TPW Television 2023-2024 Season
Program 3201 - October 8-14, 2023, and April 7-13, 2024
Prairie Protectors, Operation Snap & Sabine River Paddling
Landowners restore grasslands for wildlife in the Blackland Prairie region of Texas. Protected alligator snapping turtles are returned to their natural habitats, after the trafficked animals are saved from interstate poachers. Enjoy a meandering paddle...Watch Full Episode
Mark and Cheryl Brown's land in Fayette County is overgrown. But that's the way they like it. Using the classic tools of land management, they have created a refuge for wildlife on the landscape.
If you're looking for an alternative to the mainstream, take a ride down the Sabine Sandbar Paddling Trail. Hidden deep in East Texas, this meandering trail is a great place to find some peace and quiet.
Alligator snapping turtles, protected in Texas, are saved from out-of-state poachers. After being rehabilitated and prepared for scientific study, these trafficked turtles are returned to their natural habitats in Texas waters.
There are now over a million acres of public hunting lands in Texas. Take a look at one of the state's newest wildlife management areas, where licensed hunters can access land for a dove hunting experience.
Sights and sounds from around and above Mission Tejas State Park.
Program 3202 - October 15-21, 2023, and April 14-20, 2024
Bayou City, Shotgun Skills, Goose Island Wild Things
Meet some of Houston's most dedicated bayou conservationists, striving to keep a city and its watery wilderness in better balance. A hiker and woodworker preserves his favorite park places as wooden map mementos. Relax to some sights and sounds...Watch Full Episode
Meet some of Houston's most dedicated bayou conservationists, learn about issues the bayou ecosystem has faced over the past century, and see some hope for keeping an urban area and its watery wilderness in balance.
Alex Ahrens loves to explore trails throughout Texas, but when he is not hiking, Alex enjoys woodworking. So he has found a way to combine his passions and bring his love of the outdoors into his woodshop—preserving the places he loves to hike as wooden map mementos.
Improve the accuracy of your shotgun shooting with three everyday exercises: The Flashlight Drill, The Three-Bullet Drill, and other mounting exercises.
A look at some of the flora and fauna that you can find on the trails and around the campsite at Goose Island State Park.
Program 3203 - October 22-28, 2023, and April 21-27, 2024
Dutch Oven Devotees, Prairie Rose Ranch, Birding the Brushlands
Members of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society whip up some tasty dishes at Cleburne State Park. By creating new wetlands and planting native grasses, Ronald Gard and his family have made Prairie Rose Ranch a haven for wildlife. A first-time hunter...Watch Full Episode
Members of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society whip up some tasty dishes at Cleburne State Park.
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.
For over thirty years Ronald Gard and his family have made Prairie Rose Ranch a haven for wildlife. They manage a complex network of wetlands, inviting migratory birds to raise their young as well as providing some excellent fishing. Restoring this oak savanna provides habitat for wildlife and great photo opportunities for shutterbugs like Ron.
An outdoor guide introduces Ashley Taylor, a first-time hunter, to the traditions of quail hunting in habitats around the state through the Stewards of the Wild program.
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.
The leaves are falling around Frost Creek in East Texas.
Program 3204 - October 29-November 4, 2023, and April 28-May 4, 2024
Bear Release, Restoring the Prairie & Plains Playas
An orphaned black bear cub is released at Devils River State Natural Area. Landowners restore native prairies in Fayette County. Learn how playa lakes provide water and wildlife habitat to the Southern Plains.Watch Full Episode
A mother black bear is killed in Del Rio, making an orphan of her cub, while a second bear is rescued from other perils. Both bears are rehabilitated at a wildlife rescue facility in New Mexico and returned to Texas in a much safer spot to roam—Devils River State Natural Area.
Once spanning millions of acres across Texas, native prairies now only make up a small portion of the state. Gary and Diana Kocurek have devoted hundreds of hours to restore live oak savannah and blackland prairie habitats on their small piece of property in Fayette County. And they hope the restoration movement spreads beyond their property line.
Hit the trails at Government Canyon State Natural Area, with hiking, biking, and birding. And see what makes this 12,000-acre wild urban escape unique.
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.
Meditate on the details of the natural landscape of the Edwards Plateau.
