Outdoors

Outdoors calendar

Aug. 2: The Lone Star German Shorthaired Pointer Club snake-proofing seminar, Ovilla Animal Hospital (in Ovilla, about six miles west of Red Oak). $40 per dog. 972-222-5726, www.lsgspc.org.

Aug. 6-7: Texas Outdoor Family Workshop, Galveston State Park. Learn basic outdoors skills such as camping, outdoor cooking, fishing skills and how to use a GPS unit on trail walks. $55 per family up to eight. Reservations required; send e-mail to tofsp@tpwd.state.tx.us or call 512-389-8903 Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Also Aug. 13-14, Bastrop SP; Sept. 13-14, Huntsville SP; Sept. 20-21, Galveston Island SP; Sept. 27-28, Buescher State Park; Oct. 4-5, Brazos Bend SP; Oct. 18-19, Huntsville SP; Oct. 25-26, Brazos Bend SP, McKinney Falls SP; Nov. 1-2, Palmetto SP, Nov. 8-9, Brazos Bend SP.

Aug. 23: Saltwater fly fishing course, entry level, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sea Center Texas. Free. Ages 9 and up. Includes fly tying, fly casting, aquatic ecology, regulations/ethics, saltwater fishing tactics and actual fishing practice. Pre-registration required;. send e-mail to patty.cardoza@tpwd.state.tx.us or call 979-292-0100.

Sept. 12-13: Legends Dove Hunt, Abilene. Benefits Children’s Miracle Network. $500 ($215 is tax deductible) for dove hunts Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, chuck wagon lunch, clay shoot, dinner for two. Go to www.legendsdovehunt.com.

Sept. 19–20: Hunt Texas: An Introduction, Justin Hurst WMA. Workshop topics include firearm and ammunition selection, methods of hunting, game processing and the Texas public hunting program. Participants will go on a dove hunt accompanied by a mentor. Individuals are welcome, as are parent-child pairs. Call for times and fees. Pre-registration required; deadline Aug. 11. 210-688-6444.

Sept. 20-21: Texas Outdoor Family Workshops, Waco and Odessa. Learn basic outdoors skills such as camping, outdoor cooking, fishing, archery and paddling. Call for times and fees. Reservations required; send e-mail to tofsp@tpwd.state.tx.us or call 512-389-8903 Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Also Sept. 27-28, Georgetown and Kyle; Oct. 11-12, Rockwall; Oct. 18-19, Georgetown.

Oct. 4-5: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Texas Parks & Wildlife Expo, Austin. Fish, shoot, mountain bike, kayak, rock climb, learn camping and outdoor skills. Info, www.tpwd.state.tx.us/expo, 800-792-1112.

Hunter education

Aug. 1-2, 22-23, Oct. 10-11: 7-10 p.m. Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, Arlington Sportsman’s Club, Mansfield. $15. Ages 9 and up. For Aug. 1-2, call Duane Smith, 817-274-1139; for Aug. 22-23 or Oct. 10-11, call Claude Hicks, 817-472-0332.

Boater education

July 26: 8:30 a.m., Joe Pool Marina, Cedar Hill State Park. Eight-hour course. $25. Fourth Saturday each month through September. 903-432-4802.

July 26: 9 a.m., Pier 121 Marina, Lewisville Lake. Eight-hour course. Free, $10 to be state certified, $30 for optional manual. 972-394-8796.

Aug. 2: 8 a.m., Scott’s Landing Marina, Lake Grapevine. Eight-hour course. $25. Pre-registration required. 817-277-2995.

Aug. 9: 9 a.m., Cabela’s, north Fort Worth. Eight-hour course. $13. Second Saturday each month through December. 817-923-3547.

Fishing tournaments

July 26: Media Bass Central individual, Cedar Creek. 972-222-2207.

July 27: Bass Pro Shops Grapevine Tournament Series, team and individual. Scott Gordon, 214-801-2611, www.dfwaba.com.

July 27: Media Bass Cowtown individual, Worth. 817-944-4494.

Aug. 3: Bass Pro Shops Grapevine Tournament Series, team and individual. Scott Gordon, 214-801-2611, www.dfwaba.com.

Aug. 9: Media Bass Northeast team, Bob Sandlin. 214-850-6581.

Aug. 9: White Settlement Bass Club, Eagle Mountain, www.whitesettlementbassclub.net.

