A Fun Challenge for Summer Vacation: Texas Nature Challenge

Nature Challenge 2009

Nature Challenge 2009 (Photo credit: ESSM Extension Unit)

If your family loves to play board games, have potato sack races, or watermelon seed spitting contests, we’ve got a summer activity to stimulate that competitive spirit. Sometimes there’s nothing like a good-natured competition to rally the family for fun, and this summer, that could be the Texas Nature Challenge.

The goal? Visit as many participating parks and nature areas in Texas as you can this summer. It adds an element of excitement in getting the family outdoors and active. At each site, you compete in activities designed for family fun and nature exploration. Plus, at the end of it all, your family could win a participation prize for things like ‘the most sites visited’, ‘best scrapbook’, ‘best photo’ and more, all awarded at the closing ceremonies at the end of summer.

This is a cool way to keep the family having fun all summer long.  Coordinated by Texas Forest Service and Texas AgriLife Extension, events and challenges are spread out over the Alamo region throughout June and July. It’s a great guide for fun activities, whether your family is intense about competing or just wants to play for fun.

And the Opening Ceremonies are this weekend! Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Mission San Jose. You’ll get a brief orientation on how the Nature Challenge works, and a guest presentation to get your family revved up and ready for summer.

Plus, the Witte Museum and the Edwards Aquifer  have a challenge ready that day to get your family’s team rolling. At 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 head to the Witte to hear the sounds of Texas, explore the native plant garden, and have a go at the Body Adventures. But this isn’t your only chance at the challenge, they have several Nature Challenge events scheduled throughout June and July.

Simply register online to participate- it’s free, fast, and easy – sit down with your family and create your own team name when you register (or you can be the team captain and decide for yourself). Be sure to check out the rules – they explain how to play and win the Texas Nature Challenge. You can even start a blog as part of the competition, and your friends and extended family can follow along with your adventures. This is a pretty cool deal, and a great comprehensive way to supplement summer vacation for the family.

So get out there and have some fun! Compete in the Texas Nature Challenge this summer.

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