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What a 500-Year-Old Tree Taught Me About Putting Down Roots

What a 500-Year-Old Tree Taught Me About Putting Down Roots

In the early weeks of summer, a restlessness set in. Shouldn’t something be happening? When I was young, ... Read More »

Wildfires Continue Across Texas as Temperatures Soar and Droughts Worsen

Wildfires Continue Across Texas as Temperatures Soar and Droughts Worsen

High temperatures and extremely dry conditions have caused wildfires throughout Texas this summer—the most ... Read More »

Oak Tree Thought to be Extinct Found in Big Bend National Park

Oak Tree Thought to be Extinct Found in Big Bend National Park

Until recently, the oak species Quercus tardifolia was commonly known among botanical researchers to be extinct. ... Read More »

What Lurks in the Dark at Texas Parks?

What Lurks in the Dark at Texas Parks?

I’m following Trevor Francke down a twisty trail at Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area an hour after dusk, sweeping a ... 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 hiking the desert and mountains in the ... 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 »

Photo: Monahans Sandhills State Park

Photo: Monahans Sandhills State Park

West Texas winds transform an ever-changing landscape of sand dunes at the 3,840-acre Monahans Sandhills State Park. The field of dunes begins south of Monahans and stretches north into New Mexico. Opened in 1957, the state park harbors a peaceful Chihuahuan Desert playground where people can explore the rolling landscape, slide down the hills, picnic, camp, and take in extraordinary sunrises and sunsets. Read More »

Texas A&M Forest Service Branches Out by Hosting “Forest Bathing” Events

Texas A&M Forest Service Branches Out by Hosting “Forest Bathing” Events

Based on a Japanese practice, the Texas Forest Service sets out to prove communing with nature can lead to increased happiness. Read More »

Big Bend Fossils Reveal New Dinosaur Species

Big Bend Fossils Reveal New Dinosaur Species

Recent research reveals that fossils found in Big Bend National Park 35 years ago belong to an entirely new species of duck-billed dinosaur. Read More »

Summer for Procrastinators: Lost Maples State Natural Area

Summer for Procrastinators: Lost Maples State Natural Area

Lost Maples is most often touted as a destination for viewing fall foliage, but the shade from the trees make the park a cooler and more comfortable hiking destination in the summer. Read More »

Last-Minute Weekend Plans: Milton Reimers Ranch Park

Last-Minute Weekend Plans: Milton Reimers Ranch Park

Hill Country summer favorite Hamilton Pool has been reservations-only since 2016 due to the swimming hole’s popularity. But if you’re still looking for a scenic place to cool your heels, there’s a more secluded spot five minutes away. Read More »

A Road Trip to Utopia, Complete with Wildflowers and the Rugged Wonders of the Hill Country

A Road Trip to Utopia, Complete with Wildflowers and the Rugged Wonders of the Hill Country

Garner State Park, Lost Maples State Natural Area, and the surrounding Hill Country take you away from it all in the May edition of "A Piece of Texas" video series. Read More »

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