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Learn How to Camp, Enjoy Outdoors at South Llano River State Park in Junction, Texas
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009

Have you always wanted to take your family camping, but really weren't sure how to go about it? If so, South Llano River State Park will be hosting a two-day program September 26-27th designed for folks just like you.

During the overnight Texas Outdoor Family program, families will spend much of the weekend learning not only how to pitch a tent, cook outdoors and learn nature, but also how to use a global positioning system (GPS) to navigate trails and locate hidden caches. The program also teaches participants about conservation ethics and introduces them to park rangers and what they do. In addition to these activities, this even will also include an introduction to kayaking course.

South Llano River State Park is set in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, with more than 20 miles of hiking/biking trails and over two miles of river frontage on one of the cleanest waterways in the state of Texas. Hiking biking, swimming, tubing, birding, and fishing are just some of the great activities available at this unique state park.

The workshop costs $55 per family (up to six people), and includes are camping sites for each family (unless we are using group sites), restrooms with hot showers, professional park ranger-led programs and instruction, overnight state park police officer public safety and security, a curriculum developed specifically for use and enjoyment of a state park, and state park Junior Ranger certification programs. The entire approach adopts a 'Leave No Trace' philosophy so it's environmentally friendly.

"There's no experience or equipment necessary for these workshops," said Chris Holmes, the State Park Outdoor Programs Coordinator who is organizing the new workshop series. "We recognize that many people in today's increasingly urban culture don't have the same skills or backgrounds as earlier generations of Texans. These weekend workshops offer a supportive environment where families can get started in safe and comfortable settings." He continues, "Everybody is welcome at these workshops and the definition of a family comes in many forms, it may be you and your partner, grandchildren, single parents, friends from church, school or neighborhood." For workshops in state parks, families are expected to bring their own food for the two-day workshops, and a suggested shopping and packing lists for meals and personal items will be provided.

Visit the Texas Outdoor Family Web page for more information, including the complete schedule of weekend workshops. Check the web pages regularly, as new workshops continue to be added to the schedule.

Families can register by calling (512) 389-8903 and speaking to a Texas Outdoor Family representative Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or send e-mail to tofsp@tpwd.state.tx.us anytime. After registration, a confirmation packet with directions and details will be sent.

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