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January 11, 2016

Gulf Council to Hold Public Shrimp Fishery Hearing
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a series of public hearings to discuss and take comment on proposed Shrimp Amendment 17A. Shrimp Amendment 17A contains two actions. The first action addresses the expiration of the federal shrimp permit moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. There is currently a moratorium on federal commercial shrimp permits, meaning no new permits are being issued. The shrimp permit moratorium is scheduled to expire October 26, 2016. The Council is considering whether to allow the moratorium to expire, extend the moratorium, or create a limited access permit. The Council established the shrimp permit moratorium to ensure that the fishery would remain profitable for the participants remaining in the fishery. When the moratorium was put into place there were 1,933 shrimp permits issued. Since then, 463 shrimp permits were not renewed within one year of their expiration or have been surrendered, and have been removed from the fishery. As of December 31, 2014, there were 1,470 shrimp permits remaining. The Council's current preferred alternative is to extend the shrimp permit moratorium for another ten years. The second action addresses the royal red shrimp endorsement that is required to commercially harvest royal red shrimp from the Gulf Exclusive Economic Zone. Established in 2006, the main purpose of the endorsement was to help inform data collectors about who is targeting royal red shrimp. Currently, there are a large number of endorsements but only a small number of active royal red shrimping vessels. It's unclear if the endorsement accomplishes its desired goal of enhancing data collection, so the Council is considering whether to continue to require a royal red shrimp endorsement to harvest royal red shrimp. Port of Palacios 1602 Main Street Palacios, Texas 361-972-5556 -

January 12, 2016

Gulf Council to Hold Public Shrimp Fishery Hearing
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a series of public hearings to discuss and take comment on proposed Shrimp Amendment 17A. Shrimp Amendment 17A contains two actions. The first action addresses the expiration of the federal shrimp permit moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. There is currently a moratorium on federal commercial shrimp permits, meaning no new permits are being issued. The shrimp permit moratorium is scheduled to expire October 26, 2016. The Council is considering whether to allow the moratorium to expire, extend the moratorium, or create a limited access permit. The Council established the shrimp permit moratorium to ensure that the fishery would remain profitable for the participants remaining in the fishery. When the moratorium was put into place there were 1,933 shrimp permits issued. Since then, 463 shrimp permits were not renewed within one year of their expiration or have been surrendered, and have been removed from the fishery. As of December 31, 2014, there were 1,470 shrimp permits remaining. The Council's current preferred alternative is to extend the shrimp permit moratorium for another ten years. The second action addresses the royal red shrimp endorsement that is required to commercially harvest royal red shrimp from the Gulf Exclusive Economic Zone. Established in 2006, the main purpose of the endorsement was to help inform data collectors about who is targeting royal red shrimp. Currently, there are a large number of endorsements but only a small number of active royal red shrimping vessels. It's unclear if the endorsement accomplishes its desired goal of enhancing data collection, so the Council is considering whether to continue to require a royal red shrimp endorsement to harvest royal red shrimp. Courtyard by Marriott 3955 North Expressway Brownsville, Texas 956-350-4600

February 2, 2016

Lone Star Lionfish Symposium Tonight
CORPUS CHRISTI – The public will soon have a chance to ask the experts about the spiky, venomous fish invading Texas coastal waters. The Lone Star Lionfish Symposium will hold a public forum from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Texas State Aquarium, during which the public can ask the attending experts questions about lionfish threats and management. Doors to the forum open at 6 p.m. The symposium, co-sponsored by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Feb. 2 and 3, will host partners from around Texas and the Gulf of Mexico to develop a unified, proactive and multifaceted approach to managing Texas' lionfish invasion. Other sponsors include The Nature Conservancy, the Texas State Aquarium, the Coastal Conservation Association of Texas, Texas Sea Grant, the Saltwater-fisheries Enhancement Association, the Houston Advanced Research Center, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, REEF, and the Environmental Law Institute. Participants include private industry, universities, government agencies and various non-governmental groups. Lionfish have become a problem in recent years as they degrade coastal and marine ecosystems in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. With few natural predators, they have spread throughout the region, reducing the number of fish, shrimp and crab species and degrading reefs. In areas of high density, they are causing both ecological and economic damage. The public will also have the chance to engage in one-on-one discussions with experts in the audience. The Texas State Aquarium is located at 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78402. Guests will enter at the Aquarium's Wild Flight gate to the left of the building, and they will be directed to the Aquarium lobby where the forum will be held. About the Harte Research Institute: The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, an endowed research component of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is dedicated to advancing the long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico. HRI provides international leadership in generating and disseminating knowledge about the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and its critical role in the economies of the North American region.

February 7, 2016

Austin Boat & Travel Trailer Show
Annual event to exhibit latest boating and outdoor products, demos and more WHAT: The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show will kick off 2016 with its annual four-day event from January 7 through January 10, 2016. Attendees can demo outdoor products, tour travel trailers, learn the latest trends and more. The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show provides Central Texas with a large selection of boats, travel trailers and accessories. The premier outdoor lifestyle event draws more than 9,000 attendees who experience the latest trends and enjoy fun family entertainment. This year, guests will enjoy an indoor poker run and cash prizes Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. WHEN: Thursday, January 7, 2016 4:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2016 12:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016 10:00 a.m.– 9:00 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Austin Convention Center 500 East Cesar Chavez Street Austin, Texas 78701 VISUAL: Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts shopping Outdoor product demos Boating and travel trailer trends

February 8, 2016

Austin Boat & Travel Trailer Show
Annual event to exhibit latest boating and outdoor products, demos and more WHAT: The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show will kick off 2016 with its annual four-day event from January 7 through January 10, 2016. Attendees can demo outdoor products, tour travel trailers, learn the latest trends and more. The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show provides Central Texas with a large selection of boats, travel trailers and accessories. The premier outdoor lifestyle event draws more than 9,000 attendees who experience the latest trends and enjoy fun family entertainment. This year, guests will enjoy an indoor poker run and cash prizes Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. WHEN: Thursday, January 7, 2016 4:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2016 12:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016 10:00 a.m.– 9:00 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Austin Convention Center 500 East Cesar Chavez Street Austin, Texas 78701 VISUAL: Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts shopping Outdoor product demos Boating and travel trailer trends

February 9, 2016

Austin Boat & Travel Trailer Show
Annual event to exhibit latest boating and outdoor products, demos and more WHAT: The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show will kick off 2016 with its annual four-day event from January 7 through January 10, 2016. Attendees can demo outdoor products, tour travel trailers, learn the latest trends and more. The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show provides Central Texas with a large selection of boats, travel trailers and accessories. The premier outdoor lifestyle event draws more than 9,000 attendees who experience the latest trends and enjoy fun family entertainment. This year, guests will enjoy an indoor poker run and cash prizes Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. WHEN: Thursday, January 7, 2016 4:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2016 12:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016 10:00 a.m.– 9:00 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Austin Convention Center 500 East Cesar Chavez Street Austin, Texas 78701 VISUAL: Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts shopping Outdoor product demos Boating and travel trailer trends

February 10, 2016

Austin Boat & Travel Trailer Show
Annual event to exhibit latest boating and outdoor products, demos and more WHAT: The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show will kick off 2016 with its annual four-day event from January 7 through January 10, 2016. Attendees can demo outdoor products, tour travel trailers, learn the latest trends and more. The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show provides Central Texas with a large selection of boats, travel trailers and accessories. The premier outdoor lifestyle event draws more than 9,000 attendees who experience the latest trends and enjoy fun family entertainment. This year, guests will enjoy an indoor poker run and cash prizes Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. WHEN: Thursday, January 7, 2016 4:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2016 12:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016 10:00 a.m.– 9:00 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Austin Convention Center 500 East Cesar Chavez Street Austin, Texas 78701 VISUAL: Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts shopping Outdoor product demos Boating and travel trailer trends

February 13, 2016

Famed Fly Fishers Lefty Kreh, Ed Jaworowski Meet &
Dallas, Texas— The producers of The Complete Cast: Applying Principles to Fresh and Saltwater Fly Casting with Lefty Kreh and Ed Jaworowski, a 13-part video series, are hosting a special appearance with fly fishing pioneers Lefty Kreh and Ed Jaworowski. Dallas strategic marketing and advertising agency bloomfield knoble and rod manufacturer Temple Fork Outfitters co-produced the instructional video series featuring Kreh and Jaworowski. It is available for purchase as a DVD or instant download at www.tforods.com. The event will be held at Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company on Saturday, February 13 and will include fly casting demonstrations and DVD-signing/meet-and-greet with Lefty and Ed. The event is free and will take place from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company, 1933 E. Levee St., Dallas, TX 75207.

February 16, 2016

Lake Fork "State of the Lake" Public Meeting
ATHENS—Anyone interested in Lake Fork is invited to attend a public meeting on the state of the lake on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The Lake Fork Sportsman's Association and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will host the meeting, which will feature presentations by TPWD Inland Fisheries biologists, TPWD law enforcement personnel, and Sabine River Authority representatives. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the status of the giant salvinia infestation, law enforcement issues, and an update on the gamefish populations in the reservoir. A large portion of the meeting will be reserved for attendees to ask questions in a "town hall" format. All local business owners, lake homeowners, fishing guides, recreational anglers, and anyone else with an interest in the resources at Lake Fork are invited to attend. This meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Emory City Center, 735 N. Texas Street, Emory TX 75440. For questions or additional information, please contact TPWD Inland Fisheries management personnel in Tyler at (903) 593-5077.

February 20, 2016

Texas Team Trail Presented by Cabela's Heads to T
Record payouts, exceptional fishing expected for second TXTT event of 2016 NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – The Texas Team Trail (TXTT) presented by Cabela's will host its second regular-season event of the 2016 tournament season on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Toledo Bend Reservoir. The fishery straddles the Texas/Louisiana border and is one of the world's premier bass fishing destinations. Registration for the event is already underway – anglers can secure an opportunity to pre-fish Friday, Feb. 19, by completing their registration online or via phone prior to midnight on Thursday, Feb. 18. Additionally, all anglers that pre-register online at www.texasteamtrail.com will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Cabela's gift card. The Toledo Bend event is the second regular-season event of four 2016 qualifying events that guarantee a fully rigged, 18-foot boat, motor, trailer package as first-place prize. The winning anglers at Toledo Bend will walk away with a brand-new Stratos 189 VLO powered by an Evinrude 150 HO, valued at $30,000. In addition to the payout, the event offers anglers an unprecedented opportunity in terms of sponsor bonuses and television coverage. The budget-friendly $250 entry fee, plus multiple contingency programs and a guaranteed, over-100% payback at every event provides tremendous value to the weekend angler. On-site registration is set for Friday, Feb. 19, from 4-6 p.m. at Cypress Bend Park (3462 Cypress Bend Dr., Many, LA 71449). At least one team member must attend, as boat numbers will be assigned during this time. The tournament will launch Saturday, Feb. 20, at safe light from Cypress Bend Park and weigh-in will begin at the same location at 3 p.m. Anglers with questions or anyone interested in more details on the event are encouraged to visit www.texasteamtrail.com or call 210-281-1752 or 210-788-4143. Texas Team Trail events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Cabela's, Ranger Boats, Lucas Oil, Evinrude, RAM, Mercury, Minn Kota, Triton Boats, Power-Pole, Amphibia, Arctic Ice, Stratos Boats, Lowrance, Navionics, Protect the Harvest, BoatU.S., General Tire, SuperClean, Garmin, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, Atlas, G-Juice, Powertex Group. 2016 TXTT Remaining Events: February 20 – Toledo Bend March 19 – Richland Chambers Reservoir April 16 – Lake Texoma Championship – May 14-15 – Ray Roberts Lake

February 22, 2016

Gulf Council Slates Meetings on Fishery Issues
Gulf Council Slates Meetings on Fishery Issues Around the Gulf of Mexico The Gulf Council will hold a series of public hearings around the Gulf of Mexico to collect public comments on two proposed actions: Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP) Amendment 26 Framework Action to Modify Commercial Gear Requirements for Yellowtail Snapper CMP Amendment 26 This amendment considers changes in allocations, stock boundaries, and sale provisions for Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic migratory groups of king mackerel. Public Hearing Schedule: Mon, February 22, 2016 Hilton Garden Inn 6717 S. Padre Island Drive Corpus Christi, TX 78412 Hilton Garden Inn 2703 Denny Avenue Pascagoula, MS 39567 Tues, February 23, 2016 Holiday Inn Express 2440 Gulf Freeway Texas City, TX 77591 Hilton Garden Inn 23092 Perdido Beach Blvd. Orange Beach, AL 36561 All in-person meetings begin at 6:00 pmlocal time and end no later than 9:00 pmlocal time. Webinars begin at 6:00 pmEastern Time. Wed, February 24, 2016 Hilton New Orleans Airport 901 Airline Drive Kenner, LA 70062 Destin Community Center 101 Stahlman Ave. Destin, FL 32541 Mon, February 29, 2016 Harvey Government Center 1200 Truman Avenue Key West, FL 33040 Wed, March 2, 2016 Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch 6231 Osprey Drive Sarasota, FL 34240 Thurs, March 3, 2016 Webinar Click here to register! Yellowtail Snapper Framework Action This framework action will address inconsistencies between Gulf and South Atlantic Councils' circle hook requirements for yellowtail snapper commercial fishing in Gulf waters and increase the operational efficiency of the commercial yellowtail snapper fishery.

February 23, 2016

Gulf Council Slates Meetings on Fishery Issues
Gulf Council Slates Meetings on Fishery Issues Around the Gulf of Mexico The Gulf Council will hold a series of public hearings around the Gulf of Mexico to collect public comments on two proposed actions: Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP) Amendment 26 Framework Action to Modify Commercial Gear Requirements for Yellowtail Snapper CMP Amendment 26 This amendment considers changes in allocations, stock boundaries, and sale provisions for Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic migratory groups of king mackerel. Public Hearing Schedule: Mon, February 22, 2016 Hilton Garden Inn 6717 S. Padre Island Drive Corpus Christi, TX 78412 Hilton Garden Inn 2703 Denny Avenue Pascagoula, MS 39567 Tues, February 23, 2016 Holiday Inn Express 2440 Gulf Freeway Texas City, TX 77591 Hilton Garden Inn 23092 Perdido Beach Blvd. Orange Beach, AL 36561 All in-person meetings begin at 6:00 pmlocal time and end no later than 9:00 pmlocal time. Webinars begin at 6:00 pmEastern Time. Wed, February 24, 2016 Hilton New Orleans Airport 901 Airline Drive Kenner, LA 70062 Destin Community Center 101 Stahlman Ave. Destin, FL 32541 Mon, February 29, 2016 Harvey Government Center 1200 Truman Avenue Key West, FL 33040 Wed, March 2, 2016 Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch 6231 Osprey Drive Sarasota, FL 34240 Yellowtail Snapper Framework Action This framework action will address inconsistencies between Gulf and South Atlantic Councils' circle hook requirements for yellowtail snapper commercial fishing in Gulf waters and increase the operational efficiency of the commercial yellowtail snapper fishery.

March 1, 2016

Livingston Pro Stetson Blaylock Delivers Live Semi
Livingston Pro Stetson Blaylock Delivers Live Seminar Tonight at 7 p.m. CST SAN ANTONIO, Texas – In the past two years, Team Livingston pro Stetson Blaylock has made a habit out of cashing checks – Top 10 checks, to be exact – thanks to the Livingston Primetyme Squarebill (SQ) 2.0 with Electronic Baitfish Sounds™ (EBS) technology. Blaylock, the 2009 FLW Tour Rookie of the Year and five-time Tour winner, finished sixth at Lake Toho in Florida thanks to a Gold Shad Primetyme SQ, and was named one of FLW's "5 To Watch On Okeechobee" thanks to his prowess with squarebills. On Tuesday, March 1 (7 p.m. CST), Blaylock will break out his supply of Primetyme SQ 2.0s, Primetyme Coffin Bill (CB) 1.5s, Howeller Squarebills (SQ) and Dive Master Jr.s for an exclusive FREE webinar dedicated to shallow spring fishing with squarebills. "When the water starts warming up in the late winter/early spring, a squarebill is my number-one go-to bait when I'm searching for bass, hands down," says Blaylock. "Fish start to get active, they're out cruising the flats, running down the bank, looking for places to make beds. A squarebill like a Primetyme 2.0 lets you effectively fish the 2- to 6-foot range, and it helps you find fish a whole lot better than a slower bait like a worm or a jig. Especially in stained water, I know I can pick up a bait like a Primetyme and better pinpoint fish." Blaylock has three unimpeachable reasons for his success on the Primetyme 2.0: the bait's colors, the tight, aggressive action, and the undeniable attraction of EBS Original™ sound technology. Blaylock had entered the 2015 Tour event on Toho knowing that the Gold Shad color pattern perfectly mimicked the golden shiners the are present in most South Florida fisheries. He also knew that the action of the bait would be especially appealing to largemouth cruising over hard bottom. Most of all, though, he knew that EBS™ would call those fish to his bait from a greater distance, and their reaction to it would be tenfold more aggressive. "I don't know what it is about EBS Original™ in particular, but those Florida fish absolutely crush that bait when it's set on that sound," Blaylock admits. "I figured out real quick that there's something about it that gets them fired up." How to view the March 1 webinar Viewers interested in the Tuesday, March 1 webinar can RSVP for the event via the event's page on Facebook, where they have the opportunity to ask Blaylock questions in advance and receive reminders/updates. Simply click on this link to RSVP: bit.ly/SquarebillsWithStetson. Viewers can access the webinar directly on March 1 via a link on the top of the Livingston Lures website (www.livingstonlures.com), or by clicking this link to the YouTube Live page: bit.ly/ShallowCranksLIVE

March 16, 2016

Gulf Council to Convene Law Enforcement Tech Commi
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of its Law Enforcement Technical Committee (LETC), formerly known as the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel (LEAP). The LETC will meet jointly with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission's Law Enforcement Committee (LEC). The meeting will convene Wednesday, March 16, 2016, from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel, 217 N. St. Mary's Street in San Antonio Texas. The committees are scheduled to discuss enforcement implications of the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama 9-mile Reef Fish Boundary and the Offshore Aquaculture Fishery Management Plan. The committees will also review the following draft Council amendments: Reef Fish Amendment 36A - Red Snapper IFQ Modifications Draft Reef Fish Amendment 43 - Hogfish Stock Definition, Status Determination Criteria, and Annual Catch Limit Framework Action Addressing Circle Hook Requirement when Fishing for Yellowtail Snapper Shrimp Amendment 17B - Optimum Yield, Number of Permits, Permit Pool, and Transit Provisions CMP Amendment 26 - Reallocation of King Mackerel Also on the agenda are the draft protocols for state background checks on Council Advisory Panel candidates and selection of candidates to recommend to the Council for "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year". For a complete agenda and related materials visit the Council's file server -https://public.gulfcouncil.org:5001/webman/index.cgi (login is gulfguest/gulfguest). Click on the "Library Folder" and navigate to "LEAP Meeting -2016-03". Materials can also be obtained by calling the Council office at 813-348-1630. This meeting will be webcast over the internet via GoToWebinar. Visit http://gulfcouncil.org/council_meetings/Webinars.php to register. About the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico. Submit comments and stay updated on fishery issues: Check it out! Go to www.gulfcouncil.org and click on the thermometer in the middle of the page. From there you can read up on all the pending actions, watch the video presentations, read comments, and submit comments. All comments submitted through the online form are automatically posted on our web site for Council review. Other comments are manually posted every couple of days.
Gulf States MFC to Meet on Algal Blooms in San Ant
66TH ANNUAL MEETING – San Antonio, Texas GENERAL SESSION – MARCH 16, 2016 – 8:30 am – 12:00 noon Harmful Algal Blooms in the Gulf of Mexico The general session will provide an overview of each of the Gulf State's Harmful Algal Bloom Programs, as well as the data that they collected during the 2015-2016 red tide event. There will also be presentations on the impacts of harmful algal blooms to Gulf of Mexico fisheries and methodologies for monitoring the presence of different alga species. Following this session, there will be a discussion on the ways states can coordinate activities during future widespread events in the Technical Coordinating Committee's meeting (1:30 – 5:00 pm). For more information contact James Ballard at jballard@gsmfc.org or (228) 875-5912.

