TPW Television Season

Fox Finders, Kraken Diving, Brushland Birds

Program 2901 - October 11-17, 2020, and April 11-17, 2021

Fox Finders, Kraken Diving, Brushland Birds

The swift fox is seldom seen and could be vanishing in Texas. Follow a crew of researchers searching for this fox in the Panhandle Plains. The 2017 sinking of a 371-foot cargo ship called The Kraken created a new underwater oasis for fish and...

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One fleet little fox is seldom seen. Is it vanishing from its range in Texas? A crew of researchers labors long hours to learn if time is running out for this elegant animal in the Panhandle Plains.

In early 2017, Texas Parks and Wildlife's Artificial Reef Program created a new underwater oasis for fish and fishermen with a 371-foot cargo ship called The Kraken. Just months after sending the Kraken to the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, biologists return to investigate one of the Texas Gulf Coast's largest artificial reefs.

Join a group of Harlingen high school students as they discover birding. These South Texas teens realize they have some amazing birds right in their own backyard.

Get a bird's eye view of Fort Parker State Park.

Texas Hunting Traditions

Program 2902 - October 18-24, 2020, and April 18-24, 2021

Texas Hunting Traditions

Meet an Austin man who took up hunting and fishing as an adult and is now passing along these traditions to his sons. Follow a conservationist and hunter as he hits the woods in search of the Eastern Wild Turkey. Every year 98-year-old Mabel Birkner...

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You don't have to grow up in a family of hunters to enjoy hunting. Meet an Austin man who took up hunting and fishing as an adult and is determined to pass along these traditions to his sons.

Conservationist and hunter Terrance Jackson will be the first to tell you, “If Wild Turkeys could smell, they'd be nearly impossible to hunt.” Follow Terrance as he travels across East Texas working to restore and harvest the Eastern Wild Turkey.

Every year Mabel Birkner hits the woods and heads for the family's favorite deer blind. At nearly 100 years old, this feisty woman of the wilds has a lot of knowledge to pass down to her family.

Take a leisurely look at the sand and surf at South Padre Island National Seashore

Wild Game Cooking Texas Style

Program 2903 - October 25-31, 2020, and April 25-May 1, 2021

Wild Game Cooking Texas Style

A couple of accomplished chefs demonstrate some wild game recipes you'll want to try yourself. Restaurant owner and cookbook author Jesse Griffiths gives us his take on feral hog tacos, venison loin on the grill, teal yakitori and redfish fried...

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Wild hogs are a nuisance but they sure are tasty if cooked right. Wild game chef, cookbook author and restaurant owner Jesse Griffiths turns these wily beasts into a melt-in-your-mouth south Texas classic.

Take the gamey flavor out of wild game. Jesse Griffiths shows how to grill venison to tender perfection and then dress it up with a tasty cream sauce.

It's time for some wild game cooking with Chef Jeff Martinez. Jeff introduces us to a new twist on an old favorite, a dove recipe buffalo style.

Wild duck is the ultimate free-range bird. Regional cooking expert Jesse Griffiths demonstrates an easy recipe for grilling teal to complement its natural flavor.

Jeff Martinez is back with a simple, yet delicious recipe for Red Snapper Ceviche. Take some lemon, some lime, a bit of oregano, a dash of salt and some fresh caught snapper, mix em together and you are on your way to dining delight.

This isn't your same old fish fry. Jesse Griffiths demonstrates three different ways to fry redfish for a fresh twist on this crowd favorite.

There's lots to see at Colorado Bend State Park, including the flowing waters of Spicewood Springs.

Birds and Birders

Program 2904 - November 1- 7, 2020, and May 2- 8, 2021

Birds and Birders

The sounds of the waves, a breeze in your face, and the peeps of a scurrying shorebird, you are birding at the beach and you didn't even know it. In the driest region of Texas, meet some ingenious landowners who created their own desert birding...

