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Calendar of Events

All Events

September 2017

Sep 21 End Date

Are You Curious?

Davis Mountains State Park
How curious are you? If you hadn’t noticed, the Davis Mountains are full of interesting wildlife. Have you wanted to learn more about the quirky javelina or the incredible camouflage of the walking stick? Come on over to the Interpretive Center and learn about some of our local characters!
Sep 22 End Date

25th Annual Lonesome Dove Fest

Karnes City, TX - Karnes City Youth Show Barn
Free fun for the whole family.
Sep 22 End Date

Hike Thru Time: Geology of GCSNA for Kids, Ages 10-15

Government Canyon State Natural Area
DATE HAS CHANGED!! New Date=Friday September 22.
Sep 22 End Date

Hawk Watch

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Join Hawk Watch volunteers as they spot and count thousands of migrating raptors.
Sep 22 End Date

Fate Bell's Shelter/Canyon Walking Tour

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
For the month of September, the park will be offering two guided-only hikes, 10am and then again at 3pm to go down into the canyon to view pictographs (ancient drawings) on Wednesday through Sunday. There are no tours available on Monday and Tuesday. For more information to plan your visit, click on blue title (above) for FAQs.
Sep 22 End Date

Little Explorers

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Bring out your little ones to explore the park through stories, activities, and a stroll along the trails.
Sep 22 End Date

Butterfly and Dragonfly Walks

Estero Llano Grande State Park
Join us on a ranger-led hike through the park noting these beautiful insects, some found nowhere else but in South Texas.
Sep 22 End Date

More Than Meets the Eye

Davis Mountains State Park
The Davis Mountains are beautiful, yes, but there are dozens of secret gems and fascinating things to know about the wildlife, plants, rocks, and things to do in the area including the park. Join us at the Interpretive Center! September 22nd program at 10am
Sep 22 End Date

Tram Tour

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Explore Bentsen State Park from the comfort of an electric park shuttle.
Sep 22 End Date

Fishing With a Ranger

Inks Lake State Park
Learn the basics of fishing and then try to catch the big one!
Sep 22 End Date

Night Hike

Lockhart State Park
Explore the park after dark!
Sep 22 End Date

Wonders of the Night

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
Join a ranger for a night hike to find what goes bump in the night!
Sep 22 End Date

Star Party!

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Kristen at Lake Buescher to view the night sky!
Sep 22 End Date

Stories in the Stars

Eisenhower State Park
"I have loved the stars too fondly to be afraid of the night." Poet Sarah Williams
Sep 23 End Date

National Hunting and Fishing Day

Inks Lake State Park
Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with friends outside!
Sep 23 End Date

On the Hunt for Pollinators!

Davis Mountains State Park
From September 23rd-October 8th join other curious visitors as we search and photograph bees, wasps, and butterflies this week during the statewide Texas Pollinator BioBlitz. Check the Texas Parks and Wildlife website for contests, rules, and posting recommendations. https://tpwd.texas.gov/education/bioblitz
Sep 23 End Date

Sheldon Lake Birding League

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Put together a team and compete in the Sheldon Lake Birding League!
Sep 23 End Date

Guided Mt. Bike Ride

Government Canyon State Natural Area
Sep 23 End Date

Bird & Nature Hike

Resaca de la Palma State Park
Increase your fitness and knowledge of "Rio Grande Valley Specialty Birds."
Sep 23 End Date

Weekly Birding Walk in the Park

Davis Mountains State Park
Every week a ranger guides a walk to find and identify birds, plants, sights and sounds at one of the most beautiful places in the Big Bend Region! This walk is for the amateur and experienced birder, as well as any visitor, young or old who wants to learn about wildlife, the park, and its bird life. Bring water, binoculars, and field guide.
Sep 23 End Date

World Birding Center Bird Walks

Estero Llano Grande State Park
All ages and skill-levels are welcome on this two-hour tour of the park, finding as many species of birds as possible, especially the 30 that are termed Valley Specialties!
Sep 23 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.
Sep 23 End Date

Hawk Watch

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Join Hawk Watch volunteers as they spot and count thousands of migrating raptors.
Sep 23 End Date

C.A.S.T "Catch a Special Thrill" Fishing event

Corpus Christi, TX - Packery Channel
Youth (ages 5-18) with disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing.
Sep 23 End Date

Bird Walk - 8:30 am

South Llano River State Park
See what birds you can spot!
Sep 23 End Date

6th Annual Disc Golf Championship

Lake Arrowhead State Park
Come out and test your skills at the 6th Annual Disc Golf Championship!
Sep 23 End Date

East Texas Black Pot Cookers

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

Archery 101

Estero Llano Grande State Park
We're providing all equipment, an Eagle Scout archery range, and rangers to teach archery!
Sep 23 End Date

Yoga in the Park!

