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Winter Birding and Hikes at Tyler State Park

At Tyler State Park, winter is the best! You can boat, fish, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, camp, birdwatch, and study nature. It is located at 789 Park Road 16, Tyler. All events are free with 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.

January 1st (9-11am): First Day Hike: Birding the Lakeshore – Start the New Year off right – get outdoors for your New Year’s Resolution and try new things. Join for a birding hike around Tyler State Park Lake, through different environments, and learn about one of the fastest growing hobbies. Bring binoculars or they have a few loaner pairs, wear sturdy shoes, and be ready for a 2-mile hike. Meet at the Silver Canoe Park Store.

January 1st (2-4pm): First Day Hike: Hiking Through the Pines – Discover the health benefits of the forest! Get your New Year started off on the right foot. Discover the benefits of a walk in the forest for the body, mind, and soul. This adventure takes place on the moderately challenging 1.5-mile Trail-C so make sure to dress for the weather, bring water, and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Boat Ramp Parking Area.

January 12th (8:15-10:15am): Tyler State Park Birding Tour – Let’s Go Birding! We’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. Not recommended for large groups and no pets, please. Meet at the Park Headquarters building.

January 12th (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. Dress for the weather and be ready short a short walk. Meet at the Brown’s Point Picnic Area.

January 12th (2-3pm): Winter Survival – Be prepared for winter weather! Whether you are camping, traveling, or at home – a plan for winter weather is needed long before it gets cold. Meet at the Amphitheater.

January 12th (2-3pm): Home Improvement: Beaver Pond Walk – Beavers are the rodents that changes its world. The often misunderstood rodent, the Beaver, changes its environment to meet its needs. See how these changes can benefit other wildlife as well. Dress for the weather and be ready for about a ½ mile walk. Some places on the trail might be a little muddy. Meet at Brown’s Point Fishing Pier area.

January 12th (3-4pm): Survival Fire – Learn to build the fire that can keep you alive plus learn techniques to start a fire with and without matches. Meet at the Amphitheater.

January 19th (10-11:30am): Family Fishing: Catching Rainbows – Tyler State Park has Rainbow Trout! You won’t need a fishing license to try your luck at hooking one of the thousands of rainbow trout stocked in the lake. Bring your fishing pole or they have a few loaner poles. Meet at the Boat Ramp Park Area.

January 26th (2-3pm): 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! Dress for the weather and be ready for a 1.3 mile hike. Meet at the Whispering Pines Trailhead.

January 26th (5:30-7pm): Owls: Silent Hunters of the Night – Learn about these mysterious creatures of the night and listen to the sounds they make and learn what makes them such excellent hunters. Then it’s a short walk to try to locate one of the owl species. Dress for the weather and be ready for a short ½ mile walk.

February 2nd (10-11:30am): Dutch Oven Cooking: History in a Black Pot – You will be hooked if you come to this class. Learn the basics of the fine art of historic camp cooking with cast iron! Meet at the Blackjack Pavilion.

February 2nd (2-4pm): Back County Hike Series – Escape into the forest with a backcountry hike. Learn about the East Texas forest and discover the health benefits of being outdoors. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring water, and be ready for a 3.0-mile moderate hike. Meet at the Multi-use trailhead near the Blackjack Campground.

February 9th (10-11am): Woodpeckers – These head-bangers are wonderfully adapted to woodland life. Take a walk through the forest to find as many of Tyler State Park’s seven woodpecker species as you can. You will learn how each has its own niche to fill.

February 9th (2-3pm): RX for a Healthy Forest – This is all about forest management medicine. Have you ever been given a prescription by a doctor? Learn how fire is a management tool to keep our forests healthy. Join for a short hike through the forest and see the benefits of fire as a management tool. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

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