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Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD)

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September 2018

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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December 2018

Park Temporarily Closed for Wildlife Management – Pedernales Falls

December 9 - December 13
Pedernales Falls State Park, 2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City, TX 78636 United States
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Pedernales Falls State Park will be closed for wildlife management activities (public hunts). During this time, only lottery drawn hunters will be allowed to enter the park. All other activities are prohibited, all trails are closed, and all campsites will be closed during this time. This park closes for these activities several times per year depending on what our Wildlife Biologist recommends for a healthy population of deer.

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Park Temporarily Closed for Wildlife Management – Colorado Bend

December 10 - December 14
Colorado Bend State Park, P. O. Box 118
Bend, TX 76824 United States
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Park closed for wildlife management activities (public drawn hunt).

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Butchering & Curing at Barrington Farm

December 12 @ 10:00 am - December 13 @ 4:00 pm CST

Butchering livestock was a very necessary way of life in the mid-19th century. Many of the animals raised on the farm were raised for that purpose. Pork has been preserved by drying, salting and smoking for centuries. There are different ways of curing, but they all serve the purpose of preserving it to eat later. Join us for our annual butchering and curing weekend, where we will be butchering a hog on Saturday and beginning the curing process on Sunday.…

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Christmas in the Park – Daingerfield

December 12 @ 6:00 pm - December 15 @ 10:00 pm CST
Daingerfield State Park, 455 Park Road 17
Daingerfield, TX 75638 United States
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Free – $4

Come drive through the park lit up like Santa Land and get to meet Santa himself on Friday and Saturday! Drive through the park to enjoy an evening full of Christmas spirit. Drive through the park on Wednesday through Saturday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm to enjoy the lights! On Friday and Saturday, Santa will make his grand entrance in the park at 6pm and will be at the day use area beside the fireplace at the Historic Pavilion to visit…

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Woodland Bird Walk

December 13 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am CST
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An event every week that begins at 8:30am on Thursday, repeating until February 28, 2019

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

What will you find on a bird walk through the woods? Join us for an exploratory walk through the woods of Goose Island State Park. We'll learn about and identify the birds we see on our route, which includes a stop at the bird viewing area. When: 8:30-11:00 A.M. Where: Meet at the Turks Cap parking lot by site #157. Bring: Binoculars, water, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, camera, and weather-appropriate clothing. The park offers a limited number of binoculars available…

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Fate Bell’s Pictograph Shelter/Canyon Guided Walking Tour

December 13 @ 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 trails for hiking and biking that park visitors may do on their own, no access into the canyon without a guide.

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Plant Hike

December 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until March 5, 2019

Estero Llano Grande State Park, 3301 S. International Blvd. (FM 1015)
Weslaco, TX 78596 United States
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Join us for a ranger-led hike to identify interesting native and non-native plants in the park. Ever wonder what the names of those plants were?! Ever wonder about that beautiful flower?! Join us on a two-hour leisurely stroll to explore the fauna of the park led by very knowledgeable Park Host Rick Snider!

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Bird Bingo

December 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Thursday, repeating until April 25, 2019

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

Do you like Bingo? Well, how about birds? Come put your bird identification skills to the test with a Bird Bingo game! So you think you know birds... Let's find out! Join one of our park rangers for a game of bird bingo including some birds found here in the park. This game is held every Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center across from the Gymnasium and lasts 30 minutes to an hour. We hope we'll see you…

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History in Lights

December 13 @ 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 the same path taken by Native Americans and Spanish Franciscans Priests so long ago. Entrance fees are $3.00 per adult and free for children 12…

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Critters of the Night

December 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST
Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1
El Paso, TX 79938 United States
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Bring the whole family and explore Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site in the dark to learn about our nocturnal critters! Please bring flashlights and water bottles and wear closed-toe shoes. Gates will close promptly at 6:00 P.M. Please register to secure your spot as space is limited to the first 15 participants. To reserve please call (915)857-1135

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Geminids Meteor Shower

December 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm CST
Inks Lake State Park, 3630 Park Road 4 West
Burnet, TX 78611 United States
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Free – $6

Watch the biggest meteor shower of the year and learn how humans looked up to survive. Meet at Central Park (across from the playground). Bring blankets or chairs to sit in, dress warmly and bring hot drinks. We will have the telescope out for the first part, then star stories, and end by enjoying the meteor shower. We'll provide hot cocoa and coffee while supplies last. Program free with entry fee.

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Christmas in the Park – Atlanta SP

December 14 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm CST
Atlanta State Park, 927 Park Road 42
Atlanta, TX 75551 United States
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Christmas in the Park from dusk until 9pm

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Cowboy Coffee!