Bastrop State Park
Join us for an exploration into the connection between your breath, body, mind, and the world around you. Beginners course with certified yoga instructor and Park Host, Vanice Medley (eRYT). This class is offered every Saturday morning in August. It is also offered every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning in September EXCEPT 9/9.
Sep 23 End Date

Adopt-A-Beach

Sea Rim State Park
Join us at our Fall Adopt-A-Beach clean-up at Sea Rim State Park to clean 5 miles of beach.
Sep 23 End Date

Family Fishing

Tyler State Park
Sep 23 End Date

Nat'l Hunting and Fishing Day - Learn to Fish

McKinney Falls State Park
Youth (ages 6 and up) and adults can learn the basics of fishing.
Sep 23 End Date

Fishing 101

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Visit the park to learn all about fishing!
Sep 23 End Date

Who's Scat?!

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
That's right we're are going to talk about poop!
Sep 23 End Date

Shoreline Kayaking Tour

Eisenhower State Park
See the park's magnificent rocky bluffs from the water on a guided kayaking tour. REGISTER by emailing kate.saling@tpwd.texas.gov
Sep 23 End Date

Junior (Basic) Angler Education Course

Inks Lake State Park
Become a certified junior angler through this TPWD approved Angler Education course.
Sep 23 End Date

Volunteer Trail Work Day

Cleburne State Park
Join us for a trail workday on Saturday, September 23rd, at Cleburne State Park from 9:00 am - Noon. We will do moderate work on our hike and bike trail system. You will be bending, swinging, carrying and using hand tools, and walking long distances. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be with a legal guardian.
Sep 23 End Date

Camp Quilting

Inks Lake State Park
Come stitch with us!
Sep 23 End Date

Bugs-R-Us

Guadalupe River State Park
Celebrate pollinators and other insects with us!
Sep 23 End Date

Nature Program

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
SORRY, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE. Come learn about the plants and/or animals of Goliad State Park!
Sep 23 End Date

Beach Exploration

Galveston Island State Park
SORRY, THE SEPT. 9, 16 & 23 PROGRAMS ARE CANCELLED, DUE TO BEACH CLOSURE. Discover the life that lives at the edge of the sea...
Sep 23 End Date

Fate Bell's Shelter/Canyon Walking Tour

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
For the month of September, the park will be offering two guided-only hikes, 10am and then again at 3pm to go down into the canyon to view pictographs (ancient drawings) on Wednesday through Sunday. There are no tours available on Monday and Tuesday. For more information to plan your visit, click on blue title (above) for FAQs.
Sep 23 End Date

Underwater Discovery!

Inks Lake State Park
Use a seining net to discover what is living in the shallow waters of the lake
Sep 23 End Date

Geocaching 101

Resaca de la Palma State Park
Find hidden treasure, learn exciting facts and stores about Texas State Parks and win prizes!
Sep 23 End Date

Hike With a Homeless Dog (10AM)

Caddo Lake State Park
Take a shelter dog for a hike!
Sep 23 End Date

Choke Canyon Nature Walk

Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit
Join our interpretive park ranger on this short guided hike as we explore all that nature and wildlife have to offer within Choke Canyon State Park. (Sorry - this event on 9/22 has been cancelled.)
Sep 23 End Date

Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration

Bonham State Park
Join us for an outdoor cooking demonstration: Dutch Oven Cooking and Creative Cooking Outdoors.
Sep 23 End Date

Bison Fest 2017

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
An all day music event benefitting the Texas State Bison Herd Restoration Project.
Sep 23 End Date

Bow Hunting and Archery Expo

Dinosaur Valley State Park
All things archery!
Sep 23 End Date

Turtle Talk & Crafts

Daingerfield State Park
Do you like turtles? Come see and learn about a few at the park!
Sep 23 End Date

Cotton Pickin'

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Help pick heirloom cotton and tend the fields on our 1850s farm, and learn where Dr. Jones sent his most important cash crop.
Sep 23 End Date

Kids Alive!

Government Canyon State Natural Area
THIS PROGRAM IS FULL
Sep 23 End Date

First Day of Fall - Solar Viewing

Bastrop State Park
Come see the sun through a telescope on the first full day of fall! Learn how seasons happen at the Scenic Overlook
Sep 23 End Date

Nature Journaling (1PM)

Caddo Lake State Park
Hone your observation skills and learn the art of nature journaling!
Sep 23 End Date

Nature Journaling 101

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
Looking for a relaxing hobby to get you outside?
Sep 23 End Date

Choke Canyon Skins and Skulls

Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit
Come learn about wildlife found at Choke Canyon State Park and other areas of Texas with one of our park rangers! Then put your identification skills to the test with a game.
Sep 23 End Date

Tour of Mission Espiritu Santo

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
SORRY, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED, DUE TO PARK CLOSURE. Learn about the Spanish mission system and the daily life at Mission Espiritu Santo.
Sep 23 End Date