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The sounds of the waves, a breeze in your face, and the peeps of a scurrying shorebird, you are birding at the beach and you didn't even know it. We visit a couple prime birding hot spots along the coast and we'll let you know where they are.

In the driest region of Texas, meet some ingenious landowners who created their own desert oasis'. From Presidio to Balmorhea, new man-made wetlands are attracting not only birds but some excited birders. And if you head to one particular oasis, you'll see one of the rarest hummingbirds found in the United States.

The Rio Grande Valley is a haven for birds and birders alike. For Father Tom Pincelli, this area is an earthly paradise. Follow along as Father Tom finds beauty and inspiration in some unusual birding spots.

See some coastal birds at Bolivar Flats, and at raucous rookery at Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary.

State Park Biking Trails

Program 2905 - November 8-14, 2020, and May 9-15, 2021

State Park Biking Trails

From short pedals at local parks, to epic journeys through rugged landscapes, mountain biking is a great way to experience the wild side of Texas. Texas State Parks offer the full range of off-road opportunities to riders of all ages. Go biking with us...

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From short pedals at local parks, to epic journeys through rugged landscapes, mountain biking is a great way to experience the wild side of Texas. And Texas State Parks offer the full range of off-road opportunities to riders of all ages.

Get ready to actually ride your bike in the mountains, the largest sustained mountain range in Texas, in fact! From downright nasty single track to some easy open riding, Franklin Mountains State Park has some of the best mountain biking trails in the state.

Mountain bike through breezy cottonwoods and down along scenic wetlands. Brazos Bend State Park has 35 miles of bike trails sure to keep you on your toes. And keep an eye out for those alligators.

When it comes to mountain biking in Texas one of the best spots is Government Canyon State Natural area. Grab your bike and helmet as we hit the park for some single-track fun!

Pedernales Falls State Park is known for its falls of course. Lesser known are the 20 or so miles of hike and bike trails. Take a tour of the trails on two wheels.

Just north of Dallas and Fort Worth, the trail system at Ray Roberts Lake State Park offers hours of riding for mountain bikers, from a smooth riverside greenbelt to hilly routes along the lake.

Tackle the mountain biking trails at Tyler State Park.

Fishing the Texas Coast

Program 2906 - November 15-21, 2020, and May 16-22, 2021

Fishing the Texas Coast

Wade fishing on the Texas coast not only puts you right where the action is, but the experts say you can catch more and bigger fish. Sea Center Texas is the largest redfish hatchery in the world. Now biologists hope to replicate that success with...

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Grab a pole and start wading! It's a style of fishing few try, yet some anglers say it's the only way to go. Wade fishing not only puts you right where the action is, but the experts say you can catch more and bigger fish.

Sea Center Texas is the largest redfish hatchery in the world. Now biologists hope to replicate that success with spotted seatrout.

Heralded for their awe-inspiring jumps and tenacious power, tarpon are the stuff from which fish tales are spun. But over the last couple decades, their populations have taken a serious dive. Today, a group of scientists are trying to learn about the biology of this secretive fish in hopes of raising its' presence in the Gulf.

Enjoy the end of the day at Jamaica Beach.

The Science of Wildlife

Program 2907 - November 22-28, 2020, and May 23-29, 2021

The Science of Wildlife

Some owls in El Paso have a fancy new home, complete with a surveillance system, which gives biologists a bird's-eye view of owl life. Pronghorn antelope populations in west Texas have wavered in recent years. Biologists are finding new...

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Some owls in El Paso have a fancy new home, complete with a surveillance system, which gives biologists a bird's-eye view of owl life. Meet Lois Balin, the urban wildlife biologist who's helping keep an eye on the owls.

Pronghorn antelope populations in west Texas have wavered in recent years. Using satellite tracking data, biologists are finding new information and solutions to help the Pronghorns.

