Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site will offer an event September 26-27, 2009 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, inviting children to be involved with outdoor activities, and encourage their involvement with nature. Children and their families will be supplied with indigenous wildflower seeds and given the chance to plant the seeds in designated areas of the park. Visitors will learn about the great outdoors and all the Texas Hill Country offers and can return in the spring to see the difference they made by planting a few seeds.
America the beautiful… what does this mean? Lady Bird Johnson was very concerned with the litter and decay present along many of America’s roads and highways. Mrs. Johnson decided that someone must take control of America’s natural beauty, so she started her campaign in Washington, D.C., by planting pansies, azaleas, and dogwoods. Soon, President Johnson was urged by Lady Bird to become involved and the Beautification Act of 1965 was signed, which in turn resulted in over 200 laws relevant to the environment to be signed during President Johnson’s administration.
After a picnic in the park, children can see longhorn cattle, White-tailed Deer, and bison in the game enclosures located on the park trails. The Behrens Cabins are a great place to stop before heading out on the nature trails that link the headquarters to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. Make sure to spend time at the farm where you can help collect fresh eggs, see the farm animals up close and personal, and smell the noon meal cooking on a wood burning stove. The sights and sounds of the farm are a wonderful educational experience for children and will expose them to life before electricity and the Texas Hill Country that President Johnson grew up in.
We hope that you join us in rekindling the passion Lady Bird Johnson promoted in making the outdoors a more beautiful place to be. For more information on the park and upcoming events, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us, or call the park at 644-2252 and for information on Lady Bird Johnson and her efforts to restore the beauty of America go to www.wildflower.org/environmental_first_lady. Remember “Life’s Better Outside”.