In This Issue
Resolve to Get Back to Nature … and Take the Kids
What’s cheaper than a movie, healthier than a veggie plate, and way more fun and creative than a video game?
Time spent in nature improves health and well-being, reduces stress and builds self-esteem and confidence --- for you and especially for your kids. You don’t have to look further than the smile on your child’s face to know it’s true.
If you need more inspiration, watch this video reminder of what Texas State Parks have to offer your family.
Become a Camping Family – No Experience Needed
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has scheduled a full calendar of Texas Outdoor Family workshops in 2011 designed to introduce even more families to the ease and joy of camping.
Take an Epic Mountain Bike Ride in Big Bend Ranch State Park
It’s a wild ride through the Wild West. The Fresno-Saucedo Loop mountain bike trail in Big Bend Ranch State Park has landed coveted kudos, named as the only Epic ride in Texas by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), and one of only two in the southwestern U.S. This press release provides more details.
“The Fresno – Sauceda ‘Dream Ride’ is the quintessential Epic ride,” said Texas Parks and Wildlife staff writer Karen Hoffman Blizzard, who wrote of her experience in the November 2009 issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. “It takes you out of the ordinary and into the Zone.” Read her first-hand account.
Check out this video to understand why this park is becoming a destination for mountain bikers. Its 300,000 acres of incredible desert is a vast playground that can challenge even the most hardened biker. The old four-wheel-drive jeep roads, single-track spur trails, side canyon hikes, stunning scenery, cultural treasures and natural resources make for great biking adventures. To learn more about the many miles of trails, read the Big Bend Ranch State Parks’ Mountain Biking Guide on the Web.
Gear Up for Spring Fishing
Wishing you could get back to fishing or try it for the first time? The first step is getting some gear together. The fishing department of a local sporting goods store can be overwhelming, but don’t let that get in your way. This video will help you get the gear basics in hand. Then check out a list of state parks where you and your family can fish without a fishing license. Children age 12 and younger can enter state parks for free. Fishing can be an inexpensive activity that may become a lifelong hobby.
State Parks Still Getting Better All the Time
Some of your favorite parks will be looking even better this year.
Debunking State Parks Myths
Rumors abound about state parks. These "Passport To Texas" radio stories do some myth-busting of a few common fears. Listen to and share these stories to quell the misinformation.
Myth #3: State Parks are filled with dangerous and scary animals.
Ashe Juniper: There’s More to it Than Cedar Fever.
The much-maligned Ashe juniper (Juniperus ashei), an evergreen infamous for causing the seasonal allergy know as “cedar fever,” plays an essential and positive role as a Hill Country native shrub and tree.