Are you looking for fun outdoor activities for your family this summer? Join the Texas Nature Challenge for an adventure across parks and nature sites in the Austin area! Spending time together in outdoor activities is a great way to reconnect and to learn more about the natural history of Central Texas.
To participate, visit naturechallenge.tamu.edu, register your team, and download challenges for more than a dozen Austin-area locations. If you like, you can create a journal, scrapbook, or on-line blog about your experiences. Registered teams have the option to enter their journal, blog, or photos to win prizes. Prizes will be awarded on August 9 at the Nature Challenge Wrap-up Party at the Austin Nature & Science Center.
The challenges posted on the Central Region website are diverse and cover many new participating sites this year. You can use the challenges to try new outdoor skills. For example, you can try your hand at finding geocaches at Walnut Creek Metro Park or Inks Lake State Park. You can learn to fish through the TPWD Go Fish! program at Bastrop, Buescher, or McKinney Falls State Parks. You can visit a community garden at Festival Beach, or make an artistic nature collage at the Umlauf sculpture garden. You can identify the trees in the Central Texas Tree Challenge at any location. You can even post your own made-up challenge about your favorite outdoor site.
Join the Texas Nature Challenge, and make memories in the outdoors this summer!