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Park Temporarily Closed for Repair – Caddo Lake SP

September 29 - December 26
Caddo Lake State Park, 245 Park Road 2
Karnack, TX 75661 United States
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Caddo Lake State Park is closed for repair and refurbishing from September 29, 2018 to December 26, 2018.

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Christmas Under the Pines!

December 8
Bastrop State Park, 100 Park Road 1A
Bastrop, TX 78602 United States
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Celebrate Christmas in the Lost Pines with a whole day full of holly jolly good times in the parks for the whole family! Celebrate Christmas cheer with us in the Lost Pines from 11am to 1pm as we stand around a warm fire eating Christmas cookies while listening to stories and Christmas carols! Let your […]

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Fa La La in the Forest Scavenger Hunt

December 8
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An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2018

Buescher State Park, 100 Park Road 1E
Smithville, TX 78957 United States
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Follow the ornaments with clues through the park to obtain your prize ending! There are ornaments hidden around the park! Follow the clues to find each ornament that will lead you to the next until you get to the final clue that leads you to the prize! Fun for the whole family! Some ornaments may […]

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Fa La La Through The Pines Scavenger Hunt

December 8
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An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2018

Bastrop State Park, 100 Park Road 1A
Bastrop, TX 78602 United States
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Follow the ornaments with clues through the park to obtain your prize ending! There are ornaments hidden around the park! Follow the clues to find each ornament that will lead you to the next until you get to the final clue that leads you to the prize! Fun for the whole family! Some ornaments may […]

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Ongoing

Holidays in Bloom

November 23 @ 9:00 am - December 31 @ 5:00 pm CST
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl
San Antonio, TX 78209 United States
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Visit the San Antonio Botanical Garden with family and friends this holiday season and enjoy magical displays through the end of the year.  Garlands, red ribbons and other holiday decorations welcome guests, making the Garden a perfect setting for family photographs.  Escape to nature with a stroll around the East Texas Lake and see the […]

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Christmas at Old Fort Concho

December 7 @ 8:30 am - December 9 @ 5:00 pm CST
Fort Concho National Historic Site, 630 S Oakes St.
San Angelo, TX 76903 United States
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Buffalo Soldiers, Camp fire stories, Frontier Army, Cannons, Horses, Kid crafts, activities and much more Kick off the holiday season with the Buffalo Soldiers and by visiting Fort Concho's largest annual event. Held during the first full weekend in December, Christmas at Old Fort Concho transforms the fort's forty acres and twenty-four buildings into a […]

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Nature Wonderland Hike

December 7 @ 4:00 pm - December 8 @ 6:00 pm CST
Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16
Tyler, TX 75706-9141
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Join us for a stroll around Tyler State Park Lake as the sun goes down and delight in the sights, sounds, and smells of winter. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and be ready for a 2 mile hike. Meet at the Silver Canoe Park Store.

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A Pineywoods Christmas Decorated Drive-thru

December 7 @ 5:00 pm - December 8 @ 9:30 pm CST
Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16
Tyler, TX 75706-9141
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Free – $3

Get outdoors, take a break from the holiday rush, and enjoy the season. Drive or stroll through decorated camping areas and savor the sights, sounds, and smells of an outdoors holiday. Come by the Silver Canoe Park Store for some seasonal refreshments and discounted shopping for unique gifts. 1/2 off Admission: $3.00 per person 13 […]

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Christmas in the Park – Lake Bob Sandlin

December 7 @ 6:00 pm - December 8 @ 9:00 pm CST
Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, 341 State Park Road 2117
Pittsburg, TX 75686 United States
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Join us for the 7th Annual Christmas in the Park! Join us for family fun at our 7th Annual Christmas in the Park! On Friday December 7th, take a free drive through the park to see the campsites covered in twinkling lights. On Saturday December 8th, you can drive through for free, as well as […]

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A Country Christmas at the Lake

December 7 @ 6:00 pm - December 8 @ 9:00 pm CST
Cooper Lake State Park – Doctors Creek Unit, 1664 FM 1529 South
Cooper, TX 75432 United States
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Join us for a beautiful view as you drive through nature and decorated campsites, then take a picture with Santa! Light up the way to the holidays! Enjoy a free drive through the woods and decorated campgrounds Come and visit with Santa Bring a camera and take a picture or two!

