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Garner State Park | Two Night Event | Texas Outdoor Family | Central TX Area (FULL - Waitlist forming)

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.
6:30p Fri, October 05, 2018 to 11:00a Sun, October 07, 2018
Customer Service
(512) 389-8903

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.

Frio River flowing through Garner State Park


  • Individual car camping sites for each family
  • Potable water and electricity, at or near each campsite
  • Restrooms with hot showers
  • Overnight ranger presence for comfort and confidence



  • The basic camping equipment needed for the weekend will be provided. Families are expected to provide sheets, blankets, food and personal items. 
  • Download the TOF Welcome Packet for a detailed list of what is provided and what should be brought from home. 
  • Typical TOF equipment includes what is pictured below.









    Activities Specific to this Workshop

    The Texas Outdoor Family program will provide you with an opportunity to enjoy all of the following activities at your upcoming event. You are also encouraged to explore the park on your own, creating your own adventure along the way. All activities are subject to weather conditions.

    • Credible Campers & Campsites:

      • Adults: Learn Leave no Trace principles, how to pitch your tent and use stoves safely.

      • Junior Rangers:  A kid specific hike, including a conversation about Leave No Trace .

    • Building Base Camp: Families come together, gather equipment, and build base camp for the weekend.

    • Ranger Guided Hike: Get some exercise and enjoy nature while hiking to White Rock Cave. The group will take their time and enjoy the scenery on this 0.6 mile roundtrip rocky trail.

    • Water Recreation:  Swim, splash, play, and explore with your friends and family. Safe and unstructured outdoor activities / play is important for children and adults!

    • Careful Kayaking:  Learn the basics of kayaking with a Park Ranger. Life jackets are required to be worn and provided for your use by staff.
    • BioBlitz - Citizen Science Program: Unique event!  Join a TPWD Biologist to learn about the iNaturalist app, how to use it, and implement this new knowledge into your outdoor recreation adventures.  This will be a lot of fun for the whole family.  Participants must be 13yrs old and up to sign up for their own free app, but are of course welcome to join their family and work together.  For all other participants, we'll be hosting another family friendly program simultaneously so you have options to choose from.   
    • Caching in on State Park Trails: Trail adventure and exploration through GPS and geocaching.
    • Fire Building and Outdoor Cooking Tips: How to safely build fires and cook on open flames or grills. Also, learn how to cook using a Dutch Oven! A Dutch Oven is a durable cast iron cooking pot that uses coals to bake meals while camping.

    • Experience the Sounds of the Night: Celebrate nature’s night sounds with a Ranger led presentation.

    • Chat with a Park Ranger: Q&A – Learn more about parks and conservation.

    • Know Before You Go: Breaking Camp and Leaving No Trace of your stay.

    • State Park Junior Ranger Journal: Available upon request. When completed, these journals earn your Jr. Ranger their very own pin badge.

    • And More: The night skies might be right for an impromptu star party or the park may be hosting another great outdoor program that you would like to participate in!



    Review a sample Two Night TOF Agenda. All activities and times are subject to weather, staffing, and attendance and can change at the ranger’s discretion.


    Conclusion & Departure

    Texas Outdoor Family programming typically concludes with the borrowed gear being turned-in at or before 11am on Sunday. Families are asked to participate in our program’s conclusion on Sunday morning where they are given information and promotional items designed to help them plan their next camping trip. If the family needs to leave early, they must inform their on-site ranger for instructions pertaining to the return of the borrowed equipment.

    Families are invited to stay in the park until the close of business (10pm) on the day that the program concludes, but campsites must be vacated by 2pm.



    • Families are asked to provide their own meals. Easy camp meal ideas are provided in the TOF Welcome Packet
    • Instructors will offer great tips on enjoying family camp cooking.



    • $95 per family (up to 6 individuals) - includes all entry and camping fees.


    Weather and Cancellation

    We recognize that the weather will impact your camping experience. Our rangers have experienced at sharing fun with your family even when it rains. Our quality equipment is designed to keep you dry while you sleep. With all of that considered below is the criteria of when events will be cancelled:

    We will utilize and the zip code of the park were the event is hosted for our forecasts. The decision to cancel an event will be made at 4pm on the Wednesday prior to events scheduled to start on Friday evening, or 4pm on the Thursday prior to events scheduled to start on Saturday morning:

    • Winds are forecasted to be sustained at 20 mph or greater for 3 or more hours.        
    • Wind Gusts are expected to be 25 mph or greater at any time.
    • Potential exists for flash flood within the park 
    • Temperatures are forecast with a low of 45° or below.
    • Temperatures are forecast with a low of 50° and 50% chance of any measurable precipitation.
    • Rain volumes are forecasted to be greater than 1.5” during the duration of the event.
    • Rain is forecasted with a likelihood of 50% or greater during 3.5+ hours of the event during recreational hours (8am – 8pm) of the workshop.
    • A Severe Weather Watch or Warning is forecasted for any duration of the event.

    You will be notified by TOF staff via email and telephone if the event is cancelled. If cancelled, your reservation will be added to our transfer list to be eligible for a future event, pending availability. Refunds will not be immediately available.



    • For the preservation of the camping equipment, pets of all sorts are not allowed on TOF events.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Visit our FAQ page for additional details.
    • Still have questions? Email for more specific questions.


    How to Register

    • Call (512) 389-8903 to speak to one of our "Texas Outdoor Family" customer service representatives Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Download the TOF Welcome Packet to assist in your planning.
    • Print and complete the last two pages of the welcome packet and bring it to your workshop.
    • All reservations must be made by noon on the Thursday prior to the event.
    • Payment in full is required at the time a reservation is made.
    • When making your reservation, please have the following information ready and available:
      • Name, Email Address, Phone Number, Number of Children, Number of Adults
      • If making reservations for another family, you MUST have the same information for their group.
    • All fees are non-refundable. A one-time transfer to a different workshop is allowed two weeks prior to your scheduled event, pending availability. 
    • Cancellation Policy: In the regrettable instance that an event is cancelled, patrons will be given the opportunity to transfer their reservation to a future event within one calendar year of their cancelled workshop. Due to the state's process for handling funds, refunds cannot be offered.