TPW Television 2022-2023 Season
Program 3101 - October 9-15, 2022, and April 9-15, 2023
Fighting Invasive Fish, Lake Somerville, Bunker Sands Wetlands
In the first show of the 38th season, dive into the San Marcos River to learn how spearfishing may be our best defense against an introduced aquarium fish. Visit Lake Somerville, where two parks are joined by a 13-mile wilderness trail, traveled by...Watch Full Episode
Fighting an Armored Invasion
Some fish tank friends have become an ecological enemy. See how introduced suckermouth armored catfish are affecting the pristine San Marcos River, and meet those working to control this invasion.
Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway
Fishing, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, birding, hiking – whatever your outdoor passion, you can pursue it at Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway..
Lone Star Land Steward: Bunker Sands Wetlands
The John Bunker Sands Wetland Center is a one-of-a kind outdoor classroom. Here kids can journey through a unique wetland ecosystem. But it's much more than a place to explore, this wetland also works to clean water naturally, filtering millions of gallons of Trinity River water each day to help provide clean drinking water to a growing Texas.
Grab your bike and enjoy some of the best mountain biking East Texas has to offer. We hit the hills and tackle the miles of single-track trails at Tyler State Park.
Postcard From Texas: The San Marcos River
Watch Texas wild rice wave in the crystal-clear flow of the San Marcos River.
Program 3102 - October 16-22, 2022, and April 16-22, 2023
White Bass, High Plains Grass Farmers, Big Spring
Tag along on a family outing and see how springtime is the ideal time to fish for white bass in Texas rivers and streams. Meet a veterinarian in Hereford who takes care of animals when he isn't taking care of his family's land, restoring...Watch Full Episode
Fun on the Run
The annual white bass run in Texas provides an enjoyable day outdoors for both new and seasoned anglers. Visit some Central Texas spots where the whole family is sure to hook some fish when the white bass are running.
Lone Star Land Steward: Tierra de Esperanza
Meet a veterinarian who takes care of animals while also looking after the land. By restoring grasslands and safeguarding playa wetlands, Chris Grotegut and his family help sustain water supplies and a hopeful future for wildlife and agriculture on the High Plains.
Final Port of Call
The Texas Clipper had previous lives as a military ship, an ocean liner, and a teaching vessel. Now she rests on the ocean floor off the Texas coast as an artificial reef and a scuba diving adventure destination.
Big Spring State Park
Stop for a walk, rest, or picnic, and see why travelers have long enjoyed this birds-eye view of Big Spring.
Postcard From Texas: Warbler Woods
Spring bird migration is a magic time to visit the Warbler Woods, and the flowers and butterflies are almost as pretty as the birds.
Program 3103 - October 23-29, 2022, and April 23-29, 2023
Feral Pig Cookoff, Quail Ranch, Kickapoo Cavern
See how some South Texans have come up with a tasty way of tackling the feral pig problem. Visit the Quail Ranch, where an energy company is restoring grassland habitat in the Permian Basin, benefitting prairie dogs, burrowing owls, and other wildlife....Watch Full Episode
Going Hog Wild
The people of Cotulla, in South Texas, have found a tasty way to tackle an agricultural menace. Feral pigs cause lots of costly damage, but hunters are happy to harvest them and cook them up at the La Salle County Wild Hog cook-off.
Lone Star Land Steward: Quail Ranch
ConocoPhillips purchased the Quail Ranch over a decade ago. Since then, they have implemented conservation projects on the landscape, showing how an energy company can also set an example of outstanding land stewardship.
The Texas Clipper: An Ocean Oasis
In 2007, Texas Parks and Wildlife sank a 7,000-ton ship 17 nautical miles off the coast of South Padre Island to create an artificial reef on the barren sandy bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. It has since become a haven for marine life, anglers and divers.
Kickapoo Cavern State Park
Bats, birds and caverns are what you’ll find at this secluded state park. Located north of Del Rio, you can experience the flight of the Mexican free-tailed bat and possibly see the endangered golden-cheeked warbler while exploring the park.
Postcard From Texas: A Day at Blue Hole
A summer day is much cooler at Wimberley's Blue Hole Regional Park.
