The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is committed to offering programs for teens that encourage development through active play, outdoor exploration, the arts, critical thinking, and leadership activities. Teen Recreation programs offer participants a way to interact and create friendships with other teens around the city.

Online Registation

Forms and Documents

COVID-19 Programming Participation Guidelines

Our top priority remains the safety, health and well-being of all participants, staff and the Austin Community. Please continue to remain vigilant and take all necessary steps to ensure you and your family remain healthy and are reducing the risk of illness across the Parks and Recreation Department and at home.  We are grateful for your participation in our programs and services. For more information on the symptoms of COVID-19 and resources to keep you safe, please visit COVID-19 in Austin | AustinTexas.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC.

To view our current modified guidelines and procedures visit the Foms and Documents page. 

 

Outreach and Leadership 

group of individuals gathered together smiling in a recreation center

Teen leadership and skill development programs for the community foster youth development in an explorative and self-motivating environment to increase quality of life.

Roving Leaders Program

 

Teens In Leadership Training 

 

Community Recreation

four teen girls at a neon bowling event

Community teen programs at Recreation Centers have a youth development philosophy which focuses on providing youth opportunities to enhance their interests, skills and abilities through intentional programming and quality experiences that help develop social, emotional, ethical, physical and cognitive competencies.

Dittmar Recreation Center 

 

Dove Springs Recreation Center 

 

Handcock Recreation Center

 

Montopolis Recreation Center

 

Northwest Recreation Center 

 

Cultural and Art 

Student posing next to her art work hanging on the wall

Visual and performing arts, culture and history teen programs preserve and protect the past, celebrate Austin’s diversity, build community, and develop awareness and appreciation for the arts.

Asian American Resource Center

 

George Washington Carver Museum

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

 

Nature and Outdoors 

group of teens standing smiling on edge of a small cliff

Nature-based programs provide hands-on educational and recreational activities that increase appreciation for the natural environment and awareness of the conservation ethic.

 Austin Nature & Science Center

 

Park Rangers

  • Junior Rangers Activity Book (PDF)

 

Therapeutic Recreation

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Therapeutic programs embrace the diversity that defines Austin and works to ensure that all individuals are accepted, included, and welcomed to participate, play, and recreate together with a team of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) and Inclusion Aids.

McBeth -

  • Therapeutic Summer Camp (PDF)