March 17, 2016

Southwest Show Returns to Clear Lake .....
The South West International Boat Show, the largest in-water show in the region, will hold its eighth annual event March 17-20 at South Shore Harbour Marina on Clear Lake in League City, Texas. Organizers said the show will be the first of two this year. The second event, also at South Shore Harbour Marina, will be held Sept. 23-25. The site is between Houston and the beaches of Galveston Island. "We are thrilled to give boating lovers not one, but two opportunities this year to see these incredible vessels up close and in their element," boat show president Peter Bryant said in a statement. "Being able to see how a yacht or sailboat performs in water allows buyers to learn so much more about the vessel than seeing it on a trailer or showroom floor can ever do." Organizers said both shows will feature boats ranging in size from 10 to more than 100 feet — freshwater and saltwater — ready for boarding and viewing. Pre-season specials and dealer incentives will be available on many models. On shore, live music will provide entertainment, children can participate in remote control boat races and more than 200 vendors will offer services and products for the boating and outdoor lifestyle. Show highlights include Discover Boating, with programs of one and three hours of hands-on, on-water workshops for all experience levels taught by Coast Guard-licensed captains who are professional certified instructors. Free hourly seminars for visitors will be offered during all four days of the March show. Topics range from visiting Mexico by private boat to digital communication technologies.

March 18, 2016

Southwest Show Returns to Clear Lake .....
The South West International Boat Show, the largest in-water show in the region, will hold its eighth annual event March 17-20 at South Shore Harbour Marina on Clear Lake in League City, Texas. Organizers said the show will be the first of two this year. The second event, also at South Shore Harbour Marina, will be held Sept. 23-25. The site is between Houston and the beaches of Galveston Island. "We are thrilled to give boating lovers not one, but two opportunities this year to see these incredible vessels up close and in their element," boat show president Peter Bryant said in a statement. "Being able to see how a yacht or sailboat performs in water allows buyers to learn so much more about the vessel than seeing it on a trailer or showroom floor can ever do." Organizers said both shows will feature boats ranging in size from 10 to more than 100 feet — freshwater and saltwater — ready for boarding and viewing. Pre-season specials and dealer incentives will be available on many models. On shore, live music will provide entertainment, children can participate in remote control boat races and more than 200 vendors will offer services and products for the boating and outdoor lifestyle. Show highlights include Discover Boating, with programs of one and three hours of hands-on, on-water workshops for all experience levels taught by Coast Guard-licensed captains who are professional certified instructors. Free hourly seminars for visitors will be offered during all four days of the March show. Topics range from visiting Mexico by private boat to digital communication technologies.

March 19, 2016

Southwest Show Returns to Clear Lake .....
The South West International Boat Show, the largest in-water show in the region, will hold its eighth annual event March 17-20 at South Shore Harbour Marina on Clear Lake in League City, Texas. Organizers said the show will be the first of two this year. The second event, also at South Shore Harbour Marina, will be held Sept. 23-25. The site is between Houston and the beaches of Galveston Island. "We are thrilled to give boating lovers not one, but two opportunities this year to see these incredible vessels up close and in their element," boat show president Peter Bryant said in a statement. "Being able to see how a yacht or sailboat performs in water allows buyers to learn so much more about the vessel than seeing it on a trailer or showroom floor can ever do." Organizers said both shows will feature boats ranging in size from 10 to more than 100 feet — freshwater and saltwater — ready for boarding and viewing. Pre-season specials and dealer incentives will be available on many models. On shore, live music will provide entertainment, children can participate in remote control boat races and more than 200 vendors will offer services and products for the boating and outdoor lifestyle. Show highlights include Discover Boating, with programs of one and three hours of hands-on, on-water workshops for all experience levels taught by Coast Guard-licensed captains who are professional certified instructors. Free hourly seminars for visitors will be offered during all four days of the March show. Topics range from visiting Mexico by private boat to digital communication technologies.
Texas High School State Championship on Rayburn
PONCA CITY, Okla. – The Bass Federation (TBF), with our "Partner in Fishing" at FLW, announces the 2016 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Texas High School State Championship on Saturday, March 19 at the Umphrey Pavilion near Jasper, TX. The state championship is a two person event for students in grades 9-12. Each team can have one member in 7th or 8th grade, if needed. All teams should pre-register online for high school events at HighSchoolFishing.org to avoid onsite late fees. Each team and their "coach," who provides the boat they compete in, will need to check in at 5pm-7pm CST on March 18 at the Jasper High School. A rules briefing will immediately follow. Take off is at 7am and the weigh-in will begin at 3pm. "TBF and our partners in fishing at FLW are the only organizations to offer a state championship in every state and Canada," TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, stated. "There's no question our State Championship Series provides the foundation to make SAF the largest high school fishing organization in North America." The top 10% of each 2016 State Championship event advances to a FLW/TBF Conference Regional Championship. The top 10% from the Conference Regional events advance to the FLW/TBF High School National Championship to compete for the top team prize of a $10,000 scholarship. As an added bonus, national championship teams will compete out of new Ranger Boats provided for them, along with paid hotel accommodations and other perks. The final day weigh-in will take place on the FLW main stage in front of a live FLW Tour stop! Go to HighSchoolFishing.org for details on the Student Angler Federation and to sign up for events. If you're not a 2016 SAF member, annual cost is $25 year. Pay in advance or register for an event online and pay then. There are no entry fees as long as you enter your active/paid SAF membership number at the time of registration! SAF membership includes full TBF and FLW competitor membership benefits, FLW Magazine e- Edition, online training programs and full insurance coverage for clubs, officers and student members. In addition to State Championships, SAF National OPENs and other events held across the nation will advance the top 3 teams to their Conference Regional Championships. All SAF members automatically qualify to compete in the pinnacle of all high school events, the 2016 High School Fishing World Finals for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes each year. The World Finals format allows anglers to test their skills against high school anglers from across the nation at a week-long family vacation event, which will be held in Florence, Alabama on Pickwick Reservoir, June 28-July 2. This no entry fee, come one, come all mega event gives every high school team a shot at the sports top prizes and honors. State Championship Event Details: Sign-up: Pre-register online at HighSchoolFishing.org or a $25 late registration fee can apply to those registering onsite. The best way is to pre-register online at highschoolfishing.org. Just enter your active SAF membership number during online SAF event registration. Mandatory Check-in: Friday, March 18 at

March 20, 2016

Southwest Show Returns to Clear Lake .....
The South West International Boat Show, the largest in-water show in the region, will hold its eighth annual event March 17-20 at South Shore Harbour Marina on Clear Lake in League City, Texas. Organizers said the show will be the first of two this year. The second event, also at South Shore Harbour Marina, will be held Sept. 23-25. The site is between Houston and the beaches of Galveston Island. "We are thrilled to give boating lovers not one, but two opportunities this year to see these incredible vessels up close and in their element," boat show president Peter Bryant said in a statement. "Being able to see how a yacht or sailboat performs in water allows buyers to learn so much more about the vessel than seeing it on a trailer or showroom floor can ever do." Organizers said both shows will feature boats ranging in size from 10 to more than 100 feet — freshwater and saltwater — ready for boarding and viewing. Pre-season specials and dealer incentives will be available on many models. On shore, live music will provide entertainment, children can participate in remote control boat races and more than 200 vendors will offer services and products for the boating and outdoor lifestyle. Show highlights include Discover Boating, with programs of one and three hours of hands-on, on-water workshops for all experience levels taught by Coast Guard-licensed captains who are professional certified instructors. Free hourly seminars for visitors will be offered during all four days of the March show. Topics range from visiting Mexico by private boat to digital communication technologies.

March 23, 2016

Check out the lunar eclipse at McKinney Falls Stat
Come check out the early morning lunar eclipse at McKinney Falls State Park! Bring blankets/chairs and relax while checking out this cool astronomical event. A ranger will bring a telescope and other star gazing materials. đF 6:30a to 7:30a Wed, March 23, 2016 đA McKinney Falls State Park Map & Directions đP Jenn Menge (512) 415-8793 jenn.menge@tpwd.texas.gov
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Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Meeting
The Commission will conduct a public hearing to receive input from our partners, stakeholders and constituents concerning any issues relating to Department policies, goals, programs, and responsibilities. Anyone who is interested in speaking to the Commission is encouraged to attend. An agenda will be available a few days before the commission meeting. http://tpwd.texas.gov/business/feedback/meetings/
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March 24, 2016

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Meeting
The Commission will conduct a public hearing to receive input from our partners, stakeholders and constituents concerning any issues relating to Department policies, goals, programs, and responsibilities. 9:00a to 12:00p Anyone who is interested in speaking to the Commission is encouraged to attend. An agenda will be available a few days before the commission meeting. http://tpwd.texas.gov/business/feedback/meetings/
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Underwater Discovery
Use a seining net to discover what is living in the shallow waters of the lake Join us for a program and you will venture into the shallow waters off the lake shore with a seining net and discover what you can find! Learn about aquatic life like minnows, bugs, and plants. Participants should be prepared to get wet as you will be wading into water several feet deep, though getting into the water is not required. Program is free, but all park entrance fees apply. *Meet behind the park store on the lake front* 10:00a to 11:00a Thu, March 24, 2016

March 25, 2016

Join park rangers for an afternoon of fishing! - 3:0 pm
Join park rangers for an afternoon of fishing! Rangers will be on hand at Sunset Marina Park Store inside Lake Livingston State Park throughout this time frame to help bait hooks, rig tackle, and teach the basics of fishing. Bait and tackle is provided, and limited quantities of loaner fishing poles will be available. We recommend bringing a bottle of water and wearing comfortable, flat shoes when participating in any activity. Restrooms are available at the Headquarters, Activity Center, Marina, and in each camping loop. Regular park admission fees of $5 per adult ages 13 and up apply no additional charge for activities. No reservations necessary.
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Join park rangers for an afternoon of fishing! - 5:0 pm
Come out and try to catch the big one! Everyone welcome for free catch and release instructional program. No fishing license required while on state park property. We have the poles and the worms. All you need is your smile. Meet behind the Park Store. In March we will start at 5PM Free with park entrance fee. No reservations required. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events!
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March 26, 2016

Fly Tying Demonstration - 9:0 am
Learn to tie a fly! TPWD volunteers from the Dallas Flyfishers Club will be on hand to show you how easy and fun it is to tie a fly. This free demonstration is open to beginners and novice fly fishers. Equipment and materials provided, or bring your fly tying tools if you have them. Held at Cabela's on Highway 75.
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Fishing with Park Rangers at Ruddick Park in Color - 9:0 am
March 26th from 9:00am-11:00am At Lone Wolf Creek in Ruddick Park Join Lake Colorado City State Park with some fun time fishing. You will need a fishing license if you are 17 years or older and want to fish. Children under 17 old do not need a fish license. NO COST OR FEES FOR ANYONE We have some fishing poles you can borrow and we will supply some bait or you can bring your own to fish with us. For more information call (325) 728-3931
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Angler Education Instructor Training Workshop - 10:0 am
Become a TPWD certified Angler Education Instructor This FREE workshop is open to anyone 18 or older interested in teaching fishing skills in their communities. The program provides the curriculum, equipment, materials and support to help volunteers successfully introduce youth and their families to fishing. Ideal for teachers, youth group leaders, after school or camp staff and community volunteers. SBEC credits available for teachers. Participants should wear comfortable clothing for outdoor activities, wear hat, sunglasses and bring a waterbottle. Lunch may be purchased from Bass Pro Cafe. The workshop is free, but preregistration is required, please contact Greg Akins (713) 201-8110 greg.akins@tpwd.texas.gov
Junior (Basic) Angler Education Course - 11:0 am
Become a certified junior angler through this TPWD approved Angler Education course. Like fishing? Take this beginner angler's course to learn the basics (ages 7 and up). Whether you're a child or an adult, beginning anglers can learn how to assemble basic tackle, tie fishing knots, and cast safely with a spin-cast rod and reel combo. Explore Texas freshwater species, aquatic habitats, and fish ecology. Limited to 20 participants. Please sign-up using contact information provided. Meet at the pavilion located near the boat ramp. *FREE*
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Backyard Bass - Learn to Cast - 2:0 pm
Come try your hand at casting a fishing pole! Learn to cast a fishing pole with the safe and fun game of backyard bass! Fun for all ages! McKinney Falls State Park
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Backyard Bass - 2:0 pm
You don't need water to improve your fishing skills. Join a ranger to go over some fishing basics, then compete in a fun casting game! No hooks are involved, so it's safe for all ages. If you want to fish at the lake after the program you can borrow one of the park's fishing poles. Just remember BYOB - bring your own bait! Meet: Day Use Area near the fishing pier Bring: Dress for the weather. Bring your own bait if you'd like to try fishing the lake. Note: This program is weather dependent. Park programs are open and free to the public with park entrance fee ($7 per adult ages 13 and up children 12 and under are always free!). No need to register, just show up.
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Backyard Bass - 12:0 pm
Learn to cast and catch Backyard Bass! What: Backyard Bass When: 12PM - 2 PM Where: South Boat Ramp parking lot Try your hand at catching ‘Backyard Bass’, a lawn fishing game. We will be “fishing” in the South Boat Ramp parking lot from 12 PM – 2 PM, join us at any time. No reservations required. Cost: Regular park admission fees apply no additional charge for activity participation.
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March 27, 2016

Bay Explorations - 10:0 am
Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map
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Fishing Skills - 1:0 pm
Tips, tricks, and training to improve your fishing game! Fishing season is approaching soon, making this the perfect time to learn basic fishing skills! This program will focus on knot tying, casting, and fish identification. Participants will play Backyard Bass, a fishing simulation game perfect for beginners. Meet at the Pond Center (the first building on the left) where all gear and instruction will be provided. Please Note: Want to practice your new skills at one of Sheldon's stocked fishing ponds after the program? We are happy to loan out cane poles free of charge, but please provide your own bait (not available for sale at the park.) We recommend that you bring water and wear flat, close-toed shoes. This program is appropriate for all ages and abilities. All programs are free and available to the general public, no reservations are needed!
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March 30, 2016

Fly Tying Demonstration - 6:0 pm
TPWD volunteers from the Dallas Flyfishers Club will be on hand to show you how easy and fun it is to tie a fly. This free demonstration is open to beginners and novice fly fishers. Equipment and materials provided, or bring your fly tying tools if you have them. Held at Cabela's on Highway 75.
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April 1, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger - 6:0 pm
Learn the basics and spend some quality time trying to catch the big one! A free fishing program that will cover the essential skills of fishing. We provide all the gear and bait and because there is free fishing in state parks you don't need a license either. You do not need a reservation for this program, just bring a smile. Program meets behind park store. Park entrance fees do apply (children under 12 are free).
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April 2, 2016

IFA Redfish Tours Head to Port Aransas,
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Inshore anglers from across Texas and surrounding regions will meet at Port Aransas, Texas, on April 2-3 for the first 2016 Texas Division events of the IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela's and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing. Both tour events will operate out of Port Aransas Marina (301 JC Barr Blvd., Port Aransas, TX 78373). The IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela's will begin its activities on Friday, April 1, with tournament registration from 5-7 p.m. at the pavilion followed by the captain's meeting. Anglers will launch from Port Aransas Marina at safe light on Saturday, April 2, with check-in times assigned at Friday's captain's meeting. Competitors in the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing will have registration from 6-7 p.m. with the captain's meeting to follow on Saturday, April 2, at Port Aransas Marina Pavilion. Anglers will launch Sunday from the location of their choice with the weigh-in to be held at Terry's Seaworthy Marine (9902 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78418). Check in times will be announced at Saturday's captain's meeting. Continuing to draw inshore anglers from Texas to the Carolinas, both IFA Redfish Tours include five different divisions, each with a two-event regular season. With budget-friendly entry fees, both tours offer opportunities to compete close to home while keeping anglers' expenses to a minimum. In addition to nearly 200 percent payback, every regular-season IFA Redfish Tour event guarantees a new, fully-rigged Ranger boat powered by a Yamaha outboard valued at $25,995 for first place. Each IFA Kayak Fishing Tour event will feature a $1,500 cash prize for the winning angler. The tournament heads to Port Aransas with full support from the local community. "We are excited to welcome the IFA Tour back to our island to kick off our fishing tournament season this spring, where the sun is shining and the fish are biting," said President of Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau Ann Vaughan. "Bring the whole family to stay and enjoy all that Port A has to offer. Peek at the fun that you will have at www.portaransas.org ." IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Hobie Fishing, Ranger Boats, Cabela's, Lucas Oil, Yamaha Outboards, RAM, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Power-Pole, BoatU.S., Amphibia, Arctic Ice, Protect the Harvest, General Tire, SuperClean, Valley Fashions, ENGEL Coolers, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice Powertex Group, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau. For more information or to become a member of the IFA, the fastest-growing inshore fishing tournament series in the United States, go online to www.ifatours.com. To discover more about kayaking and Hobie Fishing go to www.hobiefishing.com.
Fly Tying Demonstration - 9:0 am
Learn to tie a fly! TPWD volunteers from the Dallas Flyfishers Club will be on hand to show you how easy and fun it is to tie a fly. This free demonstration is open to beginners and novice fly fishers. Equipment and materials provided, or bring your fly tying tools if you have them. Held at Cabela's on Highway 75.
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Basics of Outdoor Photography - 9:0 am
Whether you've just picked up your first camera or are an intermediate shooter who simply wants to know more about outdoor photography, this class is for you. Learn from accredited photographer's Bud Force and Erich Schlegel whose work can be seen in National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker magazine, The Travel Channel, USA Today and Outside Magazine, among others. Whether you've just picked up your first camera or are an intermediate shooter who simply wants to know more about outdoor photography, this class is for you. Skills covered: - Types of cameras - Composition basics - The exposure triangle and how to get great exposure every time - Equipment foundation (with focus on the outdoors) - Field Tactics - Post production and editing solutions Visit http://www.txoutdoorphotoworkshops.com/register/basics-of-outdoor-photography for more details and a link to register! Cost: $150.00
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April 3, 2016

IFA Redfish Tours Head to Port Aransas,
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Inshore anglers from across Texas and surrounding regions will meet at Port Aransas, Texas, on April 2-3 for the first 2016 Texas Division events of the IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela's and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing. Both tour events will operate out of Port Aransas Marina (301 JC Barr Blvd., Port Aransas, TX 78373). The IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela's will begin its activities on Friday, April 1, with tournament registration from 5-7 p.m. at the pavilion followed by the captain's meeting. Anglers will launch from Port Aransas Marina at safe light on Saturday, April 2, with check-in times assigned at Friday's captain's meeting. Competitors in the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing will have registration from 6-7 p.m. with the captain's meeting to follow on Saturday, April 2, at Port Aransas Marina Pavilion. Anglers will launch Sunday from the location of their choice with the weigh-in to be held at Terry's Seaworthy Marine (9902 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78418). Check in times will be announced at Saturday's captain's meeting. Continuing to draw inshore anglers from Texas to the Carolinas, both IFA Redfish Tours include five different divisions, each with a two-event regular season. With budget-friendly entry fees, both tours offer opportunities to compete close to home while keeping anglers' expenses to a minimum. In addition to nearly 200 percent payback, every regular-season IFA Redfish Tour event guarantees a new, fully-rigged Ranger boat powered by a Yamaha outboard valued at $25,995 for first place. Each IFA Kayak Fishing Tour event will feature a $1,500 cash prize for the winning angler. The tournament heads to Port Aransas with full support from the local community. "We are excited to welcome the IFA Tour back to our island to kick off our fishing tournament season this spring, where the sun is shining and the fish are biting," said President of Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau Ann Vaughan. "Bring the whole family to stay and enjoy all that Port A has to offer. Peek at the fun that you will have at www.portaransas.org ." IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Hobie Fishing, Ranger Boats, Cabela's, Lucas Oil, Yamaha Outboards, RAM, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Power-Pole, BoatU.S., Amphibia, Arctic Ice, Protect the Harvest, General Tire, SuperClean, Valley Fashions, ENGEL Coolers, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice Powertex Group, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau. For more information or to become a member of the IFA, the fastest-growing inshore fishing tournament series in the United States, go online to www.ifatours.com. To discover more about kayaking and Hobie Fishing go to www.hobiefishing.com.

