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Texas State Parks Host Art Workshops


(Texas State Parks Offer More than Camping)

Who would think you could learn how to make paper at a state park? Or, attend a workshop on vocal exercises? All sorts of things are happening at state parks these days. The following news release has info on Texas state park workshops in February. ~Coleen


Texas State Parks Host Art Workshops in February

Texas state parks and VSA Texas, the state organization on arts and disability, are partnering to host a series of arts workshops in state parks for all visitors. All workshops are free with regular park admission, but some require prior registration. There are several workshops all over the state.

From 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 28, Inks Lake State Park (campsites 219 and 220) visitors can learn the techniques of hand paper-making using a portable Hollander beater attached to a bicycle. The event is open to the first 30 participants (children and adults), who can register by contacting Inks Lake State Park headquarters at (512) 793-2223, ext. 6.

From 2-3:30 p.m. on Feb. 28, Purtis Creek State Park in the picnic pavilion, visitors can learn about park animals and their adventures through exploration, discussion and coloring. The workshop is open to the first 20 participants between 5-10 years old. Participants can register by contacting Purtis Creek State Park Headquarters at (903) 425-2332.

At Government Canyon State Park, visitors can create a group mandala using found objects from nature in the surrounding environment from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22. Particpants should bring local sticks, branches, rocks and acorns. The workshop is open to the first 20 children and adults, who can register by contacting Niki Lake at (210) 688-9055, ext. 292 or niki.lake@tpwd.texas.gov .

From 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, Brazos Bend State Park visitors can learn about breathing, pitch, fitness, posture and vocal exercise from a classically trained musician in this fun singing workshop in nature. The workshop, held in the Hale Lake Group Picnic Pavilion, is open to children and adults. No registration is required.

At McKinney Falls State Park amphitheater, participants can learn about Taino spirituality through inspirational anecdotes, role playing and music making featuring the native flute. Open to children and adults, and led by Tekina-eirĂș, a proud blood descendent of the native Tainos of Puerto Rico. No registration is required. McKinney Falls State Park does not have an accessible restroom. The workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21.

All workshops are being offered in a location in the park that is wheelchair accessible. To request further accommodations, please contact the park at least two weeks prior to the workshop. For more information, please visit www.vsatx.org or www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks.

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