Senator Carona's Email Update
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August 4, 2009

WHAT'S NEW . . .

FOCUS . . .

You don't have to go far to get outside and have one last adventure before summer is over. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is a great resource to help you take advantage of all the State of Texas has to offer outdoors.

If you are traveling around Texas this summer or simply want to find out more about the area you live in, you can visit the section of the TPWD website that allows you to Find A Park. This page offers a list of all state parks and destinations, or you can locate one using the Interactive Travel Regions Map. The TPWD website also includes a list of overnight campsites in Texas and the capability to make reservations online. You can also request reservations and check availability by phone, fax or email. For more information on reserving a campsite, click here.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has a wide assortment of activities just for kids, as well as the whole family. You can find tips and resources for taking your kids outside here. Texas Outdoor Family workshops are hosted at state parks and at various partner sites (such as city and county parks) where your family receives hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills, including:

Dates and locations of Texas Outdoor Family workshops can be found here. There are several upcoming fall dates in the Dallas area!

TPWD offers kids the chance to learn about nature from home through the kids section of the TPWD website. Here, children can learn different regions of Texas and the plants and animals found in those areas, templates for an Outdoor Kids Journals that can be printed at home, and tips for being safe and smart outdoors. In the Dallas/Fort Worth area TPWD also offers the Urban Outdoors Program.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department also can help you find a bike trail or biking event, give you tips on fishing in state parks, and even provide resources for teachers.

To sign up for updates from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, click here, where you can easily subscribe to updates for a wide range of outdoor recreation and conservation categories.

Here are some events happening around Texas in the month of August, 2009. Go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website to check out these events and many more.

DID YOU KNOW . . . ?

The Sales Tax Holiday for the 2009-2010 school year is the weekend of August 21-23. During this weekend most clothing and footwear priced under $100 is exempt from sales and use taxes. Beginning this year, most school supplies under $100 are also exempt. The Comptroller's Office has set up a webpage for more information on the Sales Tax Holiday which includes a list of items exempt from sales tax and new items included this year.

The Trinity River Corridor started a monthly newsletter beginning in July that includes events and happenings on the Trinity River. Here you can learn more about the Trinity River Audubon Center, the Texas Buckeye Trail, and other new developments along the Trinity River Corridor.


With all of these new opportunities to explore the Texas outdoors, be sure to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water - the Texas summer isn't over yet!


John Carona
State Senator - District 16

Capitol Office District Offices
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, TX 78711
512-463-3135 (fax)
8080 N. Central Expy.
Suite 1440, LB 44
Dallas, TX 75206
214-378-5739 (fax)
5401 N. Central Expy.
Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75205
214-953-1886 (fax)