Aug. 10: Media Bass Northeast individual, Tawakoni. 214-850-6581.

Aug. 16: Media Bass Lake Fork team. 214-850-6581.

Aug. 17: Bass Pro Shops Grapevine Tournament Series, team and individual. Scott Gordon, 214-801-2611, www.dfwaba.com.

Aug. 30: Media Bass Central individual, Fork. 972-222-2207.

Aug. 31: Bass Pro Shops Grapevine Tournament Series, team and individual. Scott Gordon, 214-801-2611, www.dfwaba.com.

Aug. 31: Media Bass Cowtown individual, Eagle Mountain. 817-944-4494.

Sept. 14: White Settlement Bass Club, Worth, www.whitesettlementbassclub.net.

Sept. 27-28: Bass Pro Shops Grapevine Tournament Series championship. Scott Gordon, 214-801-2611, www.dfwaba.com.

Sept. 27-28: Media Bass individual trail championship, Tawakoni.

Oct. 12: White Settlement Bass Club, Granbury, www.whitesettlementbassclub.net.

Nov. 9: White Settlement Bass Club, Fork, www.whitesettlementbassclub.net.

Dec. 14: White Settlement Bass Club, Grapevine, www.whitesettlementbassclub.net.

Parks, nature areas
Canoeing

July 24, 26: Basic clinic, 11 a.m.-noon, Inks Lake SP. Three-person maximum and 450-pound limit per canoe; children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. $4 adults, $3 senior citizens, $3 ages 12 and under; reservations required. Also July 31, Aug. 2, 7, 10, 14, 16, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30, 31, Sept. 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 20, 21, 25, Oct. 11, 12, 18, 25, 26. 512-793-2223.

July 24, 26: Devils Waterhole tour, 1-3 p.m., Inks Lake SP. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets provided. Tour limited to eight canoes. Three-person maximum and 450-pound limit per canoe; children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. $6 adults, $5 senior citizens, $5 ages 12 and under; reservations required. Also July 31, August 2, 7, 10, 14, 16, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30, 31, Sept. 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 20, 21, 25, Oct. 11, 12, 18, 25, 26. 512-793-2223.

Sept. 6: Canoe basics, 10-11 a.m., Martin Dies Jr. SP. Also Oct. 4. 409-384-5231.

Sept. 20: Angelina River guided trip, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Martin Dies Jr. SP. $40 for two-person canoe, $30 if you bring canoe. Reservations required. Also Oct. 18, Nov. 15. 409-384-5231.

Hikes

Aug. 8: CCC Trail hike, 9-11 a.m., Palo Duro Canyon SP. The only trail that goes from the rim to the floor of the canyon. Some steep areas. Weather permitting. 806-488-2227.

Aug. 16: Full moon hike, 11/4 miles, 8-9 p.m., Purtis Creek SP. 903-425-2332.

Saturdays (beginning in September): Guided 1-mile nature hikes, Ray Roberts Lake SP. 1 p.m. in Johnson Branch Unit; 4 p.m. in Isle du Bois Unit. Donations appreciated. 940-686-2080.

Sundays (in September, October): Nature hike for kids, 8:30 a.m., Stephen F. Austin SP. 979-885-3613.

Sept. 20: One-mile night hike, 9 p.m., Purtis Creek SP. 903-425-2332.

Saturdays (October through Dec. 13): Lost Pines hike, 10-11:30 a.m., Bastrop SP. 512-321-2101.

Oct. 4: Guided 1-mile nature hike, 3 p.m., Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit. Donations appreciated. Also Oct. 18. 940-686-2080.

Oct. 11: Guided 1-mile nature hike, 3 p.m., Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit. Donations appreciated. Also Oct. 25. 940-686-2080.

Nov. 22: Four-mile hike, 2-4 p.m., Cedar Hill SP. Call to confirm program. 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

Birds, butterflies, wildflowers

July 26: Bird walks and talks, 9-11 a.m., Palo Duro Canyon SP. Weather permitting. Bring binoculars. Also Aug. 9, 30. 806-488-2227.

July 26: Owl Prowl, 9 p.m., Lake Livingston SP. Space is limited; reservations required. 936-365-2201.

July 27: Bird walk, 7-10 a.m., Honey Creek SNA. Bring binoculars. 830-438-2656.