Program 3104 - October 30-November 5, 2022, and April 30-May 6, 2023
Bee Folks, Coastal Prairie Protectors, Fort Boggy State Park
Meet a couple who wanted a property where they could ride their bikes, but who have become habitat creators for native bees and butterflies. Travel to a ranch in the southeastern part of the state where cattle-raising and coastal prairie conservation...Watch Full Episode
Amy and Jeff Thompson just wanted a piece of property where they could ride their bikes. But one fateful phone call to get some plants identified changed their trajectory. After learning the benefits of native plants, they've discovered a new love for their property and a wealth of natural habitat creation projects.
Lone Star Land Steward: Grahmann Family Ranch
The disappearance of native coastal prairie grasslands in southeast Texas is alarming to conservationists, since this is an important landscape for treasured birds like the bobwhite quail. Thankfully, local ranchers are working hard to restore the land and protect the wildlife.
Fort Boggy State Park
Visit a park on the edge of East Texas where families find water, woods, and wildlife, along with primitive camping and some rather fancy cabins nestled in the trees.
Back to the Bay
A unique recycling program is underway to help our bays. By returning old oyster shells up and down the coast, new oysters have more places to grow, and Texas reefs are on the rebound.
Postcard From Texas: Spooky Vultures
Spooky vultures flap, squawk, and lurk on dead snags.
Program 3105 - November 6-12, 2022, and May 7-13, 2023
Saving Sharks, Indian Springs, Parks on the Air
Sharks are under threat from a global appetite and unregulated fishing. See how biologists study shark health and behavior in the Gulf of Mexico. Visit a ranch in the Panhandle that preserves delicate grasslands, springs, and a long human history...Watch Full Episode
Save Our Sharks
Sharks are disappearing from the world's oceans at an alarming rate and biologists are worried. Because of shark finning and unregulated fishing, these apex predators are in trouble. We take a look at what's being done along the Texas coast to help save these wolves of the ocean.
Lone Star Land Steward: Indian Springs Cattle Company
In the Canadian River breaks, north of Amarillo, the Mitchell family sustains a ranch as timeless as it is beautiful. In a large acreage of rolling hills and canyons, they operate the Indian Springs Cattle Company in a way that preserves the delicate grasslands and springs of the ranch, while also preserving a history of human occupation that spans thousands of years.
Parks on the Air
Some folks visit state parks to escape technology, but a few folks like to bring some along so they can do a little broadcasting.
Crazy Ants Invade
Some invasive ants are driving biologists crazy, but research into control methods, at the lab and in the field, offer hope for keeping these ants from wreaking havoc on our most sensitive habitats.
Postcard From Texas: Indian Springs Vistas
The red cliffs and canyons of the Indian Springs Ranch, north of Amarillo, offer stunning views in all directions.
Program 3106 - November 13-19, 2022, and May 14-20, 2023
Seed Collectors, Wuest Ranch, Sparrow Searchers
Learn how plant experts collect seeds to help propagate rare plants and protect our natural heritage. Visit a Hill Country ranch where a subterranean discovery became a nature tourism magnet, and where ranching operations care for resources above and...Watch Full Episode
Most people don’t think of seeds as living creatures, but that is exactly what they are. Humans have been collecting and saving seeds for thousands of years. See how this timeless skill can help us propagate rare plants and protect our natural heritage.
Lone Star Land Steward: Wuest Ranch
The Wuest family has been ranching just north of San Antonio for generations. But the future of their ranch changed forever after a few college kids discovered the biggest cavern in Texas below it. Since then, the Wuests have been using best ranching practices to make sure the resources above and below ground are taken care of for generations to come.
Mission Reach Paddling Trail
When you think of river tourism in San Antonio, the famous Riverwalk comes to mind.B ut the same river offers a more natural experience to paddlers just south of the Alamo City’s bustling downtown
Searching for Desert Sparrows
Grassland birds are declining rapidly across North America. Habitat loss has been especially tough for several species of sparrows. Research is underway from Canada to Mexico to find out how to save the disappearing grasslands and the tiny songbirds that call them home.
Huntsville State Park
Huntsville State Park opens a door to 2,000 acres of outdoor adventure. You can camp, mountain bike, and or fish the day away on Lake Raven. Exploration awaits at this East Texas Pineywoods destination.
Postcard from Texas: Turkeys at the Wuest Ranch
Rio Grande turkeys strut their stuff each spring at the Wuest Ranch.
