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SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center offering family outdoor adventure

October 15, 2009 - Shirley Luna

Families who want to spend a day having fun outdoors will have the perfect opportunity on Saturday, Oct. 24. Nacogdoches Naturally will lead a caravan from Stephen F. Austin State University's Pineywoods Native Plant Center to the Caney Creek Recreation Area at Lake Sam Rayburn for a day of fishing, bird watching and picnicking.

Outdoor activities at the recreation area will be provided by Rachel Collins, executive director of the Lake Sam Rayburn Nature Center.

"The Lake Sam Rayburn Nature Center is an innovative new program in East Texas with the goal of getting kids outdoors to increase their sense of wonder about the fascinating region in which we live," said Kerry Lemon, program director for Nacogdoches Naturally.

The nature center is developing educational, interpretive and recreational facilities at Caney Creek Recreation Area, located in the Angelina National Forest, just east of Zavalla.

"One of the objectives for the Family Outdoor Adventures program is to connect families with the many outdoor recreational resources in our region," Lemon said. "This day will be a great chance to visit this area and learn about the recreational opportunities available there."

Participants are asked to wear good walking shoes and clothes appropriate for an outdoor adventure. The event will be held even if there is rain in the forecast. The nature center has a facility that can be used for cover if needed.

Travel time from Nacogdoches to Caney Creek Recreation Area is approximately one hour. The group will leave Lake Sam Rayburn in time to arrive back at SFA by 4 p.m.

Cost for the event is $5 per family. Lunch will be provided for the first 20 people registered, and a limited number of SFA vans will be available for transportation. Early registration is encouraged, and registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 21.

For information, call (936) 468-1832 or e-mail sfagardens@sfasu.edu.