Nacogdoches Naturally is offering families the opportunity to participate in a field trip to the Caney Creek Recreation Area for fishing, bird watching, hiking and picnicking on Saturday, May 14. Participants will meet at Stephen F. Austin State University's Pineywoods Native Plant Center at 8 a.m. and caravan to the site.

Outdoor activities at the recreation area will be provided by Rachel Collins, executive director of the Lake Sam Rayburn Nature Center. The center is developing educational, interpretive and recreational facilities at Caney Creek with the goal of encouraging children to develop "a sense of place" about the outdoors, said Kerry Lemon, program director for Nacogdoches Naturally.

"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 more about the facilities available there."

Families are asked to wear appropriate clothing for an outdoor adventure and good walking shoes. The nature center has a facility that can be used for cover if needed, so the event will be held even if rain is predicted, Lemon said.

Travel time from Nacogdoches to Caney Creek Recreation Area, located in the Angelina National Forest just east of Zavalla, is approximately 90 minutes. The group will leave Lake Sam Rayburn in time to arrive back at the PNPC no later than 4 p.m.

Cost for the event is $10 per family. Families will need to bring sack lunches for the day. Limited van transportation will be available. Reservations are required. Registration deadline is Thursday, May 12.

Nacogdoches Naturally is a program of the SFA Department of Agriculture. The Pineywoods Native Plant Center is located at 2900 Raguet St.

For information and reservations, call (936) 468-1832 or e-mail