If you are interested in birdwatching, wildlife viewing, or stargazing; flowers, geology, or water; nature centers, festivals, or photography, a destination in Texas awaits you.
From the desert gardens of Big Bend to hawk watching on the Gulf Coast to caving and bat watching in the Hill Country, nature-oriented travel in Texas also includes lesser known getaways.
Organized by the seven official state travel regions, Explore Texas features descriptions of almost one hundred nature-oriented sites, including information about the best time to visit and why it's worth going; location, and other logistics; and a "learn" section on the observations and natural phenomena a visitor might expect to experience. Photographs by professional photographer Jeff Parker accompany the accounts, and handy color-coded icons help guide readers to the activities of their choice.
Perfect for planning the family's next outing or vacation, Explore Texas also contains a message of how nature tourism helps to protect biodiversity, promote conservation, and sustain the state's tourism economy.
Mary O. Parker is a freelance writer and educator whose work regularly appears in Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine. She is a consultant for Watchable Wildlife, Inc. and lives in Smithville USA.
"As a leader in nature-based tourism, Texas continues to innovate with new ideas (such as the paddling trails) and communication tools to engage people in learning about the outdoors (both print and web-based). This book is timely in that it is written to engage families, which is especially important given the concern that too many children today spend way too much time indoors attached to electronic devices. I like the practical advice given about what to bring and how to approach visits to each site. It is written to be sure families, especially those with young children, are well prepared."
– Linda Campell, TPWD (retired)
"Nothing pleases me more than to see another book that helps the world understand the remarkably rich and diverse state we call home. I heartily endorse this wonderful new guide, and I can't wait to visit a few of the sites in the book that have eluded me."
– Ted Lee Eubanks, auhtor of Finding Birds on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail