-4673, ask for Kay.

MHGC Volunteer Opportunities

The Center is a volunteer-driven organization. Wherever your time and talents may be, there is a match for you to help us link hearts, mend spirits, and transform lives. We invite you to make a difference in any of the following ways:

  • Become a trained support group facilitator
  • Sponsor and serve dinner to a support group
  • Donate items from our Wish List listed on our website
  • Join the Friends of Mending Hearts Grief Center

Help Mend Hurting Hearts

The Center is supported by donations. Your tax-deductible contribution is always needed and appreciated. You may make checks payable to Christ UMC and write Mending Hearts Grief Center on the memo line.


You may mail your contribution to:

Christ United Methodist Church

4201 State Highway 6 South

College Station, TX 77845


Contact:       Christ UMC at 979-690-4673 or School Counselor Kathe Hawkins , M.A. at 979-225-0967 or email; or, Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor Rev. Tommy Myrick, M.S. at 979-595-6022 or email

For more information please visit our website at


Mending Hearts Grief Center is a part of The Hope Center, a Missions Outreach Ministry of Christ United Methodist Church

Blue Star Museums thru Labor Day
Jul 27 all-day

More than 2,000 museum across the nation, including museums in the Brazos Valley, are participating in Blue Star Museums offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, September 5th.

Fire School Public Demonstration @ Brayton Fire Training Field
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The public is invited to a firefighting demonstration on Wednesday, July 27, sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in conjunction with its Municipal Fire Training School at the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station. There is no admission charge.

Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and a children’s fire-awareness class begins at 7:00 p.m. Following the awareness class, TEEX instructors will explain and demonstrate techniques used to extinguish fires on several full-scale, live-fire training props.

1595 Nuclear Science Rd.
College Station, TX 77843

Parking: Free and open to the public

Weather: In case of inclement weather, monitor the TEEX Facebook page for updates