December 14 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 pm CST
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Friday, repeating until December 21, 2018

Inks Lake State Park, 3630 Park Road 4 West
Burnet, TX 78611 United States
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Free – $6

Are you stout enough to drink Cowboy Coffee? Come test your grit! Join a Ranger and learn a little about Cowboy life! This program is a come and go from the Park Headquarters. Don’t forget your recipe for Cowboy Coffee and Dutch Oven Doughnuts! Children will not be served Coffee. 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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Wildlife Tax Valuation Workshop – Burnet

December 14 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm CST
AgriLife Extension, North Vandeveer, Conference Room 607
Burnet, TX 78611 United States
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This workshop will provide a general overview of the wildlife tax valuation guidelines and qualifications, wildlife management plan development, and applicable management practices. Biologists will be on hand to assist landowners with management recommendations and developing management plans. You can register for this event using our online form.

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Big Tree Bird Walk

December 14 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am CST
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An event every week that begins at 8:30am on Friday, repeating until February 22, 2019

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

Come along with us to view birds at the Big Tree Natural Area! What will you see beyond the Big Tree? Join us for a hike through the Big Tree Natural Area, an area of the park that is otherwise closed to the public. We'll observe birds in a variety of habitats including coastal oak forests, coastal prairies, marshes, and bay shorelines. We may even be lucky enough to see an endangered Whooping Crane! When: 8:30-11:00 A.M. Where: Check in…

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Bentsen Bird Walk

December 14 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am CST
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An event every week that begins at 8:30am on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, repeating until December 30, 2018

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Drive (FM 2062)
Mission, TX 78572 United States
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Bentsen is a top destination for birders. Join us for a guided walk showcasing South Texas specialty birds such as the Altamira Oriole, Green Jay, Plain Chachalaca, and Great Kiskadee. Bring comfortable shoes and a pair of binoculars if you have them. If you don't have binoculars don't worry- you can rent a pair from our park store! Meet: Headquarters Park Store

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Birding Basics

December 14 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am CST
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An event every month that begins at 9:30am on day Second of the month, repeating until February 8, 2019

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 16710 Ranch Rd. 965
Fredericksburg, TX 78624 United States
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Join a park ranger as we go in search of the birds that call Enchanted Rock home. We'll start with binocular use and basic identification, then go for a short stroll to try out our birdwatching skills and see what we can find! group of birders using binoculars What do they see? Come find out! Loaner binoculars are available for the first 12 visitors. You are also welcome to bring your own binoculars, cameras, etc. Meet at the beginning of…

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Choke Canyon Bird Walk

December 14 @ 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 own binoculars and bird identification book. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather! This walk takes place every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and lasts one…

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Fate Bell’s Pictograph Shelter/Canyon Guided Walking Tour

December 14 @ 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 trails for hiking and biking that park visitors may do on their own, no access into the canyon without a guide.

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Choke Canyon Bird Walk

December 14 @ 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 own binoculars and bird identification book. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather! This walk takes place every Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and…

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Kids + Cookies

December 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST
Franklin Mountains State Park, 1331 McKelligon Canyon Road
El Paso, TX 79930 United States
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Grab your boots! Grab your kid! Grab a Santa hat! Bake up your favorite cookies and bring some to share! Join other parents looking to spend quality time outdoors with their little ones. Reservations required; to reserve your spot, call the office at (915) 566-6441 Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Take some time to unplug, get outside, and get your “Vitamin N.” On this hike we will also get our "Vitamin CCC," Christmas, cookies, and good company by including a…

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Growing Up WILD Workshop

December 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST
TecH2O Water Resource Learning Center, 10751 Montana Ave.
El Paso, TX 79935 United States
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Learn to share conservation with children: Professional Development for anyone who works with young children Growing Up WILD invites you to explore and share the fascinating world of wildlife and ecosystems using fun, hands-on educational activities. You will experience engaging TEKS-aligned activities while networking with other educators. Workshop participants receive: 3 hours TEA-approved CPE and TEEAC Credit Growing Up WILD Early Childhood Guide (for 3-7 yr olds) Texas-specific resources Anyone who works with children, including teachers, homeschoolers, informal educators, and…

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Butterfly and Dragonfly Walk

December 14 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm CST
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An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Friday, repeating until April 26, 2019

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

Observe and identify butterflies and dragonflies on a leisurely hike led by a knowledgeable guide. Suitable for all ages. About 300 species of butterflies and about 100 species of dragonflies make South Texas their home, many of which are found nowhere else in North America. Binoculars, closed shoes and a hat are suggested for participants. Meet on the deck overlooking beautiful Ibis Pond just outside the Park Store. Checklists are provided. A knowledgeable guide will lead. Free with regular park…

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Jeop-Birdy!

December 14 @ 2:30 pm CST
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Friday, repeating until April 26, 2019

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

Join our Interpretive Ranger in this fun game to test your bird knowledge. Have you ever wanted to play on the Jeopardy game show? Well now's your chance with a little birding twist! This game is held every Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Gymnasium and lasts 30 minutes to an hour. This program is free to park campers and day users. Park entrance fees are $5 per person (13 years and up).

