Calendar of Events

Dallas and Fort Worth Events

Events in and around the Dallas area.

April 2016

Apr 22 End Date

Texas Nature Challenge - Fossil Hunt

Eisenhower State Park
Join this family-friendly nature competition and adventure across Texas.

May 2016

May 27 End Date

Bat Watch

Caddo Lake State Park
SORRY, THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Learn about the secret lives of bats!
May 27 End Date

Friday Night Frog Talk

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Find out who's croaking in your pond!
May 28 End Date

East Texas Black Pot Cookers

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Learn about cast iron Dutch oven cooking.
May 28 End Date

Monthly Bird Walk

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
Join us to spot some of our feathered friends!
May 28 End Date

Chainsaws and Wildflowers

Eisenhower State Park
Learn about how the park protects its prairie habitats. Watch a live chainsaw demonstration, and then create a craft inspired by native wildflowers.
May 28 End Date

Geocaching 101

Cedar Hill State Park
Go on a high-tech treasure hunt!
May 28 End Date

"Fossil Diggin'"

Dinosaur Valley State Park
May 28 End Date

Build a Bird Workshop

Eisenhower State Park
Let nature inspire you!
May 28 End Date

Nature Walk on Penn Farm

Cedar Hill State Park
Learn about history and nature as you tour historic Penn Farm!
May 28 End Date

Night Sky Activities

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
We will talk about constellations, moon phases, and viewing helps. Make a sky wheel you can take with you and use wherever you go.
May 28 End Date

Basic Backyard Birding

Martin Creek Lake State Park
What's that bird?
May 28 End Date

Critters of North Texas

Cedar Hill State Park
Learn about the critters that call North Texas home!
May 28 End Date

Sky's Above Us Day

Purtis Creek State Park
Activities, games and art projects to help us remember to look up and be amazed at things in the sky above us.
May 28 End Date

Junior Ranger Activities

Cedar Hill State Park
Earn bragging rights at Cedar Hill State Park!
May 28 End Date

The Wonders of the Night Sky – Stargazing

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
Come be amazed at the vast expanse of the galaxy we live in.
May 28 End Date

Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“Learning about our cowboy heritage can be fun!”
May 28 End Date

Light Painting Workshop

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
This event has been cancelled. Sorry for the inconvenience.
May 28 End Date

"Night Hike"

Dinosaur Valley State Park
May 28 End Date

Stargazing

Purtis Creek State Park
Come and enjoy learning about and viewing the night sky.
May 28 End Date

Constellations in the Canyons

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
Stargazing with telescopes underneath one of the darkest night skies in Texas!
May 29 End Date

Hiking the Prairie

Dinosaur Valley State Park
May 29 End Date

Geocaching 101

Dinosaur Valley State Park
May 29 End Date

How Do Birds Fly?

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Weight, Lift, Drag, and Thrust!
May 29 End Date

Penn Farm Tour

Cedar Hill State Park
Tour historic Penn Farm!
May 29 End Date

Butter Churning

Cedar Hill State Park
Churn butter the old fashioned way!
May 29 End Date

Arts and Nature

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Nature Crafts
May 29 End Date

Butterflies of West Texas & a Bit of West Texas History

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
Butterflies go fluttering by, on colored wings that catch the eye. On wings of orange, and silvery blue, on wings of golden yellow, too.
May 29 End Date

Night Hike Wolfpen Trail

Purtis Creek State Park
Nighttime hike through the forest learning about nocturnal traits and tools to help us adapt after dark.
May 30 End Date

Sunrise Canoe Tour

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Wake up on the water

June 2016

Jun 3 End Date

Bat Tour

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
Join us for a guided vehicle tour to historic Clarity Tunnel for the bat emergence flight. Reservations are required. Please call the park at (806)455-1492 to reserve your spot.
Jun 3 End Date

Lake Mineral Wells State Park | Two Night Event! | Texas Outdoor Family | Ft Worth Area | (Full - Waitlist Forming)

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Join us for a fun-filled weekend designed to help your family discover the joys of camping and Texas State Parks. All camping gear and equipment required for an overnight stay at the park are included with each reservation! Click for a list of activities offered and specific information for this workshop.
Jun 4 End Date

National Trails Day 2016

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Jun 4 End Date

Pier Fishing With A Ranger

Purtis Creek State Park
Mentored fishing opportunity to learn about the bait and tackle many use to catch fish from the piers.
Jun 4 End Date

National Trails Day Canyon Walk & Talk

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
It's National Trails Day and we're celebrating by offering tours and guided hikes on many of our different trails!
Jun 4 End Date

22nd Annual Mark Howell Memorial Fishing Rodeo

Lake Arrowhead State Park
Lake Arrowhead State Park invites you to join us for the 22nd Annual Mark Howell Memorial Fishing Rodeo, Kids fish and Adult Rough Fish contest!
Jun 4 End Date

Shoreline Kayaking Tour

Eisenhower State Park
(FULL - WAIT LIST FORMING) See the park's magnificent rocky bluffs from the water on a guided kayaking tour.
Jun 4 End Date