Program 3107 - November 20-26, 2022, and May 21-27, 2023
Bird Island Guardians, Ebel Grasslands, San Angelo State Park
Meet the people saving an eroding island for nesting birds, in honor of a past protector. Texas’ tallgrass prairies have mostly disappeared, but the Ebel family is working to restore their piece of prairie to what it once was. Travel to San Angelo...Watch Full Episode
A Shrinking Sundown
One of the most important rookery islands on the Texas coast is in trouble. Sundown Island in Matagorda Bay is shrinking, with its shoreline eroding at an alarming rate. But efforts are underway to save the island, in honor of its past caretaker, helping the thousands of birds that nest there
Lone Star Land Steward: Ebel Grasslands Ranch
Over 99% of Texas' tallgrass prairies have disappeared. But thanks to the efforts of one family, a piece of the prairie is being preserved forever. See how the Ebel family is working to restore native grasses on their ranch, improving the soil and providing food and shelter for wildlife.
San Angelo State Park
For a day of fun at San Angelo State Park, you can camp, hike, bike, or saddle up your horse. Or you can hit the water for some fishing, swimming and boating. Hikers, bikers and horseback riders find adventure on over 50 miles of trails.
Managing the Martins
Meet some landlords looking out for their tenants at a small high-rise condo complex that's completely for the birds. These Martins aren't people--they're purple. See what rewards these birds offer the folks who look out for them.
Postcard from Texas: San Angelo State Park
Four ecosystems come together in San Angelo State Park, giving its vast expanses a wide variety of plants and terrain.
Program 3108 - November 27-December 3, 2022, and May 28-June 3, 2023
Hundred-Mile Hike, Wagley Ranch, Monarch Motel
Follow along as a young adventurer tackles her first long-distance hike on the longest trail in Texas and feel her triumphs as well as her aching feet. Visit the Wagley Ranch, in Palo Pinto County, where endangered birds in hillside woodlands are right...Watch Full Episode
The Hundred-Mile Hike
Follow a young hiker on her first long-distance hike on the longest trail in Texas: The Lone Star Hiking Trail. Share in her triumphs, as well as her fatigue and blisters.
Lone Star Land Steward: Wagley Ranch
Visit the Wagley Ranch, in Palo Pinto County, where endangered birds are right at home with their cattle herd, thanks to the family's conservation mindset and their healthy native grassland.
On their annual migration, monarch butterflies roost among the trees in Manchaca, Texas, just south of Austin.
Postcard From Texas: Lakeside at Somerville
Take a waterside break at Lake Somerville State Park, where the waterbirds fly and wildflowers sway.
Program 3109 - December 4-10, 2022, and June 4-10, 2023
Retriever on Trial, Longhorn Cavern, Fishing in the Neighborhood
Learn what it takes to train a top-level hunting dog and watch the action as these top dogs are put to the test. Take a deep dive into Longhorn Cavern and explore a place rich in both interesting history and fascinating geology. See how going fishing...Watch Full Episode
Ruby the Retriever
Witness the best of the best hunting dogs in action as they compete at the Master National retriever competition. Learn what it takes to breed and train a top-level hunting dog.
Skill Builder: Safe Zone of Fire
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.
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Longhorn Cavern is a hidden gem ready to be explored. This unique river-formed cave has been home to an underground restaurant, a concert hall, and a fallout shelter. Follow along on a tour to experience the magnificent geology and to hear some tales about the history of this legendary Hill Country cavern.
How do you get kids out of the house, and away from the television? Texas Parks & Wildlife has a neighborhood fishing program that may help. In cities throughout the state, local lakes and ponds are stocked with fish, making it easier for anglers get a bite. And catching a fish is a great way to get youngsters hooked on the outdoors.
Postcard From Texas: High Winds on the High Plains
The Texas Panhandle is home to the southern reaches of the High Plains, where short grasses grow and high winds blow.
Program 3110 - December 11-17, 2022, and June 11-17, 2023
Parrot Patrol, Goose Island Pier, Mule Deer Science
Threatened by habitat loss and the pet trade, red-crowned parrots have found a home in South Texas. Follow along as researchers try to count flocks of birds and learn more about them. Spend some time on Goose Island State Park's quarter-mile-long...Watch Full Episode
The Parrot Investigators
Bird enthusiasts in the Rio Grande Valley are turning their attention to a feathered friend with a bold personality and a lesser-known life history: the red-crowned parrot. Threatened by habitat loss and the pet trade, the red-crowned parrot has moved to the cities of South Texas, as researchers and volunteers begin to learn the basics about this quirky bird.
