Enchanted Rock State Natural Area celebrates Christmas in the Park on December 5

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area celebrates Christmas in the Park on December 5 at 10 am to 1 pm. There will be a holiday-themed scavenger hunt, as well as a chance to create a holiday greeting card to send to family, friends, or someone in need. Return for Campfire Carols, 6-7 pm on December 11, which includes hot cocoa, stories, and music with park rangers.   Source Photo Credit

South Llano River State Park will celebrate Christmas at the Ranch on December 4

South Llano River State Park will celebrate Christmas at the Ranch on December 4 at 2-5 pm. Guests can warm up with hot chocolate and cider, listen to live entertainment, enjoy crafts and cookie decorating, and anticipate Santa’s visit while taking in the twinkling lights and Christmas decorations at the historic Ranch House that now serves as park headquarters.   Source Photo Credit

Christmas decorating contest & The Night before Christmas at Lake Tawakoni State Park

Visit the Lake Tawakoni State Park this holiday season. Drive through or stay there and decorate your campsite with your favorite Christmas decorations to receive your second night of camping free during your stay. There will be a decorating contest, complete with awards, as well as a reading of The Night before Christmas — all part of Twinkle Tour 2021, 5-8 pm on December 4, 2021. Source

Wonderland Under Warrior cave tour is back at the Rickwood Caverns State Park

Wonderland Under Warrior cave tour is back at the Rickwood Caverns State Park for its fifth year. The attraction started last November 20 and will run until January 2, 2022 only. Tours run most days from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., but schedules vary on certain days. Visitors can start meeting Santa and get photos with him after Thanksgiving until the day before Christmas Eve. Santa will be in his workshop-- located inside the park’s nature center-- most days, but visitors should check St. Nick’s schedule online before going. Wonderland Under Warrior includes 100,000 colorful lights installed throughout the cave [...]

Barr Lake State Park get Leave No Trace Gold Standard

Barr Lake State Park joins two other Colorado State Parks, Castlewood Canyon and Roxborough, in achieving Leave No Trace Gold Standard, which encourages and educates visitors on respecting the outdoors by minimizing the impact of their visits. The park was created in 1977 when there was not really a lot to do around the area. Now visitors can come and hunt, fish, hike, bike and a lot more. Barr Lake is larger than Cherry Creek and Chatfield Reservoir. Leave No Trace’s Gold Standard Sites should meet the following criteria: Demonstrates successful implementation of Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics into [...]

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park to host festive candlelight tours

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks announced that Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park will host holiday candlelight tours from Dec. 17 through Dec. 23. Reservations can be made Nov. 29 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. by calling 406-287-3541. Reservations are required. The cost is $15 for anyone ages 5-11 and $25 for anyone older than 15. No one under the age of 4 is permitted. Tickets are nonrefundable. Parking passes are $8 per vehicle for nonresidents. Park staff will provide the tour guides, candles and lanterns, and hot drinks. People are encouraged to dress warm and be prepared for [...]

‘Leave no trace’, Brazos Bend State Park reminds people before busy Thanksgiving weekend

Brazos Bend State Park reminded guests to "leave no trace" while enjoying the outdoors this Thanksgiving weekend. The Texas State Park posted a photo of an alligator with an empty Gatorade bottle in its mouth last November 22, 2021. Brazos Bend stated it wants to send a friendly reminder to all to dispose of trash properly. If people bring it in, they must take the trash away with them when they leave. This is because trash really harms wildlife when they try to eat leftover food that's not good for them and they often end up consuming trash, like plastics, [...]

Delaware State Parks & Zoo Waive Entry Fees Friday for #OptOutside Movement

Everyone is invited to enjoy free entry at the Delaware zoo and all state parks on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. This is done as part of the #OptOutside movement. All visitors are encouraged to post their photos on their social media sites with the #OptOutside hashtag. Face masks are required for ALL individuals above 2 years old, regardless of vaccine status. Children younger than 2 years old should not wear masks to avoid the risk of suffocation. All Delaware State Parks will open at 8 a.m. on Nov. 26, except for Fort Delaware State Park, which is closed for the [...]

2021-11-23T15:52:59+00:00November 23rd, 2021|Delaware State Parks, State Parks News|0 Comments

FREE VISITS at Minnesota state parks on Friday

Take advantage of the FREE ENTRANCE at any of the 75 Minnesota State Parks this coming Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Most state park offices and visitor centers will be minimally staffed on Friday, so visitors are encouraged to to plan ahead and arrive prepared for their visit: Check visitor alerts and find directions on state park web pages at mndnr.gov. Download GeoPDF maps before the trip. These maps will display a user’s current location, like Google Maps or other map applications, but the user does not have to be connected to the internet or have cell service while using them. Visit the [...]

2021-11-23T15:40:06+00:00November 23rd, 2021|Minnesota State Parks, State Parks News|0 Comments

Wisconsin State Park Passes are available starting November 26

Calling all nature lovers, hikers, bikers, and fishing enthusiasts, bird and wildlife photographers. Wisconsin State Park Passes are available starting November 26, 2021. Wisconsin State Park Guests and Visitors can celebrate the new year early by purchasing the admission stickers online, at state park and forest properties or over the phone. Stickers and passes will be valid from date of purchase through Dec. 31, 2022. Vehicle stickers grant admission to more than 60 state parks, forests and recreation areas around the Badger State, including thousands of miles of trails and dozens of beaches. If you do not have a sticker [...]

