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Cleburne State Park | Texas Outdoor Family | Fort Worth Area | (Full - Waitlist Forming)

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 is included with each reservation! Click for a list of activities offered and specific information for this workshop.
9:30a Sat, April 29, 2017 to 11:00a Sun, April 30, 2017
(512) 389-8903

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 is included with each reservation! Click for a list of activities offered and specific information for this workshop.

Weather Update: 

We're watching the weather too! Our scheduled workshop at Cleburne is expecting some rain and thunderstorms. Please know that our rangers have your safety and enjoyment in mind! The current plan is to carry on with the workshops and make a decision about Saturday's overnight weather while on site and adapt the agenda to fit in the activities when safest. This may involve waiting to set up tents until the early evening when the overnight weather is more definite. If necessary, we may call an end to the workshop before nightfall and transfer your reservation to a future Fall 2017 workshop of your choosing. Work with your rangers at the park and come with a smile and sense of adventure. There is fun to be had in the rain too!

A few tips:

1) Always bring a rain jacket, extra clothes and shoes
2) EZ up tents or tarps and rope can provide cover over picnic tables. 
       a. Bring games or cards to enjoy time with the family under the tent
3) When lighting roars go in doors – when camping if you hear thunder or see lighting take shelter in your vehicle or an enclosed building. 
       a. Tents and open pavilions are not sufficient shelter in a thunderstorm.
       b. Shelter in place until 30 minutes past the last sound of thunder or sight of lighting.

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Park Website, Map, & Directions

 

Facilities

  • Individual car camping sites for each family
  • Potable water at or near each campsite
  • Electricity at your campsite
  • Restrooms with hot showers
  • Overnight ranger presence for comfort and confidence

 

Equipment

  • The basic camping equipment needed for the weekend will be provided. Families are expected to provide sheets, blankets, food and personal items. 
  • Download the TOF Welcome Packet for a detailed list of what is provided and what should be brought from home. 
  • Typical TOF equipment includes what is pictured below.

TOF Camping Gear

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

    Activities Specific to this Workshop

    The Texas Outdoor Family program will provide you with an opportunity to enjoy all of the following activities at your upcoming event. You are also encouraged to explore the park on your own, creating your own adventure along the way. All activities are subject to weather conditions.

    • Credible Campers & Campsites:
      • Adults: Learn Leave No Trace principles, how to pitch your tent and use stoves safely
      • Junior Rangers: A kid specific hike, including a conversation about Leave No Trace
    • Building Base Camp: Families come together, gather equipment, and build base camp for the weekend.
    • Caching in on State Park Trails: Trail adventure and exploration through GPS and Geocaching
    • Careful Kayaking: Learn the basics of kayaking with a Park Ranger on beautiful Joe Pool Lake. Staff provides life jackets and requires that they are worn
    • Family Fishing: Learn how to cast safely and try to catch a big one!
    • Fire Building and Outdoor Cooking Tips: How to safely build fires and cook on open flames/grills
    • Experience the Sounds of the Night: Celebrating nature’s night sounds with a Ranger led presentation
    • Chat with a Park Ranger: Q&A – Learn more about parks and conservation
    • Know Before You Go: Breaking Camp and Leaving No Trace of your stay
    • State Park Junior Ranger Journal: Available upon request. When completed, these journals earn your Jr. Ranger their very own pin.
    • And More: The night skies might be right for an impromptu star party or the park may be hosting another great outdoor program that you would like to participate in!

     

    Agenda

    Review a sample One Night TOF Agenda. All activities and times are subject to weather, staffing, and attendance and can change at the ranger’s discretion.

     

    Conclusion & Departure

    Texas Outdoor Family programming typically concludes with the borrowed gear being turned-in at or before 11am on Sunday. Families are asked to participate in our program’s conclusion on Sunday morning where they are given information and promotional items designed to help you plan your next camping trip. If your family needs to leave early, please inform your on-site ranger for instructions pertaining to the return of the borrowed equipment.

    Your family is invited to stay in the park until the close of business (10pm) on the day that your program concludes, but campsites must be vacated by 2pm.

     

    Meals

    • Families are asked to provide their own meals. Easy camp meal ideas are provided in the TOF Welcome Packet
    • Instructors will offer great tips on enjoying family camp cooking.  

     

    Fees

    • $65 per family (up to 6 individuals) - includes all entry and camping fees.

     

    Pets

    • For the preservation of the camping equipment, pets of all sorts are not allowed on TOF events.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Visit our FAQ page for additional details.
    • Still have questions? Email tofsp@tpwd.texas.gov for more specific questions.

     

    How to Register

    • Call 512-389-8903 to speak to one of our "Texas Outdoor Family" customer service representatives Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • Download the TOF Welcome Packet to assist in your planning.
    • Print and complete the last two pages of the welcome packet and bring it to your workshop.
    • All reservations must be made by noon on the Thursday prior to the event.
    • Payment in full is required at the time a reservation is made.
    • All fees are non-refundable. A one-time transfer to a different workshop is allowed two weeks prior to your scheduled event, pending availability. 
    • Cancellation Policy: In the regrettable instance that an event is cancelled, patrons will be given the opportunity to transfer their reservation to a future event within one calendar year of their cancelled workshop. Due to the state’s process for handling funds, refunds cannot be offered. 

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