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6:00 am

Brazos Bend 100

December 8 @ 6:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762
Needville, TX 77461 United States
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$80 – $180

100 Miler / 50 Miler / 26.2 Marathon / 13.1 Half Marathon The Brazos Bend 100 Miler aims to be the fastest race in Texas and the nation with its mostly flat course and easy aid stations. Its the perfect place to set some personal records. And there are alligators! The wildlife is abundant in […]

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7:30 am

2018 Reindeer Run – 5K & 1 Mile

December 8 @ 7:30 am - 1:00 pm UTC-6
RANCHO VIEJO TOWN HALL, 3301 CARMEN AVENUE
RANCHO VIEJO, TX 78575 United States
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2018 Reindeer Run 5K 1 Mile             Reindeer Fun Run 5K        $20.00 Custom Race Bib Custom Race Shirt (Sign up before 28 November) Custom Race Medal Complimentary Water & Fruit             Reindeer Trot 1 Mile     $15.00 Custom Race Bib Custom Running Shirt (Sign up before 28 November) Custom Race Medal Complimentary […]

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Select a Fly Challenge 2018

December 8 @ 7:30 am - 3:30 pm CST
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, 5550 FM 2495
Athens, TX 75752 United States
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Bring your favorite fly rod out for a day of friendly competition! Our second annual Select a Fly Challenge benefits the educational mission of the Friends of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. A $40 donation gives you the opportunity to catch rainbow trout at our facility for a chance at prizes like a TFO Mangrove […]

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8:00 am

Ask a Ranger Broadcast – Huntsville SP

December 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CST
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2018

Huntsville State Park, P.O. Box 508
Huntsville, TX 77342-0508 United States
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Live broadcast from within the park. Every Friday at 10 a.m. Join Ranger Ted Pick as he broadcasts live on the Huntsville State Park Facebook page. Ranger Pick will be answering questions and giving updates on current events in the park.

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Guided Nature Hike – Sheldon Lake SP

December 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CST
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2018

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center, 14140 Garrett Rd.
Houston, TX 77044 United States
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Join a park ranger on this guided tour through Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center. We will learn about the park and the different plants and animals that can be found here. We will meet at the Pond Center pavilion on your left from the park road. Be sure to bring water, bug […]

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8:30 am

World Birding Center Bird Walks

December 8 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am CST
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An event every week that begins at 8:30am on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday, repeating until December 30, 2018

Estero Llano Grande State Park, 3301 S. International Blvd. (FM 1015)
Weslaco, TX 78596 United States
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Free – $5

All ages and skill-levels are welcome on this two-hour tour of the park, finding as many species of birds as possible, especially the 30 that are termed Valley Specialties! Join us on unforgettable avian adventure. With over 300 species of birds identified within our park and many of the Valley specialty birds you just can't […]

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Shorebird Walk

December 8 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am CST
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An event every week that begins at 8:30am on Wednesday and Saturday, repeating until February 27, 2019

Goose Island State Park, 202 Palmetto St
Rockport, TX 78382 United States
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Free – $5

Join us for a bird walk that goes over the birds that call the waters, marsh, and brush around Goose Island State Park home. Join us for a shorebird walk. We will look for various birds that call the coast home on this bird walk. Where to meet: The parking area next to the fishing […]

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Bird & Nature Hike

December 8 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am CST
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An event every week that begins at 8:30am on Saturday, repeating until January 26, 2019

Resaca de la Palma State Park, 1000 New Carmen Ave.
Brownsville, TX 78521 United States
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Free – $4

Join us on a guided walk to learn about our native habitat and find out who of our "Rio Grande Valley Specialty Birds" can be spotted. This walk is for all visitors, young or old who wants to learn about wildlife, the park, and its bird life. Bring water, one-hour easy trail walk. This weekly […]

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Upper Sunset Hike – Franklin Mountains

December 8 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm CST
Franklin Mountains State Park, 1331 McKelligon Canyon Road
El Paso, TX 79930 United States
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Come explore the beautiful Chihuahua desert on a guided hike with one of our park rangers or volunteers. Reservations required; to reserve your spot, call the office at (915) 566-6441. This is a moderately difficult 2.6-mile hike and is excellent for families, beginner hikers, or geology and wildlife enthusiasts. We’ll encounter some elevation gains, with […]

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9:00 am

Honey Creek Saturday Morning Guided Hike

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am CST
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 26, 2020

Government Canyon State Natural Area, 12861 Galm Rd
San Antonio, TX 78254 United States
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$2 – $9

Join us to learn the about the cultural and natural history of Honey Creek. Join us for a guided walk to the beautiful Honey Creek to learn about both the natural and cultural history of the area. This 2-hour hike begins at the Rust House inside the park. This hike is free beyond the park […]

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Junior Rangers – Estero Llano Grande

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am CST
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 15, 2018