Skins, Skulls, and More! - 2 pm

South Llano River State Park
Come see and touch animal furs and skulls!
Sep 23 End Date

Wildlife Investigators

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Hit the trails with a park ranger and discover the many different signs, markings, and clues the wildlife leave behind!
Sep 23 End Date

Monarch Arts and Crafts

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Join us to make a metamorphosis mobile.
Sep 23 End Date

Wildflowers, Pollinators, and Predators

Tyler State Park
Pollinators' Bioblitz
Sep 23 End Date

Skins, Skulls, & Tracks

Daingerfield State Park
Who calls this park home? Join us to learn about Daingerfield's animal residents.
Sep 23 End Date

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves - Read with a Ranger

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Kristen and the Amphitheater for a story hour!
Sep 23 End Date

Skins and Skulls

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
Learn who's who in the park!
Sep 23 End Date

Pond Dipping (3PM)

Caddo Lake State Park
What lives beneath the waters of Big Cypress Bayou?
Sep 23 End Date

Insect Safari

Galveston Island State Park
Catching, observing, and releasing some six-legged friends!
Sep 23 End Date

Knot on my watch

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Survival knot tying
Sep 23 End Date

What Was That?

Davis Mountains State Park
Something just zipped by your head and you can't help but wonder 'What Was That?!' Find out the answers at this beginning birding program! In the Interpretive Center.
Sep 23 End Date

Paint Party!

Galveston Island State Park
Nature-inspired art workshop, with a personal souvenir!
Sep 23 End Date

Bat Hike - 6:00 PM

Colorado Bend State Park
Join a park ranger for a hike to view the emerging bats at Gorman Cave.
Sep 23 End Date

Campfire Songs with Rich

Daingerfield State Park
Join us for live music from one of our very own park hosts!
Sep 23 End Date

Create a Star Wheel *Cancelled*

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
This program has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Sep 23 End Date

Batty About Bats!

Guadalupe River State Park
We'll explore the world of those fur-covered night flyers.
Sep 23 End Date

Aquatic Chorus

Blanco State Park
Discover the amphibians that call Blanco State Park home!
Sep 23 End Date

Saturday Night Dances

Daingerfield State Park
Come join us this Saturday for music, dancing, and fun for the whole family!
Sep 23 End Date

Dark Sky Exploration

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Share the night sky as we view the moon, planets and open star clusters.
Sep 23 End Date

Stargazing and Dark Sky Education

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Come join us at Lost Maples for stargazing. Learn about the dark skies of the Hill Country and then see the stars with the astronomers.
Sep 23 End Date

Stargazing the Texas Night Sky

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“The stars at night are big and bright …” Learn more about one of Texas’ best natural resources – the night sky.
Sep 23 End Date

Stories in the Stars

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
Discover the stories behind our night sky.
Sep 24 End Date

Last Sunday Hike - Sombrero Hike

Wyler Aerial Tramway
Let's hike 1 mile up Ranger Peak!
Sep 24 End Date

Sunday Bird Walk

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Join us for a guided walk showcasing South Texas specialty birds such as Altamira Oriole, Green Jay, Plain Chachalaca, and Great Kiskadee.
Sep 24 End Date

World Birding Center Bird Walks

Estero Llano Grande State Park
All ages and skill-levels are welcome on this two-hour tour of the park, finding as many species of birds as possible, especially the 30 that are termed Valley Specialties!
Sep 24 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.
Sep 24 End Date

Hawk Watch

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Join Hawk Watch volunteers as they spot and count thousands of migrating raptors.
Sep 24 End Date

Pick-A-Pond

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Join a park ranger as they pick one of their favorite ponds to explore!
Sep 24 End Date

Nature Program

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
SORRY, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE. Come learn about the plants and/or animals of Goliad State Park!
Sep 24 End Date

Bay Explorations

Galveston Island State Park
Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live!
Sep 24 End Date

Fate Bell's Shelter/Canyon Walking Tour

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
For the month of September, the park will be offering two guided-only hikes, 10am and then again at 3pm to go down into the canyon to view pictographs (ancient drawings) on Wednesday through Sunday. There are no tours available on Monday and Tuesday. For more information to plan your visit, click on blue title (above) for FAQs.
Sep 24 End Date

CANCELED: Birding for Beginners (10AM)

Caddo Lake State Park
THIS PROGRAM IS CANCELED FOR SEPTEMBER 24TH.
Sep 24 End Date

Flowers Are Calling!