April 4, 2016

Gulf Council to Meet in Austin
Gulf Council to Meet in Austin The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet April 4 - 7, 2016, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Austin, Texas. Committee meetings will convene Monday at 8:30 am, concluding at 10:15 am Wednesday. The full Council will convene Wednesday morning beginning at 10:30 am. The Council is expected to adjourn by 3:30 pm Thursday. The Committees & Council Agenda is posted on the Council web site and meeting materials will be posted as they become available. Public comment is scheduled Wednesday from 1:45 pm to 5:00 pm. Testimony will be taken on the following: Final Action Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 26 - Modifications to Allocations, Stock Boundaries, and Sale Provisions for Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Migratory Groups of King Mackerel Final Action - Framework Action to Modify Red Grouper Annual Catch Limits Final Action - Framework Action to Modify Commercial Gear Requirements and Recreational/Commercial Fishing Year for Yellowtail Snapper Final Action - South Atlantic Amendment: Modifications to Charter Vessel and Headboat Reporting Requirements Open testimony on any other fishery issues or concerns Council meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live over the internet. To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1123487951462208001 or call 888-833-1844. About the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico. Submit comments and stay updated on fishery issues: Check it out! Go to www.gulfcouncil.org and click on the thermometer in the middle of the page. From there you can read up on all the pending actions, watch the video presentations, read comments, and submit your own. All comments submitted through the online form are automatically posted on our web site for Council review. Other comments are manually posted every couple of days.

April 5, 2016

Gulf Council to Meet in Austin
Gulf Council to Meet in Austin The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet April 4 - 7, 2016, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Austin, Texas. Committee meetings will convene Monday at 8:30 am, concluding at 10:15 am Wednesday. The full Council will convene Wednesday morning beginning at 10:30 am. The Council is expected to adjourn by 3:30 pm Thursday. The Committees & Council Agenda is posted on the Council web site and meeting materials will be posted as they become available. Public comment is scheduled Wednesday from 1:45 pm to 5:00 pm. Testimony will be taken on the following: Final Action Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 26 - Modifications to Allocations, Stock Boundaries, and Sale Provisions for Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Migratory Groups of King Mackerel Final Action - Framework Action to Modify Red Grouper Annual Catch Limits Final Action - Framework Action to Modify Commercial Gear Requirements and Recreational/Commercial Fishing Year for Yellowtail Snapper Final Action - South Atlantic Amendment: Modifications to Charter Vessel and Headboat Reporting Requirements Open testimony on any other fishery issues or concerns Council meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live over the internet. To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1123487951462208001 or call 888-833-1844. About the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico. Submit comments and stay updated on fishery issues: Check it out! Go to www.gulfcouncil.org and click on the thermometer in the middle of the page. From there you can read up on all the pending actions, watch the video presentations, read comments, and submit your own. All comments submitted through the online form are automatically posted on our web site for Council review. Other comments are manually posted every couple of days.

April 6, 2016

Gulf Council to Meet in Austin
Gulf Council to Meet in Austin The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet April 4 - 7, 2016, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Austin, Texas. Committee meetings will convene Monday at 8:30 am, concluding at 10:15 am Wednesday. The full Council will convene Wednesday morning beginning at 10:30 am. The Council is expected to adjourn by 3:30 pm Thursday. The Committees & Council Agenda is posted on the Council web site and meeting materials will be posted as they become available. Public comment is scheduled Wednesday from 1:45 pm to 5:00 pm. Testimony will be taken on the following: Final Action Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 26 - Modifications to Allocations, Stock Boundaries, and Sale Provisions for Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Migratory Groups of King Mackerel Final Action - Framework Action to Modify Red Grouper Annual Catch Limits Final Action - Framework Action to Modify Commercial Gear Requirements and Recreational/Commercial Fishing Year for Yellowtail Snapper Final Action - South Atlantic Amendment: Modifications to Charter Vessel and Headboat Reporting Requirements Open testimony on any other fishery issues or concerns Council meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live over the internet. To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1123487951462208001 or call 888-833-1844. About the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico. Submit comments and stay updated on fishery issues: Check it out! Go to www.gulfcouncil.org and click on the thermometer in the middle of the page. From there you can read up on all the pending actions, watch the video presentations, read comments, and submit your own. All comments submitted through the online form are automatically posted on our web site for Council review. Other comments are manually posted every couple of days.
Fly Tying Demonstration - 6:0 pm
Learn to tie a fly! TPWD volunteers from the Dallas Flyfishers Club will be on hand to show you how easy and fun it is to tie a fly. This free demonstration is open to beginners and novice fly fishers. Equipment and materials provided, or bring your fly tying tools if you have them. Held at Cabela's on Highway 75.
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April 7, 2016

Gulf Council to Meet in Austin
Gulf Council to Meet in Austin The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet April 4 - 7, 2016, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Austin, Texas. Committee meetings will convene Monday at 8:30 am, concluding at 10:15 am Wednesday. The full Council will convene Wednesday morning beginning at 10:30 am. The Council is expected to adjourn by 3:30 pm Thursday. The Committees & Council Agenda is posted on the Council web site and meeting materials will be posted as they become available. Public comment is scheduled Wednesday from 1:45 pm to 5:00 pm. Testimony will be taken on the following: Final Action Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 26 - Modifications to Allocations, Stock Boundaries, and Sale Provisions for Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Migratory Groups of King Mackerel Final Action - Framework Action to Modify Red Grouper Annual Catch Limits Final Action - Framework Action to Modify Commercial Gear Requirements and Recreational/Commercial Fishing Year for Yellowtail Snapper Final Action - South Atlantic Amendment: Modifications to Charter Vessel and Headboat Reporting Requirements Open testimony on any other fishery issues or concerns Council meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live over the internet. To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1123487951462208001 or call 888-833-1844. About the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico. Submit comments and stay updated on fishery issues: Check it out! Go to www.gulfcouncil.org and click on the thermometer in the middle of the page. From there you can read up on all the pending actions, watch the video presentations, read comments, and submit your own. All comments submitted through the online form are automatically posted on our web site for Council review. Other comments are manually posted every couple of days.

April 8, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger - 6:0 pm
Learn the basics and spend some quality time trying to catch the big one! A free fishing program that will cover the essential skills of fishing. We provide all the gear and bait and because there is free fishing in state parks you don't need a license either. You do not need a reservation for this program, just bring a smile. Program meets behind park store. Park entrance fees do apply (children under 12 are free).
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April 9, 2016

Athens Eggfest 2016
Athens Eggfest 2016 Set for April 9 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center ATHENS—The sixth annual Athens Eggfest is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC). The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cooking will end at 3 p.m. Regular admission to TFFC will be charged an additional $5 donation to the Friends of TFFC is required for tasting. Tasting will continue until all the food is gone. Cooks should preregister at http://athenseggfest.wordpress.com/. There is no fee to cook. Demo eggs used at the event will be available for purchase at the end of the day. Click on the link above to reserve a once-used Big Green Egg ceramic cooker prior to the event. The Athens Eggfest is sponsored by Morrison Supply, Paragon Distributing, Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy, Friends of TFFC and First State Bank—Athens. For more information on visiting TFFC, visit www.tpwd.texas.gov/tffc or call (903) 676-2277. ——— On the Net: •Information on TFFC and directions: http://tpwd.texas.gov/tffc •Eggfest event information: http://athenseggfest.wordpress.com/
outdoor cooking
Come learn the basics of outdoor cooking and have fun doing so! Come learn the basics of Dutch oven cooking and a little history too! **Please be aware this program is limited to the first five families/individuals that sign up for each session. To sign up, e-mail laura.horner@tpwd.texas.gov Meet at the Rust House at Honey Creek State Natural Area. What to bring: •a plastic spoon and paper plate •wear close-toed shoes •appetite to sample some tasty treats **Special Note: No pets allowed in Honey Creek SNA.
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Two-hour Ranger Guided Canoe Trip
Want to go out on a canoe, but not sure where? Join a ranger for a fun paddling adventure. Do you want to canoe, but not sure where to go or what to do? Sign up for the $15 Ranger guided two-hour canoe trip. This trip includes basic canoeing instruction, and allows you to discover one of the great paddling trails that the park offers. Where to Sign-up: Call ahead to sign up at our park's headquarters' building at 409-384-5231 Where to Meet: We will be meeting on the Walnut Ridge Unit where our canoes are located. For exact location please inquire with the headquarters' office since the location of the canoes may be changing prior to this event. What to Have/Bring: •Park permit in your windshield (received from park headquarters or self-pay station) •Snacks such as granola bars if desired •Full water bottle •Close-toed shoes, secure water shoes or old tennis shoes that you don't mind getting wet (not flip flops) •Sunscreen •A hat that won't blow away in high winds •Sunglasses •Dress for the weather •Bug spray •Dry bag, zip lock bags, or water proof containers for your gear (Our rangers are not responsible for any damages to your possessions.) •Something soft such as a cushion or towel to sit on •Any special medication, for example an epipen. What to Know: •Please let us know if you are unable to attend at least two days in advance. •Please use the bathroom before showing up at the launch site. •Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets are provided by Martin Dies, Jr. State Park. •Participants must be able to carry a 60Ib kayak with partner. •This event is subject to cancellation due to thunderstorms or high winds. •Visitors are welcome to bring their own canoes/kayaks but will still have to pay the $15 fee for this trip.
dutch oven cooking
Join the Fort Sherman Cookers as they demonstrate Dutch oven cooking! Come enjoy some great Dutch Oven cooking by our Fort Sherman Cookers! They meet the second Saturday of every month. Cooking begins at 9 AM and food will be on the table by Noon. At 10AM there will be a Dutch Oven 101 demonstration to learn how to use the Dutch Oven. Anyone who would like to come out and do some cooking is invited, and if you're unable to cook you can bring a covered dish to add to the meal. This is a fun way to learn about how early settlers cooked in the past. Bring the whole family out for a fun-filled day at the park!
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Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event - 9:0 am
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing. Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No fishing license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M.
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Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event - 9:0 am
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing. Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No fishing license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M
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fly tying demo - 9:0 am
Learn to tie a fly! TPWD volunteers from the Dallas Flyfishers Club will be on hand to show you how easy and fun it is to tie a fly. This free demonstration is open to beginners and novice fly fishers. Equipment and materials provided, or bring your fly tying tools if you have them. Held at Cabela's on Highway 75.
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April 13, 2016

fly tying demo
Learn to tie a fly! TPWD volunteers from the Dallas Flyfishers Club will be on hand to show you how easy and fun it is to tie a fly. This free demonstration is open to beginners and novice fly fishers. Equipment and materials provided, or bring your fly tying tools if you have them. Held at Cabela's on Highway 75.
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April 15, 2016

fidhing with a ranger
Learn the basics and spend some quality time trying to catch the big one! A free fishing program that will cover the essential skills of fishing. We provide all the gear and bait and because there is free fishing in state parks you don't need a license either. You do not need a reservation for this program, just bring a smile. Program meets behind park store. Park entrance fees do apply (children under 12 are free).
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April 16, 2016

Texas Team Trail Heads to Lake Texoma
Record payouts, exceptional fishing expected for fourth TXTT event of 2016 NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla.– The Texas Team Trail (TXTT) presented by Cabela's will host its final regular-season event of the 2016 tournament season on Saturday, April 16, at Lake Texoma. The fishery straddles the Texas/Oklahoma border and offers anglers great opportunities for big bass. Registration for the event is already underway – anglers can secure an opportunity to pre-fish Friday, April 15, by completing their registration online or via phone prior to midnight on Thursday, April 14. Additionally, all anglers that pre-register online at www.texasteamtrail.com will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Cabela's gift card. Due to the size of the lake, TXTT will be capping registration for the event at 250 teams. The Lake Texoma event is the last of four 2016 qualifying events that guarantee a fully rigged, 18-foot boat, motor, trailer package as first-place prize. The winning anglers at Lake Texoma will walk away with a brand-new Stratos 189 VLO powered by an Evinrude 150 HO, valued at $30,000. In addition to the payout, the event offers anglers an unprecedented opportunity in terms of sponsor bonuses and television coverage. The budget-friendly $250 entry fee, plus multiple contingency programs and a guaranteed, over-100% payback at every event provides tremendous value to the weekend angler. Off-site registration is set for Friday, April 15, from 4-6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites Denison (3415 Ansley Blvd., Denison, TX 75020). At least one team member must attend, as boat numbers will be assigned during this time. The tournament will launch Saturday, April 16, at safe light from the Lake Texoma spillway boat ramp (Intersection of FM 1310 and US Hwy. 91) with teams returning to the ramp for the weigh-in. Anglers are encouraged to travel via FM 84 to FM 1310 for access to this area due to a recent road closure of Hwy. 91 south of the dam. Anglers with questions or anyone interested in more details on the event are encouraged to visit www.texasteamtrail.com or call 210-281-1752 or 210-788-4143. Texas Team Trail events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Cabela's, Ranger Boats, Lucas Oil, Evinrude, RAM, Mercury, Minn Kota, Triton Boats, Power-Pole, Amphibia, Arctic Ice, Stratos Boats, Lowrance, Navionics, Protect the Harvest, BoatU.S., General Tire, SuperClean, Garmin, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, Atlas, G-Juice, Powertex Group. 2016 TXTT scheduled events: April 16 – Lake Texoma (Limit 250 teams) Championship – May 14-15 – Ray Roberts Lake
fly tying demo
Learn to tie a fly! TPWD volunteers from the Dallas Flyfishers Club will be on hand to show you how easy and fun it is to tie a fly. This free demonstration is open to beginners and novice fly fishers. Equipment and materials provided, or bring your fly tying tools if you have them. Held at Cabela's on Highway 75.
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Horned Toad Cook-Off
9th Annual Horned Toad Cook-Off, sanctioned by the Texas Lone Star Bar B Que Society will feature three meat categories, ribs, chicken, brisket, and winner take all Jackpot beans. Competitors must register by Friday April 15. In addition there will be a competition for best steak on Friday.
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Two-hour Guided Kayak Trip
Want to explore our sloughs on kayak but not alone? Want to explore our sloughs on canoe but not alone? Join a ranger for a two-hour, three mile long guided kayak trip through the park's swampy sloughs and the Neches River. While paddling, we will be on the lookout for wildlife such as bald eagles, belted kingfishers, herons, turtles and alligators. This trip is from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the morning and costs $15 per kayak which can fit one adult. Participation is available to anyone capable of the moderate exertion of paddling for a couple of hours. Space is limited so please call our headquarters office in advance to make your reservation. 409-384-5231 Where: Meet at the day use area on the Walnut Ridge Unit part of the park, where the kayaks are. What to Bring: •Park permit in your windshield (received from park headquarters or self-pay station) •Snacks such as granola bars •Full water bottle •Close-toed shoes, secure water shoes or old tennis shoes that you don't mind getting wet (not flip flops) •Sunscreen •A hat that won't blow away in high winds •Sunglasses •Dress for the weather •Bug spray •Dry bag, zip lock bags, or water proof containers for your gear (Our rangers are not responsible for any damages to your possessions.) •Something soft such as a cushion or towel to sit on •Any special medication, for example an epipen. What to Know: •Please let us know if you are unable to attend at least two days in advance. •Please use the bathroom before showing up at the launch site. •Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets are provided by Martin Dies, Jr. State Park. •Participants must be able to carry a 60-pound kayak from the launch site to the water. •This event is subject to cancellation due to thunderstorms or high winds. •Visitors are welcome to bring their own canoes/kayaks but will still have to pay the $15 fee for this trip.
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River Critters - 9:0 am
We'll grab our nets and head to the river! Join rangers Craig and Laura for a morning of river exploration. As we wade into the Guadalupe River in search of tadpoles, fish, insects and more during this sure-to-be-fun morning activity. Meet at the Amphitheater behind the Discovery Center. Be sure to dress to get wet as we will get in the water! This program is free with a Park Pass or a $7 daily pass (children ages 12 and under are free).
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April 20, 2016

fly tying demo
Learn to tie a fly! TPWD volunteers from the Dallas Flyfishers Club will be on hand to show you how easy and fun it is to tie a fly. This free demonstration is open to beginners and novice fly fishers. Equipment and materials provided, or bring your fly tying tools if you have them. Held at Cabela's on Highway 75.
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April 22, 2016

fishing with a ranger
Learn the basics and spend some quality time trying to catch the big one! A free fishing program that will cover the essential skills of fishing. We provide all the gear and bait and because there is free fishing in state parks you don't need a license either. You do not need a reservation for this program, just bring a smile. Program meets behind park store. Park entrance fees do apply (children under 12 are free).
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April 23, 2016

fly tying demo
Learn to tie a fly! TPWD volunteers from the Dallas Flyfishers Club will be on hand to show you how easy and fun it is to tie a fly. This free demonstration is open to beginners and novice fly fishers. Equipment and materials provided, or bring your fly tying tools if you have them. Held at Cabela's on Highway 75.
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East Texas Black Pot Cookers
Learn about cast iron Dutch oven cooking. Join the new East Texas Black Pot Cookers Dutch Oven group Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm. Members will be cooking various meals and also give Dutch oven basics 101 demonstrations on how to get started. New members are welcomed to join in or just stop by and see what Dutch oven cooking is all about. Food is served at noon, bring your own plate & fork and sample some of the best campfire cooking.
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Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing. Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No fishing license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M.
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fishing with a ranger
Fish at the pond in Lost Maples with a Ranger. Come to the pond to enjoy fishing at the pond with a Ranger. Bring your own gear or we have 8 rods furnished first come first serve.
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pond dipping
Join Ranger Amy to see what tiny animals are living in our lake. Join Ranger Amy to see what's living in the lake water. When: 10am Where to meet: The Walnut day use area What to bring: Bring your Jr. Ranger booklets, camera, bug spray, hats, layers, water. This program is appropriate for all ages.
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pond dipping
Join Ranger Amy to see what tiny animals are living in our lake. Join Ranger Amy to see what's living in the lake water. When: 2pm Where to meet: The Walnut day use area What to bring: Bring your Jr. Ranger booklets, camera, bug spray, hats, layers, water. This program is appropriate for all ages.
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dutch oven cooking demo
Dutch ovens are a fun way to cook when camping! Join Ranger Amy at the campfire, behind the nature center, to learn step-by-step instructions on how to use a dutch oven. It's easier than it looks!
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April 27, 2016

fly tying demo
Learn to tie a fly! TPWD volunteers from the Dallas Flyfishers Club will be on hand to show you how easy and fun it is to tie a fly. This free demonstration is open to beginners and novice fly fishers. Equipment and materials provided, or bring your fly tying tools if you have them. Held at Cabela's on Highway 75.
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April 29, 2016

fishing with a ranger
Learn the basics and spend some quality time trying to catch the big one! A free fishing program that will cover the essential skills of fishing. We provide all the gear and bait and because there is free fishing in state parks you don't need a license either. You do not need a reservation for this program, just bring a smile.
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April 30, 2016

fly tying demo
Learn to tie a fly! TPWD volunteers from the Dallas Flyfishers Club will be on hand to show you how easy and fun it is to tie a fly. This free demonstration is open to beginners and novice fly fishers. Equipment and materials provided, or bring your fly tying tools if you have them. Held at Cabela's on Highway 75.
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pond dipping
Join Ranger Amy to see what tiny animals are living in our lake. Join Ranger Amy to see what's living in the lake water. When: 10am Where to meet: The Walnut day use area What to bring: Bring your Jr. Ranger booklets, camera, bug spray, hats, layers, water. This program is appropriate for all ages.
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May 1, 2016

