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Calendar of Events

Holidays

October 2017

Oct 20 End Date

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Daingerfield State Park
Bring your pre-carved or decorated pumpkins for this pumpkin carving contest.
Oct 20 End Date

Zombie Apocalypse Hike

McKinney Falls State Park
Can you survive a zombie apocalypse? Join us at the park to test your skills.
Oct 20 End Date

Dog Costume Contest

Daingerfield State Park
Dress up your dogs in their best Halloween threads and bring them out to the park!
Oct 20 End Date

Carnival Games

Daingerfield State Park
Join us for an evening of frightful fun!
Oct 20 End Date

Haunted Trail

Daingerfield State Park
Join us for a night of frightful fun!
Oct 21 End Date

"Not So Creepy Critters"

South Llano River State Park
Find out the truth about those "creepy" animals.
Oct 21 End Date

Goin' Batty

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
Go "batty" with fun all while learning about bats!
Oct 21 End Date

Edible Creepy Crawlies

Galveston Island State Park
Have you ever eaten a bug?.....on purpose?
Oct 21 End Date

Zombie Apocalypse Hike

Bastrop State Park
If the zombies came tomorrow, would you be prepared?
Oct 21 End Date

Halloween in the Park

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Experience the park after dark and join us for games, crafts, Spooky Trail, and more!
Oct 21 End Date

Kids Costume Contest

Daingerfield State Park
Join us for a night of frightful fun!
Oct 21 End Date

Zombie Apocalypse Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Could you survive and thrive on this fun, easy hike?
Oct 21 End Date

Carnival Games

Daingerfield State Park
Join us for an evening of frightful fun!
Oct 21 End Date

Haunted Trail

Daingerfield State Park
Join us for a night of frightful fun!
Oct 21 End Date

Haunted Trails

Lake Casa Blanca International State Park
Lake Casa Blanca International State Park invites you to come in costume and explore our half-mile Haunted Trail.
Oct 26 End Date

Halloween at the Hatchery 2017

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Local businesses and organizations will hand out free candy, and the center will be decorated throughout with a Halloween theme.
Oct 27 End Date

Stay Fed in the Land of the Dead

Davis Mountains State Park
Zombies have invaded and you need to get prepared and know how to survive in the wild. Take a short walk and learn what you need to put in your "Go Bag" and how you can use local plants to survive in the wild, all while fending off zombie staff!
Oct 27 End Date

Scary Campfire Stories and S'mores

McKinney Falls State Park
Join us for some pre-Halloween fun.
Oct 27 End Date

Spooky Storytelling

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
What is camping without telling scary stories around the campfire?
Oct 27 End Date

Scary Stories Around the Campfire

Davis Mountains State Park
Bring a chair and gather around the fire to hear some hand-picked scary stories chosen to make sure you stay up all night. We'll start with more gentle stories for the younger crowd, then move on to a scarier tales for the older crowd.
Oct 28 End Date

Jack-o'-lantern Scavenger Hunt

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Can you find the plastic jack-o'-lanterns hidden along park trails?
Oct 28 End Date

Halloween in the Park!

Lake Livingston State Park
Come celebrate Halloween at Lake Livingston State Park this year. This year Halloween is on a Monday, so we will provide you and your family with a day full of fun-filled activities on Saturday, October 28 to help you celebrate Halloween in the Pineywoods!
Oct 28 End Date

Junior Ranger: Absolutely Batty (9AM)

Caddo Lake State Park
Learn about bats while making a craft to take home!
Oct 28 End Date

Picnic in the Park with a Ranger

Buescher State Park
Grab your picnic basket and blanket and meet a Ranger on the grassy dam for a picnic lunch!
Oct 28 End Date

Halloween Fest

Wyler Aerial Tramway
Come check out our creepy exhibits!
Oct 28 End Date

Halloweenfest

Lockhart State Park
Join us for witch crafts, a special spooky storytime, and a costume contest!
Oct 28 End Date