Estero Llano Grande State Park, 3301 S. International Blvd. (FM 1015)
Weslaco, TX 78596 United States
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Free – $5

A free Activity Journal is included in this ranger-led exploration of the park culminating in a Junior Ranger Badge. The goal is to encourage thoughtful fun, exploration, discovery, wonder and appreciation of Texas State Parks' natural and cultural resources. Working through the journal is a great way to spend time with your kids out in […]

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Cowboy Coffee and Dutch Oven Doughnuts

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am CST
Blanco State Park, 101 Park Road 23
Blanco, TX 78606 United States
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Calories don't count this morning! Coffee and coffee's best friend, doughnuts, are hot and ready. Come out Saturday morning at 9am to learn how to make cowboy coffee and Dutch oven doughnuts. You might even learn a little about the history of coffee too! Meet near the West side bathroom in the park. FREE with […]

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Bird Hike at 40 Acre Lake

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am CST
Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762
Needville, TX 77461 United States
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Join one of our expert birders on a hike to see which migrant birds call Brazos Bend home. All levels are welcome! Did you know that the bird is the word? Join us Friday morning at the 40 Acre Restrooms to hike along the beautiful 40 Acre Lake to see the variety of bird life […]

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Invasive Control Patrol

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am CST
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2018

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center, 14140 Garrett Rd.
Houston, TX 77044 United States
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Come help us keep our prairie pristine! Join us at Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center in our restored coastal prairie! We will talk about and tackle some of the invasive species that are trying to take hold in the park. Perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors, wants to learn about […]

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Cibolo Second Saturday Community Service Day

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
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An event every month that begins at 9:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until December 14, 2019

Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Rd.
Boerne, TX 78006 United States
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* Herff Farm: Come lend a hand in the Teaching Garden with planting, watering, harvesting, weeding, mulching, and special projects as needed. 33 Herff Rd., Boerne, TX * Nature Center: Work with the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) to maintain the gardens around the nature center. Weeding, mulching as needed. 140 City Park Rd., […]

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9:30 am

Summit Hike

December 8 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am CST
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An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 27, 2020

One event on January 2, 2019 at 9:30am

One event on January 3, 2019 at 9:30am

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 16710 Ranch Rd. 965
Fredericksburg, TX 78624 United States
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Free – $7

Join a park ranger or Master Naturalist as we climb to the top of Enchanted Rock! Along the way, we'll learn about the geology, history and biology of this special place. We'll hear tales of derring-do and see sweeping panoramic views! Meet at the Gazebo at the beginning of the Summit Trail. Time: Approximately 2 […]

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10:00 am

Choke Canyon Bird Walk

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Friday and Saturday, repeating until April 27, 2019

Choke Canyon State Park – Calliham Unit, P.O. Box 2
Calliham, TX 78007 United States
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Free – $5

Come join our interpretive park ranger for a one-hour bird walk at Choke Canyon State Park! Join our interpretive park ranger for a stroll along Choke Canyon State Park’s trails and lake edge. Watch and listen for common and rare birds found here in the winter and during migrations. You are welcomed to bring your […]

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Fate Bell’s Pictograph Shelter/Canyon Guided Walking Tour

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am CST
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until January 31, 2019

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site, P.O. Box 820
Comstock, TX 78837 United States
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Free – $8

For the month(s) of June, July and August the park offers one guided-only hike at 10 am to go into the canyon to view pictographs (ancient drawings) on Wednesday through Sunday. There are no tours available on Monday and Tuesday. For more information to plan your visit: Frequently Asked Questions. Please note: there are designated […]

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Jingle Bell Express Train Ride

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm UTC-6
Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, 315 West Avenue B
Temple, TX 76501 United States
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$20 – $25

The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum will be hosting a special holiday train ride with Santa Claus on Saturday, December 8. We will be riding Amtrak from Temple to McGregor, returning to Temple by school bus. Schedule: • Riders will get a chance to visit with Santa and check-in from 10am to 11am at the […]

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Choke Canyon Bird Walk

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Friday and Saturday, repeating until April 27, 2019

Choke Canyon State Park – Calliham Unit, P.O. Box 2
Calliham, TX 78007 United States
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Free – $5

Come join our interpretive park ranger for a one-hour bird walk at Choke Canyon State Park! Join our interpretive park ranger for a stroll along Choke Canyon State Park’s trails and lake edge. Watch and listen for common and rare birds found here in the winter and during migrations. You are welcomed to bring your […]

