State Parks Getaways - Texas Parks and Wildlife E-Newsletter

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Summer 2008

Getting Better All the Time
Brazos Bend State Park

Brazos Bend State Park, one of the most popular state parks in Texas located just outside the Houston metro area, is adding staff to help restore and protect native park prairies and wetlands, and to better serve the public.   
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A Campfire Chat
With Fran Bartle

Fran Bartle

In every issue of State Parks Getaways we go behind the scenes. In this issue, we interview Fran Bartle, a Volunteer Park Naturalist at Falcon State Park. Read the full interview 

Low-impact Camping
A Few Simple Rules to Help You – and Your Fellow Campers – Enjoy the Outdoors Even More

Imagine enjoying a peaceful hike along the river with the wind whispering in the sycamores. There is beauty all around, and then you discover a fire half-out, trash scattered along the bank and, nearby, a chopped tree. How depressing—and completely avoidable.   Read the full article  

A Closer Look At...
The Guadalupe Bass

A Guadalupe Bass
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Looking for a Quick Getaway?
Destination: Fort Davis

Once you've been to the Fort Davis area—with its sky-high mountains and offbeat culture—you'll feel the tug to come back soon.   Read the full article  

Featured Event
July 4, 2008 - Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site - July 4th Celebration

This year's events are dedicated to Lyndon B. Johnson helping to "Celebrating the Life of a Man & the Land that He Loved" in the 100th year of his birth. Come celebrate our nation's birthday as a German family and their friends would have done in the early 1900s at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. Take part in activities such as horseshoe and washer pitching, stick-horse races, watermelon seed spitting and other games. The farm will be open as usual with interpreters carrying out day-to-day farm activities. Accessible for the mobility impaired. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (830) 644-2252   More events  

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