Explore Texas:  A Nature Travel Guide is perfect for nature lovers who love to travel and travelers who love nature!™

Those who love both will appreciate this easy-to-use guide to Texas’ top nature-friendly destinations, organized by the state's seven official travel regions.

Nearly 300 full-color photographs accompany this unique travel/field guide combo.  Each entry has handy activity icons to tell you at a glance what's best to do there.

Each of the 96 destinations also includes its own “Learn” section so that you arrive knowing something about the special natural attractions that await.      

Also included are "Travel Details" with tips such as how to dress (when that matters), what to bring, the best time to go, which venues work best for kids, or without kids, relevant websites, and other important info.

From the desert gardens of Big Bend to hawk watching on the Gulf Coast to caving and bat watching in the Hill Country, to water wandering the Piney Woods, taking in the Panhandle prairies, and imbibing on the wildlife of the South Texas Plains, Explore Texas: A Nature Travel Guide shares a variety of natural attractions and great getaways. 

If you're interested in birdwatching, wildlife viewing, or stargazing; flowers, geology, or water; nature centers, festivals, or photography, a destination in Texas awaits you!

Also includes a delightful forward written by Carter Smith, Executive Director of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.


About Mary & Jeff:

Award-winning photographer, Jeff Parker, is equal parts photographer, adventurer, nature-lover, and conservationist.  With his wife, Mary O., he owns Explore in Focus™, which offers photo tours and workshops for the naturally curious.

Jeff's images have appeared in many publications including: Audubon,NANPA's Expressions, American Profile, American Airlines' Celebrated Living-CL, Texas Journey, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, Texas Wildlife Magazine, Cenizo, and more. He captured winnings in Images for Conservation's 2010 Pro-Tour and also earned awards in three events sponsored by the Coastal-Bend's Wildlife in Focus. In 2016, three of his images were BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year finalists.

About the Book:

The Parkers wish to extend their deepest gratitude to:

David & Myrna Langford who graciously selected Explore Texas:  A Nature Travel Guide for their series,  "Myrna & David K. Langford Working Lands Books"

Nancy and Leroy "Shafe" Shafer, who generously supported the publication of this book in recognition of the spirit of conservation, volunteerism, and great land stewardship throughout the great state of Texas. 

Carter P. Smith, Executive Director of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, who wrote the book's wonderful forward.

The folks at Texas A&M University Press for their hard work and detailed efforts that went into the creation of Explore Texas: A Nature Travel Guide

Mary O. Parker -- who goes by "Mary O" -- is a nature-lover and award-winning writer who lives in central-Texas. Her published work includes non-fiction books, essays, short stories & dozens of articles on a variety of topics. In 2015, she won the prestigious Gabriele Rico Challenge in Creative Nonfiction.  As of December 2016, she's been short-listed for the Barry Lopez Prize in Creative Nonfiction.

Mary O owns Red Belly Writing School, which, in addition to writing classes, provides creativity workshops for creatives of all types.  

A Special Thanks:

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