One of the more popular attractions at Goose Island State Park is the 1,620-foot-long fishing pier anchoring the park's bayfront. Spend some time over the water, feeling the Gulf breezes, and seeing what takes the bait.
Mulies of the Plains
A large-scale research project is taking a closer look at mule deer in the Texas Panhandle. Three Texas universities have teamed up with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to determine how agriculture may affect mule deer movements and survival in this region.
Postcard From Texas: Honey Creek Headwaters
A pristine spring-fed creek is the centerpiece of Honey Creek State Natural Area. But the beauty begins at the creek's namesake spring, conserved in partnership with private landowners
Program 3111 - December 18-24, 2022, and June 18-24, 2023
Motorcycling Texas, Fort Parker, Hunting Las Palomas
Join two friends traversing Texas from east to west on motorcycles, and follow their adventure as they journey from the state's lowest elevation to its highest. Visit Fort Parker, on the Navasota River, and enjoy a tranquil setting for camping,...Watch Full Episode
Lone Star Way Up
Two friends traverse Texas on motorcycle, from the state's lowest elevation to its highest. Follow along on this adventurous journey from east to west across the state.
Fort Parker State Park
Along the Navasota River, where the grasses of the prairie meet post oak, Fort Parker State Park offers a tranquil setting for camping, hiking, biking and fishing. There is a lot of history here, as well. 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
Hunting Las Palomas
Dove hunting is a family tradition for a South Texas family. Follow them on a dove hunt at Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area and back home for dinner.
Postcard from Texas: Laguna Madre
The Laguna Madre in South Texas separates the state's mainland from South Padre Island and provides the best backdrop for a South Padre sunset.
Program 3112 - December 25-31, 2022, and June 25-July 1, 2023
Whooping Crane Science, Cleburne State Park, Butterfly Boosters
Follow along as biologists track endangered whooping cranes to learn how to better protect this species. Visit a park southwest of Fort Worth built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and explore the limestone bluffs and wooded hillsides surrounding its...Watch Full Episode
On the Right Track
Follow along as biologists track whooping cranes at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Using satellite GPS technology, the team hopes to help protect this endangered species.
Cleburne State Park
White limestone bluffs and dense trees surround Cedar Lake, the centerpiece of Cleburne State Park. The small lake is just right for canoeing, swimming and fishing. Located southwest of Fort Worth, Cleburne is an ideal retreat from city life.
Betting on Butterflies
Some fragile flying insects bring beauty and business to Texas each year. Are we being good hosts? Meet some folks looking out for butterflies, both for fun and for the future.
Postcard From Texas: Along the Jetties
Shoreline scenes abound around the jetties near Corpus Christi, whether you choose to fish, watch the birds, or just enjoy the wind and waves.
Program 3113 - January 1- 7, 2023, and July 2- 8, 2023
Crab Trap Cleanup, Birdy Bastrop, Bobcats in the City
Find out how an annual cleanup of lost and abandoned crab traps in our coastal bays and waterways helps save crabs and other sea life. Meet some birders flocking to Bastrop as the city embraces their birds and nature tourism opportunities. And see what...Watch Full Episode
The Crab Trap Collectors
For ten days each February, Texas bays are closed to crab trapping and derelict traps are collected by the thousands. Follow some dedicated volunteers as they clean up abandoned traps and save fish and crabs from the threat of ghost fishing.
Bringing Birds to Bastrop
See what makes Bastrop, Texas a great place for birds and learn how this Central Texas community has chosen to roll out the welcome mat for birds and nature tourism in general through a special designation.
Our pets are not the only cats prowling around urban areas at night. A study is shedding new light on how bobcats live among us, in the suburbs and edges of our cities, without conflict and almost completely without notice.
Postcard From Texas: Somerville Wildflowers
Blankets of wildflowers adorn the open spaces along the Sandhill Trail at Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway.
