Calendar of Events

Homeschooling

December 2022

Dec 6
10:00a
End Date

Homeschool Class: Survival Skills

Lockhart State Park
Experience Lockhart State Park as an outdoor classroom in this program for school-age kids! Registration required.
Dec 6
1:30p
End Date

"THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED" Cowboys and Cottonwoods

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Learn how water helps cottonwood trees survive, and how water helped the cattle industry thrive, even in a hostile environment.
Dec 6
2:30p
End Date

"THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED" Building Up and Tearing Down

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Learn about who built Palo Duro Canyon State Park and how erosion continues to break down the canyon down in this short, riverside stroll.
Dec 7
2:00p
End Date

Homeschool Class: Survival Skills

Lockhart State Park
Experience Lockhart State Park as an outdoor classroom in this program for school-age kids! Registration required.
Dec 8
10:00a
End Date

Homeschool Class: Survival Skills

Lockhart State Park
Experience Lockhart State Park as an outdoor classroom in this program for school-age kids! Registration required.
Dec 8
5:30p
End Date

Cold Moon Hike

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Experience the rising of December’s Cold Moon in this full moon hike.
Dec 8
7:00p
End Date

Our Night Skies

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
What makes up our night sky? Is there more than meets the eye? Learn about the celestial bodies that make up the sky and the stories told about them.
Dec 9
6:00p
End Date

Christmas in the Park - A Drive Through Experience

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and kick off the holiday season with a visit to Cooper Lake State Park. Join us for a beautiful view as you drive through nature and decorated campsites!
Dec 10
9:00a
End Date

Archery 101

Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit
Want to learn how to shoot? Ages 10+ welcome! (Adults, that included you too!)
Dec 10
10:00a
End Date

Master Naturalist - Walk and a Talk

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
Riddle me this, riddle me that, is that a Master Naturalist?
Dec 10
10:00a
End Date

Cowboys and Cottonwoods

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Learn how water helps cottonwood trees survive, and how water helped the cattle industry thrive, even in a hostile environment.
Dec 10
10:30a
End Date

Reading with a Ranger

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Join us as we read stories about the fascinating world around us and the animals that live here.
Dec 10
1:30p
End Date

Roving with the Ranger

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
Stop our ranger as she roves around the park. Try to stump the ranger with your questions about the interpretive items she's carrying around.
Dec 10
6:00p
End Date

Christmas in the Park - A Drive Through Experience

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and kick off the holiday season with a visit to Cooper Lake State Park. Join us for a beautiful view as you drive through nature and decorated campsites!
Dec 11
10:00a
End Date

Rain Deer

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
Doe, a deer, a rain deer painting. Join us for a morning of creative watercolor painting.
Dec 17
9:00a
End Date

Archery 101

Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit
Want to learn how to shoot? Ages 10+ welcome! (Adults, that included you too!)
Dec 17
10:00a
End Date

Building Up and Tearing Down

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Learn about who built Palo Duro Canyon State Park and how erosion continues to break down the canyon down in this short, riverside stroll.
Dec 17
2:00p
End Date

Gems of the Universe

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
The Geminids Meteor shower when and where to see them!
Dec 17
6:30p
End Date

Stargazing

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
I wish I may, I wish I might, wish upon a star tonight!
Dec 20
10:00a
End Date

Preschool in the Park: Birds

Lockhart State Park
Come explore, create, and sing with us as we learn about our amazing environment!
Dec 20
10:00a
End Date

A Slice of Palo Duro Pie

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Learn about the geology that makes up each slice of Palo Duro Canyon in this short hike.
Dec 20
2:00p
End Date

THE Palo Duro Van Tour

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Enjoy a guided drive through Palo Duro Canyon from the comfort of our van.
Dec 21
10:00a
End Date

Skins and Skulls May Break my Bones

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Learn about who’s who in Palo Duro and how carnivores hunt their prey.
Dec 21
11:30a
End Date

Bison Grocery Store

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Learn about the bison who once roamed Palo Duro Canyon and their many uses to the Comanche People.
Dec 21
2:00p
End Date

THE Palo Duro Van Tour

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Enjoy a guided drive through Palo Duro Canyon from the comfort of our van.
Dec 22
10:00a
End Date

Hike with the Pioneers of Palo Duro

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Learn about the different pioneers through time who first saw Palo Duro’s walls on this hike.
Dec 22
2:00p
End Date

THE Palo Duro Van Tour

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Enjoy a guided drive through Palo Duro Canyon from the comfort of our van.
Dec 24
7:00p
End Date

Self-guided Stargazing

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
Ursids meteor shower
Dec 24
7:00p
End Date

Self-guided Stargazing

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
Ursids meteor shower
Dec 26
10:00a
End Date

A Slice of Palo Duro Pie

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Learn about the geology that makes up each slice of Palo Duro Canyon in this short hike.
Dec 26
2:00p
End Date

THE Palo Duro Van Tour

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Enjoy a guided drive through Palo Duro Canyon from the comfort of our van.
Dec 27
10:00a
End Date

Hike with the Pioneers of Palo Duro

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Learn about the different pioneers through time who first saw Palo Duro’s walls on this hike.
Dec 27
2:00p
End Date

