The Texas Outdoor Family Program, offered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife department, is designed to get families outside doing fun and healthy activities under the care of a Texas State Park Ranger. A special two-night workshop will be held October 18, at Cooper Lake State Park, and October 25, at Lake Mineral Wells State Park.
The Cooper Lake workshop focuses on archery, geocaching and Dutch oven cooking and the Lake Mineral Wells workshop will feature rock climbing. In addition, each workshop provides instruction on building a base camp, fire building, outdoor cooking and celebration of nature’s nighttime wonders and noises, teaching the environmentally friendly “Leave No Trace” philosophy.
A park ranger camps overnight with the families and provides instruction and security. All camping gear and gear for activities are provided, and each family gets their own campsite with access to restrooms and hot showers. All the families need to bring is their own food, personal items and sleeping bags. The cost is $85 for a family of up to six for the two nights of camping in the park.