If you are like most parents, it will not take long for you to get tired of seeing your children spending too much time with their noses in front of the television, phone or video games, and you’ll start wishing they would do something else - like go outdoors.
With many recent research studies pointing to direct exposure to nature being essential for children’s physical health and emotional development, it is reason enough to direct your child to discover the outdoors. Let the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department help you do so with our Junior Ranger Explorer Pack.
The statement “You don’t get anything for free” is not true at Goliad State Park, where you can get a free Explorer Pack to borrow for the day. You can also find a list of 29 other participating state parks at www.tpwd.state.tx.us.
The packs are self-contained units that are lent free to park visitors. They are designed to enhance the visit to the park. Inside the Explorer Pack is an activity guide book, which will help visitors guide their young naturalists in observing their surroundings by using all five senses.
The Explorer Pack comes with nine easy-to- use colorful field guides from birds to butterflies and everything in between. The binoculars will help you see and identify birds and complete one activity in the guide. To get a closer look at the small wonders of this world, there is a handy magnifying glass. Since many mammals come out at night, this gives the children a chance to play Sherlock Holmes by looking for clues while walking the nature trail.
Look for tracks and scats and then use the handy key chain guide with 17 animal tracks, or the “Track and Scat” field guide to solve the mystery of what animal was there.
Life is better outside and time spent in nature fosters a better human connection to our surroundings and ultimately inspires people to be good stewards of our ecosystem. Not only do children benefit from exploring nature, it also helps to improve health in all ages when spending time outside.
So come on out for a visit this summer, because the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has made life easier for your family to explore Texas state parks.