We follow along with some biologists that are worried about a tiny fish that is on the edge of extinction. We'll also take a trip to the Fort Worth Zoo to see how breeding these fish in captivity serves as a safety measure for the Pecos Pupfish.

Bison babies start out ‘small’ before they get big. See some little ones as the roam on the Roam Ranch near Fredericksburg, Texas.

Texas Game Wardens Past & Present

Program 2908 - November 29-December 5, 2020, and May 30-June 5, 2021

Texas Game Wardens Past & Present

Meet some Game Wardens of the past as we discover an old film that showcases the agency's history. Kathleen Stuman and Shawn Hervey have both been Texas Game Wardens for 20 years. See how they are involved in helping folks in their communities....

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Meet some Game Wardens of the past as we open the vaults to an old film that showcases the history of the agency. Sit around the campfire with some longtime Game Wardens, and hear some tall tales.

Kathleen Stuman has been a warden since 2000. Helping those with disabilities catch their first fish is all in a day's work for this Texas Game Warden.

Each year, Game Warden Shawn Hervey takes kids hunting. Kids from Texarkana, from a nearby orphanage, even a teenager fighting cancer. Throughout his career as a Game Warden, he's introduced thousands of children to the outdoors. Some of these kids have never seen a deer. All of them will have an opportunity to experience stewardship, many for the first time in their young lives.

Game Wardens do a lot of varied tasks with a wide variety of tools. One of their tools has a fuzzy face and four legs. Meet the Texas Game Warden K-9's. Searching for hidden game, weapons, missing people, or playing with a tennis ball, it's all in day's work for these canine commissioned Texas Game Wardens.

Enjoy the peace and quiet of an early morning at Goliad State Park & Historic Site.

Texas Paddling Trails

Program 2909 - December 6-12, 2020, and June 6-12, 2021

Texas Paddling Trails

There are new paddling trails popping up all over Texas. Grab a canoe or a kayak and come along as we check out some of the state's best river trips. Discover paddling trails in San Antonio, Dallas, the Hill Country, Caddo Lake, Port O'Connor...

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There are new paddling trails popping up all over Texas. Grab your canoe and come along as we check out some of the state's best river trips, on the coast, in Houston, and on the Guadalupe River. All you need is a paddle and an excuse to get wet.

When you think of a river adventure in San Antonio, the famous Riverwalk comes to mind. But there is a paddling trail of a different sort that's worth checking out.

Grab a paddle and hit the river, wherever you live there is a paddling trail nearby. For folks in Dallas there's one right in the heart of the city. The Dallas Trinity Paddling Trail is 10.2 miles of unexpected fun.

Straddling the Texas-Louisiana border, swampy Caddo Lake in Northeast Texas has an enduring air of mystery. And the paddling trails is the ideal way to explore this fascinating lake.

If you love to paddle and you want to get away there is no better paddling trail than the one in Port O'Connor. From paddling the bays, to sliding through a saltwater marsh, this one of the best coastal paddling trails in the state.

Take a leisurely float down the San Antonio river on the Goliad Paddling Trail.

Explore Texas State Parks & Historic Sites

Program 2910 - December 13-19, 2020, and June 13-19, 2021

Explore Texas State Parks & Historic Sites

Texas state parks are becoming more popular than ever. Here's a sampler of places where you can get away from it all. Start at South Llano River State Park where tubing the river or biking the trails go hand in hand. At Fort Richardson State Park...

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This Texas hill country park, near the town of Junction, has the cure for what ails you. Tubing for the summer sizzle, biking for the weekend warrior, birding for the quiet escape, and some serious fly-fishing for those that crave a tug on the line.

History is the highlight at Fort Richardson, where buildings of this North Texas frontier fort continue to loom large. But even if today's travelers aren't settling the West, many still come to pitch tents and blaze trails.

Abandoned by train traffic long ago, a century-old tunnel near Fredericksburg has become a seasonal home for millions of bats. Now this small state park provides a grand wildlife viewing opportunity on summer evenings.