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Ranger Led Hikes

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2018

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, 341 State Park Road 2117
Pittsburg, TX 75686 United States
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Enjoy nature with a ranger-led hike! Join our knowledgeable rangers on a guided hike! The starting point will be at the basketball goal at the Lakeview Loop Trailhead. The hike is approximately 45 minutes long, and the ranger will guide you on the trail while teaching you about nature. All ages are welcome to attend […]

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Beachcombing 101

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until March 9, 2019

One event on January 1, 2019 at 10:00am

Galveston Island State Park, 14901 FM 3005
Galveston, TX 77554 United States
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Treasures await you at the water's edge! Join Ranger Lisa for a great shell hunting workshop, identification, and collecting expedition! Cold winter water is the best time for beach combing, so dress for the weather and be prepared to get your feet wet! We'll start at the Day Use Beach parking lot for a brief […]

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Old-Fashioned Candy Making

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
Palmetto State Park, 78 Park Road 11 South
Gonzales, TX 78629-5180 United States
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Homemade candy and holiday fun! Get ready for some holiday candy making fun as we make batches of homemade candy canes. We will also make dinner mints, toffee and butter scotch. Join us as we get our hands covered with sweet buttery goodness. The program is free with regular admission to the park.

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Legacy of the Lost Pines

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am CST
Bastrop State Park, 100 Park Road 1A
Bastrop, TX 78602 United States
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Come join us for a guided hike with a Texas Master Naturalist! Have you ever wondered why there is a small area below Austin that is referred to as the Lost Pines? Come follow a Texas Master Naturalist along a trail in Bastrop State Park as they answer your questions and tell you just what […]

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Legends and Folklore of Texas Plants

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am CST
Buescher State Park, 100 Park Road 1E
Smithville, TX 78957 United States
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Join us at Buescher State Park for a guided hike with a Texas Master Naturalist and listen to stories and tales of the past! Come explore with a Texas Master Naturalist on a fun hike where you will learn how to identify several native plants of Texas and hear the legends and folklore surrounding them! […]

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Honey Creek Saturday Morning Guided Hike

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm CST
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

Honey Creek State Natural Area, 3350 Park Road 31
Spring Branch, TX 78070 United States
$2 – $9

Join us for a guided walk to the beautiful Honey Creek to learn about both the natural and cultural history of the area. This 2-hour hike begins at the Rust House inside the park. This hike is free beyond the park admission of $7 per person 13 and over (free with a current TPWD Park […]

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Love Those Christmas Cookies – Arts in the Park

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST
Cooper Lake State Park – Doctors Creek Unit, 1664 FM 1529 South
Cooper, TX 75432 United States
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Make a different kind of cookie for Santa this year to put out with your Christmas tree. Decorate wooden cookie ornaments in our elf workshop to hang on your Christmas tree. Meet: At the pavilion in the Pelican Point Day Use Area Bring: Clothing to paint and get artsy in! Cost: Free!

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The ABC’s of Autumn Hike

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST
Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Road
Lockhart, TX 78644-9716 United States
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Free – $3

Who’s blooming in Lockhart State Park? Hike with us to find out! Even though winter is just around the corner, there are many plants still blooming in Lockhart State Park! Join a Master Naturalists to enjoy the season and find out what’s what and who’s who in this alphabetical adventure! Prepare: Wear weather-appropriate clothing and […]

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Trout Derby 2018

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm CST
Cal Young Park Abilene, TX 79602 United States + Google Map

Bring the family out for a free rainbow trout fishing derby in Abilene. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Abilene Parks and Recreation are hosting a free trout derby to bring fishing fun to families Dec. 8. TPWD will stock over a thousand rainbow trout in the lake for this event. Experts will be […]

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Art in the Park – Sketching

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST
McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, TX 78744 United States
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Get to know our 500 year old bald cypress tree, Old Baldy, better by sketching it with a Ranger! Sketching can be a great way to relax, unwind, and take in the natural beauty around you. It can also create a great holiday gift for someone special in your life! Great for all ages! Meet: […]

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Deck the Halls with Bows and Arrows

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am CST
Mission Tejas State Park, 120 State Park Road 44
Grapeland, TX 75844 United States
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Come poke some holes in our targets this hole-iday season! Visit Mission Tejas State Park for an introductory archery lesson with our Interpretive Ranger Jared and our Superintendent and Certified Instructor Gary! - We will discuss why archery was important to the American Indian groups of Texas, including the Caddo Confederacy who called this part […]

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Cross Timbers Bird Walk

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
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One event on January 12, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on February 2, 2019 at 10:00am