Bay Explorations
Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map
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May 6, 2016

Wildlife Habitat Management Workshop
Free habitat management workshop on the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area. The Wildlife Habitat Management workshop will begin at the Gus A. Engeling Wildlife Conservation Center with a brief overview and history of the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area. Participants will then be taken on a guided tour of the WMA by a wildlife biologist who will explain proper habitat management practices for the Post Oak Savannah Ecoregion. Topics will include prescribed fire, hardwood timber management, strip disking and other mechanical treatments, harvest management, grazing management and herbicide application. No reservations required.
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Fishing with a Ranger
Learn the basics and spend some quality time trying to catch the big one! A free fishing program that will cover the essential skills of fishing. We provide all the gear and bait and because there is free fishing in state parks you don't need a license either. You do not need a reservation for this program, just bring a smile. Program meets behind park store. Park entrance fees do apply (children under 12 are free).
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May 7, 2016

Boater's Education Course
Come get certified in Boater's Education Come get certified in Boater's Education by our local Game Warden! This course is very important for anyone who owns or operates a boat and is required by law for anyone born on or after September 1, 1993 to operate a boat. The cost is $20.00. Call the park office at 361-547-2635 and reserve your spot today! Lake Corpus Christi State Park
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Catfish Corral: Pond Stocking Event!
Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center Attention aspiring anglers, seasoned fishermen, and lovers of catfish! Sheldon Lake State Park wants you to come and catch the fun at the "Catfish Corral" taking place on Saturday, May 7th, from 9am-2pm! We will be stocking our Prairie Pond for this special event, giving you the chance to catch and keep up to five catfish per person. This event is free and fun for the whole family!
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Guided Canoeing Tour / Canoeing Basics
Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit Take a journey on the water with us. Get a little history and information about the area around the Sulphur River bottoms. Learn how to canoe. Sometimes the best way to view the beauty of the park is from the water. And the best way to do that is as quietly as possible. You will receive a short presentation on the basics of paddling and canoeing and then we will go out on the lake and take a tour of the shoreline from a canoe. There is a $12 canoe rental fee with a maximum of 3 people per canoe. Life vests will be provided. No pets please. Bring a hat and some water for the tour. Meet at the park office for canoe rental and vests. This program may be cancelled because of weather. Call the park office for updated information.
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Fish Printing
Galveston Island State Park Easy, fast Ranger program on fish and printmaking at beach picnic tables. Great Arts in the Parks craft program for the whole family to join! Join us after the Beach Exploration hike (10am) finishes on the beach. Bring your old shirts, or create a paper fish print with Ranger Lisa. We'll be introducing young park visitors to the anatomy of a fish, and creating a special art piece, worthy of any refrigerator or frame. No experience required, pets on leash only. Restrooms, picnic tables, BBQ pits, outdoor showers, and changing stations available. What to bring: • Be sure to get a park permit before coming to program • Old shirt or cloth bag (for printing) • Sunscreen, hat, and water bottle • Any supplies needed for a good day at the beach
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Much Lovin' From a Dutch Oven
A Dutch Oven cooking demonstration Join us for a dutch oven demonstration to learn about the history of the dutch oven, various pioneer staple items, and dutch oven cooking techniques. Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway 2:00p to 3:00p
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Free Fishing Event at Chisholm Park
ATHENS—What's one of the best family-friendly fishing destinations in Texas? The answer may surprise you: Dallas/Fort Worth. Making more people aware of that—and getting fishing poles in their hands—is the goal of a free family fishing event at Hurst's Chisholm Park on May 7, sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), the City of Hurst and the Toyota Texas Fest. The 9-to-noon event will feature fishing for catfish, 50 of which will bear colored tags. Kids catching tagged fish can claim prizes such as fishing poles, tickets to the Toyota Texas Fest, and much more. There will also be a fish art activity for kids and displays of the biggest largemouth bass and catfish ever caught in Texas. The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex has five Neighborhood Fishin' lakes—in Hurst, Denton, Mesquite, Fort Worth and Duncanville—where youths 16 and under can fish for free. The lakes are stocked every two weeks with catchable-size channel catfish. Locations and more information can be found at www.neighborhoodfishin.org. The Neighborhood Fishin' Program is a cooperative venture between TPWD and local governments with major funding from the Toyota Texas Fest. More information about the Toyota Texas Fest can be found at www.toyotatexasfest.com.

May 8, 2016

Run for Wellness FREE 5K Series
Yes, you heard right. It’s free! All paces are accommodated! Want to test your speed, assess where you are with your training, race your buddies or just start running or walking for better health, then come join the Run for Wellness FREE 5K Series held the second Sunday of every month (not held in March or December) at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. Co-founded in 2011 by Azita Erfani and Kelly Ramey, The Houston Wellness Project is a 501(c)(3) organization focused on health and wellness. Erfani and Ramey formed the organization in response to a growing need for improved community access to wellness programming. Wellness is more than just a growing trend in our society. Recent studies report that engaging in wellness activities leads to better mental health, increased self- satisfaction and more productive communities. Many corporations have implemented employee wellness programs, providing further incentive for employees. In return, these companies have seen decreased healthcare costs, fewer sick days taken and reduced injuries within their staff. But what about everyone else? Wellness programs are still considered a luxury, and high costs for yoga punch cards, gym memberships and entry fees for 5Ks can keep them out of the reach of a large portion of the community. But being healthy shouldn’t be limited to those who can afford it. This is where the Houston Wellness Project comes in. The Houston Wellness Project is a nonprofit organization that strives to empower all individuals to make positive healthy lifestyle choices by providing accessible wellness education and programming. Pre-registration is required for the race if you want a bib with a chip for an official time. If you do not want to be timed, you do not need to register. The road is not closed for our exclusive use so there will be other users on the road. Baby joggers are allowed but we kindly ask that you seed yourself toward the back to allow the runners to pass safely. Absolutely no dogs, roller blades, skateboards or bicycles in the race. Since the road is open to other users please be mindful of this and be aware of your surroundings. No more than 2 abreast on the road to allow others to pass safely. We would prefer that you leave your headphones behind but if you must have them please keep them on a low volume or one ear bud in so you can hear others around you. SAFETY FIRST!! When you arrive on race day, look for your bib number on the board and go to the bib pick up table to retrieve your bib. No waiting, no hassle! For more information please visit http://www.thehwp.org and click on 5ks and Workshops at the top then click Run For Wellness FREE 5K – San Jacinto.
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Bay Explorations
Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. 10:00a to 11:30a Galveston Island State Park Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map
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May 13, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger
Learn the basics and spend some quality time trying to catch the big one! A free fishing program that will cover the essential skills of fishing. We provide all the gear and bait and because there is free fishing in state parks you don't need a license either. You do not need a reservation for this program, just bring a smile. Program meets behind park store. Park entrance fees do apply (children under 12 are free).
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May 14, 2016

Fish Printing
Galveston Island State Park Easy, fast Ranger program on fish and printmaking at beach picnic tables. Great Arts in the Parks craft program for the whole family to join! Join us after the Beach Exploration hike (10am) finishes on the beach. Bring your old shirts, or create a paper fish print with Ranger Lisa. We'll be introducing young park visitors to the anatomy of a fish, and creating a special art piece, worthy of any refrigerator or frame. No experience required, pets on leash only. Restrooms, picnic tables, BBQ pits, outdoor showers, and changing stations available. What to bring: • Be sure to get a park permit before coming to program • Old shirt or cloth bag (for printing) • Sunscreen, hat, and water bottle • Any supplies needed for a good day at the beach
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Harley's Angels 5k Walk/Run
San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site 8:30a to 12:00p Walk/Run for a cure to Breast Cancer. San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site is proud to host the Harley's Angels Cruzin to Cure Battle Against Breast Cancer 5k fun run/walk The Harley's Angels Battle Against Breast Cancer 5k fun run is a family friendly event that takes place at one of Texas' most important, scenic, and historic locations and starts and ends at the historic San Jacinto Monument. The Mission of Harley’s Angels is to promote breast cancer awareness, education, and support of research for the prevention and cure of breast cancer. Harley’s Angels – Cruzin to Cure is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is not affiliated with any dealer, manufacturer, or motorcycle enthusiast organization. Proceeds from this event benefit MD Anderson's Breast Cancer Research and Prevention fund and the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Care Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Harley’s Angels is a group of volunteer, women motorcycle enthusiasts dedicated to promoting breast cancer awareness, research and education and with one out of eight women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it is no surprise that there are also several breast cancer survivors within their group. Their primary fundraising project is the publication of a calendar featuring the women of “Harley’s Angels.” The calendar is tastefully designed featuring the women of Harley’s Angels and their motorcycles. After the fun run feel free to roam around the park and take in a little Texas History! If would like to join them in their crusade to find a cure for breast cancer or for information please visit their website at http://theharleysangels.org.
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Dutch Oven Cooking
9:00a to 1:00p Lake Bob Sandlin State Park Join the Fort Sherman Cookers as they demonstrate Dutch oven cooking! Come enjoy some great Dutch Oven cooking by our Fort Sherman Cookers! They meet the second Saturday of every month. Cooking begins at 9 AM and food will be on the table by Noon. At 10AM there will be a Dutch Oven 101 demonstration to learn how to use the Dutch Oven. Anyone who would like to come out and do some cooking is invited, and if you're unable to cook you can bring a covered dish to add to the meal. This is a fun way to learn about how early settlers cooked in the past. Bring the whole family out for a fun-filled day at the park!
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Archery 101
9:00a to 10:30a Resaca de la Palma State Park Learn the basics of archery at Resaca de la Palma State Park! Bows and arrows will be provided. Recommended for children 5 and up. Bring comfortable walking shoes, weather appropriate clothing, cameras, hats/caps, sunglasses, water, snacks, sunblock, and insect repellent. Meet at the Visitor Center. Admission: Adults: $10, Children 12 and Under: $6. Registration required. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be postponed.
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Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
9:00a to 12:00p Cedar Hill State Park Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing. Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No fishing license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M
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Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing. Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No fishing license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M 9:00a to 12:00p Eisenhower State Park
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Lip Smackin’ Good Eatin’/Dutch Oven Cookin’
Come on out and cook up a storm. Learn how to cook using a Camp Dutch Oven and grab a few recipes. Join us at Cooper Lake State Park and savor the flavor of years gone by! You will learn the basics of cooking in the Camp Dutch Oven, a bit of history about cast iron and the dutch oven, and maybe a recipe or two. Be sure to bring a plate and spoon to grab yourself a taste. We will be at Honey Creek Amphitheater in beautiful Cooper Lake State Park/South Sulphur Unit. Program may be cancelled because of bad weather. Call the park for updated information. 9:30a to 11:00a Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
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Two-hour Guided Kayak Trip
10:00a to 12:00p Martin Dies, Jr. State Park Want to explore our sloughs on kayak but not alone? Want to explore our sloughs on canoe but not alone? Join a ranger for a two-hour, three mile long guided kayak trip through the park's swampy sloughs and the Neches River. While paddling, we will be on the lookout for wildlife such as bald eagles, belted kingfishers, herons, turtles and alligators. This trip is from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the morning and costs $15 per kayak which can fit one adult. Participation is available to anyone capable of the moderate exertion of paddling for a couple of hours. Space is limited so please call our headquarters office in advance to make your reservation. 409-384-5231 Where: Meet at the day use area on the Walnut Ridge Unit part of the park, where the kayaks are. What to Bring: Park permit in your windshield (received from park headquarters or self-pay station) Snacks such as granola bars Full water bottle Close-toed shoes, secure water shoes or old tennis shoes that you don't mind getting wet (not flip flops) Sunscreen A hat that won't blow away in high winds Sunglasses Dress for the weather Bug spray Dry bag, zip lock bags, or water proof containers for your gear (Our rangers are not responsible for any damages to your possessions.) Something soft such as a cushion or towel to sit on Any special medication, for example an epipen. What to Know: Please let us know if you are unable to attend at least two days in advance. Please use the bathroom before showing up at the launch site. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets are provided by Martin Dies, Jr. State Park. Participants must be able to carry a 60-pound kayak from the launch site to the water. This event is subject to cancellation due to thunderstorms or high winds. Visitors are welcome to bring their own canoes/kayaks but will still have to pay the $15 fee for this trip.
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Bark Ranger Workshop
2:00p to 4:00p Pedernales Falls State Park Bring your canine friend to earn their Bark Ranger Skills Badge! After the brief workshop, we will head out on the trails for a hike. Participants will receive a Bark Ranger Workshop tag to show off! Registration is required for this event. Grab your four legged best friend (or friends) and come out to Pedernales Falls! We will have a canine hiker workshop to show off the latest dog gear, trail treats, and canine etiquette for parks. The hike is about 4 miles with optional turn-back early if needed. Fees: There are no additional fees for attending this program beyond park entrance fees. Locations: Program will begin at Wolf Mountain Trail head. What to bring: Wear hiking shoes, bring water, and dress for Texas weather! All dogs must be on leash. Please email wendi.laws@tpwd.texas.gov to register.
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Dutch Oven Cooking Demo
Dutch ovens are a fun way to cook when camping! Join Ranger Amy at the campfire, behind the nature center, to learn step-by-step instructions on how to use a dutch oven. It's easier than it looks! 4:00p to 5:00p Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
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May 15, 2016

Bay Explorations
Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. 10:00a to 11:30a Galveston Island State Park Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map
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May 20, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger
Learn the basics and spend some quality time trying to catch the big one! A free fishing program that will cover the essential skills of fishing. We provide all the gear and bait and because there is free fishing in state parks you don't need a license either. You do not need a reservation for this program, just bring a smile. Program meets behind park store. Park entrance fees do apply (children under 12 are free).
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Toyota Texas Bass Classic
8:00a Fri, May 20, 2016 to 5:00p Sun, May 22, 2016 Toyota Stadium 9200 World Cup Way Frisco, Tx 75034 Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this world-class fishing competition and three-day festival! Fans can expect a star-studded lineup of country music concerts and numerous outdoor family activities — all held in addition to the fishing action at Lake Ray Roberts. Proceeds from the festival will continue to benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) youth fishing and urban outreach programs, which have received $2.25 million dollars since the TTBC event first began in 2007. Ticket and concert information: Available in early 2016. For more information and event news, visit www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com.
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May 21, 2016

Toyota Texas Bass Classic
8:00a Fri, May 20, 2016 to 5:00p Sun, May 22, 2016 Toyota Stadium 9200 World Cup Way Frisco, Tx 75034 Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this world-class fishing competition and three-day festival! Fans can expect a star-studded lineup of country music concerts and numerous outdoor family activities — all held in addition to the fishing action at Lake Ray Roberts. Proceeds from the festival will continue to benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) youth fishing and urban outreach programs, which have received $2.25 million dollars since the TTBC event first began in 2007. Ticket and concert information: Available in early 2016. For more information and event news, visit www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com.
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Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
9:00a to 12:00p Galveston Island State Park Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing. Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No fishing license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M.
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Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
9:00a to 12:00p McKinney Falls State Park Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing. Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No fishing license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M.
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Dutch Oven gathering
9:00a to 12:00p Eisenhower State Park Come cook with us! We're inviting both new and experienced cooks out to Eisenhower State Park! Join park rangers and others in making delicious Dutch oven food. Bring your Dutch oven cookware and ingredients to share your favorite recipes. If it's your first time using your Dutch oven you can get help and advice from the experts. Cooking begins at 9:00 AM at the Cedar Hollow Picnic Pavilion. At 10:00 AM our park rangers will have a Dutch oven 101 demonstration with samples. Anyone who would like to come out, share a meal, and do some cooking is invited. Bring the whole family out for a fun-filled day at the park! The event is free, but park entrance fees are $5 per person 13 years and older. Subject to cancellation due to weather. If cancelled an update will be made to this posting. You can also call the park office at (903) 465-1956.
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Angler Education Instructor Training Workshop
9:00a to 3:00p Rockport Aquarium 706 Navigation Cir Rockport, Tx 78382 Become a TPWD certified Angler Education Instructor This free workshop is open to anyone 18 or older interested in teaching fishing skills in their communities. The program provides the curriculum, equipment, materials and support to help volunteers successfully introduce youth and their families to fishing. Ideal for teachers, youth group leaders, afterschool or camp staff and community volunteers. SBEC credit available for teachers. Participants should wear comfortable clothing for outdoor activities, wear hat, sunglasses and bring a sack lunch or money for lunch and a water bottle. The workshop is free, but preregistration is required. To register please send full name, phone number and email address for all who want to attend to Caleb Harris at caleb.harris@tpwd.texas.gov or (512) 389-4472.
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NASP ARCHERY CLINIC
9:30a to 11:30a Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit Learn to shot the bow and arrow. NASP technique and safety guidelines are utilized. Reservations are required for this program. If you are 8 years old or older and have wanted to learn how to shot a bow and arrow then this program is for you. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED BY CALLING THE PARK OFFICE AT (903) 945-5256. The program is limited to 15 participants. Join with certified NASP Archery Instructors and learn the techniques and sport of Archery. All archery equipment is provided for this event. Safety is always first! This program may be cancelled because of weather. Contact the park office for up to date information.
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Two-hour Ranger Guided Canoe Trip
10:00a to 12:00p Martin Dies, Jr. State Park Want to go out on a canoe, but not sure where? Join a ranger for a fun paddling adventure. Do you want to canoe, but not sure where to go or what to do? Sign up for the $15 Ranger guided two-hour canoe trip. This trip includes basic canoeing instruction, and allows you to discover one of the great paddling trails that the park offers. Where to Sign-up: Call ahead to sign up at our park's headquarters' building at 409-384-5231 Where to Meet: We will be meeting on the Walnut Ridge Unit where our canoes are located. For exact location please inquire with the headquarters' office since the location of the canoes may be changing prior to this event. What to Have/Bring: Park permit in your windshield (received from park headquarters or self-pay station) Snacks such as granola bars if desired Full water bottle Close-toed shoes, secure water shoes or old tennis shoes that you don't mind getting wet (not flip flops) Sunscreen A hat that won't blow away in high winds Sunglasses Dress for the weather Bug spray Dry bag, zip lock bags, or water proof containers for your gear (Our rangers are not responsible for any damages to your possessions.) Something soft such as a cushion or towel to sit on Any special medication, for example an epipen. What to Know: Please let us know if you are unable to attend at least two days in advance. Please use the bathroom before showing up at the launch site. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets are provided by Martin Dies, Jr. State Park. Participants must be able to carry a 60Ib kayak with partner. This event is subject to cancellation due to thunderstorms or high winds. Visitors are welcome to bring their own canoes/kayaks but will still have to pay the $15 fee for this trip.
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Pond Dipping
2:00p to 3:00p Martin Dies, Jr. State Park Join Ranger Amy to see what tiny animals are living in our lake. Join Ranger Amy to see what's living in the lake water. When: 2pm Where to meet: The Walnut day use area What to bring: Bring your Jr. Ranger booklets, camera, bug spray, hats, layers, water. This program is appropriate for all ages.
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Belts and Hoses - Coffee City Tournament
Charity bass tournament for the Fire Department and Police Department of Coffee City, Texas
Blanco Classic Car Show - 8:0 am
Blanco State Park A classic car show! Stroll through the park while enjoying the classic car show along the beautiful banks of the Blanco River. Gates open at 8 a.m. The awards ceremony will start around 2 pm. For more information call (512) 632-0648.
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May 22, 2016