Government Canyon State Natural Area
It's Storytime at Government Canyon!
Sep 24 End Date

Tour of Mission Espiritu Santo

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
SORRY, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED, DUE TO PARK CLOSURE. Learn about the Spanish mission system and the daily life at Mission Espiritu Santo.
Sep 24 End Date

Electric Tram Tour

Estero Llano Grande State Park
Join us on a narrated ranger-driven, two-hour tour of the park in a quiet electric tram. Reservations required.
Sep 24 End Date

Butterfly Walk

Resaca de la Palma State Park
Discover an array of dazzling butterflies in the park's butterfly garden.
Sep 24 End Date

Incredible Edible Plant Walk

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Take a walk into the past and see which plants were utilized by those who came before us!
Sep 26 End Date

Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystems Workshop

Lockhart State Park
This FREE workshop is for landowners interested in water quality, stream ecology, and how to maintain healthy riparian zones. Continuing Education Units available. RSVP is required by Sept. 21.
Sep 27 End Date

World Birding Center Bird Walks

Estero Llano Grande State Park
All ages and skill-levels are welcome on this two-hour tour of the park, finding as many species of birds as possible, especially the 30 that are termed Valley Specialties!
Sep 27 End Date

Campground Birding Walk!

Davis Mountains State Park
Meet us at the swing set for a walk through the campground as we find and watch the beautiful bird species of the Davis Mountains! Bring your binoculars, water, field guide if you have one.
Sep 27 End Date

Camp Quilting

Inks Lake State Park
Come stitch with us!
Sep 27 End Date

Fate Bell's Shelter/Canyon Walking Tour

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
For the month of September, the park will be offering two guided-only hikes, 10am and then again at 3pm to go down into the canyon to view pictographs (ancient drawings) on Wednesday through Sunday. There are no tours available on Monday and Tuesday. For more information to plan your visit, click on blue title (above) for FAQs.
Sep 27 End Date

Little Naturalists: P is for Pollinator

Guadalupe River State Park
Join us for our pre-K nature program.
Sep 27 End Date

Homeschool Days

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
From fishing to ponding to technology, kids will learn something new each week! Great for all school-aged kids!
Sep 27 End Date

Choke Canyon Bird and Wildlife Tracks

Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit
Do you want to become an expert tracker? Get started by coming to this introductory program to learn how to identify some common Texas wildlife tracks and have some fun with arts and crafts!
Sep 27 End Date

Weeknight Yoga in the Park

Bastrop State Park
Join us for an exploration into the connection between your breath, body, mind, and the world around you. Beginners course with certified yoga instructor and Park Host, Vanice Medley (eRYT). This class is offered every Saturday morning in August. It is also offered every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning in September EXCEPT 9/9.
Sep 28 End Date

Hawk Watch

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Join Hawk Watch volunteers as they spot and count thousands of migrating raptors.
Sep 28 End Date

Hawks by the 100's

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Join a naturalist at the Hawk Tower during fall Hawk Watch.
Sep 28 End Date

Take a Hike With a Homeless Dog!

Davis Mountains State Park
The Grand Companions animal shelter brings dogs for visitors to walk on a park trail! Come to the location listed on the weekly flyer and help a dog get some exercise!
Sep 28 End Date

Fate Bell's Shelter/Canyon Walking Tour

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
For the month of September, the park will be offering two guided-only hikes, 10am and then again at 3pm to go down into the canyon to view pictographs (ancient drawings) on Wednesday through Sunday. There are no tours available on Monday and Tuesday. For more information to plan your visit, click on blue title (above) for FAQs.
Sep 28 End Date

Are You Curious?

Davis Mountains State Park
How curious are you? If you hadn’t noticed, the Davis Mountains are full of interesting wildlife. Have you wanted to learn more about the quirky javelina or the incredible camouflage of the walking stick? Come on over to the Interpretive Center and learn about some of our local characters!
Sep 29 End Date

Hawk Watch

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Join Hawk Watch volunteers as they spot and count thousands of migrating raptors.
Sep 29 End Date

Guided Hike

Davis Mountains State Park
Join the ranger for a hike that will get you outside connecting with the wilderness, burning off a few dozen calories and learning about the incredible flora and fauna of this Chihuahuan Desert sky island! Bring plenty of water and dress for the weather. Approximately two hours. All ages, dogs welcome.
Sep 29 End Date

Fate Bell's Shelter/Canyon Walking Tour

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
For the month of September, the park will be offering two guided-only hikes, 10am and then again at 3pm to go down into the canyon to view pictographs (ancient drawings) on Wednesday through Sunday. There are no tours available on Monday and Tuesday. For more information to plan your visit, click on blue title (above) for FAQs.
Sep 29 End Date

Choke Canyon Nature Walk

Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit
Join our interpretive park ranger on this short guided hike as we explore all that nature and wildlife have to offer within Choke Canyon State Park. (Sorry - this event on 9/22 has been cancelled.)
Sep 29 End Date

Little Explorers

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Bring out your little ones to explore the park through stories, activities, and a stroll along the trails.
Sep 29 End Date

Incredible Edible Plants Hike

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
Can I eat this plant???
Sep 29 End Date

2017 State Fair of Texas

Dallas, TX - Fair Park
A tradition since 1886, the State Fair of Texas has something for everyone.
Sep 29 End Date