THE Palo Duro Van Tour

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Enjoy a guided drive through Palo Duro Canyon from the comfort of our van.
Dec 28
10:00a
End Date

Bison Grocery Store

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Learn about the bison who once roamed Palo Duro Canyon and their many uses to the Comanche People.
Dec 28
11:30a
End Date

Skins and Skulls May Break my Bones

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Learn about who’s who in Palo Duro and how carnivores hunt their prey.
Dec 28
2:00p
End Date

THE Palo Duro Van Tour

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Enjoy a guided drive through Palo Duro Canyon from the comfort of our van.
Dec 30
5:00p
End Date

Night Hike Safety Hike

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Join our rangers for a quick stroll to discuss hiking at night and being safe while hiking after dark.
Dec 31
9:00a
End Date

Archery 101

Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit
Want to learn how to shoot? Ages 10+ welcome! (Adults, that included you too!)
Dec 31
2:00p
End Date

Kid's Fishing

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
Need some new fishing stories? Join a ranger learning the basics of fishing.
Dec 31
11:30p
End Date

First Day Hike - Midnight

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Ring in the New Year right with a First Day Hike on the Kiowa Trail!

January 2023

Jan 1 End Date

First Day Self-guided Hike, Bike and/or Ride!

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
Join us on New Year's Day to celebrate wellness in nature!
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Self-guided Hike and or Bike!

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
Join us on New Year's Day to celebrate wellness in nature!
Jan 1
8:00a
End Date

First Day Hike!

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
Join us on New Year's Day to celebrate wellness in nature!
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

First Day Hike 2023!

Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit
Want to kick off the new year on an outdoor adventure? We'll meet at 75 Acre Lake to view the birds and take a walk!
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Hike!

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
Join us on New Year's Day to celebrate wellness in nature!
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Hike 2023

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Start off the New Year with a hike in the park!
Jan 1
5:00p
End Date

First Day Hike – Sunset

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Ring in the New Year right with a First Day Hike! Join our rangers for a brisk, evening hike on the CCC and Triassic Trails right as the sun sets over the rim of the canyon!
Jan 3
10:00a
End Date

Homeschool Class: Orienteering

Lockhart State Park
Experience Lockhart State Park as an outdoor classroom in this program for school-age kids! Registration required.
Jan 4
2:00p
End Date

Homeschool Class: Orienteering

Lockhart State Park
Experience Lockhart State Park as an outdoor classroom in this program for school-age kids! Registration required.
Jan 5
10:00a
End Date

Homeschool Class: Orienteering

Lockhart State Park
Experience Lockhart State Park as an outdoor classroom in this program for school-age kids! Registration required.
Jan 18
10:30a
End Date

Reading Ranger

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Madalyn at the Smithville Public Library for themed book readings and a craft! All ages welcome!

February 2023

Feb 15
10:30a
End Date

Reading Ranger

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Madalyn at the Smithville Public Library for themed book readings and a craft! All ages welcome!

March 2023

Mar 15
10:30a
End Date

Reading Ranger

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Madalyn at the Smithville Public Library for themed book readings and a craft! All ages welcome!

April 2023

Apr 1
9:00a
End Date

Festival of the Fish

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
🎉 Here fishy, fishy, fish! We will have several come and go programs during this celebration of fish.
Apr 19
10:30a
End Date

Reading Ranger

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Madalyn at the Smithville Public Library for themed book readings and a craft! All ages welcome!

May 2023

May 17
10:30a
End Date

Reading Ranger

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Madalyn at the Smithville Public Library for themed book readings and a craft! All ages welcome!

June 2023

Jun 21
10:30a
End Date

Reading Ranger

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Madalyn at the Smithville Public Library for themed book readings and a craft! All ages welcome!

July 2023

Jul 19
10:30a
End Date

Reading Ranger

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Madalyn at the Smithville Public Library for themed book readings and a craft! All ages welcome!

August 2023

Aug 16
10:30a
End Date

Reading Ranger

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Madalyn at the Smithville Public Library for themed book readings and a craft! All ages welcome!

September 2023

Sep 15
5:00p
End Date

Prairie Palooza: Palo Duro Canyon – Back to the Future

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
🎉 Celebrate Texas State Parks’ 100-year anniversary at Palo Duro Canyon State Park! This three-day event will chronical 100 years of our past and showcase 100 years of partnerships for the future!
Sep 20
10:30a
End Date

Reading Ranger

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Madalyn at the Smithville Public Library for themed book readings and a craft! All ages welcome!
Sep 23 End Date

Bentsen Outdoor Skills Showcase

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
🎉 An exciting day for fun, games, and getting to know the outdoors!

October 2023

Oct 7
9:00a
End Date

A Natural Halloween

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
🎉 Join us for A Natural Halloween! We will host morning and evening activities.
Oct 18
10:30a
End Date

Reading Ranger

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Madalyn at the Smithville Public Library for themed book readings and a craft! All ages welcome!

November 2023

Nov 15
10:30a
End Date

Reading Ranger

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Madalyn at the Smithville Public Library for themed book readings and a craft! All ages welcome!

December 2023

Dec 20
10:30a
End Date

Reading Ranger

Buescher State Park
Join Ranger Madalyn at the Smithville Public Library for themed book readings and a craft! All ages welcome!