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October 2016 Programs

Bird in the Hand
Saturday, October 1
9 a.m.-Noon
Guadalupe River State Park
Looking for a great way to introduce your children to the wonder of birds? Then join Park Ranger and bird bander Craig Hensley for a morning of nose-to-beak looks at our native songbirds. From cardinals to goldfinches, you and your children will learn about the science and art of bird banding and how you can help. Meet us at the Discovery Center. This program is free with a Park Pass or $7 daily pass (children ages 12 and under are free). 

Bats of Texas
Saturday, October 1
7:30-9 p.m.
Guadalupe River State Park
Join Park Ranger Craig for a look at the world of Texas bats. You’ll discover who they are and how they make their living. We’ll even use a bat detector to search for a few following the presentation. We’ll meet at the amphitheater behind the Discovery Center. Be sure to bring a flashlight. This program is free with a Park Pass or a $7 daily pass (children ages 12 and under are free).

Monarch and Butterfly Festival
Saturday, October 8
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Guadalupe River State Park
Join us for a day of butterfly (and other insect) celebration! With monarchs on their annual migration to Mexico, now is the time to celebrate their passage as well as that of their cousins. We’ll have games, crafts, insect catch-and-release with nets, and with any luck at all, may catch a few monarchs to tag and release, as well. This event is for all ages and is free with a Park Pass or a $7 daily pass (children 12 and under are free). Meet at the Discovery Center.

 International Observe the Moon Night
Saturday, October 8
7-9 p.m.
Guadalupe River State Park
Head out to Guadalupe River State Park for an evening of stargazing with members from the San Antonio Astronomical Association as we celebrate International Observe the Moon Night. Following a presentation you’ll get a chance to check out the Moon, seasonal constellations, Saturn and other celestial wonders through our telescopes. Meet at the amphitheater behind the Discovery Center. This program is free with a TPWD Park Pass or after paying the $7 entrance fee (children ages 12 and under are free).

Little Naturalists (NEW!)
Wednesday, October 12
10-11 a.m.
Guadalupe River State Park
Join Ranger Craig for a new program specially designed for your budding little naturalists! We'll begin by exploring the world of butterflies, pollinators and the flowers upon which they depend. We will introduce your children to the basics of butterflies, look for them in our "Habi-scape" and share a special story at the end of the hour.
This program is designed for children ages 3-6 along with their caregivers (older and younger brothers and sisters are welcome to follow along or hang out in the Discovery Center). Please dress your child for the weather; sturdy, close-toed shoes a must -- no sandals or bare feet, please. This program is limited to the first 12 children that register by emailing Ranger Craig at craig.hensley@tpwd.texas.gov. (if demand exceeds capacity, we will consider adding another session during October, if our schedule permits). 

Wildflower and Butterfly Walk
Friday, October 14
10-11:30 a.m.
Guadalupe River State Park
Join Ranger Craig for a walk to learn about the importance of pollinators as we search for butterflies and more among the wildflowers of our “Habi-scape” and surrounding trails. We will meet at the Discovery Center. This walk is for adults only. Meet at the amphitheater behind the Discovery Center. This program is free with a TPWD Park Pass or after paying the $7 entrance fee (children ages 12 and under are free). Please email Craig at craig.hensley@tpwd.texas.gov to reserve a spot.

Walk Under the Light of the Full Moon
Saturday, October 15
6:30-8 p.m.
Guadalupe River State Park
Join Ranger Craig under the light of the full moon! We’ll meet at the Park headquarters and head out in search of the rising full moon and local wildlife. Be sure to dress for the weather, bring a flashlight and wear sturdy, close-toed shoes. We’ll even take a look at our rocky satellite through our 10-inch telescope at hikes’ end. This program is free with a TPWD Park Pass or after paying the $7 entrance fee (children ages 12 and under are free).

Bird Walk and Talk
Sunday, October 16
8:30-11 a.m.
Guadalupe River State Park/Honey Creek SNA
Join us for a morning walk in search of birds of Honey Creek State Natural Area. We have a limited number of binoculars for this adults-only hike. Please meet at the Rust House promptly at 8:30 a.m. This program is free with a Park Pass or a $7 daily pass (children ages 12 and under are free). Please email Ranger Craig at craig.hensley@tpwd.texas.gov to reserve a spot (limited to the first 12 people that register).

Prowlin’ for Owls
Saturday, October 22
7-8:30 p.m.
Guadalupe River State Park
We’re heading out for a hootin’ good time as we call and listen for Barred and possibly other owls that inhabit Guadalupe River State Park. Join Ranger Craig to learn about owls and their amazing adaptations as well as who’s whooooo among the owls of Texas. This program will be held at the amphitheater at the Discovery Center and is free with a Park Pass or a $7 daily pass (children ages 12 and under are free). Be sure to bring a flashlight.

Beginning Birding
Saturday, October 29
9-11 a.m.
Guadalupe River State Park
Have an interest in birds but don’t know how to start? Well then, join bird enthusiast Ranger Craig for an introduction to bird watching. We’ll provide binoculars and field guides and help you get started on a lifetime hobby for you and your children. This program is free with a Park Pass or a $7 daily pass (children ages 12 and under are free). Meet at the Discovery Center.

12th Annual Halloween at the Park
Saturday, October 29
6-8:30 p.m.
Guadalupe River State Park
The Friends of Guadalupe River and Honey Creek are excited to once again present our annual Halloween at the Park event for families and children ages 2-12. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with storytelling followed by a walk down a lighted trail to visit one of many decorated stations provided by Friends members and community groups. Following the walk you’ll have the opportunity to get a hot dog and drink and visit the Discovery Center. This year we’ll even have a visit from TPWD’s Buffalo Soldiers and others. The fee for this event is a flat $10 per vehicle. This is a very popular event so please be sure to arrive early to make sure you can get parking.

Note: We are always looking for community groups to host a station. Should you be interested, please contact Tom Anderson at tanderson46@satx.rr.com or Holly Camero at eyesthatfly@aol.com.