Butterfly and Dragonfly Walks

Estero Llano Grande State Park
Join us on a ranger-led hike through the park noting these beautiful insects, some found nowhere else but in South Texas.
Sep 29 End Date

Texas Pollinator BioBlitz

Estero Llano Grande State Park
For all ages and experience levels, we'll post photos of bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, beetles and other pollinators we find on our Butterfly Walk on Instagram, Facebook and iNaturalist.
Sep 29 End Date

Primitive Fire

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
Learn how to make fire as our ancestors once did.
Sep 29 End Date

Tram Tour

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Explore Bentsen State Park from the comfort of an electric park shuttle.
Sep 29 End Date

Fishing With a Ranger

Inks Lake State Park
Learn the basics of fishing and then try to catch the big one!
Sep 29 End Date

Inks Lake State Park | Two Night Event | Texas Outdoor Family | Central TX Area (FULL - Waitlist Forming)

Inks Lake State Park
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.
Sep 29 End Date

Campfire and Chill

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
Learn campfire basics and hang out with a ranger.
Sep 29 End Date

Creatures of the Night! (Creature Feature: Chimney Swift Bird Viewing)

Bastrop State Park
**The time of this event has been moved to 7:30-8:30pm. Join Ranger Kristen at the Scenic Overlook to see if we can spot any Chimney Swifts!
Sep 29 End Date

Nocturnal Jeopardy

Dinosaur Valley State Park
An outdoor twist on the classic game show
Sep 29 End Date

Twilight Paddle

Inks Lake State Park
Experience the lake from on the water once the sun goes down and the stars come out.
Sep 29 End Date

Night Hike

Resaca de la Palma State Park
Bring your flashlights and witness the nocturnal world of Resaca de la Palma State Park.
Sep 29 End Date

Movie Night In the Park

Daingerfield State Park
Come watch "Legend of Boggy Creek" with us as we kick off our Bigfoot Weekend!
Sep 29 End Date

Night Hike (9PM)

Caddo Lake State Park
Sep 30 End Date

National Public Lands Day - Trail Maintenance Day

Wyler Aerial Tramway
Helps us keep your favorite trails in shape!
Sep 30 End Date

Bird & Nature Hike

Resaca de la Palma State Park
Increase your fitness and knowledge of "Rio Grande Valley Specialty Birds."
Sep 30 End Date

Weekly Birding Walk in the Park

Davis Mountains State Park
Every week a ranger guides a walk to find and identify birds, plants, sights and sounds at one of the most beautiful places in the Big Bend Region! This walk is for the amateur and experienced birder, as well as any visitor, young or old who wants to learn about wildlife, the park, and its bird life. Bring water, binoculars, and field guide.
Sep 30 End Date

World Birding Center Bird Walks

Estero Llano Grande State Park
All ages and skill-levels are welcome on this two-hour tour of the park, finding as many species of birds as possible, especially the 30 that are termed Valley Specialties!
Sep 30 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.
Sep 30 End Date

Hawk Watch

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Join Hawk Watch volunteers as they spot and count thousands of migrating raptors.
Sep 30 End Date

Birding 101

Lockhart State Park
Wet your beak with this introductory bird walk!
Sep 30 End Date

iNaturalist Pollinator BioBlitz

Government Canyon State Natural Area
Sep 30 End Date

Kid’s Wilderness Survival

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
A great program for your child’s outdoor safety and parents learn as much as the kids.
Sep 30 End Date

Archery 101

Estero Llano Grande State Park
We're providing all equipment, an Eagle Scout archery range, and rangers to teach archery!
Sep 30 End Date

Yoga in the Park!

Bastrop State Park
Join us for an exploration into the connection between your breath, body, mind, and the world around you. Beginners course with certified yoga instructor and Park Host, Vanice Medley (eRYT). This class is offered every Saturday morning in August. It is also offered every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning in September EXCEPT 9/9.
Sep 30 End Date

Outdoor EXPO at TFFC 2017

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Learn a variety of outdoor skills and engage in activities such as fishing and kayaking. Participate in our free family fishing tournament and win great prizes!
Sep 30 End Date

Art in the Park - Pretend Binoculars

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Kristen at the Amphitheater and help your little adventurer make their own cardboard binoculars! While supplies last!
Sep 30 End Date

National Public Lands Day- Trail Work

Cleburne State Park
Join us for a trail workday on Saturday, September 30th, at Cleburne State Park from 9:00 am - Noon. We will do moderate work on our hike and bike trail system. You will be bending, swinging, carrying and using hand tools, and walking long distances. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be with a legal guardian. Wear long sleeves and pants, comfortable/sturdy shoes and a hat. Please check in at park headquarters when you arrive. Bring a small day pack with the following: Water Work Gloves Personal First Aid Kit (personal medicines and Band- Aids) Snacks Safety Glasses (If possible) Sunscreen...... Lopping Shears (optional) For more information or to RSVP, please send an e-mail to Amanda.Zumwalt@tpwd.texas.gov or call (817) 645-4215
Sep 30 End Date

Camp Quilting

Inks Lake State Park
Come stitch with us!
Sep 30 End Date

What's All the Buzz About?

