Challenging Families to a Nature Challenge
Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas
June 19, 2012
SAN ANTONIO, TX−Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas and Alamo Area Texas Nature Challenge invites families and kids to explore the Texas outdoors this summer between June 2 and August 3. Local environmental organizations, parks, and natural areas have developed “challenges” to complete, designed for family fun and nature exploration. Challenges are provided in both English and Spanish.
The following sites are participating in the Alamo Region (San Antonio area): San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center. San Antonio Zoo, Green Spaces Alliance, Natural Bridge Caverns, Friedrich/Eisenhower Park, San Antonio River Foundation (in Wilson County), Government Canyon State Natural Area, Medina River Natural Area, San Antonio Botanical Garden, Edwards Aquifer Authority, and the Witte Museum.
Scrapbooks, drawings, photographs, logos, and essays are due August 3, 2012 to the San Antonio Zoo by 4pm. Closing Ceremony will be held at Joske Pavilion at Brackenridge Park on August 11, 2012 from 9a-11a. Participation prizes will be awarded at that time.
To register your “Team”, visit http://naturechallenge.tamu.edu/event-registration. There is no charge to register and to participate in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. There may be an entrance fee to some sites.
After registering, go to http://naturechallenge.tamu.edu/alamo/ to download each site’s “challenge” to take with you. Some “challenges” are offered at specific times and places, so check each challenge carefully.
You have 9 weeks to visit as many participating parks and nature areas in the San Antonio area as you can. At each site you will complete activities designed for family fun and nature exploration. You will view native, & not so native, wildlife; you may be dipping your feet in creeks; finding plants that Native Americans used in their everyday lives; and photographing, drawing and writing about your observations. You will be learning more about nature and science in your own neighborhood.
Prize Categories: Most Creative Scrapbook, Best Photograph, Best Drawing (4 age categories), Most Challenges Completed, Best Essay, and Best “Texas Nature Challenge” Logo Design. For more information visit http://naturechallenge.tamu.edu/alamo/news/prize-categories/.
If you are traveling through the state, try to catch a “challenge” in one of these Regions:
North Texas Region (DFW) http://naturechallenge.tamu.edu/north/
Bayou Region (Houston) http://naturechallenge.tamu.edu/bayou/
Central Texas Region (Austin) http://naturechallenge.tamu.edu/central/
Coastal Bend Region (Corpus Christi) http://naturechallenge.tamu.edu/coastalbend/
Rio Grande Valley Region (Brownsville) http://naturechallenge.tamu.edu/rgv/