Program 3205 - November 5-11, 2023, and May 5-11, 2024
Horned Lizards Return, Cibolo Nature Center & Cooper Lake
The San Antonio Zoo raises Texas horned lizards in a bold effort to restore them to the landscape. The Cibolo Nature Center, once a neglected dump, is now a beautiful park preserving the Cibolo Creek watershed. Cooper Lake State Park in northeastern...Watch Full Episode
The San Antonio Zoo breeds threatened Texas horned lizards with the hope of restoring them to landscapes that may once again support them. See some captive lizards take their first steps of freedom in this bold experiment.
Cibolo Nature Center offers miles of trails through an array of ecosystems while helping preserve the important Cibolo Creek watershed. Once a neglected dump it's now an open park that gives folks a natural escape and a place to recharge.
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.
Since first opening in the 1990s, Cooper Lake State Park has become an outdoor recreation hotspot in Northeast Texas. Fishing, hiking, swimming and camping are just a few things to do in and around the 20,000-acre lake.
Things are getting icy on this cold winter day at McKinney Falls State Park.
Program 3206 - November 12-18, 2023, and May 12-18, 2024
Trail Taming Troubadour, Melton Ranch, Park Arts
Meet a mountain-biking musician who has been taming trails in San Angelo for decades. Paul Melton's knowledge of quail habitats and his own land management practices have made him a leader in the quail conservation community. The beauty of a...Watch Full Episode
Meet a mechanic and mountain-biking musician who has been taming trails in San Angelo for decades and who considers the local state park a hidden treasure.
Paul Melton's knowledge of quail habitats and his own land management practices have made him a leader in the quail conservation community.
The beauty of a natural place takes on fresh dimension and draws some different crowds when arts activities like sculpture, painting and photography, are paired with parks.
Bracken Cave is home to the world's largest Mexican free-tailed bat colony and consist of more than 15 million bats that fly out each night between March and October before migrating down south.
Program 3207 - November 19-25, 2023, and May 19-25, 2024
Preserving Honey Creek, Helping Bats, Prairie Dog Ranch
The Nature Conservancy has worked for decades with landowners, Texas Parks and Wildlife and other partners to conserve one of the most pristine streams in Texas. Bat biologists climb deep into culverts to fight the deadly White-nose Syndrome. Master...Watch Full Episode
The Nature Conservancy in Texas has worked for decades with private landowners, Texas Parks and Wildlife and other partners to conserve one of the most pristine streams in Texas. This project safeguards water for people and wildlife and will provide outdoor recreational opportunities for generations to come.
Bat biologists climb deep into culverts to fight the deadly White-nose Syndrome. It's a new spray away concept that they hope will save a rare Texas bat species.
Most anglers go after the big fish, but a growing group of fish fanciers like to dive into local streams and springs to target the tiny. Welcome to the small, fascinating, underwater world of microfishing.
Hal and Amy Zesch have continued a family tradition on their Hill Country ranch. Spanning five generations, the Zesch Family Ranch has worked to balance the needs of cattle and wildlife. Their work supports a variety of grassland birds and they have even reintroduced prairie dogs on their land.
A look at the big views and little critters around Black Gap Wildlife Management Area.
Program 3208 - November 26-December 2, 2023, and May 26-June 1, 2024
Protecting Devils, Creative Classroom, Lake Corpus Christi
Unchecked by dams and protected from groundwater diversion, the ruggedly beautiful Devils River is the wildest, cleanest river in Texas. Holly Grand's coastal fisheries programs teach Texans about the beauty and bounty of the ocean. From lake...Watch Full Episode
Unchecked by dams and protected from groundwater diversion, the ruggedly beautiful Devils River is the wildest, cleanest river in Texas. This remote waterway is home to the endangered Devils River minnow and countless fish and wildlife species and sustains the area's ecosystem.
Biologists continue their battle against giant salvinia, an invasive aquatic plant that threatens Texas lakes and fisheries. To protect Caddo Lake from devastation, they are enlisting the help of local conservation groups and a horde of tiny insects.
Several of our state parks hug the shores of the gulf and provide the perfect place to enjoy the ocean. Still many Texans have never experienced life in and around the ocean. But thanks to Holly Grand's coastal fisheries outreach programs, thousands of Texans from all walks of life are learning about the beauty and bounty of the ocean.
Steve Smith owns Quahadi Ranch in western Erath County, which he purchased in the early eighties as a getaway place from Dallas. Over the years, he noticed a decline in quail populations on the property, prompting him to team with researchers from Tarleton State University and the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch to initiate a translocation project that successfully brought in bobwhite quail from South Texas to the Cross-timbers region. He believes in being a steward of the land and preserving it as God made it for future generations to enjoy.