Geocaching

Martin Creek Lake State Park
High Tech Hide and Seek
Jun 4 End Date

National Trails Day Trailway Tour

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
It's National Trails Day and we're celebrating by offering tours on several of our different trails!
Jun 4 End Date

Fishing with a Ranger

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Who will catch the big one!
Jun 4 End Date

Star Party

Abilene State Park
Get away from the city lights and enjoy the star-filled sky over the state park.
Jun 4 End Date

"Dino Hike and a Movie"

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Jun 4 End Date

Night Hike Wolfpen Trail

Purtis Creek State Park
Nighttime hike through the forest learning about nocturnal traits and tools to help us adapt after dark.
Jun 4 End Date

Spider Walk

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
A fun nighttime activity involving spiders . . . yes, really, it’s fun!
Jun 4 End Date

Bats of the Texas Panhandle

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
Are all bats hairy, scary things rushing past on muffled wings. Out of caves into the night, on some silent, secret flight? I think not! I think they're great! No matter size or shape or weight. From radio waves to airplane wings. Bats can teach us many things!
Jun 5 End Date

The Limestone Ledge Trail Hike

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Jun 10 End Date

Bat Tour

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
Join us for a guided vehicle tour to historic Clarity Tunnel for the bat emergence flight. Reservations are required. Please call the park at (806)455-1492 for reservations.
Jun 11 End Date

Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event

Eisenhower State Park
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing.
Jun 11 End Date

Dutch Oven Cooking

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Join the Fort Sherman Cookers as they demonstrate Dutch oven cooking!
Jun 11 End Date

Kayak with a Ranger

Lake Colorado City State Park
Great introduction to kayaking and getting out on the water
Jun 11 End Date

Solar Viewing

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Safely view the sun through a telescope
Jun 11 End Date

Name That Bird!

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“Learn new songs! Songs written and performed by our native birds.”
Jun 11 End Date

Night Sounds Program

Purtis Creek State Park
Listening, learning and identification program of nocturnal species that inhabit the park.
Jun 11 End Date

Stargazing

Martin Creek Lake State Park
View the night sky through a telescope
Jun 11 End Date

Star Party in the Valley

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Jun 14 End Date

Texas Aquatic Science Teacher Workshop-DFW Area

Lewisville, TX - Lewisville ISD Outdoor Learning Area
Earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit attending a Texas Aquatic Science Teacher workshop. Texas Aquatic Science is a comprehensive aquatic science curriculum, from molecules to ecosystems, and headwaters to ocean, for middle school and high school students. RSVP to johnnie.smith@tpwd.texas.gov to attend.
Jun 17 End Date

Bat Tour

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
Join us on a guided vehicle tour to historic Clarity Tunnel for the bat emergence flight. Reservations are required. Please call the park at (806)455-1492 for reservations.
Jun 18 End Date

Hike Dinosaur Valley

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Jun 18 End Date
Jun 18 End Date

Night Sounds

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“After attending the Night Sounds program, I found my daughter sitting on the back porch the next night, not watching TV or playing video games, but listening to nature!” – Park Visitor
Jun 18 End Date

Name That Bird Game

Purtis Creek State Park
Test your skills at identifying birds by their song, clues and pictures.
Jun 19 End Date

Father's Day Picnic and Hike

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Jun 22 End Date

R.A.N.G.E. Outdoors * * Summer Adventures

San Angelo State Park
Boys and Girls 9 through 12 years old: Join us Wednesday mornings for recreational activities in nature - great experiences outdoors!
Jun 24 End Date

Bat Tour

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
Join us a guided vehicle tour to historic Clarity Tunnel for the bat emergence flight. Reservations are required. Please call the park at (806)455-1492 for reservations.
Jun 25 End Date

Camp With A Ranger

Lake Colorado City State Park
Borrow our tents and camp beside a ranger. Learn the basics and how to enjoy camping in state parks. Great for folks new to camping or those wanting to get back into it.
Jun 25 End Date

East Texas Black Pot Cookers

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Learn about cast iron Dutch oven cooking.
Jun 25 End Date

Nature Hike Beaver Slide Trail

Purtis Creek State Park
Join us for a hike along the Beaver Slide Trail to figure out what makes it so special.
Jun 25 End Date

Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“Learning about our cowboy heritage can be fun!”
Jun 25 End Date

Night Hike

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Can you see what lurks in the night?

