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Upcoming events

    • Saturday, April 30, 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Doeskin Ranch, 10654 S FM 1174, Bertram TX 78605
    Registration is closed

    This event is designed for the photographer in all nature lovers and the nature lover in all photographers.  The stroll is at a pace specifically designed for taking lots of photos, to take the time to experience nature, and capture it's beauty, without feeling the rush of a full out, energetic hike.  Your trail guides will be master naturalists who will share their knowledge and love of nature.   Your photography guides will be members of TLPC-Texas, as well as, Mark Lehman and Mitch Deck, both photographers new to the area who are eager to learn more about our natural wonders.

    One group will take the gentle stroll along the creek and explore the new trail extension.  The other hike will be for the more adventuresome (sturdy) types, starting at the creek and hiking up the rim trail for some spectacular vistas of the hill country.

    Obvious points of interest for both trails are the creek with various cascades, limestone cliffs, migratory birds, late spring wild flowers, lots of interesting native plants and grasses.  With the rim rock trail, there are some awesome views from the top.

    If you're not familiar with the refuge, it's one of the few places where you can still spot the endangered golden cheek warblers and the black capped vireos.

    Bring your cameras, you hiking boots, a bottle of water, and join us in a uniquely hill country experience.

    After the hike, you're invited to hang around for a treasure hunt for at least 3 known species of milkweed known to inhabit the hillside along the creek.  The refuge would like our help to mark the plants so that their seed pods can be harvested later in the year for germination in their greenhouse.  We'll be doing our bit to help out the monarchs.

    Printable map to Doeskin Ranch Maps


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