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December 2016 Programs

Introducing Agents of Discovery

Saturday, December 3, 2016; 1-4 p.m.

Guadalupe River State Park

 

Guadalupe River State Park has join a new outdoor exploration program known as Agents of Discovery. Using your phone you will go on a scavenger hunt that will get you moving and challenge your knowledge of the park while teaching you new things, as well. Go to the App Store or Google Play to download to your phone before coming out and we'll get you on you and your children on their way to being Discovery Agents!  Visit their website at https://discoveryagents.net/ to learn more and join Ranger Craig! Meet at the Discovery Center. This program is free with your park admission of $7 for anyone 13 and older (12 and younger free) apply – free admission with your TPWD Park Pass.

 

T’was the Night at the Guad: Christmas in the Park

Saturday, December 3, 2016; 6-8 p.m.

Guadalupe River State Park

 

An evening of holiday fun awaits at Guadalupe River State Park! We’ll gather at the amphitheater, where a special appearance by the grand man himself, Santa, will conclude with a reading of the “T’was the Night Before Christmas by Samuel Clements. Afterwards, enjoy the movie “Prancer” under the stars. Be sure to dress for the weather, bring a blanket or two and enjoy the evening. The Friends of Guadalupe River and Honey Creek will provide snacks and hot drinks. This program is free (park admission is $7 per person 13 and older (children 12 and under free). Your TPWD Park Pass also grants free admission.

 

Little Naturalists:  Who Goes There?

Wednesday, December 14, 2016; 10-11 a.m.

Guadalupe River State Park

 

You and your pre-schooler (ages 3-5 years old) are invited to the park for a morning of exploration and learning. We’ll learn how to tell who lives in the park even when we can’t see them. This special program is limited to the first 12 children that are registered. Please email Ranger Craig at craig.hensley@tpwd.texas.gov to reserve a spot. Be sure to dress your young ones for the outdoors including wearing long pants and close-toed shoes. We will meet at the amphitheater, located behind the Discovery Center. The program is free with park admission of $7 for anyone 13 and older (12 and younger free) apply – free admission with your TPWD Park Pass.

 

Prowlin’ for Owls

Friday, December 16, 2016; 6:30-8 p.m.

Guadalupe River State Park

 

Join Ranger Craig for a hootin’ good time as together we explore the world of our denizens of the dark. You’ll discover who’s whooooo among the owls of Texas and then head out in search of our resident Barred Owls. Be sure to dress for the weather, wear close-toed shoes and meet at the amphitheater, located behind the Discovery Center. The program is free with park admission of $7 for anyone 13 and older (12 and younger free) apply – free admission with your TPWD Park Pass.

 

 

Bird in the Hand

Saturday, December 17, 2016; 9 a.m.-Noon

Guadalupe River State Park         

 

Join Ranger Craig and his merry “band-ing” of volunteers for a morning of beak-to-nose looks at our area songbirds. From cardinals and goldfinches to titmice and chickadees, you’ll learn who’s who among our winter songbirds, as well as discover the art and science of bird banding. Dress for the weather and join us any time during the morning. The program is free with park admission of $7 for anyone 13 and older (12 and younger free) apply – free admission with your TPWD Park Pass.

 

Bird in the Hand

Wednesday, December 21, 2016; 9 a.m.-Noon

Guadalupe River State Park         

 

If you missed us on Saturday, here is a second opportunity to join Ranger Craig and his merry “band-ing” of volunteers for a morning of beak-to-nose looks at our area songbirds. From cardinals and goldfinches to titmice and chickadees, you’ll learn who’s who among our winter songbirds, as well as discover the art and science of bird banding. Dress for the weather and join us any time during the morning. The program is free with park admission of $7 for anyone 13 and older (12 and younger free) apply – free admission with your TPWD Park Pass.

