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Wild Times May 2024

To celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks, Toyota and Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation have teamed up to offer a giveaway to help you get away! One lucky sweepstakes winner will take home a Toyota Tundra prize package that includes everything you need for a Texas outdoor adventure, including a Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, plus extras from YETI, Solo Stove, PAKMULE, Tecovas, SWAROVSKI OPTIK, Turtlebox, PECOS Outdoor and more.

Make a $25 donation here to support 100 years of Texas State Parks between May 1 and October 22, 2023, and you will be automatically enteredVisit LetsGo100.org for complete details and sweepstakes rules.

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  Story #2: Give Back While Honoring a Special Mom!  

Along a scenic stretch of the Leon River southwest of Waco lies Mother Neff State Park, one of Texas’ earliest state parks. Isabella Neff, mother of then-Texas Governor Pat Neff, donated the original six acres for the park in 1921. Always inspired by his mother, Governor Neff fought for and successfully established our state parks system just two years later in 1923.

And for the last 100 years, Texas State Parks have been places of awe and discovery. Millions of visitors take to our parks annually in search of adventure and relaxation. Whether it’s for the annual family reunion or just an impromptu picnic in nature, moms always seem to be behind some of our best park memories. Do you have a special mom who loves our parks as much as you love her?

Give back to the parks that have given us so much, and honor a mom who has given you so much!

TPWF is raising $2 million to fund much-needed projects at all state parks to help our parks thrive for the next 100 years. Donate in honor of a special mom for Mother’s Day, and we’ll provide you with a digital recognition card you can share with your favorite mom by e-mail or in person, no matter the distance. Take a look!

Mother's Day Tribute

Donate to Texas State Parks in honor of one of the world’s greatest natural resources—moms! All donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by our generous Centennial Champions, doubling the impact of your gift.

Go ahead - Make your favorite mom proud by honoring her today with a donation to our state parks, and then download the digital recognition card to share with mom!

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  Story #3: We Will Not Be Tamed: Jesse Griffiths  

Texas chef Jesse Griffiths is passionate about cooking wild game and sourcing local ingredients for Dai Due, his nationally renowned restaurant in Austin. He is also an enthusiastic advocate for hunting

“With the rise of the local food movement, a lot of people have come to understand that hunting is another branch of food sourcing, which is exactly what it is,” said Jesse.

While Jesse’s hunting experiences began later in his life, he’s been fishing and camping since he was a child. His parents took him to Texas State Parks when he was a baby, and he grew up visiting parks across the state.

So, it is fitting that Jesse is commemorating the centennial anniversary of Texas State Parks as a We Will Not Be Tamed ambassador for Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. We Will Not Be Tamed calls us to appreciate the wildness of Texas, the vastness of our Texas spirit, and why we should be inspired to conserve it.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is a steadfast supporter of the things we cherish, and if I am asked to help spread the word about conservation, I’m all in."

Read more about Jesse and find out how you can live the wild life.

  Story #2: Join and Win a Pecos Table and Hog Book  

P.S. Adventure is on the menu, and TPWF’s trailblazing sponsor PECOS Outdoor has come to the table to give away its popular PECOS Table to one lucky winner. This high-end outdoor utility table is sure to become your new favorite portable companion for hunting, fishing, camping, grilling and everything you do outdoors. AND to top it off, we’re including a signed copy of Jesse Griffiths' The Hog Book, a James Beard-awarded comprehensive overview of all things related to wild pigs, from field to table!

Join or renew your membership with TPWF by May 31, and you will automatically be entered in a TPWF drawing* for a chance to win a PECOS Table and The Hog Book by Jesse Griffiths.

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*The price of membership pays for TPWF membership only and not for the chance to win the PECOS Outdoor and "The Hog Book" giveaway. Members who join or renew between January 1 and May 31, 2023, are automatically entered in the drawing. PECOS table color may vary.
  Story #4: Celebrating 100 S’more Years of Texas State Parks  

No telling how many s’mores have been devoured in Texas State Parks over the last 100 years! To celebrate the centennial of our state park system, parks across the state are inviting Texans to celebrate 100 S’more Years of Texas State Parks on May 13!

More than 80 parks will take part in the celebration, with a variety of twists on the age-old tradition. Our friends at H-E-B are donating free s’more supplies, which will be available while supplies last, and Solo Stove is providing its popular smokeless firepits for the celebration at a dozen parks.

Find out where you can join a 100 S’more Years celebration at a park near you.

If you can’t make it to a park, join the fun by hosting your own s’mores get-together. Post a photo of your s’mores celebration on Facebook or Instagram and tag @texasstateparks with the hashtag #100SmoreYears.

  Story #5: Collectors Issue!  

Celebrate 100 Years of Texas State Parks with a special commemorative edition of Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine! TPWF sponsored the issue, chock-full of beautiful photographs and everything you need to know about our beloved state park system — the places and the people, the history and the future, the magic and the memories. Get this once-in-a-lifetime issue by subscribing or find it on newsstands now.



  Story #6: Visit Orvis in May for Orvis Giveback Days  

Orvis retail stores in Texas are partnering with TPWF during the entire month of May to help support Guadalupe bass conservation efforts. Visit any Texas Orvis retail store during the month of May and receive a special offer when you donate $10 or more while shopping in stores. Visit an Orvis store today to donate and help support the conservation of the official State Fish of Texas, Guadalupe bass


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