David Owens

David Owens is the park interpreter at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and leads the park’s monthly activities and events.

Here is a list of upcoming events at Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway:

• SPOT THE NATURE MYTH – Saturday, Sept. 14, 8:30 p.m. Come to the Lone Star Amphitheater at Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway to play a fun game about nature myths. We will divide into teams and see which team is best at spotting common nature myths. We will have prizes for the winning team! Bring your favorite lawn chair. Event is free with a paid admission to the park or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free. For more information call 940-328-1171.

• COWBOY CAMPFIRE-POETRY AND STORIES – Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. Join David Owens, park interpreter and Cowboy Poet, at the Lone Star Amphitheater at Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway for a fun evening of cowboy poetry and stories. Experience cowboy lifestyle and local history through the poetry and stories of the Texas cowboy. Event is free with a paid admission to the park or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

• NIGHT SOUNDS – Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway. Listen to the sounds of a Texas night. Actual and recorded sound of the insects, birds, frogs and mammals will be heard and identified with slides of the animals. Bring a lawn chair. Event is free with a paid admission to the park or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

• COWBOY CAMPFIRE-POETRY AND STORIES – Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. Join David Owens, park interpreter and Cowboy Poet, at the Lone Star Amphitheater at Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway for a fun evening of cowboy poetry and stories. Experience cowboy lifestyle and local history through the poetry and stories of the Texas cowboy. Event is free with a paid admission to the park or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

• KID’S WILDERNESS SURVIVAL – Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway. This two and-a-half hour course is a fun way for kids to learn what to do if they become lost. The course includes interactive games, demonstrations and a hike on the nature trail. The course requires kids accompanied by a parent, guardian or youth group leader. Call 940-328-1171 for reservations. Maximum number of participants accepted is 25. Program is free with park admission or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

• NORTH TEXAS SKYWATCH Amateur Astronomer’s Star Party is Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning at 7 p.m. at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway. The Star Party is designed for amateur astronomers to get together and share ideas and experiences, learn new techniques, swap equipment and observe in a dark sky location. There will be a beginners astronomy slide presentation at sunset. All park visitors are welcome to attend. This event is a great opportunity for beginners to learn about astronomy and to have a chance to see the night sky through a wide variety of telescopes. Park at the state trailway parking lot located at the trail head. This event is free with a paid admission to the park or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

• STORYTELLING DOWN IN THE HOLLER – Join park interpreter David Owens down in the beautiful setting of Penitentiary Hollow at Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway for storytelling on Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Hear about local folklore, Native American stories, cowboy poetry and some just plain fun stories. Bring a blanket or lawn chair that is easily carried. Program is free with park admission or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

• NIGHT HIKE – Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. See the state park in a different light! By starlight! Join park interpreter, David Owens, for a night hike at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway. Reservations are required, limit is 30. Call (940) 328-1171 ext. 222. Event is free with a paid admission to the park or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

• COWBOY CAMPFIRE-POETRY AND STORIES – Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. Join David Owens, park interpreter and Cowboy Poet, at the Lone Star Amphitheater at Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway for a fun evening of cowboy poetry and stories. Experience cowboy lifestyle and local history through the poetry and stories of the Texas cowboy. Event is free with a paid admission to the park or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

• KID’S WILDERNESS SURVIVAL – Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway. This two and-a-half hour course is a fun way for kids to learn what to do if they become lost. The course includes interactive games, demonstrations and a hike on the nature trail. The course requires kids accompanied by a parent, guardian or youth group leader. Call 940-328-1171 for reservations. Maximum number of participants accepted is 25. Program is free with park admission or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

• CROSS TIMBERS BIRD WALK – Saturday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway. Join Park Interpreter David Owens on a birding walk in the park to locate and identify birds of the Cross Timbers area. See birds in three different habitats: open prairie, Post-Oak Blackjack Oak Woodlands and lake shore. We will have binoculars on hand to loan to those without. The hike is limited to 15 people. Make reservations at 940-328-1171. Program is free with park admission or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

• PENITENTIARY HOLLOW WILD WALK – Saturday, Nov. 30, starting at 2 p.m. at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway. Join Park Interpreter David Owens on a wild walk, crawl and scoot through some of the most remote areas of beautiful Penitentiary Hollow. This is a strenuous walk involving some crawling through tight spaces in rock cracks, crevices short caves. Expect to get dirty! Event is free with a paid admission to the park. Program is free with park admission or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free. Reservations required call 940-328-1171. Maximum number of participants we can accepted is 20.

• COWBOY CAMPFIRE CHRISTMAS – Bring the whole family to the Lone Star Amphitheater at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway and experience Christmas cowboy style. Join park ranger and cowboy poet David Owens round the campfire for an evening of cowboy culture through music, stories and poems. Enjoy chuck wagon dutch oven treats. Program is free with park admission or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

• CROSS TIMBERS BIRD WALK – Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway. Join Park Interpreter David Owens on a birding walk in the park to locate and identify birds of the Cross Timbers area. See birds in three different habitats: open prairie, Post-Oak Blackjack Oak Woodlands and lake shore. We will have binoculars on hand to loan to those without. The hike is limited to 15 people. Make reservations at 940-328-1171. Program is free with park admission or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

• PENITENTIARY HOLLOW WILD WALK – Saturday, Dec. 14, starting at 2 p.m. at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway. Join Park Interpreter David Owens on a wild walk, crawl and scoot through some of the most remote areas of beautiful Penitentiary Hollow. This is a strenuous walk involving some crawling through tight spaces in rock cracks, crevices short caves. Expect to get dirty! Program is free with park admission or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free. Reservations are required, call 940-328-1171. Maximum number of participants we can accepted is 20.

• KID’S WILDERNESS SURVIVAL – Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway. This two and-a-half hour course is a fun way for kids to learn what to do if they become lost. The course includes interactive games, demonstrations and a hike on the nature trail. The course requires kids accompanied by a parent, guardian or youth group leader. Call 940-328-1171 for reservations. Maximum number of participants accepted is 25. Program is free with park admission or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

• BIRD WALK ON THE TRAILWAY: Saturday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m. Join our Park Ranger for a birding walk on the State Trailway. We will locate and identify birds of the Cross Timbers area.We will begin our walk at the Weatherford Trail head, located on the eastern end, near Cartwright Park in Weatherford (193 Cartwright Park Road). We will see birds in open prairie, Post Oak-Blackjack Oak Woodlands and lake shore. We will have binoculars on hand to loan to those without. The hike is limited to 15 people. Make reservations at 940-328-1171. Program is free with park admission or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

• PENITENTIARY HOLLOW WILD WALK – Saturday, Dec. 28, starting at 2 p.m. at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway. Join Park Interpreter David Owens on a wild walk, crawl and scoot through some of the most remote areas of beautiful Penitentiary Hollow. This is a strenuous walk involving some crawling through tight spaces in rock cracks, crevices short caves. Expect to get dirty! Event is free with a paid admission to the park. Program is free with park admission or a state park pass. Entrance fees to the park are $5 per person, children 12 and under are free. Reservations required call 940-328-1171. Maximum number of participants we can accepted is 20.

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