Creepy Crawlies Scavenger Hunt (1PM)

Caddo Lake State Park
Look for the creepy, crawly animals that call Caddo Lake home!
Oct 28 End Date

Goin' Batty

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
Go "batty" with fun all while learning about bats!
Oct 28 End Date

Monster Mash Cache

Eisenhower State Park
Try your hand at geocaching and create a Halloween craft!
Oct 28 End Date

Edible Creepy Crawlies

Galveston Island State Park
Have you ever eaten a bug?.....on purpose?
Oct 28 End Date

Zombie Apocalypse Hike

Bastrop State Park
If the zombies came tomorrow, would you be prepared?
Oct 28 End Date

Zombie Apocalypse Hike (3PM)

Caddo Lake State Park
Will you survive this humorous Zombie Hike?
Oct 28 End Date

Trunk or Treat

Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site / Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Trunk or Treat/Ghost Walk
Oct 28 End Date

Trick-Or-Treat in the Park and Canned Food Drive

Cleburne State Park
Trick-Or-Treating will be from 5:30 to 8pm on October 28th. We are also looking forward to a night sounds presentation from our Friends of Cleburne State Park and a family friendly night hike during the main event. Free entry for adults (13+) during Trick-Or-Treat who bring canned food items. 817-645-4215
Oct 28 End Date

Zombie Apocalypse Hike

McKinney Falls State Park
Can you survive a zombie apocalypse? Join us at the park to test your skills.
Oct 28 End Date

Halloween in the Park

Guadalupe River State Park
Join us for trick-or-treating along the trails of the park.
Oct 28 End Date

Haunted Trails

Resaca de la Palma State Park
Please join us if you dare for a Halloween scare. Put on your favorite costume and enjoy a night of fun, food, games, and haunted hiking trails!
Oct 28 End Date

2nd Annual Boo Camp

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Come join us for some family friendly Halloween fun!
Oct 28 End Date

Zombie Apocalypse Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Could you survive and thrive on this fun, easy hike?
Oct 28 End Date

Halloween Fair

Government Canyon State Natural Area
THIS EVENT IS FULL.
Oct 28 End Date

Trunk or Treat

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Be prepared to be Tricked or Treated
Oct 28 End Date

Halloween Creatures of the Night Hike

Inks Lake State Park
Come trick or treat in costume and meet some of the park's creatures of the night!
Oct 28 End Date

Zombie Apocalypse Hike

Eisenhower State Park
Do you have what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse? Find out on this spooky and informative hike.
Oct 28 End Date

Creatures of the Night

Lockhart State Park
Join us to discover what goes bump in the night during this special Halloween-themed night hike!
Oct 28 End Date

Moongazing

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
Calling all werewolves for International Observe the Moon Night!
Oct 28 End Date

Spooky Campfire Stories

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Traditional scary stories being told around the campfire.
Oct 28 End Date

Scorpions Glow and Spiders Shine

Mother Neff State Park
We'll find some of our favorite arachnids just in time for Halloween.
Oct 28 End Date

Not-So-Spooky Night Hike

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Palo Duro Canyon is full of creepy things that go bump in the night. But are they really so scary? Come experience a night hike at the park and learn why the things that come out in the dark really aren't so scary after all.
Oct 28 End Date

Haunted Hike

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Are you brave enough?
Oct 29 End Date

Make a Spider Web

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Learn about spiders and make a craft to take home
Oct 29 End Date

Trick or Treat Geocaching

Dinosaur Valley State Park
High tech hunt for treats!
Oct 29 End Date

Halloween Spooktacular

Sea Center Texas
Celebrate Halloween in Sea Center Spooktacular style!
Oct 29 End Date

Huntsville SP Pumpkin Carving Contest

Huntsville State Park
Halloween-themed family program & Pumpkin Carving Contest!
Oct 31 End Date

Zombie Apocalypse Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Could you survive and thrive on this fun, easy hike?
Oct 31 End Date

Night Hike with a Ranger

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
Come explore the dark side of Cooper Lake State Park this Halloween!

