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 35th 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. This season we'll see how arts activities are bringing folks together in our state parks, and we'll learn about a new invasive ant driving biologists crazy. Get an up-close look at the Black-skimmer, a beachcombing bird that's struggling to survive. We'll also meet some unique Texas characters, like a mountain biking mechanic who has tamed trails for decades at San Angelo State Park, and a head-banging biologist tracking the elusive chicken turtle on the coastal prairie. We'll learn some hunter safety tips and discover why anglers should never use non-native shrimp for bait. We'll uncover some unique locations, take you biking on an old rail route, birding on a coastal boardwalk, and caving in Central Texas.
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 also introduce you to the 2019 Lone Star Land Steward award winners; private landowners who know the importance of good conservation. 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.
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
History of the Series
Originally titled “Made in Texas,” the program began production in 1985 as a monthly magazine-style show with three to four different topics each episode.the very first show.
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-style format.
By 2003 the show's storytellers had won 13 Emmys and 61 other awards. They also began the first of five one-hour documentaries on the state of water conservation in Texas..