Texas State Parks

You can play outside—safely—and help your kids learn about science and history at Texas Stake Parks. More info from Texas Parks and Wildlife https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/

This week, San Antonio Charter Moms Founder and Executive Director Inga Cotton is looking on the bright side: what things we CAN do to help our kids keep learning, either at home or outside. Inga and her family have been visiting state parks in our region, and she wanted to share some tips.

Texas State Parks are open for day use, and will open soon for camping. They are limiting the number of visitors, so it’s important to go online and make a reservation first.

You can make reservations up to 30 days in advance—good to know if you want to visit a popular park on a weekend.

If you have an annual Texas State Parks Pass then your reservations are free.

Print your reservation and bring it with you to the park so you can minimize contact at check in.

TPW has guidelines for visitors, including recommendations for social distancing, group size, and wearing masks.

Visiting state parks is a great way to bring science and history lessons to life. Different parks feature unique ecosystems—compare Lost Maples State Natural Area https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lo… and Palmetto State Park https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/pa…, both are an easy day trip from San Antonio, but they have very different terrain, plants, and wildlife.

Your family can learn about Texas history at state parks like Goliad State Park & Historic Site and LBJ State Park and Historic Site. Some of the park facilities may still be closed, however.

We hope you make plans to visit a state park soon. These are difficult times, but we can support each other by sharing resources and helping our kids to learn everywhere. #learneverywhere

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