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.
Enjoy a spring morning along a small creek, nestled in a ravine near the Fayette Prairie.
Program 3209 - December 3- 9, 2023, and June 2- 8, 2024
Outdoor Inspiration, Shield Ranch & 3rd Generation Warden
Cole Johnson may be legally blind, but he doesn't let his disability slow him down. At the Shield Ranch, an historic ranching family has taken steps to forever protect their wild land. John Kohleffel has made it his mission to support his...Watch Full Episode
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.
The Shield Ranch lies in the Barton Creek watershed near Austin, a region of Central Texas experiencing massive and explosive growth. Here, an historic ranching family has taken steps to forever protect their wild land, providing access to nature for youth and many others.
You may think of a game warden out on patrol making sure you follow the rules when you're hunting or fishing. But third generation game warden John Kohleffel will tell you the duties go far beyond law enforcement. In his 30-year career with Texas Parks and Wildlife, John has made it his mission to support his community in many ways with a focus on teaching kids about the joys of the great outdoors.
Join a group of mountain bikers having some fun on the Coyote Run Trail at Cooper Lake State Park.
Enjoy an afternoon on the Texas Blackland Prairie where spring blossoms, lush grasses, and buzzing bees paint the landscape.
Program 3210 - December 10-16, 2023, and June 9-15, 2024
Watching Wildlife, Preservation Partners, Guadalupe River
See what passes by the trail cameras at Lake Ray Roberts State Park, both day and night. A conservationist forms vital partnerships to preserve more private Texas land, so migratory birds will have a place to survive and thrive. Visit Guadalupe River...Watch Full Episode
Monitoring wildlife is important to maintaining the health of an ecosystem. At Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Daniel Rios uses trail cameras to keep an eye on the park and the animals that live there. These cameras offer an amazing view of the wildlife and their habitats, as long as rangers can keep the raccoons from stealing them.
Most land in Texas is privately owned. As new developments spring up across our state, migratory birds are losing crucial habitat. Texas Parks and Wildlife's Jeff Raash is passionate about conservation. His work forming vital partnerships is helping to preserve more private Texas land, so migratory birds and other wildlife will have a place to survive and thrive.
Willard Franklin III is a fisherman and volunteer from Houston whose passion is sharing his love for the outdoors with urban kids. By taking children fishing, Willard hopes to give them the kinds of experiences and memories that could spark an interest in the outdoors later in life.
Visit Guadalupe River State Park to camp under the trees, swim, take a bike ride, and find some fun for the whole family.
Wally “Mr. Crappie” Marshall of Anna, Texas, revolutionized crappie fishing through innovative products, tournaments and promotion of the sport. Marshall generously gives back to the fish community through his philanthropic work, teaching youth to fish and donating time and products to multiple charitable organizations and events.
The Fort Worth Nature Center is a relaxing place to spend an afternoon fishing, kayaking, or just enjoying the sights.
Program 3211 - December 17-23, 2023, and June 16-22, 2024
Song of the Prairie, Angler Access, Hueco Tanks
See and hear the Attwater's prairie chicken and discover how this beautiful bird's destiny is tied to the health of coastal prairies. A new partnership with private landowners is helping anglers and paddlers gain better access to Texas...Watch Full Episode
Texas' coastal prairies once spanned more than 6 million acres extending from the southernmost Texas up along the Gulf of Mexico part of the state and into Louisiana, but today less than one percent of this habitat remains. Such a significant loss of coastal prairie has devastated many wildlife populations, including the critically endangered Attwater's prairie chicken. Watch how landowners and ranchers along the Texas coast are working to preserve grasslands for people and wildlife.
In an urbanizing state with limited public lands, accessing the outdoors can be a tough task. But a new program, in partnership with participating landowners, is helping paddlers and anglers access rivers like never before.
On the edge of El Paso is a desert destination people have been visiting for thousands of years. The beauty of this West Texas oasis is on full display at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site, where stories are told through hundreds of Native American pictographs.
Big business and social media rely heavily on data. But did you know collecting and analyzing data is also a key tool in keeping ocean habitats healthy? Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist Zach Olsen leads a team of dedicated scientists closely watching patterns and changes in coastal ecosystems. Their goal is to ensure ocean life is thriving so Texans can enjoy the Gulf Coast for generations to come.
