New programs hosted at state park

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Stephen F. Austin State Park’s tourism programs are in full swing as the vast site in San Felipe has once again recovered from flood damage.

“During these hot months we have had several visitors and are looking forward to our busier seasons fall, winter and spring,” said Park Superintendent Martha Garcia. “We are excited to get some programming underway in the fall with our very special Texas Outdoor Family Program coming to our park in October. They are scheduled for the spring as well.”

Texas Outdoor Family offers camping workshops where families can learn how to set up a tent, cook outdoors and build a campfire.

Families or groups of up to six people can post up on a campsite where a tent is provided along with cots for adults, sleeping pads for children, lanterns, camp stove, pots and pans for cooking, utensils and a coffee press. Experts guide the visitors through the process so no experience is needed.

Additionally, Texas Parks & Wildlife has invested approximately $75,000 to contract Texas Conservation Corps and purchase trail and boardwalk material to improve its trail system.

“There is still much work to be done on our extensive trail system and TXCC contract is about complete,” Garcia said. “Friends of Stephen F. Austin State Park Volunteers and Staff would once again like to invite the community to join us in ‘Making Your Mark in the Park.’”

Trails will be open for the park’s upcoming busy seasons, Garcia added.

“Our park trails are one of the main highlights that draw visitors to this park destination. While camping in the park visitors like to enjoy Austin County, always searching for places to see and things to do in the surrounding area,” she said.

Volunteers can join the effort to improve the trail system Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon through the end of August. For more information contact the park at 979-885-3613 or emailmartha.garcia@tpwd.texas.gov or randy.fields@tpwd.texas.gov

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