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway, 100 Park Road 71
Mineral Wells, TX 76067 United States
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Join our Park Ranger on a birding walk in the park. We will locate and identify birds of the Cross Timbers area. We will have binoculars on hand to loan to those without. Reservations are required. Call 940-328-1171 ext 222. Held at Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, TX, 76067. […]

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Ornament Making Workshop – Martin Dies

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST
Martin Dies, Jr. State Park, 634 Park Road 48 South
Jasper, TX 75951 United States
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Join us to make a tree-ring ornament Stop by the park's nature center to create Christmas tree ornaments. Make two, one to be hung on the park's tree and another to take home. hand painted ornament Where: The park's nature center There is no fee for attending this program; however, payment of park entrance fees […]

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11:00 am

Battleship TEXAS Presents “Yuletide TEXAS”

December 8 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm CST
Battleship Texas State Historic Site, 3523 Independence Parkway South
LaPorte, TX 77571 United States
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$3 – $12

Christmas at the Battleship TEXAS Please join staff and volunteers aboard the Battleship TEXAS on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for a fun-filled day of festive activities as we celebrate “Yuletide TEXAS.” Christmas was a very special time for sailors and officers who served aboard the TEXAS. See the ship decorated […]

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Habitat Hike

December 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 West FM 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104 United States
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Join a park ranger for a guided hike! Learn about plants and wildlife we have at the park and how they interact with each other to create a balanced ecosystem. This guided hike is welcome to all ages. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a bottle of water. Meet at the Duck Pond Trailhead. […]

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12:00 pm

Where do gators go for the Winter?

December 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2018

Huntsville State Park, P.O. Box 508
Huntsville, TX 77342-0508 United States
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Check out some cold weather survival techniques! Join Ranger Pick for a quick chat about Alligators and some of the surprising survival techniques they have developed for surviving the freezing winters! Meet at the Nature Center.

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Overnight Adult Basic Wilderness Survival Clinic

December 8 @ 12:00 pm - December 9 @ 11:59 pm CST
Government Canyon State Natural Area, 12861 Galm Rd
San Antonio, TX 78254 United States
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Join us for a special 2-day and 1-night basic wilderness survival class. If you spend any time in the Backcountry, there's a good chance you'll meet Mr. Murphy. His law states, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong", and usually at the worst possible time. Join SOS Adventures Master Outdoor Leader Joey Rios on […]

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1:00 pm

Geocaching 101 – Galveson Island

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
Galveston Island State Park, 14901 FM 3005
Galveston, TX 77554 United States
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We'll provide high-tech treasure hunting basics and clues to your next wild adventure. Learn how to find hidden treasure within the park and around the globe with this short, activity-based program about geocaching. "Geo" = Earth, "cache" = something hidden, like treasure or supplies. ***Please notify Ranger Lisa if you have a group larger than […]

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Holiday Ornament Workshop – Goose Island

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Goose Island State Park, 202 Palmetto St
Rockport, TX 78382 United States
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Free – $5

Discover your new favorite holiday tradition! Join our elves for an afternoon of ornament making and add memories of Goose Island to your holiday traditions for years to come. Santa hats and holiday attire are encouraged! Where: Goose Island State Park Rec Hall When: 1-3pm, Saturday, December 8, 2018 What to bring: Your creativity and […]

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Skins & Skulls – Exploration Station

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CST
McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, TX 78744 United States
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Ever wonder what wildlife calls McKinney Falls home? Come see the beautiful furs and skulls of the most common wildlife in the park. Meet: Lower Falls cul-de-sac Bring: Friends, family and questions! Difficulty: Easy come and go station Event is Free with paid park admission. Adults: $6; Kids 12 and under: Free

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Tejas Trash Bash, Pond Pickup

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
Mission Tejas State Park, 120 State Park Road 44
Grapeland, TX 75844 United States
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Help clean up the ravines that feed our pond, and win a prize with the biggest bag! Water brings us life, but trash floats too! While we pride our little park in its’ cleanliness, we can’t control the weather. The reenergizing fall rains we love can also bring trash downstream with them. - Join Ranger […]

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Camouflage Creatures

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
Inks Lake State Park, 3630 Park Road 4 West
Burnet, TX 78611 United States
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The coolest Animals are hidden in plain site. Find out the secrets to camouflage! How well can you blend into your surrounding? Meet at the Oak Tree in Central Park Program free with entry fee. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP), Instagram, and Facebook for all the latest information about park events!

