Practice social distancing even when outdoors.

Please follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Check the status of the location you're planning to visit.

Some Texas state parks, TPWD offices, public recreation facilities and water access points are closed.

See list of temporary closures and operations adjustments.

Get Out! Explore Texas Fun Stuff Wild Things

What Lives in a Puddle?

Use a Milk Carton Viewer to find out!

What You Need:


  1. Cut off the bottom of a paper milk or juice carton, plastic milk jug or beverage container.
  2. Cut a piece of heavy plastic wrap big enough to cover the opening at the bottom of the container and about half way up the sides of the container.
  3. Use rubber bands to hold the plastic in place.
  4. Open up the top of the container so you can look through the top and out the bottom.

Go to your favorite pond, stream or puddle and stick your viewer part-way into the water. Look inside and you'll see inside into the water just like you were swimming in there! Look for bugs, tiny fish, and what's sitting on the bottom!