November 2017

Nov 11 End Date

Edible Plants Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Nature's Bounty: A grocery store at your fingertips.
Nov 18 End Date

Edible Plants Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Nature's Bounty: A grocery store at your fingertips.
Nov 24 End Date

Turkey Trot up the Mountain

Davis Mountains State Park
Burn off that big Thanksgiving feast from the Black Bear Restaurant by joining a ranger on a guided hike to the top of the Indian Lodge Trail. This is a challenging trail so bring water, wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. We recommend a hiking stick for this trail.
Nov 24 End Date

#OptOutside Paddle Tour

Galveston Island State Park
Skip the shopping and opt outside for a Black Friday kayaking tour.
Nov 24 End Date

Turkey Trot Hikes

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
Trot on out to Hueco Tanks and work off that turkey!
Nov 24 End Date

Let's Talk Turkey

Davis Mountains State Park
This Thanksgiving-themed program at the Interpretive Center will entertain you plus you'll be an expert on turkey and you'll even be able to talk like one by the end! This program is great for little and big kids who like to sing and do crafts.
Nov 25 End Date

Geocaching Turkey Style

Inks Lake State Park
We teach you all about the modern day treasure hunt called geocaching with some fun turkey help.
Nov 25 End Date

Holiday Cookie Decorating and German Traditions

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Your entire family and friends will have fun decorating cookies as it was done for a German Christmas tree in the early 1900’s.
Nov 25 End Date

Family Paddling

Galveston Island State Park
Bring the family, come prepared, and team up for paddling.
Nov 25 End Date

Edible Plants Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Nature's Bounty: A grocery store at your fingertips.
Nov 25 End Date

Twilight Firelight!

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site
Start your Holiday Season with an evening at Fanthorp Inn!

December 2017

Dec 2 End Date

Third Annual Mother Neff Christmas

Mother Neff State Park
Join us for creative Christmas crafts, special guests, a holiday hike and more!
Dec 2 End Date

Christmas with the Fishes

Sea Center Texas
Celebrate Christmas with the Fishes at Sea Center Texas!
Dec 2 End Date

Edible Plants Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Nature's Bounty: A grocery store at your fingertips.
Dec 2 End Date

Trail of Lights

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Enjoy a beautiful walk through the lighted park to the historic Kreische House decorated for a German-Texas Christmas.
Dec 8 End Date

Trail of Lights

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Walk through the lighted park and enjoy a traditional German-Texas Christmas.
Dec 8 End Date

Christmas in the Park

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Join us for the 6th Annual Christmas in the Park!
Dec 9 End Date

Holiday Cookie Walk

Davis Mountains State Park
Come hungry to the annual cookie walk through the park! Arrive at several stops to find cookies and a delicious warm drink to keep you warm as you work your way through the state park. At the Interpretive Center join other guests and make your own holiday ornaments.
Dec 9 End Date

Yuletide TEXAS

Battleship Texas State Historic Site
Christmas in the Parks
Dec 9 End Date

Arts in the Parks - Ornament Making!

Wyler Aerial Tramway
Need some more decorations for the Holidays? Join us and make your own!
Dec 9 End Date

Edible Plants Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Nature's Bounty: A grocery store at your fingertips.
Dec 9 End Date

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site / Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Observe an 1870's Christmas Celebration
Dec 9 End Date

Trail of Lights

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Enjoy a beautiful walk through the lighted park to the historic Kreische House decorated for a traditional German-Texas Christmas.
Dec 9 End Date

Christmas in the Park

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Join us for the 6th Annual Christmas in the Park!
Dec 9 End Date