Program 3114 - January 8-14, 2023, and July 9-15, 2023
Skimmer Savers, Paddling Goliad, Counting Catches
Learn about efforts underway to save one of the most threatened coastal birds in Texas, the black skimmer. Goliad State Park & Historic Site is known for its connection to history. It also has a connection to the San Antonio River as part of the...Watch Full Episode
If you're lucky, you might see this bird flying along the shoreline skimming the surface of the water—it's the Black Skimmer, and it's in trouble. Take a look at efforts underway to save one of the most threatened coastal birds in Texas.
Goliad State Park & Historic Site is known for its connection to history. It also has a connection to the San Antonio River as part of the Goliad Paddling Trail. Take a leisurely float down this meandering river.
A Creel Survey
Join a team of fisheries technicians as they perform a creel survey on Lake Conroe. Fisheries biologists doing creel surveys interview anglers, measure fish, and track the number of hours fished. These surveys help get information about the fishing quality and the health of fish populations in the lake.
Will Hunt for Food
Meet an Austin blogger and gourmet cook who develops a curiosity about hunting from an interest in sourcing his own healthy, local food. Follow his experience as he explores taking a meal from field to table for the first time.
Postcard From Texas: Palo Pinto Mountains State Park
Get a sneak peek at Texas’ next state park--Palo Pinto Mountains. More than four thousand acres of rolling hills just seventy-five miles west of Fort Worth.
Program 3115 - January 15-21, 2023, and July 16-22, 2023
Fishing the Jetties, Shrimp Science, Camera on Wheels
Grab a fishing pole and head to a coastal jetty. You're sure to meet other anglers, and you never know what will be biting. Introduced diseases could pose a threat to native shrimp and an entire industry. See how anglers can help keep Texas shrimp...Watch Full Episode
Head to the Jetty
You don't need a fancy boat or chartered excursion to go fishing at the coast. Grab your fishing pole and spend the day at your nearest coastal jetty. You're sure to meet some other anglers, and you may be surprised to see what's biting.
Fishing Tips: Saltwater Tacklebox
Get some tips from an angler educator about the best lures and gear to pack in your saltwater tacklebox before heading out for some coastal fishing.
Shrimping in Texas is a billion-dollar business, but concerns are mounting that introduced diseases could pose a serious threat to native shrimp and an entire industry. See how scientists and saltwater anglers play a role in keeping Texas shrimp stocks healthy.
At Balmorhea State Park the pool is cool, but it's also very popular, so make a day-use reservation before making the drive. See some of the fun you can have both above and below the surface.
The Trailer Camera
Camera technology has changed the way people take pictures, but one Texas artist likes to capture images the hard way. Ian Kasnoff has turned a 16-foot-long trailer into a camera, complete with darkroom. Follow Ian as he documents some Texas state parks with his traveling trailer camera.
Postcard From Texas: South Padre Island Waves
Enjoy some island time and the soothing surf at South Padre as the sun rises over the Gulf of Mexico.
Program 3116 - January 22-28, 2023, and July 23-29, 2023
Famous Park Trees, Caddo Lake, Collegiate Camper
From majestic oak to towering cypress, get to know a few of the state park system's most famous trees and see what makes them special. Visit the state park gateway to Caddo Lake and explore its rich history and swampy mystery. See how Palo Duro...Watch Full Episode
Famous Trees of Texas State Parks
From majestic oaks to towering cypress, our state parks contain many remarkable trees. Three of them have risen to such a level of historical importance that they have been included on the Texas A&M Forest Service's Famous Trees of Texas Registry. Get to know a few of the state park system's most famous trees and see what makes them special.
Caddo Lake State Park
Straddling the Texas-Louisiana border, swampy Caddo Lake in Northeast Texas has an unusual history and an enduring air of mystery. And Caddo Lake State Park is the ideal gateway to exploring the fascinating lake.
From Campus to Camper
While most park hosts are retired folks with lots of free time, Palo Duro Canyon's youngest host keeps a very full schedule. By being a volunteer, Lindsay Stroup found a way to save money on housing while attending college.
Postcard From Texas: Lakeside at Isle du Bois
Time at the lake means different things to everyone. Enjoy a lakeside tent site, a good book, or some swimming in the water at the Isle du Bois unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.
Program 3117 - January 29-February 4, 2023, and July 30-August 5, 2023
Blue Sucker, Galveston Island, Green Turtle Team
Travel the Colorado River with biologists searching for a rare native fish, the blue sucker. From the surf and dunes of the Gulf to the bay side's quiet marsh and native prairie, Galveston Island State Park holds a lot to discover. As green sea...Watch Full Episode
In Search of the Blue Sucker
Biologists on the Colorado River are searching for a rare fish. It's called a blue sucker, and not much is known about this Texas native. We follow along as a research team searches rapids and riffles on the Colorado, hoping to find and learn more about this elusive fish.