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Trail of Lights

December 14 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST
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One event on December 14, 2018 at 5:30pm

One event on December 15, 2018 at 5:30pm

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 immigrant Heinrich Kreische bedecked in German-Texas Christmas splendor. Bring your children to tell their wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy entertainment and the hospitality…

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Five Senses Hike

December 14 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm CST
Inks Lake State Park, 3630 Park Road 4 West
Burnet, TX 78611 United States
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How do the animals on night shift survive? Test your senses on this short 1/2 mile hike! Meet at Devil's Waterhole Parking lot. Bring RED flashlights and water! 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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History in Lights

December 14 @ 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 the same path taken by Native Americans and Spanish Franciscans Priests so long ago. Entrance fees are $3.00 per adult and free for children 12…

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Christmas in the Park – Atlanta SP

December 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until December 15, 2018

Atlanta State Park, 927 Park Road 42
Atlanta, TX 75551 United States
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Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, The Grinch, and Smokey the Bear and drive through decorated campgrounds. Refreshments will be served. Atlanta State Park will host its Annual Christmas in the Park event December 14-15, 2018. The event will start at dark each day and end at 9 pm. Visitors can drive-thru the park and look at the spectacular decorations and lights displayed by our campers (over 50 sites will be decorated). Afterwards, stop by park headquarters and enjoy some cookies…

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Cross Timbers Area & Backcountry Hiking Temporarily Closed – Lake Mineral Wells SP

December 14 @ 10:00 pm - December 22 @ 6:00 am CST
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway, 100 Park Road 71
Mineral Wells, TX 76067 United States
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The Cross Timbers camping and backcountry hiking area of the park will be closed to the public for wildlife management activities.

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Fa La La in the Forest Scavenger Hunt

December 15
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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 lead you down trails so be prepared! An easy, go at your own pace activity! To start off go to Buescher State Park Headquarters building…

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Fa La La Through The Pines Scavenger Hunt

December 15
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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 lead you down trails so be prepared! An easy, go at your own pace activity! To start off go to Bastrop State Park Headquarters building…

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Archery 101 Day

December 15
Goose Island State Park, 202 Palmetto St
Rockport, TX 78382 United States
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Interested in trying archery? This program is for you! Learn and practice the basics of archery with a ranger. This program is an introduction to basic archery and will provide lessons and experience in archery safety and shooting skills. All archery and safety equipment is provided. Please arrive at the Day Use Area at least 10 minutes before your designated start time. Bring: Drinking water Closed-toed shoes (tennis shoes are best) This program is outdoors; please dress for the weather.…

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Sunrise Hike

December 15 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am CST
Resaca de la Palma State Park, 1000 New Carmen Ave.
Brownsville, TX 78521 United States
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Start your day with the sun. Join a ranger for a 2-mile hike.

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Sunrise Hike!

December 15 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am CST
Resaca de la Palma State Park, 1000 New Carmen Ave.
Brownsville, TX 78521 United States
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Start your day with the sun. Join a ranger for a 2-mile hike.

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Ask a Ranger Broadcast – Huntsville SP

December 15 @ 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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Presa Canyon All-Day Guided Hike

December 15 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm CST
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One event on January 26, 2019 at 8:00am

One event on February 9, 2019 at 8:00am

One event on February 23, 2019 at 8:00am

One event on February 9, 2019 at 8:00am

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site, P.O. Box 820
Comstock, TX 78837 United States
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Limited space-reservation required! Why is this a guided-only hike? This is for your safety and protection of the park's natural and cultural resources. Your safety and well-being is your responsibility, you are expected to stay with the group and listen to the guide(s) instructions. Who provides the guide(s) for the hike and where does it go? The park provides an approved guide (either staff or docent), leading the group into remote areas within the bottom of both Seminole and Presa…

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Tyler State Park Birding Tour

December 15 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am CST
Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16
Tyler, TX 75706-9141
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Let's Go Birding! We’ll travel into the park to find birds, observe them in the wild, and add them to your lists. Bring binoculars and a field guide (if you have them), and dress for the weather. Easy to moderate hike can be expected. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Not recommended for large groups and no pets, please. Meet at the park headquarters building.

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Family Fishing Day

December 15 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
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One event on January 12, 2019 at 8:00am

One event on February 16, 2019 at 8:00am

Bring the whole family to the quarry pond which will be stocked with trout. Please bring your own rods/reels, though we do have a very limited number of loaner poles. Event will be from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. with waived entry fees for event participants during the event.

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Guided Nature Hike – Sheldon Lake SP

December 15 @ 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 spray, and wear comfortable footwear for walking.

