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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: James Booker, (903) 670-2266; james.booker@tpwd.texas.gov ]
May 14, 2014
Free Food, Fishing to Highlight National Fishing Day at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
ATHENS, Texas--The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens will kick off National Fishing and Boating Week on June 7 by making a family fishing trip affordable with free admission for kids 12 and under plus free fishing for the whole family.
p>Free hot dogs, chip and drinks will be served from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by employees of the Athens Wal-Mart Supercenter.
Families may also win prizes in a catfishing tournament at TFFC's casting pond. Anglers may fish as individuals or as teams with an adult assisting a child.
In addition to fishing, visitors can walk the wetlands trail; see a diver hand feed fish; learn about the history of fishing in the freshwater fishing museum; shop for a Father's Day gift in the Flat Creek Bait 'n Goods Gift Shop and watch the alligator feeding at 3:30 p.m.
National Fishing Day at TFFC is sponsored by Athens Wal-Mart Supercenter, First State Bank, Red Hat Rentals, Ernie Yarborough, Friends of TFFC and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
National Fishing and Boating Week comes at the start of the summer vacation season and is designed to encourage families to spend time together on and around water. No fishing license is required anywhere in the state on the first Saturday in June, which is designated Free Sportfishing Day.
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is an aquatic nature center and hatchery complex operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It is located 75 miles southeast of Dallas and four miles east of Athens on F.M. 2495. Dive shows take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Hours are 9 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 Sunday. Usual admission is adults, $5.50; seniors, $4.50; children 4-12, $3.50. For information go to http://tpwd.texas.gov/tffc or call (903) 676-2277.

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[ Additional Contacts: Chris Holmes, 512-389-4880 or chris.holmes@tpwd.texas.gov or Stephanie Salinas, 512-389-8756 or stephanie.salinas@tpwd.texas.gov ]
May 14, 2014
Arts in the Parks Program Frames the Beauty of Texas State Parks
AUSTIN-- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Arts in the Parks program welcomes its second year and is spreading statewide. The program enables visitors to showcase the beauty of Texas state parks through art, photography, writing, videography and music.
"We are really excited to see our park staff embracing arts in our parks," said Chris Holmes, Director of Interpretive Services for the State Parks Division. "The natural and cultural setting of state parks affords us all a way to express our creativity. We saw some incredible and touching work by children inspired by certain parks last year and can't wait to see more this year."
When the program launched last year, it aimed to motivate Texans of all ages to use their imagination and connect with the outdoors through art. This year, the program is expanding to more parks and will host workshops taught by professional artists.
For the second time, Texas state parks are partnering with the "Get to Know" organization and launching the "Get to Know" Texas State Parks Youth Art Contest. Now open, the contest runs through Nov. 1 and is open to youth (19 and younger), giving them an opportunity to get outside and share their outdoor experiences through art, writing, photography, video and music. Prizes include digital and underwater cameras, camcorders, art supplies, binoculars, fishing rods, writing supplies and more.
To enter, visit http://www.get-to-know.org/contest/us/. All creative works will be displayed in the Texas State Parks gallery.
For more arts and crafts events coming to state parks, visit the TPWD "Arts and Crafts" calendar page.