If you've been to Goliad State Park & Historic Site, you're probably familiar with the rich cultural history of the site. What you might not have experienced are the outdoor activities at the park; like camping, nature hikes, biking, and paddling the nearby Goliad Paddling Trail. There's a lot to do here no matter you primary interest.

Huntsville State Park opens a door to 2000 acres of outdoor adventure. You can camp, mountain bike, and of course fish the day away on Lake Raven. Your East Texas Pineywoods adventure awaits.

Sitting around the campfire is one of the things that makes camping in a state park even more relaxing.

Wildlife in the Lone Star State

Program 2911 - December 20-26, 2020, and June 20-26, 2021

Wildlife in the Lone Star State

Texas is home to a lot of unusual and interesting wildlife. At Houston's Cockrell Butterfly Center, watch as crawling caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies. Discover the real story behind Old RIP, Texas' most famous toad. To find out...

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There's a place in Houston that recreates a tropical rain forest, not for people, but for butterflies. At the Cockrell Butterfly Center, watch as crawling caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies.

What's the real story behind Old RIP, Texas' most famous toad? Travel to Eastland, Texas where the memory of Old RIP is kept alive and well and encased in glass.

The Bison that roam the prairies of Caprock Canyons State Park have some little friends. Check out the park's prairie dog town and the furry animals that call it home.

Texas leaf cutting ants feed on a live oak tree at Lake Corpus Christi State Park.

A Diversity of Jobs

Program 2912 - December 27, 2020-January 2, 2021, and June 27-July 3, 2021

A Diversity of Jobs

When you think of Texas Parks and Wildlife you might think of game wardens, or park rangers, or wildlife biologists. We're all that, but we're also a whole bunch of other people doing a wide range of wildlife related work. Take a look at some...

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Aquatic Education Training Specialist Keira Quam uses her love of fly fishing to connect others with the outdoors. Through fishing education, Kiera is able to make tangible the outdoor experience for many people.

Fires in Bastrop County threatened the already endangered Houston Toad population. Thanks to the efforts of Paul Crump and others, a captive breeding program was established to help boost population numbers.

Hunting on public land requires that hunters register at the site where they are hunting. Meet the Texas Parks and Wildlife team updating and digitizing that process!

Administrative Assistants, like Danielle Rucks, serve a vital role in the operation of Texas Parks and Wildlife offices and facilities. Without the work they do, offices would cease to function. It's possible to imagine a world without Danielle, but would you want to?

Without diversity, Texas Parks and Wildlife would not be adequately equipped to face the challenges of the future. Folks like Adriana Leiva are doing whatever they can to ensure that our agency is made of every kind of Texan, from every walk of life.

Often there are projects that are too big for a local park system to tackle on their own. That's where our Local Parks Recreation Grants Team comes in. They help ensure the right park receives the right funding and that the project is completed for everyone to enjoy.

Since so much of our land in Texas is privately owned, we have to work diligently with private land-owning citizens. Tom Heger and his team help landowners in Texas make smart choices for the rivers and streams running through their properties. This ensures clean water and healthy wildlife populations for all Texans.

Texas is home to many threatened and endangered species. Meredith Longoria works with Texas landowners to help take care of these special creatures.

Relax among the wildflowers at LBJ State Park near Stonewall, Texas.

Freshwater Fishing In Texas

Program 2913 - January 3- 9, 2021, and July 4-10, 2021

Freshwater Fishing In Texas

Long the domain of the locals, Lake Fork fishes a little bit differently when you're a professional angler trying to make a living. Threatened by loss of habitat and hybridization, the Guadalupe Bass was close to being wiped out. Learn how...

