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The Healing Power of Wildflowers

The Healing Power of Wildflowers

Sixteen years ago this month, I took one of the most beautiful road trips ... Read More »

No Whooping Crane Festival This Year? No Big Whoop.

No Whooping Crane Festival This Year? No Big Whoop.

On a cold December morning, I walked up a 40-foot observation tower at ... Read More »

Jester King Brewery Adds a 2-Mile Trail to its 165-Acre Property

Jester King Brewery Adds a 2-Mile Trail to its 165-Acre Property

Even before the trail officially debuted last weekend, Jester King was a fun place to socialize while spreading out. But the new addition tap into something else Texans have been craving since March—a connection with nature. Read More »

The Legend of the Guadalupe Bass, the State Fish of Texas

The Legend of the Guadalupe Bass, the State Fish of Texas

In 1849, pioneering French botanist Auguste Trécul followed the Guadalupe ... Read More »

Texans’ Love of the Outdoors Has Blossomed During the Pandemic

Texans’ Love of the Outdoors Has Blossomed During the Pandemic

The pale light of a summer morning crept in between canopies of sweetgum ... Read More »

A Naturalist Finds Serenity on a Mini-Tour of Texas’ Famous Oak Trees

A Naturalist Finds Serenity on a Mini-Tour of Texas’ Famous Oak Trees

An Ancient Voice A naturalist looks to Texas’ mighty oaks for serenity By ... Read More »

Big Bend is Ground Zero for a Thriving Black Market for Native Plants

Big Bend is Ground Zero for a Thriving Black Market for Native Plants

Retired Big Bend National Park biologist Raymond Skiles spent a lot of time Read More »

Find Elusive Nilgai Roaming at King Ranch in South Texas

Find Elusive Nilgai Roaming at King Ranch in South Texas

The antelope appear along State Highway 77 in the purple morning, drifting ... Read More »

More Parks Receive Grants for Improvement Projects from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

More Parks Receive Grants for Improvement Projects from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Since 1996, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has awarded both small and urban communities with matching grants for park projects. Read More »

Matagorda Bay Beckons Families to Its Secluded Natural Playground

Matagorda Bay Beckons Families to Its Secluded Natural Playground

The kids were darting in and out of the surf at Matagorda Beach, ... Read More »

Explore the Most Remote Reaches of the Big Bend’s Mighty Rio Grande

Explore the Most Remote Reaches of the Big Bend’s Mighty Rio Grande

Photographer Laurence Parent captures the rugged splendor of the Lower Canyons Read More »

A Guide to Texas’ Many Spring-Fed Pools

A Guide to Texas’ Many Spring-Fed Pools

Forever Cool in a Spring-Fed Pool From Barton Springs to Balmorhea, ... Read More »

In Search of Texas’ Half-Forgotten Rivers

In Search of Texas’ Half-Forgotten Rivers

In Search of Half-Forgotten Rivers by Michael Barnes and Joe Starr | ... Read More »

Shhh … This Just Might Be the Prettiest Body of Water in Texas

Shhh … This Just Might Be the Prettiest Body of Water in Texas

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The Frio is Chilly but That’s the Point

The Frio is Chilly but That’s the Point

Dip a toe in the blue-green swirls of the Frio River and brace for the ... Read More »

COVID-19 Makes it Harder to Track Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles on Padre Island

COVID-19 Makes it Harder to Track Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles on Padre Island

Every day, from April through mid-July, the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery at the Padre Island National Seashore combs 80 miles of Padre Island’s beaches in search of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles–the most critically endangered sea turtle in the world­–coming ashore. It’s nesting season, but things are a bit unusual this year due to COVID-19. Read More »

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