Enjoy an amazing sunset on the Rolling Plains in western Texas.
Program 3212 - December 24-30, 2023, and June 23-29, 2024
Big Cypress Bayou, Caprock Canyons, Guadalupe Bass
Conservationists are rethinking dam operations in the Big Cypress Bayou region to help restore river flows. Experience the rugged beauty of Caprock Canyons State Park in the Panhandle of Texas. Spend some time with the state fish of Texas, the...Watch Full Episode
Nature needs ebbs and flows. The Sustainable Rivers Program is designed to restore the ecological function of dammed river systems by installing environmental flow prescriptions. The project in Texas´ Caddo Lake system is a success story, with years of environmental flow prescriptions, nature is bouncing back.
Home to the Texas State Bison Herd, Caprock Canyons offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy. With a Bison herd of 300+ strong, visitors can safely observe the largest mammal in North America as they roam across the canyonlands. From hiking through the canyon range, camping under the night sky, or observing unique wildlife, Caprock Canyons is a must-see state park.
In this special excerpt from the film Deep in the Heart, learn about the vital importance of water to Texas wildlife. Texas has more than 3,700 named streams and 15 major rivers. They wind through 191,000 miles of Texas landscape. These aquatic ecosystems provide invaluable services such as nourishing watersheds and providing fish habitat. One fish in this vast interconnected system is the Guadalupe Bass, which is found only in Texas and has been named the official state fish.
It's late summer on the Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin, Texas.
Program 3213 - December 31, 2023-January 6, 2024, and June 30-July 6, 2024
Birding Enthusiast, Sharing the Harvest, Mission Tejas
Sheila Hargis says birding and the birding community transformed her life by channeling her enthusiasm for ornithology onto others. Hunters have provided over 10 million servings of venison to Texans in need. Mission Tejas State Park is a natural...Watch Full Episode
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.
Texas deer hunters who fill up their freezer during deer season, but still have a few tags and are looking for a way to share their harvest might consider making a trip to southwest San Antonio. The San Antonio Food Bank is working with Hunters for the Hungry to help get protein-rich venison to Texans in need.
Near the northern end of the Davy Crockett National Forest, quiet Mission Tejas once sat at a crossroads of early Texas history. Visit two of the park's historic features: Mission San Francisco de los Tejas and the Rice Family Log Home.
Texas is losing one square mile of land to development every single day…more than any other state in the nation. That's why Chris Abernathy's job at Texas Parks and Wildlife is so important. He educates and engages private landowners to find ways to conserve their property and preserve it for future generations.
In this special excerpt from the film Deep in the Heart, spend some time with a family of black bears in Big Bend country.
The South Llano River is a great place to swim, or just relax.
Program 3214 - January 7-13, 2024, and July 7-13, 2024
Dragonfly Chasers, Blind Explorers, Texas Bison
Dragonflies are fascinating insects and scientists have developed unique methods of tracking them. Blindness Outdoor Learning & Development weekend at Palmetto State Park fosters outdoor skills and life confidence for the young participants. The story...Watch Full Episode
Meet Caleb Helsel, an avid birder turned dragonfly enthusiast from Austin, Texas. As Scientists use new Environmental DNA (eDNA) technology to help track dragonfly species all over the world, enthusiasts like Caleb still play a crucial role in their conservation and protection.
As more women rise in the ranks of leadership at Texas Parks and Wildlife, they're finding unique challenges in jobs historically held by men. But they've discovered a new way to problem solve together and support one another. It's called the State Park Women in Leadership Development Group and it's helping female leaders achieve that all important work-life balance as they move up the ladder.
Blindness Outdoor Learning & Development weekend at Palmetto State Park fosters outdoor skills and life confidence for the young participants. Mentors pair with visually-impaired students to teach practical and experiential-based exploration of the outdoors.
In this special excerpt from the film Deep in the Heart, learn the history of the Southern Plains Bison and hear their story of survival, renewal, and hope.
Dragonflies and damselflies are fun to watch, whether they are darting, dancing, or standing still.