Aug. 9: Birding on the Greenbelt, 7-9 a.m., Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit. Bird checklists provided. Bring boots, binoculars, water. 940-686-2080.

Aug. 9: Birding hike and drive, 7:30-9:30 a.m., San Angelo SP. Bring binoculars. 325-949-4757.

Aug. 16: Guided bird tour, 8:30 a.m., Lake Livingston SP. Space is limited; reservations required. 936-365-2201.

Aug. 23: Butterfly workshop, 1-4 p.m., Guadalupe River SP. For ages 16 and up; limited to 20 people. $10. Reservations required; deadline Aug. 20. 830-438-7653.

Sept. 14: Bird walk, 8:30-10 a.m., Honey Creek SNA. Bring binoculars. Also Sept. 28, Oct. 12, 26, Nov. 2, 16. 830-438-2656.

Sept. 20: Program on bird banding, 9-11 a.m., Guadalupe River SP. Also Oct. 18, Nov. 15. 830-438-2656.

Nov. 8: Program on winter birds, 8-11 a.m., Honey Creek SNA. Reservations required. 830-438-7653.

Children’s, family fishing

July 26: Family fishing, 9 a.m.-noon, McKinney Falls SP. Classes, fishing derby, prizes, raffle. 512-243-1643.

Aug. 2: Fish ON, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit. Learn basics. Equipment provided or bring your own. Door prizes. No license required. 940-637-2294.

Aug. 2: Junior angler clinic, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Buescher SP. Ages 6-13. Gear provided; parents must accompany children. 512-237-2241.

Aug. 30: Junior angler clinic, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Purtis Creek SP. Ages 6-13. Reservations required. 903-425-2332.

Sundays in September: Family fishing clinic, 9 a.m.-noon, Caddo Lake SP. 903-679-3351.

Sept. 27: Junior angler event, 9 a.m., Palmetto SP. Also Oct. 18, Nov. 22. 830-672-3266.

Other events

Fridays, Saturdays: Bats of Clarity Tunnel, 11/2 hours before sunset, Caprock Canyons SP & Trailway. Guided vehicle tours along an abandoned railway tunnel. $10, $7.50 senior citizens, $5 ages 12 and under. Reservations required. Also June 20–21, 27–28. 806-455-1492.

Saturdays: Gorman Falls tour, 2 p.m., Colorado Bend SP. Weather permitting. Scenic, 11/2-mile round-trip hike. $5 adults, $2 ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and under 325-628-3240.

Saturdays, Sundays: Walking wild cave tour, 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Colorado Bend SP. Weather permitting. 3-mile round trip hike. Sturdy hiking shoes and good flashlight or headlamp required; helmets provided. No children under 6. $15 per person. Reservations recommended. 325-628-3240.

July 26: Madrid Falls tour, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Big Bend Ranch SP. 4x4 tour and rugged hike. $75. Reservations required. Also Aug. 23. 432- 358-4444.

July 26: Stargazing, 8-9:30 p.m., Purtis Creek SP. Also Aug. 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 15. 903-425-2332.

July 26: Program on night sounds, 8:30-10 p.m., Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway. 940-328-1171.

Aug. 1-2: Family campout, 2 p.m. Friday-noon Saturday, World Birding Center, Estero Llano Grande SP. Tents, lanterns, bug spray and food supplied; all you need is your sleeping bag and personal items. Nature walks, night hike, learn how to set up a tent and build a fire. $15, $10 ages 12 and under. 956-565-3919.

Aug. 2: Guale Mesa Tour, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Big Bend Ranch SP. A 4x4 trip into the backcountry of the park. $75. Reservations required; deadline July 30. 432-358-4444.

Aug. 2: Crawling wild cave exploration, 9 a.m., Colorado Bend SP. Self-guided. Three lights sources, sturdy footwear required; elbow and knee pads, long pants, long sleeves, gloves recommended. Minimum three, maximum 10 people per group. $30 per person. Reservations required. 325-628-3240.

Aug. 2: Trail work day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Purtis Creek SP. Assist park employees with work on new mountain bike trail. Bring gloves, sack lunch, water. 903-425-2332.

