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Sept. 6, 2023

New Military Parklands Passports Give Veterans, Service Members New Options to Enter Texas State Parks for Free

AUSTIN— Thanks to a recent bill passed during the last legislative session, active-duty military, honorably discharged veterans and the immediate family members of a service member who died while serving now qualify for one of three new Parklands Passports. These passports are available at no cost and grant the cardholder free entry to all Texas State Parks.

Aug. 16, 2023

Texas State Parks Ambassador Program Accepting Applications for South, East Texas Cohorts

AUSTIN—The Texas State Parks Ambassador Program is accepting applications for the newest class of ambassadors in South and East Texas state parks. Applications close at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 27.

July 14, 2023

Enjoy State Park Views Indoors at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

AUSTIN — Want to appreciate the beauty of Texas State Parks and stay indoors? Visit the The Art of Texas State Parks traveling exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science this summer to stay cool while enjoying the views and vistas found in parks. The exhibit, created in honor of the Centennial Celebration of Texas State Parks, will remain in Houston until October 1.

July 11, 2023

Texas State Parks Recognized Among the Nation’s Best

AUSTIN — The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) along with the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration have selected Texas State Parks as a finalist for the 2023 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

June 28, 2023

Seven Tips to Stay Safe During the Summer Heat

AUSTIN— The dog days of summer have certainly arrived, and with the soaring temperatures Texas State Parks is sharing seven tips to help Texans enjoy time outdoors safely. Last year, 47 state parks reported 141 heat-related illnesses in humans and pets. Since January 1, 77 heat-related incidents have already been reported, compared to 64 reported by this time last year.

June 22, 2023

Partnership Adds 515 Acres to Honey Creek State Natural Area

SPRING BRANCH— Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) announces 515 more acres of pristine land and water in Central Texas will be protected and stewarded for future generations of Texans.

June 15, 2023

The Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt is Back with a New Category- GASP!

AUSTIN— This summer, Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine kicks off its fourth annual Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt (GOSH). Participants can choose from 35 locations in seven regions for chances to win prizes from Buc-ee’s, Whole Earth Provisions Co., the Texas Historical Commission and more.

June 10, 2023

Commissioners Authorize Preserving State Park

AUSTIN – At a special meeting, Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission authorized Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to file a petition for condemnation and pursue acquisition at fair market value of approximately 5,000 acres in Freestone County to preserve Fairfield Lake State Park and Fairfield Lake for public use.

June 3, 2023

Property Sale Prompts Fairfield Lake State Park Closure

AUSTIN— Fairfield Lake State Park will close to the public beginning 10 p.m. June 4.

June 2, 2023

Meeting Announced to Consider Condemning Property Including Fairfield Lake State Park

AUSTIN— Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission announced Friday it will hold a special meeting at 10:30 a.m. June 10 to consider acquiring through condemnation a 5,000-acre property in Freestone County that includes Fairfield Lake and Fairfield Lake State Park.