Toyota Texas Bass Classic
8:00a Fri, May 20, 2016 to 5:00p Sun, May 22, 2016 Toyota Stadium 9200 World Cup Way Frisco, Tx 75034 Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this world-class fishing competition and three-day festival! Fans can expect a star-studded lineup of country music concerts and numerous outdoor family activities — all held in addition to the fishing action at Lake Ray Roberts. Proceeds from the festival will continue to benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) youth fishing and urban outreach programs, which have received $2.25 million dollars since the TTBC event first began in 2007. Ticket and concert information: Available in early 2016. For more information and event news, visit www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com.
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Bay Explorations
Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. 10:00a to 11:30a Galveston Island State Park Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map
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May 25, 2016

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The Commission will conduct a public hearing to receive input from our partners, stakeholders and constituents concerning any issues relating to Department policies, goals, programs, and responsibilities. Anyone who is interested in speaking to the Commission is encouraged to attend. An agenda will be available a few days before the commission meeting. http://tpwd.texas.gov/business/feedback/meetings/
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May 26, 2016

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Meeting
The Commission will conduct a public hearing to receive input from our partners, stakeholders and constituents concerning any issues relating to Department policies, goals, programs, and responsibilities. Anyone who is interested in speaking to the Commission is encouraged to attend. An agenda will be available a few days before the commission meeting. http://tpwd.texas.gov/business/feedback/meetings/
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May 27, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger
Learn the basics and spend some quality time trying to catch the big one! A free fishing program that will cover the essential skills of fishing. We provide all the gear and bait and because there is free fishing in state parks you don't need a license either. You do not need a reservation for this program, just bring a smile. Program meets behind park store. Park entrance fees do apply (children under 12 are free).
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May 28, 2016

Fish Printing
Galveston Island State Park Easy, fast Ranger program on fish and printmaking at beach picnic tables. Great Arts in the Parks craft program for the whole family to join! Join us after the Beach Exploration hike (10am) finishes on the beach. Bring your old shirts, or create a paper fish print with Ranger Lisa. We'll be introducing young park visitors to the anatomy of a fish, and creating a special art piece, worthy of any refrigerator or frame. No experience required, pets on leash only. Restrooms, picnic tables, BBQ pits, outdoor showers, and changing stations available. What to bring: • Be sure to get a park permit before coming to program • Old shirt or cloth bag (for printing) • Sunscreen, hat, and water bottle • Any supplies needed for a good day at the beach
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East Texas Black Pot Cookers
9:00a to 1:00p Martin Creek Lake State Park Learn about cast iron Dutch oven cooking. Join the new East Texas Black Pot Cookers Dutch Oven group Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm. Members will be cooking various meals and also give Dutch oven basics 101 demonstrations on how to get started. New members are welcomed to join in or just stop by and see what Dutch oven cooking is all about. Food is served at noon, bring your own plate & fork and sample some of the best campfire cooking
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Angler Education Instructor Training Workshop
10:00a to 2:30p Bass Pro Shops 1000 Bass Pro Drive Pearland, TX. 77047 Become A TPWD certified Angler Education Instructor This free workshop is open to anyone 18 years or older interested in teaching fishing skills in their communities. The program provides the curriculum, equipment materials and support to help volunteers successfully introduce youth and their families. Ideal for teachers, youth group leaders, after school or camp staff and community volunteers. SBEC credit available for teachers. Participants should wear comfortable clothing for outdoor activities, wear hat, sunglasses and bring a sack lunch or purchase food from the restaurant. This workshop is free, but registation is required, please contact Greg Akins at (281) 534-0123 or Email Greg.Akins@tpwd.texas.gov http://tpwd.texas.gov/education/angler-education/
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Food from the Farm
10:00a to 4:30p Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site Come join us at Barrington Farm to learn how we grow heirloom vegetables and flowers as they did in the mid19th century. Learn about companion planting as a natural pesticide, organic farming, and seed saving. Join Miss Kellie for a discussion on the heirloom varieties we grow here at Barrington. Make a botanical journal and take home a poem full of life lessons. “Food from the Farm” will be held Saturday, May 28th at Barrington Living History Farm, home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of the Republic of Texas. The Farm is located within the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155. Program FREE with general admission. Reservations not required. Farm Admission prices are: Adult $5.00 Student (age 7 through college) $3.00 Children 6 and under – FREE Texas State Park annual pass holders - FREE. Discounted tour tickets for Independence Hall and the Star of the Republic Museum are available. The standard hours of operation for the site are from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather as the event will take place in an 1850’s period setting with some portions outdoors. Leashed pets allowed in park, but NOT ALLOWED onto farm site. Accessible for the mobility impaired. For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext. 246, ask for Kellie.
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Pond Dipping
2:00p to 3:00p Martin Dies, Jr. State Park Join Ranger Amy to see what tiny animals are living in our lake. Join Ranger Amy to see what's living in the lake water. When: 2pm Where to meet: The Walnut day use area What to bring: Bring your Jr. Ranger booklets, camera, bug spray, hats, layers, water. This program is appropriate for all ages.
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Fishing with a Ranger - 10:0 am
Lost Maples State Natural Area Fish at the pond in Lost Maples with a Ranger. Come to the pond to enjoy fishing at the pond with a Ranger. Bring your own gear or we have 8 rods furnished first come first serve.
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May 29, 2016

Bay Explorations
Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. 10:00a to 11:30a Galveston Island State Park Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map
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June 1, 2016

Greater AJ, Gray Triggerfish Seasons in Gulf Close
This is a reminder that the recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish will close in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico on June 1, 2016,12:01 a.m., local time. The recreational seasons for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish close annually from June 1 through July 31. NOAA Fisheries will review the recreational landings for both species and compare them against their respective annual catch targets to determine if either recreational season will be re-opened on August 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., local time, as scheduled. During the closure: Recreational harvest or possession of greater amberjack is prohibited. Recreational harvest or possession of gray triggerfish is prohibited. The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a valid Gulf of Mexico reef fish charter/headboat permit. This closure is necessary to protect the greater amberjack and gray triggerfish fishery. The greater amberjack and gray triggerfish populations are considered overfished (the population is too low), but are no longer undergoing overfishing (rate of removal is too high). This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations. Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register. About Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico.

June 2, 2016

Underwater Discovery!
Use a seining net to discover what is living in the shallow waters of the lake Join us for a program and you will venture into the shallow waters off the lake shore with a seining net and discover what you can find! Learn about aquatic life like minnows, bugs, and plants. Participants should be prepared to get wet as you will be wading into water several feet deep, though getting into the water is not required. Program is free, but all park entrance fees apply. *Meet behind the park store on the lake front* Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events!
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June 3, 2016

Become a JUNIOR RANGER!
KIDS! Learn what it means to be a park ranger and how to protect our beautiful state parks with this SELF-GUIDED program ANY DAY OF THE WEEK! Check out a loaner Explorer Pack and/or complete fun Junior Ranger journal activities on your own time and receive an official badge! (ages 6-12 years) Come by the Visitor Center (during business hours) to pick up a Junior Ranger journal or borrow an Explorer Pack. With an adult's help, learn what it means to be a park ranger and how to protect our beautiful state parks by completing fun exploration activities on your own! *Level 1: Ages 6-7, must complete at least 5 activities *Level 2: Ages 8-10, must complete at least 7 activities *Level 3: Ages 11-12, must complete at least 9 activities Before you leave, bring your journal to the Visitor Center and receive an official Texas State Parks Junior Ranger badge! You can also keep your journal afterwards as a park souvenir. VISITOR CENTER HOURS: 9:00am - 3:00pm daily **Great interactive activity for scout troops and school groups!**
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Lake Mineral Wells State Park - Two Night Event!
Join us for a fun-filled weekend designed to help your family discover the joys of camping and Texas State Parks. All camping gear and equipment required for an overnight stay at the park are included with each reservation! Click for a list of activities offered and specific information for this workshop.
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Wildlife Habitat Management Workshop
Free habitat management workshop on the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area. The Wildlife Habitat Management workshop will begin at the Gus A. Engeling Wildlife Conservation Center with a brief overview and history of the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area. Participants will then be taken on a guided tour of the WMA by a wildlife biologist who will explain proper habitat management practices for the Post Oak Savannah Ecoregion. Topics will include prescribed fire, hardwood timber management, strip disking and other mechanical treatments, harvest management, grazing management and herbicide application. No reservations required.
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Fishing with a Ranger
Learn the basics and spend some quality time trying to catch the big one! A free fishing program that will cover the essential skills of fishing. We provide all the gear and bait and because there is free fishing in state parks you don't need a license either. You do not need a reservation for this program, just bring a smile. Program meets behind park store. Park entrance fees do apply (children under 12 are free). Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events!
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June 4, 2016

Pier Fishing With A Ranger
Mentored fishing opportunity to learn about the bait and tackle many use to catch fish from the piers. Join park staff at the Day Use Fishing Pier for a short course in angler education/ethics and the types of fish stocked in the lake. Then we will setup and fish with the different types of bait and tackle to see what is most successful for the present weather and lake conditions. If we are successful we can learn about proper fish handling, catch and release ethics and or cleaning and cooking best practices. Bring your own fishing gear or try some of ours. Meet at the Day Use Fishing Pier. 8:00a to 10:00a Sat, June 04, 2016 Purtis Creek State Park Map & Directions Mendy Davis (903) 425-2332 mendy.davis@tpwd.texas.gov
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Fishing with a Ranger
oin a park ranger for a few fishing basics. Bring your own bait! Want to try fishing, but are not sure where to start? Come to Fishing with a ranger! Learn a few fishing basics, like baiting a hook, casting a line, and if you are lucky reeling in a fish! Bring your own bait and we will help you hook it! (Shrimp is a popular choice and can be found at most local bait stands.) The park will provide a limited number of fishing poles for use during the program, poles can also be checked out from Park Headquarters first-come, first-serve. When: 8:30 a.m. Where: Fishing Pier Parking Lot What are we doing: Learning fishing basics. Things to bring: Bait, water, sunscreen, fishing pole, and dress in weather appropriate clothing. Events may be canceled pending weather, or if no participants are present. There is no fee for attending this program although park entrance is required. Entrance fees are $5 per person over the age of 13, children 12 and under are free, or free with a current Texas State Park Pass. 8:30a to 9:30a Sat, June 04, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Goose Island State Park Map & Directions Janelle Rand 361-729-2858 janelle.rand@tpwd.texas.gov
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Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing. Go Fish LogoFamilies can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No fishing license necessary on this date - the first Saturday in June is always free fishing day, when license requirements are suspended. (catch size and daily limits still apply). Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M 9:00a to 12:00p Sat, June 04, 2016 South Side Lions Park 4600 Pecan Valley Dr San Antonio, Tx 78223 Caleb Harris (512) 389-4472 caleb.harris@tpwd.texas.gov
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22nd Annual Mark Howell Memorial Fishing Rodeo
9:00a to 4:00p Sat, June 04, 2016 Lake Arrowhead State Park Map & Directions Joey Hendrix (940)528-2211 joey.hendrix@tpwd.texas.gov Lake Arrowhead State Park invites you to join us for the 22nd Annual Mark Howell Memorial Fishing Rodeo, Kids fish and Adult Rough Fish contest! Come out to Lake Arrowhead State Park on June 4th for the 22nd Annual Mark Howell Memorial Fishing Rodeo. Information for the four contests below. Kids Fish Information: 10:00 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M. Tackle and Bait will be furnished while supplies last Parents and Grandparents may assist Prizes will be awarded in each age group Age groups 3-6, 7-12, and 13-16. All prizes donated by The Friends of Lake Arrowhead State Park Adult Rough Fish Information: 9:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. 17 Years of age and up. Prizes will be awarded at 4:00 P.M. There will be a $2.00 registration for the Rough Fish Contest. Register at the Group Dining Hall. Fish must be caught within park boundaries Must be registered prior to fishing. Nearly 500$ in prizes will be awarded. Kids, bring your parents out and show them how to fish! No fishing license required in any Texas State Park. Fishing supplies such as poles and tackle available from the loaner tackle program, contact Lake Arrowhead State Park Headquarters for more information! See you there!
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Shoreline Kayaking Tour
10:00a to 12:30p Sat, June 04, 2016 Eisenhower State Park Map & Directions Kate Saling (903) 465-1956 kate.saling@tpwd.texas.gov (FULL - WAIT LIST FORMING) See the park's magnificent rocky bluffs from the water on a guided kayaking tour. The tour is FULL. Please CALL OR EMAIL TO BE PUT ON WAIT LIST. We'll meet at the Eisenhower Yacht Club and spend some time covering the basics of paddling and water safety. Then we'll embark on a journey over the waters of beautiful Lake Texoma. Before you can join us: Please RESERVE YOUR SPOT by emailing Ranger Kate at kate.saling@tpwd.texas.gov or calling the office at (903) 465-1956. Arrange to bring your own gear (kayak, paddles, and life jacket) OR rent from the Eisenhower Yacht Club ($30 for single, $40 for tandem). Be 13 years of age or older. If between ages 13 and 18 you must ride in a tandem kayak and be accompanied by an adult. Pay your park entry fee at the entrance. What to expect: Moderate to extreme physical activity in the great outdoors Small group instruction and guidance (≤ 8 people) 1.5 hour paddling trip there and back along the shore Possible cancellations due to rain or strong winds Anything that goes out may get wet or completely submerged - including you! What to bring: Water and snacks Closed toed-shoes Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat that won't blow away Towel or dry clothes for after
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Annual Fishing Day at LBJ State Park
10:00a to 12:00p Sat, June 04, 2016 Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site Map & Directions Iris Neffendorf (830) 644-2252 iris.neffendorf@tpwd.texas.gov This event is a fishing clinic for children and families. After fishing on the Pedernales River there will be a short clinic for all the participants. It is hosted through a partnership by LBJ State Park & Historic Site and Wal-Mart. (No pets allowed) This event is a fishing clinic for children and families. After fishing on the Pedernales River there will be a short clinic for all the participants. It is hosted through a partnership by LBJ State Park & Historic Site and Wal-Mart. (No pets allowed)
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Kids Kayak Clinic
1:00p to 2:00p Sat, June 04, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Inks Lake State Park Map & Directions Sean Jones (512) 793-4689 sean.jones@tpwd.texas.gov Start your kids out kayaking the right way! A one-hour lesson for kids to learn the basics of kayaking and have the opportunity to kayak in a controlled environment in the cove behind the park store. We will go over water safety and responsible kayaking skills. Of course we will be having fun in the water! Parents will be strongly encouraged to assist/participate, but the kids will be the ones on the kayaks. Parents must stay for the program. All participants (parents included) should come prepared to get wet. Bring sunscreen and a hat! Cost will be the $3 dollar interpretive program fee for all participants. For safety the minimum age for kids will be 8 years old. Park entrance fees apply. Pre-registration is required. Program is held behind park store. For more information or to register call park headquarters at 512-793-2223. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events!
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National Fishing Day
Kick off summer with free hot dogs and soft drinks, games and fishing! 9:00a to 4:00p Sat, June 04, 2016 Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Map & Directions James Booker (903) 670-2266 james.booker@tpwd.texas.gov
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June 5, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger -
Come fishing with us! Come try your hand at catch-and-release fishing! Rods, reels, and bait provided, and you don't even need a fishing license! Don't know how to fish? Don't worry--we'll teach you, with plenty of time to practice! Sun protection and drinking water are recommended. All ages welcome! Meet at the floating dock at Buck Lake (down path from restrooms, between campsites 39 and 41). Note: Park programs are open to the public and free with park entrance fee ($5 per adult ages 13 and up children 12 and under are always free!). No need to register -- just show up! 10:00a to 12:00p Sun, June 05, 2016 South Llano River State Park Map & Directions Holly Platz (325) 446-3994 holly.platz@tpwd.texas.gov
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Discover what lurks beneath the surface of a quiet
Discover what lurks beneath the surface of a quiet pond. Located at the Elm Lake and spillway trail intersection. 3:30p to 4:00p Sun, June 05, 2016 Brazos Bend State Park Map & Directions (979)553-5101
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June 8, 2016

Angler Education Instructor Training Workshop
Become a TPWD certified Angler Education Instructor This free workshop is open to anyone 18 or older interested in teaching fishing skills in their communities. The program provides the curriculum, equipment, materials and support to help volunteers successfully introduce youth and their families to fishing. Ideal for teachers, youth group leaders, afterschool or camp staff and community volunteers. SBEC credit available for teachers. Participants should wear comfortable clothing for outdoor activities, hat and sunglasses, bring a sack lunch and water bottle. Mention you are attending this workshop for free entrance into the park. The workshop is free, but preregistration is required, contact Keira Quam at keira.quam@tpwd.texas.gov or (469) 644-2705. 10:00a to 4:00p Wed, June 08, 2016 Lake Tawakoni State Park Map & Directions Keira Quam (469) 644-2705 Keira.Quam@tpwd.texas.gov
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June 9, 2016

Underwater Discovery!
Use a seining net to discover what is living in the shallow waters of the lake Join us for a program and you will venture into the shallow waters off the lake shore with a seining net and discover what you can find! Learn about aquatic life like minnows, bugs, and plants. Participants should be prepared to get wet as you will be wading into water several feet deep, though getting into the water is not required. Program is free, but all park entrance fees apply. *Meet behind the park store on the lake front* Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events!
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June 10, 2016

