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SFA to sponsor Family Outdoor Adventure at state park

Nacogdoches Naturally will host a family field trip to Martin Dies, Jr. State Park beginning at 7:30 am. Saturday, Nov. 12. Nacogdoches Naturally is sponsored by SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in an effort to connect families with East Texas parks and recreation facilities.

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park is a 705-acre recreational area between Woodville and Jasper on B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir, about one hour and 45 minutes from Nacogdoches. Outdoor activities at the recreation area will be provided by Katherine Crippens, park naturalist.

"Ms. Crippens will be leading a guided hike in the morning, and then after lunch she will present a raptor program for our group," said Kerry Lemon, Nacogdoches Naturally program director. "One of the objectives for the program is to connect families with the many outdoor recreational resources in our region. This will be a great chance to learn more about this wonderful park and the facilities available there."

Activities are designed to cultivate outdoor skills and awareness of outdoor education, with the goal of helping families develop a lifetime of enjoyment in the natural world. The Family Outdoor Adventures programs are family friendly and appropriate for all ages.

Participants will meet at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., and will return at 4 p.m. Cost for the event is $5 per family. Lunch will be provided.

SFA van transportation will be available, but space is limited. Registration deadline for the event is Thursday, Nov. 10. For information, call Kerry Lemon at (936) 468-5586 or e-mail lemonkb@sfasu.edu.