Life Is Better Outside

Relax while actively learning how to enjoy the outdoors in a Texas state park. The Texas Outdoor Family program, offered by Texas Parks and Wildlife, gives participants hands-on experience in outdoor skills like camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, geocaching and outdoor cooking, all under the care of a Texas State Park ranger.

Being active outdoors is a great source of exercise, stress release and family fun.

All necessary camping equipment, including tents and cooking gear, is provided as part of the weekend workshop fee of $65 per family for up to six people. Campers need only bring a sleeping bag, food and personal items.

A major component of the program teaches participants about conservation ethics and introduces them to park rangers and what they do. The entire approach adopts a “leave no trace” philosophy, so it’s environmentally friendly. There are multiple weekend workshops statewide from March through June.

Location: Texas State Parks. For reservations, call 512-389-8903. For more info, visit and click on the Texas Outdoor Family link under the activities tab.

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