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Fun in the Sun . . . in State Parks!

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Summer's here and it's the perfect time to get kids outdoors. Try fishing or geocaching. Create art based on nature. Go swimming in a pool, lake or the Gulf of Mexico. Explore on foot, bike or kayak. Texas State Parks offer a great outdoor playscape for kids of all ages!

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Hike Pick: Resaca de la Palma State Park

Ebony Trail

Bird in State Park

Visit Resaca de la Palma State Park and enjoy the timeless sights and sounds of the Rio Grande Valley. A short, easy hike on the Ebony Trail will lead you to some of the most beautiful birds and butterflies nature has to offer.

On the way, thick thorn-scrub of ebony and huisache trees will surround you. You'll pass by muddy resacas once flooded by the river (they need a little help from us now). Loud green jays and vibrant Altimira orioles hop from tree to tree, and stunning Mexican bluewing and zebra heliconian butterflies float from bloom to bloom.

This place is a true escape to nature.

TPW Magazine: Park News

Palo Duro Hosts Archeology Field School

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Texas Archeological Society's annual field school will be held at Palo Duro Canyon State Park this summer.

School attendees will conduct an archeological survey of the state park. Michael Strutt, director of cultural resources for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, says the Panhandle park has never undergone a comprehensive archeological survey.

The field school takes place June 8-15, with 250 to 300 people attending. The program provides training to the group's members and contributes important new data about the state's heritage.

Read more in TPW Magazine.

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