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Sept. 20, 2023

Texas State Parks Director Named Vice-President of National Association of State Park Directors

AUSTIN— The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) has named a new leadership team to help guide the organization into the future.

Sept. 19, 2023

Reserve Now: Texas State Parks Offer Prime Viewing for Upcoming Annular Eclipse

AUSTIN – Less than a month remains until a much-anticipated annular solar eclipse graces Texas skies. On Saturday, October 14, an annular eclipse will pass over the state from Midland/Odessa to Corpus Christi, with 17 Texas State Parks along its path of greatest eclipse visibility. Visitors planning to visit state parks along the path are highly encouraged to reserve a day pass in advance since they will likely reach capacity.

Sept. 7, 2023

Join the Celebration at the 29th Annual Hueco Tanks Community Fair

EL PASO— Experience the magic of Hueco Tanks as we celebrate Texas State Parks’ 100th birthday! Pencil in a day or two of excitement, education and unforgettable memories Oct. 21 and 22 at the 29th Annual Hueco Tanks Community Fair.

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.