Blanco County News
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 • Posted January 30, 2015
Recipe for a Trail: Start with a densely wooded and overgrown area. Add the Central Texas Trail Tamers and a group of dedicated park volunteers. Remove debris, prepare and smooth trail surfaces, prune trees and bushes, and mix in some sweat. Sprinkle liberally with boulders for steps and voila – a new trail is created!
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 • Posted January 2, 2015
Many of you remember that several years ago, state officials were considering whether to transfer or close Blanco State Park. Thanks to the tireless efforts of many concerned citizens in this community, the park remains open today, a vibrant, important, and unique park in the Texas state park system. As a way of giving back to the community, members of The Friends of Blanco State Park came together numerous times over the past year to volunteer their time and energy for the benefit of the park ...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 • Posted November 28, 2014
In this season of giving thanks, the Friends group is grateful for the many things that Blanco State Park has to offer, from its natural beauty to opportunities to hike, fish, kayak, camp, picnic, stroll, swim, play, attend special events, and just plain enjoy nature. This month, we find that there is yet another reason to be thankful for the park, and that is for its economic impact.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 • Posted October 31, 2014
With Halloween days away, it seems fitting that this is National Bat Week. Blanco State Park is a seasonal host to hundreds of bats, thanks in part to the bat house located near the parking lot for the Caswell Nature Trail. In fact, the new interpretive park ranger at Blanco State Park, Kate Boysen, held the first official Blanco Bat Count on October 3 with the help of 13 citizen scientists ranging from children to adults.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014
Exciting improvements have been taking place at Blanco State Park. Most recently, a new walking trail was developed at the east end of the park. The trail begins near the Naturescape Activity Center and works its way east past the old stone pump house, leading to a nice walk to the lower part of the Kendalia Road dam.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
The stars at night are big and bright, here in the Hill Country of Texas, and we hope it stays that way – or even improves – in the coming years. Preserving the night sky by reducing light pollution caused by outdoor lighting is the focus of a number of local groups and organizations, including Blanco State Park.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
The Friends of Blanco State Park group is very fortunate to be the recipient of many wonderful donations from the community. These donations help to improve and protect the park’s natural beauty for our current enjoyment as well as the enjoyment of future generations. We are very grateful for the incredible donation made to the Friends group by the Blanco Non-Profit Coalition as a result of the wildly successful Wild Woman Weekend.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014
The Naturescape Activity Center in Blanco State Park continues to evolve. The latest addition is the butterfly garden, which volunteers planted in late Spring with many native varieties of milkweed and nectar plants. Butterflies were fluttering throughout the garden even as the plants were being put in the ground! These native plants will provide nutrition and energy to butterflies in their mature stages, and will also provide a place for butterflies to lay their eggs.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • Posted June 5, 2014
Eight dollars a month was the salary paid to the young men who built many of the outstanding buildings and structures currently in existence in Blanco State Park, including the pavilion, picnic tables, stone dams, and the low-water crossing. Their work in the park was completed 80 years ago this month, and although their salary seems paltry by our standards, these men may have felt lucky to have any job at all.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • Posted May 9, 2014
If you are curious about the night sky, you will want to be in Blanco State Park on Friday evening, May 2, where amateur astronomers will be available to guide you using their large telescopes. Each telescope will be trained on a different planet, star, or galaxy. The program begins at the Pavilion at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • Posted March 28, 2014
It’s springtime in Blanco State Park! You can tell because the Winter Texans staying in the park are preparing to make their journeys back North. One couple we spoke with, Lennie and Dick, plan to stop at Fort Davis and other parks on their way back to Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
Swamp Rabbit. Spotted Sandpiper. Scarlet Leatherflower. This is just a sample of the flora and fauna you might encounter on one of the interpretative walks offered in Blanco State Park. These walks are led by Marcy Westcott, a long-time Blanco resident and certified Master Naturalist, and give both adults and children the opportunity to enjoy nature and learn some fun facts about our environment while strolling along the river.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 • Posted January 31, 2014
Have you been wondering about the recent planting and construction activities taking place in the large field at Blanco State Park? On January 14, a group of enthusiastic volunteers met at the park to begin Phase 1 of an exciting initiative to create a Naturescape Activity Center for children to interact with nature.