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Twin Falls Nature Hike

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
Pedernales Falls State Park, 2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City, TX 78636 United States
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Hike with us down to scenic Twin Falls! Join our park ranger on a hike down one of our most diverse trails! This trail travels through several different environments and has abundant plant and animal life. If you are willing to brave the rough, rocky terrain then you may see hill country life you've never […]

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Santa Hat Trail Hike – Martin Dies

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
Martin Dies, Jr. State Park, 634 Park Road 48 South
Jasper, TX 75951 United States
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Free – $4

Hike with a little holiday cheer Don your favorite Santa hat and join a park ranger for a short hike along the Forest Trail. Where: Park headquarters on the hen house ridge When: 1 pm What to bring: Dress in layers, water, camera. There is no fee for attending this program; however, payment of park […]

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Christmas with the Fishes

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Sea Center Texas, 300 Medical Drive
Lake Jackson, TX 77566 United States
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DATE CHANGE: DECEMBER 8, 2018 Come celebrate with Sea Center! Join us for a Sea Center style Christmas story while "Sandy Claws" dives and decorates the Gulf tank. Children can drop off their letters to Santa, and Sandy Claws and his elves will make sure they get delivered. Visitors who bring a food pantry donation […]

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Nature Craft-ivities!

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
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Lake Livingston State Park, 300 Park Road 65
Livingston, TX 77351 United States
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Be creative in this educational series featuring games, activities and a takeaway craft on various nature topics Join us for "Nature Craft-ivities": Games, activities and takeaway crafts on various nature topics. The projects for December will be announced on the day of the activity, but are tentatively planned as follows: Dec 1: Re-used material necklaces […]

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“O, Christmas Tree” Hike

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
Cooper Lake State Park – Doctors Creek Unit, 1664 FM 1529 South
Cooper, TX 75432 United States
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Come out to hike with us like pioneers as we search for the perfect Christmas tree and learn about nature along the way. We will be hiking about a quarter mile on the Cedar Creek Loop to discover winter's nature and our Christmas cheer as we look for a perfect tree to decorate! Meet: At […]

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Art In The Park – Cedar Hill

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 West FM 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104 United States
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Celebrate Christmas with art! Come paint a tree slice Christmas ornament! Meet at the Penn Farm Amphitheater. Regular park admission fees apply. No additional charge for activity participation.

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Holiday Ornament Workshop – Mustang Island

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm CST
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Mustang Island State Park, P. O. Box 326
Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States
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Freeze a moment of your time at Mustang Island State Park with resin casting. Join us for a craft project to capture a unique beach scene. Program begins with a scavenger hunt to find items to put in your vial. Materials are limited, sign up required: eric.ehrlich@tpwd.texas.gov The program is free, park entrance is $5/person, […]

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2:00 pm

Meet the Longhorns

December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
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Copper Breaks State Park, 777 Park Road 62
Quanah, TX 79252-7679 United States
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Free – $2

Meet some of the official state longhorn herd! Meet one of the Texas iconic symbols, the Texas Longhorn. Join a Park Ranger and learn about the history and origins of the Texas Longhorn. Meet Blanco and his buddies, members of the official Texas Longhorn Herd. This program may be cancelled due to weather. Contact the […]

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Choke Canyon Skins and Skulls

December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Choke Canyon State Park – Calliham Unit, P.O. Box 2
Calliham, TX 78007 United States
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Free – $5

Come learn about wildlife found at Choke Canyon State Park and other areas of Texas with one of our park rangers! Then put your identification skills to the test with a game! Have you ever wondered what kinds of animals are found in Texas? Join one of our park rangers for a presentation on park […]

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Hotels for the Holidays

December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Hill Country State Natural Area, 10600 Bandera Creek Rd
Bandera, TX 78003 United States
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Even bugs need a place to stay this holiday season! Join a park ranger to make your very own bug hotel. Come to Hill Country State Natural Area to discover the wonderful world of bugs while making your own bug hotel to take home with you! These are perfect for your garden, front porch, balcony, […]

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Penitentiary Hollow Wild Walk

December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST
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Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway, 100 Park Road 71
Mineral Wells, TX 76067 United States
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Explore beautiful sandstone formations in remote areas only accessible on this guided hike. Join Park Ranger David Owens on a wild walk, crawl and scoot through some of the most remote areas of beautiful Penitentiary Hollow. This is a strenuous walk involving some crawling through tight spaces in rock cracks, crevices and short caves. Expect […]

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The Magical World of Geocaching

December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CST
Guadalupe River State Park, 3350 Park Road 31
Spring Branch, TX 78070 United States
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Discover a whole new way to explore the outdoors! Join us for an introduction to the magical world of Geocaching, where we’ll discover a whole new way to explore the outdoors! Loaner GPS units will be provided, but are limited in number, so be sure to show up early! Wear good walking shoes and dress […]

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Snakes!