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Lake Fork is undisputedly the top largemouth bass lake in Texas. For the first time ever a professional bass fishing tournament was held on the lake in April 2007. Follow along with the tournament favorite and a young newcomer just trying to make the cut. If you think being a bass pro is the “dream job”, then you need to see what it's like to literally fish for your supper

The official state fish, the Guadalupe Bass, has been restored to the South Llano River. Threatened by loss of habitat and hybridization with non-native, introduced Smallmouth Bass, the Guadalupe Bass was close to being wiped out. We'll learn what happened and how biologists figured out how to restore the Texas native back to the South Llano River.

Catfish are the largest freshwater sport fish in Texas and are second only to bass in popularity among anglers. They are also quite popular on the dinner table, but for many, the fun is in getting them there.

Slow down and take it easy along the Llano River.

Plains Playas, Bastrop State Park, Hang Ten

Program 2914 - January 10-16, 2021, and July 11-17, 2021

Plains Playas, Bastrop State Park, Hang Ten

Grab your surfboard and hang ten in Corpus Christi. We go surfing at a popular spot that locals call Texas Point Break. Forest fires and floods have ravaged Bastrop State Park in recent years. Now comes rebirth: new trees, new plants and new life....

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Many playa lakes of the Southern Plains have been plowed under cropland, silted over, or diverted into irrigation pits. But the value of these shallow lakes for groundwater recharge and wildlife habitat has landowners and conservation groups working together to restore playa lakes for the Plains and the future of its economy and biodiversity.

For more than 70 years, folks have visited Bastrop State Park to enjoy its history and marvel at the Lost Pines. Forest fires and floods have ravaged the park in recent years. Now comes rebirth: new trees, new plants and new life. Come experience the park's recovery from nature's fury.

Prescribed fires by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are carefully planned events conducted by a specially trained and skilled crew. From the burn boss to the grunt and the engine to the drip torch, see what and who it takes to safely put on a prescribed fire.

Grab your surfboard and hang ten in Corpus Christi. We go surfing at a popular spot that locals call Texas Point Break.

A fox frolics in the Springtime flowers near Austin.

Outdoor Inspiration, Dutch Oven Cooks, Moving Bees

Program 2915 - January 17-23, 2021, and July 18-24, 2021

Outdoor Inspiration, Dutch Oven Cooks, Moving Bees

Meet a man that loves life to the fullest. Cole Johnson may be legally blind, but he doesn't let his disability slow him down. Members of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society whip up some tasty dishes at Cleburne State Park. Moving your family numbers...

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Imagine living your life knowing one day you could lose your eyesight forever. That's the norm for Cole Johnson, but you wouldn't know it. He may be legally blind, but Cole doesn't let his disability slow him down.

Members of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society whip up some tasty dishes at Cleburne State Park.

Moving day can be tough. Especially if your family that numbers in the thousands. Watch a bee specialist relocate a hive of European honey bees, giving them a safe new home where they can keep on buzzing.

Buzzards and blackbirds hit the hay in the treetops at Cleburne State Park.

Bass Tracking, Lake Corpus Christi, Kemp's Ridley History

Program 2916 - January 24-30, 2021, and July 25-31, 2021

Bass Tracking, Lake Corpus Christi, Kemp's Ridley History

Fisheries biologists are tracking largemouth bass to see if increased fishing pressure is changing fish behavior in ways that could make them more difficult for anglers to catch. From lake activities to birding and hiking, Lake Corpus Christi has what...

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Some fish biologists are tracking largemouth bass on Toledo Bend Reservoir and Lake Fork to determine if increased fishing pressure at these legendary lakes is changing fish behavior in ways that could make them more difficult for anglers to catch.

Families have been coming to this south Texas camping spot for generations. From lake activities to birding and hiking, Lake Corpus Christi has just what folks need for a great getaway.

Human activity has taken the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle to the brink of extinction. For the past 40 years, biologists from state and federal agencies have worked together with an army of volunteers to help preserve this rarest species of sea turtle.

Coronavirus dangers kept many families trapped at home for work and school throughout 2020. See how one family coped with the confinement by exploring the natural world right outside their door.

