Texas State Parks
You, too, can be inspired by nature.
Take a photograph, paint a scene, craft a haiku or poem, film a tribute, or compose a song based on your experience at a state park.
Get outside, use your imagination, and create!
Download a 2017 Calendar, featuring winning entries from the 2016 Get To Know Contest.
My blue eyed brother by Joy C., 13, Blanco State Park, First Place in the 10-13 age category for 2016.
From kids’ activities to photography workshops, you can find an art event that interests you at a nearby state park!
Heron by the Water by Sophia M, 9, Brazos Bend State Park, First Place in the Under 10 category for 2016.
- “Get to Know” - Free, park-based art activities, lesson plans, games and more.
- Outdoor Kids: Arts and Crafts
- Outdoor Kids: Color Your World – coloring and activity books.
- Nature Rocks: Activities
- Start with the Arts at Home – Encouraging reading using the arts.
Other arts organizations and information
- Texas Commission on the Arts
- VSA Texas – the state organization on arts and disability
- Texas Education Agency – Fine Arts TEKS
- ARTreach – nonprofit arts educational outreach for Houston and the Fort Bend County area
- National Endowment for the Arts
2016 Youth Arts Contest Winning Entries
Ages 14-19 Category
From left: (Un)Natural by Elizabeth G., age 15, 2nd place (Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site); Sunset Over Lake Bob Sandlin by Annabell M., age 16, 3rd place (Lake Bob Sandlin State Park); Purple Majesty by Andrew M., age 16, 4th place (Daingerfield State Park)
Ages 10-13 category
From left: Magic Forest Owl by Alia N., age 12, 2nd place (Garner State Park); A Day's End by Catarina G., age 11, 3rd place (Falcon State Park); Furry Bee by Joaquin G., age 13, 4th place (Falcon State Park)
Under age 10 category
From left: Eisenhower Imagined by Cami C., age 8, 2nd place (Eisenhower State Park); Campfire Dreams by Austin B., age 4, 3rd place (Mission Tejas State Park); A Sunset with a Duck by Gabriela G., age 8, 4th place (Falcon State Park)
See all of the 2016 contest entries.