Explore Texas
A Nature Travel Guide
Nature Guide - Travel Guide
6 x 9, 288 pp.
242 color photos. 10 maps. Index.
Pub Date: 06/14/2016
Myrna and David K. Langford Books on Working Lands
  flexbound (with flaps)
Price:        $28.00

978-1-62349-403-2

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Explore Texas

A Nature Travel Guide

Mary O. Parker
Photographs by Jeff Parker
Foreword by Carter P. Smith

If you are interested in birdwatching, wildlife viewing, or stargazing; flowers, geology, or water; nature centers, festivals, or photography, a destination in Texas awaits you.

From the desert gardens of Big Bend to hawk watching on the Gulf Coast to caving and bat watching in the Hill Country, nature-oriented travel in Texas also includes lesser known getaways.

Organized by the seven official state travel regions, Explore Texas features descriptions of almost one hundred nature-oriented sites, including information about the best time to visit and why it’s worth going; location, and other logistics; and a “learn” section on the observations and natural phenomena a visitor might expect to experience. Photographs by professional photographer Jeff Parker accompany the accounts, and handy color-coded icons help guide readers to the activities of their choice.  

Perfect for planning the family’s next outing or vacation, this book also contains a message of how nature tourism helps to protect biodiversity, promote conservation, and sustain the state’s tourism economy.

MARY O. PARKER is a freelance writer and owner of Red Belly Writing School. Her work regularly appears in Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine. She lives in Central Texas. JEFF PARKER is an award-winning wildlife and nature photographer whose work has appeared in Audubon, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and American Profile. He leads photo tours and workshops in South Texas and throughout the Americas.

What Readers Are Saying:

“As a leader in nature-based tourism, Texas continues to innovate with new ideas (such as the paddling trails) and communication tools to engage people in learning about the outdoors (both print and web-based). This book is timely in that it is written to engage families, which is especially important given the concern that too many children today spend way too much time indoors attached to electronic devices. I like the practical advice given about what to bring and how to approach visits to each site. It is written to be sure families, especially those with young children, are well prepared."—Linda Campell, TPWD (retired)

“The state of Texas represents a vast region of contrasting landscape and cultures, one that can easily be daunting to travelers seeking specific areas in which to spend a weekend or vacation. Explore Texas offers an excellent preview of essentially all major locations where one might embark on a venture to see a little of everything in the Lone Star State!”—Wyman Meinzer, official photographer for the State of Texas

"Nothing pleases me more than to see another book that helps the world understand the remarkably rich and diverse state we call home. I heartily endorse this wonderful new guide, and I can’t wait to visit a few of the sites in the book that have eluded me.” —Ted Lee Eubanks, author of Finding Birds on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

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