Guadalupe River State Park
Join Ranger Meagan to explore the world of bees.
Sep 30 End Date

National Public Lands Day

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
Help us pick up our trails on your hike today!
Sep 30 End Date

Nature Program

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
SORRY, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE. Come learn about the plants and/or animals of Goliad State Park!
Sep 30 End Date

Beach Exploration

Galveston Island State Park
SORRY, THE SEPT. 9, 16 & 23 PROGRAMS ARE CANCELLED, DUE TO BEACH CLOSURE. Discover the life that lives at the edge of the sea...
Sep 30 End Date

Fate Bell's Shelter/Canyon Walking Tour

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
For the month of September, the park will be offering two guided-only hikes, 10am and then again at 3pm to go down into the canyon to view pictographs (ancient drawings) on Wednesday through Sunday. There are no tours available on Monday and Tuesday. For more information to plan your visit, click on blue title (above) for FAQs.
Sep 30 End Date

Crabbing 101

Sea Rim State Park
Crabbing at Sea Rim State Park, we have a great time and would love for you to come try it out.
Sep 30 End Date

Underwater Discovery!

Inks Lake State Park
Use a seining net to discover what is living in the shallow waters of the lake
Sep 30 End Date

Geocaching 101

Resaca de la Palma State Park
Find hidden treasure, learn exciting facts and stores about Texas State Parks and win prizes!
Sep 30 End Date

Choke Canyon Nature Walk

Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit
Join our interpretive park ranger on this short guided hike as we explore all that nature and wildlife have to offer within Choke Canyon State Park. (Sorry - this event on 9/22 has been cancelled.)
Sep 30 End Date

River Expedition

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Explore the river while hunting for dinosaur tracks!
Sep 30 End Date

Gyotaku - Fish Prints

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Join a Ranger to make fish prints!
Sep 30 End Date

Monarch Madness!

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
The Fall monarch migration is underway!
Sep 30 End Date

Japanese Fish Printing - 10 am

South Llano River State Park
Learn Gyotaku, the art of fish printing!
Sep 30 End Date

Back to School Hike & Scavenger Hunt

Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site / Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Scavenger Hunt
Sep 30 End Date

History Day 2017

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
History lives at Palo Duro Canyon State Park! From living history reenactors, to Kwahadi Indian Dancers, to historic folk music and poetry, to live canon firing demonstrations, there's something for everyone at History Day 2017.
Sep 30 End Date

Rock, Fossil or Artifact?

Bonham State Park
Hands-on Show and Tell about Fannin County Fossils and Artifacts
Sep 30 End Date

National Public Lands Day - GET OUTDOORS

Meridian State Park
Join us for a fun day of FREE activities!
Sep 30 End Date

National Public Lands Day - Boat Ramp Trash Bash

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Come pitch in for National Public Lands Day as we beautify our very popular South Boat Ramp!
Sep 30 End Date

Skins, Skulls, & Tracks

Daingerfield State Park
Who calls this park home? Join us to learn about Daingerfield's animal residents.
Sep 30 End Date

Choke Canyon Skins and Skulls

Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit
Come learn about wildlife found at Choke Canyon State Park and other areas of Texas with one of our park rangers! Then put your identification skills to the test with a game.
Sep 30 End Date

Tour of Mission Espiritu Santo

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
SORRY, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED, DUE TO PARK CLOSURE. Learn about the Spanish mission system and the daily life at Mission Espiritu Santo.
Sep 30 End Date

Wildlife Investigators

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Hit the trails with a park ranger and discover the many different signs, markings, and clues the wildlife leave behind!
Sep 30 End Date

Wonderful West Texas Wildlife

Davis Mountains State Park
Come to the Interpretive Center to learn about this week's pick! We'll talk about one of the critters you might run into in the Davis Mountains. You'll have to show up to find out which one...
Sep 30 End Date

More Than Meets the Eye

Davis Mountains State Park
The Davis Mountains are beautiful, yes, but there are dozens of secret gems and fascinating things to know about the wildlife, plants, rocks, and things to do in the area including the park. Join us at the Interpretive Center! September 22nd program at 10am
Sep 30 End Date

Bigfoot Story

Daingerfield State Park
Join us for our first Bigfoot Weekend!
Sep 30 End Date

Mighty Monarchs

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
Discover the amazing journey of the monarch butterfly from Canada to Mexico and how you can help this amazing creature in its journey.
Sep 30 End Date

Edible Creepy Crawlies

Galveston Island State Park
Have you ever eaten a bug?.....on purpose?
Sep 30 End Date

Sunset Paddle

Galveston Island State Park
Adult paddling program, limited spaces available. Must RSVP
Sep 30 End Date

Bigfoot Craft

Daingerfield State Park
Join us for our first Bigfoot Weekend!
Sep 30 End Date

Family Canoe Basics

Inks Lake State Park
Learn how to paddle safely and then take a trip to Devil's Waterhole and back.
Sep 30 End Date

What Was That?

