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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Rob McCorkle, 830-866-3533 or Robert.Mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov, Stephanie Salinas, 512-389-8756 or Stephanie.Salinas@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Feb. 11, 2014
Take Your Sweetie to a State Park This Valentine's Day
AUSTIN-- With Valentine's Day around the corner, folks everywhere are making plans for how to spend the day with the people they care about.
If traditional date ideas don't rock your boat, Texas State Parks has some alternative date ideas that are sure to make for a memorable weekend.
Some non-traditional Valentine's Day suggestions include spending the weekend in the outdoors with activities such as camping, hiking, biking, boating and fishing at a local park.
According to Takemefishing.org, 81.5 percent of non-married couples and 85.4 percent of men and women ages 18-29 prefer to try unusual dates because it adds excitement to the relationship.
The organization's study found that the top five outdoor activities for a date are boating, hiking, camping, fishing and biking.
Worried about not catching anything while fishing? Rainbow Trout stockings are happening in ponds and lakes around the state and help heighten chances of catching a fish.
Parks stocked in just in time for Valentine's Day include:
--Blanco State Park (Feb. 7)
--Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway (Feb. 4)
--Fort Richardson State Park and Historic Site (Feb. 16)
--South Llano River State Park (Jan. 29)
--Tyler State Park (Feb. 5)
According to the Takemefishing.org research, two out of three couples currently boat and fish together and more than 30 percent of men said they are impressed by a woman who can bait a hook.
For more events to create a memorable weekend, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Activity page.

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Feb. 11, 2014
Public Invited to Outdoor Adventure Showcase at LBJ State Park
STONEWALL -- Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site presents a day of family fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, featuring adventure and hands-on experiences for all ages. Representatives from a dozen central Texas state parks and state natural areas will be on hand to showcase the area's rich natural and cultural resources.
Try your hand at archery, geocaching or the atlatl (spear throwing). See how humans compare to a bat or catch a fish out of the Pedernales River. Hike with a ranger, discover the Texas Hill Country's ranching heritage, learn about the world beneath your feet and try to guess the wildlife you may encounter in Texas State Parks.
Visit the Game Warden's Operation Game Thief trailer and learn how TPWD park rangers, game wardens and wildlife staff care for the state's parks and natural areas, flora and fauna and learn how you can become stewards as well.
In addition to staff from LBJ State Park and Historic Site, rangers and staff from the following TPWD sites also will be participating in the outdoor showcase: Bastrop State Park, Buescher State Park, Blanco State Park, Colorado Bend State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Government Canyon State Natural Area, Guadalupe River State Park, Hill Country State Natural Area, Inks Lake State Park, Old Tunnel State Park, Pedernales Falls State Park and South Llano River State Park.
"We hope our visitors will enjoy the day with friends and family while learning about opportunities for fun in Texas State Parks," says Iris Neffendorf, superintendent of LBJ State Park and Historic Site. "Don't forget to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring your camera and perhaps pack a picnic lunch to create lasting family memories in the outdoors."
Complete your day with a visit to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm to see how different rural life was in the early 1900s. Come see why TPWD says "Life's Better Outside."
All activities and park entrance are free. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site is located at 199 Park Road 52 in Stonewall. The park is just one mile east of Stonewall, or 14 miles west of Johnson City, off U.S. 290. For information, please call (830)644-2252 or visit: http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lyndon-b-johnson.