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On a Night Hike, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

May 17, 2024 | By

The sun has just slipped below the tree line as we begin our hike at the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne.

Visit with Rehabilitated Critters at Wassermann Wranch in Alpine

May 9, 2024 | By

Exploring the Sky Islands of the Trans-Pecos

March 25, 2024 | By W.K. Stratton

Meet Spike, the Toughest Tortoise in Texas

March 19, 2024 | By

A Texas Bouquet

February 27, 2024 | By TH Staff

This article is from the Texas Highways archive. It first appeared in the June 1974 issue.

Embracing the Wild Side Through Glamping

February 5, 2024 | By Jennifer Stewart

Recovering Lost Memories at Brazos Bend State Park

January 29, 2024 | By Meghan Beaudry

Trail Blazing in Wild Texas

October 24, 2023 | By Robyn Ross

Flock to Brazos State Park for Birdwatching this Fall

October 11, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of outdoor activities.

The Serenity of Westcave Preserve

September 19, 2023 | By TH Staff

Prehistoric Rock Art Tells Cryptic Tales of Texas’ Past

July 25, 2023 | By Amanda Ogle

When the Sun Goes Down at Texas State Parks

May 2, 2023 | By

Texas’ Flowering Trees Take Seasonal Blooms to New Heights

February 28, 2023 | By Asher Elbein

How to Escape Noise Pollution in Texas

January 24, 2023 | By Jennifer Stewart

Decatur’s LBJ Grasslands Are a Paradise for Nature Lovers

December 29, 2022 | By Amanda Ogle

Meandering down a dirt path surrounded by native prairie all around, I feel calm as leaves crunch under my feet and grassland unfolds in front of me.

A West Texas Photographer Chases Nature’s Constant Change Through Art and Photography

August 25, 2022 | By E. Dan Klepper

Monarch Butterflies Are Under Threat—Here Are 6 Ways To Help

July 22, 2022 | By Natalia Gonzalez Blanco Serrano

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

July 19, 2022 | By Natalia Gonzalez Blanco Serrano

Go Wild for New Texas Nature Documentary Narrated by Matthew McConaughey

June 1, 2022 | By Clayton Maxwell

Watch out, David Attenborough. As we see in Texas’ first feature length natural history film, the smooth Texas twang that Matthew McConaughey utilizes so well for Lincoln commercials is ideally suited to narrate captivating nature scenes, too.

The Habitats of Wild Creatures Transcend Lines Drawn on Paper

May 26, 2022 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Rogue Wildflower Hunters of Texas

February 24, 2022 | By Dina Gachman

Spot Owls From Home During the Texas Nature Trackers’ Halloween Hootenanny

October 28, 2021 | By Mary Huber

With its brown feathers and black eyes, the barred owl can be difficult to see among tree branches on the darkest of nights—even if it’s perched right over your head.

East Texas’ Swampy Wetlands Wouldn’t Exist Without Beavers

June 24, 2021 | By Julia Jones

Forest Bathing Doesn’t Require Soap or a Towel, Just an Open Mind

March 25, 2021 | By Sarah Bird

See the Beauty of Texas in a Kaleidoscope of Colors

March 25, 2021 | By Theresa DiMenno

Why Bees Are Vital to Texas’ Wildflower Season

February 25, 2021 | By Melissa Gaskill

Texans’ Love of the Outdoors Has Blossomed During the Pandemic

November 26, 2020 | By Asher Elbein

Matagorda Bay Beckons Families to Its Secluded Natural Playground

June 25, 2020 | By Matt Joyce

The kids were darting in and out of the surf at Matagorda Beach, filling buckets of water to pour into their sandcastle moat, when my 9-year-old daughter approached me with a thought.

One Man’s Half-Century Project to Heal a Hill Country Landscape Created a Legacy Reaching Far Beyond His Fenceline

May 10, 2019 | By Andrew Sansom

In 1969, a San Antonio fried-chicken tycoon was struck by a life-changing idea: He would find, buy, and heal “the sorriest piece of land in the Hill Country.”
Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Bamberger Ranch Preserve sprawls across 5,500 acres of grassy hills and wildflower meadows in Blanco County. When visitors arrive May 5 for the annual family day and picnic, they will repeatedly drive across a perennial stream that cascades through a series of waterfalls and d

A Runner Reflects on Lady Bird Johnson’s Legacy and the Companionship of Nature

April 5, 2019 | By S. Kirk Walsh

Johnson described nature as her daily companion. “The song of the wind in the upper branches of the pine trees is the most evocative symphony I’ve ever heard.”

Hike, Fish, and Play—but Watch Out for Bigfoot—at the Mineola Nature Preserve

March 28, 2019 | By Jennifer Babisak

Past the sign for a wastewater treatment plant on the southern edge of Mineola, one of the largest municipal parks in the nation awaits. The Mineola Nature Preserve sprawls 2,911 acres across garden trails, forests, wetlands, grassy fields, and river. More than 193 species of birds roam here, as well as delicate butterflies, roly polies, thundering buffalo, and Longhorn cattle.

If These Trees Could Talk

October 15, 2017 | By Laura Samuel Meyn

No historical marker indicates that this particular pecan tree near the grounds of the Texas National Guard Armory in northwest Dallas is special—just the fact that its trunk grows along the ground for about 25 feet before turning upward.

Color in Motion

September 16, 2015 | By Cathryn Hoyt

I’ll confess. I’m addicted to butterflies.

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