- Series Overview
- History of the Series
- Meet the Producers
- Behind the Scenes
- Television Awards
Texas Parks & Wildlife is a weekly, half-hour program airing on Texas PBS stations, as well as other public television stations around the country. You can also see the show on around 50 city government and educational access channels across the state. Watch the show on your schedule through PBS Online, the PBS app, or our YouTube channel.
This year marks our 38th broadcast season. Originally titled Made in Texas, the program began production in 1985 as a magazine-style show, featuring three to four different stories each week. For a few years the show focused on one topic per week, documentary style. In 1991 the name of the show changed to Texas Parks & Wildlife and reverted to the magazine format we continue to this day. Each week, our program travels to destinations around Texas, telling stories that cover a range of topics--from in-depth conservation issues to outdoor activities for the whole family.
2023 marks the centennial of Texas State Parks, so this season will feature extra visits to parks around the state and highlight some history and hopes for the next hundred years of the state's beloved park system. Special programming will include a look at state parks then and now, a story about the park system's most famous trees, and a project pairing artists with parks as a source of inspiration for their art. The season will close with an entire episode focused on a single day at Ray Roberts Lake State Park, as experienced by campers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and more.
In other stories this season, we'll see how university researchers and local citizens are battling an invasive fish threatening the ecology of the San Marcos River. We'll get all too close to some alligators, go fishing for white bass, and meet some folks in South Texas who have found their own tasty way to tackle the state's feral pig problem. We'll tour Texas on motorcycle, meet some young archers, and we'll meet a new crop of Lone Star Land Stewards—exemplary landowners and land managers who conserve and restore habitats around the state.
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 outside to enjoy the wild things and wild places of Texas. We want to provide compelling reasons for you to care about the state's natural and cultural heritage, and we want to inform you about ways we can conserve that heritage. We hope our program fosters a deeper appreciation of our diverse natural world, and the many ways to connect with it. Please join us as we explore the natural State of Texas.
Check your local PBS station for airtimes, or view individual stories and broadcast shows in their entirety on the Texas Parks and Wildlife You Tube channel and PBS Online.
Broadcast rights to Texas Parks & Wildlife are free to all public television stations in the United States. Our program is offered in HD by the National Educational Telecommunications Association to member stations. Public, Educational and Governmental channels wishing to broadcast the show can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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. Watch 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. Watch.
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. Awards.