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A Prairie Dog Christmas Scavenger Hunt

December 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CST
Lake Arrowhead State Park, 229 Park Road 63
Wichita Falls, TX 76310 United States
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Can you find all the prairie dogs? Join us for a Prairie Dog Christmas Scavenger Hunt by finding wooden, Christmas themed Prairie Dogs in the park on Dec 15, from 8AM to 5PM. Use #laspchristmas and post your photo of you and the prairie dog that you found to our Facebook or Instagram page. Find three prairie dogs and win a prize! Visit the park headquarters to claim a prize.

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Angler Education Instructor Training Workshop

December 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CST
Bass Pro Shops – Pearland, 1000 Bass Pro Drive
Pearland, TX 77047 United States
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Become a TPWD certified Angler Education Instructor This free workshop is open to anyone 18 or older interested in teaching fishing skills in their communities. The program provides the curriculum, equipment (where available), materials and support to help volunteers successfully introduce youth and their families to fishing. Ideal for teachers, scout or youth group leaders, afterschool or camp staff and community volunteers. TEA-approved CPE available for teachers. Participants should wear comfortable clothing for outdoor activities, wear hat, sunglasses and bring…

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Cross Timbers Cowboy Christmas – Music & Poetry

December 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CST
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway, 100 Park Road 71
Mineral Wells, TX 76067 United States
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Bring the whole family to the Lone Star Amphitheater and experience Christmas cowboy style. Join park ranger and cowboy poet, David Owens, round the campfire for an evening of cowboy culture through songs, stories and poems. Held at the Lone Star Amphitheater in Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, TX, 76067. Accessible for the mobility impaired. The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.

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World Birding Center Bird Walks

December 15 @ 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 see outside of the Rio Grande Valley, our guided bird walks are a must for everyone. Whether you are new to birding and ready to…

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Shorebird Walk

December 15 @ 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 pier. Things to bring: Binoculars, water, sun screen, shoes suitable for walking, a camera, and wear weather appropriate clothing. There will be a few pairs…

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McKinney Falls Trail Crew

December 15 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm CST
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An event every month that begins at 8:30am on day Third of the month, repeating until December 28, 2019

McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, TX 78744 United States
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Free

Looking for an opportunity to work outside, gain new skills, and give back to the only state park in Austin, TX? Join our team as a Trail Crew Volunteer! Trail maintenance experience is a plus, but not necessary. We will train you in proper tool usage, trail specifications, and natural resource management. Our goal is to have a committed group of individuals to service our trails once a month and lead community groups on additional service days in the park…

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Bird & Nature Hike

December 15 @ 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 survey allows birders a chance to find birds in their wild habitat, and by logging the bird list on the internet, allows future visitors to…

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Morning Bird Walk

December 15 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am CST
Ray Roberts Lake State Park – Isle Du Bois Unit, 100 PW 4137
Pilot Point, TX 76258-8944 United States
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Join a Texas Master Naturalist volunteer for an morning bird walk to look for what's on the wing that morning. The walk will take place around the easy, 2.2 mile Randy Bell Scenic Trail. Meet: Wild Plum Parking Lot. There is additional parking at the DORBA parking lot and Day Use parking lot near the boat ramp. Bring: Dress for the weather and bring water. Binoculars are highly encouraged, and a field guide is optional. Note: Unfortunately dogs/pets are not…

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Explore the Canyon

December 15 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm CST
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An event every month that begins at 8:30am on day Third of the month, repeating until December 21, 2019

One event on February 16, 2019 at 8:30am

Government Canyon State Natural Area, 12861 Galm Rd
San Antonio, TX 78254 United States
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Join us every third Saturday of the month for a new adventure! Knowledgeable guides discuss the flora, fauna, natural and cultural history of this awesome natural area on this exploration. Length of hike and interpretive topic will vary, depending on the group. Open to all ages; minors must be accompanied by an adult; group size limited to the first 12 people; no pets please. Dress appropriately, sunscreen and hat recommended, wear sturdy footwear for hiking over rough terrain; bring two…

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December Hard Hat Tour Aboard the Battleship Texas

December 15 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm CST
Battleship Texas State Historic Site, 3523 Independence Parkway South
LaPorte, TX 77571 United States
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Unique behind the scenes tour Looking for something fun and different to do? Ever wonder what’s behind all those locked doors aboard the Battleship TEXAS? Well look no more we have just the thing for you! First Texas Volunteers (FTV) in cooperation with Battleship Texas Foundation (BTF) and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) will host a very special unique guided behind the scenes “Hard Hat Tour” aboard the ship, Saturday, December 15th, 2018. This tour will last approximately (3…

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Fireside Coffee

December 15 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am CST
McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, TX 78744 United States
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Come share a morning cup of coffee with a ranger! People have been gathering for a cup of caffeinated comfort in various forms for hundreds of years! Join a ranger at the Amphitheater and warm up with some coffee. You can bring your own hot drink or we will have a limited supply of coffee available (first come first served). Bring: Your own mug! If you forget yours, we have some for sale at Headquarters. Meet: Amphitheater.