December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762
Needville, TX 77461 United States
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Come and join us and learn more about the creature that people love to hate! Life is rough when most people are scared of you, but it doesn’t seem to faze most snakes here at Brazos Bend State Park! These cool cold-blooded reptiles are even cooler once you get to learn all about their amazing […]

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Santa Hat Trail Hike – Lake Arrowhead

December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
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Lake Arrowhead State Park, 229 Park Road 63
Wichita Falls, TX 76310 United States
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A festive hike in the park! Join us to hike and learn about the park with a festive twist! Meet at The Horn Tunnel (#6 on the park trail map). Bring your Santa hat and any other holiday festive attire for this 1.5 mile hike. Weather conditions may be chilly and/or windy, be sure to […]

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3:00 pm

Geocaching 101 – Pedernales Falls

December 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST
Pedernales Falls State Park, 2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City, TX 78636 United States
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Join millions of others in the largest game of scavenger hunt! Geocaching is a worldwide scavenger hunt with millions of hidden caches to look for. Come learn how to get started and get a taste of how it works! Meet at the Picnic Area tables to join in. GPS units available to use. Please RSVP […]

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Photo Walk – Landscape Photography

December 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm CST
Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762
Needville, TX 77461 United States
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Meet us at the Nature Center to learn all about Landscape Photography! A picture is worth a thousand words and with all the wildlife here at Brazos Bend, you can create a story with photos that you can enjoy for years to come! Join us on our Photo Walk as we explore and capture the […]

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Christmas Baking, Outdoor Style – Dutch Oven Cooking

December 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST
Cooper Lake State Park – Doctors Creek Unit, 1664 FM 1529 South
Cooper, TX 75432 United States
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Learn how to prepare a yummy Christmas treat! Join us to learn how to use a Dutch oven and to add a new, sweet desert recipe to your collection. Meet: At Pelican Point Day Use Area Bring: Weather appropriate clothing (it may be cold) Cost: Free

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3:30 pm

Paint Party

December 8 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm CST
Galveston Island State Park, 14901 FM 3005
Galveston, TX 77554 United States
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Let the beauty found in Galveston Island State Park inspire you to pick up a brush and lay down some color. Create a one-of-a-kind souvenir, and make some memories with Ranger Lisa. All art supplies ready and available for use. Fun for the whole family! Bayside paint party_Jan 24 2015 (12).JPG We will meet at […]

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Christmas Tree Lighting

December 8 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm CST
Martin Dies, Jr. State Park, 634 Park Road 48 South
Jasper, TX 75951 United States
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Join us to watch the park's tree light up! Gather at park headquarters on the hen house ridge for the official tree lighting. Hand around for Christmas music, hot cocoa and eggnog. There is no fee for attending this program; however, payment of park entrance fees are required. Entrance fees are paid at Park Headquarters […]

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4:00 pm

Create a Star Wheel

December 8 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm CST
Ray Roberts Lake State Park – Isle Du Bois Unit, 100 PW 4137
Pilot Point, TX 76258-8944 United States
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Equip yourself to discover the night sky. Ever wonder what stars and constellations are in our night sky? Join a ranger to make your very own star wheel and equip yourself discover the wonder of the stars! Meet: Lost Pines Amphitheater (in the event of inclement weather this program will be moved indoors to the […]

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Build Your Own Bird Nest

December 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST
Mission Tejas State Park, 120 State Park Road 44
Grapeland, TX 75844 United States
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Don’t be an egghead, come learn about nests and build your very own! While most birds only use their nests to keep their eggs warm, some live in them all year round to keep themselves warm as well. - Can you make a nest warm enough to help you stay cozy for the coming winter? […]

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Bird Quest

December 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST
McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, TX 78744 United States
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Free – $6

Shake a tail feather and come see the wonderful variety of resident and migratory birds the park has to offer. Learn helpful tips on how to identify birds by sight and sound. Volunteer Sean has been visiting the park to birdwatch since he was 10 years old! Meet: Amphitheater Restroom Bring: Binoculars, water, close toed […]

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5:00 pm

Ghosts of Christmas Past

December 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST

Observe 'ghosts' of cavalry soldiers and their families as they celebrate Christmas in an 1870s U.S military post.