2021-11-22T16:57:24+00:00November 22nd, 2021|State Parks News, Wisconsin State Parks News|0 Comments

Don’t feel like cooking? Let these Kentucky State Resort Parks take care of your Thanksgiving meals

 If you want to go on a family getaway, rest from cooking meals, and celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving meal with your family, then let Kentucky State Parks take care of your Thanksgiving Meals. The annual Thanksgiving Day meal takes place on Nov. 25. The meal will include holiday favorites such as turkey and dressing, baked pit ham, macaroni and cheese, green beans and mashed potatoes. There’s even a choice of pumpkin or pecan pie to finish the holiday right. There’s a $19.95 cost per adult or $9.95 ages 6 to 12 for the buffet; plated or carryout is $17.95 for [...]

2021-11-22T15:22:21+00:00November 22nd, 2021|Kentucky State Parks News, State Parks News|0 Comments

Free Entrance to Colorado Parks & Wildlife on Black Friday

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced the free entrance to all 42 Colorado State Parks on Black Friday. This is the 7th year tradition aimed at turning Black Friday into "a blue skies Friday, a green trees Friday, or a white snow Friday". In Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain State Park is set to host a limited number of people for a naturalist-led hike along Talon Trail, covering 5 miles round trip from the Limekiln parking lot. Weather pending, the trek is scheduled for 11 a.m. To sign up, call the visitor center at 719-576-2016. Source Photo Credit: Seth Boster, The Gazette

2021-11-18T19:32:39+00:00November 18th, 2021|Colorado State Parks News, State Parks News|0 Comments

DCNR Honors Boy Scout Troop 120 for completing their goal of visiting 120 state parks in honor Of their Late Assistant Scoutmaster

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) honored Boy Scout Troop 120 for completing its impressive goal of visiting 120 state parks. They did this in honor of their late Assistant Scoutmaster, Jodi Brabazon, who died of complications from COVID-19. Led by its scoutmaster, Robert Gizinski, the Philadelphia-based troop began visiting state parks in 2016 following a camping trip at Fort Washington State Park. State Parks Director John Hallas presented the troop with a secretarial citation Wednesday afternoon on behalf of Secretary Dunn to acknowledge and applaud the impressive accomplishment of the troop. Over the course of five [...]

2021-11-18T18:07:55+00:00November 18th, 2021|Pennsylvania State Parks News, State Parks News|0 Comments

Washington State Parks announces 2022 free days

Washington State Parks announced the free days of 2022 when guests can visit the state parks in Washington for free. On the following days, guests are not required to present or pay for a Discover Pass (usally costs $30 to $35 annually or $10 to $11.50 for day-use passes): Saturday, Jan. 1 - New Year’s Day Monday, Jan. 17 - Martin Luther King Day Wednesday, March 9 - Billy Frank Jr.’s birthday Saturday, March 19 - Washington State Parks’ birthday Friday, April 22 - Earth Day Saturday, June 11 - National Get Outdoors Day Sunday, June 12 - Free Fishing [...]

2021-11-18T15:47:42+00:00November 18th, 2021|State Parks News, Washington State Parks News|0 Comments

Increase in Camping, lodging fees at Michigan State Parks

Michigan State Park Fees have gone up this year by $2 to as much as $8 per night depending on the campground type and day. While some parks have an increase of about $10 per night for cabin rentals. This is the first increase in fees in the last 4 years. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says that the 30% increase in park attendance has caused an increase in maintenance and daily operating costs of the state parks. The DNR says camping and lodging fees account for 51% of the money used to operate state parks and this increase [...]

2021-11-18T15:50:10+00:00November 18th, 2021|Michigan State Parks, State Parks News|0 Comments

Petition was successful! Point State Park holiday christmas tree will be lit once again

The iconic Christmas tree in Point State Park, will illuminate once again. After last year’s announcement that 2020 would be the final time for the holiday season, a group of citizens started a petition for its return. They got more than 10,000 signatures. As a symbol and beacon of hope, the tree will be privately lit at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 18, 2021. Source Photo Credit

Hemlock Restoration Initiative treats trees against Hemlock Woolly Adelgid at Grandfather Mountain State Park

The Hemlock Restoration Initiative treated hemlock trees in Grandfather State Park back in Nov. 2 and 3 to prevent spread of a sap-sucking pest, a small insect called the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Using a common, light insecticide, volunteers distributed the chemical right at the base of hemlock trees in order to avoid treating other plants unintentionally. Moving up the Profile Trail, there are still many hemlocks lining the trial and deep into the woods. Hemlocks are important in many ways for forest ecosystems including providing shade, managing flooding next to streams, and they are important for many bird and fish [...]

Single-use plastic ban proposed for Long Point, Midway, and Allegany State Parks

Sen. Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, D-Nanuet, recently introduced S.7463 to amend the State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law to prohibit the sale of single use plastic water bottles at Long Point State Park, Midway State Park, and Allegany State Park. This proposed ban is a simple, straight-forward approach to reducing our carbon footprint and curbing plastic pollution in natural areas and waterways. This bill carries no direct fiscal implications to the state, however some state parks may choose to install reusable water bottle refilling stations or water fountains as an alternate source of hydration. Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, D-Albany, has co-sponsored companion [...]

FWP proposes new archery range at Big Arm State Park

Fish, Wildlife & Parks is proposing to develop a new archery range at Big Arm State Park. The state would put in a new gravel parking lot, a covered firing line, and an elevated shooting platform at Big Arm. This project by the Montana State Parks FWP is aimed at increasing public shooting sport opportunities. Source Photo Credit

Loggerhead Sea turtles to be released Friday at Gulf State Park

NOAA’s Alabama Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network are releasing loggerhead sea turtles today at the Gulf State Park. The release will take place at the Beach Pavilion at 22250 East Beach Blvd. in Gulf Shores at noon. The sea turtle were rescued at Gulf State Park on August 13 and was transported to Gulfport, Mississippi for rehabilitation at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. Source Photo Credit

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