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Learn to Camp: Sign up Now for Fall Workshops PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:46

Learn to Camp: Sign up Now for Fall Workshops


Texas Outdoor Family banner hanging in parkWant to plan a unique family weekend? Want to get the kids out in nature? Try something radically different: learn how to camp at a Texas Outdoor Family workshop! The camping experts at TPWD will teach you how to pitch a tent, paddle a canoe, fish, geocache and make that all-important morning coffee! Watch this video to get an idea of what to expect. You bring up to six people per site, your bedding and your food.  We provide the rest - including equipment and instruction. The cost is just $65 for one-night workshops and $85/per family for two-night workshops.

See the fall workshop schedule and sign up soon to reserve your spot at one of these popular events. Spaces fill up fast!

8 State Parks in 100 Best U.S. Family Fishing Spots PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:44

8 State Parks in 100 Best U.S. Family Fishing Spots


woman and happy boy fishing together, dockSome of the best family-fishing spots in America are close to home, according to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Eight Texas state parks excelled in criteria that included proximity to an urban area, abundance of common fishing species, nearby amenities, room to cast a line, and recommendations from anglers. The eight Texas spots are:

6. Galveston Island State Park, Galveston
. Cedar Hill State Park, Cedar Hill
Inks Lake State Park, Burnet
Lake Livingston State Park, Livingston
Eisenhower State Park, Denison
Lake Corpus Christi State Park, Mathis
Huntsville State Park, Huntsville
Blanco State Park, Blanco

And as you know, fishing is always free in Texas state parks, so plan some time to wet a line. Forgot to pack the fishing gear? Many state parks loan fishing equipment.

Coastal Parks - 5 Beachy Destinations PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:43

Coastal Parks - 5 Beachy Destinations


boardwalk through beach grasses, Gulf in backgroundNo need to check the rain gauge when you head to the beach!  You will always find water for wading, fishing and swimming on the Texas Gulf coast.

A list of 5 state park coastal destinations begins with Sea Rim State Park, newly refurbished and reopened after two hurricane punches (Rita and Ike). Check out the park’s updated amenities (including showers and bathrooms) in “Sea Rim Rebirth” from Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. Four other beachy state park destinations to explore this summer are:

Read “A Day at the Beach” for an update on each of these park destinations, and find plenty of ways to enjoy a breezy change of scenery in “Get Coastal”, stories from Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine.

Remember to play it safe in the water.  Always:

  • Wear a life jacket.
  • Supervise children closely.
  • Know how to swim.
  • Avoid alcohol
Get Your New State Park Guide PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:41

Get Your New State Park Guide


State Park Guide cover - girl with kite on beachIt’s hot-off-the press - your 2014-2015 State Park Guide with its handy pull-out map of all park locations. The Guide describes more than 90 state parks and state natural areas and provides details of each park’s accommodations plus available activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, and horseback riding. You’ll also find what’s new at state parks, including which parks now have Wi-Fi access or have added facilities and trails.

Plan your next stay with information about cabins, RV sites, and campsite amenities, and a checklist of what to take with you. Search for parks near you or by region, and use the handy facilities index as a quick reference to what you’ll find at each park.

Your State Park Guide is waiting! Pick it up at any state park and stay in the know about all the ways to enjoy the outdoors at your state parks. Can’t wait till your next park trip to see what’s new? View the digital version or download the PDF.

The 2014 State Park Guide is made possible thanks to the sponsorship of Toyota and La Quinta and the generous support of advertisers.

Darker Skies Help the Stars Shine Bright PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 July 2014 14:40

Darker Skies Help the Stars Shine Bright


stars in dark sky timed imageAn estimated 8 in 10 Americans have never seen the Milky Way. The culprit: the growing glow of artificial lights. To see those famous big, bright Texas stars, you’ve gotta get away from the city lights.

The new Dark Skies Program will put stars back in your eyes and the eyes of your kids. Skies are always darker in a state park, and some state parks specialize in stargazing by offering stargazing programs and nearby observatories or very dark skies. Check the calendar for star events near you and see the dark sky (called Bortle) ratings of the darkest state parks.

Soon you can see even more stars at state parks. TPWD is launching new efforts to make park skies more visible by using the latest ways to manage night lighting so that it’s useful without adding to light pollution.

This constellation of resources will put more stars in your eyes:

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