Dallas/Fort Worth Urban Outdoor Program
Bringing the Outdoors to Dallas/Fort Worth!
Explore Texas: Outdoor Opportunities
When you buy the State Park Pass at any state park, you don't pay park entry fees again for a year from the date of purchase at any Texas State Park. [**Please note that Texas Freshwater Fisheries is not a state park and cannot honor the Texas State Park Pass.]
Download an Outdoor Kids Journal from the TPWD web site and encourage kids to participate in nature, history, and recreation activities.
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program provides opportunities for women to meet other women who share the same outdoor activities and interests and pursue those interests. For more information, contact Ashley Mathews, BOW coordinator, Heidi Rao.
Fish, Boat, and Hunt Texas: On the Water and In The FieldEnjoy pole and line fishing at Dallas/Fort Worth Community Fishing Lakes, stocked annually by Texas Parks and Wildlife:
- Kidd Springs Recreation Center in Dallas
- Mark Holtz Lake in Arlington
- Chisholm Park in Hurst
- Greenbriar Park in Fort Worth
- Green Valley Community Park Pond in North Richland Hills
- Lakeside Park in Duncanville
Community groups can arrange special fishing events, including Texas Junior Anglers, Reel Kids, and Junior/Master Angler fishing days and clinics through Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center offers fishing instructions, equipment, and a location to fish (catch and release only).
Boaters 12 and older can receive their boater education certification by learning safety and responsibility in TPWD boater education classes. For more information, call Selverio Pacleb at 972-263-6989.
Hunters can learn safety, rules, regulations, and ethics of hunting in Texas with hunter education courses offered throughout the year. For hunters born on or after September 2, 1971. For more information, call Robert Ramirez at 972-263-1219.Fishing and hunting licenses and boat registrations can be purchased at the Garland or Fort Worth Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law Enforcement offices at:
- 5400 Airport Freeway, Suite E (Fort Worth), 817-831-3128
- 346 Oaks Trail, Suite 100 (Garland), 972-226-9966
Teach Texas: Education for All Ages
Teachers can create outdoor classrooms with the assistance of Dallas/Fort Worth urban biologists. Workshops are offered throughout the school year. For more information, call 972-293-3841.
Contact your local state parks or Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center for more educational program possibilities or merit badge opportunities.
Adults can gain knowledge about conservation of Dallas/Fort Worth natural resources through the Dallas or Fort Worth Area Master Naturalist program. Volunteers receive in-depth training and perform extensive work in the community.
Tax exempt, community service organizations can receive funding for outdoor programs through the Community Outreach program grants.
For more information about these and many other Texas Parks and Wildlife Department programs contact:Robert Ramirez
Dallas/Fort Worth Urban Outdoor Program Specialist