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Nature Walk with a Park Ranger – Copper Breaks

December 15 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am CST
Copper Breaks State Park, 777 Park Road 62
Quanah, TX 79252-7679 United States
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Join a Park Ranger as they guide participants on a Nature Walk through the park. Participants will have the chance to see some of the park’s spectacular birds and wildlife, learn about some of the park’s native plant life, and perhaps see one of the resident bobcats, deer or turkey strolling across one of the trails or lake side trails. Participants will meet by the Kiowa Campground restrooms. Dress warm, bring water, confy hiking shoes are recommended, if you have…

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Holiday Food Drive

December 15 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm CST
Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Rd 59
Glen Rose, TX 76043 United States
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On December 15 Dinosaur Valley State Park is accepting non-perishable, unexpired food items for day use admission into the park. Bring in food get in free! This pertains to individuals 13 years old and older (12 and younger are always free) and doesn't include campers. Benefits PaPa's Pantry of Somervell County Please contact Tracey James, (254) 897-4588 x223, for more info

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Coffee with a Ranger – BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug)

December 15 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am CST
McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, TX 78744 United States
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Come share a morning cup of coffee with a Ranger! People have been gathering for a cup of caffeinated comfort in various forms for hundreds of years! Join a Ranger at the Amphitheater and warm up with some coffee. You can bring your own hot drink or we will have a limited supply of coffee available (first come first served). Bring: Your own mug! If you forget yours, we have some for sale at Headquarters. Meet: Amphitheater

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Honey Creek Saturday Morning Guided Hike

December 15 @ 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 admission of $7 per person 13 and over (free with a current TPWD Park Pass) and a requested donation of $2 per person to the…

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Junior Rangers – Estero Llano Grande

December 15 @ 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 nature (no children without parent/guardian, please). Kids keep this journal as a souvenir of their visit to Estero-- completion of the journal earns a Junior…

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Invasive Control Patrol

December 15 @ 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 your local ecosystem, and is interested in volunteering. For more information, contact Claire Satterwhite Claire.Satterwhite@tpwd.texas.gov or 281 456 2800 x225

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First Catch Center – Tyler

December 15 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm CST
Glass Recreation Center, 501 West 32nd St.
Tyler, TX 75702 United States
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Bring the family to learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing. Equipment and bait will be provided, or bring your own gear. Topics will include fishing equipment and tackle box basics, knot-tying, fishing rules and regulations, fish ID and habitat, angler ethics, proper fish handling techniques, water and boat safety, environmental stewardship, and some local tips, tricks and techniques to catch fish. Bring a sack lunch, and a re-usable…

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Dutch Oven Christmas – Cleburne SP

December 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
Cleburne State Park, 5800 Park Road 21
Celburne, TX 76033 United States
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Are You interested in learning the art of Dutch oven cooking? Join the Dutch Oven Society in making a variety of Christmas dishes as they provide "Dutch Oven 101" course. Afterwards you'll be ready to try your hand at making your own tasty treats the next time you go camping. For those looking to get crafty, there will also be ornament making. 817-645-4215

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Volunteer Orientation

December 15 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am CST
Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center, 14140 Garrett Rd.
Houston, TX 77044 United States
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Looking for a new team to join? A new hobby? A new group? A new place to call your own? Sheldon Lake State Park is just around the corner! Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center has something for everyone! If you're into habitat restoration and love getting dirty, if you enjoy teaching others about the endless wonders of our natural resources, or if you just love being outdoors! This Volunteer Orientation is a perfect introduction to anyone looking…

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Canyon Driving Tour

December 15 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am CST
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 11450 Park Road 5
Canyon, TX 79015 United States
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Take a driving tour of Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the comfort of our van. Learn about the flora, fauna, history, & geology of the canyon. Prepare: This program requires sign up due to limited seating in the van. Sign up by visiting park Headquarters or by emailing the park interpreter at jeff.davis@tpwd.texas.gov. All riders must be old enough to ride in the van without a car seat. Tour will be about 1.5 hours long. Meet: At park headquarters,…

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Summit Hike

December 15 @ 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 hours. Distance: 1.5 miles there and back again. Elevation gain: 425 feet. Bring: Walking or hiking shoes Plenty of water Sunscreen Dress for the weather…

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Birding 101 – Fort Boggy SP

December 15 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am CST
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One event on December 22, 2018 at 9:30am

Fort Boggy State Park, 4994 Highway 75 South
Centerville, TX 75833 United States
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Are you interested in birding? Learn tips on how to identify birds as you hike a one-Hour easy trail! park programs are free with a Texas State Parks pass or park entrance fee of $3 per person ages 13 and up, kids 12 and under are free! In the event of inclement weather, this program will be cancelled.