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Star Party

December 8 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm CST
Pedernales Falls State Park, 2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City, TX 78636 United States
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Come join the Austin Astronomical Society in viewing stars, planets and galaxies through dozens of different telescopes! The stars at night are big and bright! Come see them even better with expert and amateur astronomers alike! The Austin Astronomical Society will have multiple telescopes available to visitors in our very own "Star Theater," you just […]

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Twinkle Tour

December 8 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST
Lake Tawakoni State Park, 10822 FM 2475
Wills Point, TX 75169 United States
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Join us for our annual Twinkle Tour at Lake Tawakoni State Park. Enjoy all the festive Christmas lights and meet Santa at the amphitheater. Make note of your Christmas wishes and bring your camera! Twinkle Tour 2018 at Lake Tawakoni State Park is our annual Christmas celebration complete with a Christmas decoration contest, a meet […]

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5:30 pm

Trail of Lights

December 8 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST
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Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site, 414 State Loop 92
La Grange, TX 78945-5733 United States
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Free – $5

Enjoy a beautiful walk through the lighted park to the historic Kreische House decorated for a traditional German-Texas Christmas. Enjoy a fantastic 1/4 mile walking trail illuminated with thousands of lights that decorate the park. Walk along the trail that overlooks the city of La Grange. Experience the traditionally decorated 1850's era home of German […]

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An Icy Engagement

December 8 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm CST
Cooper Lake State Park – Doctors Creek Unit, 1664 FM 1529 South
Cooper, TX 75432 United States
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Have you ever seen Saturn's rings? Join us to take in the view as Saturn engages with the Moon at twilight and find out what makes this an icy engagement. Learn about Saturn and the Moon through science, history, and mythology with a park ranger. Use binoculars to see the rings of Saturn! Meet: At […]

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Night Hike – Government Canyon

December 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm CST
Government Canyon State Natural Area, 12861 Galm Rd
San Antonio, TX 78254 United States
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Free – $6

Experience the canyon after dark. Join knowledgeable guides on a fairly short hike on a, hopefully, starry, moonless night! Participants should be able to hike 3 miles (round trip) over rugged but beautiful trails with some elevation gain. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes. Bring a flashlight, at least a quart of water, and […]

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Night Hike – Guadalupe River

December 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CST
Guadalupe River State Park, 3350 Park Road 31
Spring Branch, TX 78070 United States
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Come experience the trails at night! Discover the park after dark! Join us as we walk an easy trail and look and listen for nocturnal animals. Wear good walking shoes, bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. All ages welcome! No dogs, please. Meet at the amphitheater behind the Discovery Center. Note: Park programs […]

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6:00 pm

History in Lights

December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm CST
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until December 31, 2018

Goliad State Park & Historic Site, 108 Park Road 6
Goliad, TX 77963-3206 United States
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Free – $3

Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo. Goliad State Park invites you to visit our “History in Lights” exhibit, which will run from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm throughout the month of December. Lights and shadows will tell the story of this remarkable site as visitors walk […]

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Dark Sky Zone

December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 16710 Ranch Rd. 965
Fredericksburg, TX 78624 United States
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Join staff and volunteers as we tour the universe. Come view the planets through a telescope or binoculars and see galaxies far, far away! Location: Telescopes will be set up in the main campground between sites 4 & 10 (behind shower building). There is no hiking as part of the program. Bring: your imagination. Dress […]

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Starry Night Hike

December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST
Inks Lake State Park, 3630 Park Road 4 West
Burnet, TX 78611 United States
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Take this short walk and settle in for a night filled with the stars! The park ranger will guide you on a night hike to a Gneiss outcropping where you will learn about our summer constellations and enjoy the night sky. Bring Water, Meet at Devil’s Waterhole Parking lot, Red flashlights preferred. ½ mile walk, […]

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6:30 pm

Huntin’ for the Stars!

December 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST
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Huntsville State Park, P.O. Box 508
Huntsville, TX 77342-0508 United States
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Interested in learning more about the night sky? This is the program for you! Meet at the old Equestrian Stables just down the road from the Nature Center. We’ll use binoculars and telescopes to peer into the sky. Bring blankets or something to lie on, as well as something to drink, nibble on, and weather […]

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7:00 pm

Stories in the Stars

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST
Ray Roberts Lake State Park – Isle Du Bois Unit, 100 PW 4137
Pilot Point, TX 76258-8944 United States
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Free – $7

Discover the folklore behind our constellations. Star hop across the night sky with a ranger and listen to a some of the folklore/mythology associated with constellations. Meet: DORBA parking lot. **You must park at the Day Use parking area and walk to the DORBA Lot** Bring: Dress comfortably, lawn chair highly or picnic blanket recommended […]

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