Become a JUNIOR RANGER!
KIDS! Learn what it means to be a park ranger and how to protect our beautiful state parks with this SELF-GUIDED program ANY DAY OF THE WEEK! Check out a loaner Explorer Pack and/or complete fun Junior Ranger journal activities on your own time and receive an official badge! (ages 6-12 years) Come by the Visitor Center (during business hours) to pick up a Junior Ranger journal or borrow an Explorer Pack. With an adult's help, learn what it means to be a park ranger and how to protect our beautiful state parks by completing fun exploration activities on your own! *Level 1: Ages 6-7, must complete at least 5 activities *Level 2: Ages 8-10, must complete at least 7 activities *Level 3: Ages 11-12, must complete at least 9 activities Before you leave, bring your journal to the Visitor Center and receive an official Texas State Parks Junior Ranger badge! You can also keep your journal afterwards as a park souvenir. VISITOR CENTER HOURS: 9:00am - 3:00pm daily **Great interactive activity for scout troops and school groups!**
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Dutch Oven Dinner
6:00p to 7:00p Fri, June 10, 2016 Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit Map & Directions Ricardo Torres 940-686-2148 x258 rick.torres@tpwd.texas.gov Come learn about the basics of Dutch oven cooking, as well as a bit of history associated with the oven. We’ll also be cooking simple Dutch oven treats, so bring your fork and appetite for a sample! Meet: Lost Pines Amphitheater Bring: Your appetite! We will have plates and forks, however visitors are encouraged to bring their own forks/plates in an effort to reduce waste (reduce, reuse, recycle!). Note: Park programs are open and free to the public with entrance fee ($7 per adult ages 13 and up children 12 and under are always free!). No need to register, just show up.
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Fishing with a Ranger
Learn the basics and spend some quality time trying to catch the big one! A free fishing program that will cover the essential skills of fishing. We provide all the gear and bait and because there is free fishing in state parks you don't need a license either. You do not need a reservation for this program, just bring a smile. Program meets behind park store. Park entrance fees do apply (children under 12 are free). Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events!
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June 11, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger
join a park ranger for a few fishing basics. Bring your own bait! Want to try fishing, but are not sure where to start? Come to Fishing with a ranger! Learn a few fishing basics, like baiting a hook, casting a line, and if you are lucky reeling in a fish! Bring your own bait and we will help you hook it! (Shrimp is a popular choice and can be found at most local bait stands.) The park will provide a limited number of fishing poles for use during the program, poles can also be checked out from Park Headquarters first-come, first-serve. When: 8:30 a.m. Where: Fishing Pier Parking Lot What are we doing: Learning fishing basics. Things to bring: Bait, water, sunscreen, fishing pole, and dress in weather appropriate clothing. Events may be canceled pending weather, or if no participants are present. There is no fee for attending this program although park entrance is required. Entrance fees are $5 per person over the age of 13, children 12 and under are free, or free with a current Texas State Park Pass. 8:30a to 9:30a Sat, June 04, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Goose Island State Park Map & Directions Janelle Rand 361-729-2858 janelle.rand@tpwd.texas.gov
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Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing. Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No fishing license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M 9:00a to 12:00p Sat, June 11, 2016 Eisenhower State Park Map & Directions Lee Yeager - Red River Fly Fishers Club (903) 421-4984 wlyeager@cableone.net
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kayak with a ranger
Great introduction to kayaking and getting out on the water Kayak with a Ranger at Lake Colorado City State Park on Saturday, June 11th is an introductory program that will teach basic skills and knowledge for kayaking and equipment. You must call and sign up ahead of time as seating is limited. Personal Flotation Devices are available at the park but we encourage you to bring your own if possible. You can barrow our kayaks or you can bring your own to join in on this fun. For any additional information please call the office (325) 728-3931. There is no cost for the program however you will still need to pay daily entrance fees of $4 per adult and children 12 and under are free. If you have Texas State Park Pass there is no charge. 9:30a to 12:00p Sat, June 11, 2016 Lake Colorado City State Park Map & Directions Kyle OHaver 3257283931 kyle.ohaver@tpwd.texas.gov
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Two-hour Guided Kayak Trip
Want to explore our sloughs on kayak but not alone? Want to explore our sloughs on canoe but not alone? Join a ranger for a two-hour, three mile long guided kayak trip through the park's swampy sloughs and the Neches River. While paddling, we will be on the lookout for wildlife such as bald eagles, belted kingfishers, herons, turtles and alligators. This trip is from 10:00 am to noon and costs $15 per kayak which can fit one adult. Participation is available to anyone capable of the moderate exertion of paddling for a couple of hours. Space is limited so please call our headquarters office in advance to make your reservation. 409-384-5231 Where: Meet at the day use area on the Walnut Ridge Unit part of the park, where the kayaks are. What to Bring: Park permit in your windshield (received from park headquarters or self-pay station) Snacks such as granola bars Full water bottle Close-toed shoes, secure water shoes or old tennis shoes that you don't mind getting wet (not flip flops) Sunscreen A hat that won't blow away in high winds Sunglasses Dress for the weather Bug spray Dry bag, zip lock bags, or water proof containers for your gear (Our rangers are not responsible for any damages to your possessions.) Something soft such as a cushion or towel to sit on Any special medication. What to Know: Please let us know if you are unable to attend at least two days in advance. Please use the bathroom before showing up at the launch site. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets are provided by Martin Dies, Jr. State Park. Participants must be able to carry a 60-pound kayak from the launch site to the water. This event is subject to cancellation due to thunderstorms or high winds. Visitors are welcome to bring their own canoes/kayaks but will still have to pay the $15 fee for this trip. 10:00a to 12:00p Sat, June 11, 2016 Martin Dies, Jr. State Park Map & Directions Amy Kocurek (409) 384-5231
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June 12, 2016

Bay Explorations
Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map 10:00a to 11:30a Sun, June 12, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Galveston Island State Park Map & Directions Lisa Reznicek (409) 737-1222 Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov
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June 14, 2016

Texas Aquatic Science Teacher Workshop-DFW Area
Earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit attending a Texas Aquatic Science Teacher workshop. Texas Aquatic Science is a comprehensive aquatic science curriculum, from molecules to ecosystems, and headwaters to ocean, for middle school and high school students. RSVP to johnnie.smith@tpwd.texas.gov to attend. Location of the Lewisville ISD Outdoor Learning Area (LISDOLA) 101 Fish Hatchery/Holfords Prairie Rd, Lewusville, TX 75057 LISDOLA is located in the north side of the intersection of Business SH121 and Fish Hatchery/Holfords Prairie Rd (If coming from the south on I35 do not exit on SH 121 toll road, continue driving to Business 121 and turn east (right hand turn) 12:00p to 5:00p Tue, June 14, 2016 Lewisville ISD Outdoor Learning Area 101 Fish Hatchery Rd Lewisville, Tx 75057 Johnnie Smith 5123898060 JOHNNIE.SMITH@tpwd.texas.gov
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June 16, 2016

Devil's Waterhole Paddling Clinic and Tour
Learn how to paddle safely and then take a trip to Devil's Waterhole and back. Adults: $12 Seniors, children, TSPP holders: $10 Spend an afternoon learning the basics of paddling (canoe or kayak) followed by a guided tour to Devil’s Waterhole. Be prepared to get wet, so wear swim clothing and shoes. Pre-registration at headquarters required. *Weather Permitting* We have 15 multi-person canoes and 15 single kayaks available. Sign-up for your preference. Parental supervision required. Please call 512-793-2223 ext. 6 to make phone reservations. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events! 1:00p to 2:30p Thu, June 16, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Inks Lake State Park Map & Directions Sean Jones (512) 793-4689 sean.jones@tpwd.texas.gov
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Underwater Discovery!
Use a seining net to discover what is living in the shallow waters of the lake Join us for a program and you will venture into the shallow waters off the lake shore with a seining net and discover what you can find! Learn about aquatic life like minnows, bugs, and plants. Participants should be prepared to get wet as you will be wading into water several feet deep, though getting into the water is not required. Program is free, but all park entrance fees apply. *Meet behind the park store on the lake front* Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events!
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June 17, 2016

Become a JUNIOR RANGER!
KIDS! Learn what it means to be a park ranger and how to protect our beautiful state parks with this SELF-GUIDED program ANY DAY OF THE WEEK! Check out a loaner Explorer Pack and/or complete fun Junior Ranger journal activities on your own time and receive an official badge! (ages 6-12 years) Come by the Visitor Center (during business hours) to pick up a Junior Ranger journal or borrow an Explorer Pack. With an adult's help, learn what it means to be a park ranger and how to protect our beautiful state parks by completing fun exploration activities on your own! *Level 1: Ages 6-7, must complete at least 5 activities *Level 2: Ages 8-10, must complete at least 7 activities *Level 3: Ages 11-12, must complete at least 9 activities Before you leave, bring your journal to the Visitor Center and receive an official Texas State Parks Junior Ranger badge! You can also keep your journal afterwards as a park souvenir. VISITOR CENTER HOURS: 9:00am - 3:00pm daily **Great interactive activity for scout troops and school groups!**
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Fishing with a Ranger
Learn the basics and spend some quality time trying to catch the big one! A free fishing program that will cover the essential skills of fishing. We provide all the gear and bait and because there is free fishing in state parks you don't need a license either. You do not need a reservation for this program, just bring a smile. Program meets behind park store. Park entrance fees do apply (children under 12 are free). Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events!
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June 18, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger
join a park ranger for a few fishing basics. Bring your own bait! Want to try fishing, but are not sure where to start? Come to Fishing with a ranger! Learn a few fishing basics, like baiting a hook, casting a line, and if you are lucky reeling in a fish! Bring your own bait and we will help you hook it! (Shrimp is a popular choice and can be found at most local bait stands.) The park will provide a limited number of fishing poles for use during the program, poles can also be checked out from Park Headquarters first-come, first-serve. When: 8:30 a.m. Where: Fishing Pier Parking Lot What are we doing: Learning fishing basics. Things to bring: Bait, water, sunscreen, fishing pole, and dress in weather appropriate clothing. Events may be canceled pending weather, or if no participants are present. There is no fee for attending this program although park entrance is required. Entrance fees are $5 per person over the age of 13, children 12 and under are free, or free with a current Texas State Park Pass. 8:30a to 9:30a Sat, June 04, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Goose Island State Park Map & Directions Janelle Rand 361-729-2858 janelle.rand@tpwd.texas.gov

June 19, 2016

Father's Day Fishing Tournament
Hook, Line & Sinker! This fishing event will cover the essential skills of fishing. Gear is provided but please bring your own bait! A fishing license is NOT required. ***Please note that ALL fish minimum size requirements and limits apply. Check with park office as we have specific guidelines since our lake is a community fishing lake. Our park does not align completely with the Texas Parks & Wildlife outdoor annual*** Program meets at the fishing pier located in day use. Park entrance fees apply (children 12 and under are FREE). All participants please stop at park headquarters to register, pay entry fees, and obtain vehicle permits. 10:00a to 2:00p Sun, June 19, 2016 Meridian State Park Map & Directions Meridian State Park (254) 435-2536 erika.warlick@tpwd.texas.gov
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Bay Explorations
Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map 10:00a to 11:30a Sun, June 12, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Galveston Island State Park Map & Directions Lisa Reznicek (409) 737-1222 Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov

June 22, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger
Join a park ranger for a few fishing basics. Bring your own bait! Want to try fishing, but are not sure where to start? Come to Fishing with a ranger! Learn a few fishing basics, like baiting a hook, casting a line, and if you are lucky reeling in a fish! Bring your own bait and we will help you hook it! (Shrimp is a popular choice and can be found at most local bait stands.) The park will provide a limited number of fishing poles for use during the program, poles can also be checked out from Park Headquarters first-come, first-served. When: 9:00 a.m. Where: Fishing Pier What are we doing: Learning fishing basics. Things to bring: Bait, water, sunscreen, fishing pole, and dress in weather appropriate clothing. Events may be canceled pending weather, or if no participants are present. There is no fee for attending this program although park entrance is required. Entrance fees are $5 per person over the age of 13, children 12 and under are free, or free with a current Texas State Park Pass. 9:00a to 10:00a Wed, June 22, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Goose Island State Park Map & Directions Janelle Rand 361-729-2858 Janelle.Rand@tpwd.Texas.gov
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June 23, 2016

Kids Kayak Clinic
1:00p to 2:00p Sat, June 04, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Inks Lake State Park Map & Directions Sean Jones (512) 793-4689 sean.jones@tpwd.texas.gov Start your kids out kayaking the right way! A one-hour lesson for kids to learn the basics of kayaking and have the opportunity to kayak in a controlled environment in the cove behind the park store. We will go over water safety and responsible kayaking skills. Of course we will be having fun in the water! Parents will be strongly encouraged to assist/participate, but the kids will be the ones on the kayaks. Parents must stay for the program. All participants (parents included) should come prepared to get wet. Bring sunscreen and a hat! Cost will be the $3 dollar interpretive program fee for all participants. For safety the minimum age for kids will be 8 years old. Park entrance fees apply. Pre-registration is required. Program is held behind park store. For more information or to register call park headquarters at 512-793-2223. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events!
Underwater Discovery!
Use a seining net to discover what is living in the shallow waters of the lake Join us for a program and you will venture into the shallow waters off the lake shore with a seining net and discover what you can find! Learn about aquatic life like minnows, bugs, and plants. Participants should be prepared to get wet as you will be wading into water several feet deep, though getting into the water is not required. Program is free, but all park entrance fees apply. *Meet behind the park store on the lake front* Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events!
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The Houston Summer Boat Show
The Houston Summer Boat Show will take place June 22-26 at the NRG Center. Organizers said visitors will find vessels that include fishing boats, cruisers, runabouts, center consoles, pontoons, kayaks and wakeboard boats. There also will be as many as 100 exhibits showcasing fishing gear, water sports accessories, electronics for boating, patio furniture, vacation getaways, and clothing and jewelry. "While longtime avid boaters know that we offer the best in boating with incredible deals on new boats and accessories, newcomers will be pleasantly surprised by the numerous family-friendly activities and opportunities to explore fun, new boats and boating and fishing technology," boat show president Ken Lovell said in a statement. Returning to the show is the Bass Tub, a 4,000-gallon, 18-wheeler-sized fish tank filled with live bass for fishing demonstrations. Children can catch a rainbow trout at Fish-O-Rama. Organizers said the first 50 chldren's tickets sold at the ticket windows every day will come with a free rod-and-reel combo. "The 2016 Houston Summer Boat Show will Rock the Boat," said Texas country singer Roger Creager, who will return as a celebrity spokesman http://houstonboatshows.com/

June 24, 2016

The Houston Summer Boat Show
The Houston Summer Boat Show will take place June 22-26 at the NRG Center. Organizers said visitors will find vessels that include fishing boats, cruisers, runabouts, center consoles, pontoons, kayaks and wakeboard boats. There also will be as many as 100 exhibits showcasing fishing gear, water sports accessories, electronics for boating, patio furniture, vacation getaways, and clothing and jewelry. "While longtime avid boaters know that we offer the best in boating with incredible deals on new boats and accessories, newcomers will be pleasantly surprised by the numerous family-friendly activities and opportunities to explore fun, new boats and boating and fishing technology," boat show president Ken Lovell said in a statement. Returning to the show is the Bass Tub, a 4,000-gallon, 18-wheeler-sized fish tank filled with live bass for fishing demonstrations. Children can catch a rainbow trout at Fish-O-Rama. Organizers said the first 50 chldren's tickets sold at the ticket windows every day will come with a free rod-and-reel combo. "The 2016 Houston Summer Boat Show will Rock the Boat," said Texas country singer Roger Creager, who will return as a celebrity spokesman http://houstonboatshows.com/
Become a JUNIOR RANGER!
KIDS! Learn what it means to be a park ranger and how to protect our beautiful state parks with this SELF-GUIDED program ANY DAY OF THE WEEK! Check out a loaner Explorer Pack and/or complete fun Junior Ranger journal activities on your own time and receive an official badge! (ages 6-12 years) Come by the Visitor Center (during business hours) to pick up a Junior Ranger journal or borrow an Explorer Pack. With an adult's help, learn what it means to be a park ranger and how to protect our beautiful state parks by completing fun exploration activities on your own! *Level 1: Ages 6-7, must complete at least 5 activities *Level 2: Ages 8-10, must complete at least 7 activities *Level 3: Ages 11-12, must complete at least 9 activities Before you leave, bring your journal to the Visitor Center and receive an official Texas State Parks Junior Ranger badge! You can also keep your journal afterwards as a park souvenir. VISITOR CENTER HOURS: 9:00am - 3:00pm daily **Great interactive activity for scout troops and school groups!**
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Fishing with a Ranger
Learn the basics and spend some quality time trying to catch the big one! A free fishing program that will cover the essential skills of fishing. We provide all the gear and bait and because there is free fishing in state parks you don't need a license either. You do not need a reservation for this program, just bring a smile. Program meets behind park store. Park entrance fees do apply (children under 12 are free). Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events!
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June 25, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger
join a park ranger for a few fishing basics. Bring your own bait! Want to try fishing, but are not sure where to start? Come to Fishing with a ranger! Learn a few fishing basics, like baiting a hook, casting a line, and if you are lucky reeling in a fish! Bring your own bait and we will help you hook it! (Shrimp is a popular choice and can be found at most local bait stands.) The park will provide a limited number of fishing poles for use during the program, poles can also be checked out from Park Headquarters first-come, first-serve. When: 8:30 a.m. Where: Fishing Pier Parking Lot What are we doing: Learning fishing basics. Things to bring: Bait, water, sunscreen, fishing pole, and dress in weather appropriate clothing. Events may be canceled pending weather, or if no participants are present. There is no fee for attending this program although park entrance is required. Entrance fees are $5 per person over the age of 13, children 12 and under are free, or free with a current Texas State Park Pass. 8:30a to 9:30a Sat, June 04, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Goose Island State Park Map & Directions Janelle Rand 361-729-2858 janelle.rand@tpwd.texas.gov
Devil's Waterhole Paddling Clinic and Tour
Learn how to paddle safely and then take a trip to Devil's Waterhole and back. Adults: $12 Seniors, children, TSPP holders: $10 Spend an afternoon learning the basics of paddling (canoe or kayak) followed by a guided tour to Devil’s Waterhole. Be prepared to get wet, so wear swim clothing and shoes. Pre-registration at headquarters required. *Weather Permitting* We have 15 multi-person canoes and 15 single kayaks available. Sign-up for your preference. Parental supervision required. Please call 512-793-2223 ext. 6 to make phone reservations. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events! 1:00p to 2:30p Thu, June 16, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Inks Lake State Park Map & Directions Sean Jones (512) 793-4689 sean.jones@tpwd.texas.gov
The Houston Summer Boat Show
The Houston Summer Boat Show will take place June 22-26 at the NRG Center. Organizers said visitors will find vessels that include fishing boats, cruisers, runabouts, center consoles, pontoons, kayaks and wakeboard boats. There also will be as many as 100 exhibits showcasing fishing gear, water sports accessories, electronics for boating, patio furniture, vacation getaways, and clothing and jewelry. "While longtime avid boaters know that we offer the best in boating with incredible deals on new boats and accessories, newcomers will be pleasantly surprised by the numerous family-friendly activities and opportunities to explore fun, new boats and boating and fishing technology," boat show president Ken Lovell said in a statement. Returning to the show is the Bass Tub, a 4,000-gallon, 18-wheeler-sized fish tank filled with live bass for fishing demonstrations. Children can catch a rainbow trout at Fish-O-Rama. Organizers said the first 50 chldren's tickets sold at the ticket windows every day will come with a free rod-and-reel combo. "The 2016 Houston Summer Boat Show will Rock the Boat," said Texas country singer Roger Creager, who will return as a celebrity spokesman http://houstonboatshows.com/
Angler Education Instructor Training Workshop
Become a TPWD certified Angler Education Instructor This free workshop is open to anyone 18 or older interested in teaching fishing skills in their communities. The program provides the curriculum, equipment, materials and support to help volunteers successfully introduce youth and their families to fishing. Ideal for teachers, youth group leaders, afterschool or camp staff and community volunteers. SBEC credit available for teachers. Participants should wear comfortable clothing for outdoor activities, wear hat, sunglasses and bring a sack lunch or money for lunch and a water bottle. The workshop is free, but preregistration is required. To register please send full name, phone number and email address for all who want to attend to Caleb Harris at caleb.harris@tpwd.texas.gov or (512) 389-4472. 9:00a to 3:00p Sat, June 25, 2016 TPWD Office at Airport Commerce Park 1340 Airport Commerce Dr. Building 6 Austin, Tx 78741 Caleb Harris (512) 761-1606 caleb.harris@tpwd.texas.gov
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Two-hour Ranger Guided Canoe Trip
Want to go out on a canoe, but not sure where? Join a ranger for a fun paddling adventure. Do you want to canoe, but not sure where to go or what to do? Sign up for the $15 Ranger guided two-hour canoe trip. This trip includes basic canoeing instruction, and allows you to discover one of the great paddling trails that the park offers. Where to Sign-up: Call ahead to sign up at our park's headquarters' building at 409-384-5231 Where to Meet: We will be meeting on the Walnut Ridge Unit where our canoes are located. For exact location please inquire with the headquarters' office since the location of the canoes may be changing prior to this event. What to Have/Bring: Park permit in your windshield (received from park headquarters or self-pay station) Snacks such as granola bars if desired Full water bottle Close-toed shoes, secure water shoes or old tennis shoes that you don't mind getting wet (not flip flops) Sunscreen A hat that won't blow away in high winds Sunglasses Dress for the weather Bug spray Dry bag, zip lock bags, or water proof containers for your gear (Our rangers are not responsible for any damages to your possessions.) Something soft such as a cushion or towel to sit on Any special medication. What to Know: Please let us know if you are unable to attend at least two days in advance. Please use the bathroom before showing up at the launch site. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets are provided by Martin Dies, Jr. State Park. Participants must be able to carry a 60Ib kayak with partner. This event is subject to cancellation due to thunderstorms or high winds. Visitors are welcome to bring their own canoes/kayaks but will still have to pay the $15 fee for this trip. 10:00a to 12:00p Sat, June 25, 2016 Martin Dies, Jr. State Park Map & Directions Amy Kocurek 409-384-5231
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Backyard Bass - Learn to Cast
Come try your hand at casting a fishing pole! Learn to cast a fishing pole with the safe and fun game of backyard bass! Fun for all ages! 11:30a to 12:30p Sat, June 25, 2016 McKinney Falls State Park Map & Directions Jenn Menge (512) 415-8793 jenn.menge@tpwd.texas.gov
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June 26, 2016