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Choke Canyon Bird Walk

December 15 @ 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 own binoculars and bird identification book. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather! This walk takes place every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and lasts one…

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Fate Bell’s Pictograph Shelter/Canyon Guided Walking Tour

December 15 @ 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 trails for hiking and biking that park visitors may do on their own, no access into the canyon without a guide.

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Choke Canyon Bird Walk

December 15 @ 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 own binoculars and bird identification book. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather! This walk takes place every Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and…

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Ranger Led Hikes

December 15 @ 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 this fun event!

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Beachcombing 101

December 15 @ 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 park orientation before we stroll to the beach where we can review the best treasure hunting practices, identification basics, hand out equipment, and use the…

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Naturalists Then and Now

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST
Bastrop State Park, 100 Park Road 1A
Bastrop, TX 78602 United States
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Hike the trails in Bastrop State Park as a Texas Master Naturalist leads you back in time for a spell. During this hike, we look at the historic contributions of Naturalist from the 18th and 19th centuries (and even earlier) and contrast their skills, tools, and methods with Naturalist of the 21st century. Could you be a naturalist? Find out as we explore the trails! Meet at the playground parking lot. Guided hike should last around an hour. Please remember…

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Staying Warm

December 15 @ 10:00 am - December 16 @ 4:00 pm CST

Staying warm on the farm is a special challenge during the cold and damp days of winter. Dr. Jones’ home at Barrington is very nice house for 1850 but it was built for keeping cool. Staying warm on the farm is a special challenge during the cold and damp days of winter. Help us beat this problem in 1850, by hauling firewood, learning how to use flint and steel, and stave off the cold. Contact Barb King for more information…

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Living History Saturday

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CST

Learn about 19th-Century medicine and nail-making at Independence Hall. Come with us and travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836. On the third Saturday of each month, staff and volunteers dress in period clothing to bring to life the people and events of Old Washington for a unique opportunity for the entire family to discover various aspects of life during the Republic of Texas. Demonstrations include nail-making and 19th-century medicine. Tours of Independence Hall will…

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Trimmings & Traditions Plant Hike

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am CST
McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, TX 78744 United States
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Join us on a one mile hike to discover some useful native plants that grow in the park. Texans have brought their traditions with them from wherever their ancestors came from for thousands of years. Throughout time, people have sought out different plants for decoration, medicine, and sometimes even luck for the coming year (or maybe a smooch from someone special!). This is not a harvesting hike - plants will be left within the park. Bring: close toed shoes, water,…

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Jr. Ranger Program – Animal Tracks

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1
El Paso, TX 79938 United States
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Join a Park Ranger and participate in nature programs. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and discover the wonders of the desert as we identify plants, animals, and the history of Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site. The cost is $9 per adult 13 and above and $2 per child ages 5-12. Reservations are required as program is limited to 25 participants. Please call for reservations at 915-857-1135

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Tiny Predators; Tiny Prey Hike

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST
Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Road
Lockhart, TX 78644-9716 United States
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Come enjoy a guided hike with a Texas Master Naturalist as you learn about the frightening side of the insect world! Join a Texas Master Naturalist for an all-ages hike and learn about the dangerous world where insects fight for survival! If you were insect-sized, could you survive? It's a bug-eat-bug world out there! Meet at the Creekview Trail trailhead, at the far end of the campground. Please wear close-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, and bring water!

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Predators of the Pines

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am CST
Buescher State Park, 100 Park Road 1E
Smithville, TX 78957 United States
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Explore Buescher State Park on a guided hike with a Texas Master Naturalist! Have you ever wondered why your cat's eyes glow in the dark? Or why dogs lick their nose? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we explore ways predators use adaptations to stalk their prey! Meet at the parking lot near walk-in campsite 61, across from the Winding Woodland Trail trailhead. Guided hike should last around an hour to an hour and a half. Easy…

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Staying Warm

December 15 @ 10:00 am - December 16 @ 4:00 pm CST

Dr. Jones’ home at Barrington is very nice house for 1850 but it was built for keeping cool. Staying warm on the farm is a special challenge during the cold and damp days of winter. Help us beat this problem in 1850, by hauling firewood, learning how to use flint and steel, and stave off the cold. Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x.246

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Women’s Work at Barrington Farm

December 15 @ 10:00 am - December 16 @ 4:00 pm CST

Women in the mid-Victorian period were expected to be concerned about, and very involved in life around the home. How did their education, for daughters like Sarah Jones, maintain expectations for that lifestyle as they grew up? Discussions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., for more information contact Barb King at 936-878-2214 x.246

