Texas Outdoor Family Program a Big Hit in a Big State

Texas has always prided itself on being big. Now, thanks to Texas State Parks, it has big plans to help kids get outdoors by offering its Texas Outdoor Family program throughout the summer, including its most recent Learn to Mountain Bike and Camp Like a Pro camps for kids…

A few years ago staff at Texas State Parks began the Texas Outdoor Family (TOF) program to encourage more people to get outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of that big state of theirs.

The program has been so successful that now it’s now grown to include themed camping weekends throughout the summer, teaching kids and families everything from how to camp and catch fish to paddle, hike, bike and more. Programs are offered at different Texas State Parks nearly every weekend throughout the summer in one of the more progressive programs in the country designed to get kids outdoors.

This spring, it continued the program with its innovative Learn to Mountain Bike and Camp Like a Pro programs for families at Stephen F. Austin State Park outside Houston. The events were part of the state’s Biking Weekend and Texas Outdoor Family Program, teaching entire groups of people the basics of camping and outdoor safety.

Subsidized by Texas State Parks, for just $65, up to six people could learn not only two-days worth of basic camping and outdoor skills, such as pitching a tent, building a campfire, geo-caching and kids’ junior ranger ethics, trained experts were also on hand to teach participants all about mountain biking along scenic the trails of this wooded park.

Most all equipment, such as 6-person tents, hand-held GPS units, cookware, lanterns, stoves and fuel, and even mountain bikes was provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife, requiring participants to bring food, clothing, sleeping bag and personal items.

For more information on other programs offered throughout the summer visit
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/texas-outdoor-family-workshops

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