Whether you're an experienced camper or not, Texas Parks and Wildlife offers a great way for families to experience mother nature in style. The Texas Outdoor Family (TOF) workshops host a wide variety of one and two night guided camping excursions to various Texas state parks. Some trips include camping in tents and others include staying in air-conditioned cabins or screened-in shelters with electricity. Everything from kayaking, Geo-caching and fishing to Dutch oven cooking and camping basics is covered in the program. In addition to the camping theme, guests enjoy a host of additional activities, including star gazing, bat viewing, nature hikes, junior ranger programs and more.
Some of the upcoming workshops include a kayaking trip to Choke Canyon State Park in South Texas, rock climbing at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and a trip to the gorgeous Inks Lake State Park. These camping workshops include an experienced guide who will show you what you need to know about camping basics, plus the necessary equipment, including tents. All you need to bring is personal items, food to cook and sleeping bags. To make things easy, the site gives all of the information on what to bring and even a grocery shopping list. There's not much roughing it either, all of the state park locations are fully equipped with toilets and showers. Want to get away on your own? No problem, campers are free to come and go as they please.
You can't beat the price for a family vacation either. Camping excursions are only $65 for one night or $85 for two nights and that's for the entire group of up to 6 people.
For those not interested in camping, the Texas Parks and Wildlife provides an array of other exciting programs— ranging from archeology, history and caving tours to photography workshops, horseback riding and Buffalo Soldiers' events, some of which are free.
For more information check out the website or contact:
Cassie Cox, Outdoor Education Specialist with Texas Outdoor Family.