Gusty Gulf winds sculpt the dunes and stir up the surf at Mustang Island State Park.

Rookery Island, Fishing's Future Founder, Durable Design

Program 2917 - January 31-February 6, 2021, and August 1- 7, 2021

Rookery Island, Fishing's Future Founder, Durable Design

Several species of colonial water birds are on the decline in Texas. In Nueces Bay, biologists are working to save eroding bird nesting islands. Shane Wilson is the founder of the non-profit organization Fishing's Future, which is devoted to...

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Several species of colonial water birds are on the decline in Texas and now work is underway to help them. In Nueces Bay, biologists are working to save eroding bird nesting islands.

Shane Wilson, of South Padre Island, is a retired public educator of 35 years and founder of the non-profit organization Fishing's Future, which is devoted to strengthening family bonds through fishing. Fishing's Future's family fishing events have taken hundreds of thousands of Texans fishing in Texas alone and more than a million people fishing across their chapters reach.

Coastal state parks need durable, versatile structures, and design students need projects. See what the Gulf Coast DesignLab at the University of Texas at Austin is building in parks along the coast.

Balmorhea State Park is an unexpected desert oasis with its relaxing Cienega.

Bat Noses, Mentored Hunt, Environmental Example

Program 2918 - February 7-13, 2021, and August 8-14, 2021

Bat Noses, Mentored Hunt, Environmental Example

A deadly fungal disease killing millions of hibernating bats is spreading through North America, including Texas. Go on a Texas Parks and Wildlife “mentored hunts” and see how grownups get a taste of the outdoors from field to table. Louis...

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A deadly fungal disease killing millions of hibernating bats is spreading through North America, with Texas in its path. Learn what biologists and conservationists are doing to prevent the deadly White Nose Syndrome from affecting Texas bats.

Getting youth started in the heritage of hunting is great but what if you are an adult who's interested in taking up the sport? Texas Parks and Wildlife now has “mentored hunts” to give grownups a taste of the outdoors from field to table.

Louis Stumberg was old-school; a hard worker, a no-nonsense businessman, and according to his sons, a great father. Mr. Stumberg was also a devoted environmentalist and rancher. How does a parent instill in their kids the commitment to protect and nurture their land? The Stumberg boys will show us with the examples set by their father.

Listen to the waves and feel the breeze in the trees at Goose Island State Park.

Desert Bighorn, Crappie Guys, Cooking Crappie

Program 2919 - February 14-20, 2021, and August 15-21, 2021

Desert Bighorn, Crappie Guys, Cooking Crappie

Wildlife biologists in West Texas are returning desert bighorn sheep to their historic habitat after being extirpated in the mid-1900s. Meet the crappie guys. One is a science teacher and part time crappie fishing guide. Then there's Mr. Crappie,...

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Wildlife biologists in West Texas are returning Desert Bighorn Sheep to their historic habitat after being extirpated in the mid 1900s. Trapping and relocation techniques have changed over the years, but it's still a lot of hard work for everyone involved.

Meet Tommy Tidwell, a high school science teacher and part time crappie fishing guide. Tommy spends a lot of time helping anglers learn the finer points of crappie catching. Then there's Mr. Crappie, Wally Marshall. Everything Wally does revolves around his favorite fish. Everything.

Ok, so now you've got some crappie in the boat. It's time to make'em into a tasty meal, frying style. Outdoor chef Tim Spice shows us how.

With its 1,700 semi-tropical acres, Resaca de la Palma comprises the largest tract of native habitat in the World Birding Center network. Etched by the ancient curves of the Rio Grande River, this state park is a quiet birding retreat on the outskirts of the City of Brownsville.

Hummingbirds feast at a feeder in suburban Austin.