 

Nature Scavenger Hunt/Agents of Discovery

Thursday, December 22, 2016; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Guadalupe River State Park

 

Stop by the Discovery Center any time during the day and pick up our scavenger hunt sheets and challenge yourself for a successful nature challenge. Or, go to the App Store or Google Play to download Agents of Discovery to your phone before coming out and we'll get you and your children on their way to being Discovery Agents!  Visit their website at https://discoveryagents.net/ to learn more. This program is free with your park admission of $7 for anyone 13 and older (12 and younger free) apply – free admission with your TPWD Park Pass.

 

All Day Archery

Friday, December 23, 2016; 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Guadalupe River State Park

 

Looking for something to do other than shopping? Then drive out to Guadalupe River State Park and learn the skill of archery. We’ll be at the archery “range” near the Rust house to teach you the steps to successful archery and let you test your new skills. This program is free with your park admission of $7 for anyone 13 and older (12 and younger free) apply – free admission with your TPWD Park Pass.

 

 Birding for Kiddos

Wednesday, December 28, 2016; 9-11 a.m.

Guadalupe River State Park

 

Bird watching is an outdoor activity that not only can be a lot of fun but can last a lifetime. If you have a child with an interest in our feathered friends, bring him/her to the park and join Ranger Craig for a morning of fun and learning. We’ll teach you the skills of bird watching and then practice by going on a bird walk in search of everything from cardinals to hawks and everything in-between. We’ll provide the binoculars – you be sure to dress your children for the weather, including wearing long pants and close-toed shoes. Meet at the Discovery Center. This program is free with your park admission of $7 for anyone 13 and older (12 and younger free) apply – free admission with your TPWD Park Pass.

 

Geocaching 101

Wednesday, December 28, 2016; 1-3 p.m.

Guadalupe River State Park

 

Want to learn a new outdoor skill that can be done anywhere? Join Ranger Craig at Guadalupe River State Park and he’ll teach you the skills of geocaching – and then send you out on our practice course to test yourself. We’ll provide the GPS units – one per family. Please email craig.hensley@tpwd.texas.gov to reserve a unit for your family. Be sure to dress for the weather including long pants and close-toed shoes. Meet at the amphitheater behind the Discovery Center. This program is free with your park admission of $7 for anyone 13 and older (12 and younger free) apply – free admission with your TPWD Park Pass.

 

Bird Walk and Talk

Thursday, December 29, 2016; 8:30-11 a.m.

Guadalupe River State Park

 

Grab your binoculars and head to the park for a relaxing morning of birding and conversation with our Ranger and birding enthusiast Craig. We will head out in search of everything from sparrows and kinglets to hawks and falcons. Don’t have binoculars or lack experience? We have several pair for loan and will provide the on-the-walk training in identification. Meet at the Discovery Center. This program is free with your park admission of $7 for anyone 13 and older (12 and younger free) apply – free admission with your TPWD Park Pass.

 

New Year’s Eve with the Owls

Saturday, December 31, 2016; 6:30-8 p.m.

Guadalupe River State Park

 

Before heading out for your evening festivities, join Ranger Craig for a hike to listen for and perhaps see the Barred Owls (and others) of Guadalupe River State Park. Dress for the weather and enjoy this special night out on the wooded side of town! Meet at the amphitheater behind the Discovery Center – and be sure to dress for the weather! This program is free with your park admission of $7 for anyone 13 and older (12 and younger free) apply – free admission with your TPWD Park Pass.

 

 First Day Midnight Hike to Honey Creek

Sunday, January 1st, 2017; Midnight to 2 a.m.

Guadalupe River State Park

 

Ring in the New Year with a hike through the woods to the beautiful Honey Creek. Ranger Craig will lead the way as we enjoy the stars above and who knows what along the creek. This hike is recommended for ages 10 and up. Be sure to dress for the weather, including wearing closed-toes shoes. Bring a flashlight as well. Ranger Craig will be at the front gate between 11:30 and 11:50 p.m. to let you in – after 11:50 you are out of luck. This program is free with your park admission of $7 for anyone 13 and older (12 and younger free) apply – free admission with your TPWD Park Pass.