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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.

May 4th

Big Sit! Great Texas Birding Classic: A tailgate party for birders! What is a Big Sit! you ask? It is a birding competition where the participants must bird from the confines of a 17-foot circle. Only birds that are seen or heard from that circle can be counted. Stop by the circle, meet the team, and 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! The count circle is on the lakeshore trail down the hill from the Lakeview/Big Pine restrooms.

May 11th

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.

May 25th

9-11am: Wild Photography Walk – Discover the outdoors through your viewfinder. Learn some basic photography principles and what it takes to get that great photograph. Bring your camera or smartphone. Meet at the Blackjack Nature Trail.

2-3pm: Dragonflies: An Ode To Odonata – Observe these amazing creatures darting through the sky and learn about their life cycle and their benefit to you. Be ready for a short hike.

June 1st

10-11:30am: Dutch Oven Cooking: History in a Black PotLearn the basics of the fine art of historic camp cooking with cast iron! Meet at the Blackjack Pavilion.

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.

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