Program 3215 - January 14-20, 2024, and July 14-20, 2024
Coastal Life, Weekend Hunters, Mineral Wells Trailway
The Texas Youth Hunting Program hosts an archery hunt in the hill country. Where trains once traveled, hikers and bikers now reign, on a protected pathway connecting Weatherford and Mineral Wells. An amazing assortment of wild animals live within the...Watch Full Episode
Jonah and Levi Lanz recently moved to Texas from Iowa. While looking for hunting opportunities in Texas, they came across the Texas Youth Hunting Program. TYHP has provided thousands of Texans with safe, educational, outdoor experiences while instilling an appreciation for the valuable role private landowners and hunters play in wildlife conservation. Join Jonah and Levi on their archery hunt with TYHP in the Texas Hill Country.
Where trains once traveled, hikers and bikers now reign, on a protected pathway connecting Weatherford and Mineral Wells.
Victor Emanuel entered the birding world when, as a boy, he joined a small ornithology club in Houston. That was over seventy years ago, and since, he's been chasing birds over the world. Considered one of the preeminent birders anywhere, he has been an inspiration to tens of thousands of people. And even today, he's helping prep a new generation of naturalists that will solidify his legacy long after he puts down his binoculars.
In this special excerpt from the film Deep in the Heart, learn about the various ecosystems of the Texas Gulf Coast and beyond--from the brackish estuaries to the deep blue sea.
The Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife conservation area along the coast of Texas, west of the town of High Island, Texas.
Program 3216 - January 21-27, 2024, and July 21-27, 2024
Copper Breaks Park, Tracking Bass, Caprock Biking Trails
Copper Breaks State Park offers a variety of wildlife and activities for visitors to explore, most notably stargazing. Biologists are tracking largemouth bass to determine if increased fishing pressure is changing fish behavior. Ride along over natural...Watch Full Episode
Home to the Texas State Longhorn Herd, Copper Breaks State Parks offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy. From hiking, biking, to stargazing at one of the darkest skies in the state, there is a slice of nature for everyone to enjoy. After dark, Copper Breaks offers an unprecedented view of the night sky.
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.
Rescuing sea turtles and other endangered ocean life is at the heart of a partnership between Texas Parks & Wildlife and the state aquarium. Thanks to millions of dollars in coronavirus relief money, the agency was able to help fund a much-needed, new wildlife rescue center at the aquarium. Carly Blankenship is the grant manager who helped make that dream become a reality.
From biking over natural bridges to underneath train tunnels, Caprock Canyons State Park offers a variety of mountain biking trails for all skill levels. The most popular biking trails are Eagle Point, the Trailway at Monks Crossing, and Canyon Rim. Each trail offers amazing views of the canyons as well as the possibility to see the unique wildlife species that reside at Caprock Canyons State Park.
Soar over the vast natural landscape at Big Bend Ranch State Park.
Program 3217 - January 28-February 3, 2024, and July 28-August 3, 2024
Possum Kingdom, Master iNaturalist, Green Jays
Anybody can use the iNaturalist app to identify plants and animals while also contributing to science. Just an hour west of DFW, Possum Kingdom State Park offers the perfect family weekend. To find out how Green Jays are adapting to the changing...Watch Full Episode
Urban Wildlife Biologist Sam Kieschnick uses the iNaturalist app every day to take pictures of nature. He's a top user who's contributed over 100,000 observations of flora and fauna to this growing online community. But anybody can use this app to identify plants and animals wherever they find them, and those observations also contribute to real scientific databases that help people like Sam preserve nature.
Possum Kingdom State Park offers fun on the water and on land. Grab your family, fishing pole and swimsuit and head for the clear blue water and striking scenery at Possum Kingdom State Park. It's located just an hour west of the DFW metroplex.
Roxie Hayne's ranching heritage goes back to 1883 when the A.S. Gage Ranch was established by her grandfather, Alfred S. Gage. Roxie and her family have continued the ranching tradition on the Catto-Gage Ranch, with an emphasis on conservation of natural resources. Today, the Catto-Gage Ranch supports a diversity of wildlife, plants and habitats that thrive alongside well-managed cattle herds, thanks to the family's dedication to habitat restoration.
As the Rio Grande Valley becomes more urbanized, habitat for wildlife is dwindling. To find out how Green Jays are adapting to the changing environment, biologists are trapping, tagging and tracking these colorful birds.
Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy sunrise at Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area.