Angler Education Instructor Training Workshop
Become a TPWD certified Angler Education Instructor This free workshop is open to anyone 18 or older interested in teaching fishing skills in their communities. The program provides the curriculum, equipment, materials and support to help volunteers successfully introduce youth and their families to fishing. Ideal for teachers, youth group leaders, afterschool or camp staff and community volunteers. SBEC credit available for teachers. Participants should wear comfortable clothing for outdoor activities, hat and sunglasses, bring a snack and water bottle. The workshop is free, but preregistration is required, please contact Keira Quam at keira.quam@tpwd.texas.gov or (469) 644-2705. 12:30p to 5:30p Sun, June 26, 2016 TPWD North Texas Education Center 5411 S. Robinson Rd. Grand Prairie, Tx 75052 Keira Quam (469)644-2705 Keira.Quam@TPWD.Texas.gov
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The Houston Summer Boat Show
The Houston Summer Boat Show will take place June 22-26 at the NRG Center. Organizers said visitors will find vessels that include fishing boats, cruisers, runabouts, center consoles, pontoons, kayaks and wakeboard boats. There also will be as many as 100 exhibits showcasing fishing gear, water sports accessories, electronics for boating, patio furniture, vacation getaways, and clothing and jewelry. "While longtime avid boaters know that we offer the best in boating with incredible deals on new boats and accessories, newcomers will be pleasantly surprised by the numerous family-friendly activities and opportunities to explore fun, new boats and boating and fishing technology," boat show president Ken Lovell said in a statement. Returning to the show is the Bass Tub, a 4,000-gallon, 18-wheeler-sized fish tank filled with live bass for fishing demonstrations. Children can catch a rainbow trout at Fish-O-Rama. Organizers said the first 50 chldren's tickets sold at the ticket windows every day will come with a free rod-and-reel combo. "The 2016 Houston Summer Boat Show will Rock the Boat," said Texas country singer Roger Creager, who will return as a celebrity spokesman http://houstonboatshows.com/
Bay Explorations
Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map 10:00a to 11:30a Sun, June 12, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Galveston Island State Park Map & Directions Lisa Reznicek (409) 737-1222 Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov

June 29, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger
Join a park ranger for a few fishing basics. Bring your own bait! Want to try fishing, but are not sure where to start? Come to Fishing with a ranger! Learn a few fishing basics, like baiting a hook, casting a line, and if you are lucky reeling in a fish! Bring your own bait and we will help you hook it! (Shrimp is a popular choice and can be found at most local bait stands.) The park will provide a limited number of fishing poles for use during the program, poles can also be checked out from Park Headquarters first-come, first-served. When: 9:00 a.m. Where: Fishing Pier What are we doing: Learning fishing basics. Things to bring: Bait, water, sunscreen, fishing pole, and dress in weather appropriate clothing. Events may be canceled pending weather, or if no participants are present. There is no fee for attending this program although park entrance is required. Entrance fees are $5 per person over the age of 13, children 12 and under are free, or free with a current Texas State Park Pass. 9:00a to 10:00a Wed, June 22, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Goose Island State Park Map & Directions Janelle Rand 361-729-2858 Janelle.Rand@tpwd.Texas.gov

June 30, 2016

Devil's Waterhole Paddling Clinic and Tour
Learn how to paddle safely and then take a trip to Devil's Waterhole and back. Adults: $12 Seniors, children, TSPP holders: $10 Spend an afternoon learning the basics of paddling (canoe or kayak) followed by a guided tour to Devil’s Waterhole. Be prepared to get wet, so wear swim clothing and shoes. Pre-registration at headquarters required. *Weather Permitting* We have 15 multi-person canoes and 15 single kayaks available. Sign-up for your preference. Parental supervision required. Please call 512-793-2223 ext. 6 to make phone reservations. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events! 1:00p to 2:30p Thu, June 16, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Inks Lake State Park Map & Directions Sean Jones (512) 793-4689 sean.jones@tpwd.texas.gov
Underwater Discovery!
Use a seining net to discover what is living in the shallow waters of the lake Join us for a program and you will venture into the shallow waters off the lake shore with a seining net and discover what you can find! Learn about aquatic life like minnows, bugs, and plants. Participants should be prepared to get wet as you will be wading into water several feet deep, though getting into the water is not required. Program is free, but all park entrance fees apply. *Meet behind the park store on the lake front* Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events!
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July 1, 2016

Wildlife Habitat Management Workshop
Free habitat management workshop on the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area. The Wildlife Habitat Management workshop will begin at the Gus A. Engeling Wildlife Conservation Center with a brief overview and history of the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area. Participants will then be taken on a guided tour of the WMA by a wildlife biologist who will explain proper habitat management practices for the Post Oak Savannah Ecoregion. Topics will include prescribed fire, hardwood timber management, strip disking and other mechanical treatments, harvest management, grazing management and herbicide application. No reservations required.
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July 2, 2016

Kids Kayak Clinic
This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Inks Lake State Park Map & Directions Sean Jones (512) 793-4689 sean.jones@tpwd.texas.gov Start your kids out kayaking the right way! A one-hour lesson for kids to learn the basics of kayaking and have the opportunity to kayak in a controlled environment in the cove behind the park store. We will go over water safety and responsible kayaking skills. Of course we will be having fun in the water! Parents will be strongly encouraged to assist/participate, but the kids will be the ones on the kayaks. Parents must stay for the program. All participants (parents included) should come prepared to get wet. Bring sunscreen and a hat! Cost will be the $3 dollar interpretive program fee for all participants. For safety the minimum age for kids will be 8 years old. Park entrance fees apply. Pre-registration is required. Program is held behind park store. For more information or to register call park headquarters at 512-793-2223. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events!

July 3, 2016

Bay Explorations
Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map 10:00a to 11:30a Sun, June 12, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Galveston Island State Park Map & Directions Lisa Reznicek (409) 737-1222 Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov

July 4, 2016

Fireworks at the Fishery
One of the biggest fireworks display in East Texas will light up the skies over TFFC and adjacent Lake Athens. Gates open at 5:00pm. Free admission and free fishing until 8:30pm. 5:00p to 10:00p Mon, July 04, 2016 Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Map & Directions James Booker (903) 670-2266 james.booker@tpwd.texas.gov
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July 10, 2016

Bay Explorations
Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map 10:00a to 11:30a Sun, June 12, 2016 This is a single occurrence of a repeating event. View all dates. Galveston Island State Park Map & Directions Lisa Reznicek (409) 737-1222 Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov

July 21, 2016

Dallas/Fort Worth Summer Boat Show
2016 DFW Summer Boat Expo arrives in July Sure to Bring a Wave of Savings to D/FW What: DFW Summer Boat Expo is the largest boating event in North Texas. This show features more than 450 boat and watercraft models from over 20 North Texas boat dealers. The DFW Boat Expo is the place to for attendees to find their next boat or the accessories needed to better enjoy the on-water lifestyle. In order to make room for the 2017 models, financing options and aggressive pricing will be part of the expo. Who: The United Boat Dealers of North Texas produce the Boat Expo to support the boating and marine industry in the greater North Texas area and to educate boaters on safety and nautical innovations. When: Thursday, July 21, 3-8 p.m. (Free admission) Friday, July 22, 3-8 p.m. (Free admission) Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m- 9 p.m. Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Dallas Market Hall 2200 Stemmons Freeway Dallas, Texas 75207 Cost & Ticket Information: $12 Adults $6 Children (ages 5-13) Free (Children under 5) Tickets for the show are only available at the door Parking is free of charge Boating Brands Represented: Bennington, Regal , Yamaha , South Bay, Four Winns, Triton, Glastron, Blue Wave, Berkshire Pontoons, Xpress Boats, Sea Hunt, Xcursion, Cobalt Boats, Starcraft, Supra, Moomba , Chaparral, Cruisers Yachts, G3 Boats, Southwind, Skeeter, Nautic Star, Rinker, Hurricane, Sweetwater/Godfrey, Aqua Patio, San Pan, Polar Craft, Malibu, Axis, Correct Craft/Nautique, Legend Boats, Sportsman, Sun Chaser, Avalon, Caravelle, Hurricane, Epic, Nautic Star, Clearwater, Veranda, Xpress Boats, Skeeter, Supreme, Starcraft, Sylvan, Monterey, Crest, Sea Fox Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Harris Flote Bote, Bayliner, Meridian, Grady White, and more About The United Boat Dealers of North Texas: The United Boat Dealers of North Texas produces boat shows to support the boating and marine industry in the greater North Texas area bring together people with a common interest in boating promote, further and encourage boating through education and outreach programs and provide exhibitors with a fair and equal opportunity to conduct business with the general public. For more information about the DFW Boat Expo, go to www.dallasboatexpo.com/. Connect on Facebook – www.facebook.com/dfwboatexpo and Twitter – @dfwboatexpo. Passes for media and interviews are available for any of the dates of the DFW Boat Expo. Media Contact: Dana Cobb TrizCom Inc. Office: 972-247-1369 Mobile: 972-955-9747 dana@TrizCom.com

July 22, 2016

Dallas/Fort Worth Summer Boat Show
2016 DFW Summer Boat Expo arrives in July Sure to Bring a Wave of Savings to D/FW What: DFW Summer Boat Expo is the largest boating event in North Texas. This show features more than 450 boat and watercraft models from over 20 North Texas boat dealers. The DFW Boat Expo is the place to for attendees to find their next boat or the accessories needed to better enjoy the on-water lifestyle. In order to make room for the 2017 models, financing options and aggressive pricing will be part of the expo. Who: The United Boat Dealers of North Texas produce the Boat Expo to support the boating and marine industry in the greater North Texas area and to educate boaters on safety and nautical innovations. When: Thursday, July 21, 3-8 p.m. (Free admission) Friday, July 22, 3-8 p.m. (Free admission) Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m- 9 p.m. Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Dallas Market Hall 2200 Stemmons Freeway Dallas, Texas 75207 Cost & Ticket Information: $12 Adults $6 Children (ages 5-13) Free (Children under 5) Tickets for the show are only available at the door Parking is free of charge Boating Brands Represented: Bennington, Regal , Yamaha , South Bay, Four Winns, Triton, Glastron, Blue Wave, Berkshire Pontoons, Xpress Boats, Sea Hunt, Xcursion, Cobalt Boats, Starcraft, Supra, Moomba , Chaparral, Cruisers Yachts, G3 Boats, Southwind, Skeeter, Nautic Star, Rinker, Hurricane, Sweetwater/Godfrey, Aqua Patio, San Pan, Polar Craft, Malibu, Axis, Correct Craft/Nautique, Legend Boats, Sportsman, Sun Chaser, Avalon, Caravelle, Hurricane, Epic, Nautic Star, Clearwater, Veranda, Xpress Boats, Skeeter, Supreme, Starcraft, Sylvan, Monterey, Crest, Sea Fox Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Harris Flote Bote, Bayliner, Meridian, Grady White, and more About The United Boat Dealers of North Texas: The United Boat Dealers of North Texas produces boat shows to support the boating and marine industry in the greater North Texas area bring together people with a common interest in boating promote, further and encourage boating through education and outreach programs and provide exhibitors with a fair and equal opportunity to conduct business with the general public. For more information about the DFW Boat Expo, go to www.dallasboatexpo.com/. Connect on Facebook – www.facebook.com/dfwboatexpo and Twitter – @dfwboatexpo. Passes for media and interviews are available for any of the dates of the DFW Boat Expo. Media Contact: Dana Cobb TrizCom Inc. Office: 972-247-1369 Mobile: 972-955-9747 dana@TrizCom.com

July 23, 2016

Dallas/Fort Worth Summer Boat Show
2016 DFW Summer Boat Expo arrives in July Sure to Bring a Wave of Savings to D/FW What: DFW Summer Boat Expo is the largest boating event in North Texas. This show features more than 450 boat and watercraft models from over 20 North Texas boat dealers. The DFW Boat Expo is the place to for attendees to find their next boat or the accessories needed to better enjoy the on-water lifestyle. In order to make room for the 2017 models, financing options and aggressive pricing will be part of the expo. Who: The United Boat Dealers of North Texas produce the Boat Expo to support the boating and marine industry in the greater North Texas area and to educate boaters on safety and nautical innovations. When: Thursday, July 21, 3-8 p.m. (Free admission) Friday, July 22, 3-8 p.m. (Free admission) Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m- 9 p.m. Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Dallas Market Hall 2200 Stemmons Freeway Dallas, Texas 75207 Cost & Ticket Information: $12 Adults $6 Children (ages 5-13) Free (Children under 5) Tickets for the show are only available at the door Parking is free of charge Boating Brands Represented: Bennington, Regal , Yamaha , South Bay, Four Winns, Triton, Glastron, Blue Wave, Berkshire Pontoons, Xpress Boats, Sea Hunt, Xcursion, Cobalt Boats, Starcraft, Supra, Moomba , Chaparral, Cruisers Yachts, G3 Boats, Southwind, Skeeter, Nautic Star, Rinker, Hurricane, Sweetwater/Godfrey, Aqua Patio, San Pan, Polar Craft, Malibu, Axis, Correct Craft/Nautique, Legend Boats, Sportsman, Sun Chaser, Avalon, Caravelle, Hurricane, Epic, Nautic Star, Clearwater, Veranda, Xpress Boats, Skeeter, Supreme, Starcraft, Sylvan, Monterey, Crest, Sea Fox Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Harris Flote Bote, Bayliner, Meridian, Grady White, and more About The United Boat Dealers of North Texas: The United Boat Dealers of North Texas produces boat shows to support the boating and marine industry in the greater North Texas area bring together people with a common interest in boating promote, further and encourage boating through education and outreach programs and provide exhibitors with a fair and equal opportunity to conduct business with the general public. For more information about the DFW Boat Expo, go to www.dallasboatexpo.com/. Connect on Facebook – www.facebook.com/dfwboatexpo and Twitter – @dfwboatexpo. Passes for media and interviews are available for any of the dates of the DFW Boat Expo. Media Contact: Dana Cobb TrizCom Inc. Office: 972-247-1369 Mobile: 972-955-9747 dana@TrizCom.com

July 24, 2016

Dallas/Fort Worth Summer Boat Show
2016 DFW Summer Boat Expo arrives in July Sure to Bring a Wave of Savings to D/FW What: DFW Summer Boat Expo is the largest boating event in North Texas. This show features more than 450 boat and watercraft models from over 20 North Texas boat dealers. The DFW Boat Expo is the place to for attendees to find their next boat or the accessories needed to better enjoy the on-water lifestyle. In order to make room for the 2017 models, financing options and aggressive pricing will be part of the expo. Who: The United Boat Dealers of North Texas produce the Boat Expo to support the boating and marine industry in the greater North Texas area and to educate boaters on safety and nautical innovations. When: Thursday, July 21, 3-8 p.m. (Free admission) Friday, July 22, 3-8 p.m. (Free admission) Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m- 9 p.m. Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Dallas Market Hall 2200 Stemmons Freeway Dallas, Texas 75207 Cost & Ticket Information: $12 Adults $6 Children (ages 5-13) Free (Children under 5) Tickets for the show are only available at the door Parking is free of charge Boating Brands Represented: Bennington, Regal , Yamaha , South Bay, Four Winns, Triton, Glastron, Blue Wave, Berkshire Pontoons, Xpress Boats, Sea Hunt, Xcursion, Cobalt Boats, Starcraft, Supra, Moomba , Chaparral, Cruisers Yachts, G3 Boats, Southwind, Skeeter, Nautic Star, Rinker, Hurricane, Sweetwater/Godfrey, Aqua Patio, San Pan, Polar Craft, Malibu, Axis, Correct Craft/Nautique, Legend Boats, Sportsman, Sun Chaser, Avalon, Caravelle, Hurricane, Epic, Nautic Star, Clearwater, Veranda, Xpress Boats, Skeeter, Supreme, Starcraft, Sylvan, Monterey, Crest, Sea Fox Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Harris Flote Bote, Bayliner, Meridian, Grady White, and more About The United Boat Dealers of North Texas: The United Boat Dealers of North Texas produces boat shows to support the boating and marine industry in the greater North Texas area bring together people with a common interest in boating promote, further and encourage boating through education and outreach programs and provide exhibitors with a fair and equal opportunity to conduct business with the general public. For more information about the DFW Boat Expo, go to www.dallasboatexpo.com/. Connect on Facebook – www.facebook.com/dfwboatexpo and Twitter – @dfwboatexpo. Passes for media and interviews are available for any of the dates of the DFW Boat Expo. Media Contact: Dana Cobb TrizCom Inc. Office: 972-247-1369 Mobile: 972-955-9747 dana@TrizCom.com

