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November programs at Texas State Parks in the Highland Lakes

The Sauer-Beckmann Farm at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site soon will be lit up for the holidays. Its first Christmas event is Nov. 26. Photo courtesy of LBJ State Park

Gives thanks in November that the Highland Lakes has such beautiful Texas State Parks. Fish, hike, gaze at scenic views, and enjoy Mother Nature's bounty at Inks Lake State Park, Pedernales Falls State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, and Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. All have events scheduled for November 2022.

Parks can fill up quickly, so consider booking a day pass online before you visit.

INKS LAKE STATE PARK

Located at 3630 Park Road 4 West near Burnet. Daily entrance is $7 for ages 13 and older and free for children 12 and younger. Call the park at 512-793-2223 or visit its webpage for details.

Cowboy Coffee — Start your morning off with a fresh cup of coffee and a friendly chat with a park ranger. Learn how cowboys got their caffeine and enjoy a dutch oven treat. Takes place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Nov. 12, Nov. 19, and Nov. 26.

Guided Nature Hike — Take a park ranger-led, 0.2-mile hike to Devil's Waterhole to learn about native plants and local geology. Hikes are 1-2 p.m. Nov. 12, Nov. 19, Nov. 20, Nov. 24, and Nov. 26.

Inks Lake Star Party — The Austin Astronomic Society shares its telescopes and knowledge during a night of stargazing. Takes place from 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 12.

Tracks and Scat — Learn how to identify animals by what the leave behind. Takes place from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 13, Nov. 20, and Nov. 27.

Skins and Skulls — Learn how an animal's fur pattern and skull structure help it survive. Examine specimens. Takes place from 1-2 p.m. Nov. 13, Nov. 20, and Nov. 27.

Fishing 101 — Get a free fishing lesson with everything provided. Great for families. No fishing license needed. Takes place from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 19 and Nov. 26.

Nature Journaling — No need to be Picasso. Explore the benefits of sketching the great outdoors. Takes place from 11:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 19 and Nov. 26.

Campfire Chat — Gather around the fire to find out what's going on at Inks Lake State Park. Takes place from 4-5 p.m. Nov. 19 and Nov. 26.

Intro to Snakes — Learn more about these slithering creatures, including how they see and taste, defense mechanisms, and which ones you might see in the park. Takes place from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 20.

Gyotaku — Discover the the art of Japanese fish painting. Takes place from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 23.

Backyard Bass — Show off your casting skills in this competition using hoop targets and plastic fish. All ages welcome. Small prizes awarded. Takes place from 1-2 p.m. Nov. 23.

Birding 101 — Get an introduction to birds and birding. Takes place from 1-2 p.m. Nov. 25.

Open Night Hike — Ditch the Black Friday shopping lines for quiet time in nature. Learn about nocturnal creatures. Takes place from 5-6:30 p.m. Nov. 25.

PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK

Located at 2585 Park Road 6026 near Johnson City. Daily entrance is $6 for ages 13 and older and free for ages 12 and younger. Call the park at 830-868-7304 or visit its webpage for details.

Skins, Skulls, Scales and Scat — See, feel, and smell examples of Texas Hill Country wildlife by what is left behind. Takes place from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 and 1-2 p.m. Nov. 25.

Star Party — The Austin Astronomic Society shares its telescopes and knowledge during a night of stargazing. Takes place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

Stories in the Stars — A Star Theater program with the stories and legends behind seasonal constellations. Takes place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 23.

Prehistoric Hunting: The Atlatl — See how ancient Texans hunted before the bow and arrow. Ages 8 and older can participate. Adult supervision required for ages 17 and younger. Takes place from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 25 and Nov. 27.

Hiking Through History — A hike through time, starting in modern history down to 300-million-year-old fossils. Hikes are from 9-10 a.m. Nov. 26.

ENCHANTED ROCK STATE NATURAL AREA

Located at 16710 RR 965 in Fredericksburg. Daily entrance is $8 for ages 13 and older and free for ages 12 and younger. The park quickly reaches capacity, so reservations are encouraged and also required on weekends, holidays, and school breaks. Call the park at 830-685-3636 or visit its webpage for details.

Guided Summit Hike — Join a Master Naturalist on a hike to the top of Enchanted Rock and learn about the geology, history, and biology of the park on the way. Hikes are from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 12 and Nov. 19.

Birding 101 — Get an introduction to birding from a Texas Ornithological Society member on a short walk on easy trails. Takes place from 9-10:15 a.m. Nov. 13 and Nov. 20.

Birding Hike — Join a member of the Texas Ornithological Society on a birding adventure. Takes place from 8-9:30 a.m. Nov. 18 and Nov. 25.

Little Rock Wander — Go on an off-trail hike with a Master Naturalist to Little Rock Dome. Takes place from 9:30-11 a.m. Nov. 25 and Nov. 26.

LYNDON B. JOHNSON STATE PARK AND HISTORIC SITE

Located at 199 Park Road 152 in Stonewall. Entrance is free. Call the park at 830-644-2252 or visit its website.

Deck the Halls — Learn how to make Christmas decorations with natural materials at the Sauer-Beckmann Farm. Takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 26.

For more state park events, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website. And check out the Highland Lakes Hiking Guide before you head out for useful information.

editor@thepicayune.com

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