BLANCO, Texas – Have you always wanted to take your family camping, but really weren’t sure how to go about it? If so, Blanco State Park will be hosting a two-day program March 6 and 7 designed for folks just like you.
During the overnight Texas Outdoor Family program, families will spend much of the weekend learning not only how to pitch a tent, cook outdoors and learn about nature, but also how to use a global positioning system (GPS) to navigate trails and locate hidden caches. The basics of kayaking and fishing will be taught and participants will have an opportunity to spend time having fun with their new skills. The program also teaches participants about conservation ethics and introduces them to park rangers and what they do
Blanco State Park, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934, is one of the oldest in the Texas State Park system. Built along a mile of the beautiful Blanco River and located inside the charming small town of Blanco, it is a great park for folks just learning outdoor skills.
The workshop costs $55 per family (up to six people), and includes individual car camping sites for each family, restrooms with hot showers, professional park ranger-led programs and instruction, overnight state park police officer public safety and security, a curriculum developed specifically for use and enjoyment of a state park, and state park Junior Ranger certification programs. The entire approach adopts a ’Leave No Trace’ philosophy so it’s environmentally friendly.
”There’s no experience or equipment necessary for these workshops,” said Chris Holmes, the State Park Outdoor Programs Coordinator who is organizing the new workshop series. “We recognize that many people in today’s increasingly urban culture don’t have the same skills or backgrounds as earlier generations of Texans. These weekend workshops offer a supportive environment where families can get started in safe and comfortable settings.” He continues, “Everybody is welcome at these workshops and the definition of a family comes in many forms, it may be you and your partner, grandchildren, single parents, friends from church, school or neighborhood.”
For workshops in state parks, families are expected to bring their own food for the two-day workshops, and a suggested shopping and packing lists for meals and personal items will be provided.
Visit the Texas Outdoor Family Web page for more information, including the complete schedule of weekend workshops. Check the web pages regularly, as new workshops continue to be added to the schedule.
Families can register by calling 512-389-8903 and speaking to a Texas Outdoor Family representative Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. After registration, a confirmation packet with directions and details will be sent.