Series Overview

I really feel with all of my heart that conservationists, in the most positive sense of the word, are not born in a vacuum. They're the result of exposure. I think that if we can get people out there to begin to see and appreciate what's around them, they're amazed.”

Father Tom Pincelli
Harlingen, Texas
(see conservationist and birder Father Tom Pincelli, aka Father Bird in “A Man in Paradise” the weeks of November 1-7, 2020 & May 2-8, 2021)

Texas Parks & Wildlife is a weekly, half-hour program airing on the Texas PBS stations, as well as a number of other public television stations around the country. You can also catch the show on about 60 city government and educational access channels across the state. Watch the show on your schedule with PBS Online and on our YouTube channel.

This year marks our 36th broadcast season. Originally titled Made in Texas, the program began production in 1985 as a magazine style show, with three or four different segments each week. For a few years the show focused on one topic each week, documentary style. In 1991 the name of the show changed to Texas Parks & Wildlife and reverted to the magazine format that we continue to this day.

Each week, our program travels to several different destinations around Texas. The stories cover a wide range of topics, from in-depth issues concerning conservation and the environment, to fun family activities in the outdoors. The coronavirus has impacted our production schedule just a bit, so this year we're doing things a little differently. The first half of the season we'll be doing ‘themed’ shows. We'll dedicate entire programs to one topic. Our theme shows include Hunting, Wild Game Cooking, Birds & Birders, State Park Bike Trails, Texas Wildlife, and Coastal Fishing among others. The second half of the season we'll be presenting an array of topics each week. We'll be in the Panhandle looking at the importance of playa lakes to water quantity and quality, we'll meet some surfers as they enjoy the waves on the Texas coast, and we'll take a look at an ongoing study to see how bass are affected by boats and motors. We'll also take a family float trip on the Devils River, we'll see how weevils are being bred to tackle invasive aquatic plants on Caddo Lake, and we'll meet a newly commissioned Game Warden and find out how he got interested in this career.

You'll meet some of the Texas Parks & Wildlife people working behind the scenes to make important contributions to conservation in the state. We'll showcase our fabulous state parks and historic sites. Each week we'll present our award-winning stories about the people and places that make the outdoors of Texas the natural place to be.

Our hope is to inspire you to get outdoors and visit the natural places in our state. We want to provide a compelling reason for you to care about the outdoors and the state's cultural heritage. Maybe you'll even get involved and help preserve a piece of that heritage. It's our hope that you'll develop a new appreciation for the natural world, a world that's right here in your backyard. Please join us as we explore the natural State of Texas.

You can also watch the shows in their entirety on the Texas Parks and Wildlife YouTube channel and on PBS Online.

Broadcast rights to Texas Parks & Wildlife are free to all public television stations in the United States. Our program is fed in HD by the National Educational Telecommunications Association every Thursday at 11:00 am, Central Standard Time. Satellite coordinates: 1100 CT/HD04, AMC 21 Ku23H, L-Band Freq = 1395.5MHz, SR = 6.250 MSps (DVB-S2/MPEG-4)/ FEC: 3/4

Meet the Producers

Play nowKyle Banowsky

Kyle Banowsky

Kyle takes to the trails on his bike and shoots the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest.

Play nowAlan Fisher

Alan Fisher

Alan gives us a glimpse of the not-so-glamorous aspects of television production.

Behind the Scenes

  • Abe Moore at Buescher State Park in 2015.
  • A sunburned Alan Fisher at the end of a long day in Big Bend Ranch State Park
  • Don Cash in one of the slot canyons at Big Bend Ranch State Park.
  • Earl Nottingham and Bruce Biermann get their GoPro faces on while shooting some aerials at Powderhorn Ranch.
  • Karen Loke does some camera maintenance in the field.
  • Kyle Banowsky on a game warden boat in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Lee Smith makes some adjustments to the helicopter camera mount.
  • Randall Maxwell on a shoot at Falcon Lake.
  • Abe Moore shoots the fall colors at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
  • Video producer Curtis Craven often shot still photos as part of his work.
  • Don Cash with a busted camera at Lost Maples. The shoot was over at that point.
  • It took a pretty big crew to shoot a public service announcement with musician Kevin Fowler.
  • Lee Smith with Walter Cronkite who was the voice of several documentaries on water issues.
  • Mark Thurman in the Trans-Pecos shooting desert survival tips.
  • Hanging a camera out of a train isn't recommended, but Randall Maxwell was determined to get the shot.
  • Richard Roberts in the edit room back in the days when the show was edited on videotape.
  • Whitney Bishop shooting west Texas vistas.
  • Kyle Banowsky, Abe Moore and Alan Fisher shoot a wild game cooking segment with chef Jeff Martinez.
  • Abe Moore shooting a trout study in Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
  • Alan Fisher shoots artist Billy Hassell at the newly acquired Powderhorn Ranch.
  • Richard Roberts and Bruce Biermann get wet at Inks Lake State Park.
  • Don Cash and Kyle Banowsky cover the Texas Water Safari at 4am.
  • Gwen Zucker waits for the light to change on the Texas coast.
  • Karen Loke and Mark Southern on a shoot at Big Bend Ranch State Park.
  • Kyle Banowsky after a long day of following a mule deer hunt.
  • Lee Smith, somewhere in East Texas, has an audio cable for lunch.
  • Randall Maxwell recording the ripples in a Texas stream.
  • 1980's TV team. Richard Roberts, Curtis Craven, Gwen Zucker, Lydia Saldaña, Mark Thurman, Katheryn Palmer, Lee Smith.
  • Richard Roberts shoots nighttime bat banding in west Texas.
  • Kathryn Palmer on location in Big Bend Ranch State Park.
  • Randall Maxwell in west Texas with a very heavy Ampex betacam camera.
  • Karen Loke and Bruce Biermann travelled to Mexico to document the release of juvenile Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles.
  • Whitney Bishop videotapes wet wardens taking a water safety training course.
  • Producer Ron Kabele won 20 EMMY awards while at Texas Parks and Wildlife.
  • Kyle Banowsky prepares to fly a camera mounted microcopter to capture some aerial video.
  • Don Cash carries camera gear on location at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park.
  • Abe Moore used raw chicken parts to entice alligators in for their close ups.
  • Alan Fisher videotaping the capture and relocation of Gambel's quail near Candelaria.
  • Producer Bruce Biermann captures the Texas State Bison Herd at Caprock Canyons State Park.
  • Producer Don Cash interviews a member of the Wildland Fire Team after the Bastrop State Park fire.
  • Producer Lee Smith aboard the Battleship TEXAS.
  • Producers Don Cash and Mark Thurman cover the Bastrop State Park fire.
  • Producer Whitney Bishop captures the relocation and release of Bighorn Sheep at Big Bend Ranch State Park.
  • Producer Abe Moore descends into the Devil's Sinkhole.
  • Producer Abe Moore covers Texas Game Wardens making water rescues during Austin flooding.
  • Producer Alan Fisher captures the Great Texas Birding Classic in Port Aransas.
  • Producer Bruce Biermann shooting an artificial reef off the Texas coast.
  • Producer Karen Loke on location in the Texas Hill Country.
  • Producer Lee Smith gathering aerials out of the side of a helicopter.
  • Producer Karen Loke covers the opening of the Lady Bird Lake Paddling Trail.
  • Producers Alan Fisher and Whitney Bishop on location at Enchanted Rock State Park.