Devils with Dad, State Park Firefighters, Kangaroo Rats

Program 2920 - February 21-27, 2021, and August 22-28, 2021

Devils with Dad, State Park Firefighters, Kangaroo Rats

A father and daughter take a paddling trip on the Devils River and make a movie about it. Well, she makes the movie and he does the paddling. See what it takes to be on the frontlines as part of Parks and Wildlife's Wildland Fire Team. The range...

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A father and daughter take a paddling trip on the Devils River and make a movie about it. Well, she makes the movie and he does the paddling, but both have a great time.

Now more than ever Texans realize the importance of skilled firefighters, as 2011 was one of the worst wildfire years on record. See what it takes to be on the frontlines as part of Parks and Wildlife’s Wildland Fire Team.

The range of a unique hopping rodent has dwindled to just a few areas near the Red River. Researchers are in a race to learn more about it before it disappears into the night.

In the vast expanses of the Big Bend region of West Texas, feathery clouds float by rugged desert mountains in a day-long dance.

Natural Connection, Blanco River Restoration, Fish Habitat

Program 2921 - February 28-March 6, 2021, and August 29-September 4, 2021

Natural Connection, Blanco River Restoration, Fish Habitat

From the brush country of South Texas to the mountains of West Texas, two women have outdoor pursuits as different as the landscapes. Biologists and landowners have been working together to reestablish healthy habitat along the Blanco River after...

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From the brush country of South Texas to the mountains of West Texas, two women have outdoor pursuits as different as the landscapes. These two mothers, one a hunter, and the other a hiker, meet and share their interests, growing a friendship and deepening their appreciation of the outdoors.

Massive floods in 2015 destroyed much of the natural habitat along the Blanco River. Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists have been working with landowners along the river to help re-establish trees and grasses, and by educating locals about the importance of managing healthy river ecosystems that are more resilient to the effects of flooding.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries staff and the Still Waters Bass Club placed 150 Christmas trees into Stamford Reservoir near Abilene to enhance angling opportunities on the lake.

Bonham State Park is small by Texas standards, but that's what people like about it. It's a great place to swim, hike, fish, and meet the neighbors.

Enjoy a bird's eye view of the Devils River as it passes through the Devils River State Natural Area Del Norte Unit located in Val Verde County.

Bastrop's Back, Gator Hunt, Alligator Chili Relleno

Program 2922 - March 7-13, 2021, and September 5-11, 2021

Bastrop's Back, Gator Hunt, Alligator Chili Relleno

After fires swept through Bastrop State Park in 2011, new CCC like crews came in to help restore the park. Tag along with some lucky hunters as they get a chance of a lifetime to hunt alligators at J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area. Austin chef...

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The restoration of Bastrop State Park after it was devastated by fire has the park returning to its very roots. In the 1930's, the Civilian Conservation Corps restored the forest and built the roads, trails and buildings that made up the park. Now a new crew is helping with restoration and erosion control, supplying the park with the kind of labor and energy that only a corps of young people can.

It's a hot muggy afternoon in an east Texas marsh, and it's time to hunt for alligators. We tag along with some lucky hunters that get a chance of a lifetime to hunt alligators at J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area.

Austin chef Jeff Martinez cooks up some Texas alligator with a south of the border twist. Discover his Gator Ancho Chili Relleno recipe.

Sunrise at the Texas City Dike brings out several coastal birds to enjoy the morning.

Birding Passion, Collegiate Climbers, Oyster Shell Return

Program 2923 - March 14-20, 2021, and September 12-18, 2021

Birding Passion, Collegiate Climbers, Oyster Shell Return

Sheila Hargis says birding and the birding community transformed her life by channeling her enthusiasm for ornithology onto others. Meets some of the students on University of Texas rock climbing team and see what it takes to excel at this demanding...

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How does someone go from shy introvert to a highly respected field-guide? Sheila Hargis says birding and the birding community transformed her life by channeling her enthusiasm for ornithology onto others.

People have been climbing rocks since rocks were invented, but college climbing teams are a new thing. Meets some of the students on the national champion University of Texas club climbing team and see what it takes to excel at this demanding sport.