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Holly-Day Hike

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST
San Angelo State Park, 3900-2 Mercedes Road
San Angelo, TX 76901 United States
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Come join us for a hike before we begin our Holly Day celebration later this evening. This will be an easy to moderate trail. Please meet at the playground area for this Holly Day Adventure. Hike dependent on weather conditions. Please bring sensible shoes, water and any other items you may need for the hike. The hike is approximately 2 miles and is easy to moderate. **This hike is included with your paid entry into the park. Entrance fees are…

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Birding 101: Introduction to Birding – Tyler SP

December 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm CST
Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16
Tyler, TX 75706-9141
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Everybody’s a Birder! Learn how to identify birds by sight and sound. Learn the tools of the trade and simple tricks to make birding easier and fun! Bring binoculars (if you have them), dress for the weather, and be ready for a ½ mile walk. Recommended for all ages. Meet at the Brown's Point Picnic Area.

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Amazing Adaptations – Winter Wonders

December 15 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am CST
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Winter is coming… and the wildlife is ready for it! Come learn how some of the stars of East Texas ecosystem survive the harsh realities of winter. - From storing food, to gaining weight, to leaving town, to simply sleeping through it – there is no limit to the ways critters combat the cold! - Join Ranger Jared and discover the many ways life slows down, speeds up, and hangs on as animals in East Texas prepare for the cold…

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Third Saturday Junior Rangers – Battleship Texas

December 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
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One event on December 19, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on March 16, 2019 at 11:00am

Battleship Texas State Historic Site, 3523 Independence Parkway South
LaPorte, TX 77571 United States
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Discover the history of Battleship TEXAS through fun, hands-on tours and activities for ages 6-12. Join Park Ranger Mark aboard Battleship TEXAS for a one-hour program and activity for our younger visitors ages 6-12. Upcoming programs include "Sending Messages by Signal Flags" and "Chow Time! Feeding TEXAS' Crew." Participants may get to explore areas of the ship normally off the public tour route. Junior Ranger programs are free with paid ship admission. No reservation required, unless stated. Schedule is subject…

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Craft: Animal Track Ornament

December 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
Lake Arrowhead State Park, 229 Park Road 63
Wichita Falls, TX 76310 United States
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Learn about tracks and make an ornament for your Christmas tree! Join us to make a paper ornament just in time for the holidays! We will have different kinds of animal track stamps to use to decorate your ornament. You'll also learn about some of the animals that live in Lake Arrowhead State Park. Meet: Outside the administration building (by the floating docks). This program is free to attend with paid park entrance ($4 per adult, kids 12 and under…

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Christmas at Penn Farm

December 15 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm CST
Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 West FM 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104 United States
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Celebrate Christmas at Penn Farm! Come to Penn Farm to enjoy a petting zoo, historic tours, Dutch oven cooking, and butter churning. You may even see Santa! Meet at Penn Farm Parking Lot. Regular park admission fees apply. No additional charge for activity participation.

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Christmas Crafts

December 15 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CST
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 11450 Park Road 5
Canyon, TX 79015 United States
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Take a little piece of Palo Duro Canyon home with you to hang on your Christmas tree! Prepare: Crafts will include corn husk dolls and Palo Duro mice, and hot chocolate will be served. All supplies will be provided. This program is great for kids, but adults who are young-at-heart are welcome too! Meet: At the Visitor Center, 3/4 of a mile inside the park entrance. Fees: Regular park entrance fees - $5 per adult, kids 12 and under are…

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Where do gators go for the Winter?

December 15 @ 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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Dutch Oven Cooking – Lockhart SP

December 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Road
Lockhart, TX 78644-9716 United States
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Come celebrate the holiday season by joining us for a primer in outdoor cooking with a dutch oven! In the chill of our winter season, there is nothing better than a hot meal being prepared over an open fire! In this exciting hands-on program, you will learn how to use a dutch oven to create a delicious meal over an open flame, and of course, sample your handiwork!! You’ll explore dutch ovens, learn how to build a campfire, practice the…

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Nature Craft-ivities!

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2018

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 Dec 8: Holiday ornaments Dec 15: Holiday Placemats Dec 22: Wooden Keychain holders Dec 29: Model of the Solar System Learn about nature with games,…

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Holiday Ornament Workshop – Mustang Island

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm CST
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until December 22, 2018

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, 12 and under free.