Program 3218 - February 4-10, 2024, and August 4-10, 2024
Fishing Tradition, Sky Island, Park Provider
Follow an angler fishing for dinner and sport in Trinity Bay. The Nature Conservancy has led a 30-year effort to protect tracts of land high in the Davis Mountains. From fleets of trucks to tons of toilet paper, it takes a massive amount of equipment...Watch Full Episode
Fishing for dinner and sport in Trinity Bay is what she loves. Cindy is a committed angler from Houston who finds connection to her family and cultural heritage through the sport of fishing and cooking what she catches with friends.
The Davis Mountains in far West Texas harbor a high-elevation ecosystem that is home to myriad wildlife species. The Nature Conservancy has led a 30-year effort to protect tracts of land that will forever protect this unique sky island.
From fleets of trucks to tons of toilet paper, it takes a massive amount of equipment and supplies to keep our state parks running and ready for visitors. While you soak in the beauty of nature, behind the scenes there are people working diligently every day to make sure each state park has what it needs to give you a wonderful park experience. Purchasing Manager Judy Ahrens is one of those unsung heroes at Texas Parks and Wildlife.
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.
Take a ride down the trail at Franklin Mountains State Park.
Program 3219 - February 11-17, 2024, and August 11-17, 2024
Outdoors Woman, Longleaf Legacy & Padre Island
After 30 years of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop, it's time to look back and celebrate this empowering program. The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas is working to restore the imperiled longleaf pine tree using prescribed fire. A family...Watch Full Episode
30 years ago, the Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop brought women in Texas together for a weekend of outdoor activities. Follow Christina Johnson through a weekend of classes that give her the skills to gain confidence in archery and shotgun shooting.
The Nature Conservancy in Texas and the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas are working together to restore and manage the imperiled longleaf pine tree using prescribed fire. Beyond its ecological value, the longleaf has historically played a critical role for the tribe, with its needles being used for woven basketry and medicinal purposes. Together, TNC and the Alabama-Coushatta are partnering to put more beneficial fire on the ground and once again help this natural community—and the species it supports—flourish in East Texas.
Lake Casa Blanca International State Park is located near the Texas border town of Laredo. The park's 1,650-acre lake is a great spot for fishing, boating, and birdwatching. The park is a popular gathering spot for locals seeking a getaway from urban life and for winter Texans (or “snowbirds”) who enjoy the area's mild winter climate. The park offers facilities for picnicking, camping, and group gatherings.
Join a family as they relax on the beach and explore the wild side of South Padre Island. From the seashell beach, down to the sea grass flats of the bay, kids of all ages will enjoy coming face-to-face with fish and lounging by the lapping waves of the Gulf.
Soar over the mountaintops in the rugged and rocky Big Bend region near Terlingua, Texas.
Program 3220 - February 18-24, 2024, and August 18-24, 2024
Becoming a Warden, Kemp's Ridley, Bat Conservation
A young man's hunting experiences lead to a career as a Texas game warden. For over 40 years, biologists and volunteers have been working to save the Kemp's ridley sea turtles from extinction. Once reviled, bats have enjoyed a remarkable...Watch Full Episode
Zack 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.
Once reviled, bats have enjoyed a remarkable image do-over thanks to Bat Conservation International (BCI). Bracken Cave in Central Texas is home to the largest colony of bats in the word, and BCI and The Nature Conservancy have worked together to protect this awe-inspiring natural treasure.
Human activity has taken the Kemp's ridley sea turtle to the brink of extinction. For nearly half a century, biologists from state and federal agencies have worked together with an army of volunteers to help preserve this rarest species of sea turtle.
Between Bastrop and Buescher state parks, Park Road 1C takes you through recovering and forested areas of the Lost Pines.
Program 3221 - February 25-March 2, 2024, and August 25-31, 2024
Paddlefish, Field to Fork, West Texas Steward
Prehistoric paddlefish return to the waters of Caddo Lake and Big Cypress Bayou, and what they may teach us about the importance of natural water flows is shocking. Follow Noah Rudino, a health and nutrition enthusiast, as he hunts for the first time...Watch Full Episode
When paddlefish were stocked in Caddo Lake in 2014, it was truly an experiment. No one could be certain the fish would survive or stay put, but years later it seems they have done both. A new hope for the progress of a very old fish.
Ruthie Russell inherited her conservation values and love of West Texas from her grandmother, Verna Hooks McLean. Ruthie took the lessons to heart and devoted her life to the conservation of the land she loves.
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.
Wake up with some waterfowl in the marshes of Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area.