The Texas Nature Challenge was created to get families and kids outdoors by visiting as many participating parks and nature areas in Texas as they can. At each site, participants complete activity challenges designed for family fun and nature exploration.
To participate, register your team, download challenges, complete those challenges at the sites, then create a notebook about your experiences. Registered participants have a chance to win prizes in their home region based on their notebooks. The kick-off to the Texas Nature Challenge was April 25th, Austin Nature Day, and the wrap up party will take place on Saturday, August 8th.
Families will compete to see who can, or will, travel to view native wildlife, dip their feet in creeks, rivers, and the Gulf, draw and write about their observations and learn more about nature and science in their neighborhoods! At each site families will complete activities designed for fun and nature exploration. The purpose of the Texas Nature Challenge is to address the disconnect between children and the natural world. The goal is to educate adults and create community based-outdoor opportunities for families with the intent of developing a lifetime conservation ethic in children.
The state is divided into regions. You can participate in activity challenges in all regions with competition limited to your home region. This year, the Central Region has expanded to include both Austin and Waco metro areas and everywhere in between.