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July 6, 2004

Environmental Learning Center To Serve Urban Houston

HOUSTON — Construction has begun on the first phase of a multi-million dollar project to build new student facilities and transform former fish hatchery ponds into a model environmental education center at Sheldon Lake State Park in northeast Houston.

Falfurrias Students Use Goliad as Springboard to Smithsonian

AUSTIN, Texas — Three Falfurrias High School students took their award- winning history project to the top this summer to compete at the National Championship of the National History Day Program in Washington D.C.

When Going Boating, Leave Behind a ’Float Plan’

AUSTIN, Texas — Before you go, it is always important to leave some detailed information with a friend, co-worker or neighbor about your boating trip. That information is extremely helpful for authorities like Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens who might be the ones coming to look for you if you’re not back on time.

June 28, 2004

Bat Viewing Offered Nightly at Old Tunnel

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas — Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area near here in the central Texas Hill Country is offering bat-viewing opportunities every night all summer through October.

Junior Boater Program Teaches Young Kids Water Safety

AUSTIN, Texas — Though it is only two years old, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department water and boater safety program reaches more than 10,000 children per year.

Passport Radio Series Reaches Record Audience

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s signature radio series Passport to Texas, brings the state’s vast outdoor world to listeners from El Paso to Nacogdoches—and seems to be everywhere in between.

June 21, 2004

50th Game Warden Cadet Class Graduates

AUSTIN, Texas — The 50th Game Warden Cadet class graduated at the State Capitol June 17 and is now fanning out to their new duty stations across Texas.

Buffalo Soldiers Share African-American Heritage

AUSTIN, Texas — A unique and, until recently, seldom told part of Texas’ frontier heritage will come to life this summer through living history encampments, African-American rodeos and other events staged by the Texas Buffalo Soldiers Program.

TPWD and Brenham ISD "Parkner" Up For Camp Yes

AUSTIN, Texas— Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Brenham Independent School District have teamed up to give local children the opportunity get off the couch this summer and learn about nature in the great outdoors. This partnership has been made possible through a grant from TPWD Community Outdoor Outreach Program, administered by the State Parks Recreation Grants program.

June 14, 2004

Texas Plans to Protect Black-Tailed Prairie Dog

LUBBOCK, Texas — A working group committee of representatives from ranching and farming organizations, environmental groups, state and federal biologists, private landowners and others has completed a Texas plan to conserve the black-tailed prairie dog and its grassland habitat. The species is currently a candidate for possible listing as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.