Holiday Gifts for the Outdoorsman on Your List

AUSTIN December 20, 2013 - With the holidays around the corner, families everywhere are in the midst of their Christmas shopping for the important people in their lives. If you need a gift idea for the outdoor lover in your family, Texas Parks and Wildlife is offering a chance to shop the outdoors.

A great stocking stuffer this Christmas would be a golden ticket to more than 90 Texas state parks. The Texas State Parks Pass gift card grants the cardholder, and as many guests they can fit in their car, free entry to any state park for 12 months. The card can be purchased in any amount and works like cash in state parks, which allow it to be used towards entrance fees, facility use, store merchandise, and much more. Information about how to order a State Park Pass can be found on the TPWD website.

Commemorative Texas State Parks Christmas ornaments are also available for purchase this holiday season.  This year’s ornaments pay tribute to the CCC-era reconstruction of Mission Espiritu Santo at Goliad State Park, legendary Enchanted Rock, and the Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park. Each wooden ornament features an example of the natural, cultural and historical resources that TPWD serves and protects. Ornaments from previous years are also available, and prices vary. Contact the state park customer service center at (512) 389-8900 to order or find out more.

A TPWD Magazine subscription would be an ideal gift for any family member or friend who appreciates engaging imagery and stories about the animals, plants and parks around the state. The magazine has been one of the state’s premier outdoors publication for more than 70 years and there are special offers online, including two gift subscriptions for $20 or a one-year subscription for only $10.

For the art lover in your life, collector’s editions of the 2012 and 2013 hunting and fishing stamps are available for $21.65. Each edition includes a collection of six different stamps designed by noted wildlife artists and each purchase helps support TPWD conservation efforts.  The stamp artwork may be purchased as an unframed stamp and print, or as a framed unit through the Collector’s Covey.

Let your eco-friendly friends and relatives do something for the outdoors by buying them one of TPWD’s custom license plates that highlight the bluebonnet, a white-tailed buck, largemouth bass, and the newest design, a campsite. Each plate costs only $30, and $22 goes directly to help fund conservation efforts in Texas. The conservation license plates have generated more than $4 million in sales for Texas land and water conservation initiatives since its inception.

Nine colorful Great Texas Wildlife Trail maps, which display the Texas coast line, the Panhandle, the Pineywoods and the Hill Country, are available to purchase for $5 per map or $25 for all nine. The maps include more than 900 birding and wildlife viewing sites throughout Texas, and information about the wildlife likely to be found at each site. For more information, visit TPWD’s Great Texas Wildlife Trails website.

Other featured products on the “Shop the Outdoors” website include a colorful wheel featuring hummingbird species documented in Texas, a variety of documentaries and videos, and the opportunity to win a chance to hunt and fish for free- forever.

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