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. with an overview of space using Stellarium, a real-time, computer-generated view of the heavens. Bring a flashlight and join the fun.
If your interests run more to cars than stars, don’t miss the Blanco Classic Car Show on Saturday, May 17. The show will be held along the banks of the beautiful Blanco River and will feature classic hotrods, foreign sports cars, and antique vehicles of all ages and types. This will be the 26th year for this show. Come on down and take a stroll through time.
If you are interested in honing your family camping skills, join the Texas Outdoor Family program for a weekend camping workshop beginning May 30. The workshop will be held on the banks of the Blanco River and will feature kayaking, fishing, and geocaching! It will also cover basic camping principles, such as setting up camp, fire building and outdoor cooking, and the “leave no trace” philosophy. Some of the basic camping equipment needed for the weekend will be provided. For more information, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website or call 512-389-8903. Registration and payment is required at least four business days before the event.
The next time you are in the park, take a look at the progress of the Naturescape Activity Center. The initial focus was landscaping and defining the area, but you can now see a structure being built that will become the rainwater catchment system. This system will be used to show children how water conservation contributes to a sustainable environment. It will be used to water the Naturescape plants and trees, and it will also re-circulate water through a rock creek, giving children the opportunity to learn about “creek creatures” and their wetland environment through an outdoor classroom concept. Many thanks to the volunteers who are working hard to complete the structure, as well as to the Highland Lakes Master Naturalists for a grant dedicated to the rainwater catchment system. The Friends of Blanco State Park are currently making plans for providing structures for climbing, jumping, balancing, sliding, and swinging, all with the purpose of connecting children with nature. If you would like to help with this exciting project, contact Marilynn Lageman at firstname.lastname@example.org or join us at one of our scheduled work days.
This monthly column is brought to you by the Friends of Blanco State Park, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and protecting the park’s natural beauty for current enjoyment and that of future generations. It is easy to become a member of the Friends group. Just pick up a membership application at the park office, join us at one of our events, or call the park office at 830-833-4333.
Stars in the Park – May 2, 6 p.m.
Birds at Breakfast – May 3, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Nature Walk – May 3, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Blanco Classic Car Show – May 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Nature Walk – May 17, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Texas Outdoor Family – May 30 through June 1
Check this column monthly for more news about upcoming events and other happenings at Blanco State Park.
Did you know…….? The Puccoon is in bloom near the Caswell Nature Trail. This wildflower has several erect stems and produces flowers that are bright yellow and trumpet-shaped. Many other wildflowers are also putting on their springtime display, including Engelmann Daisies and Indian Blankets. Come and enjoy your park!