Archive for September 26th, 2008

Texas Outdoor Story–A Family Affair

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Passport to Texas Outdoor Stories from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Chris Holmes, who oversees the Texas Outdoor Families in State Parks program, came by my office recently with his young twin sons Charlie and Jimmy, and had them tell me, though him, what they like about camping in state parks.

Can you tell me what you like about camping?

I like burning the marshmallows.

You like Marshmallows. What else do you like about camping?

I like pitching the tent.

When we go camping in the state park is it scary?


Is it fun?


What animals do we hear when we go camping.


What does the owl say?


What about the coyote? What does the coyote say?


You’re with state parks, so you definitely have gotten your kids involved in the outdoors. Tell me why it’s important for parents to get their kids outside.

It’s just something that’s natural. When you see the children outside having fun, it’s something they enjoy. And these boys would rather play outside than watch TV, and I think that’s really important. And it’s really rewarding to me when I ask them what they want to do and they want to play outside (sound of Jimmy & Charlie getting loud and fussy).

Once the twins hit the fresh air, Chris said they calmed down immediately, because Jimmy and Charlie know (Charlie howls like coyote) that Life’s Better outside.

That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.