Celebrate the holidays outdoors at these Texas State Parks

Goliad at Christmas (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

Can you believe it’s already Christmas time? Maybe it’s the warm-ish weather we’ve been having, but I can’t believe the new year is about three weeks away.

It’s a time for joy, it’s a time for family and friends — and it’s also a time for stress. If you’re like me, then you’re probably trying to find time away from malls, stores and traffic this time of year.

Fortunately, several state parks have free holiday-themed events to keep you in a Grinch-free mood. See below for a link to the story.

And congratulations to all the runners and walkers who took part in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series in San Antonio last weekend. The conditions on Sunday for the half- and full-marathons were rainy and a little humid and it was great to see everyone power through it.

As for me, I did a half-marathon at Brazos Bend State Park on Saturday surrounded by alligators — my favorite!

Brazos Bend State Park. (KSAT)

Are you training for an upcoming race? I’d love to hear about it, as there are several coming up across Texas.

Next up in San Antonio is the Alamo 13.1 in March — can’t wait. Happy running!

Celebrate the holidays outdoors at these events at Texas State Parks

Christmas in the summer (Pixabay)

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is kicking off holiday festivities at several state parks this week.

From holiday hikes to ornament making to stargazing, state parks across Texas are hosting free festivities for campers who want to get away from the holiday stress.

Click here for a list of holiday happenings at state parks in Central and South Texas.

San Antonio nonprofit connects African American youth to the outdoors

San Antonio nonprofit connects African American youth to the outdoors

The following story is from KSAT reporter and anchor Tiffany Huertas.

A local nonprofit focused on connecting youth of color to the outdoors has impacted the lives of hundreds of students.

Since 2019, the nonprofit Black Outside Inc. has been reconnecting African American youth through different experiences.

“Part of our work and our reason why is, we realized the outdoors isn’t as diverse as our beautiful state of Texas. Here in Texas, only one percent of Texas State Park participants identify as black or African American and we are working to hopefully change those numbers, by reconnecting black youth to the outdoors through our programs,” Alex Bailey, executive director of Black Outside, Inc. said.

Bailey said this year more than 200 kids participated in their different programs, and that includes Camp Founder Girls.

For more information, click here.

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Have a great weekend,

Rebecca Salinas

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Rebecca Salinas joined KSAT in the fall of 2019. Her skills include content management, engagement and reporting.