Aug. 2: Kids wilderness survival, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Cedar Hill SP. Reservations required. Also Aug. 2. 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

Aug. 2: Wild cave tour, 1:30-4 p.m., Kickapoo Cavern SP. Participants should be in good physical condition, must bring two light sources per person and wear sturdy footwear. Liability release required. $10 adults, $7 ages 12 and under; reservations required. Also Aug. 16, 30. 830-563-2342.

Aug. 2: Program on coyotes, 7-8 p.m., Cedar Hill SP. Call to confirm program. 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

Aug. 2: Program on animal tracks, 7-9 p.m., Purtis Creek SP. 903-425-2332.

Aug. 2: Stargazing, 7-11 p.m., Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit. Also Aug. 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 22. 940-686-2080.

Aug. 2: Bat flights, Kickapoo Cavern SP. Call for times. $5 per person. Reservations required. Also Aug. 16, 30. 830-563-2342.

Aug. 9: Ride to Las Burras Canyons, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Big Bend Ranch SP. By four-wheel-drive vehicle. $75. Reservations required; deadline Aug. 6. 432-358-4444.

Aug. 10: Lake cleanup, noon-4 p.m., Purtis Creek SP. Help clean up trash on lake and along shoreline. Some canoes provided or bring your own boat. Also Aug. 10. 903-425-2332.

Aug. 12: Perseid meteor shower, 9 p.m.-midnight, World Birding Center, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP. Bring comfortable chairs, insect repellant, food and drinks, blankets and a red-filtered flashlight. 956-584-9156.

Aug. 16: Solitario tour, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Big Bend Ranch SP. Travel by 4x4 to nine-mile-wide volcanic caldera and hike through eroded passes. $75. Reservations required; deadline Aug. 13. 432-358-4444.

Sept. 6: Program on trees, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Cedar Hill SP. Call to confirm program. Also 2-3 p.m. Nov. 1. 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

Sept. 6: Program on reptiles, 3-4 p.m., Cedar Hill SP. Call to confirm program. 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

Sept. 13: Program on mammals, 2-3 p.m., Cedar Hill SP. Call to confirm program. 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

Sept. 20: Program on owls, 7-8 p.m., Cedar Hill SP. Call to confirm program. 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

Sept. 20–21: Huntsville Classic Mountain Bike Race, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Huntsville SP. Pre-racing and Kid’s Kup on Saturday. Registration required, www.tmbra.org or 281-440-6100.

Sept. 27–28: Pain on the Plains Mountain Bike Race, Palo Duro Canyon SP. Race begins at 3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Register at www.bikereg.com.

Oct. 10-12:Trail ride, Hill Country SNA. Info, www.hcsnap.org, 830-796-4413.

Oct. 12: The Big Sit, 5 a.m.-10 p.m., World Birding Center, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP. National competition to identify as many bird species as possible from within a 17-foot diameter circle atop the Bentsen hawk tower. 956-584-9156.

Oct. 18: Palo Duro Trail Run, 7 a.m., Palo Duro Canyon SP. 50 mile, 50K, 20K Fun Run/Walk. Call Red Spicer, 806-353-3847, or Bill Ross, 806-622-8197.

Nov. 1: Fall Flotilla, 9 a.m.-noon, Goliad SP. Flotilla follows the 6.4-mile Goliad Paddling Trail from U.S. 59 just west of downtown Goliad to the park. Shuttle service provided 9-11 a.m. Free lunch. Must supply own craft and safety equipment. Pre-registration required for lunch count, kccanoe@aol.com or 830-780-3249.

Nov. 1: Campfire and sing along, 7-8 p.m., Cedar Hill SP. Bring a lawn chair. Call to confirm program. 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

Nov. 6-8: Fall cattle drive, Big Bend Ranch SP. $975. Reservations required; deadline Oct. 30. 432-358-4444.

Nov. 8: Rocky Raccoon 25K & 50K Trail Runs, 7 a.m., Huntsville SP. 50K, 25K on 15.5-mile loop. Limited to 600 entrants. Go to www.hillcountrytrailrunners.com/raceRocky50K.html or call 903-894-3788.

Nov. 22: Huntsville Adventure Race, Huntsville SP. Mountain biking (10 miles), flat-water paddle (5 miles), trekking/orienteering (5 miles) and team challenges. $150 for team of two. Fee doesn’t including kayak rental. Go to www.solemracing .com.

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