Showing posts with label texas nature challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label texas nature challenge. Show all posts

Texas Nature Challenge 2014

 Thursday, June 12, 2014

If you’re anything like me, you’ve survived the first week of summer vacation and now you’re thinking, “Ack! What am I going to do with these kids for the next few months?” Fear not! The Texas Nature Challenge will help you fill your days with adventures. Co-administered by the Texas A&M Forest Service and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Texas Nature Challenge kicked off back in April and continues through the end of July. Its goal is simple: to get families and kids outdoors.

The Texas Nature Challenge provides a great opportunity to explore new venues for adventure and to rediscover some old favorites through nature-focused eyes. Families who want to be contenders can register their teams here and begin downloading challenges immediately. In order to compete, teams should keep a journal or notebook of their experiences. (The minimum requirement is to keep printouts of the challenges with notes.) Those who are really serious can even document their accomplishments on the official participant blog

There are over 20 challenges in the Central Texas Region covering a wide range of activities--from letterboxing and hiking to crafting and fishing--in locations as close as your backyard and as far as Inks Lake State Park. There are even a couple of upcoming events scheduled exclusively for Texas Nature Challenge participants. (Unfortunately for my team, these seem to have a recommended age of 10+.)

Here’s a sampling of my family’s Texas Nature Challenge feats thus far…

Westcave Preserve Scavenger Hunt:


Walnut Creek Greenbelt Geocaching:

Backyard Birds:

Wild Basin Scavenger Hunt:
"Take a photo in front of the tree. Instead of 'cheese,' say 'achoo'."


Texas Capitol Grounds Challenge:
 





Teams aren't required to complete all the challenges in order to attend the closing ceremonies or to win awards, which will be given for a variety of accomplishments based on the submissions received. 
To participate in the closing ceremonies, scheduled for August 9th at the Austin Nature & Science Center, teams are required to complete and turn in their submissions by the end of July. Final submissions can either be posted to the Texas Nature Challenge website, e-mailed to Central Texas coordinator Jennifer Chapman, or brought to the Austin Nature & Science Center.

Heck, there’s nothing saying you have to register or compete at all. You can just tackle the challenges at your leisure and enjoy a good excuse to get outside. Is your family road-tripping within the state this summer? Challenges from the other five regions would guarantee some fun outings to spice up your travels. My 7 year-old says, “It’s like a game, a hike, and a challenge all in one. I like getting out of the house and seeing nature.” So get out of the house and see some nature, y'all.

Note: Although participation in the Texas Nature Challenge is free, admission fees are charged at some of the challenge sites.



In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana--not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.

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Texas Nature Challenge - Central Texas Region

 Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Looking for ideas of outdoor activities for your family or group? It is not too late to join the Texas Nature Challenge on an adventure across the Lone Star State to reconnect with nature and each other. 


The goal of the Texas Nature Challenge is to get families and kids outdoors by visiting nearby parks and natural areas together. At each site, participants complete activity challenges, such as scavenger hunts, tours, hikes, and other fun missions, designed for family fun and nature exploration. 


The Central Texas region includes challenges at the following locations:
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.

If you would like to be eligible for prizes, your challenges must be finished and scrapbooks submitted to the Austin Nature & Science Center by Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 5 p.m. There will be a closing event at the Austin Nature & Science Center on Saturday, August 3, 2013.

For more information, visit the Texas Nature Challenge website. Don't forget to read through the challenge rules and visit the registration page to register.

Image credit: Texas Nature Challenge

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Central Texas Nature Challenge 2013

 Monday, May 6, 2013


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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