Davis Mountains State Park
Something just zipped by your head and you can't help but wonder 'What Was That?!' Find out the answers at this beginning birding program! In the Interpretive Center.
Sep 30 End Date

Paint Party!

Galveston Island State Park
Nature-inspired art workshop, with a personal souvenir!
Sep 30 End Date

Campfire Songs with Rich

Daingerfield State Park
Join us for live music from one of our very own park hosts!
Sep 30 End Date

Searchin' for Bigfoot

Daingerfield State Park
Join us on our final event of Bigfoot Weekend!
Sep 30 End Date

Stories in the Stars

Guadalupe River State Park
Join members of the San Antonio Astronomical Association for a night of stargazing.
Sep 30 End Date

Creatures of the Night

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Explore after dark in search of owls, glowing scorpions, spiders, toads and more!
Sep 30 End Date

Saturday Night Dance with a Special Guest

Daingerfield State Park
Join us for a night of Bigfoot fun!
Sep 30 End Date

Awesome Night Hike

McKinney Falls State Park
Join us in exploring the park and the nocturnal creatures that call it home.

October 2017

Oct 1 End Date

Prairie Prowl

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Come join us on a leisurely stroll through the prairie as we check out all the plants and animals that live here!
Oct 1 End Date

Summit Hike with a Ranger

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn about the geology of this gigantic granite dome, fascinating facts, tales, and the rare plants that inhabit the area, as you ascend Enchanted Rock and enjoy the magnificent views.
Oct 1 End Date

Nature Program

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
SORRY, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO PARK CLOSURE. Come learn about the plants and/or animals of Goliad State Park!
Oct 1 End Date

Bay Explorations

Galveston Island State Park
Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live!
Oct 1 End Date

Fate Bell's Shelter Pictograph/Canyon Walking Tour

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
For the month of October, the park will be offering two guided-only hikes, 10am and then again at 3pm to go down into the canyon to view pictographs (ancient drawings) on Wednesday through Sunday. There are no tours available on Monday and Tuesday. For more information to plan your visit, click on blue title (above) for FAQs.
Oct 1 End Date

Snake Talk & Feeding Followed by Arts and Crafts

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Come discover the world of snakes and watch our non-venomous corn snakes feed.
Oct 1 End Date

Atlatl Demo

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Prehistoric hunting!
Oct 1 End Date

Trick or Treat Geocaching

Dinosaur Valley State Park
High tech hunt for treats!
Oct 1 End Date

Tour of Mission Espiritu Santo

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
SORRY, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED, DUE TO PARK CLOSURE. Learn about the Spanish mission system and the daily life at Mission Espiritu Santo.
Oct 1 End Date

Electric Tram Tour

Estero Llano Grande State Park
Join us on a narrated ranger-driven, two-hour tour of the park in a quiet electric tram. Reservations required.
Oct 1 End Date

Art Extravaganza!

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
It is easy to find beauty in nature, let's find inspiration in the park for our own art!
Oct 1 End Date

Dinosaur Track Talk

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Step back in time with the dinosaurs!
Oct 2 End Date

Project WILD/Growing Up WILD Combo Workshop

San Antonio, TX - Phil Hardberger Park - Urban Ecology Center
Learn to share conservation with children: Professional Development for anyone who works with children
Oct 2 End Date

Angler Education Instructor Training Workshop

Garner State Park
Become a TPWD certified Angler Education Instructor (this workshop also offers certification for Fly Fishing from 3:00 to 5:00)
Oct 3 End Date

Project WILD/Growing Up WILD Combo Workshop

San Antonio, TX - Phil Hardberger Park - Urban Ecology Center
Learn to share conservation with children: Professional Development for anyone who works with young children
Oct 3 End Date

Mommy and Me

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Bring out your little ones to explore the park through a story, activities, and a stroll!
Oct 4 End Date

Project WILD/Growing Up WILD Combo Workshop - Bilingual

San Antonio, TX - Phil Hardberger Park - Urban Ecology Center
Learn to share conservation with children: Professional Development for anyone who works with young children - in Spanish
Oct 4 End Date

Campground Birding Walk!

