“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
(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.
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..