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TPWD News Release — May 17, 2010

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center to be Part of Nature Challenge 2010

ATHENS—Families will be fanning out across North Central Texas this summer in search of outdoor adventures as part of Nature Challenge 2010.

In addition to connecting to their local environment, participants will be able to win prizes for visiting the most sites, compiling the best scrapbook or taking the best photo during their travels.

Theme of the event is Mission: Possible. During the 11 weeks of the event, families will visit as many participating parks and nature centers as they can. Each site will provide information in English and Spanish on specific activities to be completed at that location. Families will keep a record of all their adventures for judging.

“Nature Challenge 2010 is an ideal way for families to explore the outdoor recreation opportunities in their local area,” said Zoe Ann Stinchcomb, education director at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens. “The activities designed for each site will take several hours to complete and will involve families in hands-on outdoor fun and nature exploration. Just ask for the Nature Challenge worksheet at the admissions booth, then go enjoy all that TFFC has to offer.”

Opening ceremonies will be held at the Trinity River Audubon Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 22. Persons interested in learning more are invited to attend and complete their first mission. The contest will close with an awards ceremony at River Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington August 14.

Sponsors of Nature Challenge 2010 include Texas Agrilife Extension, Texas Forest Service and Houston Wilderness.

More information, a list of all the sites that can be visited and on-line registration are at http://www.texasnaturechallenge.org/.

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