Davis Mountains State Park
Meet us at the swing set for a walk through the campground as we find and watch the beautiful bird species of the Davis Mountains! Bring your binoculars, water, field guide if you have one.
Oct 4 End Date

Fate Bell's Shelter Pictograph/Canyon Walking Tour

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
For the month of October, the park will be offering two guided-only hikes, 10am and then again at 3pm to go down into the canyon to view pictographs (ancient drawings) on Wednesday through Sunday. There are no tours available on Monday and Tuesday. For more information to plan your visit, click on blue title (above) for FAQs.
Oct 4 End Date

Choke Canyon Bird and Wildlife Tracks

Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit
Do you want to become an expert tracker? Get started by coming to this introductory program to learn how to identify some common Texas wildlife tracks and have some fun with arts and crafts!
Oct 4 End Date

Homeschool Days

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
From fishing to ponding to technology, kids will learn something new each week! Great for all school-aged kids!
Oct 5 End Date

Angler Education Instructor Training Workshop

Quitman, TX - Minnow Bucket Marina
Become a TPWD certified Angler Education Instructor (Fly Fishing and/or Conventional Angler Ed certification)
Oct 5 End Date

Take a Hike With a Homeless Dog!

Davis Mountains State Park
The Grand Companions animal shelter brings dogs for visitors to walk on a park trail! Come to the location listed on the weekly flyer and help a dog get some exercise!
Oct 5 End Date

Fate Bell's Shelter Pictograph/Canyon Walking Tour

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
For the month of October, the park will be offering two guided-only hikes, 10am and then again at 3pm to go down into the canyon to view pictographs (ancient drawings) on Wednesday through Sunday. There are no tours available on Monday and Tuesday. For more information to plan your visit, click on blue title (above) for FAQs.
Oct 5 End Date

Strong Backs and Willing to Work!

Davis Mountains State Park
Join us for a program on how Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Civilian Conservation Corps permanently changed this country in the 1930s and pulled struggling citizens out of the Great Depression. At the Interpretive Center.
Oct 5 End Date

Are You Curious?

Davis Mountains State Park
How curious are you? If you hadn’t noticed, the Davis Mountains are full of interesting wildlife. Have you wanted to learn more about the quirky javelina or the incredible camouflage of the walking stick? Come on over to the Interpretive Center and learn about some of our local characters!
Oct 6 End Date

Guided Hike

Davis Mountains State Park
Join the ranger for a hike that will get you outside connecting with the wilderness, burning off a few dozen calories and learning about the incredible flora and fauna of this Chihuahuan Desert sky island! Bring plenty of water and dress for the weather. Approximately two hours. All ages, dogs welcome.
Oct 6 End Date

Fate Bell's Shelter Pictograph/Canyon Walking Tour

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
For the month of October, the park will be offering two guided-only hikes, 10am and then again at 3pm to go down into the canyon to view pictographs (ancient drawings) on Wednesday through Sunday. There are no tours available on Monday and Tuesday. For more information to plan your visit, click on blue title (above) for FAQs.
Oct 6 End Date

Choke Canyon Nature Walk

Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit
Join our interpretive park ranger on this short guided hike as we explore all that nature and wildlife have to offer within Choke Canyon State Park. (Sorry - this event on 9/22 has been cancelled.)
Oct 6 End Date

Texas Pollinator BioBlitz

Estero Llano Grande State Park
For all ages and experience levels, we'll post photos of bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, beetles and other pollinators we find on our Butterfly Walk on Instagram, Facebook and iNaturalist.
Oct 6 End Date

Snakes of the Big Bend!

Davis Mountains State Park
Come to the Interpretive Center to learn from an expert and see live snakes from right here in the Big Bend!
Oct 6 End Date

Fishing With a Ranger

Inks Lake State Park
Learn the basics of fishing and then try to catch the big one!
Oct 6 End Date

Owl Prowl

Lockhart State Park
Whooo lives in Lockhart State Park?
Oct 6 End Date

Friday Night Frog Chorus (8PM)

Caddo Lake State Park
Whomp-whomp! Click-click-click! Join us to learn about our local frogs.
Oct 6 End Date

Tales of the Night

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Campfire stories
Oct 7 End Date

Big Sit

Galveston Island State Park
Fall migration birding event.
Oct 7 End Date

The Big Sit

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Help us count the most birds!
Oct 7 End Date

Project WILD/Aquatic WILD Combo Workshop

Conroe, TX - Caney Creek High School
Learn to share conservation with children: Professional Development for anyone who works with children
Oct 7 End Date

October Hard Hat Tour Aboard the Battleship Texas

Battleship Texas State Historic Site
Go behind the locked gates and see Battleship Texas in a whole new way. Lead by the First TEXAS Volunteers, this 3.5-hour tour is unlike any other!
Oct 7 End Date

Weekly Birding Walk in the Park

Davis Mountains State Park
Every week a ranger guides a walk to find and identify birds, plants, sights and sounds at one of the most beautiful places in the Big Bend Region! This walk is for the amateur and experienced birder, as well as any visitor, young or old who wants to learn about wildlife, the park, and its bird life. Bring water, binoculars, and field guide.
Oct 7 End Date

Dutch Oven Cooking

Daingerfield State Park
Come join the Dutch Oven D.O.G.s for great food and fellowship