Galveston Island State Park
Stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Bay, Galveston Island State Park preserves five native ecosystems and offers visitors wildlife encounters, fishing, hiking, camping, beach access and sun-streaked horizons.
Green Turtle Rescuers
When green sea turtles show up on south Texas beaches in larger numbers than ever, Dr. Donna Shaver and a network of staff and volunteers get busy rescuing stuck or stranded turtles that need a little help getting to safety.
Parks and Wildlife People: Cayley Birchfield
Cayley Birchfield is passionate about making Texas Parks and Wildlife mirror the Texas population. As a Human Resources manager, she is dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion. In her relatively short tenure, Cayley has put innovative plans and hiring practices in place to recruit diverse employees, give everyone a voice, and foster a welcoming environment at an agency that strives to help all Texans enjoy their outdoors.
Postcard From Texas: Galveston Island Beach to Bay
From surf and sandcastles to saltmarsh and prairie, Galveston Island has a little bit of everything.
Program 3118 - February 5-11, 2023, and August 6-12, 2023
A Walk Across Texas, South Llano River, Corpus Surfers
Dave Roberts didn't know much about Texas, so he decided to weave across it entirely on foot, camping at state parks along the way. Visit a Hill Country park that offers tubing and fishing on the South Llano, and hiking and biking in the hills...Watch Full Episode
A Walk Across Texas
Dave Roberts didn't know much about Texas, so he decided to crisscross it, from east to west, entirely on foot. Follow this walker of Texas ranges in his unfolding adventure as he explores the state's park system, one step at a time.
South Llano River
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.
Texas Point Break
Grab your surfboard and hang ten in Corpus Christi. We go surfing at a popular spot that locals call Texas Point Break.
Parks and Wildlife People: Ted Hollingsworth
Ted Hollingsworth has worked for decades to find land and to find landowners willing to preserve their property for future generations. It's a critical job because Texas is losing undeveloped land faster than any other state in the country. Ted is a true land steward with a deep love of wildlife and natural habitats. Thanks, in part, to his work, 90% of Texans are now within a one-hour drive of outdoor public spaces.
Postcard From Texas: Winter at Lake Mineral Wells
A cold December sunrise and sunset at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway.
Program 3119 - February 12-18, 2023, and August 13-19, 2023
Retired Tire Fort, Gator Guys, Buescher State Park
Join a team of first-time fort builders as they get together to construct a unique, nature-inspired play structure from recycled tires. Meet a game warden father and his biology professor son who monitor alligators and their ecosystem at Brazos Bend...Watch Full Episode
Snake, Rattle & Roll
We follow along as a bunch of first-time fort builders get together to fashion a nature-inspired play structure from recycled tires and other materials. The unique construction is put together as part of the annual Fortlandia exhibit at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.
The Gator Guys
Meet a game warden father and his biology professor son who monitor alligators and their ecosystem at Brazos Bend State Park.
Buescher State Park
Buescher State Park is about 40 minutes southeast of Austin in the &idquo;lost pines” area of Bastrop County. The family-friendly 30-acre lake is a great spot for fishing and wildlife viewing. The park also offers canoe and kayak rentals. Cyclists enjoy the 12-mile scenic paved bike ride that winds through the pines to nearby Bastrop State Park.
Parks and Wildlife People: Interpreters at a Distance
When Covid forced closures, park interpreters quickly found new ways for people to continue experiencing the wildlife and resources at state parks. In Region 4, they expanded distance learning by pivoting to social media and found fun ways to collaborate and turn parks into virtual classrooms. After reopening, interpreters continue virtual classes and events because they are engaging new, different and bigger audiences than ever before.
Postcard From Texas: Copper Breaks State Park
The quiet watering holes and rugged hills of Copper Breaks State Park come to life at sunrise.