Cross Timbers Cowboy Christmas – Music & Poetry

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Dec 10 End Date

Holiday in the Park

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Get in the holiday spirit at Sheldon Lake State Park!
Dec 15 End Date

Christmas in the Park

Daingerfield State Park
Come drive through the park lit up like Santa Land and get to meet Santa himself!
Dec 15 End Date

Trail of Lights

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Enjoy a beautiful walk through the lighted park to the historic Kreische House decorated for a traditional German-Texas Christmas.
Dec 16 End Date

Holly Jolly Cache

Eisenhower State Park
Santa hid some geocaches! Learn how to use GPS to find them and assemble a unique snowman ornament.
Dec 16 End Date

Old-Fashioned Holiday Taffy Pull

Palmetto State Park
Homemade candy and holiday fun!
Dec 16 End Date

Santa in the Park

Meridian State Park
Merry and Bright!
Dec 16 End Date

Edible Plants Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Nature's Bounty: A grocery store at your fingertips.
Dec 16 End Date

Santa Hat Hike

Eisenhower State Park
Wear your favorite festive gear for this walk through the winter woods.
Dec 16 End Date

Christmas in the Park

Daingerfield State Park
Come drive through the park lit up like Santa Land and get to meet Santa himself!
Dec 16 End Date

Holly-days at San Angelo State Park

San Angelo State Park
Campground Light Tour with Prizes, Santa, Decorate Ornaments and S'mores with Texas A&M Forest Service Around the Campfire
Dec 16 End Date

Trail of Lights

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Enjoy a beautiful walk through the lighted park to the historic Kreische House decorated for a traditional German-Texas Christmas.
Dec 17 End Date

Holly Jolly Women's Hike!

Davis Mountains State Park
Let's go ladies: This hike is a challenge but we can do it! Meet at the Primitive Area parking lot loaded with water, snacks, hiking sticks, and sturdy shoes to walk our longest trail, the 11 mile Sheep Pen Canyon Trail.
Dec 17 End Date

48th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Join the Texas Hill Country Community in this special tradition started 48 years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson.
Dec 19 End Date

Arts In Parks: Ocean's Ornaments

Galveston Island State Park
Create one-of-a-kind island-style holiday ornaments.
Dec 20 End Date

Arts In Parks: Ocean's Ornaments

Galveston Island State Park
Create one-of-a-kind island-style holiday ornaments.
Dec 21 End Date

Arts In Parks: Ocean's Ornaments

Galveston Island State Park
Create one-of-a-kind island-style holiday ornaments.
Dec 22 End Date

Arts In Parks: Ocean's Ornaments

Galveston Island State Park
Create one-of-a-kind island-style holiday ornaments.
Dec 23 End Date

Fish Printing

Galveston Island State Park
Learn basic fish anatomy and create a one-of-a-kind print!
Dec 23 End Date

Arts In Parks: Ocean's Ornaments

Galveston Island State Park
Create one-of-a-kind island-style holiday ornaments.

January 2018

Jan 1 End Date

1st Day Hike

Wyler Aerial Tramway
Let's start this new year with the right attitude and the right foot!
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Hike

Palmetto State Park
Start the New Year off on the right foot with a First Day Hike at Palmetto State Park.
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Mountain Walk

Davis Mountains State Park
There's no time like the first day of the year to turn over a new leaf, so grab your hiking stick and let's climb up to the top of Skyline Drive! This trail is rocky, and will take us up to beautiful Keesey Canyon Overlook. There might be a surprise up there, but you'll have to join us to find out...
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Tower Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Blaze a trail and start your new year off on the right foot....or left foot.
Jan 1 End Date

Full Moon Hike

Galveston Island State Park
Live by the sun, love by the moon!

February 2018

Feb 10 End Date

Sweetheart Dance

Meridian State Park
A blast from the past sweetheart dance under the stars!

March 2018

Mar 31 End Date

Easter Egg Hunt

Colorado Bend State Park