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Spring Break Outdoor Fun at Tyler State Park

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At Tyler State Park you can boat, fish, swim in the lake, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, camp, birdwatch, and study nature.

Tyler State Park is located at 789 Park Road 16, Tyler. All events are free with a fee paid for admission into the park. Adults are $6 daily and children 12 years and under are free.

For more info go to tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/tyler, call (903)597-5338, or email boyd.sanders@tpwd.texas.gov. Dress for the weather.

March 13th

10-11am: Knotty-time for Kids – Learn some basic knots that every camper needs to know. Knots have “tied””together civilizations throughout history and they are still important today. Learn knots important for camping and one that can be a lifesaver.

11am-12 noon: Kids’ Wilderness Survival – Create a survival guide with hidden messages! Learn how to keep from getting lost, what to do if you are lost, and how to make a handy survival pack.

2-3pm: “Lost” in the Forest Hike – Explore the definitions of what it means to be “lost in the forest.” Learn how to keep from getting lost, what to do if you are lost, and how not every kind of “lost” is a bad thing.

March 14th

10-11am: Blackjack Nature Hike: Life on the Edge – Discover Tyler State Park’s other major ecosystem. Explore the diversity of the Post Oak Savannah and how its inhabitants adapt to survive. Explore the birds, butterflies, and wildflowers of the season and more in the restored prairie area of Tyler State Park. Learn about the management practices used to bring back this important ecosystem.

2-3pm: Home Improvement: Beaver Pond Walk – Who’s been busy changing its habitat? The often misunderstood rodent, the beaver, changes its environment to meet its needs. See how these changes can benefit other wildlife as well.

March 15th

10am-12 noon: Navigation Revelation and the Magnetic Race – Discover map and compass navigation and orienteering. Learn to use a compass and a map for your navigation needs, then try out the sport of orienteering. How fast can you complete an orienteering course using a map and compass?

2-3pm: Historic Games: Play Like Your Grandparents – Can you come out and play? Amazingly enough people used to play outdoors and with other people. Try out some of the games and discover they really did know how to have fun.

March 16th

10am-12 noon: Can You Survive? What do you do when things go wrong? Can you survive without cell phones, electricity, or transportation? Come and play this light-hearted game of survival and see if you make it through the apocalypse. Be ready for a 1.3 mile hike.

2-3pm: Can You Come Out and Play? Amazingly enough people used to play outdoors and with other people. Try out some of the games and discover they really did know how to have fun.

March 23rd

8:15-10:15am: Tyler State Park Birding Tour – Let’s Go Birding! You’ll travel into the park to find birds, observe them in the wild, and add them to your lists. Bring binoculars and a field guide (if you have them), and dress for the weather. An easy to moderate hike can be expected. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

10:30-11:30am: Birding 101: Introduction to Birding – Discover one of the fastest growing hobbies in the nation. Learn how to identify birds by sight and sound. Learn the tools of the trade and simple skills to make birding easier and fun. Bring binoculars, if you have them, and be ready for a short walk.

2-4pm: The Sylvan Saunter – Reconnect to the forest! Come to the woods for a leisurely stroll of discovery. The goal is not the end of the trail, but to explore the forest.

March 30th

8:15-10:15am: Tyler State Park Birding Tour – You’ll travel into the park to find birds, observe them in the wild, and add them to your lists. Bring binoculars and a field guide (if you have them). Recommended for ages 7 and up.

11am-12 noon: Wildfood Walk – Learn to identify edible wild plants and how to prepare them. Many edible plants may be seen during this short hike. Learn about plant safety too.

2-4pm: Zombie Apocalypse Hike – Can you survive? What happens when things go wrong? Can you survive without cell phones, electricity, or transportation? Come and play this light-hearted game of survival and see if you make it through the apocalypse. Be ready for a 1.3 mile hike.

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