Outdoor Activity of the Month
Thinking about my childhood and how I used to spend my summers now makes me laugh – nervously, that is. My parents would go to work, and my sister and I would go to play. “Be home in time for supper,” my mom would say. “Don’t forget to feed the dog,” my dad would remind us. And they’d go to work! I typically didn’t have contact with my parents for 8 hours a day. And to the hills, trees, streams, mountains, and yonder my friends, sister, and I...more
Walter Stankiewicz, Texas Children in Nature VISTA
Picnic in the Park!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Texas Children in Nature wants to help you celebrate Thanksgiving all month long! Check out the list below for a list of Texas parks where you, your friends, and your family can come together and enjoy a picnic.
Walter Stankiewicz, Texas Children in Nature VISTA
There’s something special about spending time in nature. And there’s something even more special about spending time in nature with your loved ones. My favorite memories growing up were the days spent at my grandparents’ lake house with the whole family. From early morning fishing to afternoon hikes to evening bonfires, there was never a dull moment. Texas Children in Nature also understands the value that spending quality family time in...more
"The stars at night are big and bright- deep in the heart of Texas." and so the song goes. But did you know that August is one of the best times to sit out under the big Texas sky with your family and watch for shooting stars? Each year between July and August the Perseids meteor shower passes over North America and lights up the sky. Do you remember the first...more
Each July the Nation celebrates Independence Day with fireworks, parades and picnics. It's a time to relax with family and friends, enjoy cooking and eating in the outdoors and gather in celebration. But don’t put away your red & white plaid blanket just yet! If you enjoy grilling and chilling in the outdoors, then you are in luck because July is National Picnic Month. Texas Children in Nature encourages you to make the...more
Did you know there are 14 weekends this year between Memorial Day and Labor Day? Texas Children in Nature invites you to get out and explore 14 great places to swim across the state. From seashores to spring fed pools to cool lakes, Texas has it all.
Many lakes, rivers and beach areas do not have lifeguards so here are a few tips on how to stay safe while enjoying water sports.
- Check the weather - if you here thunder get...
June 2-10 is National Fishing and Boating Week. In honor of the week TCiN has put together a list of great places to go fishing and boating with your family. Fishing is a great way to spend time together enjoying a relaxing outdoor sport, while also sharing an important life skill. Not sure how to fish? Texas Parks and Wildlife...more
What is it that makes camping special to you? Maybe it’s because the majority of us spend our lives sleeping in cozy beds surrounded by four solid walls that sleeping outside on the ground feeds our inner animal and satisfies our need to be connected to nature.
Camping with other families is a great way to share in the planning, gear and even cooking. It's also a great way for parents to be able to relax when the kids are engaged with...more
Summer is a great time to be on the water in Texas either kayaking, canoeing, tubing or boating. With all the recent rains, the rivers, lakes and bays are full and ready for families to get out and enjoy them. Before you head out for a family adventure here are some tips to make sure you enjoy the water safely.
- 1. Make sure someone knows where you are going and it is best to file a trip plan that has a map where you will be...
Texas is known for hot summers. But did you also know that Texas has some amazing lakes, swimming holes, beaches and rivers to cool off in? Before air conditioning a few of these swimming holes where the only way for people to keep cool during the long hot summers. Your family can still enjoy their natural splendor while splashing around in the cool waters.
Much of the state had good rains this spring which means many lakes and rivers...more
Get Off the Couch with Geocaching
Worried your child is spending too much time with media? Can’t get them off the couch to go play outdoors? Don’t despair, you are not alone and there is a cool way to change that trend.
Geocaching is a great way to get kids outdoors and let them keep an electronic device in their hand. Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt! People hide geocaches everywhere—from just down the street to the most...more
Art in Nature
From Walt Disney to Monet, artist near and far have looked to nature to inspire them. Art can be a watercolor painting or a simple arrangement of rocks and sticks, or a photo. It's easy to find inspiration when the world is in bloom in Texas during the spring when the land is painted with greens, blues, reds and yellows.
Creativity is an important part of a child's development that supports critical thinking and...more
Did you know that “birding” is the most popular sport in the United States? Over 51 million people bird watch in their backyards, state and local parks and even at birding competitions! April is a great time to get outdoors with your family, and birding is an activity the whole family can enjoy— even while hiking, biking or picnicking.
Texas has over 630 species of birds...more
As day dwellers, the nighttime is something that we rarely get to fully appreciate. It surrounds us with a whole new array of wildlife and the cape of darkness that covers everything is an unreal feeling. The night sky in particular is a magical wonder that can make us realize a number of things. Looking out into the sea of endless stars, you may realize how small we are in comparison with the rest of the universe.
The stars seem to...more
Fishing in a Texas State Park or local Neighborhood Fishin’ lake stocked with fish is fun, affordable, and a great way for family and friends to be together in nature. Texas has miles of coastlines for saltwater fishing and hundreds of lakes, rivers, and streams for freshwater fishing that can be enjoyed year-round.
There are plenty of...more
Biking is a great way to be active in the outdoors for the entire family. Hitting the trails is easier than ever for all skill levels with so many all-weather-trails in most urban areas. All-weather-trails have a more durable surface than a mountain bike trail or a BMX track. No matter what type of trail your prefer, each can take you on a journey in nature.
Before you jump on your bike and ride off into the sunset, take the time for a...more
Let's Go Camping!
If enjoying cool, crisp evenings snuggled up to a crackling campfire or simply pitching a tent beneath the stars with your family sounds appealing, then head to a Texas State Park, National Park, National Forest or nearby neighborhood park where you can watch the leaves turn and...more