Monday, October 24, 2016

Texas Outdoor Family Workshops

There are many hurdles that prevent audiences from exploring the opportunities for fun in Texas’ State Parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife program, the Texas Outdoor Family, works to remove those barriers by providing the access, gear, and confidence a user needs to establish a new hobby.

Texas Outdoor Family (TOF) hosts “discover camping” themed workshops. These overnight programs are centered in parks within a short drive of Texas’ metro areas making access easier for a majority of Texans. The TOF program provides participants with essential camping equipment (tent, stove, cots and more!), fun activities, and park ranger’s comforting presence, and instruction on gear use in each weekend workshop. TOF attempts to bring back to parks the hopeful user who says, “I have never slept in a tent and I don’t know where to start”.

On a recent event a TOF ranger was asked by a passerby, “Can you help with time? I’m so busy…” The ranger was able to emphatically answer “Yes! We handle the planning for you. Make a reservation that works for your family or friends. Arrive with food, your group, and the personal items we suggest you bring. We take care of the rest!”

The TOF program has recently expanded efforts beyond families and is partnering with community organizations, youth groups, and schools. By establishing a partner coordinator, offering outdoor leadership training, and making gear available in parks for each organization to host their own “discover camping” workshops.

100% of surveyed families say they enjoyed the experience and are likely to go camping again after the conclusion of a TOF workshop. Interested in sharing the fun? Email us at to be connected to a TOF ranger in your area. Our 2017 calendar of workshops is soon to be released!

No Experience Necessary:  Let us show you how!
Boy sitting on top of Enchanted Rock looking out at view.Spending time outdoors is fun and easier than you think. Don’t have the gear? We do!
We provide what you need for a fun camping experience in a Texas State Park.  Starting at $65 for a one-night workshop, each family or group of up to six people gets a campsite with nearby restrooms and the use of equipment including: tent, cots for two adults, foam sleeping pads for children, lantern, camp stove, cooking pots/pans and utensils, and a coffee press. You will bring: bedding, personal items and food. We even provide camping recipes.
Make Your Own Adventure:  We provide the tools!
Kayakers on a river.Camp is set up; what do we do for fun?
Each workshop offers different activities. Your family could geocache (high-tech treasure hunt), kayak, fish, swim, rock climb, cook in a Dutch oven, go to a nature program, mountain bike, stargaze and more.
Smell dinner roasting over the fire while a great-horned owl calls in the distance and your family laughs at silly campfire stories. Imagine yourself lying in a tent looking up at the stars after a day of playing outside. Our ancestors have camped for thousands of years. You can too! Choose a workshop and make your own adventure!

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