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Reindeer Romp

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
Buescher State Park, 100 Park Road 1E
Smithville, TX 78957 United States
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Get ready to romp like a reindeer on a guided hike with a ranger through the woods and learn about the wildlife that calls Buescher home! Hikers are encouraged to wear reindeer antlers! We may not have reindeer in our park but do we have two other cervids that call the Lost Pines home! What's a cervid? Come find out! How do our furry friends make it through the colder seasons? What is left for them to forage during the…

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Old Time Games & Crafts – Exploration Station

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, TX 78744 United States
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Here at the Homestead, kids have made their own fun since 1850! What toys did kids play with in the early 1800's? Find out here! Thomas and Anna McKinney did not have any biological children of their own, but did adopt the two Fannin girls after their parents died during the Texas Revolution. This place has been a playground for kids of all ages ever since. Come enjoy try your luck at these Old Time Games and a craft (while…

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Holiday in the Park – Enchanted Rock

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 16710 Ranch Rd. 965
Fredericksburg, TX 78624 United States
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Join park staff for cookies, coffee & cocoa and make your own holiday greeting cards! 1-4PM: Cookies and beverages will be available at the office. 2-3PM: Card making station will be in the picnic area, located behind the comfort station restroom. And is that Santa I spy at the Gazebo?? Entrance fee for the park is $7/person (children 12 and under are free); no additional fee to attend this program. Entry is free with a Texas State Parks Pass. No…

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Long Haul Hike

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST
Mission Tejas State Park, 120 State Park Road 44
Grapeland, TX 75844 United States
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Test your endurance and warm up with a distance hike at MTSP! Sometimes 1 or 2 miles just doesn’t get the blood flowing, and cold weather doesn’t help! - Join Ranger Jared in a longer guided hike over moderate difficulty terrain, coming in at just around 5-miles. - This trip will combine 83 year old CCC trails with some of our newest paths, creating a unique journey through the varying terrain, history, and natural beauty of Mission Tejas. - See…

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An Animal Christmas

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
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Animals celebrate the changing seasons too! Join a ranger for an old-fashioned Christmas story and a special take home craft for your backyard critters! Meet under the Oak Tree @ 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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Archery in the Park – Guadalupe River

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Guadalupe River State Park, 3350 Park Road 31
Spring Branch, TX 78070 United States
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Free – $7

Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow! Find out the 11 steps to Archery Success! This program is for ages 10 and up. Join us at any time during the afternoon. Meet at the Rust House at Honey Creek State Natural Area (inside the park) Note: Park programs are free with a Texas State Parks pass or park entrance fee - $7 per person ages 13 and up, kids 12 and under are always free!

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Art in the Park – Pedernales Falls

December 15 @ 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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Find your creative inspiration in the sights and shapes of nature! Nature is beautiful in so many ways. Join us in searching for just the right inspiration to create your own work of art! Then sit down and draw, paint and color until you've made that natural inspiration your own. Meet us at the Picnic Area tables to join in. There will be a short hike around the clearing that is flat ground, grassy and shady. Paints, colors and paper…

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Christmas in the Valley

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST
Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Rd 59
Glen Rose, TX 76043 United States
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Paint a Christmas card, wooden ornament, and make popcorn garlands to feed the birds as we enjoy a story on the significance of our park’s ornament. Then enjoy seasonal cider and cookies in the park’s pavilion on the river as we learn about cooking with Cast-iron over the fire. While supplies last. Accessible for the mobility, visual and hearing impaired.

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Christmas in the Park – Falcon SP

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST
Falcon State Park, P. O. Box 2
Falcon Heights, TX 78545 United States
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Get in the holiday spirit and bring the entire family to the park. We will have archery, games, pictures with Santa, children can decorate their own ornament to take home and hang on tree. Come by to also meet our local law enforcement. Pictures with Santa will begin at 1:30 pm. Call the park for any questions at (956)848-5327. Park entrance: 13yrs & older $3.00/ 12 & under FREE

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An Animal Kind of Christmas

December 15 @ 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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Animals celebrate the changing seasons too! Join a ranger for an old-fashioned Christmas story and a special take home craft for your backyard critters! Meet @ Amphitheatre! Program free with entry fee.

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Birding 101 – Estero Llano Grande

December 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm CST
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One event on December 29, 2018 at 1:30pm

Estero Llano Grande State Park, 3301 S. International Blvd. (FM 1015)
Weslaco, TX 78596 United States
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Basic techniques from field guides to binoculars, especially for newbies! Join us in a relaxed-pace class for all ages about birding, from identifying birds, selecting field guides to understanding the numbers on binoculars. Bring your own binoculars and field guides if you have them, but if not they will be provided for you. Meet on the Deck outside the Park Store. Free with park entry ($5 adults, children 12-and-under free).

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Christmas for the Birds – Fort Boggy SP

December 15 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CST
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One event on December 22, 2018 at 1:30pm

Fort Boggy State Park, 4994 Highway 75 South
Centerville, TX 75833 United States
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Join us to make a bird feeder for our feathered friends this holiday season! Sip hot chocolate, play bird bingo, and create a bird feeder! All ages welcome and materials are provided! Program is free with park entrance fee $3 per person ages 13 and up. In the event of inclement weather this program will be cancelled.

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