The Texas Outdoor Family Program, conducted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, is designed to get families outside, doing fun and healthy activities together under the guidance of a Texas State Park Ranger. Each camping workshop features different activities, including kayaking, geocaching, fishing, rock climbing, Dutch oven cooking, trail hikes and more, depending on the park’s resources and weather.
Two September events close to the DFW area are on September 15, at Ray Roberts Lake State Park, and September 22, at Cleburne State Park.
The cost is $65 for a family of up to six for a night of camping in the park. Both workshops will focus on building a base camp, geocaching in the park, fire building, outdoor cooking and celebration of nature’s nighttime wonders and noises. An introduction to kayaking and fishing may be available, depending on site and weather. Each workshop teaches the environmentally friendly “Leave No Trace” philosophy.
A Park Ranger camps overnight with families, providing instruction and security. All camping and activity gear is provided and each family gets their own campsite with access to restrooms and hot showers. Families need to bring their own food, personal items and sleeping bags.
For more info and reservations, call 512-389-8903 or visit tpwd.state.tx.us.