Children growing up in increasingly urban areas need to understand to role that wildlife plays in our world, but not all teachers know enough to teach it. ProjectWILD is empowering teachers with the lessons and activities they need to educate the next generation of wildlife stewards.

A unique recycling program is underway, and it's helping our bays. By returning old oyster shells up and down the coast, many Texas reefs are on the rebound.

A flat and arid landscape near Lubbock comes to life when seasonal playa lakes fill with water.

Becoming a Warden, Bee Searcher, Franklins Flying

Program 2924 - March 21-27, 2021, and September 19-25, 2021

Becoming a Warden, Bee Searcher, Franklins Flying

Zach Stevenson's mom didn't know the first thing about hunting, until she enrolled her son in a youth hunt. Zach's hunting experiences would lead to a career as a Texas game warden. A North Texas researcher investigates the health of our...

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Zach Stevenson's mom didn't know the first thing about hunting, until she enrolled her son in Texas Parks and Wildlife's Youth Hunting programs. Little did she know, Zach's hunting experiences would lead to the game warden cadet school and a career in the outdoors.

A North Texas researcher investigates the health of our most productive native pollinators, and how we might simply help them bee.

Take to the skies and fly with the birds at Franklin Mountains State Park. With the right wind and a perfect place to launch this state park is prime territory when it comes to Paragliding.

A father and son, armed with a video camera, fight city litter, and raise awareness about the impacts of urban trash on water, fish, and wildlife.

Sunset on the beach at Padre Island National Seashore is worth the wait.

Lake Mineral Wells Trailway, Field to Fork, Razing Cane

Program 2925 - March 28-April 3, 2021, and September 26-October 2, 2021

Lake Mineral Wells Trailway, Field to Fork, Razing Cane

Where trains once traveled, hikers and bikers now reign, on a protected pathway connecting Weatherford and Mineral Wells. Follow Noah Rudino, a health and nutrition enthusiast, as he hunts for the first time for his food. Texas rivers and stream are...

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Where trains once traveled, hikers and bikers now reign, on a protected pathway connecting Weatherford and Mineral Wells.

How do you get started if you want to hunt for the protein you eat? The Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation's Mentored Hunts is a great place to start. We follow Noah Rudino, a health and nutrition enthusiast, as he hunts for the first time for his food.

Texas Rivers and stream are under attack. The invasive Giant Reed threatens pretty much every river system in the state, but biologists are fighting back. We focus on the pristine Pedernales River and see what it takes to knock back this towering cane invader.

When hunting in a group, each hunter has a safe zone of fire. Find out how to determine where that safe zone is, and why it's so important.

Surfs up at the Packery Channel near Corpus Christi.

Finding Fortlandia, Caprocks Bison, Fort Parker

Program 2926 - April 4-10, 2021, and October 3- 9, 2021

Finding Fortlandia, Caprocks Bison, Fort Parker

Remember building a fort as a kid? Join a bunch of first-time fort builders as they get together to build one from recycled materials. Once numbering in the millions, the Southern Plains Bison currently number around 300. They now have a home at...

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Who doesn't love a fort, fond memories of those carefree days as a kid? Well, we follow along as a bunch of first-time fort builders get together to build one from all recycled materials.

Caprock Canyons State Park holds the last remnants of pure Southern Plains Bison that exists in North America. Once numbering around 60 million, now there are around 300; the history of how they came to live at the state park, on their native historic land is a long one. Because of the hard work of a few individuals, these Bison live on.

Located along the Navasota River where the grasses of the Blackland Prairie meet the woodlands of the Post Oak Savannah, Fort Parker State Park offers a tranquil setting for camping, hiking, biking and fishing. There is a lot of history here, too. Located on what was once the town of Springfield, the park was built by the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's.

Chill out on a rainy day high up at Davis Mountains State Park.