August 12, 2016

Junior Ranger Explorer Packs
*Explore on your own - Available every day* Stop by the park interpreter's office located in the Pond Center (first building on the left) to check out a Junior Ranger Explorer Pack! This outdoor adventure kit includes plant and animal ID guides, a magnifying glass, binoculars, colored pencils, notebooks and more! The packs can be used in conjunction with the Junior Ranger Journals to earn your Texas State Park's Junior Ranger Badge. Explorer packs can be borrowed free of charge and are available daily between 8 am-4 pm. Kelsey Johnson (281) 456-2800 kelsey.johnson@tpwd.texas.gov
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Become a JUNIOR RANGER!
KIDS! Learn what it means to be a park ranger and how to protect our beautiful state parks with this SELF-GUIDED program ANY DAY OF THE WEEK! Check out a loaner Explorer Pack and/or complete fun Junior Ranger journal activities on your own time and receive an official badge! (ages 6-12 years) Come by the Visitor Center (during business hours) to pick up a Junior Ranger journal or borrow an Explorer Pack. With an adult's help, learn what it means to be a park ranger and how to protect our beautiful state parks by completing fun exploration activities on your own! *Level 1: Ages 6-7, must complete at least 5 activities *Level 2: Ages 8-10, must complete at least 7 activities *Level 3: Ages 11-12, must complete at least 9 activities Before you leave, bring your journal to the Visitor Center and receive an official Texas State Parks Junior Ranger badge! You can also keep your journal afterwards as a park souvenir. VISITOR CENTER HOURS: 9:00am - 3:00pm daily **Great interactive activity for scout troops and school groups!** Cara Bierschwale (830) 232-6132, x236 cara.bierschwale@tpwd.texas.gov
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Fishing with a Ranger
Sean Jones (512) 793-4689 sean.jones@tpwd.texas.gov Come out and try to catch the big one! Everyone welcome for free catch and release instructional program. No fishing license required while on state park property. We have the poles and the worms. All you need is your smile. Meet behind the Park Store. Free with park entrance fee. No reservations required. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events! All Dates for This Event 6:00p to 7:00p Fri, August 12, 2016 6:00p to 7:00p Fri, August 19, 2016 6:00p to 7:00p Fri, August 26, 2016
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August 13, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger
Janelle Rand 361-729-2858 janelle.rand@tpwd.texas.gov Join a park ranger for a few fishing basics. Bring your own bait! Want to try fishing, but are not sure where to start? Come to Fishing with a ranger! Learn a few fishing basics, like baiting a hook, casting a line, and if you are lucky reeling in a fish! Bring your own bait and we will help you hook it! (Shrimp is a popular choice and can be found at most local bait stands.) The park will provide a limited number of fishing poles for use during the program, poles can also be checked out from Park Headquarters first-come, first-serve. When: 8:30 a.m. Where: Fishing Pier Parking Lot What are we doing: Learning fishing basics. Things to bring: Bait, water, sunscreen, fishing pole, and dress in weather appropriate clothing. Events may be canceled pending weather, or if no participants are present. There is no fee for attending this program although park entrance is required. Entrance fees are $5 per person over the age of 13, children 12 and under are free, or free with a current Texas State Park Pass. All Dates for This Event 8:30a to 9:30a Sat, August 13, 2016 8:30a to 9:30a Sat, August 20, 2016 8:30a to 9:30a Sat, August 27, 2016
Dutch Oven Cooking
Chris Caswell 903-572-5531 Chris.Caswell@tpwd.texas.gov Join the Fort Sherman Cookers as they demonstrate Dutch oven cooking! Come enjoy some great Dutch Oven cooking by our Fort Sherman Cookers! They meet the second Saturday of every month. Cooking begins at 9 AM and food will be on the table by Noon. At 10AM there will be a Dutch Oven 101 demonstration to learn how to use the Dutch Oven. Anyone who would like to come out and do some cooking is invited, and if you're unable to cook you can bring a covered dish to add to the meal. This is a fun way to learn about how early settlers cooked in the past. Bring the whole family out for a fun-filled day at the park! More information about this event… All Dates for This Event 9:00a to 1:00p Sat, August 13, 2016 9:00a to 1:00p Sat, September 10, 2016
Angler Education Instructor Training Workshop
Keira Quam (469)644-2705 Keira.Quam@tpwd.texas.gov Become a TPWD certified Angler Education Instructor This free workshop is open to anyone 18 or older interested in teaching fishing skills in their communities. The program provides the curriculum, equipment, materials and support to help volunteers successfully introduce youth and their families to fishing. Ideal for teachers, youth group leaders, afterschool or camp staff and community volunteers. SBEC credit available for teachers. Participants should wear comfortable clothing for outdoor activities, hat and sunglasses, bring a sack lunch and water bottle. The workshop is free, but preregistration is required, please contact Keira Quam at keira.quam@tpwd.texas.gov or (469) 644-2705. http://tpwd.texas.gov/education/angler-education/teach-fishing
River Seining
Holly Platz (325) 446-3994 holly.platz@tpwd.texas.gov See what lives in the river! What kind of fish and other animals live in the river? Come seining with us and find out! Where: Meet at the Day Use parking lot (Take road across from Park Headquarters, follow to end) Who: All ages welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult. What to bring: Water shoes, sun protection, and drinking water are recommended. Come prepared to get wet! Because this activity takes place in the river, adults age 17 and older must possess a valid fishing license to participate in this activity. Note: Park programs are open to the public and free with park entrance fee ($5 per adult ages 13 and up children 12 and under are always free!). No need to register -- just show up!
Become a JUNIOR RANGER!
Jessica Gross (936)295-9010 jessica.gross@tpwd.texas.gov Junior Rangers will learn how to protect the Park's plants and animals. Teach their families and friends about the Park. Follow Park rules, protect the Park, and stay safe. Meet at the Nature Center. Huntsville State Park
Fishing for Beginners
Have you ever wanted to try fishing, but just don’t have the skills or experience? Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park presents Basic Fishing for Beginners! Learn basic fishing skills in a safe indoor setting such as tackle assembly, fish ID, casting techniques, regulations and much more. Limited space. Ages 7 to adult. Roy J Rodriguez (956) 584-9156 roy.rodriguez@tpwd.texas.gov 1:00p to 5:00p

August 14, 2016

Bay Explorations
Lisa Reznicek (409) 737-1222 Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map

August 19, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger
Sean Jones (512) 793-4689 sean.jones@tpwd.texas.gov Come out and try to catch the big one! Everyone welcome for free catch and release instructional program. No fishing license required while on state park property. We have the poles and the worms. All you need is your smile. Meet behind the Park Store. Free with park entrance fee. No reservations required. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events! All Dates for This Event 6:00p to 7:00p Fri, August 12, 2016 6:00p to 7:00p Fri, August 19, 2016 6:00p to 7:00p Fri, August 26, 2016

August 20, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger
Join a park ranger for a few fishing basics. Bring your own bait! Want to try fishing, but are not sure where to start? Come to Fishing with a ranger! Learn a few fishing basics, like baiting a hook, casting a line, and if you are lucky reeling in a fish! Bring your own bait and we will help you hook it! (Shrimp is a popular choice and can be found at most local bait stands.) The park will provide a limited number of fishing poles for use during the program, poles can also be checked out from Park Headquarters first-come, first-serve. When: 8:30 a.m. Where: Fishing Pier Parking Lot What are we doing: Learning fishing basics. Things to bring: Bait, water, sunscreen, fishing pole, and dress in weather appropriate clothing. Events may be canceled pending weather, or if no participants are present. There is no fee for attending this program although park entrance is required. Entrance fees are $5 per person over the age of 13, children 12 and under are free, or free with a current Texas State Park Pass. All Dates for This Event 8:30a to 9:30a Sat, August 13, 2016 8:30a to 9:30a Sat, August 20, 2016 8:30a to 9:30a Sat, August 27, 2016

August 21, 2016

Bay Explorations
Lisa Reznicek (409) 737-1222 Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map

August 26, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger
Sean Jones (512) 793-4689 sean.jones@tpwd.texas.gov Come out and try to catch the big one! Everyone welcome for free catch and release instructional program. No fishing license required while on state park property. We have the poles and the worms. All you need is your smile. Meet behind the Park Store. Free with park entrance fee. No reservations required. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@InksLakeSP) and Facebook for all the latest information about park events! All Dates for This Event 6:00p to 7:00p Fri, August 12, 2016 6:00p to 7:00p Fri, August 19, 2016 6:00p to 7:00p Fri, August 26, 2016

August 27, 2016

Fishing with a Ranger
Join a park ranger for a few fishing basics. Bring your own bait! Want to try fishing, but are not sure where to start? Come to Fishing with a ranger! Learn a few fishing basics, like baiting a hook, casting a line, and if you are lucky reeling in a fish! Bring your own bait and we will help you hook it! (Shrimp is a popular choice and can be found at most local bait stands.) The park will provide a limited number of fishing poles for use during the program, poles can also be checked out from Park Headquarters first-come, first-serve. When: 8:30 a.m. Where: Fishing Pier Parking Lot What are we doing: Learning fishing basics. Things to bring: Bait, water, sunscreen, fishing pole, and dress in weather appropriate clothing. Events may be canceled pending weather, or if no participants are present. There is no fee for attending this program although park entrance is required. Entrance fees are $5 per person over the age of 13, children 12 and under are free, or free with a current Texas State Park Pass. All Dates for This Event 8:30a to 9:30a Sat, August 13, 2016 8:30a to 9:30a Sat, August 20, 2016 8:30a to 9:30a Sat, August 27, 2016

August 28, 2016

Bay Explorations
Lisa Reznicek (409) 737-1222 Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map

September 4, 2016

Bay Explorations
Lisa Reznicek (409) 737-1222 Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map

September 8, 2016

Fly Fishing Expo for the Texas Council of the Inte
Texas Fly Fishing Expo | Registration is now open for the September Fly Fishing Expo for the Texas Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers that will be held in Grapevine Sept. 8-10. For details, visit: http://texascouncilifff.com/texas-council-expo-registration-now-live-2/ Check out the lineup of this year's expo. Something for Everyone!!! Thursday: ◾Casting Workshops at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas. 8am – 5 pm ◾Thursday Night Welcome Dinner and IF4 Film Showing at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas 5 pm – 9 pm Friday: ◾Casting testing 8 am – 12 pm ◾Casting Classes at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas. 1 pm – 5 pm ◾Expo starts at Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas 9 am – 5 pm ◾Silent Auction Begins ◾BBQ Dinner and activities with Kelly Galloup at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas. 6 pm – 9 pm Saturday: ◾Casting Classes at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas. 8 am – 5 pm ◾Women's Breakfast at Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas. 8 am – 10 am ◾Youth Breakfast at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas. 8 am – 10 am ◾Expo continues at Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas 8 am – 5 pm ◾Kayak Demo Day at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas 8 am – 5 pm ◾Silent Auction closes at 4:30 pm at Convention Center ◾Bucket raffles close at 4:30 pm at Convention Center ◾Awards Dinner at Grapevine Recreation Center, Grapevine, Texas. 7 pm – 10 pm ◾Kayak Raffle at 7:45 pm at Grapevine Recreation Center, Grapevine, Texas ◾LIVE Auction at 8 pm at Grapevine Recreation Center, Grapevine Texas ◾Awards Presentation and Closing Speaker at 9 pm

September 9, 2016

Fly Fishing Expo for the Texas Council of the Inte
Texas Fly Fishing Expo | Registration is now open for the September Fly Fishing Expo for the Texas Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers that will be held in Grapevine Sept. 8-10. For details, visit: http://texascouncilifff.com/texas-council-expo-registration-now-live-2/ Check out the lineup of this year's expo. Something for Everyone!!! Thursday: ◾Casting Workshops at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas. 8am – 5 pm ◾Thursday Night Welcome Dinner and IF4 Film Showing at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas 5 pm – 9 pm Friday: ◾Casting testing 8 am – 12 pm ◾Casting Classes at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas. 1 pm – 5 pm ◾Expo starts at Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas 9 am – 5 pm ◾Silent Auction Begins ◾BBQ Dinner and activities with Kelly Galloup at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas. 6 pm – 9 pm Saturday: ◾Casting Classes at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas. 8 am – 5 pm ◾Women's Breakfast at Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas. 8 am – 10 am ◾Youth Breakfast at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas. 8 am – 10 am ◾Expo continues at Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas 8 am – 5 pm ◾Kayak Demo Day at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas 8 am – 5 pm ◾Silent Auction closes at 4:30 pm at Convention Center ◾Bucket raffles close at 4:30 pm at Convention Center ◾Awards Dinner at Grapevine Recreation Center, Grapevine, Texas. 7 pm – 10 pm ◾Kayak Raffle at 7:45 pm at Grapevine Recreation Center, Grapevine, Texas ◾LIVE Auction at 8 pm at Grapevine Recreation Center, Grapevine Texas ◾Awards Presentation and Closing Speaker at 9 pm

September 10, 2016

Fly Fishing Expo for the Texas Council of the Inte
Texas Fly Fishing Expo | Registration is now open for the September Fly Fishing Expo for the Texas Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers that will be held in Grapevine Sept. 8-10. For details, visit: http://texascouncilifff.com/texas-council-expo-registration-now-live-2/ Check out the lineup of this year's expo. Something for Everyone!!! Thursday: ◾Casting Workshops at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas. 8am – 5 pm ◾Thursday Night Welcome Dinner and IF4 Film Showing at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas 5 pm – 9 pm Friday: ◾Casting testing 8 am – 12 pm ◾Casting Classes at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas. 1 pm – 5 pm ◾Expo starts at Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas 9 am – 5 pm ◾Silent Auction Begins ◾BBQ Dinner and activities with Kelly Galloup at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas. 6 pm – 9 pm Saturday: ◾Casting Classes at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas. 8 am – 5 pm ◾Women's Breakfast at Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas. 8 am – 10 am ◾Youth Breakfast at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas. 8 am – 10 am ◾Expo continues at Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas 8 am – 5 pm ◾Kayak Demo Day at Oak Grove Park, Grapevine, Texas 8 am – 5 pm ◾Silent Auction closes at 4:30 pm at Convention Center ◾Bucket raffles close at 4:30 pm at Convention Center ◾Awards Dinner at Grapevine Recreation Center, Grapevine, Texas. 7 pm – 10 pm ◾Kayak Raffle at 7:45 pm at Grapevine Recreation Center, Grapevine, Texas ◾LIVE Auction at 8 pm at Grapevine Recreation Center, Grapevine Texas ◾Awards Presentation and Closing Speaker at 9 pm
Dutch Oven Cooking
Join the Fort Sherman Cookers as they demonstrate Dutch oven cooking! Come enjoy some great Dutch Oven cooking by our Fort Sherman Cookers! They meet the second Saturday of every month. Cooking begins at 9 AM and food will be on the table by Noon. At 10AM there will be a Dutch Oven 101 demonstration to learn how to use the Dutch Oven. Anyone who would like to come out and do some cooking is invited, and if you're unable to cook you can bring a covered dish to add to the meal. This is a fun way to learn about how early settlers cooked in the past. Bring the whole family out for a fun-filled day at the park! More information about this event… All Dates for This Event 9:00a to 1:00p Sat, August 13, 2016 9:00a to 1:00p Sat, September 10, 2016

September 11, 2016

Bay Explorations
Lisa Reznicek (409) 737-1222 Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map

September 18, 2016

Bay Explorations
Lisa Reznicek (409) 737-1222 Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map

September 23, 2016

Inaugural South West International Boat Show in Le
The in-water South West International Boat Show will hold an inaugural fall show Sept. 23-25 at South Shore Harbour Marina on Clear Lake in League City, Texas, located between Houston and the beaches of Galveston Island. Like the annual spring show, the fall event will feature boats ranging in size from 10 to more than 100 feet, freshwater and saltwater, ready for boarding and viewing. "This is a perfect time to see these incredible vessels up close and in their element," South West International Boat Show president Peter Bryant said in a statement. "Being able to see how a yacht or sailboat performs in water allows interested buyers to learn so much more about the vessel than seeing it on a trailer or showroom floor can ever do." Onshore, live music will provide entertainment. Children can participate in remote-control boat races, and more than 200 vendors will offer services and products for the boating and outdoor lifestyle, including fishing gear, engines, apparel and outdoor equipment. The show also will feature marine electronics, sailing gear, accessories and hardware. Show highlights will include on-water boat-handling lessons for all experience levels, taught by Coast Guard-licensed captains. A seminar program, featuring free hourly seminars for boat show visitors, will be offered during all three days of the show. They cover a variety of topics, including visiting Mexico by private boat financing a yacht small-engine maintenance understanding marine weather and women on the water.

September 24, 2016

Inaugural South West International Boat Show in Le
The in-water South West International Boat Show will hold an inaugural fall show Sept. 23-25 at South Shore Harbour Marina on Clear Lake in League City, Texas, located between Houston and the beaches of Galveston Island. Like the annual spring show, the fall event will feature boats ranging in size from 10 to more than 100 feet, freshwater and saltwater, ready for boarding and viewing. "This is a perfect time to see these incredible vessels up close and in their element," South West International Boat Show president Peter Bryant said in a statement. "Being able to see how a yacht or sailboat performs in water allows interested buyers to learn so much more about the vessel than seeing it on a trailer or showroom floor can ever do." Onshore, live music will provide entertainment. Children can participate in remote-control boat races, and more than 200 vendors will offer services and products for the boating and outdoor lifestyle, including fishing gear, engines, apparel and outdoor equipment. The show also will feature marine electronics, sailing gear, accessories and hardware. Show highlights will include on-water boat-handling lessons for all experience levels, taught by Coast Guard-licensed captains. A seminar program, featuring free hourly seminars for boat show visitors, will be offered during all three days of the show. They cover a variety of topics, including visiting Mexico by private boat financing a yacht small-engine maintenance understanding marine weather and women on the water.

September 25, 2016

Inaugural South West International Boat Show in Le
The in-water South West International Boat Show will hold an inaugural fall show Sept. 23-25 at South Shore Harbour Marina on Clear Lake in League City, Texas, located between Houston and the beaches of Galveston Island. Like the annual spring show, the fall event will feature boats ranging in size from 10 to more than 100 feet, freshwater and saltwater, ready for boarding and viewing. "This is a perfect time to see these incredible vessels up close and in their element," South West International Boat Show president Peter Bryant said in a statement. "Being able to see how a yacht or sailboat performs in water allows interested buyers to learn so much more about the vessel than seeing it on a trailer or showroom floor can ever do." Onshore, live music will provide entertainment. Children can participate in remote-control boat races, and more than 200 vendors will offer services and products for the boating and outdoor lifestyle, including fishing gear, engines, apparel and outdoor equipment. The show also will feature marine electronics, sailing gear, accessories and hardware. Show highlights will include on-water boat-handling lessons for all experience levels, taught by Coast Guard-licensed captains. A seminar program, featuring free hourly seminars for boat show visitors, will be offered during all three days of the show. They cover a variety of topics, including visiting Mexico by private boat financing a yacht small-engine maintenance understanding marine weather and women on the water.
Bay Explorations
Lisa Reznicek (409) 737-1222 Lisa.Reznicek@tpwd.texas.gov Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live! Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise - Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am explorations last approximately 75 minutes. Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include edible plants and adaptations, hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of FoGISP (Friends of Galveston Island State Park) volunteers. What to bring: • Park Pass • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional) • Water bottle • Park Map

October 14, 2016

IFFF event
October 14-16, 2016 Oktoberfisch Fly Fishing Festival, Junction, TX, www.fredericksburgflyfishers.org

October 15, 2016

IFFF event
October 14-16, 2016 Oktoberfisch Fly Fishing Festival, Junction, TX, www.fredericksburgflyfishers.org

October 16, 2016

IFFF event
October 14-16, 2016 Oktoberfisch Fly Fishing Festival, Junction, TX, www.fredericksburgflyfishers.org