TPWD News Release — Dec. 4, 2006
AUSTIN — Having a hard time figuring out what to give the person who has everything this holiday season? The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has some suggestions that not only will please the gift recipient, but benefit wildlife and parks as well.
One of the department’s most popular conservation gifts is the annual Texas State Parks Pass. Purchase of the $60 pass before Dec. 31 entitles the purchaser to receive a commemorative 2007 Texas State Parks Christmas tree ornament, plus a pillow box for the gift and a gift card. Keep it yourself or put the unique brass-plated ornament under the tree for Uncle Joe.
“The ornament pays tribute to Indian Lodge, Mission Tejas … and it has little icons of a crested caracara bird, black-eyed Susan wildflower, a kayak and more,” said Bryan Frazier, who is the state parks promotions coordinator. “The money from sales of the parks pass and ornament benefits state parks, so people will know that they’re making a difference for Texas conservation and getting a little token of state parks as a bonus.”
In addition to the parks pass, holiday shoppers can shop online on the TPWD “Shop the Outdoors” web area, where they can find a wide variety of other unusual conservation gift items from the TPWD.
Featured items this year are a special Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine holiday gift offer with a free wildlife calendar premium, “Life’s Better Outside” t-shirts, the 2006 Covey Collector’s Edition stamps, Texas Outdoor Expo posters, Great Texas Wildlife Trail maps and “Keep Texas Wild” conservation license plates benefiting wildlife diversity, state parks, hunting and fishing.
The Texas State Parks Pass entitles the pass holder and their guests to unlimited free visits to all Texas state parks, historic sites and state natural areas that represent the best in Texas’ natural and cultural attractions. The pass also provides discounts at select parks on camping, lodging, park store merchandise, equipment rentals and special park programs.
Other perks for pass holders include a free copy of the Texas State Park Guide and a state parks pass bumper sticker. In addition, persons who purchase a parks pass can receive a discounted annual subscription to Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine.
Texas State Parks Pass gift certificates may be purchased for $60 at most Texas state parks or ordered by phone from the Customer Service Center, (512) 389-8900. Recipients of the gift certificate can then redeem the certificate at a Texas state park, historic site or state natural area and receive their State Parks Pass.
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