TPW Television 2022-2023 Season

Armored Invasion, Lake Somerville & Beneficial Wetland

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...

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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.

Fishing, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, birding, hiking – whatever your outdoor passion, you can pursue it at Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway..

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.

Watch Texas wild rice wave in the crystal-clear flow of the San Marcos River.

White Bass, High Plains Grassland & Big Spring

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...

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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.

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.

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.

Stop for a walk, rest, or picnic, and see why travelers have long enjoyed this birds-eye view of Big Spring.

Spring bird migration is a magic time to visit the Warbler Woods, and the flowers and butterflies are almost as pretty as the birds.

Feral Pig Cookoff, Quail Ranch & Kickapoo Cavern

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....

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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.

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.

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.

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.

A summer day is much cooler at Wimberley's Blue Hole Regional Park.

Bee Folks, Coastal Prairie Protectors & Fort Boggy

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...

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Spooky vultures flap, squawk, and lurk on dead snags.

Saving Sharks, Indian Springs & Parks on the Air

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...

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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.

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.

Some folks visit state parks to escape technology, but a few folks like to bring some along so they can do a little broadcasting.

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.

The red cliffs and canyons of the Indian Springs Ranch, north of Amarillo, offer stunning views in all directions.

Seed Collectors, Wuest Ranch & Sparrow Searchers

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...

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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.

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.

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

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 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.

Rio Grande turkeys strut their stuff each spring at the Wuest Ranch.

Shrinking Sundown, Ebel Grasslands & San Angelo State Park

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...

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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

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.

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.

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.

Four ecosystems come together in San Angelo State Park, giving its vast expanses a wide variety of plants and terrain.

Hundred-Mile Hike, Wagley Ranch & Monarch Motel

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...

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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.

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.

Take a waterside break at Lake Somerville State Park, where the waterbirds fly and wildflowers sway.

Retriever on Trial, Longhorn Cavern & Neighborhood Fishing

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...

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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.

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 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.

The Texas Panhandle is home to the southern reaches of the High Plains, where short grasses grow and high winds blow.