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February 13, 2014

Park offering family camping workshops

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One of the main events for the workshop starting on Feb. 28 is exploring Penitentiary Hollow and rock climbing. The workshop beginning on March 21 will contain kayaking and fishing, and the event starting on March 28 will also contain rock climbing.

TPWD provides all of the camping gear, and families will only be responsible for bringing sleeping bags and blankets. Once a family signs up, they will receive a full list of what TPWD provides along with some other things families may want to bring.

“We offer tents, air mattresses, camp stoves, lanterns, foam pads for the kids, pots and pans to use on the stove and a few other small items,” Cox said.

“Each family gets their own campsite near restrooms with hot showers. Campsites have water spigots and electrical outlets. The first workshop on Feb. 28 offers screened shelters for each family and a tent if they’d like to have one too. The rest of the workshops are tent only.”

Park Rangers will lead all weekend activities and camp nearby for the comfort and safety of every family.

To make a reservation, call TPWD’s reservation line at 512-389-8903. When families are making reservations, they can request to be near friends and other families of their choosing.

To find out more about each workshop, log on to www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/programs/texas-outdoor-family/ and click on “Find a workshop near you!”

“Each workshop offers different activities which are listed on each individual workshop’s page,” Cox said. “Lake Mineral Wells is my favorite state park in the [Dallas-Fort Worth] area and I’m always telling families about the opportunity for exploring and adventuring in this beautiful place.”

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