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Lake Livingston: See the Sites before You Go PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 16 March 2014 12:32

Lake Livingston: See the Sites before You Go

lakeside camp site, pine treesFor the first time in Texas State Parks history, through a pilot project, campers planning a visit to Lake Livingston State Park in the Pineywoods can now view and reserve a specific campsite or screened shelter. An interactive map offers photos and a brief site description.

Reservations can then be finalized online or by calling (512) 389-8900.

This makes it easy for first-time visitors to see sites ahead of time or for RV owners to check site orientation, slope and measurements of the campsite, where the trees are located that might interfere with slide-outs and the location of sewer drops.

Ten screened shelters and 34 full-hookup, 50-amp service campsites are participating during the pilot. The park’s full 170 campsites are still available through the regular reservations system.

Watch this video to check out all this park has to offer. The park entrance fee is $5 for persons 13 and older. Campsites range from $10 to $25 per night. Screened shelters rent for $30 per night.

 
Camping Food: Dutch Oven Enchiladas Win Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 March 2014 12:31

Camping Food: Dutch Oven Enchiladas Win Contest

enchiladas in a Dutch ovenDutch Oven Green Chile, Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas won by a landslide in an outdoor cooking contest held on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Pinterest page earlier this year.

“I love cooking in a Dutch oven,” said Victoria Serna from Denton who submitted the recipe as a healthy twist on enchiladas. “There’s a whole different way you cook outside.”

Serna will receive free entry to a Texas Outdoor Family workshop for her winning entry. As the founder of North Texas Kids Outside, an organization that helps connect families with the outdoors, Serna said she has a family in mind with whom she plans to share her prize.

For other Dutch oven recipes, view the "Eat Local: Cooking Texas Style" videos on the Texas Parks and Wildlife YouTube channel, and the Outdoor Cooking Contest and Picnics and Outdoor Cooking boards on Pinterest.

 
Join the Buffalo Soldiers at State Parks this Spring PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 March 2014 12:29

Join the Buffalo Soldiers at State Parks this Spring

Buffalo soldier and child talkingBuffalo Soldiers were our country’s first professional black soldiers and served on the western frontier more than 100 years ago. Their posts ranged from Texas to the Dakota territories where the soldiers’ main job was to support the westward expansion of the United States.

Buffalo Soldiers were some of the original outdoorsmen - hunting and fishing, camping, riding bikes and serving as some of the country’s first park rangers. Learn more about their history in this video.

Today’s volunteer Buffalo Soldiers will be visiting state parks this spring, teaching visitors about animal tracking, cane pole fishing, campfire cooking and telling stories of their history. Check the events calendar to find where they will be.

Want to volunteer with this group? If you can teach an outdoor skill, take great photographs, or just want to help, e-mail Buffalo Soldiers, call (512) 389-8569, or sign up online.

 
New State Parks Photo Contest Begins March 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 February 2014 17:36

New State Parks Photo Contest Begins March 1

 

family shadows on boulder, Enchanted RockTake a great picture with friends or family at a Texas State Park? Don’t just share it; enter it – in the new Texas State Parks Photo Contest, running from March 1 to April 15, 2014.

Enter photos of your “most playful moments in a Texas State Park.” Show us the connection between people and nature as your inner child, or your real children, enjoy playful moments you create in one of the 90-plus Texas State Parks.

  • 3 Contest Categories: 17 and under; 18 and older; and a new Instagram category using the hashtag #MyParkPic.
  • Prizes: Winners in each category will have their photos featured in Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine and will win a HERO3+ Silver Edition GoPro® video camera (a $300 value) from Whole Earth Provision Co.
  • How to Enter: Visit the Photography page on the Texas State Parks website for instructions, rules and more information.

Check out last year’s winning photos and view all 2013 entries.

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 February 2014 17:37
 
Four Places to Take Your Binoculars PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 February 2014 17:09

Four Places to Take Your Binoculars

 

man, binoculars showing a bird reflectionMarch madness − for those who enjoy looking at wildlife and especially birds − happens every spring as millions of birds head north through Texas to their summer breeding grounds.

And remember, with or without binoculars, springtime is a great time for wildlife watching.

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 February 2014 17:34
 
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