Program 3120 - February 19-25, 2023, and August 20-26, 2023
History of State Parks, Fishing Hall of Famer, Lake Casa Blanca
The State Parks Board was created in 1923, making 2023 the 100th year of Texas' park system. Learn about the history of our treasured parklands, and some hopes and plans for the next century of state parks. Meet the latest inductee in the Texas...Watch Full Episode
The Story of Texas State Parks
The State Parks Board was created in 1923, making 2023 the 100th year of Texas' park system. Learn about the history of our treasured parklands, and some hopes and plans for the next century of state parks.
Freshwater Fisheries Hall of Fame: Gary Klein
Meet an angler who turned his teenage dream into a forty-year career in the world of competitive angling and hear from those who know him best how Gary Klein has shaped the sport and helped others along the way.
Parks and Wildlife People: Rachael Harryman
Rachael Harryman quietly works behind the scenes at a Parks and Wildlife regional office in Victoria. This administrative assistant is equipped with 2 decades of experience and enthusiasm for her work, Rachael helps the public with everything from hunting and fishing licenses to titles for boats. She greets everyone with patience, understanding and a warm smile.
Postcard From Texas: Lake Casa Blanca State Park
Whether to cast a line or just watch the birds and enjoy the breeze, Lake Casa Blanca State Park's fishing pier is a nice spot to spend some time.
Program 3121 - February 26-March 4, 2023, and August 27-September 2, 2023
Outdoor Friends, Goose Island State Park, Aquatic Habitat Helper
From the brush country of South Texas to the mountains of West Texas, meet two women whose outdoor interests are as different as the landscapes. Feel the Gulf breezes and listen to the lapping water at Goose Island State Park north of Corpus Christi....Watch Full Episode
A Natural Connection
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.
Goose Island State Park
Lapping water and Gulf breezes: We must be on the coast! Goose Island offers camping, fishing and birding along St. Charles and Aransas bays, north of Corpus Christi.
Parks and Wildlife People: Megan Bean
Megan Bean is a biologist who loves native fish and is passionate about preserving the rivers and streams where they live. As a Conservation Coordinator, she has worked tirelessly to bring in vital partners such as landowners, universities, and zoos to ensure native fish have a healthy habitat for many years to come.
Postcard From Texas: Flora and Fauna of Brazos Bend
A visual survey of the swamp reveals birds, alligators and an abundance of plant life at this park, less than an hour's drive from downtown Houston.
Program 3122 - March 5-11, 2023, and September 3- 9, 2023
Student Archery, Yoga Hike, Fish and Oyster Advocate
School sports teach teamwork, focus, and discipline, and archery in school is no different. Follow a team of student archers from San Antonio on their journey to compete in the state finals tournament. Stretch your idea of park activities with a yoga...Watch Full Episode
According to the National Archery in Schools Program, archery is a different kind of team sport. It's a great way for kids to learn focus, self-control, discipline, and patience--and it's open to any student. Follow a team of student archers from San Antonio on their journey to compete in the Texas state finals bullseye tournament.
Take a Yoga Hike
Join a yoga hike at McKinney Falls State Park and get a new perspective on meditation and exercise.
Parks and Wildlife People: Perry Trial
Biologist Perry Trial has dedicated his life's work to keeping the ecosystem off the Texas Gulf Coast healthy and thriving. Taking on the role of Regional Director of Coastal Fisheries, he focused on developing more teamwork, and collaborating with many different employees and stakeholders to find the best balance between preserving habitat and harvesting oysters.
Postcard From Texas: Big Bend Mountains and Clouds
In the vast expanses of the Big Bend region of West Texas, feathery clouds float by rugged desert mountains in a day-long dance.
Program 3123 - March 12-18, 2023, and September 10-16, 2023
Flocking with Friends, Fishing Facilitator, Old Tunnel
How many different birds can be seen in a day, a morning, or from just one spot? Follow some folks who decided to find out. See how a redesigned boat is giving anglers with disabilities easier access to the water and helping a boat captain reclaim his...Watch Full Episode
Flocking with Friends
How many different birds can be seen in a day, a morning, or from just one spot? Follow some folks who decided to find out, by participating in the Great Texas Birding Classic.
I Can Fishing
Shane Wilson and Tim Lippoldt had an instant connection when Shane realized Tim was the missing piece to his boat, The ICAN. The ICAN is a twenty-five-foot Triton boat designed to lift a special needs individual in and out of the water and take them fishing with their family. See how the ICAN is bringing a new attraction to South Padre Island.
Old Tunnel State Park
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.
Prairie Dogs of Caprock Canyons
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.