July 2016

Jul 2 End Date

July 4th Bicycle Parade

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Bring your bike, trike, strollers and wagons for a Patriotic Parade around the Park
Jul 2 End Date

Night Sounds Program

Purtis Creek State Park
Listening, learning and identification program of nocturnal species that inhabit the park.
Jul 3 End Date

Patriotic Paddle Parade

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Take an evening patriotic cruise along the shores of Martin Creek Lake State Park
Jul 3 End Date

Night Hike Wolfpen Trail

Purtis Creek State Park
Nighttime hike through the forest learning about nocturnal traits and tools to help us adapt after dark.
Jul 4 End Date

Nature Hike Beaver Slide Trail

Purtis Creek State Park
Join us for a hike along the Beaver Slide Trail to figure out what makes it so special.
Jul 4 End Date

Geocaching on the 4th of July

Martin Creek Lake State Park
High Tech Hide and Seek
Jul 8 End Date

Aquatic WILD Workshop

Seagoville, TX - John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
Learn to share conservation with children: Professional Development for anyone who works with children
Jul 9 End Date

Dutch Oven Cooking

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Join the Fort Sherman Cookers as they demonstrate Dutch oven cooking!
Jul 9 End Date

Solar Viewing

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Safely view the sun through a telescope
Jul 9 End Date

Cross Timbers Folklore, Stories & Tales

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Come listen to Native American stories, cowboy poetry, local folklore and just plain fun stories.
Jul 9 End Date

Stargazing

Martin Creek Lake State Park
View the night sky through a telescope
Jul 12 End Date

Project WILD Workshop

Seagoville, TX - John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
Learn to share conservation with children: Professional Development for anyone who works with children
Jul 15 End Date

Project WILD Facilitator Training

Seagoville, TX - John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
Training to conduct the Suite of WILD workshops - prerequisite required
Jul 16 End Date

Nature Tracks

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Who left that track?
Jul 16 End Date

Night Sounds

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“After attending the Night Sounds program, I found my daughter sitting on the back porch the next night, not watching TV or playing video games, but listening to nature!” – Park Visitor
Jul 16 End Date

Night Hike

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Can you see what lurks in the night?
Jul 23 End Date

East Texas Black Pot Cookers

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Learn about cast iron Dutch oven cooking.
Jul 23 End Date

Basic Backyard Birding

Martin Creek Lake State Park
What's that bird?
Jul 23 End Date

Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“Learning about our cowboy heritage can be fun!”
Jul 30 End Date

Arts and Nature

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Nature crafts
Jul 30 End Date

Knot on my watch

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Survival knot tying
Jul 30 End Date

Night Hike

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Discovery fun night time activities in the outdoors!

August 2016

Aug 6 End Date

Night Sounds Program

Purtis Creek State Park
Listening, learning and identification program of nocturnal species that inhabit the park.
Aug 13 End Date

Dutch Oven Cooking

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Join the Fort Sherman Cookers as they demonstrate Dutch oven cooking!
Aug 13 End Date

Night Hike Wolfpen Trail

Purtis Creek State Park
Nighttime hike through the forest learning about nocturnal traits and tools to help us adapt after dark.
Aug 19 End Date

Growing Up WILD Facilitator Training

Dallas, TX - Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Training to conduct Growing Up WILD Workshops - prerequisite required
Aug 27 End Date

East Texas Black Pot Cookers

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Learn about cast iron Dutch oven cooking.

September 2016

Sep 10 End Date

Dutch Oven Cooking

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Join the Fort Sherman Cookers as they demonstrate Dutch oven cooking!
Sep 17 End Date

Go Fish! Learn to FLY Fish Event - Texoma on the Fly

Eisenhower State Park
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fly fishing.
Sep 17 End Date

Aquatic WILD Workshop

Plano, TX - Plano Environmental Education Center
Learn to share conservation with children: Professional Development for anyone who works with children
Sep 24 End Date

East Texas Black Pot Cookers

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Learn about cast iron Dutch oven cooking.

October 2016

Oct 1 End Date

Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event

Cedar Hill State Park
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing.
Oct 22 End Date

East Texas Black Pot Cookers

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Learn about cast iron Dutch oven cooking.
Oct 29 End Date

Boo In the Park

Lake Tawakoni State Park
Come have a great time with your family at our "Boo in the Park" celebration. There will be a special entry fee of $5 per car beginning at 6:00 pm. Take the kids trick or treating in the park. We will have a campsite decorating contest for our campers, a pumpkin carving contest, along with storytelling at the amphitheater.

November 2016

Nov 12 End Date

Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event

Cedar Hill State Park
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing.
Nov 26 End Date

East Texas Black Pot Cookers

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Learn about cast iron Dutch oven cooking.

December 2016

Dec 10 End Date

Twinkle Tour

Lake Tawakoni State Park
Please join us for Twinkle Tour 2016 at Lake Tawakoni State Park. The annual campsite decoration contest will be in full swing, with awards for our top three entrants. Later in the evening we'll have hayrides through the park and enjoy all of the festive Christmas lights. Santa will be at the amphitheater to make note of your Christmas wishes, so bring your camera! Refreshments will be served. Event fee of $5 per vehicle beginning at 5 p.m.
Dec 24 End Date

East Texas Black Pot Cookers

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Learn about cast iron Dutch oven cooking.

January 2017

Jan 1 End Date

First Day Hike (Near Wichita Falls)

Lake Arrowhead State Park
Join us for a First Day Hike and learn about the great outdoors with Texas Master Naturalists.

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