Central Texas Nature Challenge 2013

 Monday, May 6, 2013

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This summer, get the family out to explore the outdoors with the Central Texas Nature Challenge 2013. The Nature Challenge is a statewide program in which teams complete challenges such as scavenger hunts, tours, hikes, and other fun missions, at different host sites. At each site, participants complete activity challenges designed for family fun and nature exploration. Teams create scrapbooks to keep track of the challenges they have completed and to display their journeys. At the end of the summer there is a closing ceremony for the Challenge where teams will receive prizes.

The goal of Texas Nature Challenge is to get families and kids outdoors by visiting as many participating parks and nature areas in Texas as they can. Teams receive prizes for visiting the most sites and having the most creative presentation of their completed challenges. Past challenge participants have created scrapbooks, journals, field notebooks, binders, or even digital scrapbooks. The minimum requirement is turning in the completed Challenge print-outs from the website with your experiences described/noted on them.

The Central Texas region includes challenges at the following locations:

Picture Wildlife at McKinney Falls State Park
The Fishing is Great at Inks Lake State Park!
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Texas Capitol Grounds
Visiting the Springs
Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
Nature Hunt At The Dinosaur Park
Finding Your Way at the Nature Center
Explore the Springs
Texas Memorial Museum Nature Challenge 2013
Seeds of Wonder: Zilker Botanical Garden Texas Nature Challenge 2013
Nature Assemblage

Teams must consist of at least 2 members, with one member age 18 or over, and one under age 18. All team members over age 18 must register individually. Team members under age 18 must be registered by their parent/guardian. For registration, visit the Nature Challenge Team Registration page. Registration is free and open to the public, however some of the challenges require paying admission fees.

The challenges must be finished and all scrapbooks must be submitted to the Austin Nature & Science Center by Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 5 p.m.

Image credit: Texas Nature Challenge

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