Parks and Wildlife People: John Herron
Park Interpreter John Herron and his dog, Queso, are full-fledged celebrities at Huntsville State Park. John has taken his job to new heights with his active presence and creativity on social media. His enthusiastic, warm demeanor shines through, in-person and virtually, as he teaches people of all ages about wildlife and the importance of preserving their habitats.
Postcard From Texas: Spring by the Bay
Hear the birds, waves and wind as Spring begins to blossom at Goose Island State Park.
Program 3124 - March 19-25, 2023, and September 17-23, 2023
Lights Out for Birds, Lake Mineral Wells, Parks on Exhibit
Follow volunteers monitoring bird injuries and mortalities in downtown Dallas and learn how keeping our lights out during migration can help our feathered friends. The mineral waters of Mineral Wells have long lured visitors, but lakeside recreation is...Watch Full Episode
Lights Out for the Birds
During spring and fall migration, billions of birds fly over Texas, with most travelling at night. Artificial lighting from our homes and businesses can disorient migrating birds and collisions with buildings are taking a toll. Follow a group of volunteers with Texas Conservation Alliance monitoring bird injuries and mortalities in downtown Dallas and learn how keeping lights out during bird migration can help save our feathered friends.
Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
The waters of Mineral Wells, west of Fort Worth, have long lured visitors. Relaxation at a lakeside state park is more the draw than the historic spas today, but entertaining exercise is also an option.
Shot in the Dark
Limiting human sources of light at night allows nature's light to shine. Follow landscape photographer Mike Mezeul II through Big Bend as he leads a nighttime photography workshop. Join the students as they learn to capture the Milky Way in the darkest night sky in Texas.
Parks and Wildlife People: The Exhibit Team
The displays designed by Texas Parks and Wildlife's Exhibit Planning, Design and Fabrication team are seen in every state park in Texas. This 9-member team researches, writes, creates and installs signage and exhibits for the entire park system. From visitor center signs to detailed displays explaining historical context, their work allows visitors to make meaningful connections to parks and their resources.
Postcard From Texas: Along the Nueces
The water is calm, cool and clear, and the trees are leafy and green along the Nueces River.
Program 3125 - March 26-April 1, 2023, and September 24-30, 2023
Painters Celebrate Parks, Hawk Watcher, East Texas Wilderness
Meet artists commissioned to capture the natural beauty of state parks for enjoyment on canvas and coffee tables everywhere. Spend time with a birder keeping an eagle eye on migrating hawks in the Rio Grande Valley. Jeff Gunnels is a dedicated Texas...Watch Full Episode
The Art of Texas Parks
To honor 100 years of Texas State Parks, thirty regional artists were commissioned to capture the natural beauty of the park system's natural places and historic sites. Meet artists Fidencio Duran and David Caton as they connect with parks to capture their essence with paint and learn how their work will be enjoyed on canvas and coffee tables everywhere.
Park visitors count high-flying raptors and other flocks of migrating birds from atop the hawk observation tower at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. Guests learn about the Hawk Watch citizen science program from a long-time park volunteer as they join in the action.
Parks and Wildlife People: Jeff Gunnels
Land conservation is critical to the future of Texas. TPWD Wildlife Management Areas are beautiful places where flora and fauna survive and thrive and the public can enjoy outdoor recreation. Jeff Gunnels is a longtime, dedicated TPWD biologist who supervises five WMA's ensuring many different wildlife species and their habitats are preserved for generations to come.
Postcard From Texas: Fall in the Woods
A little Fall foliage and seasonal beauty in East Texas.
Program 3126 - April 2- 8, 2023, and October 1- 7, 2023
A Weekend at Ray Roberts Lake State Park
Spend a full 24 hours at Ray Roberts Lake State Park and explore why camping families, biking clubs, horse riders, dog walkers and anglers choose to spend their leisure time at this multi-faceted park north of Denton. While the large lake and...Watch Full Episode
In this special episode of Texas Parks and Wildlife, we visit Ray Roberts Lake State Park for the weekend, meeting a camping family, equestrian trail-riders, mountain bikers and anglers, all enjoying this North Texas park in their own way. Find out why all of these folks choose to spend their leisure time at this multi-faceted park north of Dallas and Fort Worth.
Postcard From Texas: Scenes from Ray Roberts Lake State Park