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TPWD News Release — April 16, 2007

Outdoor Kids Adventure Day Offers Free Fun

AUSTIN, Texas — Take a break from the T.V. and get outside.

That’s the message for kids from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Austin Parks and Recreation and local community organizations and sponsors, who are inviting Austin area youth and their families to the free Outdoor Kids Adventure Day Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Martin Pool and Playscape Area.

“This is a great opportunity for families to see what fun outdoor activities are available in the Austin area,” said Tim Spice, TPWD urban outreach coordinator.

Rock climbing, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, rafting and archery will all be available. Necessary gear for each activity will be supplied, and no outdoor recreation experience is required.

“Just show up with a parent or bring the whole family,” said Spice.

Hands-on nature discovery activities will also be available. Youth will have the opportunity to learn about Global Positioning Systems, land conservation, sea life and local Austin wildlife.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Outdoor Kids program strives to introduce the outdoors to urban families throughout the state who might not otherwise be engaged in outdoor activities. Both male and female youth of every ethnicity and background, especially minorities, are encouraged to attend. Spanish speaking volunteers will be present at the event.

Martin Middle School Playscape is located at 1602 Haskell Street, Austin, Texas. For more Outdoor Kids Adventure Day details contact Don Goerner, Director, Camacho Activity Center, Austin Parks and Recreation at don.goerner@ci.austin.tx.us or (512) 391-1863.

More information on the Outdoor Kids program can be located on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Webpage. Outdoor Kids is one element of an umbrella communication effort TPWD started last year called Life’s Better Outside, which has a Web page linking to a broader array of opportunities for families and children, including Outdoor Kids.

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