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Summer 2009

Getting Better All the Time
New State Park Interpretive Exhibits Flourish With Increased Funds

What if you led a horse to water and it didn’t know how to drink? That odd challenge faces state parks trying to help an increasingly urban public understand nature and history. The good news is, a rich array of new interpretive exhibits and facilities is available for families seeking excursions close to home, thanks to increased funding from the Texas Legislature.
Read about the new State Park interpretive exhibits

A Campfire Chat
With Bill and Bonnie Allison

Bill and Bonnie Allison

In every issue of State Parks Getaways, we go behind the scenes. In this issue, we interview Bill and Bonnie Allison, Park Hosts at Tyler State Park.
Read the interview with Bill and Bonnie Allison

Activity / How-To
5 easy tips to help you get started in butterfly watching today.

“The highest enjoyment of timelessness,” wrote novelist and lepidopterist Vladimir Nabokov, “is when I stand among rare butterflies and their food plants. This is ecstasy, and behind the ecstasy is something else, which is hard to explain. It is like a momentary vacuum into which rushes all that I love.”.
Read the article: Backyard Beauties

A Closer Look At...
Gulf Fritillary Butterflies

Read about Gulf Fritillary butterflies.

Looking for a Quick Getaway?
Destination: Junction, Texas

Junction boasts first-class fishing, plus all the meat and pie you can eat.
Read more about Destination: Junction, Texas

Featured Event
July 11, 2009 — Fanthorp Inn SHS — Stagecoach Days

A Stagecoach at Fanthorp Inn SHS

Join cowboys, musicians and period characters for a trip into the past. Ride our bright red, replica stagecoach; tour the 1850s stagecoach inn; listen to the sweet sounds of the Star of Texas Dulcimers and enjoy the oft-times funny, sometimes sad cowboy poetry of Kenny Lewis. The entire family will enjoy a day of nostalgia with out-of-the-ordinary experiences, so pack a picnic lunch and come see us. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; suggested donations of $4 adults, $2 children 12 and under (936) 873-2633.
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